Electric vehicle chargepoints go live
Providing access to EV charging for those without driveways or the ability to install their own charger is vital to ensuring the UK is ready for the 2030 ban on new sales of petrol and diesel vehicles.
New Connected Kerb electric vehicle charging points are now live in our car parks at:
Vicarage Road and Norton House Car Parks in East Grinstead
- Franklynn Road and Hazelgrove Car Parks in Haywards Heath
- Orion Car Park in Hassocks
- Denmans Lane Car Park in Lindfield
- Trinity Road Car Park in Hurstpierpoint
- Station Road in Burgess Hill
This initial rollout is just the start of a much bigger project that will see thousands of EV Chargers rolled out across West Sussex over the next 10 years.
Download the Connected Kerb App to find the nearest charge point and more information at www.connectedkerb.com
Brookleigh Bridge installation
In August, Council Leader Jonathan Ash-Edwards visited the Brookleigh development, formerly known as the Northern Arc, to see the progress being made to build a new bridge and link road.
John Sisk & Son installed precast concrete bridge beams, weighing over 55 tonnes each, that will form the base of the new road bridge over the River Adur. The bridge is part of a new link road, which will initially connect Isaacs Lane to Freeks Farm in the eastern part of the site, later extending west through the Brookleigh development, across the A2300 before connecting to Jane Murray Way. Once completed, the new link road will provide easy access to the new development from the A2300 and the A273 (Issacs Lane), providing important additional road capacity for the town
This bridge and link road investment is another example of Homes England working to ensure that much need infrastructure is provided at an early stage, before or alongside the delivery of the new homes. West Sussex County Council has already completed the widening of the A2300 to ease the flow of traffic around Burgess Hill and has submitted a planning application to build a new secondary school as part of the Brookleigh development. Mid Sussex District Council has secured funding from the Government to improve the nearby waste water treatment facilities at Goddards Green and created a 6 mile network of sustainable pathways, cycleways and bridleways around the town to provide people with a viable alternatives to using a car.
The construction of the bridge is delivered in accordance with the associated planning consent DM/20/3247. Please visit the Brookleigh Facebook page and website to view the drone footage and more photography of the bridge installation.
Take a look inside Kings Weald Community Centre
The brand new Kings Weald Community Centre in Burgess Hill opened earlier this year and is now available for a range of activities like choir, dance, drama, brownies, fitness classes and children's parties.
Centre Manager Adam Fear has taken the time to give us a tour around the inside of the new building to show off the space that's available and explain a bit more about the great activities on offer. If you would like to book a room or join in with one of the many activities on offer, you can call 0800 0191310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To keep up to date with everything that's happening at the Kings Weald Community Centre you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram if you search for 'Kings Weald Community Centre' or visit the AgeUK website www.ageuk.org.uk/westsussexbrightonhove/activities-and-events/kings-weald-community-centre/
Located on Wyvern Way, the Kings Weald Community Centre was built by Croudace Home as part of a the 475-home development at the former Keymer Brick and Tile site to the east of Burgess Hill. The building is being managed on behalf of Mid Sussex District Council by AgeUK West Sussex Brighton and Hove.
Second £18.5m bid submitted to Government for Burgess Hill town centre funding
The sustainable revitalisation of Burgess Hill town centre is a priority and Mid Sussex District Council is leading an £18.5m bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to support regeneration of the town.
The bid focusses on three key improvements:
1) Town Centre (Martlets) - £13.2m could unlock a further £20m of private centre investment and transform 2.46 hectares of brownfield land in the heart of the town into new and refurbished commercial floorspace, a hotel and 172 new homes. The project would also generate in the region of 650 new jobs.
2) Public Realm - £3.8m is required to enhance the public realm along Church Walk, creating an attractive area for investment and improving sustainable transport links.
3) Digital Hub - £1.5 million will deliver a Digital Hub within the town centre, accelerating the connection of local businesses to Full Fibre infrastructure and supporting local economic growth by bringing small businesses together in flexible workspaces.
