More than 50 extra long-stay car parking spaces have been created in Burgess Hill, as part of a town centre renovation project.

The 54-space extension in Queens Crescent follows a similar project to increase parking in the Cyprus Road area last year.

Both are part of plans by Mid Sussex District Council to increase investment in the town and make it more attractive to businesses looking to move into the nearby Martlets Shopping Centre.

Council cabinet member for service delivery, Cllr Gary Marsh, said:

“These extra spaces will ensure there’s plenty of parking available in the town while these improvements are made and more space will be available for all the people who are attracted to the new look Burgess Hill.”

It takes the total number of space in the area, some five minutes’ walk away from the town centre and the train station, to 204, from 150.

The council has suggested that season ticket prices will remain the same after the extensions, at £550 for an annual ticket.