Mid Sussex District Council is committed to managing all public parks and open spaces to the highest possible standards.

Parks improvements

Brooklands Park, East Grinstead

Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts about the draft masterplan for Brooklands Park at the end of last year.

Our Landscape Architects have considered everyone’s comments and made minor changes to reflect the views we heard. They have also recommended which of the improvement projects to prioritise based on the most popular ones chosen.

We will publish the plans once we have identified available funding.

Click here to see the plans that we shared.

London Road Recreation Ground, Hassocks

Thank you to everyone who came along to the consultation event at the recreation ground on Wednesday 23rd February, or shared thoughts online about on the draft masterplan for London Road Rec.

Our Landscape Architects will go through everyone’s comments and make any changes needed. They’ll also recommend which of the improvement projects to prioritise based on the most popular ones chosen.

Click here to see the plans that we shared

2020 park masterplans

In Spring 2020, we asked you what we could do to improve four of our parks (Victoria Park, Haywards Heath; St Johns Park, Burgess Hill; Mount Noddy, East Grinstead; Hemsleys Meadow and Finches Field, Pease Pottage). Landscape architects prepared draft designs based on what you said.

The designs showed long term plans for how the parks could be improved over time.

In Summer 2020, you had the chance to comment on these designs, thanks to everyone who did. Landscape Architects have refined these draft masterplans and made suggestions for priority areas for improvement based on your feedback.

Funding has been identified for Hemsleys Meadow and Finches Field, Mount Noddy and Victoria Park play area and South Road entrance. The indicative plans are shown below.

Hemsleys Meadow and Finches Field

Funding is available to begin the implementation of improvements at Hemsleys meadow / Finches Field.

The Masterplan can be viewed here.

The Masterplan includes a range of proposed enhancements such as better drainage of the playing field and improved signage. It also includes some more substantial improvements aimed at helping transform the Meadow into a community park with a strong sense of place and a wider offer than just a Meadow / open field.

The masterplan aims to address the main themes we heard that people wanted during the community engagement – Access to nature; Formal and informal play; Loops and Destinations ie. circular paths

The Masterplan will take time to implement and will involve further community engagement and design over the coming months.

Mount Noddy

The Masterplan for Mount Noddy can be viewed here

The Masterplan includes proposed enhancements such as improved footpaths and better drainage of the playing field.

It also includes some more substantial improvements aimed at helping increase the number of people using the Park and aimed at addressing anti social behaviour. These proposed improvements include creating a new access path and seating area in between the playing field and the bowling green. This is intended to help make better connections across the Park and between the various spaces and facilities that currently ‘turn their back’ to the rest of the Park.

The Masterplan will take time to implement and will involve further planning, design and community / stakeholder engagement.

Victoria Park play area

One of the key priorities identified through the consultation was improving play provision throughout the park. Funding has been identified for this. We will soon begin the process of consultation and design to improve the play area.

Another priority was to improve the park’s boundary with South Road, and work will also be taking place on this over the coming year, whilst we continue to secure funding for the other improvements at the park.

Look out for posters in the park for how to get involved in the next few months!

The Masterplan also includes other proposed enhancements such as improved footpaths and better drainage of the playing field and, when further funding is identified, we will let you know how we plan to progress these aspects.

St Johns Park

We hope to be able to provide an update on progress with the design for St Johns Park during the next financial year.

Events in parks

The Council's Parks and Open Spaces play host to a varied programme of events throughout the year. These range from:

  • Fairs
  • Circuses
  • Fetes
  • Village days
  • Bonfire nights
  • Fireworks displays
  • And more

We accept enquiries from all organisations. Our aim is to put on events that will be positive for the local community.

Events take a lot of planning. We can offer you help to do this – but you need to contact us as early as possible with a minimum of 28 days' notice before the planned event.

If you think your event may be higher risk in terms of safety or community impact – please fill in our Safety Advisory Group – event notification form.

Useful documents

Barbeques

Please note: Barbeques are not allowed unless booked with us as part of an organised event.

Contact us

Tel: 01444-477379
Email: bookings@midsussex.gov.uk

Last updated: 14 April 2022