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London Lane Traffic Calming

Roadworks — 9th May 2019

London Lane Traffic Calming: July - August 2019

London Lane traffic calming work has been scheduled to widen the pavements and formalise the layby nearest to Broad Street, The works are due to start on 22nd July 2019 and will be completed by 30th August 2019, with a full road closure for the duration of the works. SGN will also be there for 3 weeks to complete gas works.

More details regarding this will be available at the Annual Parish Meeting on Thursday 23rd May, at the Village Hall on London Lane. Meeting starts at 7pm.

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MSDC Commercial Property Purchases

MSDC Press Release — 9th May 2019

Council secures another income generating asset 

Mid Sussex District Council has moved to secure two further commercial buildings that will generate much needed rental income and help to finance council services for many years to come.

The council has agreed a £5 million deal to purchase the freehold of two 16,500 sq. ft. retail warehouses on London Road, Burgess Hill, one of which is currently occupied by Halfords. Government funding for Mid Sussex District Council has reduced dramatically in recent years. In 2010, Mid Sussex received £6.4 million in Revenue Support Grant towards the provision of local public services but this reduced year-on-year to zero in 2018.

With the removal of the Revenue Support Grant, Mid Sussex District Council must find other ways to generate the income it needs to continue providing services for local people. The purchase of the two retail warehouses in Burgess Hill will provide a sizeable rental income that will help to offset the loss of government grant funding and provide the Council with a stronger financial platform for the future.

Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke, Deputy Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said: “Funding for local Councils has reduced dramatically during the last decade and in Mid Sussex we are constantly working to find new ways of making our money go further. “The income we receive from Council Tax only covers around one third of the cost of providing Council services in Mid Sussex so we must generate the additional income ourselves with investments like this one. “I’m proud that Mid Sussex District Council is taking its responsibilities seriously and planning for secure financial future. Investments like this ensure that council money is working hard for the people of Mid Sussex. “Our long-term goal is to be 100% financially self-sufficient so, no matter what happens at national government level, we will have secure funding streams in place to deliver our services for local people.”

Car and cycling specialists Halfords occupy one of the two retail units and the second is currently vacant following the closure of Carpetright. The Council is already in negotiations with a leading gym operator to take over the lease of the second unit.

Councillor Ash-Edwards elected as new Leader of Mid Sussex District Council

MSDC Press Release — 9th May 2019

Conservative Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards was elected as the new Leader of Mid Sussex District Council at a meeting of full Council on Wednesday 22 May 2019, becoming one of the country’s youngest Council Leaders. 

The leadership position was vacant after former leader Garry Wall decided not stand for re-election to Mid Sussex District Council. At the meeting, Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke was appointed as Deputy Leader of the Council. The following Cabinet Members were confirmed at the meeting:  

Cabinet Member for Community - Councillor Norman Webster

Cabinet Member for Customer Service - Councillor Ruth de Mierre

Cabinet Member for Economic Growth - Councillor Stephen Hillier

Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery - Councillor John Belsey

Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning - Councillor Andrew MacNaughton

Councillor Colin Trumble was elected as Chairman for the next civic year and Councillor Margaret Belsey was appointed as Vice Chairman. Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“Having lived in Mid Sussex all my life, I am delighted to have been elected to lead the District Council and grateful for the confidence that Councillors have shown in me. I am committed to public service and will work hard to make a positive difference for local residents, our towns and villages.

“The number one priority of my team and I is to deliver on the manifesto commitments we made in the local elections. This includes providing well run local services, protecting and enhancing the environment, supporting the local economy, working with the Government to get the sixth form college open and securing the biggest upgrade in our district’s infrastructure for a generation. We will ensure the Council’s finances are well managed, remembering that every penny spent belongs to the taxpayer.

“Mid Sussex is a fantastic place to live and work and the new Council will do everything it can to continue improving our district”.

Notes to Editors

The following elections of Chairmen and appointments of Vice Chairmen were made by Committees:

Chairman of Audit Committee – Councillor Mike Pulfer

Vice Chairman of Audit Committee – Councillor Rachel Cromie

Chairman of Licensing Committee – Councillor Jim Knight

Vice Chairman of Licensing Committee – Councillor Anthea Lea

Chairman of Scrutiny Committee for Leader, Finance and Performance – Councillor Jim Knight

Vice Chairman of Scrutiny Committee for Leader, Finance and Performance – Councillor Mike Pulfer

Chairman of Scrutiny Committee for Customer Services, Service Delivery and Community – Councillor Anne Boutrup

Vice Chairman of Scrutiny Committee for Customer Services, Service Delivery and Community – Councillor Anthea Lea

