Uckfield LibDem Councillor and campaigner Paul Sparks was contacted by several residents living close to the junction of Browns Lane and London Road. A retaining wall at this location was in a very poor condition and starting to collapse towards the pavement and road.
There was clearly a risk that if the wall collapsed it could cause personal injury and possible traffic accidents and although residents had approached local councils they were told that this was a privately owned wall and not their responsibility.
So Paul took up the challenge and contacted East Sussex County Highways who confirmed this was a private wall and they had been trying for the past 6 years to trace the owner. Paul stated that if they had not found the owner in 6 years they were very unlikely to do so in the future but in the meantime the wall is becoming ever more dangerous and could cause a serious accident.
After further exchanges, County agreed and set a time scale for these repairs which would take between 4 – 6 weeks. Paul was extremely pleased with this response but also advised that the pavement by this wall is used by school children so care required during the works. County responded very well to this so started the work during half term and always made sure the pavement was clear during morning and afternoon school times.
The work is now almost complete and Paul and the residents are delighted with the result whereby this retaining wall has been fully rebuilt to an excellent standard.