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.

Standards Committee

The Council has a Standards Committee, which has a number of duties relating to the promotion of high standards of conduct by councillors, reviewing and monitoring complaints under the Council's Complaints Procedure and monitoring the operation of the Councillors' Code of Conduct.

Independent Persons for Standards

Independent persons work alongside the council's Standards Committee to help ensure high standards of probity are maintained among elected members at all levels in Mid Sussex.

The Council has appointed Dr David Horne, Wendy Swinton-Eagle and Paul Cummins for a four year term of office running to conclude in April 2024. For more information on their role please refer to the Councillors' Code of Contact page above.

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 2019-20

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 2019/20 are
  • Supporting vulnerable claimants in the move to Universal Credit.
  • Reducing waste to landfill including consideration of a pilot food waste collection scheme.
  • More Disabled Facilities Grants to help disabled residents to live independently in their homes.

Sustainable economic growth

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

Flagship activities for 2019/20 are
  • Planning the future redevelopment of the Orchards Shopping Centre, Haywards Heath.
  • Renewing the Parking Strategy to support the local economy and improve the customer experience.
  • Delivering our Economic Development Strategy including the delivery of full fibre; more electric vehicle charging points and support for High Street retailers.

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 2019/20 are
  • Working with Homes England to progress new housing and community facilities at the Northern Arc, Burgess Hill.
  • Preparing the Site Allocations Development Plan to identify new housing sites and associated community facilities across the District.
  • Developing plans to invest in the District’s playing pitches, community buildings, parks and open spaces.
  • Delivering an expanded Wellbeing service to help people adopt healthier lifestyles.
  • Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, focussing on projects to address public space and youth related incidents.
  • Supporting cycling in the District, including the development of a Mid Sussex Cycle Network.

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 2019/20 are
  • Improving accommodation for homeless households through purchasing the Council’s own temporary accommodation.
  • Investing in commercial property and our own assets to increase their income earning potential.
  • Delivering efficiency savings through more digital services.
Last updated: 28 July 2020