LETTER: Speaking up for Martlets Hall

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I respond to Eileen Mcmorran’s letter in the Mid Sussex Times of October 8 2015.

Burgess Hill Town Council is currently consulting with as many local community and cultural groups as possible to determine what the meeting and other spatial needs are of the community. The results from this survey will enable the Town Council to plan for the future to ensure that the effects of losing the Martlets Hall are suitably addressed.

Unfortunately Ms Mcmorran states that the Town Council undertook to hold a referendum on the Martlets Hall which is not so. The Martlets Hall is in any case not the property of the Town Council. It is important not to confuse this with the referendum which is to be held later this year regarding the approval of the Burgess Hill Neighbourhood Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan is a blueprint for the town and an important planning document which will control and plan development in the town.

The Plan supports the provision of new high quality and accessible community resources such as a new library, arts centre/theatre, civic offices and police station in the centre of the town. It is therefore imperative that the public do not get the impression that by voting against the Neighbourhood Plan they will affect the outcome of the Martlets Hall. Quite the opposite is true. If the Plan is not accepted then the Town Council will be unable to plan, control or protect the future development in the town.

I should like to give readers the assurance that Burgess Hill Town Council is taking their concerns very seriously and will do its best to ensure that the needs of its community are adequately catered for.

Steven Cridland

Chief Executive Officer, Burgess Hill Town Council , Curch Walk, Burgess Hill

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