The next in our Have Your Say posts on the Rottingdean Village website will be looking at the proposed Segway park on the site of the Rottingdean pitch & putt golf course. An application has been made to the City Council negotiating a ten year lease for the establishment of a Segway theme park on this site. Further, it was also implied that planning permission would not be needed as the site would still be used for leisure and there was no intention to adapt or alter the site in any way. An example of what is proposed can be seen at www.segwayevents.co.uk or from the video below:
Segways are two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicles. They cannot be ridden legally on roads or pavements in Britain, which means their use is restricted to private land.
One big consideration is that the proposed Segway Event Park would be next to our beautiful Beacon Hill Nature reserve where many birds feed on the golf course because of its cut grass, including young families during spring. In particular, those birds arriving from or departing to the continent frequently rest and recover here, both on the golf course as well as on the nature reserve. Butterflies are also a big part of the nature reserve and use the golf course bunkers around the site to rest and especially to sun themselves on hatching.
John Carden, who campaigned for the creation of the national park, said:
Somebody has just lost the plot. It’s on the edge of a local nature reserve and in the national park. I dread to think of the damage. And there’s no thought about parking – where will all the visitors park?
The proposal also made the local news with the following article appearing in The Argus.
Some locals have also expressed concerns over the safety of the Segway machines with the following appearing a few years ago in The Telegraph – Segway scooters responsible for increasing number of accidents
07/10/2013 Update: If you are interested in following this further, the City Council are meeting the Environment Committee at Hove town hall tomorrow (08/10/2013) at 4 pm to discuss the Segway proposal. Members of the public can attend.
When asked to vote The Argus readers voted a massive 70% against the proposal but what do you think? Is the proposed Segway Centre a disaster waiting to happen for our local nature reserve or will it bring much needed visitors to the local businesses. Have your say below in the comments.