The Luxford Field, bang in the centre of Uckfield, should qualify as a Breathing Space but it falls short of being a relaxing place to go for a break from the hurly burly of everyday life, writes The Ambler.
The problem? It is just a field - a bit chopped up because of visits by fairs in muddy weather – edged on two sides by parked cars.
It never crosses my mind to head for the Luxford Field at the end of a shopping stint. That would involve a climb from the High Street and then crossing the car park. Better to head straight home.
I have happy memories of my children enjoying the play equipment and we might have eaten a picnic there in those days.
It is a good venue for the Uckfield Festival Big Day and for occasional fund-raising events – by the Lions Club, Scouts and bonfire society – but for most of the time little is heard about it.
Plans proposed by the town, district and county council hint at a better future – but for now when you want to fill your lungs with fresh air and glory in your surroundings the Luxford Field is definitely NOT the place to go.