Uckfield councillors have decided to make up to £5,000 available to boost the town during roadworks next year.
It was recommended by the town council’s environment and leisure committee on September 28 (see here) that a total of £10,000 be set aside but the figure was halved by the general purposes committee which met on Monday. The £5,000 will be taken out of reserves.
Cllr Paul Meakin (Liberal Democrat, Central Ward) said he understood the aim was to start the ball rolling but seek contributions towards a fund for promotional activities from East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council and Uckfield Chamber of Commerce.
He added that if there was match funding from each that would total £40,000 and it might be a struggle to find events to spent that amount of money on.
Cllr Louise Eastwood (Trust Independent, North) asked how the money would be spent but was told that hadn’t been considered yet.
She wanted to make sure no money was spent without prior approval of the full town council and that was agreed by other committee members.
Cllr Helen Firth said it wouldn’t make sense to have events on one side of the High Street if the other side was closed. “Where are pedestrians going to go if entertainers are blocking pavements?” she asked.
She was told the money would probably go on signs and advertising to say the town was open for business, rather than on entertainment, but it might be possible to organise events on the Luxford Field that would encourage people into town.
Members of the general purposes committee also agreed to contribute £800 towards extending the town’s late night shopping event into a second day.
More news from the general purposes committee here:
General purposes committee members present at the meeting were:
Chair: Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood
Vice chair: Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central
Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central
Apologies were received from:
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood.
Read more about plans for the Christmas shopping event here: Extended Christmas shopping event planned for Uckfield this year