Traffic problem spot work begins in Hailsham

David White, Jo Bentley, Roy Galley, Bill Bentley
David White, Jo Bentley, Roy Galley, Bill Bentley

Work to improve a bottleneck in Hailsham town centre is set to begin next week to help traffic flow in the area.

Workmen will move in and start work on the stretch of road in North Street on Monday (April 7) after concerns from residents that lorries loading and unloading was causing congestion.

It is one of a series of initiatives to improve traffic in Hailsham and Hellingly which has been devised by the MASHH Steering Group.

The steering group is a partnership between Hailsham Town Council, Hellingly Parish Council, Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council which is delivering infrastructure and improvements both for pedestrians and drivers.

Cllr Jo Bentley, Chairman of MASHH said she was thrilled work was due to start.

She said: “I am delighted to be able to confirm that work is about to begin.

“This is an excellent example of how MASHH is working together with local partners to solve local issues and deliver improvements for Hailsham.”

The work follows negotiations with BT, and the support of ASDA, to ensure the provision of a much-needed loading area for Post Office vehicles to enable them to deliver safely and without holding up traffic.

It is being jointly funded by East Sussex County Council and Royal Mail and should take approximately two weeks to complete.

ASDA has made a limited number of its car parking spaces available to contractors while the work is being carried out to minimise any disruption for residents and visitors to the town.

At the end of last year, MASHH announced a series of transport initiatives and later this month, residents’ views are being sought on a further series of improvements.

Cllr Bentley said: “I wish to ask people to look out for a major public consultation event and exhibition of drawings for further town centre improvements that will be held in the Hailsham Community Centre Hall on Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to attend and give us their views.”

The consultation is being arranged through East Sussex County Council.

There will be opportunities for people to ask MASHH representatives questions about the proposals during the event.

Further details about the consultation, including timings, will be announced by East Sussex County Council in due time.