Uckfield Snow Patrol – could you help UCTC with a digger when there are heavy snowfalls?

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MONDAY, January 21


No reports, as yet, of school closures or part closures for tomorrow (Tuesday) in the Uckfield area.


Uckfield Community Technology College has confirmed it will be open as normal tomorrow (Tuesday). Principal Hugh Hennebry has told parents: “Our caretaking team have worked tirelessly on Friday, over the weekend and today to clear pathways around the site.

“The coach companies have also indicated that they expect to be able to offer a normal service tomorrow. Therefore, college will open as normal tomorrow, Tuesday 22 Jan.

“I am also writing to ask if you either have access to or know someone who has access to a tractor / digger / JCB that could be useful in clearing snow from our car parks and playgrounds.

“If so, we would love to hear from you so that we could discuss how the College could call upon you when we get heavy snowfalls. If you feel you could help, please contact me or Caroline Tucker (Assistant Head – Finance Bursar and Site Manager).”

ROADS: Gritters will be out yet again tonight with temperatures set to drop sharply. Wagons roll at 7pm. Lots of praise around today for the gritting teams.


Sussex roads police have said temperatures are struggling to get above freezing today and down to -3 (feeling like -6 overnight).Their message: Please adjust your driving accordingly and  be safe.


And here’s an event that is definitely on: Tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s Uckfield Chamber of Commerce meeting is definitely going ahead at Wok Inn, Shortgate


Uckfield county councillor, Paul Sparks, has thanked everyone involved in ensuring the High Street and pavements are clear of snow and ice.

Minor delays on the trains to and from Uckfield.


Wealden District Council has said there will be no waste or recycling collections in the north of the district, which includes Uckfield. The council added: “Please leave your bins and containers out in readiness and we will do our best to return to all areas that have missed collections when conditions improve.”

Wealden Police district commander Dick Coates has said on Twitter: “PC Snow has kept crime levels down this weekend.” He has also said: “No house burglaries in Wealden since last Thursday which is good news. Officers have people to target regarding such offences.”

The CAB bureau in Uckfield is open for booked appointments.


Wealden District Council says staff are responding to the current severe weather to help ensure local communities continue to operate. Major car parks in Crowborough, Hailsham and Uckfield are being cleared of snow and gritted. Clearing is also taking place to provide access to all Wealden sheltered schemes. Its office in Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, is open today as normal.


The 08:34 service to London Bridge departed 15 minutes late


Cllr Steve Wallis, Eastbourne Borough councillor, reports via Twitter that the roads between the resort and Uckfield were all clear of snow and ice.

The train which will form the 08:34 service from Uckfield has not yet arrived Running more than 20 minutes late.


Uckfield Line trains may shortly start running late – 08:34 set to make a delayed start to London Bridge.

Brighton and Hove Buses now going north of Uckfield but missing out a few stops in Crowborough and not going to Tunbridge Wells Sainsbury’s.


A summary of where we are now:

Major road routes have been gritted but beware of ice. Untreated roads will need particular care. We have heard of no road closures because of the weather.

Uckfield Line trains running to timetable. Major disruption on the Brighton Mainline.

Many schools closed in the Uckfield area with some having a late start.

Exams at Uckfield Community Technology College will go ahead today as scheduled.

Weather forecast: More light snow later in the day is possible.


Hope we are not tempting fate . . . Uckfield Line trains all departing on time and reports say arriving on time at London Bridge.


East Sussex County Council gritters have worked through the night. They went out at 3am and gritted primary and secondary routes (Uckfield area details of these routes were given on this blog last night; please scroll down to see).

County council warns: “There will be ice around”.


Thanks to Tim Browne for alerting us to the fact that Uckfield Line trains may be very busy because of disruption on the Brighton Mainline. Trains are unable to operate between Lewes / Brighton / Haywards Heath and Three Bridges in both directions and buses are being arranged to operate between Brighton and Three Bridges. These buses are expected to start operating from about 07.30. Some passengers from Brighton and Mid Sussex may divert and catch trains on the Uckfield Line.


