DOVER DISTRICT Council was this week given approval to create a cycle path on a 1km stretch of promenade at Walmer, east Kent - more than three years after a public inquiry was first held.
The route forms the missing link in the Sustrans National Cycle Route between Dover and Deal on the south coast. The hold-up threatened to set a legal precedent and force Sustrans to abandon other plans for dual use promenades (NCE 4 June 1998).
But with planning permission now granted by the Secretary of State for Transport, a 2m wide cycle track will be marked on the 5m wide promenade to segregate users. It is also hoped permission to create a further 2.5km of new track will follow.
'The irony is that the promenade is already used unofficially and is a popular cycle route,' said Dover DC engineering manager Roger Walton. 'We can now press ahead and make the route legal and safer.'
Dover DC expects to spend around £300,000 over the next year developing its local cycle network.