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Multi-million pound investment to provide homes, infrastructure and employment in Burgess Hill

Homes England, the government housing body, has announced it will oversee the construction of the 3500 homes, new link road, three schools and employment space that are planned for the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill. The multi-million pound project is the largest investment Homes England has ever made in the UK.

New homes at the Northern Arc of Burgess Hill have been planned for many years but it has always been a complicated development that involved many different landowners and house builders. Now that Homes England has taken over the development, they can bring together land, money, expertise, and planning and compulsory purchase powers. The clear remit is to facilitate delivery of sufficient new homes where they are most needed, with a sustained improvement in affordability.

Delivering large housing developments can be very challenging, especially making sure priority is given to delivering community infrastructure. The involvement of Homes England with Burgess Hill’s Northern Arc site will bring certainty for local residents that the roads and schools that are needed will be built alongside the housing.

The Council has a clear plan for the future of Burgess Hill and this is a really exciting time for residents and businesses. With new homes, schools, business parks, the town centre regeneration, sustainable transport investment, gigabit broadband and potentially the region’s first science and technology park all in the pipeline; Burgess Hill is set to become a thriving place to live, work and enjoy.

Our coordinated approach to the growth of Burgess Hill has already attracted significant infrastructure investment with £32 million secured for the dualling of the A2300 and other transport improvements, £6.5 million to improve waste water treatment works at Goddard’s Green and £2.2 million towards Gigabit broadband infrastructure. The involvement of Homes England will strengthen our position and provide further security for future infrastructure delivery. 

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£40,000 for Haywards Heath Rugby Club

Haywards Heath Rugby ClubHaywards Heath Rugby Club has been awarded £40,000 to help them pay for much needed improvements at their Whitemans Green clubhouse in Cuckfield.

Earlier this year Mid Sussex District Council received £40,000 as a one-off payment for the installation of a telephone mast at Whitemans Green. The Council has agreed to pass 100% of the money on to Haywards Heath Rugby Club for development work that will benefit all Club members and the local community that uses the facilities at the Club.

Haywards Heath Rugby Club is one of the largest sports clubs in Mid Sussex with two successful senior teams and over 400 children taking part in junior level rugby every weekend. The Club is an important part of the community and immediate investment is required if it is to continue to have an adequate standard of facilities to support the provision of sport and social activities for local people.

The Clubhouse roof is in urgent need of repair, with water leaking into the bar area, function room, front reception and changing rooms. The Club’s boiler is also unreliable, expensive to run and costly to maintain.

As rugby is predominantly a winter sport, a functioning boiler is essential to provide hot water for the kitchen and to heat the showers for up to 70 rugby players and referees on training and match days. If the heating or showers fail the Club is unable to fulfil league fixtures and faces points deductions from league organisers.

The new telephone transmitter has been located on top of the existing training ground floodlights so there was no need to install a separate mast.

 

£2.2m gigabit capable full fibre project coming to Burgess Hill

Gigabit broadbandGigabit capable Full Fibre broadband is coming to Burgess Hill as part of our broader regeneration and development plans.

We have successfully applied for government funding of £2.2 million so that we can work with the private sector to install gigabit-capable Full Fibre infrastructure in Burgess Hill.

Burgess Hill will see significant development and investment over the next 15 years including 5,000 new homes, new schools, two new business parks, the town centre regeneration, investment in sustainable transport infrastructure and potentially the region’s first science and technology park. The Council has always been clear that growth must come with improved infrastructure and part of that infrastructure must be digital.


With the need for faster connectivity expected to dramatically increase over the coming years, the Council aims to stimulate the market by making the deployment of gigabit-capable full fibre infrastructure more commercially viable. The Burgess Hill project, will see the public and private sector working together to install the gigabit-capable full fibre infrastructure in Burgess Hill as part of the broader regeneration and development plans.

