Norman’s Notes – February 2018

Normans Notes

Norman Webster, Town and District Councillor for Mid Sussex and Cabinet Member for Community updates us this month.

MP and Cllr surgeries and contacts

Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames, holds surgeries at East Court on occasional Friday afternoons. To book an appointment with Sir Nicholas, please contact his office in advance 01444 452 590. These surgeries are not drop in.

Town Councillor Surgeries are held in East Grinstead Library on the first Saturday of each month.  Councillors will be available between 10am -12pm to assist with queries.

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Business Awards

Business awards can raise a company’s profile, celebrate work and effort, and provide a networking opportunity. There are many business award schemes presented by a variety of organisations.

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MSDC Bronze Award for Deference Forces Employer Recognition

Mid Sussex District Council has been awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Bronze Award from the Ministry of Defence for the support it is showing to the armed forces community.

MSDC has pledged that nobody will be disadvantaged when accessing council services as a result of serving in the Armed Forces.

The Defence ERS encourages employers to support defence personnel and inspire others to do the same. The scheme includes bronze, silver and gold awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community.

Veterans can find making the transition to civilian life extremely challenging, particularly in finding and securing lasting employment. MSDC has introduced a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for veterans to help them fulfil their potential outside of the Armed Forces. The scheme helps veterans to overcome the barriers to finding civilian employment and the Council benefits from the transferable skills and qualities the veterans have to offer.

Could your business benefit by employing ex-service personnel too?

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MSDC secured £6.5 million for infrastructure

Mid Sussex District Council successfully secured £6.5 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to support delivery of new homes in Burgess Hill.

The funding will enable works to be carried out at the waste water treatment works at Goddards Green near Burgess Hill. This will assist in the delivery of 256 new homes.

The Housing Infrastructure Fund is a government capital grant programme for new physical infrastructure which will unlock local housing projects. It’s a highly competitive process with local authorities bidding against each other to secure funding for local communities. The fund was significantly oversubscribed with bids of over £2 billion for a pot worth £866 million.

Burgess Hill will undergo a significant period of growth over the next 15 years, with the creation of around 5000 new homes, new schools, two new business parks and a new town centre. Significant investment in infrastructure from the private and public sectors is required to carefully integrate new developments within the town.

The £6.5 million grant from the Housing Infrastructure Fund is the latest in a string of successful bids to support the strategic growth of Burgess Hill. MSDC and WSCC have already secured £32 million from the Local Growth Fund to dual the A2300, and for transport and other infrastructure improvements in the town. These schemes will be delivered by the County Council.

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