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burgess hill town centre at night Top 10 Most-Read Burgess Hill News Stories Of 2015

1st January 2016
By Peter Chapman

2015 is consigned to the history books. For Burgess Hill it was a year of preparation for bigger things to come over the next twelve months.

There were some big news stories, but what proved the most popular with our readers? Here's the top ten based purely on number of views:

#10 - Burgess Hill Striker Signs For Hull City

Burgess Hill Town FC gained promotion to the Ryman Premier League during the 2014/15 season, but the most-read BHTFC news was that of young striker Greg Luer signing for Premier League side Hull City in January 2015.

Luer spent some time on-loan at Port Vale in the spring and has since featured in a number of Hull's matchday squads following their relegation to the Championship.

Greg played a big part in the club's league cup campaign with his debut senior goal coming against Accrington Stanley on August 11th.

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#9 - Dogs Discover Stolen Defibrillator

Labradors Bailey and Roxy had their 15 minutes of fame in October when they found a stolen defibrillator dumped at the back of Cyprus Road Car Park.

Earlier in the month the vital piece of life-saving equipment had been stolen from outside Burgess Hill Theatre Club

A temporary replacement had been installed with fundraising efforts underway for a permanent replacement, that is until Denise Groves' dogs came up trumps.

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#8 - Developer Fells Hundreds Of Trees And Hedgerows At Keymer Tiles Site

The former Keymer Tiles site gained planning permission for 450 new homes with developer Croudcace beginning clearance works ahead of the first phase of 125.

There were many stories about this development during the year, yet the one that made our top ten was regarding the desecration of all the trees and foliage around the site's perimiter.

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#7 - Man Suffers Heart Attack At Wivelsfield Train Station

A man suffering a heart-attack on the platform at Wivelsfield train station proved to be a popular story as it emerged that a number of members of the public came to the aid of the gentlemen. It was especially popular on our Facebook page.

Thankfully the man pulled through, with his family publicly thanking those that helped save his life.

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#6 - Primark and Nandos are Burgess Hill's 'Most Wanted'

With Burgess Hill town centre set to get the green light for a big redevelopment, we conducted some market research on local residents as seemingly the developer hasn't yet actually engaged with them about which businesses they'd like to see come to the Martlets Shopping centre.

Primark and Nando's came out tops - a result that led to some questioning the aspirations of the townsfolk!

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#5 - New Entrance For Wivelsfield Train Station Causes Controversy

Wivelsfield station appears twice in our list, this time due to Southern installing disabled access to the south-bound platform via a quiet residential road.

The residents were not at all happy with the total lack of consultation, fearing that the area would become congested with cars in an area where children play freely.

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#4 - Specsavers to Expand In Burgess Hill Town Centre

Fusion/Bar Cena had stood empty for many years. In 2015, word started going round that a big name was moving in.... Sainsbury Local. Yeah, it turned out not to be true!

Later in the year it was announced that Specsavers were moving just a few doors along. At least we got the first letter right and it is a big name!

In the original story, we closed with the line:

'We don’t make a habbit of being wrong on BHU and too much information has come forward to suggest it IS happening rather than isn’t!'

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#3 - NewRiver Retail Formally Submit Town Centre Planning Application

The big news in 2015 was that the owners of the Martlets Shopping Centre had finally submitted a planning application to Mid Sussex District Council for a full site redevelopment.

The Martlets Hall was the big casualty in the proposals along with the inevitable loss of around 25 existing local businesses.

A 10-screen Cineworld, a 60-room Travelodge and 140 apartments make up the bulk of the plans, oh and there will be a few new shops and restaurants too! The public are VERY divided

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#2 - Council To Close Off Sex Alleyway

'Sex Sells' ladies and gentlemen. Who knew that such a tiny detail in a low-key council document could spark such interest... your editor did!

What was funny with this story was how members of our Facebook page were stitching up their friends, claiming they were involved in sexual activity next to the council offices.
Read here: https://www.facebook.com/burgesshill/posts/1087385774627666

The website of a certain local newspaper took things further, with a sensationalist headline claiming it's a 'notorious' sex alleyway! That's news to us that actually live in the town.

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#1 - FIFA Scandal At Tesco Burgess Hill

Discovered during a routine search of the keyword 'Burgess Hill' on Twitter, we came across the misfortune of Emma Pannell who had purchased what she thought was FIFA 16, only to get home and discover a FIFA 12 disc inside the box! It's just one scandal after another with FIFA.

This story was also a huge hit on our Facebook page, Dylan Berry with the funniest response in the comments here: https://www.facebook.com/burgesshill/posts/1072286216137622

Our readers flocked in their thousands to read this particular story, making it our most-read in 2015. God bless the Buzzfeed generation!

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