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Town Centre Redevelopment Only 60% Pre-Let

December 8th, 2017

Is there cause for concern with the redevelopment of the Martlets Shopping Centre?

NewRiver Retail’s half-yearly report references Burgess Hill, revealing that only 60% of the retail and lesiure units have been pre-let. Depending on weather you’re a glass half-full or a half-empty type of person, then this statistic may be good or bad in your opinion, but when you consider that this shopping centre has been in the works for a number of years now, it’s surely more on the worrying side of things?

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The information in the report – as featured on DigitialLook.com says:

Enabling works were underway at the 465,000 square foot mixed-use regeneration of Burgess Hill town centre, with the company exchanging conditional contracts for the pre-sale of the entire residential element for £34m in the period, and the retail & leisure element now 60% pre-let, up from 49% in March.

If NewRiver can’t get more of the units filled, then the scheme – which they claimed was barely financially viable, hense why they are making no payments to the community – could be delayed further. They can’t run a profit at only 60% capacity, surely?…..

Gender Separation Issue On Burgess Hill Town Council Committees

October 6th, 2017

Burgess Hill Town Council Gender Equality Issues

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s story of Burgess Hill Town Council only selecting old white men to represent the community on the committee tasked with driving forward the project to bring a news arts centre to Burgess Hill, it’s now emerged that there’s gender segregation on the council’s internal committees…..

The Finance Key Area Group comprises of:
Andrew Barrett-Miles, Richard Cherry, Colin Holden (Vice-Chairman), John Merrill, Chris Thomas-Atkin (Chairman), Julian Thorpe.

The Community Engagement Key Are Group comprises of:
Anne Jones, Cherry Catharine, Claire Fussell, Diane Heckels, Kirsty Page, Mandy Thomas-Atkin, Janice Henwood.

What do we take from this? That women can’t be trusted to add up, and being interested in community groups is beyond men?

A List Of Recently Reported Crimes In Burgess Hill

February 5th, 2017

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A car window was damaged whilst the vehicle was parked on a driveway in Mill Road, Burgess Hill. This occurred between 7.30pm on 26 January and 5.30pm on 28 January.The rear window had been smashed along with the passenger side window. Reference number for this incident is: 1071 27/01

On Saturday, 28 January, at approximately 4pm, a member of the public alerted the police to a group of youths acting suspiciously in TriangleWay in Burgess Hill. This resulted in the police arresting an 18 year old man on suspicion of possession with intent to supply the Class B drug cannabis. The man is currently on police bail until 3 March 2017.

On Sunday, 29 January, police received a report of a theft of a phone & purse from a woman in Pulse, Pulse.Although the victim didn’t leave her handbag unattended the phone & purse was still stolen. Reference number is: 0375 29/01.

A vehicle was ‘keyed’ whilst parked in South Close, Burgess Hill on Sunday 29 January. The damaged was discovered at approximately 8.30am on Monday 30/01. Reference number: 0239 30/01.

A wallet was stolen whilst the victim was shopping in Waitrose, Market Place, Burgess Hill on Thursday 2 February; this theft happened between the hours of 1.45pm & 1.50pm Reference number: 0889 02/02.

A burglary has been reported this morning, Friday 3 February in the High Street, Burgess Hill. The burglary occurred overnight where a number of work tools were stolen. The property was undergoing some renovations and the resident was not in  the property. The reference number for this crime is: 0241 03/02.

If you have information about any of these incidents, then please 
email the police at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the relevant  reference number.

Burgess Hill Shop Owner Leaves Scathing Message For Shoplifters

January 4th, 2017

The start of January is always a very slow month for news, so a trip into Burgess Hill town centre was required in the hope of finding something to report on. It didn’t take long.

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I noticed that ‘A Change Of A Dress’ on Church Walk (The quiet part) was closed. Sporting many notices in the window, I went and took a closer look….

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If I were the shop owner, I’d have been much harsher, named and shamed them too. How about you?

REVEALED: Headliner For The Burgess Hill Christmas Light Switch-On Is….

October 30th, 2016

Burgess Hill Chrismas Lights

The Christmas light switch-on event in Burgess Hill has been a must-see event in the town since the Town Centre Partnership started to book popular children’s characters to pull in families from afar.

In 2013 it was Peppa Pig and George, in 2014 it was Thomas The Tank Engine and the Fat Controller, and in 2016 it was the Gruffalo.

Burgess Hill Uncovered can exclusively reveal that the headliner for this year is…..


That’s right….Nobody of note has been booked to pull in the crowds for 2016.

In 2015 the organisers spent eye-watering amounts of money on event promotion which included a £3,594 payment to a local radio station and another £3k to a company to beam the numbers 10 down to 1 on a wall on Church Walk (which barely anyone looked at)  It now seems that the well has well and truly run dry at the Town Centre Partnership.

With the TCP consisting of the two shopping centres AND the Town Council. The public have a right to know why our money is not being spent wisely and to question if the council representatives on the partnership actually know what they’re doing. They are accountable to us.

We look forward to the Burgess Hill Town Centre Partnership providing a full and reasonable explanation in due course, when we hear from them we’ll let you know!
talktousTalk To Us!  What do you think of the TCP’s lavish spending in previous years which has left us with no star attraction for 2016? What’s more important, beaming numbers onto a wall, or booking a childrens’ character to draw in visitors to the town?