The construction and regeneration work that's planned for Burgess Hill represents a real opportunity to install digital infrastructure, including full fibre, during the construction, road building and regeneration projects. The 'dig once' approach in these areas creates less disruption for residents and can be completed at a very much lower cost than when the same infrastructure is added later.

 

 

Grants of £2000 available to small businesses

Business grantsDo you need a bit of extra funding to help your small business to grow in Mid Sussex?

We’ve opened applications for our 2018/19 Micro business grants scheme and grants of up to £2000 are available to any Mid Sussex business that has less than 10 employees and an idea for a project that will help their business grow.

Up to £1500 is also available to help micro businesses take on an apprentice.This is the second year that Mid Sussex District Council has offered grant funding to help support the local economy and encourage sustainable business growth. Last year, our micro-business grants helped more than 40 local companies to expand and develop their business in Mid Sussex and we’re keen to have the same impact in 2018.

The grants are provided on a first come first served basis so apply now at www.midsussex.gov.uk/businessgrants 

Long-term empty home undergoes remarkable transformation

A house in East Grinstead that has stood empty for over 20 years has undergone a remarkable transformation.

Mid Sussex District Council obtained a Compulsory Purchase Order for 125 Queen's Road in East Grinstead following a number of complaints from local residents about the poor condition of the property and the state of the gardens.

The Council tried for many years to persuade the owner to carry out the necessary improvements to the house but Legal Notices were ignored and the property remained empty and in a poor state of repair. 

The Compulsory Purchase allowed the council to put the house on the open market and find new owners that were willing to complete all the required improvement works and bring the property back into use.

The house was purchased in December 2017 and work started almost immediately to transform the rundown shell into 3 modern flats. The renovation work took just 3 months and was completed at the start of April 2018.

Universal Credit roll out

Universal CreditMid Sussex is the latest area to join the Government’s flagship Univeral Credit scheme, an online application system that came into place on Wednesday 6th June.

Universal Credit will provide financial assistance for people of working age on a low income, including those in work, and is administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It is a single monthly payment which will eventually replace Income Support, Income Related Job Seeker's Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.

Anyone receiving existing benefits will see no change, but will gradually be moved over to the new Universal Credit system over time. If your situation changes you will, in most circumstances, be moved over to the new Universal Credit and use that system from then on.

All new claimants from 6th June 2018 will need to apply online at www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit 

Universal Credit aims to simplify the complex process and many different elements involved in applying for financial support.

Computers are available in our reception area and at local libraries for applicants to use. Local Citizens Advice centres will also provide Assisted Digital and Personal Budgeting Support to customers in receipt of, or applying for, Universal Credit and we plan to have a presence in Job Centres within the district.

Council Tax Support is not included in the switch to Universal Credit and applications must continue to be made to the local authority. In addition, we have a limited fund of Discretionary Housing Payment to help those with a shortfall of housing costs within their Universal Credit.

Full details on Universal Credit including how to apply for Council Tax Support and DHP are available at https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/revsandbens/benefits/universal-credit/

New website to follow Burgess Hill growth

Burgess Hill is a well-connected, attractive place to live and in the next few years will see significant growth and investment to ensure it continues to be a modern, thriving town where residents can live, work and play.

You can now keep track of all the proposed changes and follow the growth of the town on www.burgesshill.net , a dedicated website that is home to all the latest information.

The Council has prepared a Strategic Growth Programme for Burgess Hill that will transform the local economy, create thousands of new high value jobs in technology-led industries, and make Burgess Hill one of the most attractive places in the region to live and to do business.

