Topping out ceremony just before Christmas for the Wealden crematorium near Horam

What to look out for in 2019

Here’s an guide to some of things you can expect to see happening in Uckfield this year.

First owners move into new homes on the Taylor Wimpey development at Ridgewood Farm, known as Ridgewood Place. The show homes are to be launched in the spring. Two-bedroom homes are being advertised “from £289,995”.   

Uckfield Town Council will work with Brighter Uckfield and the Chamber of Commerce to encourage the town to become free of single-use plastic, which is already being phased out by the council.

Roadside verges in Uckfield should be in a better condition this summer – the town council is paying for extra grass cutting.

The red telephone box, currently near the railway station car park, is due to be restored and moved to a prominent position near Hartfield’s/Fluffy Side Up in the centre of town.

The red phone box – due to be moved by the town council to a central location this year and put to community use

The red phone box – due to be moved by the town council to a central location this year and put to community use.

The re-built Grants Hill House, off Oaklea Way, should be completed and occupied by tenants in the spring

Uckfield Carnival night will be Saturday, September 7.

Uckfield Festival will run from July 5 to 14 with the Big Day on Saturday, July 6. It will be the 20th anniversary festival.

A new town council will be in place. This is election year and polling day is May 2. Elections for Wealden District Council are on the same day.

From April, your council tax payments will go up. We don’t know by how much as final figures are not calculated but expect a substantial rise.

From July, you will be paying £50 a year to have your brown bin emptied – that’s if you have one. There will also be a new waste/recycling collection contract in place.

Building a Premier Inn and drive-through Costa at the Ashdown Business Park, off the A272 at Maresfield will begin and the businesses may open before the year is over.

And things that may happen:

A parkrun is set to be established, based at Uckfield Rugby Club.

Redevelopment of Uckfield College has planning permission so it is possible builders will move on to the Downsview Crescent site.

And a little further afield:

The Wealden District Council crematorium near Horam is due to open in March

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