£500,000 to help rough sleepers into homes

Homeless womanWe have secured £549,818 from the Government to help rough sleepers leave the streets and avoid a return to homeless living.

During the first lockdown, the Government directed local authorities to arrange emergency accommodation for rough sleepers and we helped 11 people into temporary lodgings.

In Mid Sussex, there is a small but significant number of rough sleepers, many of whom have enduring and complex needs which require specialist support to thrive within their local community. This Government funding will help Mid Sussex District Council, Worthing Homes and homelessness charity Turning Tides to establish a new supported housing project.

The project will create suitable long-term accommodation for six people who otherwise would be living in temporary accommodation or lost to the streets. Individually tailored support will be provided to those most in need, helping them to develop pathways out of homelessness and into secure accommodation.

Latest business support grants

If your business is struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic then please apply now for grant funding support. There's up to £13,500 per property available for business that pay business rates and have been forced to close.

Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grants are available to help all other businesses that have been seriously affected by Covid-19, including those that don't have premises or pay business rates.
Your business may be entitled to more than one grant and you can apply for support more than once.

To apply now please visit

It can be confusing knowing which help to apply for so
we're hosting a webinar at 1pm on Wednesday 20 Jan to explain things simply and advise businesses on how to apply. The session will cover Covid-19 business and discretionary grants as well as information on business rates reliefs. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions after the webinar.

If you would like to attend please email giving your name, business name and type of business.

If you are unable to attend the webinar and have questions about which grant to apply for, please contact our support team at 

The census is coming

The Census is comingThe census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous. 

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available.

These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.

If you need help or have any questions, visit

Place and Connectivity programme steps (and wheels) into 2021

Burgess Hill path and cycleway improvementsBy the end of 2021 it is anticipated that six miles of safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes will have been created or improved as part of the £22.8m Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme.

Early 2021 will see the completion of upgraded walking and cycling connections to Sheddingdean Business Park and through the West End Recreation Ground in Burgess Hill.

Other projects well underway include the West Park Nature Reserve, between Chanctonbury Road and Potters Lane and a major section of the Green Circle between Gatehouse Lane and Malthouse Lane.

Work has now been completed to brighten up the bridge area near Wivelsfield station and planned walking and work is due to start shortly on improving cycling links to the south of the station.

Responses to the public engagement held in May and June 2020 have been been used to improve the designs of walking and cycling improvements to the Town Centre Western Gateway between London Road and Queen Elizabeth Avenue and at the Burgess Hill Station area from Queen Elizabeth Avenue through to Station Road and Hoadlands Corner, all of which are progressing towards scheduled delivery in 2021/22.

As a direct result of the public engagement, work will be carried out to explore the possibility of an additional pedestrian crossing on Leylands Road and a cycle link between Hurstpierpoint and Burgess Hill. Public feedback has also provided an opportunity to review the network of proposed traffic free links between Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath. Whilst a technical review is considering a number of potential routes to the west of the railway line, it has ruled out progressing a potential ‘eastern route’ from Valebridge Road in Burgess Hill to Fox Hill in Haywards Heath. This is due to the cost implications required to address issues of flooding and user safety.

Mid Sussex District Council is working with West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the Programme. supporting the overall strategic growth of Burgess Hill. The project is funded by a £22.8m of government grant and developer contributions.

You can find full details of the programme and latest news at

Stay home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives

Stay Home message

Coronavirus cases in Mid Sussex are currently very high, particularly in East Grinstead, Copthorne and Turners Hill in the north of the District. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus don’t show symptoms, but they can still pass it on.
Unnecessary social contact puts you and others at risk of serious disease. So now, more than ever, it's important to stay at home.

You can leave home to exercise on your own, with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, but this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

For full details of the national lockdown and restrictions visit

Please follow the rules and together we can #KeepWestSussexSafe

Mid Sussex Applauds winners

Amazing individuals, groups and businesses from across the district were celebrated in our Mid Sussex Applauds Awards 2020.

Mid Sussex Applauds seeks to recognise those who go above and beyond in their efforts for our community. With the current coronavirus guidelines, we were unable to gather people together for an awards ceremony so we decided to celebrate their achievements with a series of short films.

The awards were split into eight categories and the winners were as follows:

Stronger Together Award winner, Sarah Collyer, East Grinstead Action Group

Take Pride in Mid Sussex Award winner, Joanne Clayton, Terracycle

Young Achiever Award joint winners, – Zac Lammas and Kieran Thompson

Stronger Communities Award joint winners – Haywards Heath Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group, Horsted Helpers and Hurstpierpoint Covid-19 Neighbours Support Group.

Business in the Community Award winner, Tarana restaurant, Turners Hill

Young Volunteer of the Year Award winner, Thomas Martin (Scaynes Hill)

Good Sport Award (sponsored by Places Leisure) winner, Tony Bristow, Southdown Football Club

Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Jackie Cooper, Burgess Hill Youth Club

You can watch all of the videos on our YouTube channel

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