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2022 local election candidates: Buckingham 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 Buckingham ward in Shoreham-by-Sea. 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.

To view candidates for a different ward, see our main 2022 local elections page.

Candidate: Emma Evans
Party: Conservative

1. What will you do (and, if incumbent, what have you already done) to bring
meaningful improvement to cycling in Adur, not in the distant future, but soon?

In the time I have been a district councillor there has definitely been a shift in
emphasis to a more sustainable way of living.

With that comes the greater importance active travel, whether walking or cycling it is here to stay.

How we make that safer whilst bringing all of our community along with us is a
challenge. There are polarised opinions both for and against.

We are making strides in the right direction with the Local Cycling Walking
Infrastructure Plan and improvements such as the crossing going in across the A283 at the Red Lion.

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?

In Buckingham the pinch point for any cycle lane is particularly outside our local shopping parade where the road is narrower and the shops benefit from a lot of passing trade.

I don’t believe the scheme in 2020 was a well thought out one. Had it gone in in
March when the first lockdown happened the problems would have been excusable, however it didn’t go in til September and was not finished when it was removed in January 2021.

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?

My ambition, should I be re elected, is to find schemes initially that can be supported by many if not all residents. I believe that most would like to see schemes that enable children to have safe routes to school. The new crossing will help with those travelling west to Sir Robert Woodard Academy.

I feel that Eastern Avenue and along Middle Road would also benefit from a scheme, promotion and linking up of the national cycle route is key.

My dream scenario for the town would be for lorry/port traffic to be stopped from using Old Shoreham Rd, Upper Shoreham Rd and the High Street, instead using the route intended for them in Portslade. For the roads such as West St to become left turn only, and for there to be a reduction in the number of bus stops on the High Street.

I am very much looking forward to the new bike hire scheme coming to town, which will have electric as well as pedal power bikes, making active travel a viable option for many at a reasonable cost.

Also with the new developments, whilst controversial they do give the opportunity for a linked up coastal cycle route opening up the river views and safe routes East to West.

Candidate: Nico Kearns
Party: Liberal Democrat

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

Now we have the bones of a network we need to facilitate the actual use of bikes. That means more secure parking in town centres, bike storage for residents without garages, and integration with other public transport. If elected, LibDem councillors will use carbon free transport wherever practicable when carrying out their duties. As councillors, we would use the current hike in petrol prices as a rallying cry to encourage more low carbon travel options, including cycling and walking.

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?

As the fiasco with Upper Shoreham Road demonstrated, cycle schemes are tolerated and begrudgingly adopted by Tory councillors after central government pressure. Cycles are equal and vulnerable road users. There are not enough segregated safe spaces to give cyclists of all levels of experience the confidence to use bikes as everyday transport and exercise. In the past, shared spaces have often been poorly designed and caused friction between users. Cycling will not be an afterthought for LibDem councillors.

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?

We will create a cyclists’ Adur Ring. It will link the Coastal Path, Downs Link and South Downs Way. It will be a marked and branded circuit that will link the beach to the downs and the river. It will provide a cycling link between Shoreham and Southwick as well as a link northward to Steyning. It will provide an opportunity for more residents to use bikes to travel safely between local towns. It will be a fabulous accessible recreation facility and another amenity to attract visitors. We shall be doing more work on the precise route of the Adur Ring and, in due course, will publish details on Facebook @FocusonShorehamandSouthwick.

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2022 local election candidates: Churchill 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 Churchill ward in Lancing. 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.

To view candidates for a different ward, see our main 2022 local elections page.

Candidate: Steve Neocleous
Party: Conservative

1. What will you do (and, if incumbent, what have you already done) to bring meaningful improvement to cycling in Adur, not in the distant future, but soon?  

I’ll be honest, I’m not a cyclist myself. However I have plenty of very good friends who are and I’m also a frequent visitor (well pre pandemic anyway) to friends who live just outside of Amsterdam and who cycle everywhere! I’d like to see the rent a cycle scheme put in place as soon as possible, in an ideal world this could/should connect all the way from Worthing across Lancing, Shoreham and Adur into Brighton & Hove. 

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? 

Specific problems in my ward are more to do with inconsiderate parking. I have many emails from residents complaining about people parking on corners of roads which obstructs views for both cyclists and drivers alike but makes things considerably more dangerous for cyclists. WSCC and Adur District should be able to work closer together to tackle this.

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?  

I would be an advocate of car free developments moving forwards so that we can try and change mindsets and reduce reliance on cars. There are many such developments in Brighton & Hove. 

I also have particular ambitions to help re-generate Lancing and I have made no secret of the fact that I would love to see South Street, from the Asda entrance to Chester Avenue pedestrianised, even if only during the day (as per George Street in Hove). This could encompass cycle lanes too so that getting into the centre of the Village is less of a problem for people on bikes. 

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.

Adur District Council 2022 elections: our questions for candidates

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On 5 May 2022, around half the seats on Adur District Council are up for election. Much of the power to bring positive improvements to our streets lies in the hands of our elected councillors. With this in mind, we’re offering three questions to all candidates. We’ll publish their individual responses, to help voters decide how to vote.

If you’re an election candidate, you can email us with your answers. We’ll be very grateful and will share your words with your potential electors.

The questions…

Adur District Council (as well as West Sussex County Council and the Department for Transport) lay down strong commitments through their policies and strategies that call for cycling and walking to be made easier and safer through the construction of high quality infrastructure. Yet no permanent cycle infrastructure has been built in Shoreham for over 25 years.

  1. What will you do (and, if incumbent, what have you already done) to bring meaningful improvement to cycling in Adur, not in the distant future, but soon?

  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?

  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?

If you are a candidate emailing us at shorehambycycle@gmail.com, please mention your party, and the ward in which you are standing.


Answers from each Adur District Council ward

If you do not see your ward listed, we have not yet received any responses. We will share them when we have them.

To check which ward you live in, you can use the WriteToThem site.

Four years in, it’s time to get serious: Launching Shoreham-By-Cycle membership

On 13 March 2018, a small group of friends gathered in Shoreham’s legendary Duke of Wellington pub.

They discussed how Shoreham-by-Sea, our charming, lively town, really wasn’t as easy as it should be for making short journeys by bike, and how the local media narrative on cycling really wasn’t helping. They decided to set up a community group called Shoreham-By-Cycle, as a way of having a useful dialogue with the decision-makers whose actions shape our journeys and our lives.

It’s been a busy four years. Many meetings with local councillors, West Sussex County Council and Adur & Worthing Councils, but also with Sussex Police, Tim Loughton MP, schools, employers and others.

There have been consultations. So many consultations. There have been steps forward, but also steps backwards. Mistakes have been made. Funds have been awarded, but bids have been blocked.

Notably, something there’s been very little of is action. Over the last 25 years, both our councils – district and county – have published a series of strategies, plans and policies on infrastructure, transport and environment. Over and over again, our elected members – at district, county and Westminster level – issue warm words on a need to encourage cycling and walking. But despite decades of announcements and commitments, there has been no construction of any permanent quality cycling infrastructure in Shoreham for over 25 years. And as Shoreham grows in population, the need to act positively on transport options grows ever more urgent.

Over the last four years, Shoreham-By-Cycle has received huge levels of support from many people, organisations and community groups across Shoreham and beyond – all keen to support us in our efforts to see positive change for our streets and our town. We have nearly a thousand Twitter followers, and over a thousand Facebook followers.

Join Shoreham-By-Cycle

But now we’re making it official. Shoreham-By-Cycle is becoming a membership organisation. As a member, you can be better informed about the journey we’re on together, knowing that your voice is being heard. With membership, we can demonstrate the strength of support for progress, and show our councils that the people of Shoreham and Adur are tired of empty words and environmental pronouncements that aren’t backed by action.

How much is Shoreham-By-Cycle membership?

