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Council: Cycle lane is part of a longer path

Derbyshire County Council has defended a cycle path in Chesterfield, which local cyclists have criticised for being four metres long. They say it is simply a section of a longer cycle lane.

"This is not a four-metre long cycle path - it is part of our Chesterfield town-wide network. The photograph makes it look odd because it is a busy part of town and it is intersected by two road junctions.

We're keen to promote cycling and make our towns accessible to cyclists. This cycle path runs from West Bars, along New Beetwell Street, ending at Park Road. It is a continuation of a longer cycle path from the A61 Derby Road, through the picturesque Queen's Park into the town centre.

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Chesterfield cycle lane is just four metres long

Council chiefs in Chesterfield have been left red faced after cyclists criticised a brand-new bike lane - which is just four metres long.

The short cycle lane was painted in Beetwell Street earlier this month and was almost instantly criticised by cyclists in the town.

The tiny lane Credit: Ross Parry

Bike commuter Will Jones, said: "It makes the council a laughing stock really."Why on earth would anybody need a cycle lane so short? It's stupid."

Cyclist Lisa Jennings, said:

"It's an embarrassment to the town. There are so many dangerous roads which really do need a cycle lane, but don't. So to paint this pathetic little lane is just an insult to cyclists who are forced to use genuinely dangerous roads which still don't have a cycle lane."

The entire lane Credit: Ross Parry

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Spontaneous applause and warm tributes at the funeral of former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn

Friends family and supporters from the world of politics gathered to pay tribute to the former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn at his funeral today in Westminster. One mourner described him as a man who had inspired ideas humour and hope for generations.

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Politicians across the divide arrive for Benn funeral

Tony Benn's coffin is carried in by members of his family, including his son Hillary, a serving MP. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Figures from across political divide have arrived in Westminster for the funeral service of Tony Benn.

Mr Benn's coffin arrived at St Margaret's Church to applause and some tears as politicians and activists made up the amassed crowds.

Arthur Scargill is pictured in a rare public appearance. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Arthur Scargill, Rory Bremner, Lord Heseltine, Gerry Adams and Andrew Mitchell are among those at the ceremony, ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.

Lord Heseltine was among the mourners. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine make their way to the service. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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Tony Benn funeral: Crowds pay tribute to 'one-off MP'

Devoted crowds are waiting outside in Westminster as the funeral service of former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn gets underway.

One banner describes the left-wing MP as "truly irreplacable", while another calls him "our Tony Benn".

One poster reads "his truth goes marching on". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Another describes Mr Benn as "a one off MP". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Durham Miners Association hoist a flag in Benn's honour. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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Tony Benn's family prepare to say final goodbye

Tony Benn was 88 when he passed away on March 14

The friends and family of former Chesterfield MP, Tony Benn, are preparing to say their final goodbyes at his funeral later this morning.

He served as a Labour politician for 51 years. Credit: PA

A service for the long-serving Labour politician will be held at St Margaret's Church in Westminster at 11am.

It's expected he'll then be buried at his family estate in Essex.

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