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Residents welcome plans to upgrade transport links in Hailsham and Hellingly

Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley signing Declaration of Acceptance of Office SUS-140530-155425001

Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley signing Declaration of Acceptance of Office SUS-140530-155425001

Residents have welcomed plans to improve transport links in Hailsham and Hellingly.

More than 350 people turned out at public exhibitions or took part in a consultation on the plan, which includes £600,000 of works to Hailsham town centre (High Street, Vicarage Lane, Vicarage Road and George Street) and other key road junctions in the area.

The first analysis of a consultation carried out in April and May shows a largely positive response to the proposals from those who took part.

The full results will be considered by Cllr Carl Maynard, county council lead member for transport and environment, who will decide whether to press ahead with the plans at a meeting in September.

If agreed, detailed designs will be drawn up, taking into account comments received from the public, and implementation of the proposed improvements could begin in spring next year.

Cllr Jo Bentley, mayor of Hailsham and chairman of the steering group, said, “We were very pleased with the public response to the consultation.

“The public events were well-attended by residents and business people alike, meaning many local people have been able to make their views known.

“The partnership working between the various authorities has continued to work well and, subject to approval, we look forward to the next stage, which will see detailed designs drawn up.”

The proposals focus on improving the town centre for pedestrians, bus users, taxis and delivery vehicles in High Street, Vicarage Lane, Vicarage Road and George Street.

Works in the town centre are part of a wider package of transport improvements for Hailsham and Hellingly, to improve access and connectivity between the communities.

 

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