New Town roadworks on hold after outcry

Permits allowing UK Power Networks to start roadworks in New Town, Uckfield, next month have been temporarily revoked.

Cllr Chris Dowling.

The news comes from Cllr Chris Dowling, who represents Uckfield South on East Sussex County Council, and follows an Uckfield News report yesterday: Fury over roadworks planned in New Town.

Cllr Dowling welcomed news of the revocation but said this was only temporary. UKPN would re-apply for the permits which allow for the supply of electricity to the Ridgewood Place development.

Cllr Dowling said he shared concern, raised in the Uckfield News story, about the prospect of the roadworks being carried out at the same time as work to build a roundabout on Uckfield by-pass.

But, he said, he was advised that utility companies had legal rights to carry out infrastructure work and East Sussex County Council, as the Highways Authority had only limited reasons to refuse or deny the work.

He continued: “The work by UKPN should have been undertaken much earlier, rather than now when work relating to the development is taking place on Uckfield by-pass. They have had plenty of time to do this work since the planning application was approved.”

He added: “This temporary delay has given me the chance to request that when the highway permits are re-applied for, the work is scheduled so no work is undertaken leading up to Christmas, which otherwise could impact on the High Street.

“The final phase of work in Lewes Road must take place in January.”

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