Our manifesto for Burgess Hill

We want to stand up for local people on planning issues

We want to ensure that the planning of homes meets the needs of the community, not the interests of developers. We want to increase the proportion of affordable and social housing, and push for developers to pay more to improve our overburdened infrastructure. We want to protect the green countryside between Burgess Hill,  Haywards Heath and Hassocks.

We will work to improve our environment

We will adopt policies to reduce fly tipping and reduce and recycle food waste so that less goes into landfill.  We want to promote community transport schemes to reduce traffic congestion and improve cycling infrastructure. We will make the environment central to planning decisions and new developments. We want to see zero carbon housing, and for developers to include simple measures to improve biodiversity, such as hedgehog holes, swift boxes and wildlife planting areas.  We will promote the Green Circle Network and protect Bedelands Nature Reserve.

Rebuild the local community and economy

We will continue the work to replace the Martlets Hall and resist measures to downgrade the town’s library and other public facilities.  We want to breathe new life into the Burgess Hill Town Centre Partnership and consult on measures to improve trading in the town, such as a Town £ or Town Discount Card.

Improve decision making

We will break the single-party domination of Mid Sussex and on Burgess Hill Town Council. Whatever your political views, this is bad for local democracy. We will scrutinise the Council in the interests of local people and make our decisions based on what is best for our community.   

How We’ll Work We will keep listening to you so we can represent your views.  We will be accessible so that you can talk to us about the issues that concern you and we can represent you better. We’ll deliver regular newsletters and use social media to keep you updated on how we are working for you. We will consult with you more on issues that affect the town and be more open and accountable.

 We will hold surgeries to help deal with your concerns and promote community involvement in the work of the town council by encouraging the active participation of local residents. 

We will work with others when it is in the interests of the local community. We will not simply oppose for the sake of opposing, but make case-by-case judgements to deliver the best outcomes for our town.    ent 4

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