Maria Caulfield MP encourages residents to take part in Exceat Bridge Consultation

Maria Caulfield MP is encouraging local residents and interested people to take part in the County Council’s consultation on plans for a new Exceat Bridge.

The plans include a new two way bridge, with a pedestrian footpath on the northern side and a shared footpath and cycle path on the southern side. There is also possible plans for viewing platforms on either side of the bridge so pedestrians and cyclists can stop to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The Public Engagement Exercise for the Exceat Bridge Replacement project will run from 13th July until 7th August. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic it will be conducted online only.  The Planning Authority (South Downs National Park) recommend that this event takes place now and the responses will be used to inform the ongoing design. The planning application will be submitted in early 2021 and we anticipate a decision from the South Downs National Park Authority in summer 2021. 

Maria Caulfield MP said “I have been campaigning for a long time to see a new two way bridge at Exceat to allow free flowing traffic and easier pedestrian and cycle access so I am pleased to see this next step taking place. It is important that the new bridge is sympathetic to the surroundings of the South Downs National Park, but commuters will know that it must be built. I am encouraging everyone with an interest to please take part in the consultation.”

Details on the proposals and the consultation can be found here: https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/exceat-replacement-bridge-project/