The latest news published by East Grinstead Town Council can be found below.

April 2018

Young Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018

18 April 2018

East Court Live 2018

18 April 2018

Response from Network Rail to recent disruption

13 April 2018

Following a complaint to MP Sir Nicholas Soames, as to the incredibly poor service (delays) on Wednesday 11th April the following response was received from the Route Managing Director (South East) Network Rail.

Dear Sir Nicholas

I am emailing to offer my apologies to both you and your constituents following the disruption to services on the East Grinstead line over the last two evenings caused by a recurring points failure in the Hurst Green area. We repaired the piece of equipment in question yesterday but regrettably it has now failed again so I’m afraid further disruption is likely. We are urgently investigating the cause of this latest failure, but I wanted to provide an explanation of what has happened so far and what we have been doing to rectify this.

The points failure first occurred at 1730 on Monday evening, preventing trains running between East Grinstead and Oxted. Our response team arrived on site shortly afterwards and were able to get trains and passengers moving by making an adjustment to the equipment, with a full investigation into the root cause to be carried out following the end of service.

Engineers later identified damage to a piece of equipment within the machine that operates the points, which required a minimum of three hours’ work to rectify. By that point in the night, this would have affected the start of service on Tuesday morning – so the decision was taken to make further adjustments to the points to allow a normal service to operate on Tuesday, with a response team stationed on-site throughout the day. Engineers would then be able to return on Tuesday night, when they would have the full period of overnight access to carry out the repair.

Unfortunately the points did indeed fail again at 1615 on Tuesday afternoon – though disruption was minimised by the presence of our response team, who were able to make a further adjustment to the equipment which allowed the points to return to service at 1635. We were able to replace the damaged piece of equipment last night and our response team were on site this morning to monitor the operation of the points. As no further issues were reported this team was stood down after the morning peak, however the points failed again at lunchtime.

Please be assured we are urgently addressing this fault and I will update you when I know more. Once again, please accept my apologies for this disruption, this is not the standard of service that passengers deserve.

John Halsall

Network Rail

Gathering views on local Citizens Advice service

13 April 2018

CAB are carrying out their annual customer survey concerning their services and would love your help.   The closing date is 20 April.

Triangle Leisure Pool set for £600,000 refurbishment

10 April 2018

Between 04 June and 20 July this year major improvement work, jointly funded by Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) and Places for People Leisure (PfPL), will take place to the Triangle Leisure pool.

PfPL’s Contract Manager Tom Carter said “The improvements reflect what our customers have been telling us they want to see at the centre. The leisure pool has always been a popular activity and we are excited to be able to deliver these works to show our ongoing commitment in providing great local leisure facilities for Mid Sussex.”

The improvement works will include the full refurbishment of the flumes along with renovation works to the flume tower and steelwork. The slides will be repainted and resealed and a new traffic light system will be installed to help improve safety further.

The works will also include the removal of the falling rapids slide to create space for a new slide which will be introduced later in the year. The beach area will also be transformed, replacing the pirate ship with some exciting new interactive water play features for children of all ages.

During this period of work the leisure pool and lido will remain closed to the public. However, the works are taking place at this time to ensure the improved Leisue Pool is open for use during the busy Summer months.

Tom continued “We would like to apologise for the inconvenience the closure will cause. There is obviously no ideal time to undertake such extensive improvement works but we believe District residents will be very pleased with the final results”.

To keep disruption to a minimum the fitness pool is expected to operate as normal during the works, as long as safe to do so.

Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery at MSDC added “We are proud to continue to invest in our three Leisure Centres and this refurbishment work at the Triangle will ensure the Leisure Pool there is upgraded and can continue to be enjoyed by the residents of Mid Sussex for years to come”

During these works alternative pools are available at The Dophin Leisure Centre and the Kings Centre.

To keep up to date with the improvement works please visit the Triangle website or view the PfPL or MSDC Facebook pages.

Lest We Forget

10 April 2018

IN a regular feature on the Town Council website, we will be remembering, on the anniversary of their deaths, the East Grinstead soldiers who died during WWI,  and who are named on the High Street War Memorial.


