Your Labour Candidates:
Mid Sussex District Council and Burgess Hill Town Council Norman Ward
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 as a District Councillor, I will endeavour to ensure that we attract independent shops and retain something of our own identity. I pledge to do my best to represent the people of Meeds ward fairly and responsibly. I am a proud member of Unite he Union!
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, with residents very much a secondary consideration. I am a proud member of Unite the Union!
Town Council Candidate
I am married and have lived in Burgess Hill for 37 years. Before retiring, I was a trade union National Organiser and previously worked in bus service planning. I am a member of the Burgess Hill Horticultural Society and Green Circle and am Secretary of both Burgess Hill and Mid Sussex Constituency Labour Parties. I believe that the town centre redevelopment needs to benefit the needs of the people of the town, not the developers.
Vote Thursday 2nd May - don’t forget your poll card!
Your Labour team's pledges to you
We 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 Tara or Linda at