Work on a major project to improve transport and access in Hailsham town centre is progressing ahead of schedule and with minimum disruption, according to feedback from local businesses.
The impact of the improvement works, which is being overseen by the Movement and Access Strategy for Hailsham & Hellingly steering group (MASHH), of which Hailsham Town Council is a partner, has been minimal and less considerable than expected prior to commencement in July.
Feedback from local businesses has been varied, although many town centre shops have experienced little or no effect in terms of footfall and takings generated.
While some disruption to the town centre is anticipated, access to shops however, is being maintained throughout the work, and noise and dust kept to a minimum.
“We’re delighted that the town centre improvement works are progressing well so far and slightly ahead of schedule,” said Mickey Caira, Business Enterprise Manager at Hailsham Town Council. “Furthermore, we’ve received little in the way of negative feedback from residents and local traders and hopefully soon, people will start to see the progress that is being made and how it is improving the roads, transport and access in Hailsham.”
“It is important to remember that the town centre is not closed for business — with a wide choice of shops offering a range of goods and services throughout the duration of the works.”
Town councillor and Hailsham Forward Executive Chairman Nick Collinson, himself a town centre business owner, said: “We apologise for any disruption the work may be causing to some, however these are vital long-term improvements to our town centre and the long-term benefits make this very worthwhile in the long run.”
“The feedback on traffic management in the town centre so far, including diversion routes and public transport measures, has been generally positive too and the contractors are working hard whilst keeping disruption to a minimum.”
Further information on the town centre transport improvement works can be found at www.eastsussexhighways.com/hailsham-town-centre
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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