Town councillors appointed to controversial Uckfield regeneration committee

Only two Uckfield town councillors put their names forward to be on the Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee when representatives were sought at a meeting last night (Monday, May 18).TCR UN

While there were secret ballots to complete membership of some council committees which were oversubscribed with volunteers this one was not, but two representatives were all that was needed.

The joint committee’s work proved highly controversial throughout 2014 and into 2015 as it handled communications about roadworks and began a process – which has stalled – of finding partners for re-development of Uckfield town centre.

The town councillors who will be on the committee are Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood, and Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood, who is continuing his membership.

Former town councillor Mick Harker was previously chair of the joint committee but he stepped down as a councillor at the elections on May 7.

Councillors Everett and Smith will join representatives of East Sussex County Council and Wealden District Council when the joint committee next meets on September 21. Each council has two members.

High Street improvements

A review of town centre traffic improvements is due to be completed this month and East Sussex County Council officers have arranged to meet the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee on Thursday, June 11 – before the plans are made public – to discuss traffic management options.

More information about the review can be found here: Board continues review of Uckfield High Street improvement scheme.

Town centre redevelopment

The regeneration joint committee is reviewing proposals to redevelop the town centre as it tries to find a way of making the project more attractive to potential development partners while remaining within the current approved budget.

In a press release from the committee in March the lead director advising the joint committee, Nigel Hannam from Wealden Council said: “It is clear that the retail market has changed considerably in the last 12 months and the original financial model has changed.”

More here:  Plans to redevelop Uckfield town centre have stalled.

The objectives of the committee, as defined on the Wealden Council website, are:

  • To enable the sensitive redevelopment and expansion of Uckfield town centre, including additional net retail floor space of around 10,000 square metres and increased public and recreational space, as part of a comprehensive scheme of improvements which will increase the attractiveness of Uckfield by creating a vibrant and inclusive town centre.
  • To provide a single point of approval and contact for the regeneration project to ensure timely decisions and effective management of the procurement and implementation.

The constitution for the joint committee has been approved by each of the authorities.

Membership of Uckfield Town Council committees can be found here: New Uckfield Mayor and Deputy mayor elected.

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