Norman’s Notes – November 2018

Normans Notes

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

Christmas is just around the corner!

Doesn’t East Grinstead look lovely this year? It seems the street decorations have extra sparkle and some of our shopkeepers have really gone to town on their window displays.

Catch that Christmas feeling by taking in a show at Chequer Mead. There’s a host of fabulous festive entertainment right on our doorstep. Peter Pan and his mates take to the stage from 15 December:

Don’t forget that MSDC is again offering all day reduced parking on 1, 8, 15 and 22 December; just £1 in The Vicarage and Norton House car parks and certain car parks in Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath:

Your domestic waste and recycling collection days may change over the Christmas period. Here’s a link to check when yours will be collected in Mid Sussex:

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday falls on 1 December this year.

The Small Business Saturday organisation invites small businesses to get involved. So, whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler, business service or small manufacturer, Small Business Saturday wants to hear from you!

It’s not too late to get involved, click here:

MSDC Shop Front Grant Scheme

If you are a small independent retailer in East Grinstead you may qualify for a match funded grant to do up your shop front in the new year.

To find out more and to ascertain whether your ideas will require planning permission contact Kim Christmas, Economic Development Officer at MSDC on 01444 477 249 or email

New Animal Welfare Legislation

If your business involves looking after animals, or if you want to board your pet over the Christmas holidays, you need to know that new legislation on animal welfare came into effect from October 2018.

It provides for a new single licensing regime replacing the previously required licenses.

A licence is required to:

  • Sell animals
  • Provide or arrange for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs (including day care)
  • Hire out horses
  • Breed dogs
  • Keep or train dogs for exhibition
  • If your pet goes for sleepovers at dog or cat care you should check that the provider has a licence

Further information is available here:

Having some time off?

Looking for some ideas of things to do close to home?

You need look no further than Experience Mid Sussex for a comprehensive list of places to stay, things to do and pubs and restaurants to meet friends and family …. It may even give you some gift ideas for that special someone in your life:

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