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Have Your Say On Sussex Police Funding 2018-2022

Public consultation — 2nd January 2019

This week 70 new police officers completed their training, and a further 38 have started theirs as part of the biggest recruitment drive in Sussex for over ten years, made possible by this year’s increase in the police element of council tax - the precept. 

Last week the Government announced the provisional funding settlement for policing in a £970 million package that gives Police & Crime Commissioners the ability, should they wish, to raise the precept above the current £12 limit. 

This unprecedented funding opportunity could help Sussex to recruit substantial numbers of PCSOs and even more police officers, as well as improving the public contact service, especially the 101 non-emergency number. 

Although no final decisions will be made until early February next year, the Chief Constable and the PCC, Katy Bourne, have indicated their commitment to ensure that residents will see and feel the benefit of any extra funding raised locally. 

If you have not already done so, you can give the PCC your views on police funding by completing a very short survey available on her website at

I have been asked by the PCC to pass on her thanks to all Neighbourhood Watch volunteers for your support of Sussex Police throughout the year, which I am doing with great pleasure. 

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail [email protected] or visit  email.gif

Sussex Police Weekly News Update 17th January 2019

Sussex Police — 2nd January 2019


He is from Burgess Hill and has been seen there and in neighbouring towns, including Haywards Heath. Click here for more. 

APPEAL FOR WITNESSES: Over the period of 26 December and 29 December between the hours of 12am – 12am, the Christian Centre Church in Burgess Hill had the lead flashing stolen from the porch roof.  A hole was cut into the hedge between the graveyard and the adjoining Burgess Hill allotments.  If you saw or know anything about this, please contact us quoting ref: 0518 10/11. 

PREVENTION ADVICE: Make your valuables less attractive to thieves by using a property or police approved forensic marking solution only visible under Ultraviolet (UV) light. This can take the form of a special marker using ink or paint. Mark or etch your property with your postcode, house or flat number or the first three letters of your address. All of these measures help police identify stolen goods, making it harder for thieves to sell. So make your mark. For more advice please click here.

Burglary; Ref: 665 12/01 

On 12 January there was a suspected attempt break into a property in Livingstone Road, Burgess Hill.  The door handle was found to be loose but fortunately the suspect failed to gain entry. 

On 14 January in London Road area, East Grinstead, front door to the property was smashed in. Cash and coins of high value were stolen. Ref: 0410 14/01 

In the area of Hillcrest Lane, Scaynes Hill, Haywards Heath, rear patio door was smashed and entry gained to the property on 15 January. Jewellery was stolen. Ref: 0991 15/01 

On 15 January we received a report of a break to the shed in Ockley Lane, Hassocks. This break happened over period of time. Ref: 0479 15/01 On 16 January between 4 pm and 10 pm patio door was smashed at the property in Oak Close, Copthorne. Jewellery was stolen. Ref: 0082 16/01  

Help us keep Sussex safe If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at [email protected] or call 101, quoting the reference number provided. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at  

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MSDC Press Release — 2nd January 2019

Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging local people to lead a healthier lifestyle in 2019 by adjusting their alcohol habits with Alcohol Change UK.

People who ditch alcohol for only 3 weeks, lose weight, avoid hangovers, have improved skin, save money and sleep better.

Alcohol is linked with more than 60 health conditions including liver disease, high blood pressure, depression and 7 types of cancer. Alcohol misuse is also the biggest cause of death, ill-health and disability for people aged 15-40 in the UK. Cutting down reduces these health risks dramatically.

In 2017 there were 7,697 alcohol-specific deaths in the UK. This is the highest level since 2008. In 2016/17 in England and Wales, 20.6% of criminal damage and 21.5% of hate crimes had the offender under the influence of alcohol.

Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging local people to get involved in the challenge by signing up for Dry January at The site has a free app to help people follow their progress and make it easier to stay on track. It also features how much money has been saved by not drinking and can keep an eye on all the calories that have been cut out. Everybody who signs up will receive regular support emails and tips from health experts to help anyone who is struggling with the process.

Councillor Webster Cabinet Member for Community said:

“Take control of your life and join the millions of people that take on the Dry January challenge. You can help to raise money for good causes by donating that you save from not drinking to charity.

“Almost 60% of participants last year lost weight & almost 88% saved money by not buying alcohol. There are lots of health benefits, giving you time to evaluate the amount of alcohol you consume.

“It only takes 3 weeks to break a habit and take control of your drinking. Anyone can get involved and it’s easy to sign up and get started on your journey”.

Calling all West Sussex community groups

WSCC Press Release — 2nd January 2019

Charities, clubs, organisations and other groups are encouraged to pitch for a West Sussex County Council grant during their final funding window of 2018/19. 

Groups have until 14 January 2019 to apply for a share of the Community Initiative Fund (CIF) using the West Sussex Crowd. This online crowdfunding platform has already helped worthwhile projects across the county raise more than £170,000. 

The county council has so far awarded 25 successful crowdfunding campaigns with more than £49,500 courtesy of the CIF. 

A guide hut in Hassocks and a horticulture project in Selsey both benefitted at the last round of funding, receiving £4,000 between them from the county council. 

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a variety of projects choose West Sussex Crowd and reach their crowdfunding targets with support from our Community Initiative Fund. “Leading up to the festive period and into the new year, there’s one final chance for groups to pitch for community funding and deliver their projects from spring 2019. 

“If you’re involved in an existing community project or have a new idea you want heard, pick up the phone and find out if you’re eligible - call 033 022 25075.”

The county council’s Community Initiative Fund has replaced its previous funding initiatives including the Small Grants Fund and the Members’ Big Society Fund. 

