Posted on 18th June 2020
Below is the Association’s recent response to the public consultation:
Thanks to Nathan Spilsted of MSDC and Paul Jackson-Cole of WSCC for recently presenting the Place & Connectivity Programme to representatives of the Burgess Hill Business Parks Association. The input provided here is based on the views expressed at that meeting, and subsequent to it, by BHBPA members
Overall, we look favourably on the plans to improve transport arrangements in BH, even if the P&C Programme is limited to safer sustainable modes of transport – mainly via the upgrading and linking of important locations including the two railway stations and major places of work like the Victoria and Sheddingdean Business Parks. Such improvements should have a positive impact on the parking issues and congestion that adversely impact the industrial estates today.
As such we recognise that cycling from home to work or from the railway stations to work will be positive for the environment and for peoples’ health.
The Sustainable Transport plans to date lack design detail, and so our support at this stage is in principle because we need to see the detailed designs before being able to say whether the plans are good or not. Therefore, while we are supportive of the plans, we do want to stay engaged as your design work unfolds.
Unfortunately, the P&C programme does not meet our overall transport needs, including some of the most important ones. Our members have raised the following important additional points:
"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."
"“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! ” "
"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."
"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."