Chairman of Scrutiny Committee for Housing, Planning and Economic Growth – Councillor Neville Walker

Vice Chairman of Scrutiny Committee for Housing, Planning and Economic Growth – Councillor Clive Laband

Chairman of District Planning Committee – Councillor Robert Salisbury

Vice Chairman of District Planning Committee – Councillor Dick Sweatman

Chairman of Planning Committee – Councillor Gary Marsh

Vice Chairman of Planning Committee – Councillor Phillip Coote

WSCC Town & Parish News

WSCC Press Release — 9th May 2019

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Issue 2 | April 2019

Grass CuttingTis the season for grass cutting

The grass cutting season for urban areas is now underway and will be followed shortly by rural areas. Information on grass cutting and schedules are on the WSCC website. We tweet the daily whereabouts of our grass cutting contractor - so why not follow us on Twitter using @WSHighways.

Some parish councils have entered into agency agreements with us where they, or an appointed contractor, undertake ‘green works’ to areas of the public highway, supplementing the work carried out by WSCC. If you’d like to find out more about this and if it could work in your area, you can contact us using this online form.

On a more light-hearted note, we have decided to rename our fleet of mowers – using grass cutting related puns. If you’d like to see the other selected names, just visit our Twitter page. Or if you have any better suggestions, feel free to Tweet them to us.

Proud to Care logoNEW Proud to Care website launched!

Our care recruitment team have launched a new website, www.proudtocarewestsussex.com.

The website has been designed as the go to place for people to search for care jobs in West Sussex as well as find out information about working in care, top tips for applicants, apprenticeships plus lots more!

The website showcases a range of films and case studies from people currently working in care which are designed to inspire others and promote the great career opportunities available within the sector.

With a growing elderly population and increased demand for support the new website is just one of the ways we are supporting local care providers with the recruitment and retention challenge.

If you know anyone who may be considering working in care please let them know about this website, or to contact the team for more information email [email protected] 

West Sussex CrowdWSCC’s community funding window closes 28 May

We need your help in making communities aware of next month’s deadline to apply to the Community Initiative Fund (CIF).

Eligible groups are encouraged to create a crowdfunding campaign and pitch to CIF via West Sussex Crowd by Tuesday 28 May.

In the platform’s first year, more than £420,000 in pledges has been generated across all campaigns – of which over £237,000 was donated by residents, local businesses and partner funds.

The county council has so far awarded £174,676 to 75 successful campaigns West Sussex-wide.

In order to be eligible for consideration at the next County Local Committee meeting, proposed projects must intend to use funding towards:

  • Purchase of equipment;
  • Venue or equipment hire;
  • Building works, renovation or repair;
  • Advertising/promotion for a community event.

To request a digital poster for display on your community noticeboards, please email [email protected]

In your communications with residents, please direct your communities to view the fund’s eligibility criteria at www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

Armed ForcesNew app launches for armed forces community

A brand new mobile app has launched to help members of the armed forces community in West Sussex and the south east access support.

The free Forces Connect app is aimed at serving personnel, veterans, and their families as well as public sector organisations to help them find local services and organisations offering support.

The app was commissioned by Forces Connect South East, a partnership comprising West Sussex County Council, and the councils of Surrey, Kent, East Sussex, Brighton and Hove and Medway and Sussex NHS which secured Ministry of Defence grant funding for projects which make it easier for military personnel to access support.

To download the app, search ‘Forces Connect’ in Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store.

H&WBStart well, live well, age well: the strategy for a healthier West Sussex

On 25 April the new West Sussex Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy was launched.

From giving youngsters the best start in life, to supporting people through their working years, through to helping people enjoy their later years, the new strategy outlines a number of key ways to reduce health inequalities for our residents at every stage of their lives.

The strategy focuses on areas including reducing infant mortality and smoking during pregnancy, supporting parents to create a safe and healthy home, and reducing social isolation and risks of nasty falls in our older population. There is also a strong focus on making health everyone's business by encouraging people to move away from significant risks such as smoking, physical inactivity and poor diet to healthier lifestyles.  

Its purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of residents, and reduce the gaps in health and wellbeing between communities, while ensuring joined-up working across services.

The strategy can be viewed and downloaded via the WSCC website. 

Taste Spring 2019Fancy a Taste of Spring?

The new Taste West Sussex magazine is out now! Full of features about local food and drink producers, plus the chance to win some fabulous prizes.

These include a professional paella party at home worth £300, and four bumper hampers bursting with edible goodies courtesy of a clutch of West Sussex businesses.

