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Northern Arc Planning application set for consideration

Northern Arc sketchAn outline planning application for the Northern Arc development in Burgess Hill is expected to be considered by the Mid Sussex District Council planning committee in October. The application, which was submitted by Homes England in December 2018, sets out the scale and nature of the proposed Northern Arc development in Burgess Hill.

The Northern Arc development includes a new community of approximately 3,500 homes (30% affordable) employment opportunities, three new schools, health provision, improved pedestrian and cycle connections, sports and leisure opportunities and new highways infrastructure.

At the end of the summer, Homes England also submitted a planning application for a bridge and link road – which will connect Isaacs Lane to Freeks Farm in the eastern part of the site – to relieve traffic pressure and support the construction of the new homes.

Homes England, the Government’s national housing agency, is funding the works to facilitate the building of much needed new homes in Mid Sussex.

The Northern Arc planning application is available to view online now at https://pa.midsussex.gov.uk/online-applications/ using the reference DM/18/5114.

News

Affordable Housing boost for East Grinstead

The Guinness PartnershipThe Council has approved the sale of land at Blackwell Farm Road in East Grinstead to enable the delivery of 10 new homes for local people in housing need.

Our Cabinet met on Monday 16 September and agreed to sell the land to the Guinness Partnership for £400,000, subject to the grant of suitable planning permission.

The Guinness Partnership works in 165 local authority areas across England to provide homes for rent at prices significantly lower than those charged in the private market and on tenancy terms which offer far greater security. Any profit they make helps them to invest in and build more affordable homes.

There is currently a serious shortage of social housing in East Grinstead for local people in housing need. The Common Housing Register has 291 people from East Grinstead on the waiting list and for 268 of those people their first choice preference is to remain in the town.

Under the current planning system we are reliant on housing developers to provide Affordable Housing as part of their new housing schemes. However, private developers are under no obligation to build right away and the reality is there haven’t been any new Affordable Housing units built in East Grinstead since the St Margaret’s Convent development in 2016.

By using this parcel of Council land we can ensure that 100% of the new homes that are built are used to provide much needed homes for local people who desperately need them. The sale of this land provides us with the opportunity to help 10 local families find a home of their own and make a huge difference to their lives.

Infrastructure upgrades planned for Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill will grow significantly over the next 15 years into a modern, thriving town where local people want to live and work. Substantial investment is planned from both the private and public sector that will see the development of around 5,000 new homes, two new business parks, new schools, community hubs and a new town centre.

As part of this coordinated growth programme, we're looking at ways to improve sustainable transport infrastructure, reduce congestion and increase connectivity across the town.

Mid Sussex District Council is currently working with West Sussex County Council on a Place and Connectivity Programme to deliver significant infrastructure improvements that will help link all these development areas and other key destinations in the town together. A number of town centre projects are currently under consideration, including improved access arrangements for Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield train stations, enhanced cycle routes, accessible pedestrian routes and improvements to bus services.

Funding is already in place after Mid Sussex District Council, in partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnership Coast to Capital and West Sussex County Council, secured £10.9 million from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for the Place and Connectivity programme. The funding supplements the £16.96m already secured from the Local Growth Fund to assist with the upgrading of the A2300.

A public engagement programme is scheduled for spring 2020 to find out the views of local people and provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to have their say on the proposed improvements.

Each project will link together, like small pieces in a jigsaw, and will collectively create significantly improved sustainable transport and travel around the town. One of the first projects to come forward as part of the Place and Connectivity programme is a resurfaced path and cycle way that will link Manor Road and Junction Road in Burgess Hill.

A2300 - preparation works start

A2300 proposalsWest Sussex County Council has started preparation works along the A2300 in Burgess Hill to clear the way for a major highway improvement project.

This clearance work is essential preparation ahead of the major A2300 improvements scheme, which will widen around 2.5km of single-lane road to a dual carriageway.

A significant amount of residential and commercial development is planned for the Northern Arc of Burgess Hill and these road improvements will reduce congestion, cutting both journey times and pollution. The project will also help to improve links to homes and businesses, encourage new infrastructure that will contribute to the local economic growth and provide new facilities for both pedestrians and cyclists to help promote sustainable transport.

The clearance of trees and vegetation between the A23 at Hickstead and the proposed Northern Arc site access roundabout (west of the junction with A273 Jane Murray Way) is expected to be completed in November and the construction of the main scheme is expected to start in spring 2020.

It is expected there will be little impact on traffic. None of the trees to be cleared are subject to tree preservation orders and there will be a replanting scheme.

Visit www.westsussex.gov.uk for more details on A2300 corridor improvements scheme.

Waste water improvement works at Goddards Green

Substantial improvement works will take place at the Goddards Green waste water treatment plant near Burgess Hill over the next 12 months to significantly reduce unpleasant odour from the site reaching local residents.

The sewage treatment works currently serve more than 50,000 local residents in the south of Mid Sussex. The plant is predominantly open air, which means Burgess Hill residents have often suffered from offensive smells drifting from site.

The proposals include new buildings in certain parts of the plant that will seal odour away and prevent it from drifting on the wind to Burgess Hill and the surrounding villages. There are also plans to harness more energy from the treatment process, helping the plant run entirely on renewable energy.

The District Council has secured over £10 million in Government grant funding for the project, as part of infrastructure investment for the Northern Arc housing development, and Southern Water contributing in excess of £5 million.

What’s on

Griff Rhys Jones

Griff Rhys JonesAll Over this Place

Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

Thursday 10th October, 7.30pm

Griff is back and once again, all over the place touring the UK this autumn with his brand new full-length stand-up show.

Join one half of Smith & Jones, one quarter of Not the Nine O'Clock News and one third of Three Men In a Boat as he presents an evening of hilarious true stories, riffs, observations and details of his recent medical procedures. It's all guaranteed to be packed with wicked insights into the pains of celebrity, the vicissitudes of parenthood and encounters with the great, the good and even the royal. Yes, Griff is all over the place this year so make sure not to miss him!

'Great comedy' Telegraph
'Very funny' Scotsman
'The jokes come faster than the rapids on the River Tay' Guardian

Tickets £19

Book Now

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

The Very Hungry Caterpillar ShowChequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide.

Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.

The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage.

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets including, Brown Bear Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show celebrating its 50th Birthday in 2019, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Performances

Saturday 19th October 12:00pm

Saturday 19th October 2:30pm

Ticket Prices

Tickets £14

Family Ticket £50 (Two adults, two children)

Book Now

Your Council

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:

25 Sept - Charity Trustees (18:45)

25 Sept - Full Council (19:00)

26 Sept - Planning Committee (19:00)

3 Oct - District Planning Committee (14:00)

7 Oct - Standards Committee (18:00)

14 Oct - Cabinet (16:00)

17 Oct - Planning Committee (19:00)

23 Oct - Scrutiny Committee for Housing, Planning and Economic Growth (19:00)

24 Oct - District Planning Committee (14:00)

29 Oct - Cabinet Grants Panel (16:30)

31 Oct - District Planning Committee (14:00)

3 Nov - Licensing Sub-Committee A (17:30)

4 Nov - Scrutiny Committee for Leader, Finance and Performance (19:00)

5 Nov - Planning Committee (19:00)

10 Nov - Audit Committee (19:00)

11 Nov - Scrutiny Committee for Housing, Planning and Economic Growth (19:00)

16 Nov - Cabinet (16:00)

18 Nov - Scrutiny Committee for Community, Customer Services and Service Delivery (19:00)

19 Nov - District Planning Committee (14:00)

Meet the Leader

Mid Sussex District Council elections took place in May earlier this year, which meant new Members were elected to the Council and there were a number of changes to the important roles held by senior Councillors.

The District Council uses a Cabinet Member system where a Leader and Cabinet Members are responsible for policies, plans and strategies, which are presented to Full Council. Each Cabinet Member has a different area of responsibility such as housing, leisure, economic development and community. These are important roles, so it's helpful to know which Councillor holds each post and find out a little more about them. 

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards was chosen as the new Leader of Mid Sussex District Council and he has recorded a short video to introduce himself and to outline the Council's priorities under his leadership.

Meet the Deputy Leader

Mid Sussex District Council elections took in May earlier this year, which meant new Members were elected to the Council and there were a number of changes to the important roles held by senior Councillors.

