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Central Sussex Local Action Group

The Central Sussex Local Action Group area includes the designated rural areas of Horsham District, Mid Sussex District and Lewes District. The area has outstanding natural assets with almost half designated either as part of the South Downs National Park or the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a vibrant area as well as a beautiful one, being home to more than 144,000 people and we estimate around 8,000 businesses providing 53,000 jobs.

 

Central Sussex Local Action Group

The Local Action Group is made up of local volunteers from across the private, public and community sectors, who have a wide range of experience and knowledge of the area and its economy. There are currently 28 members. The Chairman is David Hurst and the Vice Chairman is Paul Stoggles. The members meet as a group four times a year and additional Project Selection Panels may be held as required.

 

West Sussex County Council is the accountable body for the Local Action Group and employs the LEADER Delivery Team.

During 2014 the Local Action Group consulted with businesses and communities to produce the Central Sussex Local Development Strategy . The strategy was the basis of the bid to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which successfully secured €2,132,000 of LEADER funding for 2015-2020.

 

Central Sussex Local Action Group Priorities

The Local Action Group will use its LEADER funding to enhance the competiveness of the local economy and grow the number and quality of jobs in a sustainable way. The Local Action Group has three priorities and seven objectives. To be considered for funding a LEADER project must address at least one or more of the following:

Priority 1: A vibrant economy with quality jobs.

Objective 1.1 help our small businesses to create new and better jobs.

Objective 1.2 equip or businesses to respond to opportunities created by new technology.

Priority 2: A robust land based sector.

Objective 2.1 modernise and improve the efficiency of our farms.

Objective 2.2 make our woodlands more productive and efficient.

Priority 3: A great place to live, work and visit.

Objective 3.1 develop a sustainable visitor economy.

Objective 3.2 improve our community services and facilities

Objective 3.3 promote local produce and strengthen the role of the food and drink sector in the visitor economy.

 



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