Observer welcomes UCTC rebuild but says parking plan is needed

Our Saturday independent columnist Observer this week ranges far and wide over Uckfield issues.


UCTC: Great that Uckfield Community Technology College is to be rebuilt. The present buildings have served the town well but are clearly outdated.

Of course, buildings don’t make great schools: that’s down to the staff, pupils and parents all working together.

That’s been the key factor in ensuring UCTC has turned out great results over many years.


I hope the contractors draw up a plan for dealing with parking while the construction takes place.

It needs a management plan to take account of the works, the workers, college staff and pupils, the needs of visitors to the leisure centre and Manor Park residents.

‘Normal’ chaos

RAIL: The meltdown on Southern doesn’t appear to have been as bad was I feared.

The Uckfield Line has had times when it has been messed up – but nothing more than the “normal” chaos, so I read.

Thameslink passengers appear to have been bearing the brunt.

Torrid week

I see in the media that Northern Rail has had a torrid week.

No surprise there – their rolling stock might as well be in the National Rail Museum at York.

My week in the sun, which I told you about last week to ensure I would miss any rail problems only missed one thing – the sun.

Water target

WATER: I thought it was April 1 when I read that the government was thinking of giving people a target for how much water they could use (external link).

It was all in the cause of ensuring we don’t run out, especially here in the South East.

Water companies stopping all the leaks would solve the problem.

That’s what needs tough targets. A leakage rate of zero per cent seems like a good target to me.

Flowers on verges

VERGES: Some wonderful flowers coming into bloom on the roadside verges that are unmown as a result of cutbacks.

However, East Sussex Highways needs to mow the visibility splays at junctions as a priority.

See also:

Waste collection action plan to correct ‘failings’

UCTC redevelopment plans revealed

Sink hole closes Church Street, Uckfield

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