From the Chair

EGBA Chair, Grahame Russell, updates us on parking and other town matters …

As you’re aware, we led the effort to petition Mid Sussex District Council to reconsider, in particular, the introduction of evening and Sunday/Bank Holiday charges. We have forced the council into delaying the changes to give time for proper consultation. The three business associations of EGBA, Haywards Heath BA and Burgess Hill Business Parks Association have now met with council officers and the consultants who carried out the analysis and made the recommendations. Watch this space …

In the meantime, we consider to suffer from changes in the High Street and London Road. Sadly, we will be losing Broadleys, after 128 years of trading in the town. We wish the family the very best as they ‘retire’ the business and thank them for their commitment to the town. We are also losing another bank, NatWest, in August on top of the departure of Clarks, Greggs and one or two other retail or hospitality units rumoured to be moving out. There are inevitable changes to town centres accelerated by online shopping, but we all need to shop locally and use the hospitality outlets as much as we can, to support our businesses and maintain the vitality of the town.

Author: Fiona Bewers
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