ALL seven of the town’s Mid Sussex car parks have retained the prestigious Police Park Mark award for safety and security following an inspection by the British Parking Association on behalf of Sussex Police. The car parks have been recognised as examples of excellent parking design and will display the Park Mark sign of quality for the next 12 months.
Park Mark car parks have clear directional signage and use traffic flow techniques like one-way circulation so drivers are not confused about which way to go. Pedestrian access and exit points are clearly indicated and painted paths highlight the safest places to walk.
Park Mark car parks have lower levels of crime and reduce the fear of crime because they have measures in place to deter offenders, such as perimeter fencing, surveillance and bright lighting. They are also clean and well-kept to reassure drivers they are in a safer environment. Litter and graffiti are quickly removed, thus deterring further graffiti and criminal damage.
“It’s important that local people and visitors to the area feel safe and secure when they are parking in Mid Sussex,” said Sue Rees, Parking Services Manager for Mid Sussex District Council. “We want to ensure all our car parks create a welcoming environment for motorists and it’s great to see so many of them obtain Park Mark awards.”
The ‘Park Mark’ is part of the UK Police flagship initiative ‘Secured by Design’ that promotes crime reduction through effective design and security standards in public buildings, roadways, footpaths and car parks as well as private houses.
East Grinstead’s seven car parks are: Queensway, Kings Street, Christopher Road, Vicarage, Chequer Mead,Railway Approach and Norton House.
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WEST Sussex County Council has confirmed the appointment of a new Chief Executive. In a statement issued today, WSCC chairman Pat Arculus, said: “We can confirm that, subject to the normal checks, Nathan Elvery has been offered the role of Chief Executive at West Sussex County Council.
“Mr Elvery is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the London Borough of Croydon. It is anticipated his appointment will be confirmed at the Full Council meeting on April 15.”
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TRADING Standards officer have warned that potential ‘rogue traders’ are at work across the county.
One report from East Grinstead last week involved a man who tried to complete roofing work on a property, a ploy reported elsewhere in West Sussex along with offers to power clean roofs and driveways
A spokesman for WSCC said “We advise residents always to refuse to deal with cold callers offering home improvement services.”
Why should you say ‘NO’ to doorstep callers offering to do work at your property?
They may pressurise or intimidate you to let them do unnecessary work
They may do a poor job
They may charge you far more than quoted or far more than the job is worth
You may not get what you paid for
They may provide false names, addresses and telephone numbers
To avoid the risk of being exploited, always seek recommendations from friends, neighbours or family members before deciding who to employ to carry out work on your property or garden, and always obtain more than one quotation.
Consider using a Trading Standards approved ‘Buy With Confidence’ (BWC) trader. You can collect a BWC directory from your local library or call 01243 642124 or visit the website.
You can also obtain advice in relation to doorstep trader issues from the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
Doorstep trader issues can also be reported direct to Trading Standards, who can supply a ‘No Cold Calling’ Door Sticker to place on your front door or window.
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MANY young people across Mid Sussex give up their time and effort to make the District a better place to live, and the Mid Sussex Young Volunteer of the Year Awards exist to give these outstanding young volunteers the recognition their efforts deserve.
This year there are two categories:
1. Young Community Volunteer – recognising those young people who have made a difference in their local community.
2. Young Achiever – against all the odds, someone who has overcome significant obstacles and made a positive difference to their own lives or to others’.
So, if you know a young person aged from 11 to 18 years old who is devoted to helping others, why not nominate them for an award?
The deadline for nominations is Friday 20 May, and awards will be presented at Borde Hill Gardens on 6 June when all shortlisted young people will be invited to the Awards Ceremony.
For further information and to obtain a nomination form go to www.midsussex.gov.uk/youthawards
Photo top: previous winners and shortlisted young people recognised by the Mid Sussex awards
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WEST Sussex County Councillors backed Child Sexual Exploitation Day by posing with pledges to support the campaign against it. Sussex Police have been working throughout 2016 to raise awareness of the issue among parents, teachers and other professionals, to alert the public to the signs and to let them know what to do it if they suspect a child is a victim.
