An unauthorised short-cut access into the Millennium Green at Ridgewood is to become official with a proper gate.
The decision was taken by members of Uckfield town council’s environment and leisure committee on Monday (August 21).
They agreed the opening gate should be of a rustic wood design and would formally link the Green with Ridgewood Rec.
Quotes are to be obtained to re-instate the existing boundary fence, which will be considered a the town council’s 2018/19 budget-setting meeting.
Councillors were told in a report, provided by the Millennium Green Trust, that the area had two official entrances, one via Shipreed Lane and the other from Ridgewood Village Hall car park.
The report said:
“Whilst both entrances have been constructed to meet accessibility criteria, the access path from the Ridgewood Village Hall car park has now deteriorated to a narrow track that is barely passable on foot in places.
“Over a number of years the poor state of both the path and the fence between the Ridgewood Recreation Ground and the Millennium Green has encouraged people to create new entrances onto the Millennium Green.
“The fence is the responsibility of Uckfield Town Council who have, at various times, reinstated the boundary fence when new, unauthorised access points have been created onto the Green.
“Unauthorised access points are of particular concern as they allow motor bikes to enter the Green causing damage to the steep walls in the ecologically sensitive old clay pits.
“The use of the latest, unauthorised access has been exacerbated by the creation of new mown paths on the Ridgewood Recreation Ground that leads straight to the opening. Whilst mowing has now stopped, people still think that the council has approved the access.
“Whilst a (poor) fence has been erected across the unauthorised gap, it appears that there is a campaign to make the opening permanent as the fence has been flattened several times.”
The town council committee agreed to:
The proposal from the Trust to allow the unauthorised access to become permanent by means of a Licence between the Millennium Trust and Uckfield Town Council.
Millennium Green as seen by The Ambler [from May 2016]
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