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INTRODUCING THE (HITHERTO) SECRET LEWES WALK

Now here’s a story.  In 2008 the government agreed to pay Iford Farms to open up a walk to the public.  The walk goes from Cockshut Road in Southover (just off Southover High Street), past Rise Farm, ending up at Iford Church.

Natural England were supposed to supply maps and waymarks to the land owner to erect.  But they did not.

The landowner was supposed to take down or cover up the signs they had erected saying that there was no footpath, but they did not and Natural England did not make them.

Natural England were supposed to put the walk on their web site but they did not.

So nobody knew about it, apart from a handful of folk in Iford who the landowner had told.

With his Ramblers association hat on travelman has made some enquiries of Natural England and had a conversation with the landowner.  As a result the no footpath signs are to be taken down.  The landowner says that the agreement with Natural England runs out next year, but that the path will be kept open.

 Travelman has created a 4 mile circular walk including the path. You can do the walk by downloading it here

TAKE THE TRAIN TO CAMDEN ROAD

The association of British Commuters has discovered that it can be cheaper to book to Camden Road station in London than to book to London terminals

This seems to work for:

  Passengers on the South Coast going to London Victoria

  All peak day tickets

  Some off-peak tickets (not supersavers)

  Some walk up fares, e.g. 7 day return tickets (peak and off peak)

It may work to other London terminals such as Kings Cross or London Bridge

You have to book to Camden Road via the station you actually want to go to.

CYCLE LEWES MEETING

PACKED MEETING IN CLIFFE ON CYCLING AND WALKING- Jill Guilder reports

The Nutty Wizard was crammed with Lewes residents on the morning of 10th June, for the community meeting on how to make Lewes a safer place for cycling and walking. Simon Giddey of Cycle Lewes led a lively series of questions and answers among the 43 people present, including the new Bridge/Ringmer County Councillor Philip Daniel, three Town Councillors, and representatives from Lewes Living Streets, Cliffe Residents' Association, Lewes Disabled Access Group, the Egrets Way initiative and the Lewes Town Partnership, as well as two Police Community Support Officers. Too many subjects to cover, but key areas were:

- The death-trap of the Nevill Road/ Offham Road junction, where the road configuration tells strongly against pedestrians and cyclists

- The continuing urgent issue of vehicles misusing Cliffe High St: signs are poorly-sited and very unclear, and pedestrians and cyclists suffer from obstruction and abuse from drivers as well as danger from vehicles coming through this pedestrian zone at speed

- Speeding vehicles in the town is an issue, and means of encouraging lower speed limits were discussed

- Poor maintenance of some local cycle paths and routes, notably Lewes-Falmer

- Calls for fixing of the potholes, pavement trip hazards and lack of dropped kerbs in various areas of Lewes

- Strong support for Lewes road-users in general to be more thoughtful and courteous in negotiating with the range of road-users in the town. There are some aggressive drivers, and a small minority of cyclists give a bad name to the remainder, for example by not using their bell

- Equally strong support for a positive, 'nudge' approach to improving the traffic interaction environment in Lewes: working to increase awareness and friendly attitudes when pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles meet, with helpful road configurations rather than regulation and constraint

- Hope for more cycle-tourist arrivals from France via the Egrets Way between Lewes and Newhaven, when completed

- A map of disabled-friendly locations in Lewes is being put together by Lewes Disabled Access Group and Lewes Town Partnership

- The publication of the 3rd edition of the Lewes Cycle Map is imminent

- Cycle Lewes has contributed to the Lewes Neighbourhood Plan, and drafted a cycling strategy document

- The meeting closed with a recognition that calm, united, positive group representation, for example to the County Council via bodies such as Cycle Lewes and Living Streets, is the most effective means of achieving change in stance and strategy

 Cycle Lewes campaigns for and encourages better cycling facilities in Lewes and our area; see www.cyclelewes.org.uk, and support us by joining for £5 annually, with benefits such as a 10% discount at Cycle Shack.

Apologies to Cycle Lewes for missing this article out last month

LATEST NEWS ON THE RACECOURSE BRIDLEWAY.

The East Sussex Rights of Way team will meet local county council members on 3rd August (not 8th as I have said elsewhere) to tell them whether or not the team has decided to make an order to divert the bridleway to the immediate south-east of the racecourse buildings.

If they decide not to make an order the landowner has no right of appeal. The bridleway must be kept open on its old line.

If they decide to make an order there will be a public enquiry. People will be able to submit objections and be heard at the enquiry.

This will take up to a year, during which time the bridleway must be kept open on its old line.

It is important to say that the old line of the bridleway is open and that you should use it and will continue to be open for the time being, whatever the decision.

Legally, the fact that the landowner has built a road and fencing without planning permission is a separate matter. Lewes District council planning department may still take enforcement action even if the council make an order to divert the route, since changing a route does not give you the right to turn it into a road.

For news of the decision when it is made visit the Travel Log Lewes facebook page.

No news expected on the application to restore the bridleway to the north east of the racecourse buildings. An application has been made and will take about 2 years to process.

WALKING ROUND LOWER STONHAM FARM, MALLING

Did you know that the government is paying money so that you can walk round lower stonham farm in Lewes?

About 17 years ago the government paid the owner of Lower Stonham Farm to open a riverside walk starting at Earwig Corner, descending to the River Ouse and returning via the farm house to the Uckfield Road by the bus stop

Full details at http://cwr.naturalengland.org.uk/default.aspx?Site=6570

The agreement lasted for 10 years and ran out in 2010 and that, Travelman thought, was that, but an inspection of the Natural England site revealed that the agreement has been extended so you can still do this short and pleasant walk.  The path has become a bit overgrown at Earwig Corner, but recent use as part of the Rock in the Bog event (as Travelman still likes to call it) may have improved things.

MAJOR ROUTE UPGRADE AT LONDON WATERLOO BETWEEN 5 AND 28 AUGUST

While major route upgrade work takes place at London Waterloo, there will be a severely reduced South West Trains service on many routes. This will increase passenger numbers on many Southern and Thameslink. There will be a reduced northbound Southern service at Clapham Junction during the evening peak

MAJOR WORK AT LONDON BRIDGE BETWEEN 26 AUGUST AND 2 SEPTEMBER

While major route upgrade work takes place at London Bridge as part of the Thameslink programme, there will be no Southeastern service at London Bridge, Waterloo East or Charing Cross.

RAIL DISPUTE MEETING

Rail union RMT has confirmed that it will be meeting with Southern Rail next Monday – 7th August - in the long-running guards’ and drivers’ disputes over the basic principle of rail safety.  RMT had hoped to get a meeting with the company this week following earlier talks with the Secretary of State for Transport and the union is disappointed that the date has slipped back.

BOOKING YOUR BIKE ON THE TRAIN

If you are making a rail journey with your bike outside the Southern area you will probably need to book your bike on to the train you want to use.

Only a few booking web sites allow you to do this.  I used to recommend Virgin East Coast, but their new site seems to have dropped this facility.

However you can still use the Scotrail and GWR web sites to book your ticket and your bike reservation at the same time.  Any journey in the UK can be booked on these sites, including Lewes to Cooksbridge.

You do not need to make a bike reservation on Southern or Thamelink trains, although you cannot travel on peak trains into London or Brighton in the morning peak or out of these places in the evening peak, Monday to Friday.

READERS WRITE

SOUTHERN MISERY

Harold Warren wrote in response to the news that Southern Rail were cutting services by 25% in the ASLEF overtime ban

“These guys should cut the cost of the monthly ticket by 25% since they cut the service by 25%.  Absolute Rubbish service”. 

 

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