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MID Sussex District Council Chairman, Councillor Peter Reed, welcomed some local community champions to a special coffee morning yesterday.
In the Queen’s New Year Honours List earlier this year, six Mid Sussex residents were recognised for everything they have done to improve the lives of others, both at home and abroad.
The Chairman invited them to join him and Vice Chairman Councillor Bruce Forbes for morning coffee, so that he could show his appreciation for the significant contributions they have made to the Mid Sussex community.
The Mid Sussex residents recognised in the New Year Honours list were:
• Stephen Leonard Gooding, former Director-General, Roads, Traffic & Local Group at the Department of Transport, who was awarded a CB (Companion of the Order of the Bath) for public service to Transport.
• Dr Caroline Harper, Chief Executive Officer at the charity Sightsavers, who was awarded a CBE for services to visually impaired people abroad.
• Charles Denyer MVO, Deputy Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, Crown Office, at the Ministry of Justice was awarded an OBE for services to Constitutional & Ceremonial Administration.
• Dr Ian Viney, Director of Strategic Evaluation & Impact at the Medical Research Council, who was awarded an MBE for services to research funding and evaluation.
• Rosemary Ann Burns, former Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council who was awarded a BEM for services to Local Government and the community in Sussex.
• Kenneth Monk, who was awarded a BEM for services to the community in Ardingly.
“It is an honour for me to welcome these guests to Mid Sussex District Council in recognition, not just of their achievements, but of the fine example they set for others,” said Councillor Peter Reed, Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council.
“They are all community leaders and have, through their good deeds and sincere efforts, helped to make Mid Sussex the wonderful place it is today. On behalf of everyone at the Council and across the District I would like to thank them warmly for everything they have done for our area, the UK and those in need overseas.”
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BROOKLANDS Way will be closed tonight, and for the next four nights, for road resurfacing between 8pm and 6am.
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WORK was due to start today on the modification of College Lane Bridge where the parapet is to be raised to deter would-be suicides.
However delays with the manufacture and supply of specialist materials means West Sussex County Council contractors will be unable to start the work until a date yet to be announced.
Photo Roy Henderson
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TANDRIDGE Lane, an alternative route into Lingfield and East Grinstead used as a bypass to the A22, is due to be closed off for eight weeks from 21 March while Surrey Highways installs a new culvert under the road by Rose Cottages, just south of the railway bridge traffic lights (junction of Crowhurst Lane end).
In addition to the road being closed to vehicles it is expected that it will also be closed to horses and cyclists. However, the cyclists may be able to push their bikes along the footpath that will be provided for pedestrians.
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A Planning Application (DM/16/0612) has been made for a Change of Use of the retail unit at 188 London Road to a tattoo parlour. The premises, opposite Moat Road, are currently used for the sale of nursery equipment by Nursery Gear.
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THE area of pavement outside Broadleys, which was dug up last year for repairs to the High Street water mains, is to be restored.
Work on the site went on for several weeks and when the large hole was finally filled in, several of the paving slabs were replaced with metal covers and there were gaps left which spoiled the look of the historic High Street.
The Town Council has been in repeated discussions about restoration with West Sussex Highways, the body responsible for the paved area, since last year, but a natural stone replacement has now been sourced and plans are in place to reinstate the area.
Town Clerk Julie Holden said: “Although this has taken longer than we wished, the end result means that the heart of our historic High Street will be picture perfect once again.
“The new stone will need time to weather in to match the existing pavings, so it may not look a perfect match to start with.”
Below: the area which will be restored with matching stone, pictures courtesy of the Town Council
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EAST Grinstead Town Council has voted to support the plans to demolish the existing Martells site and redevelop it with shops, cafes and up to 120 flats.
However they are asking that building work on the Queen’s Walk site should only go on between 9am and 5pm due to the residential setting, that no further plans for additional floors/ height to be submitted, and that the proposed 103 car park spaces be restricted to use by the residents only.
