Significance of Ashdown Business Park development news

Business Scene January 2015

It is always difficult to say one event during the course of a year is more important than any other.

So, with some trepidation, I offer you the news of potential development of the Ashdown Business Park as probably the most significant in 2014 on the Uckfield Business Scene, writes Paul Watson.

It seems that for some years the population of Uckfield has been rising but there has been little or no development of new business space, offering significant numbers of jobs.

Of course there has been jobs growth but you get the feeling that more and more people are leaving Uckfield each day to find work. The popularity of the train service to London Bridge serves witness to the fact.

Statistics of the number of cars leaving the town are not available to the likes of me but you get the impression that there is an exodus between 6.30am and 8.30am with a return flow from about 5pm onwards.

How many of those people are driving over the Ashdown Forest to work in the Gatwick/Crawley boom area? And what effect is that having on the wildlife in this area?

So the news last month of possibly 200 jobs on the way at the Ashdown Business Park at Maresfield is welcome.

Read more here about the project.

A year ago,this column said we had seen the “straws in the wind” during 2013 that indicated economic prospects were on the up.

Those straws turned to something more substantial in the intervening 12 months, although some businesses found it tough.

It has been good to report on some familiar Uckfield names celebrating anniversaries this year.

C J. Thorne and Co marked 75 years – story here

Directors of C J Thorne

Directors of C J Thorne

Tressler’s marked 50 years – story here

Tresslers in Uckfield

Tresslers in Uckfield

Uckfield Motor Services celebrates 20 years on the Bellbrook – story here

Four members of the Cockill family who run Uckfield Motor Services. Melanie and Symon are with sons Edward, left, and Harry - See more at:

Four members of the Cockill family who run Uckfield Motor Services. Melanie and Symon are with sons Edward, left, and Harry 

Looking ahead to 2015 I think it can safely be predicted:

  • That roadworks in the High Street will be a hot topic;
  • The completion of the station car park by Network Rail will bring further time restrictions to the Luxford Field car park, run by Wealden District Council;
  • Displacement parking that results from those restrictions is bound to cause problems.

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Cyber Security

Find out how to protect your business against cyber crime at a business breakfast on February 3 at Buxted Park Hotel.

The event is put on by the FSB and Wealden District Council. Simon Kendall, Deputy Director from the Department of Business, will speak about the “cyber essentials scheme”.

Cost is £8, including breakfast. Ring the council on 01892 602886 or email Advance bookings with payment only.

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