It’s a wonderful life - well it is in Mid Sussex!

The Orchards, Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards SUS-141208-165003001
The Orchards, Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards SUS-141208-165003001

It’s a wonderful life! - That’s the Christmas message from Mid Sussex District Council.

The district has been rated among the top 20 places to live in a survey of all 390 local authority districts in the UK by the Halifax.

The districts were judged on the availability of jobs, the quality of housing, the amount of public open space, access to local services, educational performance, quality of

healthcare and crime rates, as well as the weather, traffic and broadband access.

Overall, authorities in the South East dominate the top of the Halifax quality of life league table, with 27 of the top 50 based in the area and Mid Sussex rated at 16th.

Mid Sussex District Council leader Garry Wall said: “If, like me, you have lived here for many years it can be easy to take for granted just what a wonderful place Mid Sussex is to live and work.

“One of the main reasons Mid Sussex is such a great place to live is our thriving local economy. We have incredibly low levels of unemployment and, as a council, we do all we can to support local business growth.

“We recently opened our £2 million small business development centre in Haywards Heath and we’re fully behind growth projects like the proposed revitalisation of Burgess Hill town centre and the new business park on the edge of town because they will create over 3,000 new jobs for local people over the next few years.

“Good health is also extremely important and I’m proud that we will be making significant investments in our parks and leisure centres this year to help Mid Sussex residents stay fit and healthy.

“We have close-knit local communities that look after one another and really care about their local area. We’re currently hosting Neighbourhood Plan Referendums in towns and villages right across the district and many local people are relishing the opportunity to have a greater say over the future development of their community.”