Uckfield Chamber of Commerce president Chris Lawson says he is “incandescent with rage” over plans for roadworks due to start in New Town next month.
Mr Lawson says it is appalling the roadworks have been scheduled at the same time as major works are under way on the town’s by-pass.
He said: “This is crass stupidity and will make it more difficult for people to access the town at a time when the Chamber of Commerce is working with the town council and district council to promote shopping in the High Street.”
The New Town roadworks have been scheduled to take place between Tuesday, September 22, and Monday, November 23, by UK Power Networks.
High voltage electricity cables
The plan is to install new 33kv high voltage electricity cables “to ensure safe and reliable power supplies”.
Multi-way signals will be in place to control traffic as excavation gets under way to install ducts, backfill and reinstate the surface.
The work is due to be carried out between the Citroen garage and Lewes Road roundabout.
Mr Lawson said: “I cannot believe the crass stupidity of this. Does UK Power Networks not consult anyone before embarking on such projects?
“It is bad enough enduring the traffic chaos caused by the new roundabout works on the by-pass, but to have these works at the same time will have a disastrous effect on the town.”
He feared a severe detrimental impact on High Street shopping and traffic chaos for people trying to travel between the north and south of the town.
He added: “These works must be postponed until after the new by-pass roundabout is completed. I will be urging our elected representatives to take action forthwith.”