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Men are more successful at passing their driving tests at Burgess Hill test centre than women, according to the latest figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

Between April 2017 and March 2018, 49 per cent of men who attempted the practical test managed to pass, while 43.2 per cent of women were successful. Across that period Burgess Hill test centre carried out 9,358 tests - 4,943 for women and 4,415 for men.

 Read more at: www.midsussextimes.co.uk

For the first time the Mid Sussex District Council Design Awards this year will include a 'People's Choice' vote. People are being invited to vote for the scheme which is their favourite by August 15.

The awards, which celebrate good design in many forms, take place every three years to recognise the importance of high quality design in enhancing the district.

Read more at: www.midsussextimes.co.uk

Plans for a 65,000 square foot business hub in Haywards Heath which will make the town an 'extremely attractive location for major companies' have taken a step forward.

The Commercial Park Group, a partnership between developer John Baker and leading building and civil engineering contractor Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, has submitted its first planning application for the hub - Haywards Park.

Read more at: www.midsussextimes.co.uk

A much-loved community venue in Burgess Hill which has hosted thousands of groups since it opened in 1972 will be 'sorely missed'.

Martlets Hall - Located in the heart of Burgess Hill - closed its doors on Saturday, June 30, to allow for the redevelopment of the town centre - a 65 million pound project by developer NewRiver REIT.

That will see the town gain a ten-screen cinema, hotel, 142 flats, a new library, as well as extra retail and restaurant units.

Read more at: www.midsussextimes.co.uk

Bedlam's brought it home!

Bedlam Brewery took home a haul of 4 Gold Medals including Overall Cask Champion for Phoenix at the SIBA National Independent Beer Awards, which took place in Tonbridge last week. Bedlam Phoenix, Porter and Amagansett beers also won Gold awards within their Cask categories.

"We're incredibly proud to have beaten such tough competition to bring home a total of 4 medals from this South East competition!" said Ops Manager, Oliver Marsh, "We were up against the likes of Hammerton, Redemption Brewing and Andwell Brewing; all of whom are really good and we love what these guys are doing."

These awards mean so much to Bedlam as they're judged by brewing peers, industry experts and beer journalists, local CAMRA members and beer enthusiasts and very much seen as the prestigious 'Brewers' choice Awards by the industry.

Phoenix 3.9%. An Extra Pale American Ale with some of the boldest US Hops: Citra, Amarillo and Cascade. Top fermenting yeast used in many of the iconic American craft beers is imported and pitched to give its characteristic dry, soft, smooth and clean finish.

To find out more about Bedlam Brewery visit their website: https://bedlambrewery.co.uk/