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Cash boost to improve cycle facilities

New cycle facilities will be installed at railway stations across East Sussex following a Government funding boost.

Rail operator Southern, supported by East Sussex County Council, successfully bid for £470,000 from the Department for Transport for improvements at 10 stations in the county.

The programme will see new secure, ‘cycle hubs’, including cycle hire and maintenance facilities, installed at Bexhill and Newhaven Town stations, while a further eight stations will receive improved cycle facilities.

The schemes in East Sussex, part of a £14.5 million programme nationally for 2015-16, will receive additional funding from the county council.

“We are delighted that Southern has secured this funding and look forward to working in partnership with them to deliver the schemes. With new housing and jobs coming to the county, it’s more important than ever that we can improve access to rail stations and help to make cycling a realistic and attractive ‘door to door’ sustainable travel option for their everyday journeys. These schemes tie in with our commitment to delivering improved walking and cycling facilities, with the key benefit of supporting local economic growth, along with improvements to health and wellbeing and the environment.”

– Cllr Carl Maynard, county council lead member for transport and environment

The new cycle hubs at Bexhill and Newhaven Town will include secure, key card access for 50 cycles, along with cycle hire and maintenance facilities, monitored CCTV and new lighting and signage.

A new 50-space covered cycling store will be built in the new car park under construction at Uckfield station, Hampden Park will get 50 extra cycle spaces and the number of spaces at Polegate will double from 30 to 60.

Rye and Crowborough will get 30 and 25 new spaces respectively, with new cycle shelters being built at both stations, while there will be an additional 20 spaces at Seaford and 10 each at Glynde and Bishopstone.

All the affected stations will receive new, improved CCTV, lighting and new signage.

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16-year-old attacked and robbed in Hastings

The boy was attacked on Middle Street in Hastings Credit: ITV Meridian

Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy aged 16 was attacked and robbed in East Sussex last Monday. Two men attacked the boy in Middle Street in Hastings and stole his money.

The victim was walking from the HMV store towards Hastings railway station at 5pm when he was approached by two men and punched repeatedly.

The victim was not injured but had the speakers he had just bought stolen along with his black Armani Jeans messenger bag with two vertical white stripes on, which contained some Armani Diamonds aftershave and £30 in cash in a black Nike wallet.

The first man is described as a white, aged 18 to 25, 5' 10" and of muscular build with blonde or light brown hair. He was wearing a black hooded top with a front zip, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers.

The second man is described as a white, aged 18 to 25, 5' 7" and of stocky build. He was wearing a, grey jacket and grey joggers with a black hat.

"This is an unprovoked attack that has resulted in items being stolen from a boy who was on his own, fortunately he was not injured. We would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident as there were several people seen in the area."

– Detective Constable Paul Semple

Danger warning to keep off cliffs as crack appears

Walkers at a beauty spot in Sussex have been warned by the coastguard to take extra care after a crack appeared in the side of a cliff at Seaford Head. It follows a series of chalk falls on that stretch of coastline earlier on in the year. ITV Meridian has been speaking to senior coastal operations manager Graham Easton.

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