Uckfield council events ‘increased footfall’ in town

A one-day food festival held in Uckfield during the summer cost £5,500 to run, according to a report before Uckfield Town Council.uckfield-town-council-un

The council had set aside £3,000 of council taxpayers’ money towards this event, and a car rally which cost “under £1,000” to run.

The report by Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, Uckfield Central ward, from a council working group said they were “very fortunate” to receive a contribution of £1,500 from Wealden Council and £2,120 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Cllr French said: “This assisted the town council to run the event (Weald on the Field) with the funds it had available (£2,000) and deliver a successful day which was well received.”

She said the car rally was a smaller event but received positive feedback from both vehicle owners and spectators.

Cllr French said the events increased footfall within the town and kept Saturday shoppers in the town for longer.

She added: “The events brought out the fantastic community spirit of the town and encouraged partnership working with agencies, community groups, as well as other services such as the monthly Farmers’ Market.”

Cllr French said the working group proposed both events were held again in 2018/19 and requested £3,000 be budgeted towards the costs, with further funding sought from grant applications, partner agencies or sponsors.

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