Options for ways of working in Uckfield High Street when roadworks move into the second phase are to be drawn up for consideration before any decision is made on how to proceed.
Retailers are increasingly concerned about disruption when roadworks take place from Bell Lane upwards because of the way trade has fallen since they began at the bottom of town and because they are scheduled to take 30 weeks to complete.
Improvements project manager Matthew Reid was at Uckfield Civic Centre yesterday for a drop-in session about plans to regenerate the town but also answered questions about the current improvements.
He told Uckfield News that options for ways of working in the High Street would be discussed before a decision was made about how to go ahead.
Mr Reid said it might be possible, for example, to restrict the working area, with contractors using wheelbarrows and spades rather than heavy equipment, and allow two way traffic. The benefits of that would have to be weighed against the additional time it would take.
A contingent of retailers led by Charles Mears-Lamb, from Noble Wines, protested at yesterday’s meeting about plans to remove on-street parking in Uckfield in the second phase of High Street works.
Mr Mears-Lamb who is collecting signatures on a petition says it was vital that people could pull up outside shops like his to pick up heavy goods but also important to ensure there is sufficient space to allow delivery vehicles to deliver stock.
Mr Mears-Lamb’s petition can be accessed online here: Save Uckfield High Street Parking
*Uckfield News asked Mr Reid about rumours that parking meters were to be installed in the lay-by opposite The Broadway. He said there were no plans to install parking meters in Uckfield. “Parking in Uckfield is free now and will remain free, other than at the new Network Rail car park.”