Posted on 11th January 2020
You probably recall the flooding in Albert Drive before Christmas. On Thursday 9th January we had a very positive meeting with Richard Speller, Highway Manager at West Sussex County Council and his colleague Tim Boxall in collaboration with Steve Long of Merlin Workwear, Steve Weller of Pet Products and Katie Edwards of Woolover – all 3 having been impacted multiple times by flooding.
On inspecting the site, the cause of the recent flooding was largely down to a lack of maintenance responsibility for which cuts across a number of agencies. That said, Richard and Tim were very clear that WSCC Highways would now take the lead role and work with the Environment Agency, and if necessary MSDC, to ensure corrective actions are taken ASAP.
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "