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

January 2020

Bad Weather

17 January 2020

Should there be icy conditions the County Council will Grit the A and B roads as usual, there are 68 grit bins around the town that can be used on residential roads and pavements (not private drives). You need only use a very small amount to be effective. The Town Council cannot respond immediately but if there is a prolonged spell, while stocks last, we will try to refill the grit bins.

Please check on neighbours who may need a little help if they can’t get out and about.

Level 2 Cold Weather Alert

17 January 2020

The Met Office has issued a Level 2 Cold Weather Alert.

There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 1800 on Sunday 19 Jan and 1800 on Tuesday 21 Jan in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

View the full warning at the Met Office Cold Weather Alert site.

Cold weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period please help make sure that they stay warm and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

  • Stay tuned in to weather forecasts
  • Check room temperatures and maintain it at 18C or warmer
  • Keep warm and active and if you have to go out dress warmly and wear non slip shoes.
  • If you are concerned about your own health or welfare or that of others please alert the emergency services.

For more information

Brighton and Hove Jobs Fair

17 January 2020

Age UK East Grinstead & District – ‘Daybreaks’ Respite Service

15 January 2020

Safety improvement work starts soon in busy East Grinstead road

15 January 2020

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Work starts soon to provide safe crossing points for pedestrians in a busy East Grinstead road.

The work aims to slow traffic in Imberhorne Lane and will comprise building two width-reduction islands between Bluebell Close and Heathcote Drive. One of the islands will help pedestrians cross the road more safely. Both of the islands will have a cycle ‘bypass’ to help cyclists pass through the islands in greater safety. There will also be signing and road markings to highlight the speed-reducing features.

Residents, the local county councillor and the town council had identified this area as needing improvement. Local consultation and formal advertisement has also been carried out.

The work is scheduled to start on 20 January and should take about four weeks, subject to factors such as severe weather. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation for the majority of the works.

A West Sussex Highways spokesperson said: “We are pleased to be responding to community concerns about vehicle speeds, with a scheme to improve safety, and we apologise for short-term disruption during the works. We will do all we can to try to limit this as much as possible by controlling the temporary traffic lights during peak periods.”

The project is being funded from developer contributions and will cost about £65,000.

Free Information Sessions – Age UK East Grinstead

13 January 2020

My Home in Winter – Tuesday 28 January 10.30am – 12 noon

If you overspent at Christmas come along to our information session on heating and energy efficiency. We are also offering benefit checks (subject to availability).

Just Breathe – Tuesday 18 February 10.30am – 12 noon

This is an introduction to breathing and relaxation, led by Jann Palmer, a trained Yoga teacher from the Mid-Sussex Wellbeing Team. The previous relaxation session was gratefully received by our service users and gave them some useful reminders on how to relax.

Save time and stay safe online

8 January 2020

Over the winter period we can receive many phone calls from residents to our contact centre and answers to many of these questions can often be found on our website.  

Using our website you can report problems with roadsapply for a child’s school placefind information about a local libraryaccess registration services and much more.

If you’re nervous about going online, our Community Safety and Wellbeing service have put together some expert, easy-to-follow safety tips to help protect you from falling victim to seasonal scams. Better yet, these tips can be used 365 days a year.

Keep healthy and well throughout winter

8 January 2020

Looking after our health and keeping well is even more important during the cold winter months. We also know that older residents can feel more socially isolated during winter and we are encouraging more people to join a group or club to build their social circle. You’ll find lots of information and contact details for organisations across West Sussex on our Age Well campaign pages.

Other ideas include ordering our Meals on Wheels service which delivers hot and nutritious food to vulnerable residents in their own homes 365 days a year. More than just a meal though, it provides the peace of mind that comes from regular safe and well checks by the dedicated team of delivery drivers who also offer a friendly face and regular company to their customers.

It’s also important to make sure you or your family have had the flu jab. It’s free for everyone who has a long-term condition, are over 65 or have young children.

Get ready to recycle

8 January 2020

Over the winter months we recycle around 10,000 tonnes of paper and card, at our Household Waste Recycling Sites and via your home recycling collections.

Staff at our Materials Recycling Facility will be working extra shifts to process your recyclable wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, and Christmas cards.

You can help us by making sure your recycling is clean, dry, and loose. Please don’t leave any recyclable materials outside of the bin as if it gets wet it won’t be able to get recycled. If you’re unsure whether you can recycle your wrapping paper do the scrunch test. If the paper stays scrunched then it’s okay to go in the recycling.