The District Council uses a Cabinet Member system where a Leader and Cabinet Members are responsible for policies, plans and strategies, which are presented to Full Council. Each Cabinet Member has a different area of responsibility such as housing, leisure, economic development and community. These are important roles, so it's helpful to know which Councillor holds each post and find out a little more about them. 

Our new Deputy Leader Cllr Judy Llewellyn-Burke has recorded a short video to outline her priorities for the year ahead, which include a number of exciting projects as part of the Burgess Hill Growth programme.
 

Meet the Cabinet Member for Economic Growth

Mid Sussex District Council elections took place on in May earlier this year, which meant new Members were elected to the Council and there were a number of changes to the important roles held by senior Councillors.

The District Council uses a Cabinet Member system where a Leader and Cabinet Members are responsible for policies, plans and strategies, which are presented to Full Council. Each Cabinet Member has a different area of responsibility such as housing, leisure, economic development and community. These are important roles, so it's helpful to know which Councillor holds each post and find out a little more about them. 

Councillor Stephen Hillier, our new Cabinet Member for Economic Growth talks about the important role building partnerships, education and supporting new ways of working will play in further strengthening our local economy.

Meet the Cabinet member for Customer Services

Mid Sussex District Council elections took place in May earlier this year, which meant new Members were elected to the Council and there were a number of changes to the important roles held by senior Councillors.

The District Council uses a Cabinet Member system where a Leader and Cabinet Members are responsible for policies, plans and strategies, which are presented to Full Council. Each Cabinet Member has a different area of responsibility such as housing, leisure, economic development and community. These are important roles, so it's helpful to know which Councillor holds each post and find out a little more about them. 

In this video Councillor Ruth De Mierre shares her thoughts on how we must approach Customer Service in order to provide a positive experience for our residents.

Meet the Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery

Mid Sussex District Council elections took place in May earlier this year, which meant new Members were elected to the Council and there were a number of changes to the important roles held by senior Councillors.

The District Council uses a Cabinet Member system where a Leader and Cabinet Members are responsible for policies, plans and strategies, which are presented to Full Council. Each Cabinet Member has a different area of responsibility such as housing, leisure, economic development and community. These are important roles, so it's helpful to know which Councillor holds each post and find out a little more about them. 

Our Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery, Councillor John Belsey, who has responsibility for leisure, landscapes, waste and sustainability says he is looking forward to his busy and interesting remit.

Meet the Cabinet Member for Community

Mid Sussex District Council elections took place in May earlier this year, which meant new Members were elected to the Council and there were a number of changes to the important roles held by senior Councillors.

The District Council uses a Cabinet Member system where a Leader and Cabinet Members are responsible for policies, plans and strategies, which are presented to Full Council. Each Cabinet Member has a different area of responsibility such as housing, leisure, economic development and community. These are important roles, so it's helpful to know which Councillor holds each post and find out a little more about them. 

In this video Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Community talks about the importance of social mobility, sustainability and support for residents with disabilities.

Meet the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning

Mid Sussex District Council elections in May earlier this year, which meant new Members were elected to the Council and there were a number of changes to the important roles held by senior Councillors.

The District Council uses a Cabinet Member system where a Leader and Cabinet Members are responsible for policies, plans and strategies, which are presented to Full Council. Each Cabinet Member has a different area of responsibility such as housing, leisure, economic development and community. These are important roles, so it's helpful to know which Councillor holds each post and find out a little more about them. 

Councillor Andrew MacNaughton has retained his position as our Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning. In this video he talks about the housing issues we face in Mid Sussex and our work to provide more temporary accommodation in the District, so people in housing need can continue to live locally while we find them a suitable long-term home.

Chairman's events

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 Cllr Colin Trumble and Vice Chairman Cllr Margaret Belsey from 2 July to 22 September 2019.

Tuesday, 2 July

Rotary Young Artist & Designer Awards 2019

The Vice Chairman, accompanied by her husband, Mr Edward Belsey attended this event held at St Swithun's Church, East Grinstead.

