Posted on 5th March 2020
On Tuesday 3rd March there was a good turn out for the Northern Arc briefing at Burgess Hill Academy. Leader of the Council, Cllr Jonathan Ash-Edwards, set the context for the presentation before officers Judy Holmes, Assistant Chief Executive and Sally Blomfield, Divisional Leader for Planning & Economy, put on an excellent double-act taking us through a comprehensive briefing.
In summary, the Northern Arc is a massive programme with a whole slew of major projects that will deliver up to 3,500 homes, a new secondary school, 2 new primary schools, employment space, significant transport improvements, £162m of new infrastructure, 3 neighbourhood centres and a £350m investment from Homes England.
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One of the key objectives was for business leaders to feel much better informed, and some of the comments I have received such as “I had completely underestimated the scale of the development.” And, “I was also really pleased to see investment going in to the fibre provision for the existing business parks.” Were quite typical.
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"As MP for Mid Sussex I believe passionately in the importance of a vibrant local business community in order to create and sustain fantastic opportunities that enable people to meet their responsibilities, prosper and fulfil their potential. I am committed to collaborating with BHBPA and others to be an effective collective voice for Burgess Hill."
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"Regular, well organised events, excellent updates and information by email along with a warm welcome from the Chair and Coordinator are just some of the positives at BHBPA."