A cyclist is believed to have been awarded a five-figure compensation package after an incident on a notorious cycle lane.

Brighton and Hove City Council leader Mary Mears said the local authority stumped up the sum after an accident on the dedicated path in The Drive and Grand Avenue, Hove.

It is the same route which the minority Conservative administration recently proposed spending up to £1.1 million removing.

However, this was overturned by the opposition parties who felt the money was better spent protecting key council services from cutbacks.

Coun Mears made the revelation at a public meeting despite local authority lawyers last night maintaining the matter was still with the courts.

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