Ridgewood is a village no more, says Observer, who in this weekly independent column muses further on making a successful Uckfield High Street.
Ridgewood has grown inexorably during my times in Uckfield.
Goodness knows what changes long-time residents have seen.
The signs may well say Ridgewood Village – and it has a village hall – but there’s not much of a real Sussex village left.
Developments at Harlands Farm (with more to come), Fernley Park and Sand Ridge in recent times have made Ridgewood a popular place to live.
We all know 1,000 new homes are coming to Ridgewood Farm and now an attempt is being made to win planning permission for 90 more homes off Eastbourne Road.
The new developments have brought roundabouts, traffic calming and, if the latest plan gets the OK, traffic lights are included in the current proposals.
Ridgewood Village, no more. If it carries on like this it will soon be more than a suburb of Uckfield.
How long before Ridgewood seeks its own parish/neighbourhood council and want to runs its own affairs, separate to Uckfield Town Council?
Moving the farmers’ market
My idea of moving the farmers’ market into the High Street once the roadworks are over seemed to catch many people’s imagination.
What I didn’t anticipate was the contribution from a developer who envisages a permanent farmers’ market could be part of the town centre redevelopment.
That idea had not crossed my mind and I am not familiar with the towns listed as examples.
The bottom line is that Uckfield needs compelling reasons to tempt people in from surrounding areas to shop.
As I said a few weeks ago, distinctive, destination shops will be part of the mix for a successful town.
That’s why I give the thumbs up to the new cheese shop.
I hope they have a good selection of English cheeses with something out of the ordinary from the continent.