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Former Burgess Hill library to be demolished

MSDC Press Release — 7th July 2020

A redundant former library building in Burgess Hill is set to be demolished in late summer and early autumn 2020.

Mid Sussex District Council’s Cabinet agreed on Monday 6 June to appoint a specialist contractor to carry out the demolition work. 

The former library was occupied and in continuous use when the attached Martlets Hall building was demolished in 2019. Now the library has moved to a new permanent location, it’s possible to demolish the vacant building, clear the site and make the whole area safe. 

The site on which the former library sits is due to be redeveloped as part of NewRiver REIT’s proposed town centre revitalisation but, as the landowner, the responsibility for demolition rests with Mid Sussex District Council. 

Due to the age of the building, and the asbestos that was found hidden deep within the structure of the adjacent Martlets Hall building, an extensive intrusive asbestos survey will be undertaken before engaging with potential contractors. 

Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke, Deputy Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said: 

“Our plans to demolish the former library have been in place since 2018 but unfortunately the library was still occupied when the Martlets Hall was demolished and wasn’t ready to move to its new home until December 2019. 

“Burgess Hill now has a wonderful new glass fronted library with flexible shelving, a modernised public computer area and a Changing Places toilet that ensures the library is accessible for everyone. It’s a fantastic new facility for the local community and library’s relocation means we can now push on with our plans for the old site. 

“The former library building is redundant and is just taking up space in an important part of Burgess Hill Town centre. By demolishing the old building we will be able to tidy up the whole area, clearing rubble from the site and levelling the ground so that it’s safe for pedestrian access and ready to be used once more.”

MSDC Play Days at Home

MSDC Press Release — 7th July 2020

See details of the play days at home sessions running daily throughout the summer.

MSDC is pleased to announce that the Play Days at Home online Programme is coming together really well and are now encouraging families to visit the webpage – below – and register to receive information and updates.  We will be encouraging children to download the stencil drawing of the Play Days at Home logo to colour in and put in their windows to say they are part of the “Play Days at Home Club” and we are encouraging children to also take photos of their artwork and creations and send in to MSDC.  Each week Tomfoolery will announce a winner who will receive a £10 voucher.

www.midsussex.gov.uk/playdays

The 6 weeks programme  is starting on Monday 20th July for both Under and Over 10’s. 

For the Under 10’s there will be ½ hour programme released every morning Monday to Friday at 11.00 am through a link on the webpage above which will direct to the MSDC YouTube channel.  All programmes will be available to view after they have been released each day – just in case they were missed or needed a catch up on content.  Each day has a theme – below:

Week 20th July

Monday – 20th

Tuesday – 21st

Wednesday – 22nd

Thursday – 23rd

Friday- 24th


Presented by Tomfoolery

Presented by Tomfoolery

Presented by Tomfoolery

Presented by Tomfoolery

Presented by Tomfoolery


Puppet Show

Sports

Outdoor

Circus

Waste Busters



1 x Music Bus Song

1 x Music Bus Song

1 x Music Bus Song

Recycled Art


There is also a programme for the Over 10’s – “Virtual Festival”.  This one hour programme of 3 parts will be released every Monday from 20th July for young people to view in their own time – the theme is repeated for the 6 weeks:

Week 20th July

25 mins

25 mins

10 mins

 

DJ Neel – DJ Workshop/ Karaoke/ Quiz/ Stay at Home Karaoke Party

 

Tom Goulden

Urban Arts – words/ creating effect/ drawing characters

Marina Studios - Street Dance – Tik Tok

Short dance session

There will also be lots of ideas and suggestions of other activities on the MSDC webpage.

Play Days

Coronavirus and Mental Health

Advice — 13th July 2020

https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/coronavirus/mental-health-coronavirus

The above link is to a guide to help increase understanding and awareness of all aspects of dealing with the stress of the lockdown and bereavement. With the current COVID-19

pandemic, many people who live with depression are struggling to stay afloat during self or mandated isolation.

This guide can be one of many stepping stones for those struggling and their loved ones to better understand their situation and lead them to find a supportive and safe environment, especially during the pandemic.

Mid Sussex Applauds – nominate your community champions

MSDC Press Release — 8th July 2020

Following the great success of the first Mid Sussex Applauds Awards last year, nominations are now open for 2020. The Awards aim to highlight the fantastic work of individuals and organisations across the district.

Through each of the eight categories the Awards seek to recognise our connections and celebrate our community. With categories ranging from young achievers to green champions, those who help support active lifestyles and who work to bring communities together, we hope to highlight all our community VIPs.  The categories are -

Good Sport Award – a club or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting activity or sport in Mid Sussex

Young Volunteer of the year - recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community

Stronger Communities – a community group or organisation that has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity

Young Achiever Award - against all the odds, someone who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to other young people through education, campaigning or helping another overcome a difficult situation or personal problem

Take Pride in Mid Sussex - This award will recognise residents who dedicate their time and energy into keeping Mid Sussex clean and green, take pride in their local area by creating community gardens, painting local spaces, upcycling or encouraging others to recycle.

