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

February 2017

Run for a great local cause ‘The Andy Ripley Memorial Race’

21 February 2017

Acclaimed by runners across the South East, the 8th 10k Andy Ripley Memorial Race will take place on the 24th of September. The East Grinstead 10k is a multi terrain race organised by runners for runners. In association with EG Tri Club and EG Athletic Club. Established in 2010. Rated the UK’s Best Race for Beginners 2013 in Runners’ World.

As before, it will start at Imberhorne Upper School and follow footpaths and the Worth Way to the turn point in Crawley Down, before returning to East Grinstead station. From there, it uses local roads to the finish in Imberhorne Recreation Ground. As before, it is a fund raiser for Prostate Cancer UK and East Grinstead Lions.

If you would like to do the race, entries will be open shortly on the official website at

Mid Sussex car parks retain Park Mark Awards

21 February 2017

Local people and visitors can feel safe and secure parking in Mid Sussex after seventeen Council run car parks retained the prestigious Police ‘Park Mark’ award for crime prevention and safety.

The British Parking Association, on behalf of Sussex Police, recently assessed the award-winning car parks. All 17 of the car parks have been recognised as examples of excellent parking design and will proudly display the Park Mark sign of quality for the next 12 months.


Park Mark car parks have clear directional signage and use traffic flow techniques like one-way circulation so drivers are not confused about which way to go. Pedestrian access and exit points are clearly indicated and painted paths highlight the safest places to walk.

Above: Clear directional markings at the Cyprus Road Car Park in Burgess Hill

Park Mark car parks have lower levels of crime and reduce the fear of crime because they have measures in place to deter offenders, such as perimeter fencing, surveillance and bright lighting. They are also clean and well-kept to reassure drivers they are in a safer environment. Litter and graffiti are quickly removed in order to deter further vandalism and criminal damage.

“Mid Sussex is already a low crime area but we’re committed to doing everything we can to deter crime and make residents feel safe,” said Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery. “Park Mark car parks offer a safe and welcoming environment for local drivers and visitors to the area and I’m delighted that 17 of our car parks have met the standard again this year.”

The ‘Park Mark’ is part of the UK Police flagship initiative ‘Secured by Design’ that promotes crime reduction through effective design and security standards in public buildings, roadways, footpaths and car parks as well as private houses.

Crossroads Care Evening Outings

17 February 2017

Did you know – dementia

17 February 2017

West Sussex County Council Election – Candidates Event

8 February 2017

I am writing to advise you that the County Council, in collaboration with the Local Government Association (LGA), will be hosting an event for candidates considering standing for the County Council elections on 4 May 2017.

The event will take place on Monday 27 February 2017 between 6pm-8.45pm at County Hall, West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RQ. The programme for this event is attached (please note registration opens at 5.30pm).

The purpose of the event is to provide prospective candidates with information on the role of elected members and an opportunity to meet with senior officers and members of the Council.  There will also be a workshop session led by the LGA on how to be an effective councillor.

Places for this event are limited and those wishing to attend are strongly advised to register their place by 22nd February.  You can do this online by going to the website below (which includes a map showing the location of County Hall):

Parking will be available on the County Hall site from 5.15pm onwards.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to receive a delegate pack, please contact Amanda Drinkwater, Democratic Services on 033022 22521, or via email on:

Please also contact Amanda if you have any queries regarding this event.

A Fond Farewell

8 February 2017

The Town Council staff and Members came together on Wednesday 1st of February to say a fond farewell to the Community Service Manager Katrina Hamill. After working at the Town Council for 10 years, Katrina has decided to return to the Philippines.

She was presented with a picture of East Court surrounded by examples of the flowers in the gardens done by Head Gardener, Jenny Watson.

We are all be very sad to see her go, but wish her happiness with her new adventures.

Need help with your own planning application?

6 February 2017

Did you know that Mid Sussex District Council provides their own reliable, independent building control service and encourages people to apply for this?

Not only do they offer free pre-application advice, but also can help with Building Control matters which are charged at competitive fees.

So if you have a project in mind or underway you can contact them on the web at

Lest We Forget

6 February 2017

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):

William James BERRY

Private G/6820 8th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 18th Division.

Died of wounds 20. 2.17. age 25. Son of William John and Emily Berry of 162, London Road, East Grinstead.

Born in East Grinstead and enlisted in Brighton.

Included on Brighton War Memorial. Buried Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension F.177

Joseph Harry TITE

Private G/28337 The Royal West Surrey Regiment. (15th Labour Company) (Salonikan Front)

Died of wounds 28. 2.17 Aged 37 Husband of Mrs. Martha Tite of 21, College Lane, East Grinstead.

Born in Willesden, Middlesex and enlisted in East Grinstead. Formerly with the 13th Royal Sussex. (SD/3144)

Buried Lambet Road Cemetery, Salonika, Greece.

Wilfred James WHITE

[In some references he is listed as William James] Private TF/260003 1/5th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Pioneer Battalion, of the 48th Division.

Killed in action 26. 2.17. Aged 22. Son of Mr. and Mrs. White of 16, Glen View, East Grinstead. Husband of Harriett White (remarried) of 26, Glen View, East Grinstead.

Born and enlisted in East Grinstead.

Buried Herbecourt British Cemetery F. 627


The Kingscote Valley

6 February 2017

East Grinstead is surrounded by beautiful countryside, none more so than the area on the southern outskirts of the town; ‘The Kingscote Valley’. Sitting within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is an ideal location for those wanting to experience the ‘great outdoors’.

Walkers, cyclists and riders will find everything they are looking for with plenty of shared use pathways to explore and the more adventurous will find Tree walks, sailing, archery and climbing amongst the activities on offer. The less active will find plenty to interest them too; fine dining, wine tastings, a National trust property and accommodation options ranging from an Elizabethan Hotel to camping.

Our Medieval Market Town is a great staging post for your next adventure, so come on, what are you waiting for? Welcome to East Grinstead where we can help you discover our Valley secrets.

The Line Spring 2017

6 February 2017

The latest edition of The Line is now available to view online.

Town Mayor’s Charity Ball

1 February 2017

Town Mayor’s Charity Music Quiz

1 February 2017