Safety worries over Fishbourne Palace cycle route

Residents in West Sussex are worried about the safety of schoolchildren amid plans to change a cycle route which runs through a historical site.

The cycle path runs through the centre of the grounds of Fishbourne Roman Palace near Chichester.

The owners of the site said they wanted to move the route because they had seen an increase in anti-social behaviour.

But residents said they were concerned for the safety of the children if the route were to be moved.

In 1995, the cycle route was created as a temporary feature to attract more visitors to the palace.

Jaane Rowehl, director of Fishbourne Roman Palace, said: "We've had increasing problems with people coming into the site at night. We had smashed glazing, roofs being torn up, we had break-ins."

Jean Howes, chair of governors at Fishbourne C of E Primary School, said: "We are very concerned for the safety of the children really, we want to ensure that children can get to and from school safely."

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