A recent report showed a picture of the Old Farm Close crossing point with a notice telling residents not to walk towards the hospital on the relief road - some do but why is there no link for them via Southdowns Park?
However, it seems that residents in the Greenhill Way area would like a better crossing at the Birch Roundabout on the eastern stretch of the relief road which should have been named Bondues Way to replicate the town’s other twin town Traunstein Way at the western end where Bolnore Village is.
When the road was being built it seemed feasible to install a bridge crossing on the embankments near the Birch Roundabout instead of the refuge points on the roundabout - why no bridge crossing installed?
Of course this crossing debate prompts the question of why the entire relief road was not originally built further south - many campaigned for this route. Ironically, the relief road is not being used as intended - especially HGV’s which still trundle through the ‘High’ Street.
Furthermore, it is proposed to build at Hurst Farm south of the relief road but a track link as been severed by building the relief road. In addition it is proposed to provide a new cemetery and country park off Hurstwood Lane which could have benefitted from a Bridleway link back into town. Also along the eastern stretch of the relief road - no provision was made to access St Francis Sports and Social Club facilities.
This is mirrored along the western end of the relief road with no direct access into the Bolnore Sports Ground which originally was ‘sold’ on a planning application with a running track! At the same time the vision for a crossing point where the Roman Road runs would have made it possible to link up to a bridlepath towards Bedelands and made the desired cycle route to Burgess Hill which the county council proposed nearly 20 years ago more likely.
Finally, in the context of the comments councillors made about the report in respect to additional housing being built off Greenhill Way - I have urged Lewes District Council to have the developer upgrade Colwell Lane into a usable bridlepath and which could link into the proposed country park - thus promoting healthy walking from the town but as things stand - Haywards Heath has become land locked with little chance to reach the hinterlands!
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