Old Timbers Lane, Uckfield (file photograph)

Old Timbers Lane saga near end

Agreement to re-surface Old Timbers Lane, Uckfield, to “highway standards” is now within touching distance.

The potholed lane, which has no known owner, leads to a number of properties and the Victoria Pleasure Ground.

Uckfield Town Council has been working to get the lane brought up to standard as part of the redevelopment of the former St Michael’s Convent, which borders the lane, for housing.

It has now reached agreement with the site developer and the Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton over sharing the costs.

The lower part of the lane is to be used as an access to the homes and the roadworks will be the responsibility of the developer which said it would resurface the upper stretch as well – but not to highway standards.

The town council, which had money in its budget, has agreed to share the cost of resurfacing the upper part of Old Timbers Lane to highways standard with the developer and Diocese.

At the same time the council is giving St Philip’s Catholic School permission to have a temporary pedestrian access to its grounds from the Victoria Pleasure Ground while the building work is going on.

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