Brighton buses now checking the route north from Uckfield towards Tunbridge Wells. Service 29 only running to Uckfield at the moment


Framfield CofE School will open at 10am. Children asked to bring packed lunch, wellies and warm clothing. Possible early closure because of the weather.


Blackboys CofE School will open at 10am to allow staff to arrive safely and the site to be cleared. Children asked to bring boots and coats. Possible early closure due to the weather.


Large one-tonne bags of gritting salt are being distributed around East Sussex as the county council strives to keep roads and pavements clear of snow. The bags, which contain around a tonne of gritting salt, are being deployed in central locations in main towns and larger villages by council contractors.

The bags are in addition to the on-going round the clock gritting and clearance work being carried out by the council’s 24 gritting lorries as snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures continue.

The council has put down nearly 2000 tonnes of salt on the county’s roads since the middle of the week as gritting and snow ploughing continues throughout the weekend.

Bags were distributed to more than 40 locations across the county yesterday so that people in the communities have additional resources to be able to clear pavements and pedestrian areas for themselves.

The county council encourages householders and businesses to help themselves by clearing snow and ice from public areas near their properties. We also encourage people to help neighbours who may not be able to clear snow and ice themselves.

In Uckfield a bag was placed at the southernmost entrance to the Luxford Field car park, at the High Street in Buxted, Nutley High Street, East Hoathly on the highway verge, and in Maresfield opposite the church.


Trains from Uckfield seem to be OK. Next two departures scheduled as on-time (7:08 and 7:34)


Brighton and Hove buses only operating Service 29 as far as Uckfield


So this is how we start Monday morning. There are school closures across the Uckfield area because of the snow and icy weather.

Notified so far:

Bonners CofE School, Maresfield

Buxted CofE School

Harlands School, Uckfield,

High Hurstwood CofE School

Manor Primary School, Uckfield,

Nutley CofE School

St Mark’s CofE School, Hadlow Down

Uckfield Community Technology College – All GCSE and A level exams will go ahead as planned.



High Hurstwood CofE School closed tomorrow


Primary gritting routes for East Sussex County Council in Uckfield include the by-pass, A26, London Road, Lewes Road, Eastbourne Road, Framfield Road, Bell Farm Lane, Church Street/Rocks Road, Browns Lane and Downsview Crescent past schools, Coopers Green

Secondary gritting routes include Nevill Road, Rocks Park estate loop, The Drive, Claremont Rise, Snatts Road, New Road, Vernon Road, Mallard Drive loop and Farriers Way.


Find out if you are on the East Sussex County Council gritting route

Harlands School, Uckfield, closed tomorrow


Services 28 and 29 are running between Brighton and Uckfield Bus Station only (not serving Manor Estate in Uckfield).Brighton and Hoves buses said it regrets that it can no longer operate between Uckfield and Tunbridge Wells.


South East Coast Ambulance Service asking people to think before they dial 999.


Nutley CofE School closed tomorrow.

Manor Primary School, Uckfield, closed tomorrow.


Snow totals from around the south east are on Kaddy Lee Preston’s blog. Shows around 8cm depths in Uckfield area.

8pm Schools

Uckfield Community Technology College announces school will now be closed all day on Monday.

All GCSE and A level exams will go ahead as planned.

8pm Rail travel

Southern are operating an amended timetable on Monday. Check services at the company’s website


Pleas coming in for @esccroads to grit Nevill Road, Uckfield. Plenty of hills and slopes that make it very difficult for residents to get out of this part of the Manor estate in snowy/icy weather.

School closures for tomorrow (Monday)

7:45pm Sunday:

St Mark’s CofE School, Hadlow Down

7:30pm Sunday

Buxted CofE School

Bonners CofE School, Maresfield

Uckfield Community Technology College: College starts at 11:20am. School buses are being asked to pick up exactly two hours later than normal.


Students not doing exams who need to arrive early should go to the library.

This live blog has been compiled by UckfieldNews.com



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