The Council was unsuccessful when applying during the first round of bidding for the Levelling Up Fund in June 2021. Since then, the Council has received positive feedback from Government officials, which noted the Mid Sussex bid scored highly when compared to other projects in the region. The Council’s latest proposal is ‘oven ready’, with work prepared to proceed immediately should funding be secured, and this is something the Government is looking for in bids for the second round of funding.
Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity pathways now open
Over the summer residents in Burgess Hill have been making the most of over six miles of safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes that have been created as part of the Place and Connectivity programme.
The pathways connect key facilities throughout the town, including both train stations, parks and open spaces, the town centre and key employment areas like the Victoria Business Centre.
Routes are now being used as intended and are designed to cater for all needs, so it doesn't matter if you're a dog walker or are mobility impaired, an equestrian or cyclist, the routes will be suitable for you.
By providing healthy, sustainable travel options we can protect our beautiful environment and reduce congestion by offering people alternative travel options to using a car.
To find out more about sustainable transport improvements in Burgess Hill visit www.burgesshill.net/transport/sustainable-transport
Low Carbon Business in West Sussex
A new Low Carbon Business video series highlighting the importance of businesses transitioning to ‘net zero and beyond’ is now available. Local Mid Sussex company, The Adelphi Group, feature in one of the case studies.
Adelphi is an award-winning manufacturer of packaging machinery and equipment. Its eco-friendly production facility in Haywards Heath includes solar panels, an evaporative cooling system, air source heat pump and rainwater harvesting facilities. The film explains how the Group’s inclusive and sustainability-focussed culture has recently led to another new eco initiative – an innovative idea from the production floor to replace plastic foam packaging with a plant-based, biodegradable alternative.
The entire series showcases a selection of West Sussex Micro, Small and Medium-Sized businesses, across various sectors, who are leading the way on lowering carbon. Through practical advice and inspiring insights from the businesses, the aim is to encourage and enable other local businesses to begin their own ‘green’ journey.
The series consists of 12 episodes in total; a four-part thematic mini-series and individual business case studies. Themes include why businesses should take climate action, how and where to start, carbon calculation, and the wide business benefits of addressing climate change. www.westsussex.gov.uk/greenbusiness
Watch now: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHySOrgNym2znyXr3Edxp4o_GbeDhrttD
The Low Carbon Business in West Sussex video series, has been produced by Low Carbon Leaders and Neil Pringle Productions, jointly commissioned by the West Sussex County and District & Borough Councils, in support of a sustainable and prosperous local economy.
Shop local by getting ShopAppy
ShopAppy.com is now live in Burgess Hill, Cuckfield, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint and Lindfield, helping to support and promote local businesses and encourage residents to shop local.
With High Street shops fully reopened after months of uncertainty and lockdown, Burgess Hill and the key villages of Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint are now supported by ShopAppy, ensuring that residents can shop locally online, as well as in person.
Independent shops and businesses across the area can join the local shopping and business website, www.shopappy.com. The ShopAppy portal is a locally-based website that makes it easier for everyone to support the High Street from the comfort of their homes – at no extra cost. You can browse, book, buy and collect from numerous independent shops and businesses in your area with one simple checkout. Most importantly, the digital shop window influences people to visit town, so people can pre-browse to plan their trip.
Mid Sussex District Council is subsidising independent businesses across Mid Sussex to sign up to ShopAppy.com for free until March 2023. Once registered, businesses can quickly populate their own mini site with goods and services at no cost. Help is provided throughout by the ShopAppy team to help those new to technology.
ShopAppy.com is a social enterprise and a support local campaign that is supported by Visa. The digital platform was created to revive British High Streets by providing an alternative way for places and small businesses to compete with the online retail giants, allowing customers to book events and experiences as well as browse and buy local products online with delivery, or click and collect after hours.