Press Release- from Cyclists Along The Shore (CATS) campaign May 2012

Warsash cycling

Photo courtesy of David Tilbury

Hampshire County Council: 3 year Right of Way Campaign needs your evidence.

A disputed path known as Fareham 3a that runs along the River Hamble for approximately 2.2 miles between Warsash and Swanwick has become the subject of Hampshire County Council’s most contested rights of way issue.
Now a long running campaign (3 years so far) to formally allow cyclists to use this route is at the stage where the presence or otherwise of any existing rights to cycle will be determined by Hampshire County Council’s Countryside Access Team. Sylvia Seeliger, Map Review Officer, has requested that the campaign group Cyclists Along The Shore (CATS) submit any further evidence of cycle use of this path to her at the email address Sylvia.seeliger@hants.gov.uk, so that it can be taken account of.
You can download a user evidence form here.
CATS spokesperson Mike Cummins, life long Warsash resident and applicant for change of use status to a restricted byway said “the council have received more evidence submission forms relating to this route than any other, but we still need more, as cyclists have been using it alongside walkers for generations and only 105 metres relating to one landowner at the Swanwick end are in dispute. This safe public leisure facility is too important for the cyclists of Hampshire to lose for the self serving interests of just one resident along the path”.
If you wish to help the CATS campaign contact: Warsashcats@btinternet.com
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4 comments on “Press Release- from Cyclists Along The Shore (CATS) campaign May 2012
  1. Ben says:

    I’ve just enrolled at Warsash college and currently have to endure the gruelling climb up Bridge Road every morning on my push bike, adding great difficulty, time and distance to my commute. I’ve looked into using this footpath ever since a friend of mine who is local to the area mentioned it to me, but was unsure as to my rights of way.

    I’ve since decided that I’m going to risk it anyway (power to the people!!!), really can’t be bothered with Bridge Road any more!

    Glad to see so many people are fighting a good cause, keep it up! If there’s anything I can do to help let me know, though I am under a lot of pressure at college right now, so my help will be limited!

  2. Matt Ridley says:

    Just discovered this MASSIVE injustice yesterday when I decided to find an alternate route to Bridge Road home to Titchfield Common… was looking forward to a beautiful ride along the Hamble to be stopped by NO CYCLING signs. Google maps shows it as a cycle path, hence my surprise. Has anyone looked into the Lease/Deeds of the residence which has the hump with cyclists? I bet it has something on there in reference to the path being for use for all, including cyclists. If that is the case then the landowner hasn’t a leg to stand on, and the Council would be forced to remove the signage… I might have to follow Ben’s lead on the next sunny day and enjoy what people have been enjoying on two wheels for generations….

  3. JULIE says:

    Can someone please give me an update on the no cycling on this path.. I was disappointed to find these signs yesterday when I took my boys out for a family bike ride. We didn’t see them a month or so ago when we did the same route. I have taught my kids to respect other path users and they pull to one side but we still got dirty looks from walkers.

  4. Steve says:

    After years of cycling along this byway to get to Warsash from Swanwick, I was really disappointed to discover the ‘no cycling’ signs. What is the legal position on this if I continue to cycle along this route?

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