News

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

September 2019

Affordable Housing boost for East Grinstead

18 September 2019

Mid Sussex District Council has approved the sale of land at Blackwell Farm Road in East Grinstead to ensure the delivery of 10 new homes for local people in housing need.

The Council’s Cabinet met on Monday 16 September and agreed to sell the land to the Guinness Partnership for £400,000 subject to the grant of suitable planning permission.

The Guinness Partnership works in 165 local authority areas across England to provide homes for rent at prices significantly lower than those charged in the private market and on tenancy terms which offer far greater security. Any profit they make helps them to invest in and build more affordable homes.

Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke, Deputy Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said:

There is currently a serious shortage of social housing in East Grinstead for local people in housing need. The Common Housing Register has 291 people from East Grinstead on the waiting list and for 268 of those people their first choice preference is to remain in the town.

“Under the current planning system we are reliant on housing developers to provide Affordable Housing as part of their new housing schemes. However, private developers are

Site Allocation Development Plan published

11 September 2019

Mid Sussex District Council has published a Site Allocation Development Plan to identify how the Council plans to meet the District’s housing and employment needs up to 2031.

The draft Site Allocations Development Plan will be considered by the Council’s Scrutiny Committee for Housing, Planning and Community on 11 September and by Full Council on 25 September. If approved, the document will be subject to a six week public consultation from 9 October.

The Mid Sussex District Plan 2014-2031, which was adopted in March 2018, sets out in broad terms what, where, when and how development will take place in Mid Sussex up until 2031. Whilst the majority of development sites are already planned for in the District Plan, the Planning Inspector required the Council to identify more sites to ensure the housing and employment needs of the District are met.

The draft Site Allocation Development Plan Document addresses that requirement and recommends 22 housing and 7 employment sites, at locations across Mid Sussex.

Councillor Andrew MacNaughton, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning said:

“The preparation of this draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document is one of the final steps we must take to finish our work on the 2014-2031 District Plan.

“Housing delivery has exceeded our forecasts over the past 18 months, which is excellent news because we can reduce the number of sites we need to allocate for housing in the Site Allocations Development Plan.

“This work is vitally important to ensure Mid Sussex can continue to demonstrate a rolling five-year housing land supply in order to protect the District from additional spectulative developments. The preparation of this Document will take several years and there will be two rounds of public consultation and an Examination in Public before it can be adopted. This is an important first step.”

Council Tax Support consultation goes live

11 September 2019

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) is consulting on proposed changes to its Council Tax Support Scheme.

Pensioners and those who are unable to work, such as people with disabilities and lone parents with children below school age, are exempt from paying Council Tax under the support scheme. However, everyone else of working age is required to make some contribution towards their Council Tax.

The Council Tax Support Scheme offers a discount that helps low income households of working age to pay their Council Tax. There are currently about 3,200 people of working age in Mid Sussex who are eligible for a Council Tax reduction under the MSDC support scheme.

Mid Sussex District Council is now required to make changes which will bring the Council Tax Support Scheme into line with the Government’s Universal Credit benefits.

“Since June 2018, Mid Sussex has been covered by the roll out of Universal Credit and this means changes to the way we calculate support levels for those people who are helped by our scheme,” said Councillor Ruth De Mierre, MSDC Cabinet Member for Customer Services.

“We’re proposing to introduce an income banded scheme for all working age applicants to ensure that weekly variations in income don’t lead to frequent changes in the amount of help claimants receive through the Council Tax Support Scheme.

“We’re hoping this proposal will make the scheme easier to understand, and to administer, alongside Universal Credit. It should also reduce the effect that changes in income can have on the Council Tax that people have to pay.”

The Council Tax Support Scheme consultation will run from Friday 6 September until Friday 1 November and online consultation forms are available at www.midsussex.gov.uk/consultation.  For people without internet access at home, paper copies and computers are available for the public to use at the Council’s offices at Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath.

For more information telephone 01444 477264 or email cts-consultation@midsussex.gov.uk

St Catherine’s Hospice Event – Sussex Landmarks Hike

6 September 2019

Calling all walking enthusiasts and nature lovers! Join St Catherine’s Hospice on Sunday 13 October for a challenging hike through the picturesque Sussex countryside.

