Uckfield environmental Expo Day being lined up

An environmental ‘Expo Day’ is to be planned for Uckfield this summer.

It will focus on how schools, residents and businesses could reduce their impact on climate change.

The decision was taken by the town council this week when members agreed the event would this year replace the annual road safety day.

A steam engine at an Uckfield road safety day for children in 2016

The idea for the switch came from the council’s climate change working group.

“Contact would be made with local companies to display their environmentally friendly products suitable for domestic use, for example ground source heat pumps, grey water recycling, solar panels, wind turbines and insulation companies,” a report from the group stated.

The road safety has been run for many years on the Luxford Field.

Last year’s event was cancelled on the day because of overnight rain made conditions potentially dangerous.

John Surtees

Road safety day became closely linked with Newtown resident and local councillor, Jim Molesworth Edwards, who championed the cause until his death in 2017.

On one occasion Jim’s friend, John Surtees – the only man to be crowned world champion on both two wheels and four – attended. Surtees won seven motor-cycling world championships between 1956 and 1960 and the F1 world championship in 1964, driving a Ferrari.

Safety day and the environmental expo could now each be held on alternate years.

Obituary of Jim Molesworth Edwards

Jim also featured in an UckfieldNews.com series about World War 2and bombing in East Sussex.

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