Trail to reopen in time for summer holidays

The Cuckoo Trail
The Cuckoo Trail

A SECTION of the Cuckoo Trail will be closed until the school summer break while re-instatement work gets underway.

On May 23, the 1.5km Old Loom Mill section of the Cuckoo Trail will be completely closed off to all users between Sayerland Lane, Polegate, to Summerhill Lane and the short length between Sayerland Lane and the A27 to allow re-instatement work to be carried out on this popular route.

Southern Water started work to replace the damaged sewer pipe which runs directly under the Cuckoo Trail in November 2010 when the Trail was closed to the public.

This pipe needed to be replaced urgently as it had suffered a number of bursts and was continuing to be at risk of bursting again.

The popular Cuckoo Trail was later re-opened (April 10) with a temporary surface to allow public access during the Easter break.

Following this latest closure, the Trail is expected to permanently re-open on July 22, in time for the schools’ summer break.

Keith Jeffery, Southern Water’s project manager for the sewer replacement, said, “We appreciate the re-closure of the Trail will be inconvenient to some people, but we ask the public for their patience and understanding while re-instatement work of the Cuckoo Trail is underway. We will continue to remain in regular contact with East Sussex County Council and Wealden District Council during this necessary temporary closure.”

Businesses and car parks in the surrounding areas will remain open.

Southern Water will continue to update the public on the progress of the work via its website, the media and at information points along the trail.