Your Labour Candidates:
Mid Sussex District Council Meeds Ward and Burgess Hill Town Council St Johns Ward
Town and District Council Candidate
I have lived in Burgess Hill since 2001 with my wife and our four children, who have all attended school in Burgess Hill. I enjoy spending time with my family and two rescue Golden Retrievers, and playing the guitar.
Redeveloping the town centre seems to be progressing very slowly and without any real direction, and residents needs seem to be very much a secondary consideration. I firmly believe that small, independent shops are vitally important, as they are more likely to employ local people, and give it a more ’unique’ feel, rather than just being another clone town. If you share this vision, please vote for me, and vote Labour, on May 2nd.
District Council Candidate
Having lived and worked in Burgess Hill nearly all my life and raised my family here, I understand the needs of our residents. I have seen the town decline from a vibrant, thriving community to a mere shell of its former self and, if elected to District Council, I will endeavour to ensure that we attract independent shops and retain something of our own identity. I will fight to obtain much-needed additional services whenever new housing developments are approved and ensure that a significant proportion of the housing built is truly affordable, so that our children are able to remain in the area where they grew up. I will resist further privatisation of our services because I believe that public utilities should be run in the interests of the community and not big business.
I will campaign to improve our local environment and vital green spaces and pledge to do my best to represent the people of Meeds ward fairly and responsibly. I am a proud member of Unite the Union!
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Your Labour team's pledges to you
We have a record of working for the St Johns area and will always put your interests above all else on the District and Town councils.
We will press for local decision-making. Our growing town of 35,000 people should not be governed by a handful of District Council cabinet members in Haywards Heath.
We will press for better public services – road sweeping, grass cutting, maintaining public areas, etc.
We will campaign for a good and improved bus service and fight against any reduction in services.
We will work constructively with other councillors, considering issues on their merits alone.
We will always be available – listening to your concerns and pressing for action to resolve difficulties.
The Conservatives promised a vibrant redeveloped town centre - What have we seen so far?
- Regeneration now months behind schedule
- Martlets Hall given away, ignoring a petition signed by 6,500, with no requirement for developer funding towards a replacement
- No affordable housing among the proposed 150 flats
- No money to be provided for infrastructure improvements
- Local businesses being relocated with short-term leases and loss of trade
- Empty derelict section of the shopping centre
- Loss of Market, NatWest Bank, Clark's shoe shop etc
As part of the redevelopment we were promised a permanent ‘state-of-the-art’ replacement for the library after its temporary move
- The library was due to move to its temporary site in February 2018 but this site is still not ready
- The temporary library is much smaller than its current site and needs extra work to make the floors stronger and the lifts adequate
- It now appears that the site proposed for a permanent library is being considered for a bowling alley
- Will Burgess Hill get the permanent new ‘state-of-the-art’ library we were promised?
Whose fault is this? You can choose between:
- the Conservative Town Council
– the Conservative District Council
- the Conservative County Council or
- the Conservative Government
A vote for Labour is a vote to:
Stand up to speculative developers
Demand high building standards that include renewable energy
Create more affordable housing
Be more transparent about how council decisions are made
Bring back truly representative local planning committees
Put the environment and green space above profit
Balance the needs of business with the interests of the community
If you do have anything you wish to discuss with us then please do not hesitate to contact Ian or Elaine at