LETTER: ‘Improvements’ inflict misery

According to the local press, Hailsham’s Cllr Bill Bentley says that the ‘improvements’ (read ‘chaos’) in the town centre will help Hailsham cope with the traffic resulting from new housing developments.

Quite how narrowing the High Street will achieve that puzzles us. How making Vicarage Road one-way, forcing traffic from new housing to do a circuit of the town, in order to access the car parks entirely baffles us.

We are totally flabbergasted to see that, in times of austerity, £2.5 million has miraculously appeared to fund this white elephant stampede, laying waste to all before it. Would Housing Act payments from developers have anything to do with inflicting this misery on Hailsham residents?

Due to cuts there are, we are told, no funds for Sure Start, or adult services like day centres. Library hours are due to be cut, rural bus subsidies have been slashed, and, yet local authorities can fund 34 weeks of wretched redevelopment misery for locals, with no obvious end-benefit.

On the subject of buses, passengers going south must now stand in North Street, in the full force of the prevailing wind, with no shelter from the rain and whatever else the coming winter might fling at them. When, though, did you last see a planner, or a Steering Group Chair waiting for a bus? Some answers, please – and not just to the last question.

Martin Hillman

and David Ellis

Hawks Road, Hailsham

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