Comments of the week

Hot topic over the weekend was East Sussex County Council’s warning to householders to cut back trees and hedges over-hanging the highway and footpaths.

Some posters on the Facebook page pointed out the provisions of the wildlife act which makes it an offence to destroy any bird’s nest and that the nesting season was under way.

Ridgewood and Newick

Areas picked out by our readers for particular attention were in Ridgewood and Newick where overgrown hedges made it difficult for disabled people and those pushing a pram or buggy.

Peter Blundell emailed: “We have a lot of local residents in Newick on mobility scooters – and there are endless hedges they cannot pass without leaving the pavement. I contacted ESCC who told me that they had requested the owners cut the hedges back.

“The owners did cut back – but by all of 5cms – when probably 30-60cms were overlapping.

“But It seems ESCC don’t go back and check afterwards, so the situation is no better.

“So frankly in my humble opinion – I have completely wasted my time.”

Neighbourhood Plan project

Our columnist Observer touched on Wealden District Council’s “call” for owners to let them know if they wanted their land considered for future housing and commercial development.

Observer said residents need to watch was going on and don’t miss on any chances to comment.

Madeline Judge said on the Facebook page the Uckfield Neighbourhood Plan group would be keeping an eye on all development plans.

Charity shop to move into Blockbusters former store

“Make sure you have your say in future development of the town. Join us at meetings, follow our Facebook, twitter and website, get on our mailing list and attend events.,” she said.

News that the former Blockbusters store in Uckfield was about to become a charity shop, with Kit Wilson from existing units in Bell Walk moving in, prompted a wave of comments.

Here are some of the comments in brief:

Sarah Woollven: “We need a New Look or similar type shop.”

Keith Brandon: “…I was rather hoping for another coffee shop (smiley face).”

Vicki Hlisnikowski: “Are there any charities left that aren’t in Uckfield?”

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