Chamber president Fiona Monson, a chartered accountant and insolvency practitioner with Armida, told members at a meeting last week how feedback from the organisation, which represents business people, was being welcomed by the councils.
More than 90 members attended the Chamber meeting held at The Forge, Halland, last week (Wednesday, September 17) where Fiona outlined the timescale of works.
Road works began between Framfield Road and Bell Lane, on Monday (September 22). They include a one-way system with southbound traffic being diverted around the by-pass.
Fiona said: “Clearly this will be disruptive but hopefully the improvements will be worthwhile.”
She said work was due to begin on the new station car park in October/November and it was expected to open next Spring.
Fiona said the Chamber had raised concern about a nine-hour free parking limit proposed for the current town centre car parks. She said nine-hours was insufficient for many people who worked in the town.
A no-return policy within three hours could also cause problems. “We are concerned this will impact on people going home for lunch, walking dogs or those who leave the car park on call,” she said.
The car park policy is under consultation to the end of October and Fiona said the Chamber was surveying High Street businesses asking for views on whether these would impact on them and their employees.
Fiona highlighted a drop-in session due to be held on October 3 at Uckfield Civic Centre, from 3 to 7pm where there would be presentations about plans to redevelop the town centre.
Five new members were welcomed at the Chamber meeting. They include Chestnut Tree Hospice Shop in Uckfield High Street; Ambrose Harcourt PR, Buxted; Weald Professional IT Services, Uckfield; TN22 Sussex, re-worked furniture/luxury goods, Uckfield; and Rowland Gorringe Lettings, Uckfield.
A talk was given by Brian Page, owner of Labtech International on how he built up his business which is based at Brambleside on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate, Uckfield.
Adrian Corbin said judging was about to get under way in the Uckfield Business Awards. Winners would be announced at a dinner at the East Sussex National Hotel on November 6.
The next Chamber meeting is to be held on Tuesday, November 25, at Bedes Senior School.
Anybody interested in joining the Chamber of Commerce is invited to contact secretary Ian Blackaller on 01825 6722607 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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