Tour is a ‘double-edged sword’ for Uckfield

More than 100 people attended a meeting of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce at the Wok Inn, Shortgate, on Wednesday, May 21.

It was the first to be chaired by new president Fiona Monson, who was elected in the March annual meeting. Fiona is a chartered accountant and insolvency practitioner with Armida.

Fiona announced that Uckfield was to be represented, along with Chambers from Hailsham, Crowborough and Heathfield, at a meeting with Wealden Council on Monday June 16, being organised by Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce. The aim is to build a closer relationship between the Wealden Chambers and the council. Council representatives will include chief executive Charles Lant and leader Bob Standley.

Fiona told members the Tour of Britain was passing through Uckfield on Saturday September 13. She said this could be a double-edged sword. It could be good for retailers but would also cause traffic disruption.

She also encouraged members to go to the ACES (The Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex) website to take part in a survey about the A27.

This road, between Lewes and Polegate, is one of only seven roads on the UK Strategic Roads Review and the results of the questionnaire will help show the Minister for Transport what it means to local business.

Talks were given by Sarah Hinks, about apprenticeships in Sussex, and Sadie Mason, about Active Sussex, one of 49 county sports partnerships in England. It co-ordinates and facilitates the delivery of sport and physical activity initiatives.

Four new members were welcomed. They are laundry and dry cleaning business Iron Maids; IT managed service and solutions Trunk Networks; accountants and business advisors Curtis and Curtis and Laura Sheppard Photography, wedding and portrait photography.

Anyone interested in joining can contact secretary Ian Blackaller on 01825 722607 or email:

The next meeting is Thursday, July 24, where there will be a barbecue at Barnsgate.