Works to improve car parking are underway

Hailsham possible car park charging.'Hailsham Leisure Centre Car Park.
Hailsham possible car park charging.'Hailsham Leisure Centre Car Park.

Plans to upgrade car parking in Hailsham began yesterday (Monday).

Phase Three of Wealden District Council’s five-year car park improvement programme is changing the town’s largest car park in Vicarage Lane in stages so a major part of the car park remains open at all times.

Wealden provides more than 650 free off-road car parking places in the town. Resurfacing work, necessitating closure of a car parking area, is only expected to take a day, subject to weather. Preparation work, including marking out and gulley clearing, will begin a few days earlier but should not affect car park use. Short stay restrictions will be lifted while resurfacing work is taking place.

The improvements include resurfacing with hard-wearing bitumen tarmac, and the re-painting of traffic control and bay markings as well as low energy lighting and new anti-graffiti signage.

The Hailsham improvement work, which will be carried out by Hailsham Roadways, is as follows:

• The main Vicarage Lane car park: Preparation work began yesterday (Monday) and will be closed on April 1. Preparation work on the eastern parking area will begin in April 2 and this will be closed on April 7. The western parking area sees preparation work begin on April 8, with a closure day on April 9.

• Hailsham South Road: Preparation work begins on April 13, with a closure day on April 15.

• Hailsham Vicarage Fields West: Preparation work begins on April 20, with a closure day on April 23.

These dates are subject to weather conditions and may change at short notice. Traffic marshals will be on duty.