This month we recall (as recorded on The Roll of Honour website):

Charles BANGER

Private G/16798 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division.

Killed in action 5. 4.18. Aged 32. Son of Henry and Eliza Banger. Husband of Lily Banger of 8, Durkins Road, East Grinstead.

Born in Battersea and enlisted in Horsham.

Buried Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery F. 516

William James BEADLE

Sergeant 986 Royal Air Force

Died 22. 4.18. Aged 25 Husband of Mr. F.K.Beadle of 14, Chequer Road, East Grinstead.

Commemorated on The Hollybrook Memorial Southampton.

Gilbert T. F. DEACON

Private 14114 1st Battalion, The Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).

Killed in action 1. 4.18. Aged 21.

Son of Frederick and Caroline Deacon of Chelwood Gate near East Grinstead.

Buried Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension F.551

Frederick George DILLEY

Private TF/243402 2nd Battalion, The Hampshire Regiment. 29th Division.

Killed in action in Belgium 11. 4.18.

Son of Mr. Dilley and Mrs. Charlotte Dilley of 45, Adelaide Road, Shepherds Bush, West London.

Commemorated on The Ploegsteert Memorial MR.32


Private 46212 19th Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers. Pioneer Battalion, of the 49th Division.

Killed in action 25. 4.18.age 42.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Heasman of 11, Pheonix Terrace, Ashurstwood. Husband of Mrs. Harriett Humphrey of 1, Sunrise Villa, Queens Road, Crowborough. Formerly with the Royal Engineers.

Born in Forest Row and enlisted in East Grinstead Included on Ashurstwood Parish War Memorial.

Commemorated on The Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium MR. 30


Sergeant 17650 2nd Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment. 8th Division.

Killed in action 2. 4.18.

Enlisted in Deptford Resident of East Grinstead.

Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR. 27.

George Albert PARKS

Rifleman B.202241 12th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade. 37th Division.

Died of wounds 10. 4.18. Husband of Mrs. J. Parks of Oast Cottage, Hackenden.

Born in Herstmonceux and enlisted in East Grinstead. Formerly with the Royal Army Service Corps.

Buried Mont Huon Military Cemetery. F. 13

Arthur Thomas WHITE

Private 30315 10th Battalion, The East Yorkshire Regiment. 31st Division.

Killed in action 12. 4.18.

Born in Richmond, Surrey and enlisted in Horsham. East Grinstead resident.

Commemorated on The Ploegsteert Memorial MR.32

Clement Arthur WOODLAND

Lieutenant 6th Battalion, The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 14th Light Division.

Died of wounds at base hospital in Etaples 1. 4.18. Aged 33.

Son of The Rev.Clement Colby Woodland and Mrs. Frances Woodland of Hammerwood, East Grinstead. Formerly with the 4th North Staffords.

Buried Etaples Cemetery. F. 40

Albert William WRIGHT

Private 0282 7th Battalion, The Royal West Surrey Regiment. 18th Division.

Killed in action 26. 4.18. Aged 18.

Son of George Albert and Edith Florence Wright of 19, Old Road, East Grinstead. Born in Thornton Heath, Surrey and enlisted in Chichester.

Commemorated on The Pozieres Memorial MR. 27.

NHS dermatology services

10 April 2018

Secretary of State for Business visits Mid Sussex

5 April 2018

Sir Nicholas Soames welcomed Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to Mid Sussex on Thursday 29 March.

The Secretary of State met with representatives of Mid Sussex District Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Professor Tickell of Sussex University and local businesses.

Two topics were discussed; the prospect of a regionally significant Science and Technology Park in Mid Sussex and the future of the Harlands Road campus in Haywards Heath.

The Science and Technology Park has the potential to provide quality space for Universities and high tech companies to grow and conduct research. It is an essential component in the overall growth package for Burgess Hill, which will see new homes, community infrastructure, a new town centre and road improvements.

The Business Secretary heard about the significant work already underway to develop a Science Park and welcomed this important initiative.