Business in the Community Award – recognising a business which supports or makes a positive contribution to benefit and enhance community life

Lifetime Achievement Award – an individual who has made a substantial commitment to the community in their lifetime

Stronger Together – an individual who has helped to bring together cultures and communities through a local project or community activity

Mid Sussex District Council Chairman Councillor Colin Trumble commented, “2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year for all in the community. I have been extremely impressed at the way organisations and individuals have risen to those challenges giving vital support, especially to those most in need. I have also been impressed by the way businesses have very swiftly adapted to the new environment and continued to give help to their communities. Yet, while the response to recent challenges has been magnificent, I am so pleased that people and organisations have continued to do the charity and support work they always do. Unquestionably, this shows we have a strong community in Mid Sussex of which we should feel proud and for which we should feel grateful.

“I know there will be many individuals, groups and organisations we will want to thank and recognise so please send in your nominations for this year’s Mid Sussex Applauds Awards so we can celebrate their achievements and tell their stories.”

Residents are encouraged to take part in the straightforward nomination process which will be open until 18th September. Just visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/applauds for details of how to nominate.

Sussex Applause Winners Inside

M23 Roadworks

Roadworks — 13th July 2020

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions.

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 7 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 13 to Sunday 19 July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure from J8 to J10 Southbound

Diversion to Brighton via J6 M25, A22, A264 Copthorne Road and join at J10 M23. Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues to J10 M23, A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Full closure of the Reigate to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22, A264 to M23 J10.

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22, A264 diversion to M23 J10.

Full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound (Gatwick Spur)

Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join the M23 at J10.

Monday 13 to Sunday 19 July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Reigate to Hooley Link

Diversion to M25 J6 and follow A22 towards Caterham.

Full closure of the Godstone to Hooley Link

Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion towards Caterham.

Monday 13 July 2020 to Wednesday 15 July 2020 - Full closure Junction 10 to 9 M25 anticlockwise

Connect Plus Services work on behalf of Highways England, and will be carrying out drainage clearance of gullies, linear and catch pits, sign cleaning/maintenance, vegetation clearance from signs, verge and associated hazardous trees, sweeping of detritus and removal of litter and debris from verge and central reservation, repairs to carriageway potholes, replacement of loop detectors, repairs and inspection of safety fence, resurfacing, road marking and stud replacement works, drainage inspections, structures inspections and street lighting inspections, repairs and maintenance.

In order to carry out these works as efficiently and as safely as possible they will be installing a closure on the main carriageway from 9pm and the total closure will be established from 10pm, taking traffic off at junction 10 on the M25 anti clockwise. There will be a fully signed diversion route in place from junction 10 on the M25, travel north on the A3 to the Tolworth junction A240, continue back onto the A3 southbound to the A243 (caution low bridge on the A240), continue southbound on the A243 to junction 9 of the M25, where you will re join the main carriageway.

If you’re interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch, or want to find out more, visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk or send an email to [email protected]

Mid Sussex District Council gives A23 a makeover

MSDC Press Release — 13th July 2020

Mid Sussex District Council has removed 24 tonnes of litter and detritus from the A23 central reservation during a six-night clean-up.

The Council’s street cleansing partner (Serco) worked with Highways England and their contractors (A-One+) to remove rubbish from the length of the A23 central reservation, which runs through Mid Sussex from Pease Pottage to the Brighton border.  This was made possible by taking advantage of planned lane closures for vegetation clearance.

Serco’s street cleansing team worked from 8pm to 4am each night covering a huge six kilometres of road per night.  

Over six nights the team removed a whopping 24 tonnes of litter and detritus from the central reservation. This included a staggering 1,478 black sacks of litter and other materials such as wood, tyres and discarded metal objects.

Councillor John Belsey, Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery said:

“Mid Sussex District Council is pleased to have been able to make the most of this opportunity to remove the litter and waste along the middle of the A23 that spoils the impression of our beautiful district.   This is a very busy road and it is not possible to undertake cleansing works on the live carriageway without lane closures.

“The Council urges motorists who throw litter out of their car windows, or fail to secure their loads, to think about the massive effort and expense that is required to clean up. Even with lane closures in place, the hazards associated with clearing a busy road like the A23 are very high and put workers lives at risk. Everyone has a responsibility to dispose of their litter properly to help to protect the environment.” 

