FSB were out lobbying for smaller business interests at two key transport consultations in Eastbourne, recently.
The first considered views on a number of road schemes in Eastbourne town centre to coincide with the expansion of the new shopping mall. FSB were keen to see better links from the train station to the Little Chelsea area where there is a great selection of smaller independent shops, bars and cafes.
“Also, improved road links into the exciting re-development in Devonshire Park will be needed,” said FSB Development Manager, Martin Searle. East Sussex County Council Highways department are now moving forward with the points raised in mind.
South East Policy leader, Clive Soper (pictured with Christina Ewbank, leader of the Association of Chambers of Commerce) participated in a consultation upon the A27 which is studying the feasibility of a new duel carriageway from Polegate to Lewes.
The meeting took place at the impressive new locker room facility at the Devonshire Park Tennis Centre. “The business and economic case for change is strong,” said Clive. This is supported by congestion statistics and a poor accident record on the current single carriage stretch. An important theme emerged at the meeting, to enhance the existing A27 as a ‘brown sign’ tourist trail, supporting smaller businesses trade on the route and access to the South Downs National Park.
Also, environmental mitigation in an area of great sensitivity, was discussed, as well as how buses, trains, cycling, walking and horse-riding might thrive by separating the route into an expressway, whilst preserving the existing carriageway for local people, visitors and tourism.
“Important to the design will be how the A26 feeds in from Newhaven Port at the Beddingham roundabout and from the Cuilfail tunnel at the Southerham roundabout,” added Clive Soper. Highways England are now moving the development forward to an outline business case.