Guidance on how to report nuisances or issues

Dangerous or Careless Driving Incidents can be reported to Sussex Police via the link –

Highways issues (potholes etc) report to West Sussex Council  using the link –

Fly tipping report to Mid Sussex District Council using the link: –

Graffiti report to Mid Sussex Council via the link

Graffiti can also be reported to the Balcombe Parish Clerk.

For more information see below

Dangerous or Careless Driving

In discussion with WSCC regarding speeding traffic in the village they have advised us of a current Sussex Police initiative – Operation Crackdown. This initiative is available to report anti-social driving such as speeding, dangerous driving and driving whilst using a mobile phone etc. 

This gives residents the opportunity to report and record specific incidents of anti-social driving that the Police can then follow up and investigate.

Incidents can be reported to Sussex Police via the link –

The report will typically take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. If you started a report previously, you can return to it to complete at a later time.

You will be asked to provide:

  • The license plate number of the vehicle (this is mandatory for the Police to action the report)
  • The make, model and colour of the vehicle.
  • Details about when and where the incident happened
  • Any additional information that may help us to identify the driver
  • Any photos, videos or dash cam footage (taken by a passenger or when the car is stationary) can help with any actions than come from a report being submitted.

Your contact details will be treated in the strictest confidence, once your report has been submitted the only further contact Operation Crackdown will make with you is if we need any additional information about your incident.

Highway Issues

West Sussex County Council are responsible for all matters affecting the highways  such as potholes, overgrown vegetation, damaged kerbs, footpaths and verges, which you come across in the county.

You can submit a report using the link –

You will be asked to select and describe the problem and give the location on an in-app map. It is possible to see what other reports have been produced for the area. It is not necessary to set up an account to report any issues

The Council will investigate and their responses can be followed-up on the site.

Fly Tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste and can be anything between a single bin-bag of rubbish to large quantities of waste emptied by trucks and can appear on roadsides, in lay-bys or on private land.

If you see someone fly-tipping do not stop them yourself. Try and take a photograph instead and note:

  • Location
  • Time and date
  • The vehicle’s number plate
  • Description of the vehicle – including make, model and any noticeable features
  • Any phone numbers on the vehicle
  • The type of rubbish being dumped

You can report to MSDC using the link: –

Mid Sussex Council will try to remove fly-tipping from public land within three working days of being reported. Private landowners are responsible for removing fly-tipping from their own land.


Although some graffiti can look nice unfortunately most graffiti is not and it is an offence if done without the owner’s permission. It is the duty of the Town and Parish Councils to remove unwanted graffiti.

You can report graffiti directly to the Parish Clerk at

or to Mid Sussex Council via the link

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Temporary closure of Haywards Heath Road, Balcombe CP, 17th August 2022

West Sussex County Council has temporarily closed to all traffic Haywards Heath Road, Balcombe CP, in the Mid Sussex District under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, on
Haywards Heath Road for a distance approx 83 metres.

The temporary closure is scheduled to commence on 17th August 2022 for up to 5 days (It is estimated to be completed on 19th August 2022) and is required for the safety of the public
and workforce while BT undertakes Road Closure from the junctions with Bramble Hill to London Rd with works taking place outside The Rectory to allow BT to install a new pole. The restriction will be in place off peak only from 09:30 until 14:30. An alternative route will be signed on site but please visit for more details. Access for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure. For information regarding this closure please contact BT on 02476642814 who will able to assist with scope of these works.

Matt Davey
Director of Highways, Transport and Planning
West Sussex County Council
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