July 23 2014 Latest news:
Friday, July 19, 2013
A review into “misleading” signs which campaigners say put people off skating and cycling on a north Norfolk promenade will be launched following a petition.
The document, with more than 340 signatures, was set up by Huw Parker, from Mount Street, Cromer, in February against a perceived ban on cycling, skating and using scooters on Cromer Promenade.
Mr Parker, along with children, teenagers and adults, gave the petition to Rhodri Oliver and Andreas Yiasimi, members of North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) at the Holt Road offices in Cromer on Wednesday.
Mr Oliver, deputy leader of the council, said: “There is no ban. Anyone can cycle, walk, or use a scooter on the promenade as long as it is responsible and not endangering anyone else.
“The district council does do a lot to support young people. It has given £10,000 to the Cromer Skate Park project through the Big Society Fund. As a young person myself, if anyone feels there is something we can do as a council to support young people we will do it.”
He added the council would look at the signs on the promenade over the next two weeks.
Mr Parker, 52, who works in the Jetty Café, Cromer, started the petition through the website www.change.org.
He added signs were put up in the winter “banning” cycling, skating and using scooters on the prom, based on a 15-year-old bylaw, and claimed the council told him three weeks ago the ban had been lifted.
The father-of-one told Mr Oliver and Mr Yiasimi: “The signs are misleading at best.” He added until the current signs were removed he believed a “ban” was in place.
Mr Oliver said the signs were not misleading and the council had tried to accommodate the campaigners.
A council spokesman said: “NNDC would like to point out that no such ban exists – all responsible cyclists, skateboarders and roller-skaters are welcome on Cromer promenade, and indeed on all other north Norfolk promenades.
“The council has been discussing the enjoyment of Cromer promenade by children and adults with bikes, skateboards and roller-skates etc with Mr Parker for a number of months.
“However, despite assurances that any ‘ban’ he might have perceived there to have been in the past did not exist, and that signs have now been changed to make this quite clear, Mr Parker unfortunately appears not to recognise the actions NNDC has taken and is still insistent on delivering the petition, as of course is his right.”