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Food waste collection trial proposed for Mid Sussex

Mid Sussex could become the first District in the county to introduce weekly food waste collections to its rubbish and recycling service.

The average household bin in Mid Sussex contains 41% food waste, so a kerbside food waste collection service would enable residents to recycle more waste and help protect the environment.

Our Scrutiny Committee has recommended to Cabinet that we undertake a trial of food waste collections, in partnership with West Sussex County Council, to see how they would work in our area.

The proposed trial service comprises of a ‘1-2-3’ collection system:

  1. Introducing weekly collections of food waste and absorbent hygiene products e.g. nappies and incontinence waste, so everything that smells is collected weekly.
  2. Retaining existing fortnightly recycling collections and the garden waste subscription service.
  3. The black bin should have much less waste in it when food waste is taken out so it will be collected every three weeks.

If approved, the trial will involve approximately 3,000 households and we will contact those selected to take part with much more information over the next few months.


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 using reference DM/19/3331.

Northern Arc construction to begin this spring

Northern Arc MasterplanThe construction of the first Northern Arc homes at Freeks Farm, and the supporting bridge and link road which will connect Isaacs Lane to Freeks Farm, is expected to begin this spring.

Homes England has appointed Countryside Properties to build 460 new homes at Freeks Farm, including 30% affordable. Public open space and a new play area will also be delivered along with cycle and pedestrian routes connecting the site to the local area.

In the West of the site, Homes England has submitted a planning application for a new link road and associated roundabouts. This will tie into the A2300 corridor improvement scheme being promoted by West Sussex County Council. Subject to planning consent, work on the link road is expected to start in summer 2020 and will see Homes England commit £6.5 million to this key piece of infrastructure.

Mid Sussex District Council is delighted that Homes England decided to manage this development because, unlike private developments, they can maximise the amount of infrastructure that’s delivered for the local community and ensure it’s delivered alongside the new homes.

Homes England released the first of many quarterly progress updates for the Northern Arc project last week and it was great to see new roads, cycle paths, schools, medical facilities and the centre for community sport are all planned as part of Phase One of the development.

The update is available online at 

What goes online, stays online

Digital footprintEvery time you use social media, buy or sell something online, visit any kind of website, send or receive an email, find your way using a mapping app or save a photo to the cloud, you add to your digital footprint. The same goes for downloading music, making Skype calls and using voice assistant. Every time you post a photo of your children or your friends, you add to their digital footprint too.

When an ad for something you've shown interest in online pops up on Facebook it's because of your digital footprint. When you don't get on the shortlist for a job because of something you posted five years ago, that's because of your digital footprint too.

Your digital footprint is part of your online history and can potentially be seen by other people or tracked and held in databases. In the most serious cases, it could lead to your family or friends becoming victims of fraud or identity theft, it could put your children at risk of criminal activity and your records could fall into the wrong hands, including perpetrators of organised crime.

Thankfully, there are simple steps that you can take to reduce and change the nature of the impressions that you leave online. Sussex Police, West Sussex County Council and Get Safe Online have put together some expert tips to help you minimise your digital footprint, or make sure it's a good one. To improve your online footprint just visit

New Council Tax Support Scheme

Council Tax SupportWe've updated our Council Tax Support Scheme to make it simpler, more transparent and easier for people to understand.

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 our support scheme.

The changes, which will be effective from 1 April 2020, bring the Mid Sussex Council Tax Support Scheme into line with the Government's Universal Credit. Recipients of Universal Credit can find that the amount received varies slightly from month to month and this creates complications for the existing Council Tax Support Scheme. Each time the amount changes, even by just a few pence, the taxpayer’s support automatically changes, as well as the amount they pay in Council Tax.

On average, 40% of Universal Credit recipients have between eight and twelve changes per year in the amount they receive. People are confused by the constant change this creates in the level of Council Tax Support they receive and it leaves them unsure about just how much Council Tax they are required to pay.

Our updated Council Tax Support Scheme places recipients into bands based on the income of their household. This simplified approach means only significant changes in income will affect the level of discount awarded, making it much easier for people to understand the amount of Council Tax they have to pay.

The new banded Council Tax Support Scheme makes the whole process much simpler. Payments are more consistent, there is a greater degree of transparency and it is much more straightforward to understand.

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.

Celebrating our community stars

Mid Sussex ApplaudsGuerrilla gardeners, inspiring sports leaders, fundraising exercisers, and green gurus were honoured alongside projects highlighting mental health awareness, hubs of community support and projects bringing music to their communities at our Mid Sussex Applauds Awards.

Our Chairman, Councillor Colin Trumble, hosted the new community recognition awards at East Grinstead’s Meridian Hall to recognise the time, skills and energy each nominee had dedicated to helping their community.

Awards were made in the following eight categories -

Stronger Together Award

Winner – Karen Williams
Karen revived the Duck Fair in World’s End in Burgess Hill. Over 5,000 people attended. Karen ate, slept and breathed the Duck Fair!

Joint runners up – Sarah Cheesmur and Jane Hill
3rd place - Gary Simons

Take Pride in Mid Sussex Award (sponsored by ID Verde)

Joint winners - Rob McIntyre and Colin McFarlin
Rob instigated the Balcombe Garden Guerrillas who care for the gardens at Balcombe Station. The gardens have won critical acclaim. He is now involved in renovating Balcombe phone boxes.

Colin volunteers as a Waste Prevention Advisor – he has delivered 28 talks to local groups and had notched up 220 hours of volunteering in 2019 alone!

2nd place - Burgess Hill Recycling - Terracycle scheme,
3rd place - Richard Inman

Young Achiever Award

Winner – Peter McCleery
Peter was instrumental in creating a petition to highlight the issues around the closure of Haywards Heath College. Despite many obstacles, Peter has gone out of his way to help other students get a college near to home.

2nd place – Oli Saunders

Stronger Communities Award (sponsored by CAE)

Joint winners - Sussex Oakleaf and Spire Cafe IT Support
‘Sussex Oakleaf’s The Big Mental Health Pop up’ project was incredibly inspiring. It created mental health awareness for the general public to help reduce stigma and create a discussion platform. It brought a sense of vitality for the community in an area undergoing redevelopment.

The Spire Café IT support group hold weekly sessions and are in their 5th year. The team of volunteers are extremely dedicated, unassuming and committed with a wealth of knowledge between them.

2nd place - Sussex Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Community Support Group (Jane Green)
3rd place – Jubilee Hub

Business in the Community Award (sponsored by Caravan and Motorhome club)

Winner - Swoove Fitness - Esther Featherstone
Swoove stands for singing, whooping and moving. The classes are available for everyone, young and old, those with limited mobility and special needs. Swoove has raised over £64,000 for charities and Esther aims to raise £1milion in her lifetime.

2nd - Handcross Hardware and Craft Store
Joint 3rd – Mug Tree Tea Room and Mid Sussex Wood Recycling Project

Young Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner)

Winner – Ayo Odeyinde
During the summer holidays, Ayo arranged summer sports clubs and did all the work related to it. He is a really valued role model for younger children.

Joint 2nd – Nathan White and Stephen Beckett
3rd - Rhea Burman

Good Sport Award (sponsored by Places Leisure)

Winner - Marion Hemsworth
Marion has worked tirelessly to get people running and making running an enjoyable activity available to all. She is a great ambassador for running and proof that your passion can inspire others.

2nd - Linda Tullett
3rd - Hurstpierpoint Football Club

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner - Dorothy Lazenby
Dorothy has been running 4Sight lunch clubs for over 38 years! ‘Irreplaceable, inspiring, selfless, committed, thoughtful and kind’ are just a few words used to describe her!

2nd - Alan Kelly
3rd - Barbara Alderson

Peer Nominated Award

In this category each nominee is given the chance to vote for their favourite in any of the categories. The winner was – Dorothy Lazenby.

Awards were presented by sponsors and by High Sheriff of West Sussex Mrs Davina Irwin-Clark. Full details of the winners’ stories can be found at 

What’s on

Andy Parsons: Healing the Nation

Andy ParsonsAndy Parsons, as seen on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Q.I. and often repeated on Dave, brings his latest show 'Healing the Nation' to Clair Hall, Haywards Heath at 8pm on Friday 7 February.

