Potential new uses for Ridgewood Recreation Ground are under consideration by Uckfield Town Council.
The size of the field limits potential use and development would be difficult and expensive.
Chairman of the council’s environment and leisure committee, outlined the problems when he said: “It is soggy, it is damp and the water is running into the Millennium Green and it is not big enough for a cricket pitch.”
A report before members said: “To drain the site would cause shrinkage due to the high clay content and is expensive. The limited size of the site has an impact on the room available to fit in a cricket outfield and it is suggested that civil engineering consultants would be required should substantial earthworks be carried out to enable this.
“The problems relate to the gradient of the site, poor drainage of the outfield, soil etc. Even if drainage were installed this in itself would create a problem with ‘shrinkage’ of the clay soil. The costs of any improvements, cut and fill, are unlikely to be recouped from income generated as the current seasonal fee is £426 per season for seniors and £278 for juniors.”
Ideas put forward included:
- A larger play area.
- Create a more “park” like facility, by defining footpaths, planting trees, park benches etc.
- Create more allotments (in light of the possible new homes to be built at Ridgewood)
- Potential facility for Uckfield Bowls Club (which has previously asked the council for help in finding a new site).
Any potential plan will have to be programmed into the Five Year Business Plan and budgeted accordingly.
It was agreed to set up a working group to bring forward ideas.