Mid Sussex is a local government district in West Sussex.

It includes the towns of East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.


Find your local councillor

We are run by 54 elected councillors. Each councillor represents a specific area and serves for four years.

The work of a councillor includes:

  • Holding surgeries to gather the views of local people
  • Supporting local organisations
  • Campaigning on local issues
  • Developing links with the community

Councillors are not paid wages but they are entitled to allowances and expenses. For more details please take a look at Councillor's allowances and expenses.

All councillors follow a code of conduct and must declare any financial interests or gifts.

Councillors Privacy Notice

Elected members are data controllers in their own right and must ensure that any personal information they hold/use in their office as an elected member is treated in line with GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.

Councillors Privacy Notice

The Leader

The Leader of the Council is elected by the full Council. The current Leader is Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards.

The Chairman

The Chairman of the Council is the 'first citizen' and the most important civic appointment in the Mid Sussex District.

By custom, it is usual for the Chairman to be accorded precedence in his/her own District over everyone except Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family, or the Lord Lieutenant of the County when he/she is representing the Crown.

The Cabinet

The cabinet consists of the Council Leader and five extra councillors chosen by the Council Leader. You can find more about them by visiting the Cabinet members page.

The decisions of the Cabinet are monitored and scrutinised by the following Committees:

Council Meetings, Agendas and Minutes

Council officers

Council officers are paid staff members working for Mid Sussex District Council. Please see our list of Senior Council officers for more details.

How the Council is run

We produce a Yearly Corporate Plan 2019-2020 showing how we will deliver our services.

Our priorities for 2018-19

Our aim is:

'To be an effective council delivering value for money services and helping to create a strong economy, environment and community'.

We have four main priorities:

Effective and responsive services

The Council wishes to build on the performance of all of its services with a particular focus on further improving customer experience.

Flagship activities for 2018/19 are:

  • Increase levels of recycling by completing a pilot project with the British Heart Foundation for the kerbside collection of textiles and small electrical equipment for 20,000 properties in the District.
  • Help our disabled residents live more independently in their homes by implementing a new model for awarding more disabled facility grants. Introduce cashless parking as one of an increasing number of digital services.
  • Celebrate the quality of our parks and green spaces by retaining Green Flag accreditation for Beech Hurst Gardens, Haywards Heath; and achieving accreditation for St Johns Park, Burgess Hill; and working towards accreditation for a site in East Grinstead in 2019/20.
  • Deliver enhancements and new attractions to the Leisure Pool at The Triangle Leisure Centre, to increase the number of visits to our leisure facilities and inspire residents to be more active.

Sustainable economic growth

The Council has an important role in supporting businesses, encouraging new ones and attracting inward investment.

Flagship activities for 2018/19 are:

  • Support the roll out of Full Fibre ultrafast broadband to homes and businesses in Mid Sussex by working with local and national partners.
  • Help make Mid Sussex a vibrant and attractive place for businesses and people to grow and succeed by establishing an Economy and Inward Investment Team that proactively
    attracts significant external investment.
  • Support Haywards Heath as an attractive retail destination by introducing new management arrangements and improved facilities at the Orchards Shopping Centre.

Strong and resilient communities

Continuing to work with partner organisations to build sustainable communities that will deliver a better quality of life for all.

Flagship activities for 2018/19 are:

  • Help our communities feel safer and aid the detection of crime by putting in place new and improved CCTV arrangements, in partnership with Sussex Police and the town councils.
  • Launch the Wellbeing service pilot at local GP practices to work with residents who need advice and support to lead and maintain healthier lifestyles.
  • Engage and involve our communities in the development and delivery of community facilities and playgrounds, including the Skate Park refurbishment at Victoria Park, Haywards Heath; new community building for the Keymer Brick and Tile development at Burgess Hill; and improving recreational facilities for the Stone Quarry estate at East Grinstead.
  • Install new electric vehicle charging points at key community locations, to expand and improve our sustainable transport network in the District.

Financial Independence

Reduced Government financial support brings the need for robust management of budgets and maximising of income to be as financially self– sufficient as possible.

Flagship activities for 2018/19 relate to the development of services and assets that will generate revenue for the Council such as:

  • Generate income from the sale of surplus land for the development of new homes, to support future investment in other community assets and infrastructure. 
  • Manage our costs effectively through a variety of projects, including providing a wider range of digital services.
  • Increase planning fees to provide a more efficient and effective planning service to support economic growth and support financial independence.
Last updated: 13 June 2019