A £10,000 boost from tax payers will help speed up the campaign to improve Burgess Hill’s town centre trading.
Burgess Hill Town Centre Partnership has received the grant and also secured status as an official “Town Team Member” awarded by Mark Prisk, Minister for Housing, Department for Communities and Local Government.
The Partnership submitted the application as part of its work to revitalise the town centre. Burgess Hill was one of 326 applications submitted for the funding.
Andrew Barrett-Miles, chairman of the Burgess Hill Town Centre Partnership, said: “We are delighted to receive the £10,000 grant funding and status of Town Team Member. Naturally we were disappointed to miss out on the opportunity to become a Portas Pilot Town Team in May this year but the commitment to and vision for our town was very much already there.
“The partnership is going from strength to strength engaging with retailers and striving to put Burgess Hill firmly on the map as a desirable, social and retail destination. We have a number of exciting projects under way and the grant funding will help us deliver these sooner.”
The application was supported by Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames, who was present at the handover of the cheque.
As well as the new status of Town Team Member and the grant funding, the Partnership gains access to a support package provided by the Association of Town Centre Management which includes a dedicated retail expert and adviser. Burgess Hill’s adviser is Oliver O’Dell, advisor to the South-East.