Work is expected to begin this year on improvements to Uckfield bus station – the third stage of a series of improvements to the town centre.
This work will include a new layout and a larger shelter for passengers.
The first two stages included widening and upgrading pavements, new street lights, upgraded traffic signals and tree planting.
A report to the Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee which meets on Friday, January 27, reviews progress to date and says it is “pleasing” to note the High Street was not “killed” by the impact of the improvement works “as some had gloomily forecast”.
The report says the High Street now looks attractive and inviting and this has been reflected in a number of appreciative communications and comments from residents and business people who have welcomed the changes and the “high standard of work” that the contractor achieved.
The report also includes detail of promotional activity to attract people into town during the second stage of roadworks.
Early in 2016 Uckfield Town Council took over the work of the joint committee’s town centre working group to promote the town during the roadworks, along with a £2,500 budget.
The town council contributed another £5,000 and Uckfield Chamber of Commerce contributed £2,500 giving a total budget of £10,000. Nearly £9,600 of that was spent.
About £4,000 was spent on PR and advertising. The breakdown was:
- Radio advertising £1,500
- Uckfield Matters, Magnet and Facebook £1,209.52
- Banners/signage £1,453.07.
Event costs included:
- Weald on the Field produce festival, £1,478.55
- Bigger Bang Show, £1,100.88
- Uckfield Revival, £174.81
- Small on-street entertainment and activities £546.88
- Mish Mash Morris £98.25
- Ashdown Forest Morris £117.50
- Heritage Trail, £19.98
- Reptile Event, £173.49.
Miscellaneous expenses – stationery, vouchers, promotional design and materials – totalled £1,725.48.
It looks as if the work of the Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee, made up of representatives from Uckfield Town, Wealden District and East Sussex County Councils, will be suspended after the meeting on Friday.
The committee, which held its first meeting on August 4, 2014, has been working on plans to redevelop the centre of town but they seem likely to be mothballed due mainly to lack of interest from major supermarkets.
Read more in another Uckfield News story here: Uckfield town centre redevelopment plans set to be mothballed.
Follow this link to see the full agenda and reports for The Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee meeting.