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Stairway to Horam

Media Release : 03 July 2019

Horam residents and visitors can once again access the High Street direct from the Cuckoo Trail following the opening of a new staircase.

Cllr Cousins and Cllr Doodes

The old steps were closed to carry out necessary improvement works.

Wealden's Chairman, Cllr Pam Doodes, officially opened the steps on Thursday 27 June, alongside Horam Parish Council Chairman Michael Cousins, and members of the Parish Council. On opening the staircase, Cllr Pam Doodes said: "The Cuckoo Trail is a much loved and much used pathway linking some of Wealden's main towns and villages including Horam. It is used as a starting point for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to explore our beautiful countryside, as well as providing a safer more sustainable option for regular commuters in the District. We are pleased to have worked together with the Parish Council to reinstate the staircase, which is an important asset to the people of Horam, its local businesses and its visitors."

The staircase, funded equally between Wealden District and Horam Parish Councils, provides an important link between the Cuckoo Trail and the village. Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Michael Cousins said: We were delighted to welcome Cllr Doodes to Horam and work with Wealden on this joint project. As a regular user myself I know how important the trail is for the health and wellbeing of the Wealden community. The new steps will make for easier access for parents taking children to school and other users to access the facilities that Horam has to offer."

Steeped in history, a staircase has linked the Cuckoo Trail with Horam village since 1880. Opened by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, it provided access to the developing village of Horeham (now Horam) to enable passengers to change platforms via the road bridge. Nowadays, it serves to provide access for users of the trail to Horam's shops and amenities. 

The 11-mile former railway line runs from Polegate to Heathfield. Its use is growing with more people realising the benefits of walking and cycling to their general health and wellbeing.