Positive news on the drafted Haywards Heath Town Centre Masterplan, which is now out for consultation, running for 6 weeks until 21st of December. It is a new vision and looks to strengthen the town’s economic growth by attracting more people to be living, shopping or trading in the town. This encompasses three areas: transport improvements, public realm improvements and opportunities to regenerate and renew. This includes Clair Hall, which the Mid Sussex District Council believes offers “an opportunity for future regeneration”, having commissioned key work to develop a business case for a new modern, flexible community facility in Haywards Heath, canvassing views from local residents and community groups on what they see as appropriate. To share your thoughts, please email PolicyConsultation@midsussex.gov.uk
I also met with the Burgess Hill Business Park team recently, discussing jobs and employment opportunities - I am keen to see wider village and high street improvements in this regard, including more rural business support as well. This is essential as we look to recover and plan Mid Sussex’s recovery from Covid. It is vital we come together to assist with this renewal. The news of potential vaccines and ongoing Covid-19 testing improvements are key to helping us recover stronger and greener.
The new Pensions Scheme Bill has now reached its final stages in the House of Commons, with its aims including establishing a new form of pension scheme, improving protections for pension savings, helping people plan for their retirement and supporting greener investing. It will protect people more when saving for their pension and crucially help people plan for their retirement. This includes by introducing new safeguards to reduce the power unscrupulous bosses have to gamble with people’s savings and, in addition, making it far easier for people to access information on their savings. Plus, a new type of occupational pension will be introduced – one which puts in place more effective governance, strategy and key new risk management processes on climate change. It is in line with important recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures. Greener savings are a winning combination!
Last week also saw announcements on the Government’s new Environment Bill and reducing plastic waste. Key new environmental legislation will make all producers responsible for the full costs of managing their products when they are ready to be thrown away. This will be vital in encouraging organisations of all shapes and sizes to take further steps towards protecting our environment, and particularly our oceans, from plastic waste. This also includes introducing a much-anticipated deposit return scheme on drinks containers and expanding single-use plastics charges. A greener future is a consistent subject raised by constituents and I am delighted we are focused on delivering this.