Key projects include:

- 3,500 new homes at the Northern Arc, 30% of which will be affordable housing
- two new primary schools and a secondary school to help meet the demand for school places and provide further choice for local families
- a dedicated centre for community sport
- dualling the A2300 to improve connectivity and ease congestion
- 465,000 sq ft of new town centre shopping and dining facilities
- gigabit broadband infrastructure
- new playgrounds, parks and community open space
- new community leisure and health facilities
- a new business parks with 25 hectares of employment space
- a science and technology park creating a high number of skilled jobs
- protection and enhancement of the Green Circle network
- a new spine road between the A2300 and the A273 Isaac’s Lane across the development to improve traffic flow
- £12 million for improved transport links

The Strategic Growth Programme for Burgess Hill is the most ambitious programme of change anywhere in the sub-region. Our ambition is to transform the local economy, creating thousands of new high value jobs in technology-led industries, and making Burgess Hill one of the most attractive places in the region to live and to do business. Join us on our journey at www.burgesshill.net.

 

 

 

What’s on

Pirate Pearl & The Big Blue Monster

Pirate Pearl & The Big Blue MonsterLittle Blue Monster perform their brand new production - Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath on Saturday 28 July at 2pm.

Pirate Pearl lives aboard the good ship Mirabel with her crusty old shipmate - Grandpa Bert!  She's not a real pirate - but Pearl loves to imagine she's sailing the seven seas on a swashbuckling pirate adventure!

One day, Pearl finds a stowaway aboard ship. It's a little blue monster. But little monsters grow into BIG greedy monsters - and this one wants his DINNER!

There’s trouble ahead for Pirate Pearl!

Tickets: £9.50

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FREE creative arts workshops for young people

The Papy ShowWe've joined up with Creatives Across Sussex to deliver two FREE workshops for young people this July in Song Writing, Song Production, Dance, Physical Theatre and Creative Writing.

The workshops are pitched at young people aged 12 - 17 and offer the chance to work with some seriously cool professional artists from Audio Active (audioactive.org.uk/), Little Green Pig (www.littlegreenpig.org.uk/) and The Pappy Show (www.thepappyshow.co.uk/)

All the work produced during the workshops will be featured at our SK8FEST on WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 4pm-9pm at the NEW Skatepark at Victoria Park, Haywards Heath.

Whether you want to write a song, a poem, a rap or create a short piece of dance or theatre, by the time the weekend is over, you will be super-confident and ready to show your work or have it played!

The FREE workshops run from 10am-4pm at The Albermarle Centre, Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July.

Places are LIMITED so to register your interest email Sally & Paul at sk8fest18@gmail.com and tell us what you are particularly interested in.

Carpenters Gold

Carpenters GoldInternational West End performer Vikki Holland-Bowyer emulates the warm, dulcet tones of the iconic Karen Carpenter at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead on Friday 20 July at 7:30pm.

She undertakes the character of Karen superbly, paying meticulous attention to her mannerisms, 'brother–sister' relationship with 'Richard', and the playful interaction with her band and audience.

Performed in a feel good, concert style, Carpenters Gold celebrates all the greatest hits including Goodbye to Love, Solitaire, We’ve Only Just Begun, Top of the World, Yesterday, Once More, Superstar, Rainy Days and Mondays; recreating the exceptional look and sound of their extensive World tours.

Tickets: £20.00

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Your Council

Cabinet restructure supports economic growth

Councillor Judy Llewellyn-BurkeThe structure of the Council's Cabinet has been changed to place an even greater focus on supporting economic growth.

A new Finance and Performance Cabinet position has been created to allow the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth to spend more time developing the local economy. The Cabinet now comprises the Leader and six portfolio holders and Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke has taken on the new role of Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance.

The new structure will enable Councillor Ash-Edwards to dedicate more time, and focus more council resources, on helping the Mid Sussex economy thrive. The next 5-10 years are going to be a really important period of growth for Mid Sussex. It is essential that we secure the right level of infrastructure funding to accompany this new development and our new Cabinet structure will enable us to spend more time lobbying national Government for extra money that will ensure all future growth is sustainable.

