Action has been taken to ensure an Uckfield Town Council working group promoting High Street trade during the roadworks is free of legal constraints which were blocking part of its planned work.
The group was originally set up under terms of reference which referred to organising “events” during the roadworks.
Legally, this meant the group could only spend town council money (£5,000) on events.
Rules on spending widened
Members wanted their remit widened to cover expenditure on literature, signage and “other activities deemed beneficial to the community, for the duration of the roadworks”.
Town councillors passed the necessary new resolution at the last full meeting of the town council on March 21.
Worries over by-pass signs
Members also questioned the diversion signs on the Uckfield by-pass which they felt were inadequate to direct traffic and were too small.
It was reported East Sussex County Council (ESCC) had advised the council that they would not be supplying further signage and any further signs would cost £1,600.
Members felt that representatives should press ESCC to provide the additional signage at no cost to the town council.
Concerns were raised regarding new leases being taken out on shop premises south of the old Post Office as it was feared some of these shops might be knocked down under a later stage of the town centre works which envisage the possible redevelopment of areas of the town centre.
Dementia friendly town
Later in the meeting, councillors resolved to promote and support Uckfield in becoming a “Dementia Friendly Town”.
It was agreed the town council will work with local and national support groups with the intention of achieving this status to coincide with the re-launch of the High Street after the completion of the improvement works.
From our files:
Members of the town council present at the meeting on March 21:
Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, North Ward
Deputy Mayor Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town
Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood