Work to repair water pipes in Herstmonceux has been postponed after traders warned it would kill business.
The work will now begin in January after traders joined forces amid fear the work would “ruin” the village.
Businesses and residents are now being asked to help shape the planning of the scheme to install a £127,000 water main in Gardner Street by South East Water.
A community drop-in session is being held at Herstmonceux Village Hall, between 3pm and 6pm on November 20.
This will enable the firm to explain why the scheme needs to be done, while allowing businesses more time to input into the planning of the improvement scheme.
James Smith, delivery manager for South East Water, said: “Local businesses were worried that our work would impact them in the run up to the busy Christmas period so we listened to their concerns and have agreed to push the scheme back a couple of months.”
Construction between West End and Chapel Row was due to begin on November 19, but will now start on January 3 and is expected to complete by the end of April 2013.
The company is in the process of finding alternative parking in the village for visitors and shoppers.