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

August 2018

Flower Bed Vandalised

10 August 2018

The Flower Beds in the High Street have been a focal point for floral attraction and over the past 5 years the marking of historical events and anniversaries.  The beds have been remarked on, won awards and been pleasing to so many residents and visitors.

This year the beds included a tableau of Good King Wenceslas to mark the 200th birth of John Mason Neale, former warden of Sackville College and writer of that christmas carol. While there has been some low level interference with the bed since it went in, sadly overnight on 9th / 10th August  the figurine of the king has had the head stolen and the page has been removed altogether.   This completely ruins the tableau and the Council will now have to decide whether to dismantle this bed, or how to replace these items. The staff who bring the beds together are upset that any resident would find sport in destroying civic displays.

This is criminal damage and as such has been reported to the police, who have been asked to look at the CCTV footage in the High St.   If anyone has any information as to the culprits please report it to the Police on 101.

Lingfield Road – Carriageway Reconstruction

10 August 2018

Statement from WSCC:

We are aware of the poor condition of Lingfield Road and were due to carry out extensive maintenance work in the current financial year.

Investigatory works have shown that the road needs to be fully reconstructed, which will include recycling the existing road structure. We have been advised by our specialist recycling contractor that these works will take three weeks and, because of the heavy plant involved, the road will have to be fully closed. This is for the safety of residents and construction workers alike.

Consequently, because of the close proximity of Imberhorne School and to minimise the disruption that these works will undoubtedly cause, the most appropriate approach will be to carry them out during the school summer holidays. Due to conflicting works being carried out by Southern Gas Networks in the area, we have been unable to find a working window during the current school summer holiday. The scheme will now be scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2019.

Meanwhile, we will continue to monitor the condition of the road surface and carry out any repairs in accordance with the Council’s Safety Plus policy.

Outset Youth Action Press Release August 2018

9 August 2018

We are sad to announce that Outset Youth Action will be closing operations at the end of August 2018. This has not been an easy decision, nor one that has been made lightly.

This is the outcome that the trustees have worked hard to try to avoid. Unfortunately the climate for funding organisations like Outset Youth Action is extremely difficult at present, and does not show any signs of improvement.

This has been made worse by West Sussex County Council’s decision to no longer fund any work carried out by Outset Youth Action.

We would like to take a moment to say a tremendous thank you to all of our volunteers, and our advisors who have worked incredibly hard alongside the rest of our staff team across all of our communities over the past 41 years. We would also like to thank all of our supporting organisations, and we wish them all the best in future in continuing to support the young people of West Sussex.

Town Mayor’s Charity Fundraising 2017-18

8 August 2018

Former Town Mayor for 2017/18 Cllr Julie Mockford has presented her charities from her term in office with cheques for the funds raised.

The three charities, Chequer Mead Arts and Community trust, Melanoma Trust, and Queen Victoria Hospital were each awarded £5,132.

Pictured below are Cllr Mrs Mockford with Chairman of the Chequer Mead Trustees Rex Whittaker.

Temporary change to bin collections due to hot weather

8 August 2018

From Thursday 2 August the Mid Sussex recycling and rubbish collections will start from 6am.

The hot temperatures we’re experiencing this summer mean working conditions are tough for our bin collection crews and this change will give them more time to work in the cooler part of the day.

Please ensure your bins and boxes are placed out ready for collection the evening before, in plenty of time for the early start.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Travelodge opening date announced

8 August 2018

The Town Council are delighted with the announcement of the opening date for the, long awaited Travelodge.  The new King Street site will open on 15 October 2018 and bookings from that date onwards can now be made on the Travelodge website.

Cllr Frazer Visser Chairman of the Town Councils Planning Committee said “We are very pleased to hear that the date has been released and the hotel is now taking bookings.  The site has been a work in progress for so long that rumours were constantly abound that the completion would not happen.  However the date has now been announced and the much needed town centre hotel is poised to open”

The Town Council have given regular updates as information has been known via the Councils planning committee and Cllr Visser is looking forward to confirming this final piece of news at the next meeting on 6 August.

The new Travelodge will be a welcome addition to the town’s accommodation offering and will increase the options for visitors wanting to stay in the town centre.

Lest We Forget

8 August 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):

Edward Noah VENN

CSM. L.9049 7th Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. 12th Division. Regular, formerly with the 2nd Battalion.

Killed in action at the battle of Amiens 9. 8.18 Aged 25. Born St. Mary’s and enlisted in Chichester.

Next of kin West Grinstead. Connection with East Grinstead, unknown.

Included on the Parish Church Memorials of West Grinstead and Partridge Green. Commemorated on The Vis en Artois Memorial MR. 16.

Town Mayor’s Charity Quiz

8 August 2018

Top Ten Tips for Keeping Cool in Hot Weather

8 August 2018

Temporary Road Closure – Old Road

Protecting Garden Equipment and Sheds

8 August 2018

Sussex Police are reminding everyone about summer time crime, stealing from sheds, outhouses etc.  They ask that you follow Sussex Police on Twitter or Facebook as they will be posting more reminders and advice to keep secure.

You can report crime and incidents online at

My Naturewatch at Wakehurst

8 August 2018

We’d like to invite you to a very special workshop happening at Wakehurst this summer.

The My Naturewatch team is running 4 exclusive workshops that will give Wakehurst Visitors the chance to make their very own My Naturewatch Cameras to take home!

This homemade camera has been developed to help you capture wildlife in your garden. Based on the famous Raspberry Pi £10 computer, it takes only about an hour or so to make and is very ‘tech light’ (no soldering!).

The workshops are completely free and we’ll also give you free entry to the gardens for the day.

We welcome anyone over the age of 9 to take part. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your family or a friend – 1 ticket will give entry for up to 3 people. 1 Camera Kit per ticket / group.

Choose from the 12:00 – 14:00 or 15:00 – 17:00 workshop, on either the 2nd or 3rd of August.

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To book, please email with your adult’s name, contact number and email address for correspondence.

Participants Please bring along:

  • A smartphone
  • A 1.5 ltr – 2 ltr empty soft drinks bottle uncrushed (not essential, but it’s good to recycle)
  • An adult, if you’re under 16

Please note that this event is part of a research project, it will be documented under ethical consent that will be explained at the start of the session.

If you’d like any further information, please email:

East Court Live 2018

1 August 2018