'It was 24th June 2016 and I found myself contemplating a supermarket meal deal. I only wanted a sandwich and I only needed a sandwich but given that I could get a snack and a drink for only 5p more it seemed financially irresponsible not to. I had spent so long pondering the EU Referendum result from the day before that I was now in a massive rush. The lad on the till scanned the first two items no problem but the third item he couldn’t get to scan at all. I thought this is going to be a nightmare – there was a queue building up and he looked like he was going to call the supervisor. Then to his credit, he tried to scan it one more time, it wouldn’t scan – so he went ‘bip’ himself and chucked it through. And it was at that moment I thought “oh we’ll be alright as a country we will”. And we will be alright. Trust me. I’m not a politician.'

‘Cracking adlibbing…a joke-rich rallying call for a better Britain.’ The Guardian

'Coruscating live performer specialising in lacerating topical gags.' The Independent

Tickets: £15

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An Evening of Live Wrestling

WrestleForce wrestlingWrestleForce presents an Evening of Live Wrestling at the Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead from 7pm on Tuesday 18 February.

With incredible manoeuvres and larger than life personalities, the WrestleForce stars will do battle in free-for-all bouts that the whole family can enjoy, in this two-hour adrenaline-fuelled, action packed show!

There’s also the chance to meet some of the wrestling stars after the show.

Tickets: £16

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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:

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

6 Feb - Planning Committee (19:00) 

10 Feb - Cabinet (16:00)

17 Feb - Licensing Committee (19:00)

20 Feb - District Planning Committee (14:00)

25 Feb - Cabinet Grants Panel (16:30)

27 Feb - Planning Committee (19:00)

3 Mar - Audit Committee (19:00)

4 Mar - Full Council (19:00)

9 Mar - Standards Committee (18:00)

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

12 Mar - District Planning Committee (14:00)

16 Mar - Cabinet (16:00)

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

19 Mar - Planning Committee (19:00)

Corporate Plan and Budget 2020/21

CalculatorWork to approve our 2020/21 Corporate Plan and Budget continues to progress. Draft proposals were formally considered by our Scrutiny Committee for Leader, Finance and Performance on Wednesday 15 January and once again the focus is on supporting the local economy, the protection of frontline services and investment in community facilities.

The financial outlook facing local government continues to be challenging. Over the past 10 years, the Revenue Support Grant we receive from Central Government has reduced massively from £6.4 million to zero. To bridge the financial gap we must continue to maintain a tight control over costs, generate our own income and find cost effective ways of delivering local services.

In the 2020/21 Budget proposals, the Mid Sussex element of Council Tax is proposed to rise by £4.95 in order for the council to keep up with inflation. The cost of our optional Garden Waste Collection Service will rise from £65 to £70 per year and there will be a slight increase to the fees we charge for pre-application planning advice.

We will continue to invest throughout the District during 2020/21, delivering some of our most ambitious projects to date.

We're accelerating the roll out of full fibre internet by installing spine network in Burgess Hill that is capable of speeds over 1 gigabit per second. This network will dramatically improve internet connectivity in the town and provide access points for neighbouring towns and villages to tap into. This essential digital infrastructure will provide a huge boost for the local economy, transform public services and provide numerous opportunities for local residents.

Work will be carried out to update and modernise equipment at six local playgrounds, we will be purchasing additional temporary accommodation to help local families avoid homelessness and we're at the start of a three year project to modernise and regenerate The Orchards shopping centre in Haywards Heath. We will also be providing a network of electric vehicle charging points at town and village locations across Mid Sussex to encourage residents, businesses and visitors to switch to electric powered transport.

Landlords Wanted

Landlords wantedThere is a shortage of affordable housing available in Mid Sussex, both in the private rented and social sector, so it’s vitally important to find new ways of increasing the housing stock.

To provide more homes for those in housing need and provide increased opportunities for local landlords we've launched our Private Sector Leasing Scheme.

Under the scheme, we lease properties from private landlords for between two and five years. The scheme helps us to increase the number of local homes we have available for families in housing need, means we can offer a better quality of temporary accommodation and helps people to move into properties that suit their needs.

It’s an excellent scheme for landlords too because there’s no management fee, no commission to pay and they receive a guaranteed rental income for the duration of the contract, even if no one is living in the property.

