A meeting will take place with Uckfield Town Council – and there will be a public exhibition – about stage two of High Street improvement works after business people have been informed about plans.
Dates for both those events have yet to be confirmed though a meeting with the Chamber executive committee has been fixed for Thursday, June 11.
Information about the other events was given yesterday to UckfieldNews.com by an East Sussex County Council press officer who released a statement on behalf of an Uckfield Town Centre highway improvement scheme project board spokesman.
The board spokesman said: “At the request of the Chamber of Commerce, which represents traders in Uckfield, we will be meeting with them to present details of the revised scheme and options for managing traffic during the construction phases.
“This will be followed by a meeting with Uckfield Town Council and a public exhibition. Details will also be available for everyone to see, via the project websites.
“We have previously widely consulted on the scheme but have revisited stage two, taking into account the concerns raised by traders and residents.
“We will continue to keep people informed at every step of the way as the scheme progresses.”
County councillor for Uckfield Claire Dowling contacted Uckfield News on Saturday after our columnist Observer criticised the authority for talking behind closed doors to “stakeholders” before revealing plans to townspeople.
Cllr Dowling stressed the meeting was being held at the request of the Chamber but said she would be pressing for a public exhibition to be held too. She added she was sure a meeting would be held with the town council because that had happened at previous stages of the High Street improvement scheme.
Observer argued about the Chamber meeting: “East Sussex County Council must be made to understand that everyone who lives in Uckfield and surrounding villages is a “stakeholder” when it comes to what goes on in the High Street.
“What is happening to our High Street is far too important to be decided and chewed over in private before the council comes up with a ‘done deal’ for the public to consider.”
Observer’s full comment can be seen here: County has failed to learn lessons from first stage of Uckfield roadworks, says Observer.
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