Luxfords Restaurant finances take hit from Covid-19

Covid-19 has had a “devastating” effect on Luxfords Restaurant which is run by Uckfield Town Council.

Uckfield Civic Centre sign

The restaurant, which is within the Civic Centre, was closed in April, May and June, because of the Coronavirus, only re-opening on July 13.

Hire of rooms was also badly affected.

Chairman of the council’s general purposes committee, Cllr Chris Macve, said  Covid-19 had had a devastating effect on sales at Luxfords Restaurant which were budgeted to be £74,400 by the end of August.

The actual total was £6,500.

Furlough scheme

Cllr Macve said the money from the Government’s furlough scheme and a grant (£10,000) from Wealden District Council had added a total of £28,100 to the restaurant’s income.

He pointed out that the expenditure was also greatly reduced: £46,100 against a budget of £86,500.


Cllr Chris Macve

The latest financial information, presented to the town council’s general purposes committee on Monday night (October 5), showed other income streams have nearly dried up.

For example, Civic Centre income was just over £2,200 to the end of August with the budget projecting a figure of more than £42,000.

Extra IT equipment has been bought to allow the town council to continue serving townspeople during the lockdown.

Town clerk Holly Goring said the latest figures were to the end of August and that the full data for this month and last would give a “real steer on the direction of travel to the end of March”.

Cllr Macve thanked the staff for their work during the period.

He also said the council’s finance sub-committee was looking at all the figures in great detail.

Uckfield Town Council has other income and costs associated with the environment and leisure committee. These figures are expected to be reported later this month.

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