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Cuckfield Parish Council

Council News — 7th December 2018

Please note that the Parish Office will be closed over the Christmas holiday period:

Friday 21st December - open 10am to 3pm

Monday 24th December - Tuesday 1st January - Closed

Wednesday 2nd January - re-open 10am 

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Gatwick Airport Public Consultation

Public consultation — 7th December 2018

The Airport has just released a Masterplan which is out for consultation until 10th January. You can find the Masterplan online at:

The airport is consulting on three scenarios:

  1. Increasing capacity on its current runway
  2. using the standby/emergency runway in combination with the current runway
  3. safeguarding land to meet it’s long term ambition of an additional runway, in combination with the above.

 This means that Gatwick could become a three runway airport. 

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways In Or Near Sussex 8th December 2018

Roadworks — 7th December 2018

On Monday 10th December for 7 nights, there will be a lane 1 closure leading to a full closure of junction 7 from the M25 onto the M23 southbound between 10pm and 4am. A fully signed diversion route is in place via junction 8 of the M25 and back.

Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7. Free recovery service and speed enforcement are now in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

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

Gatwick Airport and Noise Management Board Public Meeting

Council News — 7th December 2018

Following Gatwick’s very successful public meeting on Wednesday 5th December, we are pleased to attach a link to the presentations used on the day, together with an update progress report on the NMB.

WSCC Newsletter December 2018

WSCC Press Release — 7th December 2018

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WSCC E-Newsletter December 2018

Welcome to the latest E-Newsletter from West Sussex County Council...

We’re dreaming of a green Christmas

Christmas Wrapping PaperMost of us recycle wrapping paper at Christmas but please remember metallic paper can’t be recycled. Try the scrunch test - if it scrunches and stays scrunched, you can recycle it. Just don’t forget to remove any ribbons and bows.

Please don’t leave cardboard boxes outside to get wet as soggy cardboard can’t be recycled. Fold it flat or tear into smaller pieces or, if it’s still too big for your recycling bin, take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Site.

For lots more advice - including what to do with leftover Christmas food - head to the Waste Prevention website or check out Facebook and Twitter.

Ho, ho, ho - Christmas advent calendar competition

Advent CalendarMeals for two and family days out, cinema tickets and bottles of sparkling wine. These are just some of the prizes up for grabs this December in the Experience West Sussex advent calendar competition.

Filled with gifts from across the county, a prize will be announced every day this month up until Christmas Eve on Monday 24 December.

It’s not too late to enter. Just head to the Experience West Sussex website, fill in your details for the prize draw and check back daily to see if you’ve won.

Picture perfect presents

Picture PerfectFrom Nineteenth century maps of Worthing and Chichester to vintage black and white portraits, find a special gift with West Sussex County Council Records Office. offers a wide range of wall art, photo gifts including framed, key rings, cards, posters, canvas prints, mugs, puzzles and cushions.   

Turn your favourite print into a canvas, puzzle, cushion, key rings and more with

Keep safe this winter

Winter 2018With winter upon us don’t forget to keep touch with your older neighbours, relatives and friends who are more vulnerable in the winter months and may need a bit of extra help.

It is important to keep warm as the temperature drops – both inside and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

If you start to feel unwell, at the first signs of illness, even if it’s just a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist, before it gets more serious.

And don’t forget – you may be entitled to a Warm Home Discount.

For more information visit

Fire service launches Christmas drink and drug drive campaign

FiremanFirefighters in West Sussex are warning about the risks and consequences of drink and drug driving over the festive period.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has launched a driving under the influence (DUI) campaign as the Christmas party season gets underway.

In 2017 West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended 43 road traffic collisions where the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

For more information please visit our Winter Fire Safety Advice page.

Views needed on new draft vision for adult social care

have your sayPlease let us know your views on a new three year vision and strategy for adult social care support by taking part in our consultation.

This proposal sets out how the council will support people to live healthy and independent lives, while keeping the most vulnerable safe.

You can share your views by completing our survey on our website before the 14 December 2018.

