Observer, our Saturday independent columnist, sets readers a challenge.
Uckfield is getting 1,000 new homes at Ridgewood Farm, the planning permission for 150 homes next to the hospital on Harlands Farm is, as far as I know, still extant.
Yet, still the applications for housing come in – and get approved.
One of the problems is that the Harlands development, still unstarted, has long had permission and the start of Ridgewood Farm has hardly been electric.
That has caused a gap in supply and others have moved in.
We have a situation where housebuilding is going on and will go in Uckfield for the next ten to 12 years on quite a scale.
The infrastructure is not coming on stream, unless you count the roadworks for the new estate off Lewes Road or the green park, in connection with the 1,000 homes, scheme on the other side of the by-pass at Little Horsted.
Here’s the challenge.
If you had the power and money was no object:
What infrastructure would you have built to ensure Uckfield has all the services it needs before all the new homes are built?
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I will be interested to hear what readers think are the priorities.
On the trains
We weren’t quite dancing in the aisles of the train on the way home to Uckfield from London Bridge on Friday (June 15) night, but there was some delight that Charles Horton, the chief executive of the company which runs the Uckfield Line, is quitting
He should, of course, have gone long ago.
Southern has been failing for probably five years.
Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, should be next.
But, before our celebrations get out of hand, let’s see what the new incumbent is like and whether they can get the trains to run on time.
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