PLANS have been announced for a new ‘Greenway’ running through Rye which would provide a safe, shared route for pedestrians, cyclists, pushchair users and the less able between key attractions.
The scheme has been put together by Rother Environmental Group who have devised a 1.5 kilometre route running from Valley Park at its western end, through the Tilling Green estate, and then connecting to sports and educational facilities on the other side of the River Tillingham by means of a new bridge.
If the proposed supermarket comes to fruition, then this would also link into the greenway.
The proposal has been met with an enthusiastic response from community leaders, resident and community groups, the sports centre, and both the schools involved.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to create a safe route to encourage families, children, and people of all ages to walk and cycle more on their daily journeys”, said Nick Hanna, who developed the proposal on behalf of the Rother Environment Group. “It will also make easier for young parents with pushchairs, or those using moblility scooters, to access shops and other facilities”.
It also has the support of Rye MP Amber Rudd, who commented: “I am aware from previous conversations with my constituents of the need for such a route for pedestrians and cyclists to enable them to access the important parts of town in ease and safety, protected from vehicular traffic. I therefore have no hesitation in giving my wholehearted support to this fantastic proposal which, if realised, would offer the community so many benefits”.
Rye Ramblers also added their support to the project. “I think it is a brilliant idea”, said Linda Graham, on behalf of the Ramblers. “The Greenway can be seen as essential for getting young people independently out and about, young mothers and the elderly walking more and leading to healthier, less sedentary lifestyles”.
Chrissy Stower, chief executive of the Rye Partnership, said: “This is exactly the sort of project that the Board wishes to support. It meets several of our own strategic objectives, including connecting the isolated communities of Tilling Green and Valley Park to the main town in a safe manner, and encouraging healthy living activities such as cycling and walking”.
Paul Reilly, headteacher at Rye Community Primary School, said “I believe it will be of huge benefit to the town, with improved safety for children. We are very interested in being part of this scheme”.
It also has the full support of Rye’s Tilling Green Resident’s Association.