Complaints trigger debate over bike parking

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Published on 28 August 2020 by Mike Waters

Rye Town Council is to debate changes to parking on the town’s picturesque Strand Quay, a popular spot for visiting bikers, amid complaints about antisocial behaviour.  

The Environment Agency, which owns the land by the quay, has informed Rye Town Council that it has received an increasing number of complaints of antisocial behaviour by a "small minority" of visiting bikers and calls to either patrol the site or restrict access to motorcyclists altogether. Because patrolling the site is beyond both the agency’s resources and its legal authority, restricting access is now under consideration.  

As a result, the council’s views on the matter have been invited. In a letter to Rye Town Council which has been seen by the BMF, Environment Agency Area Environment Manager Alan Cansdale noted that visiting motorcyclists who parked at the Strand Quay brought significant passing trade to the town and that preventing parking there may prompt them to move to less safe alternative locations instead 

Rye Town Council will meet on Monday at 6.30pm to discuss this issue. Due to safety requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be held online and you can find more about how to attend virtually here   

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Picture credit: River Tillingham at Strand Quay (cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Simon Carey -, cropped)