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17/01/2019 – St Andrews News

Improving Our Environment

Whilst most people recognise that Burgess Hill is a great place to live, we are becoming increasingly concerned at the lack of care over our environment:

There is a chronic lack of grass-cutting of our verges and green places. Streets and gutters are suffering from an excess of rubbish and weeds and, despite extra money being given to West Sussex County Council for this purpose, potholes and ruts in our roads are now at an all-time high.

When was your street last swept and cleaned? Many roads have not seen a street cleaner in months.

Who is to blame?

You can choose between:

What would labour do?

Labour would:

Improving Burgess Hill

Town Centre Redevelopment

Why are we waiting – what is going on????

After Mid Sussex District Council’s disgraceful decision to hand over the Martlets Hall to New River Developments - without any requirement for them to fund a replacement, fund infrastructure improvements, or provide any affordable housing as part of the 150 new flats – nothing much seems to have happened.

What we know

It is time that New River, Mid Sussex District Council and local councillors told the people of Burgess Hill what is going on

David Andrews and Tony Balsdon would like to hear from you

If you have any comments on the items in this leaflet, good or bad, or to arrange an appointment for a residents’ surgery with our local campaigners at a time convenient to you, phone David Andrews 01444 247797 or Tony Balsdon on 01444 246170

Free Car Parking

Our town centre is suffering from a malaise caused by delays in the town centre redevelopment. Fewer people appear to be visiting our town to shop. Many towns offer three hours of free parking and have reported increased activity as a result. Why can Burgess Hill not do the same?


Through their abject failure to get a District Plan agreed by the Planning Inspector for several years, the Conservative District Council allowed developers to ride roughshod over the concerns of local residents when it came to building new estates and houses.

Developers were able to argue that there was no District Plan and, as we know, there was an acknowledged shortage of housing in the area.

Developers took full advantage Mid Sussex District Council ‘s failure and proposed developments throughout the District—which local residents were able to do little about.

Labour has consistently condemned this failure to get a district plan agreed.

We welcome the agreed district plan and hope that Mid Sussex district council will now use it effectively to control development schemes.

70 years of the National Health Service

To commemorate the 70th birthday of the NHS, a great Socialist achievement, Burgess Hill Labour Party collected well over 200 signatures and messages of support in two hours in the Town Centre.

These were written on a giant birthday card which was delivered to the Princess Royal Hospital. The staff were overwhelmed to know of the esteem in which they are held by our community.

Labour will support and improve our Health Service by:

Sixth Form Education

It is a scandal that the Conservatives allowed the Sixth Form College in Haywards Heath to close leaving virtually no current provision for post-16 education in Mid Sussex, with students forced to travel miles to Crawley, Horsham or Brighton.

The Conservatives are understood to have accepted an offer for Chichester College to reopen the college in Haywards Heath but two years have been wasted where most sixth form students have not been educated locally.

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