The Cabinet is now as follows: Leader - Councillor Garry Wall

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth - Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards

Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance - Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke

Cabinet Member for Service Delivery - Councillor Gary Marsh

Cabinet Member for Customer Services - Councillor Mandy Thomas-Atkin

Cabinet Member for Community - Councillor Norman Webster

Cabinet Member for Housing & Planning - Councillor Andrew MacNaughton

Councillor Bruce Forbes has been re-elected as Chairman and will hold the position for the next 12 months, during the civic year that runs until next May. Councillor Colin Trumble has been elected as the new Vice-Chairman.

 

Council Meetings

Council ChamberPlease find below a list of all Council meetings coming up. All meetings take place in the Council Chamber at Oaklands in Haywards Heath unless otherwise stated.

Meeting agendas and papers should be available online five working days before the meeting at the following locations:

5 July - Planning Committee B (19:00)

9 July - Cabinet (16:00)

11 July - Scrutiny Committee for Customer Services and Service Delivery (19:00)

12 July - District Planning Committee (14:00) 

19 July - Planning Committee A (19:00)

24 July - Audit Committee (19:00)

25 July - Council (19:00)

26 July - Licensing Sub-Committee A (18:00)

Full details of future meetings can be found at http://mid-sussex.cmis.uk.com/mid-sussex/CouncilandCommittees.aspx

 

Visits of the Chairman

The Chairman of the Council represents the organisation in a non-political role at functions and engagements. The Chairman is elected annually by his 53 fellow Councillors and serves for a period of 12 months during the civic year, which begins in May.

Below is a selection of events attended by The Chairman of the Council, Cllr Bruce Forbes and the Vice Chairman of the Council, Cllr Phillip Coote from March to May 2018.

Tuesday, 6 March
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended the Business Reception and West Sussex Apprentice Graduation Ceremony where he presented awards to the Graduands. The event was held at Chichester Cathedral.  

Sunday, 11 March
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended a concert by the ConChord Big Band, held at Chequer Mead Theatre to raise funds for Age UK.

Wednesday, 14 March
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended the twentieth annual Jim Green Challenge held at and hosted by the South of England Showground, Ardingly.

Friday, 23 March
The Chairman attended the inaugural Mid Sussex STEM Challenge Awards Ceremony held in the Council Chamber of Mid Sussex District Council in association with the Haywards Heath Town Team.

Mid Sussex STEM Challenge Awards

Picture shows: The participating teams including the winning team ‘Cycling Five’ from Oathall Community College

Tuesday, 27 March
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended an exhibition ‘Stories from the surgeon’s table - Exploring the Queen Victoria Hospital Archive’ held at the Records Office, Chichester.

Friday, 20 April
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended an exhibition ‘Leading the treatment of burns from World War II to today’ held at Meridian Hall, East Grinstead.

Wednesday, 25 April
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended the Young Enterprise Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex Company of the Year Competition at Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead and presented the awards to the competition winners MANTRA Apparel from the College of Richard Collyer.

Saturday, 28 April
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended a Celebration for Parkinson’s event at St Johns Church, Burgess Hill hosted by a Support Group for Parkinson’s.

Friday, 4 May
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended the East Grinstead Mayor’s Charity Dinner Dance at the Crowne Plaza, Felbridge.

Saturday, 5 May
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended the East Grinstead leg of the Mid Sussex Marathon, starting at East Grinstead Rugby Club, where he initiated the race and gave awards to those who completed it.

Sunday, 6 May
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended the Haywards Heath leg of the Mid Sussex Marathon, starting at Victoria Park, where he initiated the race and gave awards to those who completed it.

Monday, 7 May
The Vice-Chairman attended the Burgess Hill leg of the Mid Sussex Marathon and presented awards to those who completed the race.

Your services

£600k pool refurbishment at The Triangle

The TriangleAlongside our partners at Places for People Leisure we are investing £600,000 in The Triangle leisure pool this summer.

The flumes are being fully refurbished and the slides are being repainted and resealed. The falling rapids slide will be removed to create space for a new slide which will be introduced later in the year. The beach area will also be transformed, replacing the pirate ship with some exciting new interactive water play features for children of all ages including fill 'n' spill buckets, cannon jets, a splash board and a shark shower.

