East Grinstead Society


The East Grinstead Society had a fantastic return to normal business with its AGM last Thursday with its first face to face meeting since February 2020.
The Society met at the Jubilee Centre, which will be its new home from now on for meetings: with a full programme now announced into 2022.
Chairman James Baldwin outlined the work over the Society over the last year, which included the institution of an annual history prize at Sackville and reviews of all planning applications to our local Councils.
James noted that the Society has reviewed no less than 467 applications, recommending refusal on 53 applications.
Among these were:
• a development of 10 new dwellings in Blackwell Farm Road
• conversion of two disused office blocks in Wood Street to 124 flats
• a proposal for 8 apartments on the Tower Car Sales site near the rear entrance to Aldi Supermarket
• a plan for 9 dwellings on a parcel of land adjacent to Morton Road
• the replacement of the existing Homebase store with a Lidl Supermarket
• a proposal for 28 new homes on land to the rear of Queen Victoria Hospital
This work is a key part of the Society’s mission to fight against harmful growth that threatens the Town’s heritage and well being. A growing membership is essential to support this vital mission.

The meeting also enjoyed a presentation from Robin Whalley on the Society’s exciting proposals to restore the Town’s drinking fountain in the High Street as a Platinum Jubilee project. More news on this later!

James concluded the AGM by highlighting work underway on the next edition of the Society’s Bulletin free to all and the next meeting on November 17, 7.30pm with Cllr Rex Whittaker the main speaker.