Norman’s Notes

Normans Notes

January 2020

 Open4Business – 26 March 2020

This year Open4Business takes place at the South of England Showground from 3pm until 7pm.

You can:

  • Take an exhibition stand to showcase your business to potential customers
  • Visit for FREE to meet new business contacts
  • Discover ideas and the support available to expand your business in 2020

Why attend?

This event brings the whole business community together, from sole traders to SMEs, consultants to corporates and business associations to Government Departments.

It is designed to support and connect companies; this event will ensure you have the right tools, knowledge and support to get ahead in 2020.

  • Discover business opportunities
  • Attend the free panel session to debate the latest trends
  • Join in a fun speed networking session to supercharge your connections
  • Discover innovative ideas and solutions to stay ahead of the competition
  • Explore the latest solutions that will help you grow your business sustainably
  • Connect with prospects, suppliers and government in the business hub exhibition
  • All in one place at Open4Business 2020

Book exhibition space or free tickets at:

New Animal Welfare Policy

A new Animal Welfare Policy has been approved by Council for implementation from 1 February 2020.

Anyone undertaking any of the following will require a license:

  • Selling animals as pets
  • Providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs (including day care)
  • Hiring of horses
  • Breeding of dogs
  • Keeping or training animals for exhibition

Full details can be found at:


Public Space Protection Order

Apart from the above policy, I took a report to the same meeting asking Council to adopt measures to prohibit the anti-social use of vehicles (known as car cruising) through the implementation of a Public Space Protection Order. This will affect all of Burgess Hill and includes their burial ground, which is located outside the parish boundary.

This piece of work was supported by over 140 complaints and reports of incidents of anti-social driving in Burgess Hill during the period November 2017 to June 2019. Sussex Police assisted MSDC greatly with the provision of this data.

Please note therefore that it is important to report ASB and criminal activity to Sussex Police as it is taken notice of even if Sussex Police appear not to act immediately.


Other activity to support democracy

I took 3 additional items to Council:

The first being the Statutory Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations 2019 which is required to be undertaken at least every 5 years. As we had three major electoral events last year all 63 polling districts within Mid Sussex were well examined prior to the report being put out for public consultation. The final report was agreed at Council as required by electoral law.

The second paper was to seek Council’s agreement to set up a Constitutional Review Group. This comprises a politically balanced group of elected members who review the operation of the Constitution of MSDC and, if necessary, consider any improvements needed in light of changing requirements.

Finally, we have a Standards Committee on which 2 Independent Persons sit for a period of 4 years. The terms of office of the current Independent Persons expire in April so Council had to be asked to approve a recruitment process and that I, as Cabinet Member for Community, the Chairman of the Standards Committee and the Solicitor to the Council would comprise the interview panel.

These are just a few of the legal processes that go on to protect our democratic processes locally.

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