Issue 17 January 2020

Matters

Place and Connectivity programme

Work continues to progress on the Place and Connectivity Programme that will deliver significant infrastructure improvements and link key destinations in Burgess Hill.

We're working together with West Sussex County Council and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver a network of sustainable transport and public realm improvements.

Collectively, we have secured a £21.8 million funding package that consists of £10.9 million from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and £10.9 million from developer contributions for the Place and Connectivity Programme.

Survey work took place at the end of 2019 to help us find ways to improve sustainable transport infrastructure, reduce congestion and increase connectivity across Burgess Hill.

Public engagement is scheduled for spring 2020 to give residents the opportunity to have their say on the proposals.

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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/