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£180k funding boost for West Sussex One Public Estate
Friday, 01 March 2019 09:47

Government funding of £180,000 has given an additional boost to the One Public Estate West Sussex programme, designed to transform local communities and provide better public service.

It’s on top of £640,000 already received from Government since 2017. Led by West Sussex County Council, One Public Estate (OPE) West Sussex brings together 23 public sector organisations to work together to look at how their collective assets can be used more efficiently and effectively. The ultimate aim is to improve services for residents and ensure the best value for money for taxpayers.

Partners involved include district and borough councils, organisations from across the health sector, police, ambulance and fire and rescue services.

The latest round of funding awarded will go towards feasibility/development appraisal works in the following areas:

• Burgess Hill: The Brow (joint project with Mid Sussex District Council, West Sussex County Council and others)
• Shoreham: Pond Road (led by West Sussex County Council)
• Chichester: Southern Gateway (led by Chichester District Council)
• Chichester: Northgate (led by West Sussex County Council)

Leader of the County Council Louise Goldsmith said: “I’m delighted that the OPE West Sussex programme has yet again been successful in securing revenue funding from Government to support the development of collaborative projects. This continues to demonstrate the success of the partnership and the countywide commitment across the public sector to delivering the wider benefits OPE can bring for residents, communities and services.”

The OPE programme is a joint initiative between the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association.

The aim is to improve public services while rationalising the public estate so there is a reduction in the amount of money spent on buildings by the public sector. The programme will also help free up land for the development of housing, commercial and employment space to help support local economic growth.

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