Looking from near point B of the proposed cycle way towards the Victoria pavilion.

Uckfield 1,000 homes developers meet opposition over cycle ways

Developers promoting the 1,000 homes at Ridgewood Farm, Uckfield, have met opposition to plans to route paths and cycle ways across the Victoria Pleasure Ground from its development.Point C copy

The town council agreed last year to work in principle with Welbeck Strategic Land over potential routes but on Monday (February 16) members of the environment and leisure committee rejected detailed proposals from the company.

Welbeck is seeking to route a cycleway/pathPoint D copy on the pleasure ground on the west of the main field, named C and D on the photographs accompanying this article and to route the path and cycle route from the Victoria ground to Forge Close (point E).

Welbeck is not proposing any Point E copyworks on the existing path on the east side of the field (point B) between the end of the football pitch and the top of Old Timbers Lane (Point F).

A link would run from point B, where Victoria joins New Barn, to the existing Shepherds Gate development.

Looking from Point B copy

Looking from near Point B of the proposed cycle way towards the Victoria pavilion.

It was stated at the meeting that the cycle route could not be along Old Timbers Lane because the county council would not sanction use of a road that had no known owner.

Welbeck also sought permission from the council to fell a tree at the top of the steps from Forge Close to the pleasure ground so that it could make the cycleway the required 3m wide.

Councillors were told: “The developers are hopeful that they have produced a design that will allow the tree to remain but this has not yet been confirmed by ESCC as being acceptable.”

The committee rejected the application to fell the tree, if it proved necessary for the works.

Members rejected the B, C and D proposals but would encourage use of the B, F, D, E route. The feeling was that Welbeck could run the path between points C and D on its own land.

Saved - Victoria Pleasure Ground tree

Saved – Victoria Pleasure Ground tree.

See also:

Roadworks coming up in New Town, Uckfield

Changes announced to Uckfield Eastbourne bus route

Uckfield Chamber wants High Street parking rather than trees

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