Reason for Station Street improvements in Lewes

I write in response to the letter from ‘Blossom Bell’ (Express, September 19) about the works currently taking place in Station Street, Lewes.

The improvements to Station Street we are constructing are among a package of measures that formed part of the ‘Lewes Steps Forward’ consultation we undertook in September 2013. Leaflets inviting people to participate in the consultation were delivered throughout Lewes informing and inviting them to attend a public exhibition or view and comment on the proposal online.

In the weeks leading up to the start of the improvement works letters were delivered to all residents and businesses in Station Street inviting them to a public engagement event at the Town Hall to view the proposals and discuss any concerns they may have had about the impact of the construction works.

The works are being funded from money that was awarded to the county council from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. They will bring about a step change in the quality of the footways in Station Street which will help boost trade in the street by encouraging more people to visit its very varied range of shops and other business premises.

Special measures have been introduced to ensure that all of the shops and business will remain open during the works. Part of the improvement works involving widening the existing footways while making sure there is still enough room for the traffic that will need to continue to use the road. The restrictions on the amount of space available mean that it has not been possible to introduce any dedicated facilities for cyclists as part of this scheme.

Station Street will be closed for a period of five weeks while we undertake the works and we are aiming to open the road on Sunday, October 19. Signed diversion routes for traffic have been set up.

We would like to thank the residents and businesses of Lewes for their continued understanding while the work on Station Street is taking place.

Cllr Carl Maynard

ESCC lead member for

transport and environment