How will Uckfield fare in future business development?

October 2015 Business Scene

Housing captured the immediate headlines when Wealden District Council fired the starting gun on a Local Plan to last until 2037.

For this column, the most interesting news was around where the council plans future business development, writes Paul Watson.

It is no surprise that Hailsam is being earmarked for considerable growth in employment provision.

The town, if the Plan were to go through, is earmarked for massive expansion and could virtually double in size.

It makes sense to put the jobs near to where people live and along the A22 corridor.

The report also notes future business development at Maresfield and as part of the Ridgewood Farm housing development.

Read more about what the first draft of the Local Plan has to say about business, here

Cheers to vinyard and winery

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Award-winning Bluebell Vineyard Estates, in Furners Green, has celebrated ten years of sparkling success.

The vineyard, home to more than 100,000 vines growing premium quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Seyval Blanc, held an event which included a tour and tasting session for invited guests. Read more of this success story

 Italian eatery gears up for opening

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A new Italian restaurant is expected to open in the Riverside Cafe before Christmas. Story here

It is immediately behind Bridge Cottage, where restoration work continues apace.

The historic building is having some of the latest high-tech equipment installed before its re-opening as a focal point for the town’s history next year.

New look Picture House emerges

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Work on upgrading and modernising The Picture House continues with the new lighter foyer beginging to emerge. See more 

Print works wants to move into former Crowson Fabrics HQ

Crowson House on the Bellbrook Business Park, now empty as Crowson Fabrics prepares to close on April 17.

Uckfield Town Council is supporting a bid by a printing firm to change the use of the former HQ of Crowsons Fabrics on the Bellbrook Business Park. Purepint has used the building for storage but now wishes to move in printing presses. See more here 

Gatwick needs to end expansion campaign – MP

Wealden MP Nus Ghani has told Gatwick Airport to stop its campaign against the findings of the Airports Commission, which favoured Heathrow for growth, saying it was doing nothing to improve its “poor reputation” among local communities and stakeholders.

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 Chamber president stands down

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Uckfield Chamber of Commerce president, Fiona Monson (pictured), has stood down as she launches a new business. More details and find out who is in the running to replace her; click here

Two Uckfield firms work together

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Uckfield based Oldfield Smith chartered surveyors have taken delivery of two new vehicles supplied by another local firm Neva Consultants.

Graham Prince, senior partner at Neva, which is based at Piltdown, said they were delighted to help in providing practical, smart and professional vehicles that enhanced the Oldfield Smith image and also served all the operational requirements they have as a busy firm of chartered surveyors. More here

Personal service when you use DMR for car repairs

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Meet Darren Purnell from DMR - a business that prides itself on knowing its customers – and their vehicles. Click here to see the wide range of services on offer – including work on mowers.

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Plans for two Uckfield offices to become flats

Chance for youngsters to learn more about apprenticeships

How to become green and efficient

Chance to join the Usborne Books team

New party room for Barney’s Playbarn

Promotion at SLM Toyota

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