Norman’s Notes

Normans Notes

November 2019

Norman’s Notes

East Grinstead’s Big Reveal

More and more local businesses seem to join this initiative each year. Please do support local traders this Christmas.

It is a sad fact that the UK has the largest online retail market of any country in Europe; but if you’re looking for something special, unique or just want a little something local then East Grinstead’s shops will have it and if they don’t, many will offer to get it in for you.

Chequer Mead Theatre

Along with great performances of this year’s pantomime Cinderella, running from 14 December, there’s a lively run of shows to add some sparkle to Christmas. … and they’re right on our doorstep.

Details here:

Make this a green Christmas

Ever mindful of the commentators curse I’m hesitant to say, with weather as it is, that we are unlikely to have a white Christmas.

We can all do something to make our Christmas a little kinder to the environment, whether it’s foregoing a Christmas tree, planting a tree, making a conscious decision not to buy plastic, or at least limiting unnecessary plastic packaging; if each of us made just one change our collective impact would be significant.

Find out about domestic waste and recycling collection changes over the two weeks around Christmas and New Year here:

All-day town centre parking for £1.20 in run up to Christmas

The Council is supporting shoppers and traders with discounted parking on Saturdays in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath. The £1.20 parking offer is available in long stay car parks owned by MSDC.

The parking discounts will apply at the following locations:

The Vicarage car park – East Grinstead

Norton House car park – East Grinstead

The £1.20 all day charge applies on 7, 14, 21 and 28 December 2019.

For more information about parking across Mid Sussex visit:

EV Charging Points

Earlier this year Mid Sussex Cabinet agreed the installation of 26 Electric Vehicle Charge Points.

Whilst the provision of such facilities is not a statutory responsibility for local councils it was felt that we ought to be supporting any initiative to reduce carbon emissions. There are government grants available for installation of home charge points too.

MSDC is currently undertaking procurement of these 26 EV charge points at 13 locations across Mid Sussex. These sites are in addition to those already in existence or awaiting enhancement to the electricity network and some will be in rural locations.

East Grinstead Conservation Area

You might recall me writing about the East Grinstead Conservation Area Planning Policy being reviewed recently. Perhaps you even attended a consultation in the library or contributed online?

Here is the revised and expanded map of our conservation area:

Sussex Health and Care Plan

This is a document formulated by the Sussex Health and Care Partnership which is made up of 21 partner organisations who are working together to meet the changing needs of those who live in the areas of East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. They want to provide better health, better care and ensure the most efficient use of resources.

Partners include local authorities such as West Sussex County Council, health and care providers and clinical commissioning groups who are currently reforming to create 3 CCGs for East and West Sussex with Brighton and Hove being the 3rd.

The Plans are being produced in response to the NHS Long Term Plan. The Partnership is not a statutory body or organisation.

Read the Draft West Sussex Plan here:

Author: fiona bewers
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