Bridge Cottage restoration pays dividends, says Observer

Our Saturday independent columnist Observer hails the work of Bridge Cottage and says it can be an important driver in the regeneration of the high street.

 

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre is doing some amazing stuff and really is the jewel in the crown of Uckfield.

I said some time ago that this historic building could be a catalyst to bring people into the town who would go on to spend money in our shops and restaurants.

I make no apologies for returning to this subject because Bridge Cottage is doing some wonderful things.

The wide and varied programme being put on looks as if my hopes are being fulfilled and more and more people will surely come when they find out what a super place it is.

The news from the nation’s high streets has been unremittingly grim in recent months and there were more alarm bells sounding this week from House of Fraser and Debenhams.

Profitable

It has been said before that retailing has changed and Uckfield is highly unlikely to attract big name stores.

However, a quality Uckfield High Street may well emerge if the town can draw in the people to make businesses profitable.

And Bridge Cottage is certainly pulling its weight – and more.

A History of Uckfield High Street was fascinating and certainly had people talking.

Literary Festival

That exhibition finished on April 7 and now, starting on Monday, there is a Literary Festival.

There’s real drive and energy to make this historic building the hub of the community and I tip my hat to the preservation society, which runs the place, and the whole team at Bridge Cottage and say more power to your elbow.

The restoration, repairs, and renovations to Bridge Cottage were completed with a big helping of Lottery money and every time I walk into the building I think my “investment” in losing tickets was worth every penny.

By the way, there’s an antiques fair on today from 9am to 4pm.

If you’ve not been to Bridge Cottage, go down and take a look.

You’ll be amazed.

See also:

Northbound closure of Lewes Road for six weeks planned

Plans for new lay-by on A22 Uckfield by-pass

County music service set to be hit by budget cuts

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