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Mel Sanders, from Forge Close, Uckfield, was prompted to get in touch after reading our story: Uckfield town centre “not able to support” Ridgewood Farm development.

He said: “Just some of my observations against Welbeck’s planning application for Ridgewood Farm.

“At long last East Sussex County Council highways have admitted Uckfield will not be able to cope with the extra vehicle movements generated by the 1000 new homes, on the A22 bypass and in the town centre.

“Back in 2009 the highways department more or less condemned the A22 bypass as nearing maximum capacity at peak periods and stated no more large developments should take place in Uckfield, then at the Government planning inspector’s inquiry in 2013 they did not object to the application, now they have changed their minds again. Let’s hope our district councillors take note.

“The developers state they are going to criss-cross the development with cycle and footpaths to encourage people to walk or cycle but if a survey was carried out in West Park, Manor Park, Ridgewood and Fernley Park, a majority of people would say they use their cars to visit and shop in Uckfield.

“Over this winter from December to the end of March both New Barn and Victoria football fields were waterlogged with only a handful of matches played. The terrain on Ridgewood Farm is a continuation of the playing fields made up of clay and sandstone. All the water runs off the fields down to the bypass which is a known flood zone.

“Houses built on these fields will have their garden prone to possible flooding during winter months. I hope our district councillors will  listen to the people of Uckfield and consider the future of our town on Thursday, June 11, when they make decision.”

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