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Food waste collection trial gets underway

Food Waste BinA new recycling and refuse collection trial, that includes the separate collection of food waste, got underway in selected areas of Mid Sussex earlier this month.

From 12 September, Mid Sussex residents in parts of Ashurst Wood, Burgess Hill and Lindfield are being provided with weekly kerbside collections of food waste as part a trial being delivered in partnership by Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council.

Residents living in the trial area have been provided with a free lockable food waste recycling bin and a handy kitchen caddy. Those who live in flats and have communal bins have been provided with new food waste bins in their existing bin stores.

Each household that is taking part in the trial has been allocated a handy guide to the new collection system, so everyone knows how it will work and what they need to do. Residents can also join a dedicated Facebook group to ask questions about the new collections and share any tips they have on food waste recycling.

The aim of the trial is to work with residents to boost recycling and reduce the amount of waste produced. Residents within the trial area will be provided with an enhanced recycling and waste collection service that features a ‘1-2-3’ collection system:

1) Weekly food waste collections

2) Fortnightly recycling collections

3) Three weekly general refuse collections

Residents in the trial areas are also able to opt-in to a free weekly collection of Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHP) if they need to dispose of nappies, incontinence waste or sanitary products.

The ‘1-2-3’ collection system is being trialled by around 3,000 households that include a mix of housing types and locations to ensure the trial is representative of the whole of Mid Sussex. The trial will enable Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council to assess the feasibility of rolling out a similar service across the whole of Mid Sussex.

To find out more about the trial, including useful tips on reducing food waste and making food go further, visit


Electric vehicle chargepoints go live

EV Chargepoints Now Here graphicProviding 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  

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 

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 

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

Levelling UpThe 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  

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.

Watch now:

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 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, 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 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. 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.

What’s on

The Swing Ninjas

The Swing NinjasCouncil Chairman Margaret Belsey is encouraging people to join her for an evening of swing music in aid of her chosen local charity Kangaroos Fun Disability Clubs.

The Swing Ninjas will be performing a mix of New Orleans and UK Swing at the Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead on Thursday 20 October 2022 at 7pm.

100 year old music is given a breath of fresh air by the highly skilled energetic performance, group vocal harmonies, immaculate dress and tongue-in-cheek charm of the Brighton based band. 

It promises to be a wonderful evening of high energy swing music and tickets are available to buy now at priced at £20, with a half-price ticket option for children under 16.

Your Council

Nominate now for Mid Sussex Applauds 2022

Mid Sussex Applauds logoYou only have until this Monday (26 September) to nominate individuals, groups and who have made a great contribution to the District for a Mid Sussex Applauds Award 2022.

The Awards are your chance to celebrate the heroes in your local community who do so much to make Mid Sussex such a special place to live and by nominating you are helping us to give them the recognition they truly deserve.

There are eight distinct categories of awards to highlight all of our community VIPs.

Good Sport Award
– celebrating a club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex. Award Supported by Places Leisure.

Young Volunteer of the year - recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community. Award Supported by Clarion Futures.

Stronger Communities – highlighting a community group or organisation that has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity. Award Supported by CJ Founds and Assoc.

Young Achiever Award – showcasing a young person 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. Award Supported by HSBC.

Take Pride in Mid Sussex – recognising 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. Award Supported by ID Verde.

Business in the Community Award – recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life. Award Supported by ShopAppy.

Lifetime Achievement Award – highlighting an individual who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime. Award Supported by jobsgopublic.

Stronger Together – celebrating an individual who has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity. Award Supported by The Orchards.

To make your nomination just visit

New home for Quarry Café and Community Fridge

The new Quarry Cafe and Community Fridge A popular community café in the Stone Quarry area of East Grinstead has been saved after Mid Sussex District Council provided them with a new home.

The Quarry Café and Community Fridge has been supporting the local community for over five years, initially as a community café, and expanding when the pandemic struck to providing a community fridge by collecting surplus food, creating ready meals, and sharing them with local people in need of a helping hand. The café and community fridge provides a place for the community to meet up and enjoy quality food and drink at affordable prices. It also helps to prevent food waste by collecting surplus food and sharing it amongst the community 

The future of this vital drop-in centre and food distribution facility was put in doubt recently when the group found out they needed to vacate their existing premises on Holtye Avenue. However, Mid Sussex District Council has now agreed a 30-year lease for the former Post Office in Hollands Way, that will enable the café and community fridge to continue providing services for Stone Quarry residents and the wider East Grinstead area, including nearby villages.

The project will bring an empty property back into use and will safeguard the long-term future of a vital community facility. The Council won’t be charging any rent for the first five years of the lease, which will afford Quarry Café and Community Fridge financial breathing room while they renovate their new home and turn it into a vibrant community hub.

Charitable Foundation, Clarion Futures is contributing approximately £70,000 towards the refurbishment, furnishing and decoration of the new café, with the help of one of their contractors United Living, who will deliver a significant amount of the refurbishment work through Social Value.