Town clerk Julie Holden said: “The planning committee was pleased to see the plans and hope that if approved this may generate yet more plans for regeneration to the remaining areas in this part of the town under different land ownership.”
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EAST Grinstead planning committee will consider plans for the demolition of Martells and the redevelopment of the site for flats and ground level shops at tonight’s meeting.
The Martell family’s ambitious scheme (DM/15/5067/FUL) seeks permission to demolish all the existing buildings on site, which includes their department store and associated buildings in Normans Gardens and Queens Road, and to redevelop the area with up to 120 new homes, new shops, leisure uses, restaurants and cafes.
The proposed residential properties will be a mix of one and two bedroomed homes. Each new home will have its own amenity space in the form of a balcony or terrace and some of the units will have car parking spaces.
All units will have cycle spaces and there will be shared refuse storage areas.
The commercial uses will be serviced from Queen’s Road. Refuse and delivery vehicles will be able to enter the site to collect waste and make deliveries and there will be a separate, dedicated refuse area for the commercial units.
Queens Walk will be retained and upgraded to provide a new, high-quality pedestrian thoroughfare, and the existing canopy will be removed to allow light into the area and increase the sense of openness.
A six-storey new building is proposed on the eastern part of the site (closest to the London Road entrance).
But moving westwards along Queens Walk the proposed building would reduce in height to five storeys to respond to neighbouring buildings. The new homes and commercial units will overlook Queens Walk to ensure activity and surveillance along the public walkway.
It is proposed to complete the development with a four storey building, which will front on to the car park and Queen’s Road. This building will be of a scale similar to the neighbouring buildings and will be set back from Queen’s Road to ensure that it does not have an over-bearing impact on the College building.
A project spokesman said: “We hope the proposed design solution provides an exciting development opportunity to improve the shopping experience and public realm without compromising the development of surrounding sites.”
The buildings will be stepped down in height between the front at London Road and the rear, overlooking Queen’s Road, and the roof will be removed from the walkway
The old cottages owned by Martells in Normans Gardens
The dark tunnel of Queen’s Walk will be opened up
View of the site from above
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WEST Sussex County Council wants residents to “make a smile go the extra mile” next Friday (11 March) to support The Big Grin.
The Big Grin is asking everyone in the county to use the power of a smile to raise vital funds and awareness to support people with mental health illnesses.
Leader of West Sussex County Council Louise Goldsmith said: “One in four people experiences mental health problems yet it’s something as a society we are reluctant to talk about, and I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in The Big Grin.”
Anisa Ahmed, Fundraising Officer at organisers Heads On, said: “The Big Grin is your chance to show your support for people with mental health problems and have some fun whilst raising money for the people we care for who are having a tough time.
“Every penny you fundraise will make a real difference to our patients and families by funding special projects that complement the fantastic NHS care our staff provide.”
The County Council has joined a growing number of organisations and companies which have signed a pledge with Time to Change – a programme run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. The pledge shows a commitment to promote a better understanding of mental health problems while offering support and welfare advice to staff.
To sign up for The Big Grin and get a free fundraising pack visit the website.
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WHEN it comes to recycling textiles don’t have to be tricky – so if you are treating yourself to a new Spring wardrobe, don’t throw your old clothes into general household waste.
West Sussex County Council knows you’re unlikely to make a trip to the Imberhorne Lane dump for one pair of old jeans – but if you collect a few odd items of clothing in a black bin bag they can go into the recycle bin when you need to take down a car boot full of garden waste or a broken fence panel.
A WSCC spokesman said: “Keep a bag somewhere handy and pop clothes and other textiles in it as and when, then take it when you go.
“If everyone living in West Sussex recycled just one pair of shoes, we would save more than £50,000 in landfill tax by not sending them to landfill. And that’s only one pair each.
“For a list of which textiles you can recycle, and other options like clothes banks and charity shops, we’ve got a textiles information page on our website.”
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Ref: We need public lavatories close to the High Street
IF we are encouraging visitors to our interesting town, particularly the High Street, East Grinstead definitely needs more public toilet facilities.
