Keep in touch here with the reaction of Uckfield businesses and residents to the Coronavirus pandemic. This story will be updated during the course of the day.
Uckfield Mayor Cllr Spike Mayhew addressed the town through a video posted on the town council’s Facebook page yesterday.
He talked about the massive impact the Government’s announcements were having on our day to day lives in education and for residents and businesses. “It is hard.”
He thanked all who were adhering to social distancing advice, the trips to the supermarket, shops and use of public areas which used to be taken for granted.
But, he went on to say, there were still some people gathering around multi-use games areas, such as the skate park.
“The more responsible we are about the advice around social distancing now, the owner things will improve and life can return to some sort of normality.”
Cllr Mayhew said the same went for fly tipping. “There is the opportunity for us to work in the garden but keep your rubbish at home until the waste centres open.”
He added fly tipping is illegal and people doing it could be prosecuted.
The mayor thanked his deputy Cllr Jackie Love who was in regular contact with the police on all matters relating to community safety.
He also thanked, on behalf of himself, and all the council, the people brilliantly displaying gratitude to the NHS and all key workers, including food retailers, pharmacies, public transport, vehicle garages, emergency workers, and local government, who were all working in the front line at risk to themselves for the benefit of others.
And he said thank you to relatives, friends and neighbours who were helping each other.
He said a food outreach service, run by volunteers, was in high demand and was amazing as was the Manor Park Residents’ Association good neighbour telephone scheme which had been extended across town.
He said we were lucky in Uckfield to have a lot of open space with plenty of room for those out running.
“Uckfield is an amazing community spirit and all the things we would normally be looking forward to at this time that have had to be cancelled or postponed … they will come back and we will get through this difficult time.
“Thank you very much for all the hard work. Help those near and dear and we will get through this together.”
Stay at home
Sussex Police are urging people to continue to adhere to Government guidance and stay at home despite the forecast for warmer weather over the weekend.
Car parks at Camber Sands have been closed as Rother District Council tries to ensure large numbers of people do not travel there and put others at risk.
And Wealden District Council has warned people that parts of the Cuckoo Trail are narrow and it is difficult to practice social distancing there.
Royal Mail delivery office
There will be a temporary change in opening hours at the Royal Mail delivery office on the Bellbrook Estate, Uckfield, from Monday (April 6).
The customer service point will be open 7-9am daily except Wednesday and Sunday when it will be closed.
Customers are urged to only visit where absolutely necessary, in support of stay at home advice and to avoid non-essential journeys.
Food outreach service
The food outreach service which is run by volunteers in Uckfield will be taking orders and delivering today (Saturday) but not tomorrow (Sunday). This will give the whole team a day to rest.
One of the volunteers, Karen Bedwell, says: “We have given out 128 boxes since we started two weeks ago. This is thanks to the generosity of Lions, Rotary, Thomas Scanlan Trust, Manor Park residents association, Holy Cross Church, Tesco and a wonderful group of people taking phone calls, packing boxes and making deliveries. Community really coming together.
“So if you know of someone that would benefit from an outreach box – if they order by 3pm today, a box will be with them shortly after 5:30pm tonight, otherwise they will be delivered on Monday.
“If you have had a box before and need a box again it is fine, if you have a government box and need a top up, that is fine as well.”
Basic food supplies in the boxes include bread, milk, eggs, mixed fruit and veg depending on what is available. There are some ‘luxury items’ depending on donations.
This is a non-profit service, and only costs need to be covered. The cost of a box is £9.
Please ring the numbers below:
Ridgewood area – inc. all roads and estates close to and south of Highlands Inn, and New Town area – from the railway station to Highlands roundabout, inc. Selbys, Framfield Road and offshoots and Forge Rise area:
Manor Park estate and Hempstead Fields estate area – plus London Road and Coopers Green:
Uckfield west area – inc. West Park, Rocks Park, Hunters Way, plus roads off Church Street:
Snatts Combe and Ringles Cross area – inc. The Drive etc., through to Claremont and Cambridge Way, Snatts Road and Ringles Cross:
Uckfield east area – inc. Hempstead Lane and offshoots, Grange Road and Olives Meadow, town centre and High Street:
07751 210 449
Palehouse Common, Framfield and Blackboys
01825 890 103/ 890 182
Good Neighbour Telephone Scheme
If you are isolated and feeling vulnerable during the Coronavirus pandemic and would like a chat there is a Good Neighbour Telephone Scheme running in Uckfield.
See contact details in the image below: