Observer – Buxted is lucky to have this dementia champion

Our independent Saturday columnist looks at how great strides are made in dementia care in the Uckfield area and how Buxted is lucky to have its own generous champion.

Observer also finds more evidence that the planning system is broken, and notes how a ‘return to normal’ on the Uckfield Line saw a key commuter train cancelled on the first day.

Dementia care is making great strides in Britain and noticeably in the Uckfield area.

What’s working is a strong combination of self-help, volunteers and assistance provided by public and private sources.

Uckfield Town Council is working to make the town as welcoming a place as possible for those with dementia and progress is being made.

More evidence that planning system is broken

Some interesting points emerged from last Monday’s Uckfield Town Council plans committee meeting.

The Chamber of Commerce has analysed the planning application for 250 homes at Ridgewood Farm.

They claim the number of affordable houses is, by their calculations, only nine per cent and not the 15 per cent required by the outline planning permission. See: Ridgewood Farm ‘Homes not being built for Uckfield people’.

I guess it is all about how you measure these things but it will be interesting to see what Wealden makes of it all.

Many, including me, feel the district council caved in over the issue of affordable homes.

It has a policy of demanding 35 per cent in new developments but allowed the Ridgewood development to come in at 15 per cent because of the additional costs the developer faces.

Uckfield Town Council has been consistent over many years in wanting 35 per cent affordable  housing at Ridgewood Farm and there would have been plenty of support had Wealden stuck to its guns.

It may have been a pragmatic decision on Wealden’s part. They will know the case law around such matters and realised they might lose on appeal and would face huge costs.

It is just further evidence to me, as I said last week, that the planning system is broken.

Uckfield Line

The latest cease fire between the unions and Southern saw train services from Uckfield return to normal on Monday.

What happened?

The 7:05am, a key commuter service was cancelled. That’s NFS – normal for Southern.

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