Pressure still on for public loos at revamped Uckfield bus station

Pressure continues for public lavatories to be part of the final stage of Uckfield town centre improvements.

News may come before the end of the year about when the work to transform the bus station will take place.

It will be the third phase of works.

The first covered the High Street pavements south of the Bell Farm Lane traffic lights and the second the pavements north from the lights to Church Street.

Original announcements about the upgraded bus station said loos would be provided.

Cllr Paul Sparks

Cllr Paul Sparks

This was welcomed by townspeople because Wealden District Council has closed public lavatories and moved to a community toilet scheme where people can use facilities in designated premises.

Cllr Paul Sparks Liberal Democrat, Uckfield North, asked at Monday’s town council what was happening.

He said the hope was conveniences would be included in phase three works.

“That seems to have gone extremely quiet in recent times. I have heard nothing at all about phase three,” he said.

Town clerk, Holly Goring, in reply, said that as far as she was aware the loos were still on a ‘wish list’ for that part of the scheme.

Town clerk Holly Goring

Town clerk Holly Goring

She hoped a meeting of the highway project board, which oversees the works, would take place in the next few weeks to get things moving.

“In terms of the public conveniences, as many things are, it wasn’t straight forward. The land ownership there is complicated in terms of the bus company.

“It was really dependent on hearing from them.

“I am hoping that when that meeting [project board] convenes that we will actually be able to get an up-to-date understanding on whether it is feasible for not.

“I do know highways was looking at  the options available.”

Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said when the scheme was first promoted the toilets were clearly and definitely marked on the scheme.

“If the county council are now finding difficulties in regards to the land ownership, surely that should have been sorted out before they brought the matter of public toilets forward.

“We always felt it was a bit of a sop. They should have sorted that out before they brought the scheme forward.

“If they put them on the scheme, we should get them.”

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