Are cycling lanes a waste of our cash?
NONSENSE… Council leader speaks out as £367,000 is set aside for bike routes
Funding found to fill the gaps in district’s cycle route system
ALMOST £370,000 will be spent on improving cycle routes in Ashford over the coming financial year.
But some members of the Joint Transportation Board feel that the money would be better spent on making road improvements.
Councillors were told that the missing cycle link between Little Burton Farm, Kennington, and the town centre will be completed. And other work will include finishing the Brookfield Road route, developing a cycle route as part of Christ Church School’s travel plan and providing cycling facilities as part of the ring road changes.
But Ashford council leader Cllr Paul Clokie said: “I see £100,000 being spent here and there on cycle routes and the roads are falling apart.
“Millions of pounds are needed to repair the roads and I find it a nonsense to spend this much on cycle routes.”
However, representatives from Kent Highways told the meeting that good cycle routes were needed to encourage people out of their cars and on to their bikes.
Kent County Council member Cllr Richard King said that the work was already under way and needed to be finished.
“This is filling in the gaps that are left and making the cycle route a complete system because otherwise, the parts we have in place already won’t be effective.”
The work is set to cost £367,000, with funding from the Government, cycle charity Sustrans, Ashford Borough Council and the Second Homes allocation.