Your Labour Candidate:
Mid Sussex District Council and Burgess Hill Town Council Victoria Ward
I have lived in Mid Sussex for the last 23 years. I moved from Balcombe to Burgess Hill four years ago where I now live. Two of my four children live in Burgess Hill and my two grandchildren go to a local primary school. I have been a member of Unite the Union and its predecessors for 46 years, so I fully understand the problems ordinary working families face on a daily basis. I can see that the Conservative-run town and district councils are just not working for ordinary people. I believe strongly that we need a credible opposition to hold the Conservatives to account for their actions.
A labour council would:
- Bring back Local Planning Committees, ensuring that all decisions are taken at the local level with community input
- Demand that ALL developments have an enforceable quota of 40% affordable housing, are in full compliance with District and Neighbourhood Plans and incorporate traffic management schemes to ease the congestion on our roads
- Require developers to contribute to roads, schools, medical facilities, community buildings, parks, sports facilities and open spaces in all developments, with open and transparent accounting for their contributions. This must occur as an integral part of the development and not as an afterthought
- Expect high building standards that include renewable energy, electric car points and adequate car parking facilities
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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