Take the greenway route to the Conquest
Next Saturday, 11 March, Hastings Greenway Group is holding another walk along the proposed greenway route, from Alexandra Park to Conquest Hospital. A possible breakthrough has been made with East Sussex County Council agreeing to meet the group. Nick Terdre reports. Photos by Tony Polain.
The last walk, alongside the rail corridor through the town centre in late February, attracted some 50 participants, well above expectation, according to Tony Polain, co-chairman of Hastings Greenway Group.
“Some of the existing Greenway is actually on this route, so it was interesting to show the contrast between what can be achieved and the dangerous on-road bits in between,” he told HOT.
“Not only do these walks inform the public of the benefits of the Greenway, it also introduces them to parts of Hastings that they never knew existed.”
Central to the greenway concept is the provision of safe routes for walkers and cyclists to get around town. But parts of the walker and cyclist route through Hastings denominated by East Sussex County Council includes stretches along busy roads which in the view of HGG are entirely unsuitable.
Meeting arranged with ESCC
Having rebuffed many approaches from the group, the county council has finally agreed to send two officers to meet them – this will take place on 27 March when they will discuss the Ore Valley part of the route. Two representatives from Hastings Borough Council, leader Cllr Peter Chowney and an officer, will also attend.
The walk from Alexandra Park to the Conquest will be led by HGG committee member Mike Riley, who is also a member of the Rother Ramblers. It will illustrate the divergence between HGG and ESCC on routes. On leaving the park, ESCC’s route goes up Parkstone Road and Hillside Road to The Ridge. In HGG’s view, the junction of Hillside Road and The Ridge is a dangerous section of road which is also a bus route.
By contrast, HGG takes a largely off-road route through the wooded area of Old Roar Gill , and after crossing Little Ridge Avenue continues by footpath to the rear of the Conquest.
Both sections will be walked – it’s a overall distance of about three miles – giving participants the chance to make up their own mind which they prefer.
The walk will take place on Saturday 11 March, starting at 1.30pm from Harmer’s lay-by where Lower Park Road meets Upper Park Road. Participants are advised to wear appropriate footwear, as the off-road sections may be muddy and slippery.
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