Places To Visit in Uckfield

Bridge Farm Wood

Bridge Farm Wood is owned by the Council but will be maintained by the developer until 2007. Running alongside the old railway line, the Wood can be accessed from Bridge Farm Road.

Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve

The Local Nature Reserve (LNR) was designated by ESCC in December 2002 and officially opened in July 2004 after improvements had been put in place. The reserve is an ancient wetland formed as part of the River Uck flood plain. Cattle are grazed on the LNR for approximately 6 weeks each autumn as part of the ongoing management plan for the area

Harlands Farm Pond

The Pond is one of the largest toad crossing and breeding ponds in Sussex. This very important site hosts at least 4 different species of amphibian – common toad (not now so common), common frog, smooth newts and palmate newts.

The Pond is maintained mainly by local volunteers. Adjacent to the pond valuable ancient woodland. The whole woodland is protected by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) and it is important to note that contravention of a TPO is a criminal offence.

Victoria Pleasure Ground

Situated at the top of Old Timbers Lane, off New Town, Victoria Pleasure Ground consists of a children’s play area, basketball courts, tennis courts, football pitch, cricket wicket and sports pavilion. The upstairs of the pavilion is used as the club house for Uckfield Town Football Club.

Nightingale Wood

The Wood is a small strip of land on the outskirts of the Harland’s estate which is also covered by a blanket TPO. A public footpath runs through the wood from Bullfinch Gardens to the Eastbourne Road with another informal ending at the electricity sub station off Mallard Drive.

Bridge Cottage

Bridge Cottage, in the middle of the Town is a fine example of a 15th Century Wealden Hall house, which probably dates from 1436. The building is currently leased to the Uckfield & District Preservation Society (UDPS) which is responsible for the majority of the fabric of the building.

What Is Best Value?

Best Value was introduced under the Local Government Act 1999 to ensure that Best Value Councils consistently worked towards continuous improvement.  Best Value Councils were deemed to be those with an expenditure of over £500,000 for a specific period of time.

Best Value introduced a framework called “the Four Cs” to help Best Value Council’s measure their continuous improvement for all of their services, and required each Best Value Council to prepare and publish an annual Best Value Performance Plan (BVPP).

The BVPP is a public document but is primarily  for Uckfield Town Council itself, in order that Members, and officers, can influence and measure improvements in the services that the Council provides.  

It provides the Town Council with an opportunity to articulate its proposals for the continuous improvement for the coming year and should include how weaknesses will be addressed, opportunities seized and better outcomes delivered for local people.

The Council is required to consult on the BVPP each year.  This is achieved by

• Inviting comments from the County and District Councils

• Sending copies to local organisations in the Town

• Providing copies at the Civic Centre and the Library

• Publishing the document on the Town Council’s website

• Posting notices around the Town as to its availability

• Issuing copies to the local press.

The Town Council has undertaken to subject each of its services to a Best Value Review on a rolling programme of reviews, revisiting each service at least every five years.  Each review uses the “Four Cs” framework and ensure that the Council:

• Consults with local residents, users, staff, and a number of other organisations.

• Investigates whether the Council can, or should compete with other service providers.

• Compares expenditure with other authorities both locally and nationally.

• Challenges why and how we provide the services.