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Electric vehicle resident's survey

Stay up to date this winter with updates from our Highways team Twitter account

Save Time Go Online


1. How can I request a birth/marriage/death copy certificate? Order a copy or make amendments here. 2. How do I book a Registrar for my wedding? Click here for details on how to book. 3. How do I report a pothole? You can report it quickly via Love West Sussex.  4.  How do I find out where our grass cutting crews are working? Click here.

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Dates announced for independent retailer training

MSDC Press Release — 7th December 2018

Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging local independent retailers to sign up now for free training that will help them fight back against online retailers and keep Mid Sussex high streets vibrant and alive.  

Retail experts Martec International will be running the sessions and following a very successful launch session last month they have just announced the dates for the rest of the free workshops in 2019. 

The next session is on Tuesday 8 January in East Grinstead and will focus on product range and product management. Further workshops are being held throughout Mid Sussex on the following dates: Tuesday 22 January – Hurstpierpoint  – Visual Merchandising and Better Presentation Tuesday 5 February – Burgess Hill – Marketing, Price, Promotions and Advertising Tuesday 26 February – Cuckfield – Sales and Customer Service Monday 11 March – East Grinstead – Inventory and Stock Management Attendance at one of the events will make independent retailers eligible for a free coaching and mentoring session with a Martec consultant in their own store. These one-to-one sessions will enable the consultants to tailor advice to the specific needs of each business. 

Mike Lorusso, Owner of Fun Pots, Haywards Heath attended the first workshop and said: 

“It met my objectives very well.  I thought it was a very worthwhile session.  The customer analysis, in particular, was excellent at providing ideas to put theory into practice.” 

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Deputy Leader of Mid Sussex District Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “Independent retailers provide a unique shopping experience to our local towns and villages. We believe this free training will provide practical, down to earth training that will enable local retailers to increase profits and compete more effectively with the chains. We expect demand for places to be high and urge owners of independent shops to sign up now.”  Brian Hume, Managing Director, Martec International said: “We were delighted at the attendance and enthusiasm for the first session on honing your retail strategy.  We have planned a fantastic series of workshops to help independent retailers fight back and find out new ways to boost sales and increase profitability.  Mid Sussex District Council is a very forward-looking local authority and by offering this free training to independent retailers.  It is helping shopkeepers ensure New Year profitability.”

Local retailers can register for the 2019 workshops and learn more about the training at

New water main at Top Street, Bolney

Roadworks — 7th December 2018

Work on a scheme to install a new 93 metre water main will take place along the private drive opposite the junction with Cherry Lane and Top Street, Bolney. 

The project is designed to overcome issues associated with an old, unreliable, pipeline that has been subject to bursts leaving householders with no water or low pressure. 

Construction is planned to start on 25 February 2019 and the project is expected to take approximately four weeks to complete. As a safety precaution for pedestrians, motorists and our contractor we will need to close the road at the junction with Top Street and Cherry Lane to through traffic only.    

A diversion route, which has been agreed in conjunction with West Sussex County Council Highways department, will be clearly signed for the duration of the work.   Access to homes and businesses will be maintained at all times but may be affected periodically  while we lay the new water main across driveways.   

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.



20th December 2018

Sherlock Holmes and The Curious Case of Dr Jeckyll & Miss Hyde

Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm

Sherlock Holmes and the Curious Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Hyde

After the success of 2016's The Hound of the Baskervilles, and 2017's Dracula; A Pain in the Neck,
Rain or Shine are dying to bring you yet another fantastic evening of entertainment with their own individual comedic style!

The dynamic duo return to solve one of the Victorians ages biggest mysteries. The Curious Case of Dr Jekyll & Miss Hyde. This Winter join Sherlock Holmes, his trusty sidekick Watson, and watch a case unfold that is less elementary, and more fantastical than ever before.

Hailed as 'a delicious mirthfest' Rain or Shine will once again be reinventing the classic Sherlock Holmes characters using their now signature 'Morecambe & Wise-ish comedy' style for another season of mystery, mayhem, but above all multi-role madness!

Tickets £10 Adults, £6 Child (under 15)

Box Office:  01444 454276

Credit Card Tickets:  03306 600541

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