President of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce Fiona Monson, of Armida Chartered Accountants, told members the executive committee had submitted comments regarding proposals for 1000 new homes at Ridgewood Farm but had yet to receive a response, writes Jacob White.
She said the station car park was now scheduled to open in July and enforcement of parking in council car parks was due to be co-ordinated with the opening.
Fiona added that the Chamber had been give assurances that there would be a couple of weeks grace before enforcement. It was hoped sufficient publicity would be given to the change.
The Chamber executive committee has been invited to a closed meeting on Thursday, June 11, with East Sussex County Council to discuss proposals about the next stage of High Street improvement works.
It was pointed out that at this stage there was no indication of whether a referendum on retaining High Street parking had been taken into account by the county council.
AFC Uckfield Town
A presentation was given by Graham Sullivan of AFC Uckfield Town and the team’s first team club captain Joe Miller explaining the club’s history and future plans.
The club was formed in July last year following a merger of Uckfield Town and Wealden FC and has already enjoyed successes including finishing runners-up in Sussex County Two League.
There is hope going forward that the club can build on its first season and give the community the opportunity to see more matches.
Graham said: “With a good cup run there will be up to 30 home matches.”
The Chamber also received a briefing, from Uckfield Festival chairman Dorothy Sparks, on events planned for this year.
The festival will run from Friday, July 10, to Sunday, July 19, with The Big Day Out on Saturday, July 11.
Free sports activity day
Jeremy Hallett of the Uckfield Sports and Leisure Forum announced that on Sunday, June 28, Uckfield Rugby Club would be the venue for a free sports activity day.
The event will be open between 11am and 3pm and there is the opportunity to give football, bowls, cricket and even martial arts a go regardless of sporting ability.
Geoff Evans, deputy principal of UCTC, where the Chamber meeting was held welcomed members and explained how the school aimed to offer wider life education and not just a focus on the academic.
He said: “ We’re in the middle of GCSE time. We all know the importance of GCSEs which last for life. As a college we see 14% of our sixth form students go to Russell Group universities.’
“The college has changed hugely since I arrived in 1976.We have 1700 students pass through our doors each day and employ around 250 people on site.”