2022 local election candidates: Marine ward

We have asked all candidates in May’s Adur District Council elections to answer some questions on cycling and transport, to help residents decide on their vote.

Here are the responses we have received so far for Marine ward (Shoreham Beach). If you do not see a response from a candidate you’re looking for, we have not yet received one, and we’ll publish it when we do.

Candidate: Victoria Benson
Party: Green Party

1. What will you do to bring meaningful improvement to cycling in Adur, not in the distant future, but soon?

I do not think that shared cycle/walking routes work unless they are generally very quiet so the footbridge can be quite difficult to negotiate at times!  I’m not sure if anything can be done to alleviate this problem.

The posts at the Shoreham Beach end are, in my opinion, positively dangerous; it would be good if they could either be removed or repositioned.  I would also like to see a ramp to the west next to the steps. 

I would like to see a proper cycle path along Beach Green, many people drive over the speed limit along this road.

I think a 20 mph speed limit across all of Shoreham Beach would make both cycling and walking safer. 

2. In your ward, or in Adur more widely, what specific problems, challenges or solutions would you like to address that would enable more safe, easy everyday journeys by bike?

There should be more cycle racks around the town; definitely more at the station and the bus stops on the A259 if we want to encourage people to use public transport.

20 mph speed limit on most residential roads would also be good to see. 

Drains between the kerbs and the roads should be elevated so they are less hazardous for cyclists.

3. Do you have any other ambitions for cycling or other forms of sustainable transport in Shoreham and Adur, particularly as the population of our district grows in coming years?

Electric charging points more readily available.

Cycle routes going north south as well as west east.

‘Blue sky thinking’: A tram system between Worthing and Brighton

Candidate: Julia Watts
Party: Independent, Shoreham Beach Residents’ Association

I cycle every morning between the beach and the top of Mill Hill.

I would like to investigate the following:-

  1. The possibility of some kind of crossing for bikes between the Ferry Bridge over Riverside Road. I know theres a pedestrian crossing but cyclists tend to cross farther west of this into Ferry Road.
  2. Are the posts at the end of the bridge to slow cyclists down dangerous? (They are to me but maybe other people have better balance and eyesight! )
  3. What is the plan for the cycle route running behind Beach Green if Beachbox does not go ahead? It is in a very poor state of repair.
  4. I would like to see more bike racks in the town particularly around East Street and Brunswick Road.

I know a lot of people would like to see separate cycling lanes over Ferry Bridge but I actually think shared space largely works.

I would like to see electric car charging points becoming available across Shoreham for those residents who are unable to charge their cars on their drives.

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