Price of Littlehampton to Arundel riverside cycle path ‘extortionate’

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Arun District Council has commissioned a feasibility report into a brand new cycle path on the banks of the River Arun working between the 2 cities and likewise linking as much as Ford Railway Station.

In response to a council report the associated fee can be within the vary of £9.8million and £15.8million with an additional £1.4million required for the connecting parts.

The excessive price was what involved members of Arun District Council’s Littlehampton regeneration sub-committee on Thursday (March 11).

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Karl Roberts, Arun’s director of place, mentioned the intention was to work the scheme up to a degree so they might bid for funding from exterior sources when the alternatives arose.

Shaun Gunner, Conservative group chief, described the prices as ‘extortionate’ contemplating the route was solely round 4 kilometres in size.

Mr Roberts acknowledged the scheme ‘did appear costly’, however in locations the embankment would should be widened.

He mentioned: “You could possibly put it down the foot of the embankment however all you’ll have is a view of a discipline a method and the aspect of the embankment the opposite method and wouldn’t be capable of see the river so it sort of defeats the article.”

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James Walsh, chief of the council, additionally thought the scheme ‘appears grossly costly’.

He mentioned: “Whereas I’m very supportive of cycle routes I might not be capable of see capital cash from Arun District Council going into this until there was the majority of it coming from these exterior funds.”

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Officers defined how the present feasibility work had been funded from the enterprise charges pool, which was allotted for growing potential new cycle routes.

It was additionally identified this scheme was being progressed as a result of it was a coverage goal within the adopted Arun Native Plan.

To this point £83,000 has been spent, with the second section of feasibility work anticipated to price £62,000, which might additionally come from the enterprise charges pool.

Vicky Rhodes (Con, Courtwick with Toddington) instructed they focus as a substitute on serving to West Sussex County Council enhance the commuter route between the 2 cities following the highway community as a substitute.

In the meantime Paul Bicknell (Con, Angmering and Findon) identified how there have been various ‘unjoined and fractured’ cycle paths in Littlehampton itself which wanted investing in.

Grant Roberts (Con, Arundel and Walberton) emphasised the purpose about getting the scheme oven prepared in case new funding turned obtainable.

He mentioned: If we might slightly kill it off it’s closing down choices and I might slightly see choices opened up and embrace a a lot, less expensive method of doing this.”

Members agreed to notice the content material of the feasibility report.

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