Historic Bridge Cottage is blossoming into a real triumph – Observer

Our independent columnist doffs his hat to those behind the growing success of Bridge Cottage, joins in the chorus of disapproval at the litter-strewn roadside verges and despairs at Southern’s service on the Uckfield Line.


Restored Bridge Cottage is nicely getting into its stride as a cultural hub for Uckfield and surrounds.

The town’s preservation group has put in the infrastructure to support events and activities which are growing in number and scope.

Transformation took around £1 million of National Lottery money but the more I see the building and see what is going on inside, I think my “investment” in playing the lottery was worth it.

I said before that I hoped Bridge Cottage would be a key driver in getting more and more people to visit Uckfield and then go on to spend money in our shops, restaurants and pubs.

It seems to be living up to that hope as it caters for people of all ages.

You have to marvel at the people who had the vision to see what Bridge Cottage could become and thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and the town council for their financial input in ensuring one Uckfield’s oldest buildings not only survives in good condition but is becoming a centre of community life.

Tonight (February 18) at Bridge Cottage there is a concert and an exhibition opens on Monday on life between the two world wars.

Roadside litter

Litter alongside the roads around Uckfield is appalling, as people on this website commented this week.

Wealden District Council admitted it was bad along the major A roads – the 21, 22 and 27.

They are dead right. However, it has been like that for weeks with little or no attempt at a clean-up.

Much of the rubbish is commercial – not all fast food cartons, although there is plenty of that.

Our roads are being littered by businesses and that’s where Wealden should target some enforcement.

Uckfield Line trains

What did Uckfield and Buxted people do in a previous life to be punished by such a dreadful rail service from Southern?

Since we returned to what the operator called “normal service”, the situation has been appalling.

A friend, who checks these things, said there were more delays/cancellations since the alleged return to normality than during the January strikes.

Of course, the issue which caused the strikes remains, the reliability of the rolling stock is poor and this week we’ve been back to a lack of drivers.

How Southern survives beats me.

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