An online consultation, named 'shaping the future of our countryside access' asks for feedback about why people do or don't use public right of way (RoW) paths and countryside sites.
Last year's consultations resulted in strategies aimed at improving access to cycle and walking routes in the area. Respondents said that they were put off by having to cycle and on main roads in order to get to popular paths. The information received through public consultations has helped tailor plans specifically to the needs of locals, and plans to improve accessibility are already underway.
Hastings Borough Council is doing its part to get people outside, focusing especially on families. Addressing the public at the start of this year, Councillor Jeremy Birch stressed the importance of continuing to maintain our public outdoor spaces in 2015:
"Our open spaces will see significant progress in 2015. In the East a new visitor centre is planned for our treasured Country Park and a new visitor facility and play area are being prepared in the West in the new Combe Valley Countryside Park."
To have your say on further improvements, follow this link:
Consultation ends on the 27th of February.