Residents have described the scheduled five-day closure of the Marina, Bexhill as ‘a waste of money’ and a ‘nightmare’.
As reported earlier today, the road will be shut between Linden Road and Wilton Road from Monday, June 29, to Friday, July 3, to widen the footpaths and other ‘improvements’.
People took to social media to complain about the proposed works which the council say will improve the footpaths and access between the seafront and the town centre.
Claire Overfield said: “Why? Waste of money! Why don’t they spend it on doing the roads up and not the paths!!!!!!”
“Yet another monumental waste of taxpayers’ cash, in these austere times,” Richard Paine added.
Alison Puddefoot said: “We’ve suffered months of disruption for very little already, now what are they doing? Complete waste of money.”
And Robert Hollands commented: “What the hell are the council thinking with this?”
The work is the final part of an East Sussex County Council scheme to improve pedestrian access in Bexhill alongside Rother District Council’s repairs to Marina Court Garden.
Diversions will be in place via Parkhurst Road, St Leonards Road, Western Road and Endwell Road, with Devonshire Road closed at the junction with Marina, as will Linden Road, Albany Road, Albert Road and Eversley Road, which will temporarily become two-way streets to allow residents in and out.
Jackie Crouch, manager of Dunselma B&B on the Marina, is concerned about the impact the closure will have on her business and the chaos it will cause, having no access to a busy route through the town and one-way streets becoming two-way.
“I’ve had to phone and email all the guests and explain to them where to go because they won’t know where they are going,” she said.
“I do hope I don’t lose any business because of it.”
Mrs Crouch said she feels sorry for the people who live on the one-way streets with no access to the Marina because cars will be turning around in limited space as there are cars parked on either side of those roads.
“I just don’t think it’s a good idea to have the whole road closed for five days as it’s a major road for the town. It’s just a nightmare,” she added.
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