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Toads, frogs and newts of Ridgewood need your help

Christine Dobbin, sent this message on Facebook: “Help is needed to protect the toads, frogs and newts of Ridgewood. Every year during February and March, when the conditions are right, they come out from hibernation and try to make their way to Harlands pond to spawn. Many of them don’t make it due to being killed on the road.

“A small number of volunteers patrol the roads and collect the toads etc that are about to cross or are on the road already and take them to the pond. They’re keen to enlist extra help to save as many as possible.

“We’d be so grateful if you could share the Facebook group to make people aware of the opportunity to help the toads and also get some hands-on conservation experience.”

Find the Facebook group here: Harland’s Pond Toad Rescue.

Uckfield rail commuter’s six hour journey

Gian Piero contacted after reading Penelope Parker’s open letter to Uckfield railway line operator Southern which was reported in this story: Southern in bottom three in Which? train satisfaction survey.

Penelope accused Southern of ‘ineptitude’ after a train from London Bridge was brought to a halt at Hever.

Gian writes in a message via the contact form on the Uckfield News website: “Re Penelope Parker open letter to Southern and her thoughts on how long it took people to get home, my dear, it is not only the mums with kids, it is also us poor commuters who were stuck at Hever all evening waiting for phantom taxis. And if you are interested Mr Southern it took me six hours to get home.”

Uckfield referendum is ‘too simplistic’

Colin Tarn was prompted to write after reading about a referendum to be held in Uckfield about High Street parking: “The referendum is too simplistic. Whether we approve change to high Street parking or not would depend on the alternative being offered.”

There’s more information about the referendum in this story: Referendum to be held about on-street parking in Uckfield.

What about permanent eviction of wildlife from Ridgewood Farm?

M Crossfield contacted us after reading our story Uckfield rail platform extension plan hits snag saying: “It seems ironic that the council are worried about the disruption of the area near the station with the extension of the platform, but don’t seem bothered about the permanent eviction of wildlife when 1000 houses are built around the town.”

Read detail about the Ridgewood Farm 1000 homes plan here.

Brilliant news – the verdict about plans to improve Ridgewood play area

News that Ridgewood play area could double in size was welcomed on the Uckfield News Facebook page.

Gemma Horscroft said: “Yay … Brilliant news! It definitely needs updating”. Emma Furlong said: “Very much needed” and Sarah D’alessio said: “At last!! Yes please.”

Sharon Owen said she would like to see a paddling pool there and Fiona Smith said some shaded areas and seating were essential.

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