Uckfield Chamber of Commerce wants to keep parking spaces on the High Street.
A letter from Chamber chair Fiona Monson to regeneration scheme chairman cllr Mick Harker states: “It is clear from the vote taken at the meeting (January 15) that those present strongly support retaining parking, ideally at the current level, and would prefer parking to trees. They recognise there is cost for businesses at the bottom of the High Street caused by flash flooding and an alternative drainage solution would have to be considered if parking took priority.’ The meeting also strongly supported re-opening public toilets in the town.
Chamber members acknowledge there are pinch points and some dangerous parking spaces and ‘strongly endorse’ that parking should be restricted and enforced at, say 30 minutes.
The letter also says it may be sensible to have dedicated separate loading and unloading parking bays.
Members want to ensure roadworks cause minimal disruption, compared with problems during stage one with ‘plummetting footfall and significant traffic jams’ along Bell Lane.
And they want necessary work to be finished before the Christmas shopping period starts, which is late September for retailers. The letter concludes: ‘Uckfield cannot afford another autumn of roadworks and upheaval in the High Street and the fact we already know works will be implemented over more than one year would suggest that scheduling of this needs careful thought. We stress in general we support plans for High Street improvement.’