An MP and former transport minister wants an overhaul of links to a port town.

Liberal Democrat Norman Baker has called on East Sussex County Council to alter the ring road around Newhaven which he has described as the “worst planning mistake” to ever befall the town centre.

Mr Baker, a transport under secretary between 2010 and 2013, said the town had been in a “downward spiral” since the ring road’s creation.

Mr Baker wants North Way to be made two-way and South Way to be made two-way and reduced to a local access road to stop heavy vehicles “pounding” past houses to loosen what he claims is a “noose” effect around the town centre.

County council officials are assessing possible improvements but warn changes have to be “carefully considered”.

They are looking into making North Way a two-way street and “downgrading” South Way to reduce the level of traffic using it.