Uckfield traffic options revealed

Hastings and Eastbourne web pictures
Hastings and Eastbourne web pictures

ALMOST 800 PEOPLE turned up to a three-day exhibition in March to study possible transport improvements for Uckfield.

As well as detailed displays, visitors had the chance to talk to County Council officers about four separate options – each designed to ease traffic congestion in the town in a different way.

People also shared their views via the council’s website and on Twitter and Facebook. In total, the council 572 responses were received, 276 online and 296 on paper.

The most popular option was extra parking (51%,) with a southern road (37%,) ‘smarter choices’ (33%) and a northern road (23%) following on behind.

Cllr Carl Maynard, transport lead cabinet member said: “Everyone living or working in Uckfield knows the town centre already suffers from congestion, and with more housing being built, traffic will only increase.

“To keep Uckfield as a vibrant and flourishing town we need to take action now.

“I’m really pleased so many people shared their views on our proposals - almost 800 people is about 7% of the population of Uckfield. Now we’ll need to look at all the responses in detail.

“We know the extra car parking option is popular, and that’s likely something we can look at sooner rather than later.

“We will also need to look in more detail at the Smarter Choices option, and discuss with people exactly what would be most useful for them, whether that be better pedestrian and bus facilities.

“At the same time, we will continue to investigate other options, including roads, without prejudicing possible future developments such as the reopening of the Uckfield to Lewes railway line.

“Once again I’d like to thank people for taking part. All the comments and suggestions that were put forward will help us plan for the future of the town.”

What happens next? After looking at all the comments received, the council will come up with more detailed short and long term proposals for Uckfield.

Recommendations for any next steps will be considered by the lead cabinet member for transport and environment. The date for this meeting has not yet been agreed, but plenty of notice will be given. .

In the meantime, if you would be interested in being part of a focus group to discuss Uckfield traffic improvements, please contact the council before July 31 on: 01273 482254 or via email at: development.control.transport@eastsussex.gov.uk