Pretty tired today as had a lot to do yesterday. Master had a very special birthday party in the office yesterday afternoon. So not only was there supervision of the setting up to do as the catering arrived but there was an awful lot of ‘meet and greet’. I like to circulate during a party and several people commented on my husky singing although I could not quite get the Happy Birthday tune. I am better at police sirens. Toffee of course helped and even Barney made it up the stairs. His hearing is not so good now so he could not comment on my singing.
Afterwards there was the clearing up to do and Toffee and I had quite a few crumbs to clear up. We agreed that was probably the best bit although we could have done with people being a bit more messy. Not really enough for 3 hungry doggies.
Tilsmore Court on the corner of Tilsmore Road and the High Street is now under construction and it is anticipated that the building will be finished in the early part of 2016. This will be a fantastic landmark building which will be a great asset to the Town and has an amazing design which compliments the traditional ambience of Heathfield High Street.Two large shops are being created on the ground floor and one is already under offer. Shop 2 is still available, which is some 1,668 sq ft, and is very prominent having 50 ft of window frontage facing towards the High Street and Tilsmore Road. There are flats above and the whole building is very impressive being the first major property you see as you enter Heathfield from the west. Full plans are available.
Following the expansion and successful relocation of Kitchen Door Workshop from Millers Yard on the Straight Half Mile in Maresfield to Horsted Square in Uckfield we have now let their former premises to a new veterinary practice. Millers Yard is a delightful building on the site of the old Millers builders yard. It is a steel frame building constructed some 15 years ago designed to be in the shape of a barn with brick and timber cladding to the outside elevations and an artificial slate roof. The premises lend themselves very well for a veterinary surgery and there is plenty of car parking around the property. A welcome addition for the pets of Maresfield.
Acting for an LPA Receiver we have sold the freehold of the former card shop at 35 High Street, Uckfield. The freehold was subject to a long lease on the upper parts comprising a 3-bed flat which has been sold off on a long lease. Unfortunately the back of the building was not in particularly good order and one of the previous tenant’s fixtures & fittings needed clearing. The purchaser is a local investor and we are also very pleased to say that we have a tenant lined up to go into the shop who we hope will sign up by the end of May. So a brand new business should be opening there very shortly. This is a company opening a second branch being established already in another Sussex town.
We are very pleased to say that the ability to buy tasty sandwiches and baguettes has returned to the top end of Uckfield High Street. We have successfully let the premises at 2 Church, next to the mobile phone repair shop, which also has a very small flat above. For the wide variety of businesses at the northern end of the Town it is now good to have somewhere where one can nip out and get a sandwich or baguette rather that having to walk down the High Street – not to mention back up! A couple from outside the area are moving into Uckfield to establish this new concept and we wish them every success.
At the recent AGM of the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, Lawson Commercial partner Chris Lawson was elected as a Vice President thus once again rejoining the Executive Committee. Chris was formerly President of the Chamber in 1991, 1994 and 1996 but left the Executive to let some new blood in. However he felt it was time to rejoin the Committee and lend his support as the Chamber faces a number of serious business issues both in the Town and the wider Wealden area.
During the course of the latter part of 2014 and the start of early 2015 it has become clear that the local Councils still appear not to be listening to protests about removing parking from the High Street to provide wider pavements and trees. This is a subject upon which Chris feels strongly and is convinced it would have an adverse effect on the Town.
Uckfield Chamber of Commerce has a membership of over 200 and is dedicated to representing the views of the businesses in the Uckfield area, to stand up for their views in the wider community.
A long established Indian takeaway in Crowborough has become available as the proprietor now wishes to retire. The premises are in a very prominent position in Croft Road and are ideal for continued use as an Indian takeaway or possibly Thai or Chinese. The premises would also lend themselves for a small quality restaurant and have traded as such many years ago. The lease is internal repairing with break clauses and the property is in a clean, tidy condition ready for an new enthusiastic proprietor to take over. Fixtures and fittings are available for an offer in the region of £25,000. A really tasty opportunity for an essentially readymade business!
Following the successful relocation of Britannic Frames to new larger premises in Uckfield, we have let their former unit at 1 Riverside to St Peter & St James Hospice. This well known Sussex charity, which has some eight shops across Sussex of which two are in Uckfield, had a need for more storage space for the high volume of donations they are receiving. They have entered into a new 5 year lease at these premises which offer some 1,800 sq ft across 2 floors with some very useful office accommodation on the 1st floor.
It is good to hear this worthwhile charity is being so well supported and we are very pleased to have able to assist them in securing premises to help them in their vital work.