If you would like copies of the free magazine for your parish/town halls, email [email protected]

You can also visit the webpage at: www.westsussex.gov.uk/taste

CampaignsOur latest communication campaigns 

Take a look at three of our latest communication campaigns:  

Tackling Textiles

Preventing Falls

How will the UK leaving the EU affect me?

Feel free to share these links, and the information contained within, to help keep your residents updated and informed. 

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WSCCHave your say on local issues that affect you

Have your say on matters that affect you and your local communities - and get your residents to do the same - by visiting our Have Your Say Consultation Hub. From major road schemes and Joint Area Action Plans, to premises licence applications and safeguarding in our schools; we want to hear your residents' views to help shape future policy and decisions.

Some of our main public consultations open right now include:

Go to the Have Your Say Consultation Hub for all the newest consultations

 

Your VoiceYour Voice: The People's Panel

Alternatively, encourage your residents to join Your Voice: The People's Panel where they'll be regularly consulted about a number of important local issues. Once registered they'll receive links to surveys, reports and outcomes and occasionally links to other public surveys. Find out more information and subscribe here

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Sussex Police Contact Handler Vacancies

Sussex Police — 9th May 2019

SUSSEX POLICE

Our Force Contact, Command and Control Department isn’t a call centre, it’s the start of our front line. If you’re looking for a change in career, look no further.

Our Contact Handlers are an essential part of policing and have a key role in keeping Sussex safe and we’re hiring now.

The contact centre is bustling with activity, our contact handlers deal with a vast variety of emergency 999 calls, non emergency 101 calls, online and social media communications and often are the first point of contact for the public with police.

We’re looking for people who are quick thinking with an enquiring mind, able to multi task, pay attention to detail and have excellent communication skills.

Chief Superintendent Jane Derrick, who is responsible for the contact centre, said: “For many people you’ll be the first point of contact with the police, whether it’s over the phone or by email. Versatility is crucial in this role as no two days are the same, no two calls are the same – our contact handlers will agree.

Our contact handlers are that calm voice in someone’s hour of need. They listen and record vital detail to ensure that the caller receives the right response. One moment you could receive a call from a distressed parent reporting their child missing and the next call a report of a dispute between neighbours. The role is striking the right balance between meeting the needs of the caller, giving the right advice for each situation, all the while showing empathy while not becoming too emotionally involved when dealing with sometimes difficult circumstances.

This is our second recruitment campaign this year as we continue to invest in our public contact service, in order to enhance our ability to respond quickly and decisively to those who call us for help.”

The role is based at our Headquarters on the outskirts of Lewes. You’ll need to be able to work shifts, including nights, weekends and bank holidays.

In return we offer a great starting salary with enhancements to reflect the shift and weekend/bank holiday working. We also provide excellent ongoing training, opportunities for continued personal development and professional progression.

We seek to recruit local people, with local knowledge and whatever your background, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation, we welcome you and your application.

If you’re looking for a new career where you can make a difference, choose a job that matters and become a contact handler.

Recruitment opened on Friday 3 May and wil close on Monday 27 May.

We are also offering Recruitment Tours on specific days throughout May to provide an insight into the role of a contact handler by seeing first hand what they do daily. Details of when the Recruitment Tours are and how to book are on our Contact Handler webpages in the ‘Recruitment Tour’ drop down menu.

For more details visit: https://www.sussex.police.uk/…/caree…/jobs/contact-handlers/

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Help us keep Sussex safe

Seen something suspicious or have information about a crime or incident? Please contact us online, email us at [email protected] or call 101.

Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

MVSA Small Charities Week 2019

Advice — 9th May 2019

6ee52b2b-316f-4d78-859d-46f8506f7927.jpg To celebrate Small Charity Week 2019 we have organised two events, both of which will be held at our Community room in Burgess Hill:  

1. Big Advice Session (Mon 17 June, 12.30-15.30): this will be an opportunity to find out about the support that we offer to not-for-profit groups in Mid Sussex. The drop-in event will be open to existing MSVA members and to anyone else who is running or planning to set up a community group or a charity. Sussex Community Foundation will be available to advise on current funding and how to apply for it.  

 

2. Loan Sharks Workshop (Tue 2 July, 9.30-12.30): this event is open to MSVA member groups and will focus on protecting your organisation from illegal money lenders and helping vulnerable people in your local community. You can find out more about the workshop and book up to two places by clicking HERE.   

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Events

9th June 2019

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2019

Opening hours are 10am - 1pm.

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.

20th July 2019

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2019

Opening hours are 11am - 4pm.

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.

21st July 2019

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2019

Opening hours are 10am - 2pm.

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.

25th August 2019

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2019

Opening hours are 10am - 2pm.

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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