Another piece of Uckfield’s history is one step closer to “coming home”.
Money has been set aside by the town council, subject to final approval, to move the Cardale Memorial from the Victoria Pleasure Ground to the centre of town.
The memorial was first built in memory of the first Rector of Uckfield and stood close to where the present Boots shop is situated.
Prominent High Street position
It was moved to the Victoria Ground when the link road was built.
If all goes according to plan, the memorial will be moved to a site near the new station car park, close to the red phone box.
Members of the council’s environment and leisure committee have considered for some years the possibility of restoring and moving the memorial to a more prominent position in the High Street.
Uckfield Preservation Society
It has been on the wish list of deputy mayor, Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town, for a long time.
At the committee’s last meeting, members considered a letter from Uckfield and District Preservation Society.
Writing on behalf of the society, Mr Mick Harker said:
“As you are aware, the Preservation Society has long felt that this unique Uckfield monument should be sited in a more prominent position within the town.
“Certainly as part of the refurbishment of Bridge Cottage we investigated if it would fit into the forecourt landscaping scheme, alas without success.
“I have been in contact with ESCC Highways to see if it could be re-instated as part of the current High Street improvement works and it looks like we have come up with a position that is both prominent and near to where it was placed initially.
Languishes in a car park
Highways are keen to move forward with this suggestion, offering to fund the actual relocation.
“There would still be some additional costs, to bring it back to its former glory but these are not considerable.”
The society added: “At the moment the monument languishes in part of the car park of the Victoria Pleasure Ground, an area that Uckfield and District Preservation Society has logn considered inadequate for something of such unique heritage.
“The Stage One High Street works and the opening of the new station car park has generated a free space where this historic monument could be re-located.”