Mid Sussex Local Election results 2019
At the local elections on Thursday 2 May 2019, the Conservative group retained control of Mid Sussex District Council, winning 34 of the 54 available seats.The Liberal Democrat Party took 13 seats, the Green Party gained 3 and Independent candidates were elected to 4 seats.
The newly elected Councillors have already undertaken their induction and their positions were made official at our Annual Council Meeting on Wednesday 22 May.
There were 143 candidates who put themselves forward for election to the 26 wards of the District Council. Of the 109,434 people who are eligible to vote in the Mid Sussex District, nearly 38.5% voted. This includes postal votes which were issued to 17,946 residents with a 65% postal vote return rate.
Election Day itself saw 75 polling stations in the Mid Sussex District open all day from 7am -10pm. The count for the elections took place at The Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill on Friday 3 May. In some cases the results were very close, including three occasions where the difference in being elected or not was under 25 votes.
Town and Parish Councils were also contested on the same day. A full listing of those elected for all of the Councils is available online at www.midsussex.gov.uk/elections
Councillor Ash-Edwards elected as new Leader of Mid Sussex District Council
Conservative Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards was elected as the new Leader of Mid Sussex District Council at a meeting of full Council on Wednesday 22 May 2019.
The leadership position was vacant after former leader Garry Wall decided not stand for re-election to Mid Sussex District Council.
At the meeting, Councillor Judy Llewellwyn-Burke was appointed as Deputy Leader of the Council.
The following Cabinet Members were confirmed at the meeting:
Cabinet Member for Community - Councillor Norman Webster
Cabinet Member for Customer Service - Councillor Ruth de Mierre
Cabinet Member for Economic Growth - Councillor Stephen Hillier
Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery - Councillor John Belsey
Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning - Councillor Andrew MacNaughton
Councillor Colin Trumble was elected as Chairman for the next civic year and Councillor Margaret Belsey was appointed as Vice Chairman.
For more information about council committees, meetings and decisions visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/constitution
Your Council Tax for 2019/20
Your Council Tax goes to fund a huge range of vital services in the area. Each Council Tax bill lists the different organisations which provide your services and details their part of the entire bill.
Recently published rates for 2019/20 gives the expected increase and an idea of what it means for a Band D (average Council Tax range) property.
- Sussex Police, 14.5% increase, £24 per year for Band D
- West Sussex County Council, 4.99% increase, £66.04 per year for Band D
- Mid Sussex District Council, 3.1% increase, £4.95 per year for Band D
- with an additional section from your Town or Parish Council.
The slight raise in the Mid Sussex District Council element of Council Tax will enable us to support economic growth through the delivery of full-fibre gigabit connectivity and increase the number of electric vehicles charging points around our District.
We will secure infrastructure improvements to support housing growth, like GP surgeries, schools and community facilities. Further, we will invest in our playing pitches, playgrounds, parks and open spaces and in our leisure centres to make sure we have great facilities to help people stay fit and active.
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 or her 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 Colin Trumble from 28 February to 22 March 2019.
Thursday, 28 February
Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest launch
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended the launch event for the Hall and Woodhouse Community Chest scheme, at the Hornbrook, Brighton Road, Horsham.
Monday, 4 March
Turners Hill C of E Primary School
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife Mrs Jennie Forbes attended a visit at Turners Hill C of E Primary School.
Wednesday, 6 March
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife Mrs Jennie Forbes attended a Civic Lunch hosted by the Chairman of Tandridge District Council, at Bletchingly Golf Club, Bletchingly.
Friday, 8 March
Tree Planting Ceremony
The Vice-Chairman along with Councillors John Wilkinson and Anthony Watts Williams attended a very special tree planting ceremony in their Ward.
The actress Judy Parfitt, a Hurstpierpoint resident, planted an oak tree to mark the 150th birthday of St Lawrence School. The tree was provided by Hurst Society and replaced a long standing horse chestnut which had to be felled a few years ago.
Wednesday, 13 March
Jim Green Challenge
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended the 21st annual competition of the Jim Green Challenge hosted by the South of England Agricultural Society at the South of England Showground, Ardingly. The challenge is for students with mild or moderate learning difficulties attending land-based Colleges and Further Education Centres.
Thursday, 14 March
Chairman of Chichester Reception
The Chairman accompanied by his wife Mrs Jennie Forbes attended the reception hosted by the Chairman of Chichester, held at the University of Chichester.
Friday, 15 March
Mid Sussex STEM Challenge Awards
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Jennie Forbes attended this event hosted by the Haywards Heath Town Team and MSDC, where he presented awards with the High Sheriff.
Sunday, 17 March
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife Mrs Jennie Forbes attended the Renshinkan Tournament at the Triangle, Burgess Hill, where he presented the team colours to the Renshinkan Athletes.
Monday, 18 March
Sullivan’s Heroes Presentation
The Chairman, accompanied by his wife Mrs Jennie Forbes met with the founders of Sullivan's Heroes to officially present the funds raised from charity events during his term of office as Chairman. The presentation took place at the home of one of the children who has benefitted from help provided by the charity.
Friday, 22 March
Chairman of Tandridge - Afternoon Tea
The Vice Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble, attended this civic event hosted by the Chairman of Tandridge District Council at the Woldingham Golf Club.