Issue 17 January 2020

Matters

A new library for Burgess Hill

A new library for Burgess HillWest Sussex County Council has opened a brand new library in the heart of Burgess Hill town centre.

The new library has been funded and developed by NewRiver REIT as part of their wider plans to transform Burgess Hill into a vibrant and sustainable leisure and retail destination for the future. The old library can now be demolished to make way for the town centre regeneration project.

The relocation of Burgess Hill Library has given the County Council the opportunity to redesign the layout and upgrade facilities. An attractive study area at the front of the glass fronted building provides a comfortable, modern and welcoming environment for customers to use their electronic devices on the free WiFi. The bright and colourful children's area offers a mix of seating, including cute reading nooks for little ones and comfy places to share a story.  

Contemporary shelving provides the flexibility to host a much wider range of events, including author talks and family activities in and out of term time. There is also the opportunity to work with partner organisations more efficiently and provide a range of services under one roof in a cost-effective manner.

A Changing Places toilet and lift has been installed to ensure the new library is accessible to all. People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis often need more support than is provided by a standard disabled toilet. A Changing Places toilet provides the extra equipment and space that's required to enable everyone to use the toilets safely and comfortably.

The latest planning application for NewRiver REIT's town centre redevelopment has been submitted for consideration by the District Planning Committee. You can view the application online at https://pa.midsussex.gov.uk/online-applications/ using reference DM/19/3331.

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West Sussex County Council is reminding residents that they need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. Residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils. All other sites in West Sussex are restricted to West Sussex residents only.

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and at www.recycleforwestsussex.org/