Independent columnist Observer considers the implications of the appointment of a new town clerk and is critical of the Safer Wealden Partnership’s latest strategy on road safety.
Holly Goring’s appointment as the new Uckfield Town Clerk was certainly out of “left field”.
I would imagine a bookie would have offered pretty long odds on the town council appointing a 33-year-old woman to the job.
She arrives with solid experience in local government with both Rother and Tunbridge Wells councils.
The fact that she has not worked at parish (town) council level is probably an advantage.
She comes with some pretty crucial issues bubbling away in Uckfield.
- The 1,000 homes to be built over the next ten to 15 years at Ridgewood Farm will need integrating into Uckfield. Or, will this urban extension, as it is termed, spark a UDI bid from Ridgewood?
- Town centre regeneration has simmered for nearly a decade, with no action. Over the border, a longer log-jam at Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill appears to have breached. Decisions about Uckfield must be made soon.
- Internally, the long-running issue of the management of the Civic Centre must be resolved.
Town councillors will need solid, reliable and detailed advice as they tackle these issues.
Their decisions will affect Uckfield for a generation or more.
Safer Wealden Partnership
What does the Safer Wealden Partnership understand about the words: “It’s Not Working?”
I criticised the lack of proper road safety measures in Wealden last month.
What we had announced this week was more of the same failed strategy.
Time for the partnership to pack its bags and go home.
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