Families living in and around Uckfield have the chance to have their say about proposals to redevelop the town centre.
Cllr Roy Galley, recently elected chairman of the Uckfield Town Centre Regeneration Joint Committee is eager that people contribute ideas and views.
Talking about the recently launched survey about the redevelopment, Cllr Galley said: “We really want to hear what people have to say about these proposals and I encourage everyone who lives in Uckfield and also in the surrounding areas to complete this important survey. It only takes a few minutes to answer the five questions but the results will be extremely valuable to the Committee.
“The Committee has listened to views in the past and changed its plans as a result and we need responses from as many people as possible so we can understand local views.”
Included in the survey are details of specific proposals. These include retaining the town’s character so that it does not become what’s described as a ‘clone town.’
An attractive open plaza should be included for socialising and Luxford Field should be retained in its entirety but improved to provide better sporting and recreational facilities.
Another idea is an alternative food retail outlet or a bigger current food store alongside retaining a variety of independent business - more should be attracted, says the survey.
The project wants to create a local identity by means of including quality food shops selling local produce and a number of places to eat and drink. This could create an entertaining ‘cafe culture’ feel around the plaza and facing Luxford field.
If possible, a strong mix of homes and shops should be part of the scheme and the plaza should have open access to the High Stret so it is easily visible.
Importantly existing retailers should be given first refusal on new units. Holy Cross School and, if necessary, the Fire Station should be found alternative site elsewhere in the town. There should be adequate parking provision and good transport access by bus, bike or car.
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