Here we highlight a selection of comments from Uckfield News social media pages and from messages and calls direct to UckfieldNews.com.
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Reaction to UCTC Chromebook story
There was a lot of interest in our story about plans to get students at Uckfield Community Technology College using Chromebooks laptop computers. See: Chromebooks launch nears for Uckfield college students.
Comments on the Uckfield News Facebook page included these:
Criddy Lilley: “Another example that the parent petition against this happening has been ignored, first it’s expensive school uniform, unaffordable trips abroad, and now I have to try and find money for a Chromebook when I already saved for months to get my son a laptop that the school insisted would be vital for his GCSE years.”
Liz West: “There has been so much negative talk about this on Facebook. I am of this opinion. I can remember being one of the few children in class that didn’t have a fancy scientific calculator so had to do a lot of my sin/cos/tan from a book. This made me feel singled out but I still managed it.
“Times have changed from chalkboard to wipe board to smart board, this is progress and it is inevitable. Both my girls will have Chromebooks. If I can’t afford it I will go without to get them. I’m sure there are parents out there that simply can’t afford them, in this case so long as they can prove that, the school should provide one.”
Welcome for plans to provide more parking at Uckfield hospital
About time too, was the reaction from Uckfield News readers to our story about plans to provide extra parking at Uckfield Community Hospital. See: Plans for more parking at Uckfield Community Hospital.
Facebook comments included:
Steve McIntosh: “Good. People keep parking in the ambulance station despite signs meaning our staff cannot park. People are also stupid enough to park right opposite the ambulance station making it difficult for us to turn the vehicles around. It’s surprising how rude people are towards us when we block their cars in OUR car park.”
Richard Judge: “It would be a far better solution to negotiate extra space with the developers of the land north of Mallard Drive. Simply tarmacking over things is not going to alleviate the problem.”
What people said about our Gatwick bus story
Uckfield News readers liked the idea of a bus service running through East Sussex to Gatwick but were disappointed it wasn’t going to stop in Uckfield, and that return was by train only. See our story here: New Gatwick bus service will stop at Halland and Nutley
Austin Warren said on our Facebook page: “Quite excited about this until realising that the return journey is by train only – there is no train service to Nutley, Forest Row etc.”
Paul Herbert called Uckfield News to say he was surprised to see county councillor Rupert Simmons, lead member for economy, welcoming the bus service and describing Gatwick Airport as a major hub for jobs for the whole of Sussex when the county council had opposed the expansion of the airport.
“I think there should have been more consultation with the people of Wealden before the council opposed the second runway because if it doesn’t go ahead Gatwick will lose a lot of business and that will affect employment in this area.”
Thank goodness for kind souls
Shalmarane King, said on our Facebook page: “Amazing story, thank goodness for kind souls” after reading Phil McKiernan’s account of the day his Canadian Pacific tanker rescued 24 Vietnamese Boat People from the shipping lanes of the South China Sea.
Phil’s story which was published on Uckfield News on Monday, May 11, is here: Knowing these Vietnamese Boat people is a ‘privilege’ – Uckfield family.
Well done to successful council candidates
Madeleine Judge, said on our Facebook page: “Well done to all the candidates elected to town council and commiserations to those who were unsuccessful. We can now look forward to watching our new town council in action. I hope that all councillors will be true to themselves and the views of the people of the town, work together as a team regardless of party / group affiliations. Good luck all of you, the hard work starts now. Looking forward to working alongside you all in the UNPSG.”
Madeleine was commenting on an Uckfield News story: Trust Independent group wins eight of 15 seats on Uckfield Town Council