Friday, 5 July

Opening of the Mid Sussex Parkinson’s UK Community Garden

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event at Beech Hurst Gardens, hosted by the Mid Sussex Branch of Parkinson’s UK

Monday, 8 July

Afternoon Tea & Bubbles

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event hosted by St Catherine's Hospice at Warnham Park, Robin Hood Lane, Horsham.

Tuesday, 9 July

East Grinstead Town Mayor Charity Music Quiz

The Vice Chairman, accompanied by her husband, Mr Edward Belsey attended this charity fundraising event hosted by the Mayor of East Grinstead.

Wednesday, 10 July

Wakehurst Visit by HRH The Prince of Wales

The Chairman attended this event held at Wakehurst Gardens.

Thursday, 11 July

Connect with the Countryside

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event hosted by the South of England Agricultural Society at the South of England Showground, Ardingly.

Connect with the countryside

Saturday, 13 July

Sussex Wing Parade for the Royal Air Force Air Cadets

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event held at Chichester Cathedral.

Saturday, 13 July

West Sussex Youth Orchestra Summer Concert

The Vice Chairman, accompanied by her husband, Mr Edward Belsey attended this event held at the Assembly Hall, Worthing.

Thursday, 18 July

Family Support Work Service and AGM

The Vice-Chairman accompanied by her husband, Mr Edward Belsey attended this event held at St Swithun's Church, East Grinstead.

Saturday, 27 July

Kangafest

The Vice Chairman, accompanied by her husband, Mr Edward Belsey attended this event to celebrate 25 years of the Kangaroos club.

Tuesday, 30 July

Mid Sussex Play Day

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event hosted by Mid Sussex District Council at King Georges Field, East Grinstead.

East Grinstead Play Day

Wednesday, 31 July

Mid Sussex Play Day

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event hosted by Mid Sussex District Council at Victoria Park, Haywards Heath.

Thursday, 1 August

Mid Sussex Play Day

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event hosted by Mid Sussex District Council at Fairfield Recreation Ground, Burgess Hill.

Monday, 5 August

Queen's Honours Coffee Morning

The Chairman hosted a coffee morning for Mid Sussex recipients of the Queen's Birthday Honours at the Mid Sussex District Council offices, Haywards Heath.

Queen\'s Birthday Honours

Wednesday, 28 August

Melting Pot Community Cafe

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble gave a speech at the opening of the Melting Pot Community Cafe in Court Bushes, Hurstpierpoint.

Tuesday, 3 September

North Sussex Branch of the NSPCC AGM

The Vice-Chairman, accompanied by her husband, Mr Edward Belsey attended this event held at The Old School, Church Street Cuckfield.

Friday, 6 September

Parkinson’s Community Garden Bench Dedication

The Vice Chairman, accompanied by her husband, Mr Edward Belsey attended this event held at the Parkinson's Community Garden in Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath.

Wednesday, 11 September

Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event held at the Crowne Plaza, Felbridge where the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex presented the award.

Saturday, 14 September

Opening of the Hurst Festival

The Chairman attended the opening of the Hurst Festival in Hurstpierpoint.

Sunday, 15 September

Mayor of East Grinstead - Civic Service

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event hosted by the Mayor of East Grinstead at St Swithun’s Church, St Swithun’s Close, East Grinstead

Wednesday, 18 September

West Sussex Scouts County AGM

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event held at The Charis Centre, West Green Drive, Crawley

Sunday, 22 September

High Sheriff Judges Service and Garden Party

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event and led the procession. The event is hosted the High Sheriff of West Sussex at Worth Abbey and The Wild Garden, The Hyde Estate, Handcross.

Your services

Mia's recycling advice

We want to introduce you to Mia. She and her family are on a recycling journey to discover what items can and cannot be recycled around the home in Mid Sussex and other districts within West Sussex. Whether it's in the bathroom, where most items can be recycled but 50% still end up in the wrong bin, the kitchen, where food residue must been cleaned off before recycling or making sure to take recycling seriously on takeaway night, Mia and her family have shared their journey every step of the way in these helpful videos.

You can sign up to the West Sussex Recycles newsletter by visiting http://bit.ly/2Ucr157

Council Tax Support consultation goes live

Council Tax supportWe're currently asking local people for their views on proposed changes to our Council Tax Support Scheme.

