Traffic changes should help Uckfield businesses

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UCKFIELD CHAMBER of Commerce president David Marshall, senior partner at Dawson Hart, told members about the results of a County consultation on the future of roads in the town. He was speaking at the Chamber’s July meeting at Barnsgate Manor Vineyard.

Most people, he said, favoured Option A, Smarter Choices, to help people walk, cycle and use buses in the town. Also popular was Option B to build a car park near the railway station, something the Chamber has been campaigning about for some time.

David Marshall said options which could involve building a gyratory system or flyover were not welcome. “We do want the town to welcome people to shop and do their business here. Parking is the key and we don’t want pedestrians to be put off by the traffic.”

Members also heard that 49 businesses have entered the Uckfield Business Awards and 323 nominations have been received from members of the public. Co-organiser Neil Edwards said he was hoping for more entries in the tradesperson of the year, innovation and environmentally sustainable categories.

Tickets for the awards ceremony, which will take place at the East Sussex National Hotel on November 1 are now on sale at £39.50 each.

The Chamber also debated the future of an all-weather sports pitch in Uckfield and heard that help is needed to raise the final £40,000. Bob Lake told Chamber members that £595,000 had already been raised, including £135,000 from Uckfield Town Council, £100,000 from Uckfield Community Technology College, £90,000 from Freedom Leisure.

It is hoped that a grant of £230,000 will be confirmed by the Football Foundation this month. The pitch should be ready for use next January. Gordon Buckland, vice-chairman of the Uckfield Grasshoppers Junior Football Club, said there were plans to run a raffle and sell pitch squares.

Five new members have joined the Chamber. These include Utility Warehouse, Hartfield; Fross Wedding Collections, Uckfield; McCrudden Training, Eastbourne; Black Rok Design and J.D. Courtney. Secretary Ian Blackaller greeted 11 guests, all potential new members. To join or find out more contact Ian on: 01825 722607 or at blackaller@iblackaller.freeserve.co.uk.