Co-op jumps gun on new signs in Uckfield

Signs above the new Co-op funeral director’s premises in Uckfield High Street have been put up without planning permission, the town council learned last night (May 12).

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The new Co-operative FuneralCare in Uckfield High Street.

Members of the council’s plans committee expressed their disappointment that the business did not wait for the planning process to be completed.

Councillors were asked to express their views on the new signs with the consultation period ending today (May 13) before the planning authority, Wealden District Council, makes a decision.

Cllr Louise Eastwood, chairman of the plans committee, said they should ask Wealden for an explanation as to why the signage was in place when they were still accepting comments on the plan.

She said: “I am disappointed that such a big company could not wait for it to go through planning.”

The committee agreed not to oppose the planning application.

When the new premises opens, it will signal a return to Uckfield for the Co-op group which previously has run a supermarket (now Waitrose) and a travel agency (premises empty) in the town.

Nationally the Co-op has been subject to intense scrutiny over its finances and management.

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