The improvement works are already underway and the leisure pool will be closed until the new installation is completed. The pool is due to re-open on Saturday 21st of July, just in time for school holidays!

For more information visit https://www.placesforpeopleleisure.org/centres/the-triangle/news/leisure-pool-refurbishment-project/

Cashless parking is just the ticket

Cashless parking machineHunting for change to pay for parking in Mid Sussex car parks will soon be a thing of the past.

We want to make your parking experience as quick and simple as possible, so the Council is investing in new parking machines in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath town centres this summer that enable you to pay for parking with your bank card or mobile phone. 

The new Parking Machines will accept payments using contactless credit / debit cards, Chip & Pin and the MiPermit app, providing residents and visitors with greater choice over how they want to pay. 

You can still pay for parking with cash in the conventional way but mobile payment is being introduced alongside cash payments as a handy alternative

The MiPermit app is a quick, easy-to-use mobile phone service that allows you to pay for parking by credit or debit card, rather than with cash at a machine. By using the app you will no longer have to queue at the ticket machine, parking can be purchased in advance, you can request a text message reminder when your parking is about to expire and you can extend your stay without having to return to your vehicle.

It's a quick and secure way to pay for parking in Mid Sussex. Instead of putting money (or using a card) into a payment machine, you can use your mobile phone to pay by calling, texting or using the app. Information will be stored digitally so our Civil Enforcement Officers can use their handheld devices to see that you have paid for your parking. If you use the app option, a record of payment will also be stored on your phone.

The new machines are being installed in our town centre car parks only. There will be no change in our rural car parks, which will continue to be free or use disc parking, and on street parking in East Grinstead will remain unchanged.

 

Disabled Parking Accreditation for Mid Sussex car parks

Disabled Parking AccreditationFifteen of our car parks have been awarded Disabled Parking Accreditation by Disabled Motoring UK. This means the car parks meet strict criteria for the provision of spaces, accessibility and clear enforcement of disabled bays.

Signage must give clear information and instructions for the use of a building and there should be level access between pedestrian entrances/exits and parking bays. Lifts or ramps must be provided where levels are not even.  Lighting, payment machines and alternative payment methods also form part of the criteria as well as concessions where appropriate to allow disabled people additional time.

The car parks have also retained their 'Park Mark' status for another three years, which demonstrates they are safe to use and that there are measures in place to deter crime.

Park Mark car parks have clear directional signage and use traffic flow techniques like one-way circulation so drivers are not confused about which way to go. Pedestrian access and exit points are clearly indicated and painted paths highlight the safest places to walk. Park Mark car parks have lower levels of crime and reduce the fear of crime because they have measures in place to deter offenders, such as perimeter fencing, surveillance and bright lighting. They are also clean and well-kept to reassure drivers they are in a safer environment.

 

 

 

Wellbeing

WellBalanced courses help to prevent falls

Are you over 65 and unsteady on your feet? Have you experienced a fall or want to prevent one from happening?

Our Wellbeing Team organise WellBalanced courses of balance and strengthening exercises in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath to help people to become stronger and more stable. The courses last for 24 weeks and are run by qualified instructors who are experienced in postural stability and falls prevention, so you will be in safe hands.

The course costs just £1 per class but places are only available by referral. If you think you would benefit from the course then you can ask your GP or Practice Nurse to refer you to Mid Sussex Wellbeing.

For more information about the WellBalanced courses visit http://midsussexwellbalanced.online/ email wellbeing@midsussex.gov.uk or call 01444 477191.

Parks & Rangers

Go with the flow - new skatepark for Haywards Heath

Local skateboarders, BMX enthusiasts and scooter riders in Haywards Heath can enjoy some of the best facilities in the area thanks to a brand new skate park.