Council meetings

Council ChamberDecision making meetings of the Council have now returned to in-person sessions but many other meetings remain virtual.

You can follow all 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. Please note - meeting times are subject to change:

26 September - Cabinet (16:00)

26 September - Cabinet Grants Panel (17:30)

27 September - Liquor Licensing Committee (10:00)

28 September - Scrutiny Committee for Community, Leisure and Parking (19:00)

5 October - Scrutiny Committee for Planning, Economic Growth and Net Zero (19:00)

11 October - Licensing Committee (19:00)

13 October - Planning Committee (16:00)

17 October - Cabinet (16:00)

20 October - District Planning Committee (14:00)

24 October - Cabinet Grants Panel (16:00)

2 November - Council (19:00)

9 November - Scrutiny Committee for Leader, Deputy Leader, Housing and Customer Service (19:00)

10 November - Planning Committee (16:00)

15 November - Audit Committee (19:00)

16 November - Scrutiny Committee for Community, Leisure and Parking (19:00)

17 November - District Planning Committee (14:00)

Bolney by-election result

votingKristy Adams has been elected to Mid Sussex District Council in the Bolney Ward.

A by-election was held on Thursday 15 September 2022 to fill a vacancy on Mid Sussex District Council following the resignation of Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke.

The election results for the Mid Sussex District Council Bolney Ward by-election are as follows:

Kristy Lyn ADAMS (The Conservative Party Candidate) – 301 votes - ELECTED
Andrew William FOSTER (Labour Party) – 66 votes
Fiona JACKSON (Liberal Democrats) – 163 votes
Sue KELLY (Green Party) – 28 votes
Norman Frank William MOCKFORD (Independent) – 7 votes
Baron VON THUNDERCLAP (Official Monster Raving Loony Party) – 30 votes

The total number of votes cast in the Mid Sussex District Council Bolney Ward by-election was 596. There was 1 rejected ballot paper, and the turnout was 26.5%.

Your services

Are you looking to get back into employment?

We offer an Employment Support scheme that provides practical help and assistance to local people who want to find work.

Every person's journey into employment is different, so we provide 1:1 advice to help you overcome any barriers you may have, whether that's childcare issues, health problems, a lack of experience or simply not knowing where to start.

We can also provide sound and accurate advice and guidance relating to welfare benefits and how employment impacts on current and future benefit entitlement.

To find out more email us at

On-street parking permits go digital

MiPermit logoOn-street paper parking permits are being replaced with digital alternatives from this month in East Grinstead.

Digital parking permits are already used in car parks across Mid Sussex, but from 6 September 2022 they will also be used for Controlled Parking Zones in East Grinstead.

With digital permits there is no need to display anything in the vehicle window - drivers simply purchase the permit online and receive an email notification once it is active.

There are no Controlled Parking Zones in Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, or any other parts of Mid Sussex, so on-street residential or business parking permits are not required there.

Traditional paper permits will remain valid until they expire, at which point motorists will move over to the new digital system if they choose to renew. Resident, visitor, and business permits are available for purchase at  

The move away from paper and plastic permits is designed to benefit the environment, remove the time it takes to post a physical permit and reduce the risk of loss or theft. Once registered online with MiPermit, drivers will be able to upload documents, including proof of residence and vehicle registration, check the status of their permit, update vehicle details and purchase or manage visitor permits. Civil Enforcement Officers will be able to confirm if a vehicle has a valid digital permit via the vehicle registration number.

Residents without online access will be able to request a paper application from our Parking Services Team by calling 01444 477212 (option 2) or by emailing

Those with unused paper visitor permits will still be able to use them after 6 September.

Healthcare permits valid across West Sussex Controlled Parking Zones will still be issued by paper until the rest of the county has transferred to digital permits. This is expected to be within the next eight months.

For more information visit

£3.4 million Covid-19 support grants for local businesses

Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund graphicWe will be allocating £3.4 million this month to almost 700 local businesses that haven’t yet received any financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) has been provided by the Government to support businesses that were not eligible for their main Business Grant support schemes.

Many businesses were unable to claim the first wave of Government Covid-19 support grants because they were specifically for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief and those working in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors.

The Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund applies to a much wider range of businesses such as small businesses in shared workspaces, market traders, Bed and Breakfast accommodation, charity properties and businesses in the supply chain to the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality sectors that did not qualify for the original government business grants.

Mid Sussex businesses were invited to apply for the Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund grants but so far only 74 businesses have submitted a claim. To ensure that local businesses don’t miss out on this crucial support, Mid Sussex District Council will be automatically paying the grants to eligible businesses from 19 September.

The Council will be writing to all eligible businesses in Mid Sussex to inform them about the upcoming Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund award. There is nothing that eligible businesses need to do, other than to look out for the relief shown on their business rates bill.

The Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund support payments are exclusively for businesses that have been affected by the pandemic but have not yet received any Covid-19 relief or discount support for their business rates from the Government.

Hire one of our pavilions

Hire a pavilionAre you looking for a venue for a business meeting, AGM small children's party or keep fit class?

