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'Overwhelming public support' needed if cyclists cliff path ban to be lifted

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A LAW banning cycling on the cliff paths could be reviewed if there was 'overwhelming public support' to scrap it, an Environment Department spokesman has said.

But he added that the paths were being damaged by illegal riders. Instead, it has been suggested that cycling groups could purchase their own land to undertake their sport.

The department has placed signs warning cyclists that they face a £100 fine if they use the cliff paths. 'Not everyone is aware that cycling is not permitted in certain areas,' the spokesman said.

'The signs indicating the level of fine were introduced by the department this summer in response to complaints about cyclists riding fast or discourteously on some protected areas.'

The department receives complaints regularly about bike riders illegally using footpaths, parks and nature areas.

The spokesman said signs were placed at Les Sommeilleuses and at Pleinmont, after it was found that the paths were 'rutted' by numerous cycle tracks.

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