The Sense collection point in Ridgewood Village Hall car park

Sense bid for Victoria Pleasure Ground collection point rejected

A bid by the charity Sense to have collection facilities at the Victoria Pleasure Ground, Uckfield, has been rejected by town councillors.

The organisation which supports deaf-blind children and adults in the UK already has a collection point at Ridgewood Village Hall car park.

Councillors were told in a report that to increase donations to supply its shops, the charity was rolling out textile banks and book banks in car parks across the country.

“They believe Victoria Pleasure Ground would be a fantastic place to accommodate such a textile bank, book bank or wheelie bin,” the report said.

Members of the town council’s environment and leisure committee were against the establishment of a donation point when they discussed the matter on Monday (June 11).

Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, Uckfield North, said: “I am worried about this because parking at Victoria is limited enough as it is and we have agreed already for a collection point up at Ridgewood.

“They do have a shop in the High Street.”


Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town, said the bank in Ridgewood was in a built-up area where it was “watched”.

He was worried about the possibility of vandalism at Victoria, which is relatively remote from housing.

Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town, said Ridgewood was on the periphery of the town.


“We are talking about something that is very central. We are talking about an organisation that has got a trading point within the High Street which open from 9 to 5, six days a week.

“Do we really need to make provision for an out-of-hours book collecting service with the Victoria Pleasure Ground?

“I think it is a bit of an overkill for Uckfield.”

Cllr Spike Mayhew, Independent, New Town, said every week he received two charity bags through the door and expected a similar situation existed in the rest of the town.

“For those who cannot manage to go into town, there is that option,” he commented.

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