Uckfield is staying bright, group says

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The chairman, (Ian Smith,) treasurer (Neil Kerridge) and secretary (Sharon Foxwell) of the Brighter Uckfield Group were voted back into office at the Group’s AGM at Uckfield Civic Centre last month.

Ian Smith presented his Annual Report and thanked all the volunteers for turning the Group’s activities into a well-organised and well-respected community volunteer unit.

Because of the Group’s success it has been growing in size, and as a result activities will be now be run under three separate headings – litter picking, projects and the garden competition. Each group will now be able to work according to its own remit.

Members said they are anxious to keep this as an action unit rather than a bureaucratic debating committee. And they agreed to act with the town’s Carnival and Bonfire Society to address problems caused by some of the materials such as spray-on ‘silly string’ that have been plagued people clearing up after Carnival night.

Members aim to work closely during the coming year with the Community College to educate students about problems caused by not disposing of litter properly.

A sixth form student was present at the meeting to provide further information on this issue. They will also investigate the possibility of asking the appropriate council to introduce a by-law that could be used by local police in tackling litter-louts.

It was noted the District Council has recently published a Streets Ahead document which aims to improve High Street retail activity in Wealden. Keeping the areas looking clean and tidy is an important part of such a project.