Man Suffers Broken Jaw In Burgess Hill Assault – Witnesses Sought

April 5th, 2016

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted outside Pulse 2 in Burgess Hill on Sunday, 20 March.

The victim, a 21-year-old local man, was stood outside the bar near the Martlets Shopping Centre at around 3am when he was punched to the floor by a man he did not know. He was taken to hospital with a broken jaw.

The suspect is described as white, in his thirties, about 6’3” and of stocky build with short dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing.

Detective Constable Andrew Robinson said:

“This assault happened as the club was closing so we believe there would have been quite a few people in the area.

“Any witnesses are asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 996 of 20/03.”

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

Tory Party Members Celebrate Loss Of Martlets Hall On Twitter

January 22nd, 2016

Local residents have been left angered after members of the Mid Sussex Conservative Party celebrated the loss of the ‘Outdated and Ghastly’ Martlets Hall.

It started when Oswald Almeida – Chairman of ‘Mid Sussex Conservative Future’ – tweeted the following from his official account…

This was a response to a Twitter exchange (that took place over two months ago) between BHU, Nicholas Soames and other regarding Haywards Heath receiving money from the district council and nothing for Burgess Hill. see it all here…. https://twitter.com/nsoamesmp/status/686242384355700736  Soames had told people that ‘We’ (Burgess Hill) are getting £65 million ‘investment’ from NewRiver Retail (A totally bogus figure)

When Nicholas Soames was pressed for his opinion on his fellow Tory party member saying that he’ll be glad to see the back of the Martlets Hall, he responded to one resident by saying…

Mid Sussex MP SIR Nicolas Soames. How professional and respectful to local residents – but is it really him behind the Tweets?

Our local MP blocked Robert Eggleston for merely asking him his opinion on the loss of the Martlets Hall!

As for Oswald, he deleted the tweet where he called the Martlets Hall ‘Ghastly and Outdated’, replacing it with this….

A different tweet, but still the same opinion.  What’s worse this time however is that Colin Holden, town and district councillor for St Andrews Ward, retweeted Oswald – which means Colin agrees with seeing the back of the Martlets Hall.

Burgess Hill residents were straight onto Oswald ……


What a bottle job Oswald is.  He evidently puts out Tweets, trying to get in there with the power players of the Mid Sussex Tory party? Yet with seemingly  no awareness that at the same time he’s sticking two fingers up at all local residents who campaigned to save the Martlets Hall, many of which would have been Conservative party voters.

Jacky Hilary is still awaiting a reply to her tweet….
Oh dear Oswald, you can’t go making such a statement as ‘Chairman of Conservative Future’ then not respond to your party’s potential voters.

So why does Oswald have so much hate for the Martlets Hall anyway? Look what we found in our photo archives……


Yes folks, this is Oswald, dressed up in panto costume, marching in the bonfire parade with Burgess Hill theatre club.  The very club who will lose out massively when the Martlets Hall is demolished.

What went wrong Oswald? Was your acting not up to scratch and now you’re bitter?  It would explain his glee in the Martlets Hall being lost to redevelopment.

At least we can take comfort in knowing that if Oswald is the ‘Future’ of the Mid Sussex Conservatives, then he’ll see to it that no one votes for their party again in future elections. Keep up the good work Oswald!

We have been requested to remove this story as it has been claimed to be slanderous, defamatory and twisting the truth. Readers, we have linked you to all the public tweets used to put this story together. We have not made anything up.

Anti-Social Rampage In Burgess Hill Town Centre

January 20th, 2016

sussexpolicebadgeSussex Police are appealing to people in Burgess Hill for help and information following a spate of anti-social behaviour in the town centre, and in particular at The Martlets multi-storey car park in Civic Way.

There have been numerous incidents in which shopping trolleys have been used to cause damage, and in one serious instance a shopping trolley was thrown from the second storey of the car park, which could have resulted in serious injury or damage.

Police Community Support Officer Karen Iles said:

“We are working with partner agencies to combat this problem and local officers and PCSOs are increasing patrols in the area.

“Since the beginning of December we’ve had 18 reports of anti-social behaviour in the town centre and nine in St John’s Park and surrounding roads.“As well as dangerous use of trolleys we’ve also had reports of eggs and flour being thrown at cars and houses in the vicinity.”

Anyone with information about any incident or those responsible is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101. Details can also be passed to police anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org)

Wherever possible, please ensure shopping trolleys are returned to their point of origin and not left in the car park.

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Videos: Starling Murmurations Over Burgess Hill

January 18th, 2016

starling murmurations burgess hill

Since late December, Starling murmurations have been a regular sight over Burgess Hill. Your reporter regularly spots them over the London Road/Royal George Road area in the late afternoons.

Today on Twitter, both Purple Rose Digital & Sara Oxford recorded the Starlings in action….

Man Suffers Broken Jaw In Town Centre Assault

January 14th, 2016

sussexpolicebadgePolice are investigating following an assault in a pub in Church Road, Burgess Hill at around 9pm on 24 December.

The victim, a 46-year-old local man, suffered a broken jaw.

The suspect is described as a white man, around 24-years-old, of stocky build with short dark hair. He was wearing a grey jumper, blue jeans and brown boots and is believed to have spoken with a Welsh accent.

Detective Constable Karen Young said:

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw something suspicious at the time.

“Witnesses can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting reference 1312 of 24/12.”

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).


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