A general view of where the League of Friends wants to establish more parking spaces at Uckfield Community Hospital (file photo)

Uckfield Hospital: hurdle to extra car parking spaces removed

Parking problems at Uckfield Community Hospital should soon be eased.

Another 25 to 30 spaces for staff, patients and visitors are set to be provided by the hospital’s League of Friends.

The NHS is also planning to reconfigure its existing car park to provide a few more spaces.

Uckfield town councillors removed one possible snag that could have prevented the League of Friends’ scheme from going ahead.

The League has planning permission but one of the conditions for use of land is that a hedge must be provided.

To maximise the space for cars, the plan would be for the hedge to be planted on town council-owned allotment land.

Members of the council’s environment and leisure committee were told that the hedge would be maintained by the League and not impinge of any plotholders’ growing space, or light.

Allotment land

Chris Macve, who is a town councillor, but spoke at last night”s (October 2) meeting from the public gallery as a representative of the League of Friends, outlined the scheme.

He said car parking at the hospital site was in a “dire state” with more services available at the site, attracting more patients.

The Friends were seeking to acquire the strip of green verge on the left-hand side as you went up the approach road between the turn into the hospital itself and the ambulance station.

Patients, visitors and staff

This land could provide betwen 25 and 30 parking spaces, he said, adding that the NHS planned to reconfigure the existing car park to provide four or five more spaces.

The works would help staff, patients and visitors.

There are already bushes between the proposed new car park and the allotments but the arrangements, agreed by the town council’s environment and leisure committee, helps the Friends meet one of the planning conditions imposed by Wealden District Council in allowing the scheme to go ahead.

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