The facility has been designed by the experts at Maverick Industries, a skater run business that has installed some of the best skateparks in the UK. It has been made of concrete to ensure users have a fast and perfectly smooth ride with plenty of flow lines to choose from.

The new skatepark design features a mix of ramp and street elements, designed to flow effortlessly together, yet also function as 3 distinct 'zones'. At the entrance is an open-plan 'street' area featuring a hipped bank with inset grind ledge. The central zone has a 6ft roll-in, leading to a unique, hipped box-jump, and a 6ft quarter pipe extension. Towards the rear of the site is 2 x 4ft half pipes linked by a spine ramp.

There is a circuit around the main space utilising the street bank, the roller between the spine and box jump, and the corner pockets in the transitions, which gives the feel of a 'bowl'-type setup. The new skatepark has been designed to ensure it is suitable for all ages, abilities and disciplines, and can be shared safely by multiple users at any one time.

We hosted a Skate Jam in April to officially launch the new skatepark and local riders had the chance to win some great prizes like a GT BMX bike frame, T-shirts, caps, grips, pedals, Animal backpacks and NASS Weekend Camping tickets. There were also demos by pro riders Scott Hamlin, Harry Boucher, Danny Miles and Charlie Lawlor.

Changing Places toilet to be installed at Worlds End Recreation Ground

Worlds End Recreation Ground plansLast year we held a public consultation so that local parents and children could help us to design a new playground at World’s End Recreation Ground in Burgess Hill. Our plans are now starting to take shape and we know the key features that will part of the new playground.

The new equipment will have exciting play opportunities for children of all abilities and we will be providing a Changing Places Toilet (www.changing-places.org) so families can enjoy their visit for longer and make full use of the new inclusive play area.

The new playground equipment will feature:

- an area for toddlers with swings and a small climbing frame and slide
- a variety of different swings, including a wheelchair accessible swing and a multiperson swing
- a trampoline built into the ground
- a wheelchair accessible roundabout
- a large climbing frame inspired by the tree house designs produced by pupils of Manor Field School

The new playground will be much larger, extending out as far as the basketball hoop. The need for more shade was frequently mentioned during our public consultation so we will be planting lots of trees and adding extra seating.

We will also be laying a path to connect the junction of Manor Road / Janes Lane with the play area and improving the drainage of the football pitches.

The next stage is to enter into discussions with professional playground designers who will produce more detailed plans and visual imagery to give you a better idea of how the new playground will look.

Inclusive playground equipment for Fry Crescent

We've installed some new inclusive playground equipment at the Fry Crescent play area in Burgess Hill to provide local children of all abilities with the opportunity to play together.

The old springy bikes and climbing frame have been removed to make way for the new equipment. They have been replaced by a new roundabout, extra seating and a multi-purpose climbing unit that features a rope walkway, slide, drag ramp and a fireman's pole. The roundabout is wheelchair accessible and the climbing unit also has wheelchair accessible platforms. The slide has been specifically designed at the top and bottom to make transfer to and from wheelchairs easier and the drag ramp has hand rails at two different heights to enable less mobile children to climb to the top using the rope and soft grips.

The climb nets have a shallow incline to make it easier to reach the top and are wide enough for helpers to support children if it is needed. The top of the picnic table has also been extended so children in wheelchairs can sit next to abled bodied friends and family.

Extra security added to St Johns Park and Clair Park pavilions

We've installed new security measures at two of our community pavilions in Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath to help deter criminals.

St John’s Park pavilion in Burgess Hill and Clair Park pavilion in Haywards Heath have experienced a number of break-ins over the past two years. The pavilions have been repeatedly targeted at night by vandals who have caused significant damage to the inside of the buildings.

We have fitted stronger uPVC windows and doors at both pavilions. Internal security screens have also been installed behind the windows and doors that users can slide across at night to provide an added deterrent to intruders when the buildings are closed.

The new windows and doors have been constructed to Secure by Design standards, an official UK Police flagship initiative that combines the principle of 'designing out crime' with physical security.

 

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