Designs for a revamped Uckfield bus station are being worked on as part of the town regeneration scheme.
The work, separate to the idea of a new shopping mall, was always structured in three phases:
- Road and pavement improvements from Bell Farm Lane, south towards Framfield Road
- Road and pavement improvements from Bell Farm Lane, north to Church Street
- Upgrading the bus station at its present site.
The first two tasks have been completed, with “snagging” work undertaken in recent weeks.
Uckfield town clerk Holly Goring said provisional designs were being worked up for the bus station, which would include feedback from the town council and residents.
Speaking at a meeting of the full council on Monday (April 9), she said the provision of public conveniences was part of the work, along with gaining an understanding of the ongoing costs that could be incurred.
“Good progress is being made,” she said.
Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central ward, said the opportunity should be used to investigate the drains in the area to try and prevent surface water flooding at the bottom of the High Street.
He understood surface water drainage from the High Street was taken away under the bus station.
The regeneration works in the High Street were overseen by a Project Board comprised of representatives from East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council and Uckfield Town Council.
Contributions from housebuilders help fund the work.
The main works up to Church Street were carried out in 2016 with the road closed to northbound traffic.
Before, during and after the works, the provision of on-street car parking in the High Street has been a hotly-debated in the town.
The first section of roadworks – towards Framfield Road – brought traffic chaos when they started in the autumn of 2014.
Consultations on the whole scheme took place in 2013.
The idea for a new shopping mall is on hold – with a decision on its future due this summer.
An inability to find an anchor tenant has stalled the scheme