Now roadworks aimed at improving shopping, visiting and driving in Hailsham are finished harrassed traders say the council has got it all wrong.
When shown High Street plans they said how attractive they appeared. But when they objected to some practical element they feel their views were ignored.
Peter Rehberg from Hailsham Cellars said: “They said we had time to have our say in the beginning. Well, we did and they overrode every single sensible proposal we made. Some of us have worked on this High Street for decades and we have a fair idea how it ticks. But councillors in their ivory towers knew better and ignored everything we said.”
Meanwhile David Hendrie from Haywards Carpets was surprised to find the handicapped drivers’ bay at the top of the High Street is on the left hand side of the road. He also points out the loading zone at the lower end of the High Street is outside a card shop, a café, a nail bar and a hairdressers. “However traders who need a loading zone, such as the aquarium shop, wine cellars and hardware shop are on the opposite side of the road, so all their heavy goods must be wheeled across the road on trolleys holding up the traffic and dangerous to boot. The space allowed is just long enough for 7.5ton, without the tail lift down.”
Peter Rehberg went on: “Loading bays are being used as parking spots by non commercial users. Will anyone be enforcing or monitoring their use?”
A County spokesman said: “The Scheme will help reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and ensure the town can cope with the increase in traffic, while improving conditions for pedestrians and public transport users. We hope firms can take full advantage of a modern town centre, accessible to all. Five disabled parking spaces and three loading bays are in plans for the High Street following consultation. Previously there were no loading bays or parking bays for Blue Badge holders – who can be drivers or passengers. Three disabled parking spaces are on the left hand side of the High Street and two on the right - all are the standard legal width and compliant to Highways standards. As well as these there are spaces for Blue Badge holders in four of the town’s five free car parks. One of three High Street loading bays is outside the church so funeral cars can use them.”