If you are interested in leasing your property to the council, or would like to find out more about the scheme, contact Denise Nicholson in our Housing team on 01444 477248, email or visit 

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 Colin Trumble and Vice Chairman Cllr Margaret Belsey from 7 November to 18 December 2019.

Friday, 8 November 

Remembrance Service

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event at Forest View, Burgess Hill

Monday, 11 November

Royal British Legion Remembrance Parade

The Chairman attended this Remembrance event held in Burgess Hill.

Wednesday, 13 November

Woodlands Mead College Business Brunch

The Chairman opened this event, hosted by Woodlands Meed School, Burgess Hill.

Saturday, 16 November

Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra - A night at the proms

The Vice Chairman, accompanied by her husband Mr Edward Belsey attended this event held at St Andrews Church, Burgess Hill.

Monday, 18 November

Gateway Dental Cancer screenings

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event held at Gateway Dental Practice.

Chairman visits Gateway Dental

Wednesday, 20 November


The Vice Chairman attended this event held at Haywards Heath Centre, Lamb House.

Saturday, 30 November 

Performance of Stile Antico

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended an event held at St Nicholas Church, Arundel, hosted by the High Sheriff of East and West Sussex.

Sunday, 1 December

Advent Vespers

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event held at Arundel Castle and hosted by the Friends of Arundel Cathedral.

Thursday, 5 December 

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and County Council Carol Service

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

Friday, 6 December

Lodge Hill Christmas Pudding Concert

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

Saturday, 7 December

Burgess Hill Choral Society Concert

The Vice Chairman, accompanied by her husband Mr Edward Belsey attended this event held at St Andrews Church, Burgess Hill.

Sunday, 8 December

Chairman's Civic Service

The Chairman accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble hosted the Chairman's Civic Service at the Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint. 

Sunday, 15 December

Christmas Carols by Candlelight

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event hosted at Lancing Tabernacle Church.

Sunday, 15 December

East Grinstead Civic Service

The Chairman, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Judith Trumble attended this event hosted by the Mayor of East Grinstead at Meridian Hall, East Court.

Your services

Building control - there's an app for that!

LABC appApps make most things easier nowadays, and site inspections are no different.

Did you know that Local Authority Building Control (LABC) provides an app that means you no longer need to wait until you’re back in the office to book your inspection?

You can do it through your phone or tablet using a free, simple to use site inspection app. It's so easy!

The app can look your site up, either with GPS or by using a postcode. It’ll then submit your site inspection request, preferred date and time of inspection through to our building control team.

Download the app for Apple at and Android at

If you need help downloading the app get in touch with LABC at or call LABC at 020 8616 8120.

Who is exempt from council tax?

Council Tax billEvery home in the UK is placed into a council tax band by the Government's Valuation Office. All properties are banded on the same basis, including properties bought under discount schemes, such as Right to Buy.

However, in some cases residents are exempt from paying the bill. This generally depends on who lives in the property or how it is being used.

Properties are exempt if all the people living in them are:-

- full-time students or people aged under 18
- members of the armed forces in armed forces accommodation
- people who have moved into a care home or hospital, people living with somebody else to receive care for reasons of old age, disability, illness, past or present alcohol or drug dependence or past or present mental disorder
- people with severe mental impairment

Even if you do not qualify for an exemption you may still qualify for a 25% or 50% discount if any of the people living with you are in one of these categories. For more information visit 

If in doubt please apply to our Revenues Service at or by telephone to 01444 477564.

Also, if you are struggling to pay your Council Tax, please come and talk to us.

Funding available for VE Day celebrations

VE Day 2020We're offering £250 per organisation for street parties and events during the VE Day commemoration weekend (8-10 May 2020).

As VE Day dawns on 8 May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the Second World War in Europe. To commemorate this important event a national three-day celebration will take place from 8 May to 10 May 2020.

Friday 8 May 2020 has been designated by the Government as a Bank Holiday to enable as many people and organisations as possible to take part in the VE Day weekend of the 8 – 10 May 2020, providing an opportunity to pay personal tribute to those who gave so much to ensure we all enjoy the freedom we have today.

With a theme of ‘Invoke the War time spirit and make do and mend’ - why not use local produce, be plastic free, make re-usable decorations and make it a ‘car-free’ day?

You can apply online now at

For more information on how to organise a street party, please visit and

£115,000 for local community projects

FundingAs part of our latest round of grant funding, we've provided over £115,000 in funding to help local sports clubs and community organisations improve their facilities and services.

Haywards Heath Tennis Club received £65,040 of Section 106 developer contributions towards a new wooden clubhouse at Victoria Park in Haywards Heath. The club is keen to help more people discover the health and social benefits that come with regularly playing sport but their existing 30-year-old building is no longer fit for purpose. The club’s plans include the demolition of the old structure and construction of a new timber clubhouse with electricity, hot water and toilets. The improved facilities will make it possible for the club to run more coaching sessions, particularly for young people.

The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity was granted £3,478 towards a project that helps young children with Cerebral Palsy and other motor learning impairments to develop together physically, socially and emotionally. Once a week, children and their parents attend group sessions with a qualified health professional to take part in fun and challenging games and physical activities. For some children, this can mean learning to control their head movements, so they can see what is around them, for others, activities that concentrate on moving, communication and simple life skills such as feeding, drinking and dressing.

For a full list of our Cabinet Grant awards contact our Community Services Team on 01444 477275 or email


Lose weight for good with a Weight Off Workshop

Weight Off Workshop 2020Start your journey towards a healthier lifestyle with one of our low cost weight management courses. 

Our 12 week Weight Off Workshops encourage and support you to develop a healthier way of eating and increase your activity levels.

The Mid Sussex Wellbeing team has trained advisers who can work with you to make the changes you need to set yourself on the path you want to be on. The course will help you to build confidence, make positive food choices, engage in more activity and work towards a sustainable weight loss.

The course focuses on motivation and helping you to make changes to your behaviour, so when you lose weight it stays off for good. Expert nutritionists cover topics such as portion sizes, sugars, food labels and the psychological triggers for eating.

Our next Weight Off Workshop courses start in February at the following locations:

Court Bushes Community Centre
Mondays 12:30 - 13:30
from 3rd February to 20th April

Haywards Heath Town Council
Tuesdays 13:30 - 14:30
from 4th February to 21st April

Burgess Hill Mid Sussex Voluntary Action
Thursdays 18:00 - 19:00
from 6th February to 23rd April

To sign up for a Mid Sussex Wellbeing Weight Off Workshop call 01444 477191 or email

Parks & Rangers

Playground improvement plans

Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent consultation on playground improvements at John Pears Recreation Ground, Ashurst Wood, Bachelor's Field Recreation Ground, Bolney and Twineham Recreation Ground. We have read all the responses and developed a design brief for each playground.

John Pears Recreation Ground

John Pears Recreation Ground

We are looking into options but we aim to:

  • Provide swings for older children including a swing for multiple children to use together
  • Improve surfacing so play area can be used and enjoyed all year round
  • Improve the visual connection with wider open space
  • Provide a modern climbing unit which offers the opportunity for role play, bridges, big slide; but with a climbing challenge to cater for older children
  • Seating/picnic tables
  • Tree planting for summer shade

Batchelor’s Field Recreation Ground 

Batchelors Field

We are looking into options, but we aim to complete two projects:

Scooter / bike area

  • To provide somewhere for children to ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards away from traffic
  • To free up the Multi Use Games Area to be used for ball sports rather than wheeled sports
  • Surface to be suitable for use all year round


  • Improve the surfacing so trip hazards are removed and all people can move freely around the space
  • Provide a modern climbing unit which offers the opportunity for role play, monkey bars, a big slide and a climbing challenge to cater for older children
  • Separate equipment for toddlers
  • Tree planting for summer shade

Twineham Recreation Ground

Twineham Recreation Ground

We are looking into options, but we aim to provide:

  • Assault course style climbing unit with monkey bars and a slide to offer a challenge to older children
  • Separate role play equipment for toddlers
  • Seating/picnic tables
  • Tree planting for summer shade

Padel tennis roof

Padel Tennis court We've installed a roof over the new padel tennis court at The Triangle in Burgess Hill to enable people to play whatever the weather. 

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.

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