Councillor promotes Avery Hill Park in Cycling Report

Eltham South councillor Adam Thomas has been working on the council committee looking at improvements to cycling provision and facilities in the borough.

As part of its recommendations to the council, the committee has called for a review of the current bye laws preventing cycling in the borough's parks, calling on the council to consider relaxing these bye laws to allow cycling to take place, in parks where it is appropriate.

During the formulation of the final report which was discussed last week, Cllr Adam Thomas called for the council to strongly consider Avery Hill Park for the relaxation of bye laws, to allow cycling within the park.  This followed his questioning earlier in the year of the Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, regarding funding for further cycling improvements.

A considerable amount of time and money has been spent by the council on looking at the feasibility of a new cycle route within the park, connecting to other routes within Eltham and New Eltham, and Cllr Thomas called for the park to get priority for the changes to council policy.

Cllr Thomas said, "Avery Hill Park is improving all the time, thanks to the hard work of the Friends Group and the investment of £400,000 from the Mayor of London.  Giving the park priority for cycling improvements, given the work already carried out, would mean that Eltham would have a great asset for the future and be a great legacy for the Olympics in the south of the borough."