For more information, or to report littering or fly-tipping please visit the waste and recycling section of the Mid Sussex District Council  website at www.midsussex.gov.uk/waste-recycling

New style election canvass gets underway

MSDC Press Release — 8th July 2020

The annual election canvass starts in Mid Sussex on Monday 13 July and a new system will be used across the UK for the very first time.

Each year, everyone in the UK must confirm their electoral registration details are up-to-date by responding to the annual electoral canvass. This information is then used to ensure the electoral register is accurate. 

Under the new system introduced this year, data held on the Electoral Register for each household is matched against the information on the Department of Work and Pensions database to check data is correct before households are contacted. 

Residents who have provided the council with their email address details or mobile telephone number will be contacted by email or SMS on or around Monday 13 July and asked to confirm their details within 7 days. If the council holds no contact details, or a household fails to respond within 7 days, a letter will be issued by post asking them to confirm their details.

Should the information on the electoral register fail to match with the Department of Work and Pension records, the household will receive an electoral registration form in the post at the end of July. 

Tom Clark, Returning Officer for Mid Sussex said:

"Residents will shortly receive either an email or postal form with information about how to confirm their details on the electoral register. 

“I urge everyone to respond by telephone, text message or online because this is by far the quickest and most most convenient way to respond.  By using these digital channels, all information is processed instantly and effectively, there’s no chance of the form being lost in the post and it’s environmentally friendly. It also provides taxpayers with savings when compared with the cost of posting back the form. 

“The annual canvass must be held by law once a year and everyone must respond, even if you have recently registered or have been registered for many years. Make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to vote by responding promptly when contacted.” 

For more information about registering to vote or elections contact the Mid Sussex District Council Electoral Services team by emailing [email protected] or calling 01444 477003.

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN GET SCAMMED ON SOCIAL MEDIA?

WSCC Press Release — 8th July 2020

You're probably familiar with some of the ways in which fraudsters approach and attempt to lure in their victims, such as emails, texts, phone calls, letters and traditional doorstep scams. 

But did you know that social media is also a favourite place for scammers? 

With billions of people using social media every day and the trust many place in the platform and fellow users, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Plus, at the moment, you have a lot on your mind, so it could be easy to drop your guard. 

There are a number of ways that social media is used as a means to commit fraud. Examples include links in posts or DMs which advertise content, free items, special offers or quizzes, but which actually lead to fraudulent websites designed to steal your money, identity, or both. Posts instructing you to call or text a number, which turns out to be premium rate. And fake customer service Twitter accounts with fraudulent support links. 

TOP TIPS TO AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA SCAMS 

GetSafeOnline safety experts have put together some simple tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of social media scams. www.getsafeonline.org

  • Don’t click on links in posts, tweets or direct messages unless you’re 100% certain that they’re genuine and well-intentioned.
  • Don’t respond to posts offering free app downloads, as these may be fraudulent. Download apps only from the authorised app store for your device.
  • Don’t respond to online quizzes or questionnaires, however engaging they seem. The data you provide may be sold to third parties, and developers could obtain sensitive information from your profile, friends and IP address.
  • Fraudsters frequently use social media platforms to advertise fake or non-existent goods. Do all you can to check the authenticity of the seller, and never pay by bank transfer in case it’s a fraud.
  • Don’t click on shortened URLs (website addresses) or QR codes, as they may divert you to a fraudulent website.
  • Think twice before responding to approaches such as friend/contact requests or approaches to take some unusual or irregular action.
  • Learn to recognise fake notifications or warnings of financial problems, or offers that seem too good to be true. These could include investment opportunities, get rich quick schemes, unusual work opportunities or free supermarket vouchers.
  • Check that any communications via Twitter feature the correct handle of the authentic organisation. Even if they appear to have come from an organisation you trust, their account may have been hacked or spoofed.
  • If in doubt, call the correct number of the organisation or individual who the post or tweet claims to be from, to check its authenticity.
  • Ask yourself if a genuine organisation or individual would really contact you in the way they have.
  • Get into good basic habits like using strong, unique passwords for social media accounts, not sharing personal information, making your accounts private, having up-to-date information security software/app and not using public Wi-Fi when what you're doing is confidential.

If you become a victim of a social media scam:

  • Report it to the social media network via the reporting mechanism on the site or app.
  • If you have lost money as a result of social media scams or via any other fraudulent activity, report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Please note that due to Government advice and guidance the Parish Council office will now be closed to all visitors.  Staff will be working from home and available via email:


Sam Heynes (Clerk) [email protected]

Caroline Hansen (Assistant Clerk) [email protected]


Jane Forester (Booking Enquiries) [email protected]


Paul Stevens (Operations Officer) [email protected]


We will arrange to make a call back for any urgent enquiries, but please note the office phones may not be manned.

Please take care and stay safe. 

We look forward to resuming normal service as soon as we can.

23rd March 2020

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