You choose. Membership starts at £2/year, but we invite anyone who would like to to choose to pay a little more: £5 or £10.

What happens to the money?

At the moment, our expenses include things like website hosting, printing and occasional other costs like online advertising to spread awareness. As we expand, some modest funds, carefully spent, will help us take on more challenges and speak to more people.

Who can join Shoreham-By-Cycle?

Anyone. Anyone who wants to add their voice to the growing movement that’s asking for positive improvements to our streets. It doesn’t matter how often you ride a bike – or even if you don’t ride a bike at all. You just have to believe the people our our town and area will benefit from well-designed infrastructure that makes cycling a safe, easy option.

Councillors, whether district or county, are welcome to join Shoreham-By-Cycle as members, but won’t be allowed to sit on our committee, as we prize our political neutrality. We hold councillors to account, but we have no party affiliation.

Join us now

We’re on the verge of positive change for Shoreham and Adur. But we need to work together and show our councils, and other decision-makers, how many of us are united. So join us now, and we’ll see how much we can achieve together.

WSCC consultation: A259 and Lancing

West Sussex County Council is once again asking for your opinions on much-needed improvements for cycling and walking across the county.

This time around, there are three areas up for discussion:
1) Chichester
2) A259 Brighton Road, from Shoreham to Portslade
3) Lancing and Sompting

Certain parts of the consultation are clear and straightforward, while some parts do not explain the options and proposals as well as they might.

So here, we offer a few pointers and recommendations you may want to bear in mind. We hope this will help when you complete the survey before 12 April 2022.

Firstly, open the survey, but keep this page visible as you work through it.

Many questions are self-explanatory, but here are some that we feel need particular attention…

How effective would the following initiatives be in encouraging you to cycle/walk/use public transport more often around your local area?

Several good and effective measures are listed here, but a significant exception is ‘Shared paths to be used by both pedestrians and cyclists‘. We firmly recommend selecting ‘Not at all effective‘ here, as this design creates conflict between people on foot and people on bikes.

The next section deals with Chichester. This isn’t our patch, so we won’t make suggestions there. But do complete this section if it’s relevant to you and your journeys. Contact Chicycle for advice or expertise around Chichester.

Shoreham’s section of the survey deals with the A259, from the Adur Ferry Bridge to Portslade – NOT Shoreham High Street

Some important things to know:

The A259, from Shoreham to Portslade, has long been recognised as an important (but currently unsafe) cycle route, primarily for commuters, but partly for south coast leisure tourers trying to follow the convoluted route of National Cycle Network’s Route 2. There’s an added need to address this important road, given the coming construction of hundreds of new homes along Shoreham’s waterfront, and the new residents’ need for safe local journeys that will not add to traffic congestion.

The A259 creates an important connection with Brighton & Hove, whose seafront cycle route is heavily used. Many Shoreham people make regular journeys to our neighbouring city. Proposals for the A259 are in addition to those for Upper Shoreham Road. Our district needs a network of multiple routes. This new consultation can support that goal.

A259 proposals maintain on-street parking and vehicle capacity, and do not involve changes to Shoreham High Street.

Back to the questions…

Overall, to what extent do you support suggested improvements that will help to improve walking and cycling along the A259 between Shoreham and Brighton and Hove border?” 

For the reasons we mention above, we advise ‘Strongly support‘, for such a significant route.

To what extent do you support the following individual improvement ideas along the A259 between Shoreham and Brighton and Hove border?

This question asks for your feelings on specific measures.

A dedicated, two-way space for cycling: We advise ‘Strongly support‘ – far and away the most appropriate format for this route.

Shared use paths: We very much advise ‘Strongly oppose‘. This design would create conflict between people on foot and on bike, and is no longer recommended in urban and suburban environments.

Raised tables along some side road junctions: We advise ‘Strongly support‘ with the option to add comments in the next question.

