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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 www.midsussex.gov.uk/council 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:


15 September - Scrutiny Committee for Leader, Finance and Performance (18:00)

16 September - District Planning Committee (14:00)

22 September - Scrutiny Committee for Housing Planning and Economic Growth (17:00)

28 September - Audit Committee (17:00)

29 September - Council (19:00)

6 October - Scrutiny Committee for Community, Customer Services and Service Delivery (17:00) 

12 October - Licensing Committee (17:00)

14 October - Planning Committee (16:00) 

18 October - Cabinet (16:00)

21 October - District Planning Committee (14:00)

25 October - Cabinet Grants Panel (16:00) 

3 November - Council (19:00)

10 November - Scrutiny Committee for Leader, Finance and Performance (18:00)

11 November - Planning Committee (16:00)

New Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning

Councillor Robert SalisburyCouncillor Robert Salisbury has been named as the new Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning. The change follows the sad passing of Councillor Andrew MacNaughton, previous holder of the post.

In addition to being a Mid Sussex District Council representative for Cuckfield, Councillor Salisbury was also due to be Vice Chairman in the current Council year. Due to his new Cabinet role he has relinquished his Vice Chairman role and a replacement will be appointed at the September Council meeting.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said: “Robert is a very experienced Councillor who will make a valuable addition to the Cabinet. He will bring significant planning knowledge and experience to the role, most recently illustrated as Chairman of the District Planning Committee. This experience will be vital for the forthcoming review of the District Plan.”

Chairman to support Kangaroos charity

Councillor Margaret BelseyMid Sussex District Council Chairman Cllr Margaret Belsey has chosen to support Kangaroos disability charity during her term in office.

It is tradition for MSDC Chairman to select a charity to support when hosting fundraising, civic and social events. Councillor Belsey has chosen Kangaroos, a charity that is dedicated to bringing colour to the lives of people with learning disabilities.

Kangaroos was established in 1994 by a small group of parents whose children attended Court Meadow School in Cuckfield, which specialises in supporting children with learning disabilities. The parents wanted their children to be able to access after school activities and opportunities that mainstream school children enjoyed, so they set up a Saturday playscheme for six children. Now the organisation has grown immeasurably and currently supports 227 members ranging in age from 6 to 35.

For more information about Kangaroos visit www.kangaroos.org.uk/ 

£320,000 for local community groups

FundingIn the summer we awarded local community groups more than £320,000 in Section 106 developer contributions and grant funding to support the excellent work they are doing in the community.

The grants will be used to deliver a variety of community projects including, clubs for young people, support for families with babies and the expansion of the Burgess Hill Shed project, which helps people, particularly older men, to socialise and improve their mental wellbeing.

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove was awarded a grant of £20,000 towards the cost of furnishing and opening the new Kings Weald community building in Burgess Hill. The new building has been provided by developer Croudace as part of the Kings Weald development requirements from MSDC Planning and will include a community café, provide extensive activities for children and families, services for older people and the halls and rooms will be available for residents to hire for a variety of events, when it is handed over to the Council later this year.

Carers Support West Sussex received £5,000 towards their popular ‘Check-in and Chat’ befriending service. Many people have unexpectedly become carers during the pandemic and the need for support that helps combat isolation and loneliness has never been greater. This grant funding will enable the charity to invest in digital equipment and expand virtual support groups that help carers connect with services and peers for support.

Section 106 developer contributions in the sum of £100,000 were released to Mid Sussex District Scouts Council to help fund a new community centre they intend to build at Barn Cottage Recreation Ground in Haywards Heath. The new community building will enable the Scouts to accommodate an additional 180 young people per week and the facility will be available for community use during the daytime and at weekends. It will provide extra space to accommodate community activities like yoga classes, scout meetings, craft fairs, children’s parties and charity events.

The new community centre will be linked to the existing Barn Cottage Recreation Ground Pavilion and a further £171,160 of Section 106 developer contributions has been allocated to fund the extension and refurbishment of the existing pavilion.

Ardingly and Balcombe by-election

Councillor Jenny EdwardsJenny Edwards of the Green Party has been elected as a representative of Mid Sussex District Council in the Ardingly and Balcombe ward.

A by-election was held on Thursday 8 July 2021 following the death of Councillor Andrew MacNaughton earlier this year.

Votes were cast as follows:

Jenny EDWARDS (Green) – 452 votes - ELECTED
Ben JERRIT (Lib Dem) – 340 votes
Lorraine NUNES-CARVALHO (Conservative) – 409 votes
Carole Ann STEGGLES (Independent) – 23 votes

The total number of votes cast in the Mid Sussex District Council Ardingly and Balcombe Ward by-election was 1225. There was one rejected ballot paper and the turnout was 24.8%.

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