Starting at a new venue, the South of England Show at Ardingly, this hike will take you through Sussex fields and past historic landmarks including; the Balcombe Viaduct, Ardingly Reservoir and Wakehurst Place Seedbank, this cross country hike will allow you to enjoy the changing colours of Autumn whilst raising funds for your local hospice.

This event is suitable for everyone – even the dog! Take part in either our family-friendly nature trail (approximately 3 miles), 6 or 9 mile routes, or the full 13 mile hike.

There will be plenty of parking, and hot food and entertainment at the end of your hike. Plus, lots of delicious cake!

Advance registration is £8 for adults (£10 on the day – registration open from 8.30am) and £5 for children. Ready to make your steps count? Gather your walking buddies and register online today!

Further information is available at www.stch.org.uk/slh.

Meridian Rotary Charity Fundraising Dinner

6 September 2019

Worried about your mental health?

6 September 2019

Planning for your loved one’s future care? East Grinstead home offers free advice

6 September 2019

A care home in East Grinstead is inviting the local community to a free event offering support for people considering care for their loved one.

Back by popular demand, on Thursday 12th September, from 2pm-4pm, the Care UK team at Mill View, on Sunnyside Close, will open the home’s doors for its free ‘Planning care for the future’ event.

Independent specialists, Kieron Robertson from Concierge Wealth Management and Fiona Dodd from Mayo Wynne Baxter Solicitors, will be on hand to deliver an informative session to help those caring for a loved one to understand the available options for funding long-term care. They will also offer expert information on legal matters, including wills and power of attorney.

After the event there will be a helpful Q&A session along with the opportunity to meet the friendly care team and take a closer look at the home.

Mill View home manager, Debbie Wheeler, said: “Here at Mill View, we understand that providing advice and guidance can be incredibly helpful for anyone considering the future care of a loved one, which is why we’re thrilled to be hosting this popular event once again.

“We are delighted to have Kieron and Fiona joining us to provide professional guidance in this area, and we hope local people will take the opportunity to benefit from their expertise.”

Mill View has been designed to deliver the very best standards of care and to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, the care home has it very own cinema and hair salon. The home provides full-time residential, nursing and specialist dementia care, as well as short-term respite. Designed to enable residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives,

For more information, or to book your place at this free event, please contact customer relations manager, Amy Batchelor, on 01342 887 940 or email amy.batchelor@careuk.com

For more general information visit careuk.com/mill-view

Dedication of McIndoe Statue

2 September 2019

11.30am Sunday 15th September

A dedication service of the statue will take place on the McIndoe lawn at 11.30, to allow the presence of the public safely at the service and to observe a minutes silence, the road around the lawn will be closed between 11am and 12 noon.

Once the service is over the road will be reopened and the public are asked to ensure that they do not tarry in the roads but move to the pavements so as not to impede traffic recommencing through the town.

Following the service there will be film showings at Chequer Mead marking the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Tickets are available at the box office.

Temporary Road Closure Notice

East Grinstead Safe Places

1 September 2019

Nominate your local stars – deadline approaching

1 September 2019

Do you know someone who helps out with sports clubs, is a green champion, puts on or supports community activities, volunteers or is vital in your community? – please take five minutes to tell us more.

Mid Sussex Applauds aims to highlight the fantastic work of individuals and organisations across the district, recognising our connections and celebrating our community. With eight categories covering a huge range of possible activities we hope to highlight great projects, work and support happening across our area.

Residents and local groups are being urged to think about who they could nominate in the follow areas –

Good Sport Award – a club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex

Lifetime Achievement Award – an individual who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime

Young Achiever Award – against all the odds, someone who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through education, campaigning or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem

Take Pride in Mid Sussex – This award will recognise residents who dedicate their time and energy into keeping Mid Sussex clean and green, take pride in their local area by creating community gardens, painting local spaces, upcycling or encouraging others to recycle.

Business in the Community Award – recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life

Young Volunteer of the year – recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community

Stronger Together – an individual who has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity

Stronger Communities – a community group or organisation that has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity.

Mid Sussex District Council Chairman Councillor Colin Trumble said, “We have had a good response so far and as we are getting very close to the deadline I just want to make sure we are reaching right across the community. I would urge everyone to nominate their local stars by filling in the form online – we have made the process very straightforward and five minutes should be enough to add all the information needed. However, the deadline is approaching and we need the nominations by the end of August, so don’t put it off!”

