UckfieldNews.com can give further details of the new wards (voting areas) for the town being proposed for Wealden District Council.
The council’s submission to the Boundary Commission sees the total number of councillors for the district drop to 45 from 55 with each ward represented by one councillor, as reported in our earlier story.
The Commission will make the final decision on ward boundaries, based on all the comments and recommendations it receives. It is expected to announce details next spring, which will go out to consultation.
Cllr Claire Dowling, Conservative, Uckfield Central, and deputy leader of Wealden council, said the physical shape of Uckfield and its population had made the task complicated.
The aim in Uckfield was to keep housing estates within the same ward, where possible.
Each ward has a target predicted electorate of 2,909, give or take ten per cent variance, by 2021 which meant the town’s population – including predicted growth – was too big for four seats but not big enough for five, on its own.
As a result, the council had suggested the inclusion of Little Horsted and Isfield within town wards.
The 1,000 homes development at Ridgewood Farm currently sits between between two wards and the council’s submission reflects the divide.
Uckfield Ridgewood and Little Horsted
This ward includes much of the existing Ridgewood ward, with the exclusion of the Harlands Farm development.
Looking in a generally southwards direction from the Highlands roundabout, Eastbourne Road and properties to the south are included are included, along with part of the planned Ridgewood development around Boothland Wood, Little Horsted and Fernley Park.
Uckfield New Town
This ward changes from the existing one and loses the Ridings estate (behind the police station). Looking generally northwards from the Highlands roundabout it stretches down through New Town to Mill Lane and takes in the Framfield Road area, part of the planned Ridgewood Farm development north of Boothland Wood and the Harlands Estate.
Uckfield West with Isfield
The Ridings estate moves to this new ward, which incorporates much of the existing Uckfield Central ward. It includes West Park, Rocks Park, Hunters Way, Church Street, the western side of the High Street but loses a portion of the current Central ward, particularly around Linden Chase, Hempstead Road, Olives Meadow and Grange Road.
This includes the Church Coombe Estate – Manor Way, The Drive etc – Snatts Road areas and out towards Millwood Lane and Millwood Close (but not Five Ash Down), the Coopers Green crossroads and then south to include top part of Nevill Road and adjoining streets.
This new ward takes in much of the Manor Park Estate (excluding the portion of Nevill Road) and Hempstead Fields and will include areas around Linden Chase Hempstead Road, Olives Meadow and Grange Road.
Cllr Dowling said the aim had been to keep communities together but it had been necessary to take a small portion of the Manor Park Estate from the proposed new East ward and allocate it to the new North ward due to the numbers.
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