Cyclists struggle on Chichester cyclepath

Overgrown - Paul Adams who cycles to work to West Dean from Chichester on the Centurion Way.''C120996-2 Chi Pathway  Photo Louise Adams
Overgrown - Paul Adams who cycles to work to West Dean from Chichester on the Centurion Way.''C120996-2 Chi Pathway Photo Louise Adams

Cyclists are struggling to get to work as undergrowth along cyclepath Centurion Way is growing out of control and rendering parts of the route almost impassable.

Last month’s huge rainfall has done wonders for some plants, but the overgrown 8km cyclepath which runs between Chichester and West Dean is causing problems for some commuters.

Paul Adams, 50, who lives at Appledram Lane and uses the cyclepath to get to work, said: “The main problem is the part of the cycle path between Binderton and West Dean which is incredibly overgrown.

“Since the rain in July, everything seems to have grown like a jungle. A lot of people use the path for business and pleasure and it is an important route for some of us.

“I’m not a whinger, but it is a bit of an issue, especially with the stinging nettles, which are particularly nasty if you are 
wearing shorts!”

At West Dean, Centurion Way leads into a network of quiet roads and bridleways which go towards the South Downs, and at Chichester the path joins the South Coast Cycle Route which is route 2 of the National Cycle Network.

A West Sussex County Council spokesman said: “West Sussex County Council has recently been made aware of concerns around overgrown vegetation on the Centurion Way cycle path, and 
our Community Support Team has this listed to deal with.

“The team is currently dealing with a higher volume of work 
than usual due to the recent increased rainfall and we would ask residents to be patient while this is worked through.

“We are also looking at the possibility of an alternative 
solution to deal with the concerns raised, possibly involving community groups.”

This popular pathway follows a disused railway line and its name is based on the fact the path crosses the course of a Roman road.