Did you know the majority of our sports grounds have pavilions available for hire many with changing rooms and kitchen facilities too.

Visit to find out more about our pavilions.

Email if you would like to make a booking enquiry, our Outdoor Leisure team will be happy to help. 

Supporting businesses in Mid Sussex to start up, grow and adapt

We've been catching up with businesses who were supported by our grants over the past few years to hear how they are getting on.

The Covid pandemic and economic stress put unprecedented strain on the local Mid Sussex economy and the businesses operating within it. During that time the Council took every opportunity to support the local economy in a huge variety of ways.

Grant schemes have included MSDC funded Covid-19 Recovery Grants to support businesses to adapt and diversify supporting 42 businesses across the district; Store Improvement Grants, which allocated over £70,000 to support 24 independent retailers to enhance their business premises or make operational improvements; and a further 48 businesses and start-ups were supported with over £70,000 worth of Micro-business grant funding.

Projects to help support residents back to our high streets included Santa’s Secret Mission, Pop to the Shops and most recently subsidising independent traders to join along with Council funded grant schemes to support businesses to diversify, grow and even start-up. 

Over the Summer we have been catching up with some of these businesses to understand a bit more about how the grant funding has helped their businesses. These included visits to local traders such as 7th Heaven Beauty Salon in East Grinstead where owner Ellie commented that “Mid Sussex, I felt, handled it better than a lot that I heard about, and the support was incredible. At the end of the phone they were really kind and understanding and the information was, I think, brilliant.”

MSDC’s Covid-19 Recovery Grant funding also helped support the following local businesses to adapt and recover.

The Fresh Fish Shop Ltd in Haywards Heath was awarded a grant towards the cost of e-commerce and marketing activity. Manging Director, Sebastian, commented “During the pandemic we wanted to ensure we could continue to serve the local community from our shop and offer a comprehensive online ordering and home delivery service for those who were self-isolating, shielding, or simply looking for a safer, convenient way of shopping for food. The development of our e-commerce site has introduced a new way of supplying our products to the local community, as well as highlighting the quality, sustainability, and availability of Sussex seafood to consumers nationwide.”

 Mid Sussex Osteopaths was awarded a grant towards the cost of staff training to offer new services, marketing, and outreach work. Business owner Adam provided the following feedback: “It has helped push a lot of marketing forward which has accelerated our return to a reasonable level of service. It has also helped us reach out to the community more effectively and helped boost our skill set to offer more to the public.”

To find out more and apply for a Micro-business grant please visit


Free NHS health checks

Free NHS Health checksOur Wellbeing Team is offering you the chance to sign up for a free NHS Health Check.

Everybody who takes part will receive a blood pressure check, a cholesterol measurement, and will have their BMI (Body Mass Index) calculated by measuring height and weight. After the health check there will be an opportunity to discuss the results with a trained Wellbeing Advisor, who will provide personalised advice on how to lower the risk of future problems and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Appointments are available to those between the age 40-74, as long as you haven't had a health check in the past 5 years and aren't already diagnosed with a pre-existing health condition like heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol or kidney disease.

For more information or to book an appointment for a free health check call our Wellbeing team on 01444 477191 or email 

Parks & Rangers

New equipment for Forest Fields play area

The new play equipment we have installed at Forest Fields play area in Walnut Park, Haywards Heath is now open and ready to use.

There's a new climbing frame, toddler slide, see-saw and the area has been resurfaced to provide a softer landing and easier access.

It's a bit tucked away so here's the postcode for anyone who's not sure where it is - RH16 3RD

Four Mid Sussex parks awarded the coveted Green Flag

Green Flag 2022/23Four Mid Sussex parks will be raising a prestigious Green Flag in 2022/23, a sign that they are well maintained and have excellent visitor facilities.

Beech Hurst Gardens and Victoria Park in Haywards Heath, St Johns Park in Burgess Hill and East Court and Ashplats Wood in East Grinstead were all award winners again this year.

A huge thank you to our hardworking staff and community volunteers who help to maintain our public open spaces to such a high standard.

How do you use our parks?

How do you use our parks?Got a minute or two?

We are asking visitors to our parks to take part in our regular customer satisfaction survey. If you spend time in one of our parks we would love to understand what aspects are most important to you.

This feedback is important to us in helping to understand how you feel.

Just follow the link to answer five quick questions

Play Days On Tour 2022

Play Days On Tour 2022Our 2022 Play Days on Tour visited 10 parks and open spaces across the district to provide local children and families with lots of free activities to enjoy this summer.

We worked in partnership with local Town Councils and voluntary organisations, to provide Play Day events twice a week throughout the school summer holidays.

Children were able to enjoy lots of different activities including crazy golf, circus skills, tots football, DJ workshops, the Music Bus, Wish Works Puppets, miniature railway ride, rugby, basketball and the chance to get fit with Pop Steps and street dance. 

In total we had just under 2000 people attending our 13 Play Days On Tour events. 

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