To nominate visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/applauds

Last chance to respond to 2019 electoral canvass

1 September 2019

Mid Sussex District Council is urging residents that have not already responded to the 2019 electoral canvass to do so as a priority.

By law, every resident in Mid Sussex must register, whether or not they intend to vote at future elections.  So far over 72% of households have responded, a tremendous return, but it’s vital that the other 28% respond now. Final reminders have been sent to the remaining properties and doorstep canvassers are preparing to make personal visits if a response has not been received.

It is a legal requirement that every household either confirms or updates the details for their home and doing so could not be easier, with the option to respond online, over the phone and even by SMS text message. To date 65% of responses have come through digital channels.

Tom Clark, Electoral Registration Officer for Mid Sussex said:

“We want to help the residents of Mid Sussex to have their say, maintain their credit rating and ensure they do not miss out on the opportunity to vote. Registering to vote only takes a few minutes but really is important. Elections can be held at short notice”.

For more information about registering to vote or elections contact the Mid Sussex District Council Electoral Services team by emailing elections@midsussex.gov.uk or calling 01444 477003.

ACE Theatre Company’s production of Bothered and Bewildered

1 September 2019

Rogue landlords prosecuted for providing squalid living conditions

1 September 2019

A couple in East Grinstead have been prosecuted after renting out a property that contained a number of serious hazards and defects.

Mr Hamedur Choudhury and his wife Mrs Roshon Choudhury let out two flats and staff accommodation above the Nizam restaurant at 42-44 High Street, East Grinstead. Environmental Health Officers from Mid Sussex District Council inspected the property in February 2018 and discovered a number of serious issues with the accommodation, including unsafe electrics, a lack of adequate heating, substandard kitchen facilities, unsafe stairs, faulty fire alarms and the majority of windows were either cracked or broken.

Mid Sussex District Council Environmental Health Officers offered to work with Mr and Mrs Choudhury to help bring their attention to the deficiencies of the property and to highlight the repair works needed to bring the accommodation up to the required standard. When the Choudhurys did not carry out any of the repair work voluntarily, they were issued with an Improvement Notice that legally required them to carry out certain improvement works. The majority of these essential repair works were not carried out and the Council took the decision to prosecute the landlords for their negligence.

On 15 August 2019 Mr Hamedur Choudhury and Mrs Roshon Ara Choudhury were found guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court of failing to comply with the terms of an Improvement Notice (s.30(1) Housing Act 2004). Additionally, Mr Choudhury was found guilty of four offences under the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2016. The Magistrates’ Court fined Mr and Mrs Choudhury a total of £55,568, including the Council’s costs.

Mr and Mrs Choudhury have previously been found guilty of similar housing standards offences relating to a separate House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) at Grove House in Copthorne. Horsham Magistrates’ fined them £87,996 for failing to address a number of serious defects within the property that led to damp and mould growth, excess cold, electrical hazards and fire safety issues.

“It’s totally unacceptable for landlords to expect their tenants to live in the squalid conditions our Environmental Health Officers found at 42-44 High Street, East Grinstead,” said Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Community. “The living conditions were not just unpleasant; they actually put the safety of the occupants at risk and that clearly cannot be tolerated because people should be able to live in a safe and decent home.

“All rented accommodation must provide a safe and healthy environment for tenants and their visitors. If these standards are not being met our advice is always to inform the landlord first, to give them the opportunity to fix any problems. However, if a rogue landlord refuses to take their responsibilities seriously then we won’t hesitate to take action against them to ensure that they comply with the law.”

Age UK East Grinstead & District – Look After Yourself

1 September 2019

Wayfinding Railway Station – McIndoe Statue

1 September 2019

East Grinstead Town Council is currently looking for tenders to create an historic trail that tells the story of the town down through the ages.  This trail will point out the various attractions and features as the traveller works their way from the our railway stations towards our historic High Street, and finally to the McIndoe Statue.

The closing date for tenders is the 2nd October 2019, and a full specification can be obtained by emailing j.ansley@eastgrinstead.gov.uk

The whole route of the trail is detailed below:

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