Burgess Hill Pétanque rink given the go-ahead

PR2331/RA/MF - 21/01/2021

Burgess Hill will soon boast its very own Pétanque rink at Fairfield Recreation Ground. Plans were approved by Mid Sussex District Council Planning Committee on Thursday 21 January 2021.

Pétanque, also known as boules, is a highly accessible sport that can be enjoyed by all. The game originated in its current form in Southern France in the early part of the twentieth century and is now played in more than 50 countries worldwide, with thousands of players in the UK.

A Pétanque group in Burgess Hill, who currently have to travel to Haywards Heath and Handcross to play, have been working with Mid Sussex District Council and Burgess Hill Town Council to construct a rink at Fairfield Recreation Ground, Burgess Hill. This will enable the group to develop the sport locally, making it much more accessible to casual players and the wider community.

The new rink will provide enough room for four games to take place simultaneously.

Mid Sussex District Council has made £17,000 of Section 106 developer contributions available and Burgess Hill Town Council has secured a £13,000 contribution towards the project from Sport England. The Town Council will oversee the construction and Mid Sussex District Council will manage the rink.

Councillor John Belsey, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery said:

“I am delighted to see this project achieve planning permission.  It is very rewarding to support additional facilities in our local parks and recreation grounds and I am sure when completed the rink will be well used by people of all ages and abilities.  I know a lot of people have worked hard to bring us to this stage, but I would also like to pay tribute to my fellow Councillor Samantha Smith who has been very supportive of this project on behalf of Burgess Hill residents.”