Even if clear directions are posted to those few available, depending on the individuals’ needs an eight or ten minute walk to find one, should not be necessary.
Is also difficult for parents with children needing these facilties.
Come on MSDC – please think again.
What exactly is proposed for the unused ones in Cantelupe Road?
Mrs Eileen Sonnex
MSDC remains adamant that the former lavatories in Cantelupe Road will remain closed so what are your suggestions for using the building that would be more useful than a public convenience?
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MID Sussex District Council will not be reopening the Cantelupe road public lavatories, but has agreed to put up signposts to direct the desperate to “community” loos elsewhere.
The closure of the lavatories in Cantelupe Road caused protest, not least because the High Street is increasingly being developed as a destination in its own right, and the new facilities in the Kings Street car park are not near enough to be used for events based there.
The Town Museum does offer free use of its toilets to the public, but is only open for restricted hours five days a week. And the Rose and Crown, which had offered theirs, closed and has been developed for housing.
There are signs in the Parish Halls car park directing visitors to Chequer Mead, but signs which were once on display to say that the public are welcome to use Poppins’ facilities in Queens Walk are damaged.
All of which prompted East Grinstead Online reader Mike Ems to find out from MSDC how visitors to the town – or even residents – could be expected to know that these lavatories are available, when those at the library, for example, are not supposed to be used by the general public.
After waiting some weeks for a response, Mike has now been told by Stuart Brown of Outdoor Services that new window stickers will be put up at Poppins, and finger posts will be installed directing people there from the High Street and Waitrose car park.
Below: the new lavatories in the King Street car park are not convenient for High Street-based events
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IF there is a pothole anywhere in East Grinstead there is a good chance that Avril Taylor is looking into it. (You can’t beat the old jokes.)
Avril has been so incensed by the number of potholes she encounters on her way into work that she has very regularly reported them on West Sussex County Council’s website.
But she found herself rather bemused this week to receive a reply from WSCC congratulating her on being “a top user”.
“Some reports are for new potholes,” she said, “but a lot are reported again as the first repair was not carried out properly.
“So I was surprised to receive an email l congratulating me being one of their ‘top users’.
“I realise it is an automated response but surely that is not something they should be congratulating anyone on, especially as it has been reported that WSCC do such a good job on repairing our roads.
“Perhaps they do not see the irony of this email.”
One of the worst areas, says Avril, was West Street where repairs following work by the water board kept breaking up.
The whole street was finally resurfaced at the end of last week, but Avril will not be letting up on her one-woman campaign to hold the Council to account for other holes in West Hill, outside F A Anderson in the High Street, in Wallage Lane and one on Turners Hill which she has been told is “not currently deep enough” to warrant a repair.
“I suppose I will just have to keep avoiding it until it IS deep enough!” she laughed.
And she is also keeping up the pressure about repairs to her own road, Woodshill Close in Ashurstwood.
“Repairs have been carried out numerous times but not very well as they sometimes break up within days or weeks,” she said, “and in some places we are just about down to ‘dirt’ instead of the tarmac.
“Some have been painted white so it looks as if a few – although not all – are again going to be repaired with the usual cold tarmac and a slap with a shovel!”
Below: West Street is newly resurfaced – but how long will it last? Left: a pothole which was outside the library
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THERE were queues at the library this morning where West Sussex County Council staff were overseeing a display of their proposed changes to parking around the town, and answering questions from members of the public.
WSCC is reviewing existing waiting restrictions in East Grinstead to try to improve road safety, reduce congestion and provide additional parking spaces where possible.
Some initial proposals have been prepared In partnership with Mott MacDonald (transport planning and engineering consultants), and Miles Davy (above right) and his team were in East Grinstead to hear first hand what people thought of them.
