It is now possible to access the health food shop, newsagent, fish and chip shop and The Lounge via the new pavement in Uckfield instead of detouring into the road and back to them via River Way.

First section of Uckfield paving work should be finished by end of week

Work laying new paving slabs between Peacocks and The Lounge in Uckfield should be completed by the end of this week.

This news came from East Sussex county councillor Chris Dowling, who lives in Uckfield and represents Ridgewood and Framfield. He was looking forward to seeing tangible results of the work that began last Monday, September 22.

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Paths are opening to Uckfield shops which were isolated during improvement works. This section of work should be completed by the end of the week.

New kerb line

Having completed the first section of improvements the team will continue on the other side of River Way going up to Framfield Road before coming down again to Boots.

The county council has reported on its website that during the first week a new kerb line was put in place and the exit of River Way had been improved so that traffic turning out onto the High Street would in future have a much better line of vision up and down the High Street.

New lighting columns are in place and so is a Real Time Information Sign for a bus stop on this stretch of road.

Additional signs are reinforcing the fact that the town is ‘open for business’, and Cllr Dowling said moves were under way to change wording elsewhere, including on LED signs, which indicated New Town was closed.

Access to Waitrose

He added talks were still going on about improving access to the Waitrose car park.

The project board overseeing Uckfield improvements, which is made up of representatives of East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council and Uckfield Town Council continues to monitor progress and investigate ways of minimising the impact of the scheme.

Cllr Claire Dowling, county council member for Uckfield, speaking in a press release, on behalf of the project board said: “The new signs are vital in reinforcing the message that Uckfield is open for business.

“We would urge people to come to the town as normal. There are spaces to park and outside peak evening hours there is little congestion.

“We thank people for their patience and are continuing to monitor the situation and will adopt a flexible approach so we can respond to issues as they arise.

“A degree of disruption was expected for a project on this scale but we do expect conditions to improve as motorists adjust to the new arrangements and the work progresses.”

Uckfield signs

Cllr Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Coubncil member for Ridgewood and Framfield, Cllr Claire Dowling, county council member for Uckfield and member of the project board and Uckfield Mayor Cllr Ian Smith, with one of the new signs reinforcing the message that Uckfield town centre is open as normal. More work is still to be done on signage.

See also:

Uckfield shopping tips for October

Save our High Street – go shopping today

October round-up of Uckfield business news

Find local businesses in our Uckfield Directory

How to advertise on UckfieldNews.com

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