CONSERVATIVE councillors have claimed Labour is “wobbling” on its position on plans to scrap a controversial cycle lane.

Labour and Conservative councillors in Brighton and Hove voted in favour of getting rid of the Old Shoreham Road cycle lane last month.

However, following threats from the government to withhold almost £280,000 in cycle training, councillors will be urged to overturn their decision in a decisive council meeting.

While the Greens remain in favour of keeping the cycle lane and the Conservatives opposed, Labour is reportedly on the fence - with claims that the party is preparing to flip to support keeping the cycle lane.

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Labour has submitted three amendments, including one to retain part of the cycle lane between Holmes Avenue to The Drive. The party is reportedly met last night to determine its position.

Councillor Robert Nemeth, transport spokesperson for the Conservative group, said: “Our Conservative team has stood with residents from the start and been consistent, voting on five previous occasions to have the lanes removed, while Labour and the Greens voted to keep them in place.

“There appears to be a wobbling in the Labour Group over their position at the last moment which will be of great concern to the residents.

“The Council must finally listen to the residents who have completed two separate consultations, signed petitions, attended Council meetings and each and every time told Councillors in no uncertain terms that they want this cycle lane gone.”

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Labour have been approached for comment.

Protesters in favour of scrapping the cycle lane are expected outside Hove Town Hall tomorrow ahead of the meeting, although organisers are unsure of numbers given the meeting is due to take place at 11am.

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