Uckfield town councillors have supported plans for more parking at Uckfield Community Hospital.
The views of members of the plans committee, which met last night (Wednesday, May 20) will be forwarded to Wealden Council which will make the final decision on a planning application.
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town Ward, said the piece of land chosen for additional spaces – 23 on a grass verge to the left of the hospital access road – wasn’t a complete solution to parking problems at the hospital but it would remove people who currently parked on footpaths and obstructed roads.
“We have to do something and this is something being done. I personally welcome this application,” he said.
Committee chair Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North, was concerned about water run-off if the grass verge to be converted to parking was concreted over and fellow councillors agreed to ask that a permeable surface be considered.
• Councillors also supported plans for two replacement ATMs, new shop front glass and external signage at HSBC Bank in Uckfield High Street; a two storey extension and front hallway extension at 5 Keld Avenue, Uckfield, and a part single-storey and part two-storey rear extension at 14 New Road, Ridgewood, Uckfield.
Present at the meeting were: Cllr James Anderson, chair; Cllr Duncan Bennett; Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North; Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town and Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North.
Apologies were received from: Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North, and Cllr Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town.
There is more detail about the planning application in a previous Uckfield News story here: Plans for more parking at Uckfield Community Hospital.