A birds-eye view of the new Uckfield all-weather sports pitch

Sports boom in first two years of Uckfield all-weather pitch

Two of Uckfield’s leading sports clubs have expressed satisfaction with the town’s all-weather sports pitch.

The number of pitch bookings is “highly satisfactory”, members of the town council’s environment and leisure committee were told on Tuesday (December 15), Paul Watson reports.

Cllr Ian Smith, Independent New Town, spoke about a meeting of the All-Weather Pitch Operational Advisory Group, set up to enable formal exchanges between operators, users, local residents and stakeholders.

Cllr Smith said Uckfield Grasshoppers declared their “utter satisfaction” with the pitch.

His reported stated: “In the past year the club’s membership had increased by 14% to 331.

“The number of girls becoming members of the club continued to rise.

“Uckfield Rugby Club are pleased with the facility. There will be discussions with the operator etc over the need for rugby pitch markings.

“Local residents (particularly Hempstead Lane) expressed their continuing dissatisfaction with measures to screen the pitch to mitigate floodlight glare, whistle noise, flooding, and noise from balls kicked against the fence surround.

“There will be further investigation of these issues.”

Uckfield All-Weather pitch was opened two years ago. It cost more than £700,000, including £135,000 from the town council. More details in this earlier story, with a breakdown on who paid what.

Members of the Environment and Leisure Committee attending the meeting:

Chair: Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Vice-chair: Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central

Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central

Apologies:

Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town

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