Floating bus stops: We advise ‘Support‘ or ‘Strongly support‘, with the option to add comments at the next question. Such features must be well-designed, but reduce danger considerably, as people using bikes no longer have to pull out around stopped buses.

A well-designed ‘floating bus stop’. Photo by Cycling Embassy of Great Britain.

New and improved crossings: We advise ‘Strongly support‘, in order to ensure there is safe access to locations like Lidl, Halfords and McDonald’s, whether people are on bike or on foot.

Cyclist-priority traffic signals: We advise ‘Support‘ or ‘Strongly support‘, though with a separated route, there should be limited need for this measure.

Do you have any further comments about the proposals along the A259 between Shoreham and Brighton and Hove border?

Here, you can add additional notes and thoughts. Some things you may want to consider:

The case against shared use pavements is clear, creating conflict between people on foot and on bike. You may like to share your thoughts on this here.

Raised tables at junctions must have continuous priority for people cycling. Their design should ‘kink’ carefully into the junction, to provide protection from turning cars, and to comply with current best practice.

A good design for raised tables at side junctions. Image by the Alternative Department for Transport.

The next part of the survey moves on to three proposed ideas for Lancing and Sompting areas. You don’t have to fill this in, but you may like to.

Overall, to what extent do you support suggested improvements that will help to improve walking and cycling within Lancing and Sompting? 

We recommend ‘Strongly support‘ here – especially given the construction of housing at New Monks Farm and how many more Shoreham children are set to attend Sir Robert Woodard Academy.

To what extent do you support the following individual improvement ideas for Lancing and Sompting?

Our main recommendation here, as before, is a ‘Strongly oppose‘ for the idea of shared pavements. This design is deprecated and unsuitable in most environments.

Which of the 3 cycle routes in Lancing and Sompting would you consider to be most important?

All three of the proposed routes are important for the future of cycling in Adur. The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan makes clear we need a network of routes: north-south as well as east-west. So, rather than ranking routes as 1, 2 and 3, we recommend going to the option of ‘All routes are equally important‘, selecting ‘1‘, and then moving to the next question.

Do you have any further comments about the proposals within Lancing and Sompting?

Here you have space to add additional thoughts, so if you want to add more about the importance of all three routes, or your feelings about shared pavements, for example, you can.

Questions? Ideas? Ask us!

You have until 12 April to complete WSCC’s survey. If you would like any more information to help you understand the important issues, just let us know, either by email, via Twitter or on Facebook.

Join Shoreham-By-Cycle

To stay informed on efforts to really enable cycling in Shoreham-by-Sea, you can become a member of Shoreham-By-Cycle – a growing community group on a mission to improve our streets.








Welcome to 2022, Shoreham

2021 was not a good year for our town, or for the journey towards easier, safer transport.

A year ago today, West Sussex County Council, against the advice of their own officers, and that of the Department of Transport, removed a temporary cycle lane which, though incomplete, had already seen a doubling of cycling numbers along Upper Shoreham Road.

Later in the year, West Sussex County Council was admonished by the Department of Transport, and told that, as a result of its failure to monitor, test, and improve the temporary scheme, it would be the only local authority in the country to be barred from applying for a significant round of muti-million-pound transport funding.

In 2021, WSCC conducted two major rounds of consultation around the task of installing high-quality well-planned cycle infrastructure on Upper Shoreham Road. Each time, we were assured that DfT guidance would be followed, that objections would be judged on merit and that consultations would not be reduced to mere referendums. On all three counts, we were repeatedly disappointed.

In 2021, bold positive-sounding statements were made by government at district, county and national levels around environment and the need to enable active travel. But action remained scarce, despite 25 years of plans and strategies for cycling and walking that are periodically published but never implemented by WSCC or Adur District Council. 
At the end of the year, we were told that, despite DfT’s insistence that the most recent consultation should not be judged on numbers, a statistically debatable 50/50 ‘vote’ was to be the headline result of the consultation, and was not enough to assure progress.

