We announced last week that Network Rail has submitted a planning application to close the crossings by Rye Mill and replace them with a new bridge over the river and a pedestrian tunnel under the railway.
This has caused some consternation, particularly in relation to potential flooding in the tunnel.
In view of this Rye Town Council has asked Rother District Council – which has the final say – for additional time to consider the application. RDC has agreed to this. The reason for the additional time is to allow a meeting of the full council – which traditionally does not meet in August – to give this full consideration and by which time the councillors will have had the opportunity to consider both the advantages and potential problems of the scheme.
No doubt a lot more will be heard about this and, in the meantime, architect and supporter of the Rye Greenway project (which also involves a bridge), Dominic Manning, gives his views in our Opinions pages.
Photo: Kevin McCarthy