Uckfield town clock is to be replaced – and as soon as possible.
The decision was made by Uckfield town councillors at a meeting last night (April 24).
The estimated cost is £2,625.
The present clock has been stopped for several weeks and cannot be repaired.
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent New Town, said it was a focal point for townspeople. “That’s the bill. I propose we get it done and get it done as soon as we can.”
Members of the general purposes committee agreed.
The town council took over continual maintenance of the clock in 2013.
History of the town clock
The clock was donated to the town more than 35 years go by the Rotary Club of Uckfield.
The town council covered insurance and Rotarians paid for its maintenance, when necessary.
The NatWest bank has provided electricity free of charge and Gale and Woolgar has ensured good time is kept, using a mechanical aid.
In 2013, the council’s environment and leisure committee agreed to a request from the Rotary club to take over the maintenance, including the provision of scaffolding (or “cherry picker” vehicle) when work was needed – generally speaking the most costly part of any maintenance.
At that time, it was thought the clock’s useful life would be another ten years.
The Rotary club obtained the estimate of £2,625 for a new clock and “associated works”.
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