In December, a decision was taken to add an additional round of consultation and delay, bringing Shoreham to a total of five consultations on this one topic, just for one road: a two-mile road which independent traffic engineers have described as “possibly the easiest place anywhere to install a well-designed cycle lane” and “an open goal”; a road where separated cycle lanes would have space to co-exist beside ample spaces for car parking, creating tangible, attractive improvements for all users.

So what will 2022 bring, aside from more consultations? We hope it will bring more action, more conviction, and more evidence that when our political leaders issue warm words on environment and transport, they are ready to follow through and show leadership. Shoreham is growing – by many thousands of people. With a road network that is already clogged and saturated, the urgency of enabling truly sustainable transport along important routes has never been more acute. Will our councillors and MP continue to delay the inevitable and fail to properly represent and champion the opportunity to improve our town? Who knows?

As the challenge grows bigger, so must Shoreham-By-Cycle. This determined community group is growing. We will soon be opening membership widely to anyone who wants to be part of the harder-than-it-should-be struggle to make cycling a normal, easy, stress-free sustainable way to make short journeys in and around the fabulous town of Shoreham-by-Sea.

Join us. We’ll share more information soon.

WSCC’s July consultation: What do we think?

As the next stage in West Sussex’s consultation process for Shoreham, an online survey is about to come to an end – allowing local people to express their thoughts on new proposals for improvements to streets.

If you live in, live near, or travel through Shoreham, and you haven’t yet participated, the deadline is stated as Sunday 1 August – but we don’t know whether submissions close at the start or the end of the day, so our advice is to ensure you complete your survey by the end of of Saturday 31 July.

What’s on offer?

After a good response to March’s initial engagement, West Sussex County Council has moved forward with a choice of two outline designs for Upper Shoreham Road, as well as some initial ideas for the Middle Road area.

The proposal is NOT to return to the temporary orange plastic wands we saw last winter. Instead, plans involve good design, attractive changes and layouts that retain space for parking cars.

The big question: One-way or two-way?

WSCC would like to know your thoughts on whether Upper Shoreham Road would best be served by a single two-way cycletrack on the south side of the street, or a pair of one-way tracks – one on each side.

Our firm recommendation is for the ‘one way, both sides’ option.
It is simpler to understand – particularly when driving. Here we explain more:

Other things you may want to consider in your response to the proposals:

  • Rather than squeezing past the Amsterdam pub, should St Nicolas Lane be used to create a better connection to a proposed new crossing over the A283 Steyning Road?
  • Are there enough pedestrian crossings? Walking is important as well as cycling – so should the number of crossings be increased to reflect this?
  • Also with walking in mind, should the very wide entrances to some side-turnings be adjusted to make them easier to cross?

Proposals for Middle Road / Eastern Avenue area

WSCC is also looking for your thoughts on what kind of measures might improve safety for journeys in the area around Middle Road.

Our thoughts on these:

  • It’s good to see ideas like continuous footways, traffic filters and School Streets being considered, but…
  • The measures on the WSCC map may not be in the best-chosen locations to address problems.
  • Three key roads, Middle Road, Eastern Avenue and Stoney Lane, appear unimproved by the proposals.
  • Stoney Lane in particular needs changes, to address problems at the start and the end of the school day. It may benefit from becoming a School Street.

Whatever your preferences, you don’t have long to participate. Complete the survey NOW – and tell your friends.

Shoreham improvements: tell WSCC what you think

More consultation?

West Sussex County Council is holding another consultation on improvements for Shoreham.

Here’s why:

The council’s last engagement, in March, helped them gauge the appetite among local people for change. And around two-thirds gave a clear “Yes please!”

Let’s look at the detail

Now it’s time to look at details: specific ideas and possibilities to make two main areas easier and safer for getting around by bike, and on foot:

  • Upper Shoreham Road (as a key strategic cross-Shoreham route)
  • Middle Road, Eastern Avenue and surrounding areas (important due to schooltime traffic in particular)

Even if you’ve already completed WSCC’s engagement in March, it’s important to participate in this consultation now – to help move ideas forward.

