If you are mobile near Uckfield in East Sussex and need to jump on the Internet then we’ve found the connection in the local Costa Coffee in the main street is very reliable. In fact, we prefer this Costa to the one in neighbouring Haywards Heath largely because it seems more spacious and less noisy. The Internet connection is quite fast and reliable.
Across the street from Costa is the public library which also has free Internet and reliable computers. Just behind the library, there is a large car park offering free parking.
As mentioned previously, there are several free parking areas in Haywards Heath. We’ve discovered a couple other places that you can park for a limited time without paying. New England Road, just off Hazelgrove Road, near the Tesco Pay and Display lot has parking for one hour. Also, Sydney Road, off the Commercial Square, has two hour parking and it is near some of the smaller shops a little way from the town center. This is also near to the Haywards Heath railway station.
We drove around Burgess Hill several times before discovering that there was a multi-tier Pay and Display car park adjoined to the Martlets. After parking there numerous times and shopping in the connecting mall, we accidentally stumbled into the Waitrose (a grocery store) parking lot meter. Seeing that their prices were cheaper than the mall lot, we decided to use it. Unfortunately, others had already discovered that it was cheaper, so the lot is usually quite full. Also Waitrose car park is an open lot so a little less desirable on wet and windy days if you have children or a full load of shopping.
Instead of paying ahead at a meter that does not dispense change, you get a button with a microchip embedded that records your entry time. When you are ready to leave, you insert the button into the pay machine and it calculates your charge. You pay and it gives change. More recently, we have driven in to the lot and discovered that the meter was broken. So we ended up parking for free a few times. We have yet to discover any free parking in Burgess Hill.
When we are in Haywards Heath, we try to park in the little stretch of free parking on Church Street. However, spaces are not always available, so we have to drive around to find some. We quickly realized that we’re just wasting gas, which ends up being more than what we would have paid for parking. Therefore, we developed a plan. If we drive up and find no free parking on the street, we immediately go into the short-term Pay and Display lot.
Free parking in Haywards Heath is so limited. Church Street allows free parking for 2 hours but no return for 4 hours. South Street allows 30 minute parking with no return in one hour. The library has only 2 spaces, offering 1 hour of free parking with no return in one hour. Behind the library is the town council offices and there are some parking allotted to visitors to the council offices and a small lot for shared use of the library and council offices. These allow for 2 hours parking. If you don’t mind a long walk, there is a large parking lot at Sainsbury’s, down by the railway station. There is no sign of the lot being monitored in any way, but you’ll need to be careful not to abuse the privilege.
There are several Pay and Display parking lots in town, with one offering long stay parking (more than 4 hours). The long stay lot is near the hospital, on the southeast side of town. We usually use Orchard Mall parking lot since it is convenient to our destinations.
Although at first it seems we may have made a mistake in our choice of living quarters, living in East Sussex does have some benefits. First of all, we live in a small village hamlet (I guess) near Tunbridge Wells. It is also quite near to Crowborough, a smaller town than Tunbridge Wells, but it has what we need.
Unlike West Sussex, we have been in several towns in East Sussex where there are free parking lots. You can’t go anywhere in West Sussex without having to pay for parking or drive around looking for the rare free spots with time limits. In Uckfield, every lot was free. In Crowborough, there is a large lot that is free, right in the middle of town. You can walk across the street to the library and to the supermarket and take care of all your errands in one trip.
I miss the free parking in the US. Over there, if you go to church, there is a large parking lot. When you go the supermarket, there is a large parking lot. When you go to the library, there is a large parking lot. In England, buildings were put up years ago before parking lots were needed, so there are few parking spaces available. In order to provide travelers with parking, parking lots were built and fees were charged in order for towns to make some money. I suppose the higher council tax in some areas help pay for these parking lots.