Don’t forget extra recycling that you can’t fit into your recycling bin can be taken to your Household Waste Recycling Site. Remember to take some ID to prove you live in West Sussex.

A full A-Z of what can and can’t be recycled can be found on the West Sussex recycles website.

Councillor’s Long Service Recognised

7 January 2020

East Grinstead Town Councillor Frank Osborne was surprised with a plaque to recognise his long service which started back in November 1969, when he was first elected to the Urban  District Council. Frank then served on both the new Mid Sussex District and Town Council following local government reorganisation in 1974 serving until the late 1990s. He returned to the Council in 2011 representing the residents of Imberhorne.

Council Officers had discovered the original declaration of office signed by Cllr Osborne, a copy of this was mounted along with a copy of his most recent declaration in May 2019 to mark his remarkable length of service, and this was presented by the Town Mayor Cllr Danny Favor at the Council Meeting on 7th January 2020.

Cllr Osborne Quipped that this was a great surprise and he was pleased he had dressed up for the meeting.  He went on the say that he had seen many changes, challenges and fights over the years, had worked with many Councillors and he was proud to be a member of the current Council.

East Grinstead Town Council presents Youth Sports Grants

7 January 2020

Awarded at the Finance and General Purposes Committee on 12th December, each Club received £500 towards their projects: The Football Clubs and Imberhorne School are all developing girls football teams, the Rugby Club and Cricket Club developing their coaches through qualifications and the Hockey Club installing safety dividers to allow more practice opportunities.  The Cheques were presented by Mayor Cllr Danny Favor at the start of the Council Meeting.

Hockey Club (EG Sports Club) Roger Hanspal and Adam Halpin

Imberhorne School – Steve Hill

EG Cricket Club – Geoff Border

EG Rugby Football Club – Peter Reed

EG Football Club – Richard Tramontin

EG Meads FC – Steve Phillips

Publication of Soft Sand Review of the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan

6 January 2020

In partnership, West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority have prepared a Proposed Submission Draft Soft Sand Review of the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan, as required by Policy M2 of the adopted Plan.

The Soft Sand Review is being published prior to its submission to the Secretary of State to allow representations to be made on its ‘soundness’ and legal and procedural compliance. Representations can be made up until 11.59pm on Monday 2 March 2020.

Attached is a covering letter providing further information, as well as our Statement of Representations Procedure.

Real Christmas tree recycling points now open

6 January 2020

Mid Sussex District Council has set up Christmas tree recycling points at convenient locations across the district to help residents dispose of their real Chistmas trees when the festive fun is over.

The Council has arranged for 24 temporary Christmas tree drop-off points in towns and villages across the district, so there will be a place nearby where residents can recycle their real Christmas tree. All people have to do is take along their tree to the most convenient local site, place it in the marked area and it will be taken away to be recycled locally.

Residents with a green garden waste wheelie bin can put their tree directly into it, as long as the lid can still close firmly. Alternatively, people can take their real tree along to one of the Household Waste Recycling Sites at Fairbridge Way in Burgess Hill or Imberhorne Lane in East Grinstead.

Sites will be open between 28 December 2019 and 10 January 2020 at the following locations.

Town / village Location Street / Road
Ardingly Ardingly Recreation Ground High Street
Ashurst Wood John Pears Field Wall Hill Road
Albourne  Village Hall Car Park The Street
Bolney Recreation Ground Car Park The Street
Bolnore Woodside Pavilion Car Park Woodside Pavilion
Burgess Hill Cyprus Road Car Park Cyprus Road
Burgess Hill Football Club Maple Drive
Copthorne Humphreys Field Borers Arms Road
Crawley Down Haven Sports Field Hophurst Lane
Cuckfield Whitemans Green Recreation Ground Whitemans Green
East Grinstead Imberhorne Lane Car Park Imberhorne Lane
East Grinstead Chequer Mead Car Park De La Warr Road
Handcross Recreation Ground Car Park High Street
Hassocks Dale Avenue Car Park Dale Avenue
Haywards Heath Beechurst Car Park Butlers Green Road
Haywards Heath Heath Road Car Park Heath Road
Horsted Keynes Recreation Ground Car Park Lewes Road
Hurstpierpoint Trinity Road Car Park Trinity Road
Lindfield Lindfield Common West Common
Poynings Rushfield Plant Centre Henfield Road
Sayers Common Berrylands Field Recreation Ground Berrylands Farm
Scaynes Hill Scaynes Hill Common Car Park Church Road
Turners Hill Recreation Ground Car Park East Street
West Hoathly Finches Field Car Park Church Hill