12.1 The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport, together with the written comments of Councillor Ungar, one of the Local Members, and correspondence from a local resident.
12.2 The Lead Member RESOLVED to: (1) note the outcome of the Hailsham/Polegate/Eastbourne Movement and Access Corridor consultation undertaken in Autumn 2017 as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report; and
(2) approve the recommended package of proposals as set out in paragraph 2.4 of the report to be taken forward to detailed design and construction.
12.3 The increase in traffic generated from the proposed additional housing and employment in the South Wealden and Eastbourne area, will result in increased levels of congestion on the road network unless a package of mitigation measures is delivered. The Hailsham/Polegate/Eastbourne Movement and Access Corridor (HPE MAC) study identified the need for improvements to key junctions, along with the provision of bus lanes and other bus infrastructure together with new cycle routes and pedestrian improvements.
12.4 The first phase of the Movement and Access Corridor proposals, focussed on the A2270 corridor from the Wannock Road/Polegate High Street junction to Victoria Drive through Polegate Willingdon and Ratton, was consulted upon in Autumn 2017. The responses and comments made by local residents and stakeholders through the consultation process have helped shape the recommended package of Phase 1 improvements, as set out in paragraph 2.4 of the report, to be taken forward to detailed design and construction.