Issue 13, October 2018

Matters

Have your say on public buildings

Community buildingOur Community Services team is carrying out a survey to find out what you think about public buildings and collect some feedback on how they could be improved.

In Mid Sussex there are lots of community buildings that local people used regularly for social events and activities. Community centres, village and parish halls, arts centres, libraries, churches, school halls, activity centres and clubhouses across the District provide places where local people can meet. Some are run directly by local councils but many are owned or managed by volunteers and community groups on behalf of local people.

With the number of new homes being built in Mid Sussex to meet the growing population, developers must provide funding to improve facilities for local people. The feedback you provide in this survey will help our Community Services team to ensure that any new facilities, or improvements that are made to existing facilities, deliver what the local community need.

As part of the survey you'll be able to let us know what's most important to you. Maybe you think accessibility is key and you value dedicated car parking facilities or good footpath and cycle links. It could be that you would like to see more flexible spaces that could accommodate different activities at the same time. Is environmental sustainability really important to you and you would like to see more charging points for electric vehicles and renewable energy generation like solar panels? Or maybe cost is key and you would like the buildings to be more affordable and open at times that suit you.

Whatever your priorities are you can let us know what you would like from a local community building by completing our short survey. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and you can do it now at https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/about-us/consultations/#community-buildings-survey

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