The Council Tax Support Scheme offers a discount that helps low income households of working age to pay their Council Tax. There are currently about 3,200 people of working age in Mid Sussex who are eligible for a Council Tax reduction under the MSDC support scheme.

Mid Sussex District Council is now required to make changes, which will bring the Council Tax Support Scheme into line with the Government’s Universal Credit benefits.

Since June 2018, Mid Sussex has been covered by the roll out of Universal Credit and this means changes to the way we calculate support levels for those people who are helped by our scheme. We’re proposing to introduce an income banded scheme for all working age applicants to ensure that weekly variations in income don’t lead to frequent changes in the amount of help claimants receive through the Council Tax Support Scheme.

We’re hoping this proposal will make the scheme easier to understand, and to administer, alongside Universal Credit. It should also reduce the effect that changes in income can have on the Council Tax that people have to pay.  

The Council Tax Support Scheme consultation runs until Friday 1 November and online consultation forms are available at www.midsussex.gov.uk/consultation. For people without internet access at home, paper copies and computers are available for the public to use at our offices at Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath.

For more information telephone 01444 477264 or email cts-consultation@midsussex.gov.uk

Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy Survey

HousingWe would like to hear your views on the work we do to help homeless people in Mid Sussex and how best to support people to prevent homelessness.

We've published our Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2020-2025 and our public consultation is open now for local people to share their views.

Our draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy is organised around 5 key priorities:

- Prevent homelessness wherever possible by early identification and intervention
- Minimise the use of and improve temporary accommodation
- Prevent recurring homelessness
- Tackle rough sleeping and homelessness amongst specific vulnerable groups
- Enable access to suitable and affordable accommodation

We're particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have had personal experience of homelessness in Mid Sussex.

If you would like to help, please complete our short online consultation form at https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/housing-council-tax/homelessness-and-housing-advice/homelessness-and-rough-sleeping-strategy-survey/

The Consultation period ends on 4 October 2019.

Wellbeing

Are you man enough?

PSA blood testOne in every two men will have a health problem with their prostate at some stage of their lives. It could be an infection, enlargement or cancer. One in every eight men will develop prostate cancer and those of African-Caribbean origin and those with a family history of the disease are two to three times more likely to be at risk.

The charity Prostate Cancer Support Organisation is working in partnership with Burgess Hill District Lions to offer FREE PSA testing for men aged between 45 and 80 on 12th October at the Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill. It's a simple blood test that measures the amount of antigen, which is produced by the prostate, that's entering the blood. It is not a direct test for cancer but a moderately raised reading can be an indicator of a prostate problem and a high reading should trigger further tests to determine if there is a need for any treatment.

Without screening, around 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. It is now the leading cancer found in men. Around 11,800 men die of this disease annually, one every 45 minutes. Caught in the early stages, cure rates are dramatically improved with over 80% success. General symptoms of problems with the prostate are frequent need to urinate, especially at night; bursting to urinate, slow flow, difficult, painful; stop/start and dribbling, or blood in the urine.

It is essential to BOOK AN APPOINTMENT in order to take advantage of the FREE PSA test. To book your place, head online to www.psatesting.org/burgess-hill or call 0845 650 2555.

Testing will also be available in East Grinstead on 23rd November at the East Grinstead Town Council offices, East Court Mansion.

 



Parks & Rangers

New community centre opened in Pease Pottage

Earlier this summer we were delighted to open a brand new community building at Finches Field in Pease Pottage.

The purpose built facility will provide Pease Pottage with a focal point for the community and support the sport and play activities that are provided at Finches Field.

The new community centre is the ideal place for village fetes and is well suited as a venue for special occasions like wedding receptions and birthday parties. It can be used as a place for social groups to meet, as a venue for positive activities like exercise classes or simply as a venue for community meetings.

Finches Field is a popular location for sport so the new community centre has showers, toilets and changing facilities for sports teams to use. There is a separate shower and toilet for the referee and the changing rooms have their own entrance so that they can be used even when the main building is closed.

There’s a private meeting room for small gatherings and office space for Slaugham Parish Council officers to use while managing the building on behalf of the community. Storage space is also provided for chairs, collapsible tables and other equipment.