Sir Nicholas Soames MP said:

“I was delighted to welcome the Secretary of State to my constituency. The District Council is spearheading very ambitious and well thought through plans for Burgess Hill.

“The Science Park could have enormous potential for the whole region and is perfectly located. I was very encouraged by the support for this from business and academia”.

The Secretary of State also visited the Harlands Road site in Haywards Heath. This former Central Sussex College site was closed last year, despite being significantly refurbished in 2011.

Sir Nicholas, the District and County Councils and the Local Enterprise Partnership are working together to try to build consensus locally to bring the site back into educational use.

Councillor Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“Sir Nicholas has been working very hard within Government to re-open the Harlands Road site. Locally the District Council has been working with West Sussex County Council and the LEP to get support for a sixth form college on the site.

“Mid Sussex is going to grow hugely over the next 10 years and must have its own college. We see great potential for a college with a focus on maths, science and technology to compliment the businesses already in Mid Sussex and the potential Science Park.

“There is a great opportunity here if we can just cut through the red tape.”

Private hire driver prosecuted for refusing to let a guide dog in his cab

2 April 2018

Mid Sussex District Council has successfully prosecuted a private hire driver who denied a visually impaired customer access to his vehicle because they had a guide dog with them.

On 4 September 2017, Mid Sussex District Council received a complaint about Mr Muhammad Jashim Uddin of London Road, East Grinstead. Mr Uddin, who is licensed by the Council as a Private Hire driver, was accused of refusing to honour a booking made by a disabled customer because they were accompanied by a guide dog. The Mid Sussex District Council Licensing team investigated the allegation and decided to prosecute.

It is an offence under the Equality Act 2010 for a driver to refuse or decline to take a customer who is accompanied by an assistance dog.

Mr Uddin pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates Court on Wednesday 21 March 2018. The Magistrates fined Mr Uddin £162, plus a victim surcharge of £30 and required him to pay the District Council’s total court costs of £876.

“Mid Sussex District Council takes the Equality Act very seriously and I hope this prosecution sends a clear message to any rogue taxi drivers who think it’s acceptable to discrimate against disabled people,” said Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Community.

“Assistance dogs play a vital role in helping visually impaired people and those with other disabilities to maintain their independence. They deserve to be treated properly – and that includes being able to travel with their owner in taxis. Quite simply it is unlawful for a driver to refuse to pick up a properly booked person with an assistance dog.”

East Grinstead Cycle Forum – Open Morning – 14th April 2018

2 April 2018

Feed with Confidence Awards 2018

2 April 2018

East Grinstead ranked fourth in the country in the Feed with Confidence Awards 2018

The Feed with Confidence Awards are determined by a public vote for the venues where breastfeeding is welcomed and those needing to breastfeed are made to feel comfortable.
The awards were sponsored by Lansinoh following research that quashed misconceptions; revealing that the over 65’s were most accepting and that men were more comfortable with it than women. Witnessing a woman breastfeeding in a café restaurant or pub was uncomfortable for 46% of people.
The awards are aimed at celebrating places and people across the country who supported breastfeeding mums and were voted for by the public.

The Top 10 places in the country were:

  • London
  • Birmingham
  • Norwich
  • East Grinstead
  • Manchester
  • Chester
  • Hessle
  • Barnsley
  • Bristol
  • Caterham

The Town Mayor Cllr Mrs Julie Mockford said “Isn’t it wonderful, that East Grinstead is the highest placed town, proving yet again, but in a different context that East Grinstead is the town that didn’t stare. That we have cafes and public venues where mothers feel not just comfortable but welcome to feed their babies is a testament to the great town we live in.”

The Mug Tree on Ship Street was a stand out venue which advertises on social media that breastfeeding is welcome and received high praise from those who were voting.

Town Mayor, Cllr Julie Mockford, together with the owner of The Mug Tree Tea Room, Mrs Kathryn Hibberd-Little

The Town Council will be making window stickers available to public venues in the town who wish to embrace this to make sure that mums know that they are welcome to feed their child in the most natural way on the premises.