Clair Hall in Haywards Heath is currently being used by the NHS as a crucial Covid-19 vaccination centre and I will be joining the amazing team there again this weekend to thank them. The use of the building by MSDC has been given for as long as is needed to help fight the pandemic. A lot has been said and written about the future of the site and wide-ranging concerns raised about what next. I strongly join with Haywards Heath’s Conservative Councillors, and many others locally, who believe there is a once in a generation opportunity to seize and plan for a fresh, modern community hub for Mid Sussex, as part of the vital regeneration in the town. They want and need to engage with the wider public on what new modern facilities on this site can look like, facilities which can support a wide range of local interests, develop culture and arts opportunities, as well as how it can be diverse, inclusive and financially sustainable, for now, and for future generations. This is where our focus should be, looking to the future with bold optimism and I will be working with the Council to make sure we get the right outcome, delivering for the community and all our needs.
It’s National Apprenticeships Week, shining a light on fantastic work being done by employers and apprentices. This follows the recent publication of our Government White Paper on “Skills for Jobs”, which sets out reforms to technical education and skills, ensuring people can get the education and training they need to help them find great jobs, get on the career ladder and progress. It will also put employers at the heart of the skills system. Meaning almost all technical courses will be based on employer-led standards, ensuring the education and training people receive is directly linked to the skills needed for jobs and sectors, in order to take advantage of new employment opportunities, regardless of age, circumstance, or background.
I had a great zoom with Haywards Heath St Paul’s Scout Group, who asked some brilliant questions on a range of topics, including Climate Change, post-Covid economic recovery and encouraging more people to get cycling. It’s so pleasing to see the enthusiasm and awareness our younger generations have for the major issues and future challenges we face - the future is bright!
Finally, ‘Rampion 2’ could create clean, renewable electricity to power over one million homes in the UK, but could have an impact on the constituency and those affected by the proposed site. A consultation will be running until Thursday 11th February, so please add your feedback at www.Rampion2.com