Residents’ association launched for two estates in Uckfield

A residents’ association for Manor Park and Hempstead Fields estates, in Uckfield, was launched at a meeting last week.

The meeting was held at Manor Primary School on Thursday and county councillor Paul Sparks, who had suggested setting up the association, was elected chairman.

He said: “This is a very good place to live and we should celebrate this but acknowledge that nevertheless there are some matters that need to be addressed.

“It is often difficult to tackle important issues as an individual, but a coherent organisation with a strong clear voice will ensure that people in authority take notice of the views and needs of the residents of the estates.”

Cllr Sparks explained the background to his idea for a residents’ association. A pilot meeting was held earlier in the year, a sample residents’ survey was undertaken, which indicated strong support for an association, and which highlighted issues of concern.

He said there were around 1200 houses on the two estates, a significant number when the whole of Uckfield comprises about 5,800 properties.

The meeting agreed a committee should be formed to address the following key issues:

  • Maintaining and lighting footpaths (liability)
  • Road safety and road repair
  • Parking
  • Planning
  • Relocation of Meads Surgery
  • Social events
  • Community self-help eg snow clearing
  • Wildlife awareness eg deer on the estate
  • Communications eg noticeboard
  • Village green proposal for the green area of The Dene
  • Crime
  • Design a logo (children’s competition)

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