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New Mid Sussex District Council Chairman

Councillor Margaret BelseyCouncillor Margaret Belsey is the newly elected Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council. She will hold the position for two years during the civic term of office that runs from May. Councillor Salisbury has been appointed as the new Vice-Chairman.

Councillor Belsey has represented the East Grinstead, Ashplats Ward on Mid Sussex District Council for the past two years, during which time she has also been the Council’s Vice-Chairman. She has lived with her husband Edward in East Grinstead for 28 years and together they work in their family business. They have two sons and two grandchildren. 

Since becoming a District Councillor in East Grinstead, Councillor Belsey has served on a number of important committees, including being Vice Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee for Customer Services and Service Delivery and currently serves on the Scrutiny Committee for Housing, Planning and Economic Growth. She served as Town Mayor of East Grinstead in 2013 and as well as being a Town Councillor is a Trustee of Age UK and a School Governor of Blackwell Primary School. 

Councillor Belsey has confirmed that her chosen charity for the year will be announced at the next full Council meeting.  

“It is a great honour to be elected by my fellow Councillors to be Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council for the next two years,” said Councillor Belsey. “I am looking forward to representing the Council; meeting people in our local communities and businesses throughout our District.  

“I’d like to thank my predecessor, Councillor Trumble for all his hard work. We have been lucky enough to have had some remarkable Chairmen and women to represent this Council over the years and I aim to follow the high standards they have set.”

Mid Sussex mourns the loss of Councillor Andrew MacNaughton

Councillor Andrew MacNaughtonMid Sussex District Council is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Councillor Andrew MacNaughton, who passed away recently.

Councillor MacNaughton was the Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, and he represented Mid Sussex residents in the Ardingly and Balcombe Ward for 34 years. He will be greatly missed.

As a mark of respect, the Mid Sussex District Council flag flew at half-mast to mark the long and distinguished period of public service that Cllr MacNaughton has given to the people of Mid Sussex. A minute’s silence will be observed at the next Full Council meeting on 30 June.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Andrew MacNaughton. Andrew was a wonderful man and a highly respected Councillor who will be greatly missed. He was committed to public service and served continuously for 34 years, providing the benefit of his experience and wisdom, especially on planning matters, to many Councillors over that time. Andrew leaves a huge legacy, having played an instrumental role in the District Plan, and his passion for affordable homes and better supporting those in emergency housing need will continue to benefit many in Mid Sussex. My thoughts are with Andrew’s family”.

Nominate your community champions for Mid Sussex Applauds

Mid Sussex Applauds winners 2020Do you know of a person, group or organisation that goes above and beyond in the local community? Mid Sussex Applauds is now open for nominations through June and July.

Mid Sussex Applauds is our local Awards for the Mid Sussex area, so anyone who lives or works in the area is entitled to be nominated.

Business in the Community Award – sponsored by the Caravan and Motorhome Club
Recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life

Young Volunteer of the Year – sponsored by Clarion Futures
Recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community

Take Pride in Mid Sussex – sponsored by Id Verde
This award will recognise residents who dedicate their time and energy into keeping Mid Sussex clean and green, take pride in their local area by creating community gardens, painting local spaces, upcycling or encouraging others to recycle.

Lifetime Achievement Award
An individual who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime

Stronger Together – sponsored by the Orchards Shopping Centre
For an individual who has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity

Good Sport Award
A club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex

Stronger Communities – sponsored by CAE
A community group or organisation that has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity

Young Achiever Award
Against all the odds, someone who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through education, campaigning or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem

You can nominate and see the amazing stories of our previous winners at 

Council meetings

Council ChamberAs of May 2021, decision making meetings of the Council have returned to in-person sessions. A number of meetings remain virtual, and are marked as such below.

You can follow virtual meetings on the Mid Sussex District Council YouTube channel.  For further details of the location of in-person meetings please see or contact Committee Services on 01444 477225.

Meeting agendas and papers will be available online five working days before each meeting at the links below:

7 June - Cabinet (16:00) - Virtual 

7 June - Standards Committee (18:00) - Virtual

30 June - Council (18:00) 

8 July - District Planning Committee (14:00) 

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