Planning surgeries could be held in Uckfield for business owners

Planning surgeries could be held in Uckfield to offer free advice to businesses wanting to expand in the town.

Commercial agent Chris Lawson told Chamber members, on Tuesday, November 19, that this was one suggestion to come out of a meeting held last month with Wealden District Council representatives.Uckfield Chamber logo

The meeting was held because of concern within the business community about the effects of a restriction on development within 7km of the Ashdown Forest

Chamber executive committee members and others with interests in the building industry attended the meeting with the council’s planning and development portfolio holder Cllr Ann Newton, the directory of environment and community services Nigel Hannam, and head of planning and environmental services Kelvin Williams.

Mr Lawson told a Chamber of Commerce members’ meeting, held Newick Park Hotel, that similar surgeries were also to be held in Crowborough.

Mr Lawson also reminded members that a Judicial Review was due to be held in the High Court in February following a challenge from landowners about the council’s strategy governing development in the district until 2027.

The meeting at Newick Park Hotel, attended by 66 people, was chaired by Peter Gale, senior partner at Swindells Chartered Accountants, in the absence of president David Marshall solicitor and director at Dawson Hart Solicitors.

Lucy Cumming, one of the proprietors at Newick Park Hotel since 2006, welcomed Chamber members but told them an unsolicited approach had been made to buy the hotel and it was due to change hands in the New Year.

She stressed it would be business as usual until then but after that it would be closed for refurbishment. She did not know what was planned for the future.

Chamber secretary Ian Blackaller said that 6,500 copies of Festive Fantasies magazine, produced each year to contribute to the cost of Uckfield Christmas lights, was due to be distributed in the last week of November. Late night shopping will take place on Friday, December 6.

Mr Blackaller said more than 100 people had booked to go along to the Chamber Christmas dinner due to be held on December 13 at Barnsgate but places were still available if anybody was interested.

Adrian Corbin said that Uckfield Business Awards were due to take place on November 1, 2014. Sponsors had been found for all categories except Best Looking Shop.

The launch event would take place in February at the East Sussex National Hotel which would also be the venue for the awards themselves.

Four new members have joined the Chamber of Commerce and introductory talks were given by representatives of each.

They were Richard Maloney on behalf of Bede’s Senior School, Upper Dicker; Louise Kakouris, LK Beauty Clinic, Uckfield; Hannah Sherriffs, Red Letter Books, Fletching, and Steve Parmar-Greaves from the recruitment company Parmar Staffing of Hailsham.

Anybody interested in joining the Chamber of Commerce is invited to contact secretary Ian Blackaller on 01825 722607 or by email at

The next meeting is due to be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at Crockstead Farm Hotel at Halland at 6.45pm. The agm will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Pilgrim Hall.

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