Norman’s Notes – September 2017

Normans Notes

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

Major gas works: London Road

SGN and their contractors will be embarking on a project to replace old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure continuity of supply in future years. Reassuringly this new pipe has a lifespan of more than 80 years.

To minimise the impact of this essential work, they have consulted and planned the work in partnership with West Sussex County Council. Contractors will be working in London Road in two phases, starting on Monday 9 October.

They will suspend work from Friday 17 November to Monday 8 January – to avoid disrupting the town during the Christmas period.

Phase 1, of 5 weeks duration, will be in London Road from Station Road to St James’ Road. For safety reasons, they need to reduce London Road to 1 lane around in this section of the road.

During the 7 week long Phase 2 from Monday 8 January they will need to temporarily close London Road at its junction with Railway Approach (The Railway Tavern). Signed diversions will be in place.

SGN do have a compensation scheme in place for local businesses which suffer a genuine loss of trade because of this work. Packs are available from via the Publications section.

Weekday work will be from 7am to 5pm with Saturday work being reduced to 8am to 4pm for the sake of nearby residents.

Crime reporting

The new local policing model will be fully operational from 1 October. I want to stress the importance of continuing to report crime as stats are now used to inform decisions about future policing priorities.

To contact the police urgently 999 but for routine reports call 101 or online at to receive a response within 24 hours.

If you wish to contact the local policing team for community concerns then call 01273 404 937 and you will receive a response within 72 hours.

The East Grinstead Public Contact Point and Policing Base is open to the public at Chequer Mead from Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm to personally report concerns.

If you have deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired staff, they can contact the police using Type Talk on 18000 or by sending a text to 65999 (but they must be aware that due to the nature of texting the police may not receive their message immediately).

How to Report possible terrorist activity

If you see or hear something that could suggest a terrorist threat to the UK, even if it seems minor or not worth mentioning, your information could save a life.

Report it to 0800 789 321 or go to the confidential online to service at

Imberhorne by-election

Two by-elections will be held on Thursday 26 October 2017 in East Grinstead following the death of Cllr Bob Mainstone, who sadly passed away at the end of last month.

Both by-elections, which will be held on Thursday 26 October 2017, will concern registered votors in the East Grinstead Imberhorne electoral area.

East Grinstead Park Run

I am very pleased to say that there is now a regular weekly Park Run at East Court every Saturday at 9am. To take part or volunteer visit

Volunteering online

Volunteering and promoting volunteer opportunities are easier than ever now thanks to HAMSVA’s new online links.

Their website now includes a link to its database of personal and corporate volunteering opportunities registered by local not-for-profit groups. It means volunteers can now register and search for opportunities themselves based on their locality, interests and skills. Find out more at




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