Meeting to discuss £65m Burgess Hill renovation today

Martlets Hall Campaigners (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150720-221614008
Martlets Hall Campaigners (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150720-221614008

Mid Sussex District Council will meet today (September 8) to discuss a £65m plan to renew Burgess Hill town centre.

A renovation plan which will bring a new cinema, hotel, shops and homes into Burgess Hill, is set to be approved despite ‘serious concerns’ raised about the loss of Martlets Hall.

More than 5,000 residents have signed a petition asking councillors to promise the provision of events at the Martlets Hall will not be removed without a like-for-like alternative public venue being created in the town centre.

But the district council’s agenda documents state re-provision of the Martlets Hall is not possible.

The documents state: “This may be disappointing for some residents so this needs to be balanced against the considerable benefits of securing a comprehensive redevelopment of the town centre.”

The council’s advisors have also confirmed the current provision, excluding the Martlets Hall, exceeds Arts Council recommendations.

The chairman of Burgess Hill Theatre Club said he has ‘serious concerns’ for community facilities. He said: “Burgess Hill deserves a large performance area and this should be written in to any proposed redevelopment of the Martlets.”

If the council approves the plans, they will need to go through the usual planning application process,

The council will meet at 4pm at Oaklands, in Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath.