One of the designs for Hughes Way play area put forward at a public exhibition by HAGS-SMP

Hughes Way play park works still delayed

Long delays in starting work on revamping the Hughes Way play area are annoying Uckfield town councillors.

They had hoped it would be ready for the half-term holiday last October. Now they fear it will not be ready until after Easter, which is at the end of March.

After consultation with nearby residents and a public exhibition, the town council appointed HAGS-SMP to carry out the upgrade.

The company has completed similar projects within the town.

Installation date

Members of the council’s environment and leisure committee were told by officers on Tuesday (January 2): “We are still waiting for a delivery and installation date.

“We have been advised that the only items outstanding are the toddler unit and the roundabout.”

The company had been willing to do a partial installation of the equipment available but this was not accepted by the council which wanted the job done in one go – and with sufficient notice given to residents.

Little confidence

Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Uckfield Central, said the delays gave her little confidence in the contractor, if the company were to tender for further work from the council.

She said: “ I am shocked, stunned that it has taken so long and we are no further forward.

“This is getting a bit silly. They will not be able to put anything in the ground now. It is going to be March before anything is going to be done.

“The fact that we have used them in previous times, doesn’t give me a lot of confidence, when we upgrade another play park, in using them again.”

Manufactured abroad

Assistant town clerk Christine Wheatley, said she had told the contractor of councillors’ displeasure at the long wait.

“I am now being told that because they have changed factories to somewhere abroad, they are waiting for the equipment to come an eastern European country,” she said.

Committee chairman, Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, Uckfield New Town, asked for the company to be contacted again so a date for the works could be given.

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