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Independent Persons for Standards Committee - 2 Vacancies

Vacancies — 3rd February 2020

MSDC have two vacancies for members of the public to apply as Independent Persons on the Standards Committee, and have an advertisement for recruitment out at the moment.  Being an independent role it is slightly different from their usual recruitment process.  

The closing date for applications is Friday 21 February at 5pm.

Please contact Lucinda for more details:

Lucinda Joyce

Senior Democratic Services Officer

Mid Sussex District Council         

Working Days – Monday to Friday until 3pm.

Direct Line: 01444 477225

[email protected]

Additional Support Is Available In A Power Cut If You Act Now

Sussex Police — 3rd February 2020

It was only a few days ago that we reminded you that Storm Ciara was on the way. Just in case you did not act then, Storm Dennis will bring strong winds over the weekend, so now is another good time to act. What to expect?

  • Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely
  • Delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges likely
  • Some short term loss of power and other services is possible
  • It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves

Storm Dennis is also expected to bring very heavy rain, flooding and disruption to travel over the weekend. There is an amber warning for rain in our area. 

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of Sussex, London and the South East, and fix power cuts. Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks does the same in some areas towards the West of the County. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.   

By registering with your distributor you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.   

Click one of the links below, or if you are hesitant to click on links and prefer to search online feel free to do so, to register now, for yourself or somebody who gives you permission to register on their behalf: 

UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register 

SSEN Priority Services 

Which of the two areas do you live in? You can check by visiting Check if you’re in our area which is on the UKPN website. it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if there is a problem, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register. 

It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.     

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to plan ahead and sign up to their appropriate Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut.  

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

Sussex Police Newsletter 13/3/2020

Sussex Police — 3rd February 2020

Sussex Police has welcomed an annual inspection report published today by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
The report reflects an inspection from nearly a year ago, in April 2019, and HMICFRS recognise the progress the force has already made against their findings.
The Inspectorate found that Sussex Police is effective at reducing crime and keeping people safe and in how it treats the public and its workforce.
While the report acknowledges that Sussex Police has improved its ability to identify vulnerable people and that officers and staff assess vulnerability well, it has asked for further improvements in this area and in its efficiency overall.
The inspection team found that the force:
has a clear plan for neighbourhood policing with on-going investment in increasing its presence in local communities and in its investigative capabilities
has a good understanding of public demand, including uncovering ‘hidden demand’, and at planning future demand using innovative technology but could do more to address current lower risk issues
is ethical and good at treating its employees and the public fairly

Read more here

Police arrested a man within minutes of a report of an armed robbery at a post office in Burgess Hill and an attempted robbery of a woman.
Officers were called to the Worlds End Post Office in Leylands Road, Burgess Hill, to a report of a man threatening the shop worker with a knife after demanding he had over a bottle of alcohol at 7.53pm on Monday (10 February). The suspect fled while police were searching for him they received another report that the suspect had tried to rob a woman earlier in St Wilfreds Road. No one was hurt in both incidents, a 23 year Old man from Crawley has been arrested on suspicion of robbery, attempted robbing and assaulting a police officer and possession of cannabis. He has been released on bail until 9th March.  We would still like to hear from anyone who witnesses either of the two incidents. Please report online or ring 101 quoting serial1371 of 10/02.

Surrey and Sussex Police Fraud Newsletter February 2020
Dyno-Rod scam
Sussex Police has received a high volume of reports relating to doorstep callers and telephone callers claiming to be from Dyno-Rod, with West Sussex and Brighton and Hove residents mainly targeted.
A man knocks on the victim’s door, claims to be from Dyno-Rod, and suggests there is a drainage issue in the area that needs fixing. The man then asks for payment to supply equipment or fix the drainage issue. Often the suspect asks for bank cards rather than cash or cheque. Some of the victims have given bank cards to these men who have then used them to withdraw thousands of pounds.
In some cases, victims have received a telephone call first stating there is a drainage problem and then had a courier attend their address to collect money or bank cards.
In one case, a 63 year old man from Brighton received a call from a man claiming to be from the council. The caller suggested there was a problem with the sewage system in the street and asked the victim to pay for two machines from Dyno-Rod to fix the issue. The caller told the victim if he didn’t pay there would be further problems and blockages. This phone call was followed up by a doorstep caller claiming to be from Dyno-Rod who asked for the payment. The victim handed him £800 never to see the man again.

You can read more about recent scams in our Fraud Newsletter

You can view the Surrey & Sussex CCU Newsletter - February 2020

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As part of a National Village Halls’ Week the Queen’s Hall has the following events taking place from Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th January 2020

From 11:00 Thursday 23rd January 2020 -  Cuckfield Museum are presenting a fascinating pictorial display showing the fascinating history of The Queen’s Hall in the Lobby Bar.  The display is on show until 1pm on Saturday 25th and at the Quiz Night on Saturday evening

Friday 24th January 2020 - Taster Sessions in Yoga and Pilates

10:00 to 11:00 and 14:00 to 15:00 - Cuckfield Yoga Boutique - please contact Shyara on 07876 777030 to book a space

12:00 to 12.50 - Pilates with Eleanor - please contact Eleanor direct on 07590 997889 to book a space.  Own mats required for this session.

19:00 Cuckfield Dramatic Society will be talking about what it takes to put on a show followed by a Q & A session, and an audience participation play-reading of a short play.  Come along, have a drink at the bar, learn about the different roles within the club and see if you’d like to get involved.

10:00 to 13:00 Saturday 25th January 2020 - Open Day at The Queen’s Hall

The Queen’s Hall is opening its doors for a special event showcasing the different clubs and activities of our regular hirers at the Queen’s Hall and Cuckfield Village Hall, who have stalls to demonstrate their particular talents and how to join in.  Also numerous other local societies and clubs will be represented so come along and find out what goes on in Cuckfield.  During the morning there will be music and a dance demonstration on the stage given by Regis and Tracey members of Haywards Heath & Cuckfield Ballroom Dance Club.

This is also your opportunity to see the Business Plan for the village over the next four years and discuss this informally with Parish Councillors.

Cuckfield Preschool will be running a café in the Lobby Bar providing tea and coffee and hopefully cake!

At 7.30pm Cuckfield Pre-school are holding a Quiz Night for teams of up to six people.  Tickets £12 which includes a cold deli supper, tickets are available from Cuckfield Parish Office, Cuckfield Pre-school and by email from [email protected]  There will also be a cash bar.



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