The chairman and secretary/treasurer of the Uckfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have resigned.
Husband and wife team Richard and Madeleine Judge said work and family commitments meant they didn’t have time to continue with the voluntary roles but Richard said he would remain a member of the group.
The steering group is drawing up a Neighbourhood Plan for Uckfield that establishes what the priorities are for green spaces, transport improvements and recreational and community facilities.
The group aims to involve residents of all ages to ensure that all issues that matter to the town are included in the plan.
Richard says in his letter of resignation to Uckfield Town Council that there is still a great deal of public consultation to be done on the plan, particularly among young people but also other groups including low income, disabled and businesses.
He said: “At this time the group need a chairman that has the time to engage with different groups, talk with professional advisors and seek guidance from Wealden Council.”
He adds: “I believe that the Neighbourhood Plan is a worthwhile objective and the results from the Environment group, as well as some other issues that have been raised, have shown that there is strong feeling within the town that could benefit from some locally specific policies within the planning regulations.”
Uckfield town councillor Paul Meakin, who is a member of the steering group, has agreed to take on the role of treasurer but when the resignations were accepted by the group there were no immediate volunteers for the roles of chairperson and secretary and so they are to be advertised on social media.
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