Plans for an all-weather sports pitch are back on track at Uckfield Community Technology College.
Uckfield Town Council had been talking to the college about the idea but then it was put on hold because of the possibility that the land might have been needed to expand the college.
Now the uncertainty is over and the town council, which had turned its attention to providing the pitch at the Victoria Ground, is reconsidering.
Letters have gone out from UCTC principal Hugh Hennebry saying that they now know that if Uckfield gets a new school it will definitely not be built on the lower playing field where the all-weather pitch could go.
A team of stakeholders and interested people is being put together to prepare bids for funding for the pitch from organisations like The Football Foundation.
Plans for the all-weather pitch include accommodating three football pitches, a cricket pitch, athletics track, throwing and jumping field events and multi-use games courts that can be used for games such as tennis, basketball, netball and hockey.
Mr Hennebry said in his letter to parents and carers: “We will still have our other netball court and rugby pitches on the top playing field and at Hempstead Lane.”
A report to tonight’s meeting of Uckfield Town Council’s environment and leisure committee says that if the college proposals were to be realised without delay then the council’s plans for the Victoria Ground would become redundant.
Councillors are advised to put their plans “on the back burner” until they know more about prospects for the college project.
See also our previous story about the town council's plans: