Worries over cars parking on the Manor Park Estate during the three-year rebuild of Uckfield College continue.
Town councillors have pushed the issue with the planning authority, Wealden District Council which sought to allay some of the fears.
However, members of Uckfield Town Council plans committee expressed more concerns when they met on Monday (January 21).
They are particularly worried that any rebuilding of Streatfeild House, in nearby Southview Drive, will coincide with the construction of the new college buildings.
Streatfeild House is owned by Wealden council and the timing of any rebuilding would be in its hands.
The project has not yet reached the formal planning stage, although residents have been notified of the possibility of the demolition of existing buildings and re-building along the lines of Grants Hill House, Oaklea Way.
In reply to the the plans committee’s initial concerns about Uckfield College, Wealden planners replied:
“There are planning conditions within the planning permission which require an on or off site solution for the temporary loss of the 26 staff parking spaces.
“The code of construction management practice (CMP) also would deal with the best fit parking for the construction employees, and instructions are to be issued to all employees to avoid local on street parking.
“The plan would probably temporarily impact on long term parking provision within the town, but seeks to avoid local parking in the streets, immediately surrounding the college (it seems likely that the works on Grants Hill House will have been largely completed by the time this project commences, meaning those construction workers should no longer be using local car parking in the town centre).
“The CMP also sets out a regime which would be embellished through the planning condition for a carefully managed programme of deliveries to and from the hub set up at the site.
“A full-time construction manager/banksman would be involved with deliveries and ensuring safe access.
“The CMP would regulate drop off and pick up times of construction traffic to avoid peak hours.”
When councillors discussed the Wealden letter at Monday’s plans meeting, Cllr Spike Mayhew noted there was no proposed action to force construction employees away from parking in nearby roads.
He suggested residents should be told that the council wanted to keep an eye on the matter and suggested they could notify the town council if they saw infringements.
Long walk with tools
Committee chairman, Cllr Chris Macve, said he could not believe builders would park in the public car park [Luxford] and carry their tools, goods and equipment from there, up to the community college.
Cllr Louise Eastwood asked for the community college and Streatfeild House works to be staggered. If construction was concurrent, it would be a huge inconvenience to residents.
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