Proposals have been prepared for lengths of the following roads:
Bourg-De-Peage Avenue, Chantlers Close, Chequer Road, Court Crescent, Crossways Avenue, Dallaway Gardens, Dunnings Road, Estcots Drive, Fairlawn Drive, Garden Wood Road, Garland Road, Harvest Hill, Harwood’s Lane, Heathcote Drive, Hermitage Lane, Herontye Drive, High Street, Hurst Farm Road, Imberhorne Lane, Kipling Way, Lewes Road, Manor Road, Mason Close, Maypole Road, Mill Close, Mill Way, Musgrave Avenue, Nightingale Close, Orchard Way, Ridgeway, Shelley Road, Sheridan Place, Southlands, Stoneleigh Close, St Agnes Road, St Michael’s Road, The Rise, Warburton Close and Windmill Lane.
The proposals are in the document below. Hard copies of the plans are also available at East Grinstead Library.
Any comments should be submitted before 18 March by email to:
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Above: if it isn’t fly tippers making a mess by Hedgecourt Lake, it is careless dog owners
COUNCILLOR Ken Hardwood has appealed to irresponsible Felbridge dog owners to clear up after their pets, after complaining there is poo everywhere he looks around the village.
“We have dog poo appearing everywhere,” he said. “On the road, on people’s driveways, grass verges etc – and its just not acceptable.
“The Parish Council has gone to enormous efforts to have red dog poo bins placed at strategic positions, yet some owners cannot be bothered to do the decent thing and clear up after their dogs.
“This is not about dog welfare or training. It’s about those dog owners who allow their dogs to poo and then fail to pick the mess up afterwards.
“We have even had instances where dog owners have actually picked dog poo up, placed it in a black bag and then left it on the road where it has been run over by cars”
Ken says he has received increasing numbers of complaints from residents, many of whom are dog owners themselves. But the issue is village wide and on the increase.
Using Mill Lane as an example of what he is talking about, he suggested that one reason for the problem may be the growing number of number of dog walkers who are using the area going down to Hedgecourt Lake.
“They let their dogs wander about, often behind them and have not got the slightest idea of what they are doing.Then we have those dog walkers who presumably think its okay to allow their dogs to foul other people’s property and not clear up afterwards,” he said.
“Failure to clear up dog mess is an offence. If you see anyone allowing their dog(s) to foul the open spaces around you and fail to pick up the mess, please ask them politely to do so.
“I know that can cause friction sometimes, because even when confronted, some people still ignore the problem. However, unless we as a community police ourselves, there may come a moment when a dog owner could see themselves being prosecuted.
“Nobody wants that.
“It’s so simple. Dog owners need to clear up after their dogs.”
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TOWN Mayor Dick Sweatman was at the South East Travel Group Fair this morning, to help promote East Grinstead as a visitor attraction.
Photos courtesy of Visit East Grinstead
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EG4KIDZ is making a return to East Grinstead this Easter with a trail around the town developed by Town Promotion Officer Roger Gwatkin.
Bright yellow leopard posters will appear in the windows of some of the shops and attractions around East Grinstead.
Each numbered poster has a Did you know? historical fact about the town, and a secret number which can be written down inside the trail leaflet.
Once completed, the leaflet should be handed into the tourist information in the library where it will be entered into a free prize draw.
Prizes for the three lucky winners have been kindly donated by Deers Leap Park, Scotts Cinema and the Easter Bunny.
The trail leaflet, which also has some Easter activities, will be available from the tourist desk the week before Easter.
“Roger has worked hard to produce an eye-catching trail leaflet which will give children and their adults a fun activity whilst also learning a little more about our town,” said Town Promotions Manager Dawn Spalding
* For further information please contact the tourist information on 01342 410121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Dawn Spalding
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THE new Discovering East Grinstead leaflet is now available at the library. In all 20,000 copies will be distributed across the South East
Produced by the team at the Tourist Information desk at the library, the leaflet highlights the many attractions in and around East Grinstead .
“Not only is it designed to attract visitors to the area, but also to remind residents of what wonderful facilities we have on our doorstep,” said Town Promotions Manager Dawn Spalding
To pick up your copy of Discovering East Grinstead 2016, and for advice on all things East Grinstead, visit the Tourist information desk in East Grinstead library.
You can contact Dawn or Roger Gwatkin on 01342 410121 or by email at email@example.com
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