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Cuckfield High Street to close as road works begin

Essential road resurfacing starts soon in Cuckfield High Street and is scheduled to take up to five days.

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The current surface is deteriorating and difficult to maintain. The long-lasting replacement will be strong, less vulnerable to potholes and the need for frequent and disruptive small repairs.

The High Street will be resurfaced between Broad Street and London Road and will be closed to through traffic. Approximately 75 metres of Broad Street will also be resurfaced, from its junction with the High Street.

Work is scheduled to start on 22 October, subject to factors such as severe weather, and will take place between 8am and 8pm each day. An earlier phase in the project took place in the spring.

A West Sussex Highways spokesperson said:

“This type of work, in a busy village centre, inevitably causes disruption. However, every effort is being made to try to minimise the impact of the project for local businesses, residents and the wider, travelling public. This is why the works have been scheduled for school half-term week, when traffic volumes are generally lower.”

The High Street will be closed to through traffic, including buses, with a diversion in place via the A272 Cuckfield bypass, B2184 Broad Street/London Lane to re-join the B2036 London Road to the north of the road resurfacing project, and vice-versa.

Pedestrian access will be maintained to homes, shops and businesses.

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Lead thefts from five Horsham and Haywards Heath churches

Police received six reports of lead thefts from the roofs of churches since the 1 October.

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Sussex Police Officers are appealing for witnesses after a series of lead thefts in Haywards Heath and Horsham.

Sussex Police have received six reports of lead thefts from the roofs of churches since the 1 October.

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St Nicolas Church, St John’s Church, St Peter’s Church all in Horsham and the Holy Trinity Church and St Mary Magdalen’s Church in Haywards Heath were effected.

PCSO Daryl Holter, Heritage Crime Officer said: “We believe the majority of these thefts have occurred over night when the buildings are unoccupied.

“Most of the churches who have fallen victim to this crime are listed buildings and the consequences of such criminality can be significant.

“All lines of enquiry will be investigated and we will be working closely with the Diocese of Chichester and Ecclesiastical Insurance to tackle this matter.

“We are urging the communities in these areas to be vigilant and to watch out for any suspicious behaviour. No one knows their neighbours better than you. These buildings are part of our shared heritage and we need to work together to protect them.”

If you witnesses any suspicious behaviour near a church or would like to report any information, please go online or call 101 quoting reference 273 of 01/10. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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