Following comments from Uckfield News independent columnist Observer about Uckfield Farmers’ Market needing a new home the managing director of a major property development company has shared his ideas.
SJI has made a range of proposals for the development of Uckfield over the years and engaged with the town centre steering group/joint committee over the last five years.
Managing director Christopher Borkowski has previously commented on the Uckfield News website saying that his company remains convinced of the town’s potential. See: Developer speaks enthusiastically about regeneration of Uckfield.
Now Mr Borkowski writes about SJI’s ideas for putting the Uckfield Farmers’ Market at the heart of redevelopment.
“In our proposals for the town centre we had identified that one of the unique offers which could be developed for Uckfield would be a more permanent farmers market which had added facilities including restaurants and other local producers and suppliers.
“Examples include Canterbury West Station.
“Another example is Macknade Fine Foods.
“A third one is Back to the Garden Shop near Holt.
“While none of these are exactly what we have in mind they do give a flavour of what can be achieved, especially the Canterbury example.
“We also agree that the markets need to be central to the town activities and not located elsewhere. It also needs intensive management to ensure standards remain high and there is much innovation and encouragement of new businesses and assistance with growing businesses.
“We also support the work of Paula Seager who runs Natural Partnerships to promote and celebrate Sussex farmers, food producers, restaurants and hostelries and see connections to build upon for Uckfield.
“To have a permanent home in the centre of Uckfield provides a basis of then extending the offers to bring in other markets and suppliers in the fullness of time. The objective is to create interest and activity seven days of the week along with more traditional retailers and restaurants.”