SEAFRONT Residents’ Action Group has objected to plans by Sefton Council to create a new coastal cycling and walking route between Crosby Leisure Centre and Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.
There are proposals by the local authority to improve access for cyclists and walkers along the south Sefton coast and this new route will be paid for by the Sustainable Urban Development funding, which has been awarded to the Liverpool City Region.
But the local residents group believe the new path could lead to the decline of the existing promenade path, which they want to protect.
Chris Wolstenholme, the Chair of Seafront Residents’ Action Group, told the Champion: “The new multi-use path is billed as an alternative route to the existing one along the promenade, but it could easily become a substitute for it, leaving key sections to be abandoned to sand.
“It is ironic that while most of the local community are united in trying to fend off a highway through Rimrose Valley Country Park, our own Highways Department wants to put a new ten foot wide swathe of concrete and tarmac through Crosby Coastal Park.
“The existing multi-use path potentially remains a superb facility, a scenic route along the coast for the entire length of the Coastal Park, from the Port of Liverpool in the south to Hightown in the north.
“It is used to market the area to visitors. Its adoption by the Department of the Environment as a section of the England Coast Path is expected soon. We strongly object to the new path and urge the authorities to source sufficient revenue funding to keep the existing one open and well maintained.”
This view has been echoed by Westward View Residents’ Group, who have also objected for the same reasons.
The Champion reported last month how the group also want to see better protection for the promenade path.