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MSDC​ Car park charges resume from 8 June

MSDC Press Release — 2nd June 2020

Parking charges are set to resume in Mid Sussex car parks from Monday 8 June 2020. 

Charges were suspended in Mid Sussex District Council car parks on 30 March 2020 to help residents park safely during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. 

With full lockdown measures in place and many people staying at home there was a shortage of on-street parking spaces, especially for the key workers travelling to and from work. The car parks provided a space for residents to park safely without adding to the road congestion. 

Councillor Stephen Hillier, MSDC Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said: “With lockdown restrictions starting to relax and people able to travel freely around the District once more, the pressure on street parking spaces has decreased significantly. 

“Central Government has announced that they plan to gradually ease lockdown restrictions over the coming months. Non-essential shops will reopen in June, more people will be able to return to work and the Government hopes primary school children in England will be able to return to school. 

“With the reopening of our town centres and workplaces, parking charges will help us to manage the demand for parking and ensure there is regular turnover of spaces, so people have space to park when they want to visit our towns and go shopping. 

“NHS staff and care workers with a valid government permit on display will continue to receive free parking in our car parks and designated on street parking bays.” 

New signage will be installed in all car parks to remind customers of how important it is to follow social distancing measures when getting in and out of vehicles or moving around the car park.

People are encouraged to use the MiPermit pay by phone service that is available in every car park to avoid contact with the machines. However, if customers choose to use a machine then signs will be on display to remind them to follow Government guidelines in respect of social distancing and hand washing. 

Season ticket holders will automatically have additional time added to the end of their subscription period.


Your child is spending more time at home. Do you know how to help keep them safe online?

Advice — 1st June 2020

https://www.getsafeonline.org/

As a parent or someone else with responsibility for a child or young person, you’ll be all too aware of the dangers they can be exposed to online. Children and young people are generally curious, sociable and impressionable to one degree or another. Under the right circumstances these are good qualities, but online, they could lead to being bullied, befriended by dangerous people or even lured into internet crime. These are occurrences that happen every day.

However, if you’re worrying about your family’s health, trying to work from home or concerned about job security during the current situation, there’s more chance these things will happen to your child, especially while they have more time on their hands and are spending longer online.

Unless you take the appropriate precautions.

Top tips for a switched-on parent

The Get Safe Online safety experts have put together some expert tips to help you keep the children and young people in your care safe and more aware of these dangers. 

• Have regular conversations with your child about the positive and negative aspects of the internet in language appropriate to their age. Talk about stranger danger. Get them to show you what they’re doing and try it out for yourself. Gain a better understanding of new online technologies and trends. Don’t shy away from discussing potential issues, but not in a scary way. Keep it general so as not to get your child curious about specific sites. Check your facts beforehand. 

• Set boundaries and rules from a young age, such as time limits and what’s out of bounds. Draw up an agreement with your child’s input to give them a degree of ownership. Lead the way by using your own mobile devices responsibly and at the right time. 

• Chat with friends, family and other parents about how they help their children to progress and keep safe online. Swap experiences and tips. 

• Do the tech: apply parental control software and apps on computers, mobile devices and games consoles, privacy features on social networking sites, safety options on search engines and safe location settings on devices and apps. Turn on your internet service provider’s family filters. 

• If your household is using technology for the first time for home schooling, try to familiarise yourself with the basics of how it works and do what you can to help your child avoid online harms. 

• Check lower age limits of social networking, picture/video sharing, gaming and other sites and apps. Download apps only from recognised sources like App Store and Google Play. Add your own email address when setting up accounts and apps for your child. 

• Keep yourself up to date with new game and social media trends, especially those with negative publicity, because they may be violent, encourage gambling or leave the way open for grooming. 

• Explain and encourage safe searching and websites. Check what your child is watching on streaming sites like YouTube and STEAM. 

• If your child wants a video call with friends, set it up for them observing the latest safety advice on updating the platform’s settings, using passwords and keeping knowledge of the call only within a group of friends they know. 

• Talk to your child about the consequences of oversharing confidential information or personal details in posts, profiles, messages and chats. Consider what you share yourself: could it embarrass or endanger your children now or in the future? 

• However well you know your child, ask yourself if they could be carrying out some kind of negative online activity that harms others, even if they do not realise it. 

• Chat with them about things like bullying, trolling, shaming, creating/sharing fake news and being recruited into cybercrime

Safe Online

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Please note that due to Government advice and guidance the Parish Council office will now be closed to all visitors.  Staff will be working from home and available via email:


Sam Heynes (Clerk) [email protected]

Caroline Hansen (Assistant Clerk) [email protected]


Jane Forester (Booking Enquiries) [email protected]


Paul Stevens (Operations Officer) [email protected]


We will arrange to make a call back for any urgent enquiries, but please note the office phones may not be manned.

Please take care and stay safe. 

We look forward to resuming normal service as soon as we can.

23rd March 2020

Events

25th July 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 11am - 3pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

8th August 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 11am - 4pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

9th August 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 10am - 1pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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