Norman’s Notes

Normans Notes

August 2019

Norman’s Notes

MSDC Cabinet Visit

Cllr John Belsey and I were very pleased to welcome Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet colleagues to East Grinstead during the month. The town centre was looking superb, especially the High Street and the flower baskets throughout the town.

We visited a number of sites, including some mentioned in East Grinstead’s Neighbourhood Plan, such as Railway Approach which houses an interesting mix of retail, residential and the railway station entrance to the town.

Included in the itinerary was the A22/A264 junction and Imberhorne Lane. Traffic volumes did not disappoint and the need for improvement was obvious. Cllr Ash-Edwards, Leader of MSDC, pointed out in a recent East Grinstead Courier article that WSCC has a difficult job due to two busy roads feeding into the town. He pointed out that normally significant infrastructure upgrades can only be funded alongside larger housing developments; such is the case in Burgess Hill.

MSDC will shortly be consulting on new planning policies, at the request of WSCC (as highways authority), to safeguard land for any future improvements to the junctions at Felbridge and Imberhorne Lane. Consultation is expected to begin in October.


STEM 2019 Launch

We’re delighted that both our high schools are taking part in the STEM challenge this year. The competition will be launched early in October.

This is a great opportunity to sponsor a competition for local young people who are interested in a career in science, technology, engineering or maths. If any engineering or scientific firms would like to become involved in mentoring the students, that would be excellent.  It would involve going into the school on a regular basis to help guide the students with their project.

For further information please contact Cllr Ruth de Mierre by telephone at 01444 453 399 or by emailing


Brilliant Support for Mid Sussex Applauds

It’s great to see that there have been a superb number of nominations for Business in the Community Awards for the 2019. This category is being sponsored by East Grinstead based Caravan and Motorhome Club.

There are a number of other categories such as Young Achiever, Young Volunteer of the Year and Take Pride in Mid Sussex. Nominations close on Friday 31 August, so please be quick if you would like to nominate a person, business or group.



Wellbeing Team

Just a quick post-holiday season reminder of the back to exercise, weight loss and healthy lifestyle programmes for those of us who may have been over enthusiastic in our holiday enjoyment.

To find out more about our 12 week workshop to encourage and support you in making changes to a healthier way of eating and increase your activity levels ring 01444 477 191 or email

The next course runs at EG Library from 17 Sept – 3 Dec on Tuesdays, 12.30 to 1.30pm.  Booking is essential.


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