The new president of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce has been elected.
Chartered accountant and insolvency practitioner Fiona Monson who works for Armida will take over the reins after being elected at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting last week.
She takes over from David Marshall, a director at Dawson Hart solicitors.
Two treasurers were also elected, Richard Page from the NatWest Bank and James Duggan from chartered accountants Simmons Gainsford.
Mr Marshall, who was president for two years, said he had hugely enjoyed the experience.
He said he was pleased the Chamber had continued to prosper with a membership of more than 200 and praised secretary Ian Blackaller for his role in the Chamber’s success.
Significant events during Mr Marshall’s two years included the devastating High Street fire, the inaugural Uckfield Business Awards, which are being held again this year, and the news that a car park is to be built at the railway station, which he said was a wish of many past presidents. Mr Marshall said: “The space has been neglected for longer than I can remember and we have had so many false hopes of progress. But now it is happening. It’s tremendous news.”
Earlier in the meeting, held at Pilgrim Hall, Easons Green, Mr Marshall gave an update of developments in the town. He told members that more detail of work to be carried out in the town centre as part of an improvement scheme had been shared last week with the Chamber committee in a presentation by East Sussex County Council.
He said the railway station car park was a key to making the changes work, with parking times for other car parks to be re-organised to improve access for those coming to the town.
Mr Marshall said: “I have to say the plans do look really good and should improve the appearance of the town though I have reservations about doing away with parking in the High Street and narrowing of the carriageway. It remains to be seen how it works. Work is due to start soon, we don’t have a date yet, though it may be a year before all the parts of the scheme have been finished.”
Mr Marshall also reported that a challenge in the High Court against Wealden District Council’s decision to bring in a restriction on development within seven kilometres of the Ashdown Forest had failed, with the result that the restrictions would remain in place.
Speakers at the meeting included Christina Ewbank, who talked about the work of ACES (The Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex). She urged Uckfield Chamber members to take part in a business survey in support of the organisation’s efforts to improve the A27. To take part visit www.acesalliance.org.