DEBATE: What improvements would you like to see in Haywards Heath?

Traffic passes Muster Green in Haywards Heath
Traffic passes Muster Green in Haywards Heath
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A list of potential improvements to Haywards Heath town centre has been published, but what changes would you most like to see?

Potential improvements to the Muster Green gyratory, the Commercial Square roundabout, and the Sussex Square roundabout are all included in a Haywards Heath Town Centre Transport Study.

A report, published by West Sussex County Council earlier this month, outlines a proposal to close the Broadway arm of the Muster Green gyratory to through traffic, allowing the creation of a shared use space for some car parking, as well as providing an area for community events or markets.

These proposals would aim to ‘enhance and extend the existing cafe culture of The Broadway’, while the Muster Green North, Dolphin Road and South Road sides of the junction would be converted to allow for two-way traffic.

Meanwhile on The Broadway itself footpaths would be widened to enable some public realm and crossing improvements between Heath Road and South Road, with some of the parking spaces removed and relocated.

Plans for Commercial Square could see widened pedestrian islands, shared footway and cycleways on the south side of the junction, and the potential for a piece of public art to be installed.

The third area for potential improvements could see South Road’s footpaths widened, more cycle parking, improved ‘raised surface’ crossing points, and opening up access between South Road and Victoria Park. This could be tied in with a potential new cafe on the northern edge of the park.

Shared footways and cycleways could be created around the Sussex Square roundabout with larger pedestrian islands, while footpaths could also be widened in Sussex Road.

However the report explained that ‘all schemes are only at the feasibility stage and no preferred options have been identified by the county council’.

What do you think of these proposals and what improvements would you most like to see in Haywards Heath?

Or do you think that your town or village in Mid Sussex requires similar improvements?

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