How about money?

Isn’t there a risk that Department for Transport funding won’t be available? It’s true that DfT funding is currently looking uncertain, but WSCC is continuing with the important task of consultation and design, to ensure that when funds are available, projects are ready to build.

Have your say

So: Take a look at these important ideas. See what you like, and what you don’t. Consider the aspects you like, and the parts you feel should be different. Then complete the survey to tell WSCC what you think.

The biggest question

There are many details for you to consider, but one of the most important questions is: “Should Upper Shoreham Road feature a single two-way cycle track, or a pair of one-way cycle tracks, one on each side of the road?”

Our recommendation on this is that a PAIR OF ONE-WAY CYCLE TRACKS offers the best design for Upper Shoreham Road – easier, simpler and safer whether you’re cycling or driving.

Take a look

Any questions, just let us know, but put the kettle on, and take a look now at WSCC’s ideas for improving travel in Shoreham.

Westminster tells WSCC that it cannot apply for Shoreham funds

The journey towards better cycling and walking in Shoreham by Sea often feels like a case of ‘two steps forward, one step back’. And there has been a significant setback.

West Sussex County Council’s current programme of consultation – with its strong evidence of public opinion – has been focussed on readying a bid for what’s called ‘Tranche 3’ of the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund. But WSCC may now be ineligible to even bid for such funding.

Tranche 1 of the ATF, in 2020, was provided to fund emergency, temporary schemes to help us all adapt our travel habits during the most difficult time of the pandemic. Tranche 3 is designed to provide lasting, serious well-designed change that enables cycling and walking in the long term.

Here’s the catch:

The Department for Transport has written to West Sussex County Council to say that, because of the way the council handled its Tranche 1 projects (including the temporary lanes on Upper Shoreham Road) it is now ineligible to apply for Tranche 3 – the funding which could bring long-term improvements to Shoreham.

This is harsh

It’s no secret that WSCC could have made a better job of last winter’s temporary schemes across the county. They were all removed before they’d had a chance to settle in, rather than being carefully tested and adjusted. We can’t speak for other towns like Worthing and Chichester, but it was clear that in Shoreham, there was a case for tweaking, adapting, and allowing a matter of months – at least – for the full benefit of the experimental ‘Tranche 1’ lanes to be realised.

This mistake was noticed by several of Shoreham’s county councillors, who ‘called in’ the decision to prematurely remove the lanes. A WSCC scrutiny committee voted 6-2 that this decision deserved reconsideration, but the then Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure – Cllr Roger Elkins – stuck to his guns – and the lanes – carrying hugely boosted numbers of Shoreham people on their journeys – were removed.

Since then, lots has changed. WSCC, recognising the shifting tide of positive opinion towards active travel, has begun a very thorough programme of consultation – the most recent stage of which has shown a 67% level of support for positive changes to selected streets.

At WSCC, there is a new Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport – Cllr Joy Dennis – who appears to recognise the opportunities on offer and the need to improve walking and cycling across West Sussex.

But ultimately, the decision to deprive West Sussex of much-needed funding has been taken in Westminster – not in Chichester.

What can we do?

We are writing to the Department for Transport, explaining the impact of this decision, and asking that WSCC is at least allowed to submit its Tranche 3 bid for consideration.

We have spoken to our MP, Tim Loughton, who shares our disappointment, and who is also writing to DfT ministers.

And we continue to speak to WSCC councillors and officers – all of whom seem determined to apply thorough consultation and high-quality decision-making to really move Shoreham (and the whole county) in the right direction.

What can you do?

These are frustrating times. But the game is not up. Another round of consultation – more detailed than before – is coming soon. Please participate in this. We’ll share details when they’re available.

And writing to your county councillor – and to Shoreham’s MP – will help demonstrate the strength of feeling that exists within Shoreham’s community – that the people in our increasingly busy town deserve better choices in how they travel – and that we need well-designed streets to make this a reality.