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In response to community demand, a group of community representatives and Town Councillors are developing a project to create a new, flexible community and performing arts centre in Burgess Hill. A centre that is fit for Burgess Hill’s needs in the 21st Century and compliments the other venues around the town. The concept plans were presented to a well-attended public consultation on 23rd November 2017 and were approved almost unanimously.

These plans can be viewed at the Burgess Hill Town Council Help Point, 96 Church Walk and online at The new community and performance venue is estimated to cost £6.9 million and Burgess Hill Town Council is planning to raise this money through a combination of fundraising, grants, Council reserves and a loan via the Public Works Loan Board. The project is dependent on securing a loan of £5 million and approval is needed from Burgess Hill residents to enable the Council to apply for this core funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The loan of £5 million will be at a preferential fixed rate of interest to be repaid over a period of up to 50 years with annual loan repayments of around £190,000. These repayments will be funded through Burgess Hill Town Council’s element of the Council Tax (Precept budget).

The overall increase in the Town Council’s Council Tax will be 9.9% in 2018/19 and 7.7% in 2019/20 and is the equivalent to an increase in cost to residents, for a Band D property, of £7.03 in 2018/19 with a further increase of around £5.97 in 2019/20. The total increase over the 2 years equates to £13.00, of which, £11.87 will go towards the repayment of the loan. These rises, in total, equate to just over £1 per month. The above increases will remain for the period of the loan and include the normal running costs of the Town Council for the next 2 years.

A flyer will be distributed by Royal Mail to all households from 5 February 2018 and is available on the Council’s website  as well as the Help Point in Church Walk. Residents are asked to respond by no later than 9 March 2018. Without the support of residents the project cannot proceed.