Crematorium in Wealden will give great comfort to bereaved, says Observer

Our independent columnist Observer looks at Wealden District Council’s plan for a crematorium and reflects on train services nearly falling down what was termed at first a sink hole.

Wealden District Council is considering building a crematorium and garden of remembrance on the outskirts of Horam

At the moment, cremations have to take place outside the district – usually at Eastbourne or Tunbridge Wells.

Obviously, that adds to costs at a stressful time and you also have the problem of finding a time due to high demand.

Wealden have “identified the need” and are now in talks about providing a “first-class facility in this semi-rural location, which will feature a discreet, low-profile crematorium, surrounded by a landscaped garden of remembrance”.

It is the right thing for the council to do.

A crematorium near at hand will be welcome at the time of a funeral and the garden of remembrance will give comfort for years to come.

Southern in a hole – not of their making

When you are in a hole, the advice is: stop digging.

Train operator Southern could said to be in something of a hole in its prolonged dispute with the RMT union over the future role of conductors.

It was, therefore, with some irony that I learned when homeward bound on Monday that the Uckfield trains (and many others) were disrupted because of a “sink hole” under the tracks at Forest Hill.

Gallows humour, of course, from those caught in the disruption to services to and from London Bridge.

The Uckfield Line bumbled along in its usual fashion, going up to town by the scenic route from East Croydon.

The sink hole turned out to be a collapsed sewer and Network Rail, with Thames Water, faced a major task.

Maybe some better news is on the horizon.

  • The longer platforms are done.
  • The longer trains are due before the end of the month; I’m told the first will pull into Uckfield on Monday morning.
  • Hopefully, the worst is over with the London Bridge remodelling of the tracks and rebuilding of the station.

Maybe, just maybe, there is light at the end of the tunnel … or, to use the old railway joke: Is that another train, coming in the opposite direction! I certainly hope not.

Finally, a pat on the back for the Brighter Uckfield crew who make a difference is so many places around our town.

Cleaning-up, cutting back and planting makes a huge difference, so all praise to the volunteers and Southern for entering into a partnership to improve the environs of Uckfield railway station.

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