Wealden District Council
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Temporary partial closures of Cuckoo Trail ahead

Publish Date: 23 May 2024

Visitors to the Cuckoo Trail are being advised that sections of the popular trail will be closed in June and July.

concrete path through hedgerows with a person riding a bike and aperson walking a dog behind the person on the bike

The Cuckoo Trail is a leisure 11-mile route running from Polegate to Heathfield used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders and parts of it will be closed so essential work can be carried out before the start of the summer holidays.

Cuckoo Trail south of Ghyll Road in Heathfield closed to all types of users to allow the work to go ahead safely. The work, being carried out by contractors C J Thorne, is expected to start on Wednesday 5 June and take between 10 days and two weeks.

A signposted diversion via Ghyll Road, Hailsham Road (B2203) and public footpath Heathfield and Waldron 50b – opposite the Runt-in-Tun public house – will be provided to bypass the works and maintain the though route of the Trail. The public footpath section is unsurfaced.

Wealden District Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these necessary works.

In addition, from Monday 10 June, contractors acting for Bovis/Vistry Housing will be installing a new pumped sewer along the route of the Cuckoo Trail between Sycamore Drive and Ersham Road in south Hailsham. The work is expected to last until Friday 19 July and during this time the Trail will be closed to all types of users to allow the work to proceed.

Unfortunately, there is no safe route available to bypass this location so, although other parts of the Trail will be available as usual, the Cuckoo Trail will effectively be closed as a through route during this period. The council apologies for any inconvenience caused by these works, which are being carried out under a Sewer Requisition Notice over which the council has no control.

A council spokesperson said, “It is regrettable parts of the Trail have to close but these works are necessary and being done ahead of the summer holidays. While the resurfacing work in Heathfield will have a diversion in place, it is not possible for a diversion to be set up for the works in south Hailsham and that is out of the council’s control.”