Observer: Lions and other volunteers make Uckfield a better town

More than once I have praised Uckfield Lions – and, in effect the whole international Lions movement.

I return to that theme by pointing you towards the Prostate Cancer Testing they are organising on Saturday, April 1.lions_logo_un

You will need to book – all the details you need are here.

It is just one more way the Lions are looking after the people of Uckfield.

They do so much and, as well as organising these health events, raising large sums of money to help others, they roll up their sleeves and get on with jobs.

Members gave 600 hours of voluntary service in the last year.

Uckfield is so lucky to have such a wonderful band of people in its midst.

It is also fair for me to point out that the local Rotarians and similar groups are also doing a grand job in making Uckfield what it is.

I will also point you towards an Uckfield Volunteer Centre-organised Expo in September designed to celebrate volunteering. The launch event took place this week.

In the space of this column, I cannot possibly list all those who volunteer and make a difference. Please say thanks if you come across people giving up their time to help others and the whole community.

Well done volunteers.

 Roadside litter

It was good to see Cllr Roy Galley admitting litter picking on main roads in Wealden is not up to scratch.

In truth, the Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Waste Management needs to get tough with Kier.

Wealden gave up direct control of rubbish/recycling collections and street cleansing when it did a deal with a private company to do the work.

The council is probably getting the work done cheaper than it would have done by an in-house team but the problem is that the authority has lost direct control of operations.

It is Kier’s job to manage its staff properly and Wealden should not accept any shilly-shallying or excuses. We saw enough of that a few years back when the rubbish collections switched over.

It’s our council tax money and we expect agreed levels of service, not litter strewn roadsides that once we only saw abroad.

See also:

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