Councillor Rex Whittaker brings us up to date with what’s been going on, and confirms some important town events for your diary …

Mid Sussex District Council Budget
The MSDC corporate plan and budget was approved at a full council meeting held on 28 February. Full details can be found on the District Council website. This included the highly contentious car parking charges review.

MSDC Grants Awarded
Recent awards of planning gain Section 106 contributions have been:

– £ 164 K for a Copthorne recreation ground multi use sports pitch
– £ 115 K for the refurbishment of Copthorne scout hall
– £ 67 K to Haywards Heath rugby club for contribution to a new pavilion.
– £ 38 K in thirteen separate grant awards for various community projects.

Gatwick Expansion Examination
The first week of formal hearings for the above took place between 28 February and 6 March. Full details of the detailed agenda and participant summary can be accessed via this link. This process will continue over the coming months – with a decision expected from the Government in late 2024.

East Grinstead Event Diary
– Sunday 21 April – Vintage Bus Day
– Sunday 28 April – East Grinstead Rugby Club Sunshine Sevens charity tournament
– Saturday 4 May – Mid Sussex Marathon at EG rugby club
– Monday 6 May – EG Lions Annual May Fair
– Sunday 12 May – EG Triathlon at Kings Centre
– Sunday 2 June – East Court Live free music event
– Thursday 6 June – D Day 80th Anniversary event
– Saturday 29 June – Armed Forces Day at East Court
– Sunday 7 July – East Court Live free music event
– Sunday 4 August – East Court Live free music event
– Sunday 1 September – Vintage Car Show in High Street
– Sunday 15 September – EG 10 K charity run
– Saturday 19 October – EG Community Bonfire parade & fireworks
– Sunday 10 November – Remembrance Day Service & parade
– Saturday 23 November – Big Reveal & Christmas lights turn on

Rex Whittaker
12 March 2024



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