Fewer than 40 people attend Uckfield annual town meeting

Fewer than 40 people attended last night’s Uckfield annual town meeting and it was all over within about half an hour.

Uckfield Mayor Cllr Ian Smith chaired the meeting, which was held at Uckfield Civic Centre, and there to help him with answering questions were town council plans committee chairman Cllr Louise Eastwood, environment and leisure committee chairman Cllr Alan Whittaker and general purposes committee chairman Cllr John Carvey.uckfield_civic_centre

No questions were asked in advance of the meeting which meant that full answers to those asked were not always available. Replies were promised later.

There were queries about whether the Civic Centre might be sold as part of town centre redevelopment plans; levelling of land at Ridgewood Recreation Ground, a problem of HGVs using New Road, Ridgewood, the amount of money spent on a road safety day in town and about dog laws.

There were also questions about whether safety railings and a seat would be reinstated at the edge of pavements outside Peacocks in Uckfield Town Centre, what was happening to road traffic orders which would affect the Keld Avenue and Alexandra Road in New Town and whether it was possible to introduce parking on just one side of Framfield Road to make it easier for traffic to use the road.

Answers included:

No plans to sell the Civic Centre – Cllr Mick Harker, a town councillor and chairman of the Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee, who is stepping down after the election said there were no plans to sell the Civic Centre “in any way, shape or form”.

Ridgewood Recreation Ground – A suggestion was taken on board that developers of the 1,000 home Ridgewood Farm Estate be approached for soil if Ridgewood Recreation Ground was to be levelled.

HGVs in New Road – Enquiries are to be made into what has happened to new signs which were due to be put up to stop heavy goods vehicles using New Road, Ridgewood.

Dog by-laws – Progress on introducing these had been “put on the back boiler” because of developments coming forward next to St Philip’s School and at Victoria.

Railings and seat outside Peacocks – Cllr Ian Smith said there were no plans to reinstate the railings but, while it was originally intended to add all street furniture at the end of town centre improvements, he thought a seat was being sourced to go outside Peacocks. He said he would check on that.

Yellow lines in the Keld Avenue and Alexandra Road area – This is a county council highways matter and they are to be asked about progress on preparing the way for double yellow lines to be put at a number of road junctions.

Parking in Framfield Road – A suggestion that parking be allowed on only one side of Framfield Road in a bid to make it easier for traffic to travel down there is to be referred to the county highways department.

Road safety day – It was reported that enough money had been allocated to allow this year’s road safety day to go ahead but questions had been raised within Uckfield Town Council about the possibility of parish councils being asked to contribute to the costs of the day in the future because their children travel into town to take part in the event which is funded by Uckfield council taxpayers.

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