Crowdfunding campaigns must have started fundraising by 24 January 2019 in order to be considered by the CIF. Pitches received by the deadline will be reviewed at the next round of County Local Committees taking place in February and March next year. For more information and details on how to apply, visit

WSCC E-Newsletter January 2019

WSCC Press Release — 2nd January 2019

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The West Sussex Budget Challenge... Have you shared your views yet?

WSCCWith the amount of money local authorities receive from central government falling dramatically, West Sussex County Council faces unprecedented financial pressures for 2019/20 and beyond.

This means we face some stark choices over the next four years, as we tackle a funding gap of £145million - before we take into account money raised in council tax.

As a result, we need to find innovative ways to generate income and protect as many of our services as possible but the reality is that we simply can't carry on doing all the things we have done, in the same way.

It is important you are kept informed of what is happening, and that we are open and honest about what we have to do. 

If you haven't yet done so, please complete this survey to tell us how much you know about our budget challenge and how we can best keep you up-to-date. This will help us to ensure we provide you with relevant updates in the future. You have until midnight on 13 January 2019 to share your views.

The survey should take no-longer than five minutes to complete.  Please don’t forget to sign up for updates at the end of the survey.

Help continue to improve the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS)

Consultation picturePeople’s views are being sought to continue to shape a service for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their parents and carers.  

The West Sussex SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS) is calling on families and professionals to help it decide what else may be needed from the service.  

The comments will help SENDIAS produce its next two-year service plan.

SENDIAS staff provide impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parent carers and young people with SEND, to help them understand and access the provision available to them.

The online survey is now live until 13 January 2019 and can be found at: 

Watt do you think? We need views on electric vehicles and charging points...

Electric vehiclesWhether you currently own or drive an electric vehicle, are considering buying one in the future, or have no plans to switch to electric - we would like to hear from you!

The county council does not currently provide on-street charging points for electric vehicles, but we are developing an Electric Vehicle Strategy which will set out what we plan to do to help the Government achieve its ambition of at least half of all new cars being ultra-low emission by 2030 - and zero vehicle emissions by 2050.

While we cannot guarantee our position will change, we will use the results from this survey to help inform and shape our strategy.

The survey is available via this link and will take between five and ten minutes to complete.

You have until Friday 11 January to get involved by sharing your views.

Make your mark in a West Sussex school!

School recruitmentLooking for a new challenge in 2019?

Are you or is someone you know interested in training to be a teacher? There are 284 schools in West Sussex looking for someone like you.

Whether you want to teach, become a school bursar, a governor, a governing body clerk or apprentice, there is something for everyone.

To find out what opportunities are available, we’re hosting two recruitment fairs that will give you the chance to find out what our schools can do for you.

  • Saturday 2 February, 10.00am-2.00pm - Fontwell Park Racecourse BN18 0SY
  • Saturday 9 February, 10.00am-2.00pm - Ifield Community College, Crawley RH11 0DB

For more details visit our dedicated campaigns page.

Be a life-changer

Fostering videoAs West Sussex foster carer Serena revealed: “Don’t be frightened of fostering. It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. It’s made my life. I wouldn’t do anything else, even if I won the lottery tomorrow.

“I wish I could start being a parent again because I feel the foster carer training and support is just fabulous. I’ve learnt so much and with each of the children every single day you learn more.”

Find out more about Serena’s experience as a foster carer by watching our video.

We have a lot of children who need a home right now. If you’d like to do something different and change a life, contact our fostering team by calling 033 022 27775 or visiting

Council’s community funding window closes 14 January

WS CrowdDo you have an idea for a community project that stands out from the crowd? The Community Initiative Fund (CIF) is open to applications from groups, charities, CICs and more – exclusively via West Sussex Crowd.

The new online crowdfunding platform has replaced the former Small Grants Fund and Members’ Big Society Fund.

Since launching last May, we’ve pledged more than £77,000 to 35 successful crowdfunding campaigns across the county.

For extra funding support, submit your CIF application by Monday 14 January 2019. Your crowdfunding campaign must have started fundraising by Thursday 24 January in order to be considered by the CIF For more information, visit

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M23 Road Closures

Roadworks — 2nd January 2019

Work to reduce congestion and improve journey times continues this week with narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7. There are no planned closures. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

Saturday 12 January 2019

Lane closures anticipated on the junction 9 on slip between 10pm and 4am

Monday 14 January – 18 January 2019

Full closure of the junction 9 exit slip road between 10pm and 4am. Diversion via junction 10 Crawley for Gatwick, A2011, London Road, Airport Way or continue to M25 junction 6 and back onto M23. Saturday 19 January 2019

Full closure of the M23 between junction 10 – 8 North and Southbound between 10pm and 4am. Diversion for Gatwick via junction 10, A2011, London Road, Airport Way.  For M25 via A264, A22 to junction 6 of the M25.

All diversion routes will be fully signed.…

New water main at Lucastes Lane, Lincoln Wood and surrounding roads, Haywards Heath

Council News — 2nd January 2019

Work on a scheme to install a new 1.2 kilometre water main is taking place on Lucastes Lane from the junction of Lincoln Wood down to the end of Sherwood Drive and also including Lucastes Lane to the west of the junction. Work is also taking place in Foxwarren and Badger Drive.

Construction is planned to start on Monday 7 January 2019 and the project is expected to take approximately 28 weeks to complete, however our contractor’s staff will work hard to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.

Work will take place during normal working hours, although there may be some activities at weekends.

There may be a short interruption to the water supply during this scheme as we connect our new pipe to the existing network. However we will write to customers at least 48 hours in advance of this taking place.

Our contractor is Clancy Docwra and staff on site will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you would like to speak to South East Water direct please call our Customer Technical Centre on 0333 000 1100.




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