Ridgewood Village Hall management committee will not be arranging a fireworks display this year.
An insurance issue has ruled out the idea, members of Uckfield Town Council’s general purposes committee were told last night (September 23).
The council’s representative on the hall management committee, Cllr James Edwards, said in a written report:
“Unfortunately, due to the insurance provider being bought out by Aviva, the firework display will not be taking place this year.
“An alternative plan was proposed to hold the display at Victoria Pleasure Ground, but the committee chose not to pursue this, as it would detract from the community nature of the event.”
Cllr Edwards’ report also revealed that a bid for National Lottery funding for the proposed extension had been unsuccessful.
“This came as surprise as the NL [National Lottery] rep was very positive in the chances of the hall receiving the money.
“Understandably, this is very disappointing for the committee as so much time and effort has gone into securing this funding.
“The plan going forward is for the committee to proceed with the smaller refurbishment, ‘plan B’, as well as redevelopment of the car park.”
He said the village hall committee was requesting that the money allocated by the town council for the redevelopments be transferred to the committee as expediently as possible.
• Last year’s fireworks event raised £3,500 for the hall.
• Ridgewood Village Hall is owned by the town council but leased to the hall committee on a long-term, full repairing lease until April 2035.
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