Update: June 29, 2018
Work on creating a new staff car park at Uckfield Community Hospital is fast taking shape.
The League of Friends project began earlier this month.
Brickwork paving is now being put in place on what used to be a grass verge, opposite the ambulance station, next to an allotment site.
Our original story on June 12, 2018
Patients and visitors to Uckfield Community Hospital and the Bird in Eye surgery will find parking difficulties eased in around a month’s time.
Work has started on providing 23 extra car parking spaces for staff.
The £30,000 plus project is being funded by the hospital’s League of Friends and is converting a wide grass verge opposite the ambulance station, next to the allotments, into a car park.
The League has had planning permission for nearly three years but has needed to negotiate over the ownership of the land.
Chris Macve, vice-chairman of the League, told UckfieldNews.com, that they had negotiated with the family trust of Arthur Hughes who originally gave the land for the hospital.
“They have very kindly given us the land we need for the car park. We own it now.
“It frees up the car park.
“It will hopefully be a huge benefit to the hospital and we will retain ownership of it,” he said.
Staff will not have to pay to use the new car park.
Mr Macve commented: “The constitution of the League of Friends is to provide services and facilities for the staff, the users and visitors to the hospital.”
The town council, which owns the access road, has agreed to grant the League of Friends and users of the new car parking spaces, a licence use the road.
This move is seen as a formality but will give the League peace of mind in the years ahead.
The community hospital opened on the site off Framfield Road in 1994, moving from a collection of old buildings in the upper High Street, where the Hughes Way estate now stands.
Arthur Hughes gave the land for the hospital and donated £1m towards the project; a sum of money which was matched by townspeople.
History of Uckfield Community Hospital (external link)
Earlier this year, the existing car park was reconfigured to make it safer and the bus stop moved.
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