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 https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/.
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.
News and events
Have Your Say On Sussex Police Funding 2018-2022
Public consultation — 2nd January 2019
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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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GO ALCOHOL-FREE FOR DRY JANUARY 2019 FOR HEALTHIER DRINKING YEAR- ROUND
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 https://alcoholchange.org.uk/g.... 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 www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk
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?
Help continue to improve the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS)
Watt do you think? We need views on electric vehicles and charging points...
Make your mark in a West Sussex school!
Be a life-changer
Council’s community funding window closes 14 January
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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