‘Protecting local community for future generations’

Victoria Park, Haywards Heath
Victoria Park, Haywards Heath

l Vote Yes to a plan developed for local people by local people!

l Vote Yes to controlling future development of your community!

The Bluebell Railway station. Photo by Derek Martin S

The Bluebell Railway station. Photo by Derek Martin S

l Vote Yes to protect the local community for future generations!

l Vote Yes to improved community facilities

The future of Haywards Heath Town will be decided when the Neighbourhood Plan’s Referendum is held on 1st December 2016.

Polling Stations will be open from 7am to 10pm across the five Town Wards, namely;

Franklands Village Hall, (Franklands Ward)

A.C.F. Hall, Cadet Centre, Eastern Road, (Bentswood Ward)

Church of the Presentation, New England Road, (Bentswood Ward)

United Reformed Church Hall, South Road, (Ashenground Ward)

Ashenground Community Centre, Southdown Close, (Ashenground Ward)

Dolphin Leisure Centre, Pasture Hill Road, (Lucastes and Bolnore)

Woodside Community Centre, Small Hall. 120 Middle Village, (Lucastes and Bolnore)

Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, (Heath)

If you are registered on the Electoral Roll, and live within the Haywards Heath Town boundary and small part of Ansty and Staplefield Parish off Rocky Lane up to the Railway line, you will be eligible to vote and you will have received a Polling card.

What is the Neighbourhood Plan?

Local people now have a legal right to shape the development of the communities in which they live by taking a more active role in the development of the Town in consultation with its residents, as Haywards Heath Town Council has done. The Haywards Heath Neighbourhood Plan, if adopted at referendum, offers the residents of Haywards Heath an opportunity to shape the future of their Town.

Can I view the Neighbourhood Plan?

Yes, visit the Town Council website to view the document in full or contact the Town Council to arrange viewing of a paper copy.

How was the Neighbourhood Plan developed?

Haywards Heath Town Council have been developing the Neighbourhood Plan since July 2011. There have been seven public consultations involving Townwide and Ward engagement events. The Plan has been independently inspected and approved by Mid Sussex District Council.

Should I vote? YES YOU SHOULD!

It is important that all Haywards Heath residents have a say in the future of the Town. The Neighbourhood Plan will be adopted if more than 50 per cent of the vote is in favour.

Your vote will mean having an influence on the future of your Town and so to:

Control over any future enhancements in the Town.

Capture external funding for Haywards Heath Town Council to spend on community infrastructure.

Protect parks and open spaces.

Why vote YES?

The Neighbourhood Plan:

Provides for a new Country Park, new allotments, a new cemetery, and a new school to be located off Hurstwood Lane.

It will protect Clair Hall, the Dolphin Leisure Centre.

It will protect Clair Park, Beech Hurst, Victoria Park, Muster Green, the Harlands School Playing fields and other established green areas within the Town.

Allow the improvement of and enhancements to all aspects of the Town Centre.

Allow for the Bluebell Railway to arrive in Haywards Heath.

Allow for increased provision and facilities at St Francis Sports site.

A NO vote will:

Mean that the Neighbourhood Plan will be discarded and there will be no control over development of the Town and no protection for the Town’s much loved community facilities and open space.Cllr David Dorking, Chairman of Haywards Heath Town Council’s Planning Committee and Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group said:

“The Neighbourhood Plan has been developed for local people by local people. We started to write the Plan in July 2011 and during the intervening five years there have been six public consultations, so residents have significantly shaped this proposal for the Town’s future. We have listened to members of the public and reflected their opinion on issues such as providing more open space and new allotments, and protecting parks and playing fields.”

Cllr Michael Pulfer the Leader of Haywards Heath Town Council added:

“The Town Council has had to take some tough decisions on the location of housing, driven in no small part by Central Government. It has created policies that will help control unwanted development and protect green spaces such as Clair Park, Beech Hurst, Victoria Park, Muster Green and existing playing fields. The Town Council also wishes to provide new community infrastructure including allotments, a cemetery and a country park, and to protect the provisions at the Dolphin Leisure Centre and Clair Hall, and has proactively identified the need for a new school.

“The Town Council urges the residents of Haywards Heath to read the Neighbourhood Plan, which also sets out policies affecting employment, parking, the visual impact and vibrancy of the Town. Additionally, the Town Council aims to collect monies for much needed infrastructure improvements.

“The success of the Neighbourhood Plan at referendum, which requires over 50% of the vote to be in favour, will mean that the Plan will form part of the local Planning Framework. Therefore, the Town Council asks that Haywards Heath residents vote a resounding “Yes” to supporting the Neighbourhood Plan because it holds the key to the local community controlling the future of Haywards Heath. Without it, residents will lose all control of the town’s destiny.”

Contact Information

Twitter: @ourbrightfuture; Facebook: Haywards Heath; Town Council Website: www.haywardsheath,gov.uk; Telephone : (01444) 455694