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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 denise.nicholson@midsussex.gov.uk or visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/housing 

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

Age UK AGM

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.

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