Yew Tree: Town councillors got it right

Our independent Saturday correspondent Observer admits the writer is not the only one who has common sense in Uckfield.


Thank goodness for the common sense from the members of the town’s council’s environment and leisure committee when it came to deciding the future of a yew tree.

I was on the train on Monday morning heading to London when I read the news that Holy Cross Church wanted a yew tree felled because the fallen berries were making the pavement slippery.

I was still on a train (no, not the same one – Southern’s services are bad, but not that bad – but see below ) when I read that evening that the councillors had vetoed any idea of chopping the tree down.

A silent cheer rang out from me. It was also good to read when I got home a contemporaneous report from this website’s reporter who was at the meeting.

All, in all, it was satisfying all round.

Safety ideas

The committee came up with some straightforward ideas to make things safer.

We will wait and see what the lasting solution is – at least it is not chopping down a tree.

The folk at Holy Cross quite rightly considered public safety but their solution was too extreme.

The councillors were right.

 Uckfield Line trains

It’s been a bad week on the Uckfield Line. Really, every week is a bad week.

Southern’s apology, which I read on this website yesterday (February 16) is a pitiful litany of excuses.

The train operator has had those trains for, I think, more than two years, and they still cannot get them to run properly.

They have to think differently.

Come up with some solutions. It can’t go on.

In the meantime, the politicians just want more meetings.

There’s nothing to discuss.

Southern needs sacking.

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