Sandbag Protocol

Mid Sussex District Council is not responsible for supplying sandbags to the public.

There is a broad expectation in the mind of the general public that, in a period of likely flooding, the 'local authority' will make sandbags available.  Unfortunately this is not the case as the homeowner is responsible for flood protection of their own property.  Just as homeowners would protect themselves from the risk of fire by installing smoke alarms or the risk of burglary by installing security locks on windows - homeowners are responsible for protecting themselves and their property against the risk of flooding.

Sandbag Provision - Who Does What?

  • Environment Agency - Work to prevent major breaches or overtopping of watercourses.
  • West Sussex County Council - Work to prevent flooding of the highway to maintain transport links and from the highway to adjacent properties.
  • West Sussex Borough / District Councils - Respond to Civil Emergencies and provide strategic protection of flood risk areas.
  • West Sussex Fire Service - hold a small stock of sandbags for immediate use in cases where there is an urgent and imminent threat to either life or property.

Mid Sussex District Council cannot provide sandbags for the protection of individual properties due to the inherent difficulties of trying to deliver them whilst roads are flooded.  Experience has shown the delivery of sandbags to be ineffective due to roads becoming impassable which causes delays such as flood waters may have already receded prior to sandbags being received.

Purchasing Floodbags or Sandbags

If you would like to protect your property, you can purchase traditional sandbags from local builder merchants throughout the district. The list below contains names, addresses and contact numbers for local suppliers (correct as of December 2013).

Table containing names, addresses and contact numbers for local floodbag suppliers
Jewson's Conway Street, Hove Brighton 01273 778778  
Travis Perkins 60 Beaconsfield Road, Brighton Brighton 01273 570761  
Jewson's 77 North Street, Portslade Brighton 01273 411843  
Jewson's Station Road, Burgess Hill Burgess Hill 01444 245151  
Covers Fairfield Road, Burgess Hill Burgess Hill 01444 233358  
Jewson's Bensly Sawmills, Cuckfield Road, Goddards Green Burgess Hill 01444 241555  
Jewson's Three Bridges, Stephenson Way Crawley 01293 523161  
Gibson Dandy Telford Place, Crawley Crawley 01293 533133  
Jewson's    Bridge Road, Haywards Heath Haywards Heath 01444 451751  
Travis Perkins Green Road, Wivelsfield Green, Haywards Heath Haywards Heath 01444 471265  
Jewson's    Crawley Road, Roffey Horsham 01403 216700  
Travis Perkins Malthouse Trading Estate, Brighton Road, Shoreham Shoreham 01273 870000  
 Jewson’s 153-157 London Rd, East Grinstead  East Grinstead  01342 312411  Limited numbers

Parker Building Supplies Ltd

 Kingscote Station Vowells Lane, East Grinstead  East Grinstead  01342 313244  Bags and sand separate
 Wickes  Bridge Park, London Road, Felbridge  East Grinstead  01342 328165  Bags and sand separate
 Parkers Building Supplies Ltd  Station Goods Yard, Hassocks  Hassocks  01273 846551  Bags and sand separate.  Limited.
 Parkers Building Supplies Ltd  Bridge Road, Haywards Heath  Haywards Heath  01444 477600  Bags and sand separate
 Travis Perkins  Unit 12, Victoria Way, Burgess Hill  Burgess Hill  01444 239900  Good amount of stock


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Emergency Services
Emergency Phone: 999

Mid Sussex District Council
Office Hours: 01444 477 408
Out of Office Hours: 0845 6021035

Environment Agency
Floodline: 0845 988 1188
Website Link: Environment Agency

National Flood Forum
Telephone: 01299 403 055
Website Link: NFF

Helpline: 08459 335 577
Website Link: DEFRA

West Sussex County Council
Main Telephone: 01243 777 100
Main Website Link: WSCC
Highways Authority Telephone: 01243 642105
Highways Authority Website Link: Roads & Transport

Southern Water
Telephone: 0845 278 0845
Website Link: Southern Water

Thames Water
Telephone: 0800 714 614
Website Link: Thames Water

Buildings and Asset Maintenance
01444 477 408 - office hours
0845 6021035 - out of office hours