Objections to Uckfield parking changes are dismissed

Revised plans for Uckfield town centre improvements
Revised plans for Uckfield town centre improvements

Objections to parking restriction changes in Uckfield have been dismissed.

The Uckfield Town Centre Highway Improvement Scheme is the first phase of wider plans to regenerate the town, and has already delivered improvements to a section of the high street.

Alongside the second stage of works, which will include a number of new parking restrictions in the high street, East Sussex County Council carried out a parking review of the entire town.

This will see additional parking restrictions at 14 sites within the town. Only four of the 14 prompted objections from residents.

The council received several letters from residents of Farriers Way objecting to double yellow lines to stop parking around the junctions of their road, and those in Forge Rise and Bridge Farm Road.

Officers explained at Wednesday’s Planning Committee meeting that changes were designed to strike the best balance between ‘improved safety and retaining as much parking as possible’.

These restrictions, along with similar measures for Mill Drove, Alexandra Road, and Keld Avenue as well as Warburton Close and Downsview Crescent, were also approved by the committee despite residents’ objections.

Meanwhile several shop owners opposed introducing a maximum 20-minute waiting time on the east side of the high street for a 40 metre stretch south of Bedford Court.

Officers explained that this measure, which would operate between Monday and Saturday from 8am to 6pm, had been brought forward following requests from Sussex Police.

Sites in Uckfield where no objections were received were: Church Street; Harcourt Road and Vernon Road; Selby Road and Vernon Road; Bolton Close, Brookside, and Bell Lane; Wares Road and New Road; Lealands Drive; Hempstead Road and Linden Chase; and Framfield Road.

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