Sad as ‘go-to’ shops disappear from Uckfield High Street, says Observer

Our independent Saturday columnist walks along Uckfield High Street to see what’s happening.


A short while ago I thought the upper High Street was fast becoming a ‘go-to’ area.

Empty shops were being filled and signs going up about sales/lettings.

Then bang, turn your back and you find two specialist shops have gone.

The Hobby Box was the first to go; and a short while later Kilnwood Pottery has the closed signs up.

Both businesses were distinctive and brought something different to the town’s shopping ‘offer’. They were reasons for people to visit Uckfield.

We shall see what replaces them but I am now wondering if this part of Uckfield is going to become the bar/restaurant district which means it will be more night life than shopping.

Further down the High Street, the two-faced liar has gone. It seems like many months have elapsed since the old town clock stopped working and most will welcome the new clock, with its clear face, keeping correct time both sides.

I thought we might end up with a digital clock but am pleased the traditional style has been kept.

Some good work has gone on between business, Uckfield Rotary Club and the town council.

Well done.

• There is one Uckfield shop where I am upset to say that business is booming. Uckfield Foodbank is doing more business. Thank goodness it is there to help people in dire need.

As I have said before, I would celebrate its closure – because they had not a single customer in six months. That looks a long way off.

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