New trees are to be planted in Uckfield High Street to replace those vandalised in November.

Bollards to be installed on Uckfield High Street pavements

Bollards are to be installed to prevent parking on Uckfield High Street pavements.

Members of the town centre regeneration joint committee were told yesterday afternoon that they will be added when Colas returns to town to carry out snagging works remaining after High Street improvements.

Vandalised trees

Also on the list of jobs to be done is the replacement of vandalised trees.

Alex Jack from East Sussex County Council told the committee – which is made up of members of Uckfield Town, Wealden District and East Sussex councils – that new trees have been ordered.

They are expected to be planted at the end of February and tree guards will be installed at the same time around the new ones and others that escaped damage.

Bus shelter damage

Damage to a bus shelter has been reported to the supplier and somebody should be coming out to repair that, said Mr Jack.

He added that issues with some of the lighting columns would be resolved.

Mr Jack said snagging would include issues raised by residents and councillors in Uckfield.

Traffic monitoring

In addition he said traffic flows would be monitored about 18 to 24 months after completion of the works to allow a settling in period, in the way people walk and drive.

When the monitoring takes place will be dependent on the timing of future works to improve the bus station. If those improvements are under way when the time comes the traffic monitoring will be delayed.

Enforcing parking restrictions

A solution to the problem of how to enforce parking restrictions has still not been found, committee members were told by Nigel Hannam, Wealden’s director of planning policy and economic development.

A range of options – additional funding for PCSOs, community wardens, CCTV, and reporting of offences to police for follow-up – had been considered and for a variety of reasons most were not suitable for progression.

Repeat offenders

There was one exception and that was the reporting of repeat offenders but that was within the context of the wider issue of decriminalisation of on street parking across the district, he said.

Mr Hannam stressed that currently the responsible body for on-street parking enforcement was the police – although they have gone on record saying that is not a priority for them.

• Detailed planning is to get under way for Stage 3 – the bus station – of Uckfield improvements. Jon Wheeler of East Sussex County Council said they were exploring areas in and around the bus station where public toilets could be sited.

• A Stage 4 of improvements could be drawn up to improve approaches to Uckfield, the regeneration committee was told. The work could be paid for with £800,000 still remaining in the pot from developer contributions towards improvement works.

• Yesterday’s committee meeting confirmed that plans to redevelop Uckfield town centre are to be put on hold. See an updated Uckfield News story here: Uckfield town centre redevelopment plans put on hold.

See also:

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