Mid Sussex District Council allocated more than £675,000 in Section 106 development contributions and donated a further £111,145 of council funds to finance the development of the new facility. The construction and management of the new community centre has been undertaken entirely by Slaugham Parish Council.

Secret garden brings joy to Parkinson's sufferers

Parkinson\'s GardenThis summer saw the grand unveiling of our new Parkinson’s Community Garden at Beech Hurst in Haywards Heath.

The Mid Sussex Branch of Parkinson's UK approached the Council in November last year about the possibility of creating a garden area that could be easily enjoyed by people who suffer with Parkinson's Disease.

Our Landscapes team worked with the charity to transform the old Petanque area at Beech Hurst into an accessible and peaceful spot that everyone can enjoy.

Parkinson’s is a disease of the brain which progresses over time. It is anticipated that around one adult in every 350 will develop the condition. Symptoms include shaking, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness, which makes day to day tasks difficult.

The new garden has been carefully designed to meet the needs of lots of different visitors. As a result, the finished garden is a practical and attractive space consisting of wide paths and three flower raised beds at a variety of levels to accommodate wheelchair users and less able people.

The area is maintained by local Parkinson’s Group and includes a range of sensory and culinary plants to provide a stimulating environment. Staying active is very important for those with Parkinson’s, both physically and mentally; gardening is an activity that combines both and allows sufferers to enjoy beautiful surroundings at the same time.

New cafe and soft play at The Dolphin

Our new Costa Coffee café and soft play area is now open at The Dolphin leisure centre in Haywards Heath.

Parents can enjoy a drink following a workout or swim while they watch their little ones enjoy the new soft play area.

The soft play is a great way for younger kids to develop better physical, social and emotional skills. Learning to balance, jump and climb without risk of injury will develop confidence, balance and co-ordination. The new facility is free for leisure centre members or £3.50 per hour for non-members.

The refurbishment is part of a £500,000 investment made jointly by Mid Sussex District Council and Places Leisure at The Dolphin Leisure Centre. Improvements have been made to the toilets and wet changing area, additional treatment rooms have been added, there's a new training room and new equipment will be installed in the group cycling studio.

For more information about The Dolphin leisure centre visit www.placesleisure.org/centres/the-dolphin/ 

Local families enjoy another year at Play Days

Local children and their families enjoyed a free day of fun and activities in East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill on 30th, 31st July and 1st August as part of Play Days 2019. Play Days is a celebration of children’s right to play and a campaign to highlight the importance of play in children’s lives.

This year’s Play Days were circus themed and we organised a variety of free activities. Families enjoyed outstanding circus demonstrations performed by professionals Poi Passion, and the South’s leading children’s entertainer, Tom Foolery, captivated all the family. Trained Circus performers gave guidance to children on walking the tightrope, balancing on stilts, juggling and also enjoyed creative activities to celebrate national Play Day 2019.

Places Leisure organised lots of fun sporting activities and children were encouraged to bring their bikes and scooters along to take part in an obstacle course. The local DJs filled the afternoon with music and WSCC brought their sensory bus to provide activities for youngsters.

The 2019 events were organised by Mid Sussex District Council with support from Places Leisure, Burgess Hill Town Council, East Grinstead Town Council and Haywards Heath Town Council.

Game, set, match! Padel tennis hits The Triangle

This summer saw the opening of our new Padel Tennis court at The Triangle leisure centre in Burgess Hill.

The new £110,000 court is the first to be built at a local authority leisure centre in the UK. It has been funded entirely by Section 106 developer contributions, financial payments made by housing developers in Burgess Hill that fund local infrastructure improvements.

Padel, which is a cross between tennis and squash, originates in Mexico and is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. It is a socially and physically rewarding game for all ages and abilities. Typically played in doubles in the enclosed court, the scoring is the same as tennis, but balls can be played off the walls in a similar way to squash.

If you'd like to give Padel a try you can book the new court via The Triangle website or by calling 01444 876000. Padel is FREE for Premium Membership holders or available for £12 per hour (£8 concession) for non-members.

There is already a Padel League, so you'll never be short of someone to play. For more information just email enquiries@thetriangleleisurecentre.org 


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