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Make Greenhedges Byway a Bridlepath

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Motorised users are making the Greenhedges Byway a dangerous route for pedestrians, residents and horse riders.

We, the undersigned, petition the East Sussex county council to reclassify this byway as a bridle path.

We recognise the responsible use of byways open to all traffic (BOATs) is part of the recreational opportunities enjoyed by motorcyclists and off-road vehicle (4x4) drivers. We also recognise that, for the most part, these drivers are respectful and responsible in their duties towards the countryside and properties through which these byways pass.

However, we have become concerned by the irresponsible use of this particular byway by some vehicular users. "Scrambler" motorcycles and cars have been seen to use the byway at speeds which would unseat a horse-ride.

We are concerned that an irresponsible vehicle driver will kill a child living or walking here.


Car and motorcycle tyre marks have been left in the verges. The gate on the byway has been left open, putting livestock at risk.

The byway passes through the garden of one residential property and close to the entrance of another.

Finally, we recognise the importance of rural access and the historical significance of this particular byway, near which Roman coins have been found. We do not wish to stop-up or divert the byway and we are keen that it remains a safe a route for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.

We wish the County Council to reclassify this byway as a Bridlepath in order to prevent injury to other byway users and further damage to the environment caused by vehicular access.

[Please, when signing this petition, could you explain any particular connection you have to this byway and your reasons for agreeing with this petition. Thank you]

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