£26 million funding confirmed for A259 improvement scheme
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:16

A £26 million funding package has been secured for a major improvement scheme for the A259 between Littlehampton and Angmering.

The project comprises dualling the existing 2km single carriageway of the A259 between Littlehampton and Angmering as well as providing new cycling and pedestrian facilities.

The funding has been secured from a number of areas including West Sussex County Council’s Major Projects programme, developer ‘S106’ contributions, highway maintenance budgets and a Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership grant.

Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure Roger Elkins (Conservative, Ferring) said: “This scheme is essential to help reduce congestion and cut journey times and pollution levels. By providing new facilities for pedestrians and cyclists we will also be helping to promote sustainable transport.

“This scheme really is important to help meet the needs for transport in the future, so I’m delighted that we have the total funds required to bring it to fruition.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said: “Our £7.5 million LGF contribution towards the A259 scheme will ease congestion and improve journey times along the South Coast. The improvements will support economic growth and allow the building of new infrastructure that will result in new homes, employment space and jobs. We are delighted to see progress with the scheme and look forward to future developments.”

The scheme has been predicted to generate economic benefits worth £126 million to the area over the next 60 years and so represents ‘very high value for money’ against Department for Transport guidance.

The Cabinet Member decision taken for the funding and the award of the Phase 2 contract (the construction phase) is subject to the council’s usual call-in period.

More details on the A259 scheme can be found under the Road Projects section on the county council’s website: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/roadworks-and-projects/road-projects/a259-littlehampton-improvements/

New Video Highlights Recycling Challenge
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 13:10

West Sussex is missing out on a massive 22,000 tonnes of recycling a year.

That’s the result of a recent study carried out by the West Sussex Waste Partnership which found that just over 14 per cent of the general rubbish collected from homes in the county could have been recycled.

To highlight the issue a video has been produced to show the mountain of recycling which is being missed and the amount of money that could be saved if this material was being placed in the right bin and recycled.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “By recycling materials correctly, a staggering £2.5million could be saved for vital West Sussex public services.

“Waste disposal is expensive and it is far more effective to send materials for sorting and then on for recycling, than it is to dispose of rubbish. There are huge costs associated with waste disposal. By recycling more we can all help to reduce our impact on the environment and the cost which falls to West Sussex taxpayers.”

The study found the common items that were being missed were:

  • Plastic pots, tubs, and trays (including black plastic)
  • Card (corrugated and non-corrugated)
  • Newspapers, magazines and other recyclable paper
  • Glass bottles and jars

Deborah added: “West Sussex residents are already doing a good job, but as our film explains, there is more to be done.

“Items such as plastic bottles and containers, glass bottles, tin foil, and magazines and newspapers are unfortunately still being thrown away, instead of being recycled.

“We’re asking people to ‘Think Before You Throw’ and take a moment to sort your recycling.”

You can watch the video and find out more about the campaign at www.thinkbeforeyouthrow.co.uk

Recycling should be:

  • CLEAN - free from food and drink leftovers - a quick rinse will do.
  • DRY - keep your recycling bin lid shut – soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up machinery when sorted.
  • LOOSE – not tied up in plastic bags.

Find out more about what can and can’t be recycled at


Debbie Urquhart Calls for Water Saving
Friday, 19 July 2019 19:56

Water is a valuable resource that we are fortunate to have – but it cannot be taken for granted. Due to climate change and the extreme weather that comes with it, we all need to ensure that water is being saved wherever possible.

West Sussex County Council is encouraging residents and businesses to revisit ways they can help save water as part of its ‘West Sussex Climate Pledge’ online campaign, which launched last month.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Here in the UK, we have less available water per person than most other European countries, which highlights the importance of making small changes around the way we use this resource.

“Climate change is an issue that affects us all, but we all have an opportunity to make a difference and prevent further damage. Our Climate Pledge campaign is currently focusing on promoting water saving advice and tips – please get involved and show your support by signing-up.”

Saving water doesn’t have to be difficult – you can make simple changes around your home, such as:

• Ditching the hosepipe and using a bucket and sponge to wash your car;
• Only filling the kettle with as much water as you need; 
• Taking one minute off your shower time; 
• Watering your plants early in the morning or late in the evening to help minimise the amount moisture lost through evaporation;
• Washing your fruit and vegetables in a bowl instead of under a running tap.

Remember - every drop saved counts.

For more information on the West Sussex Climate Pledge and to sign-up for further tips and advice please visit our campaign page: www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/make-your-climate-pledge/


Debbie Kennard has Stepped Down for Health Reasons
Friday, 19 July 2019 19:51

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, Debbie Kennard has resigned due to ill health.

At a meeting of full council on Friday 19th July Ms Kennard announced her decision.

She will be replaced with immediate effect by Jacquie Russell, Member for East Grinstead South and Ashurst Wood.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council said: “Debbie has been a tireless supporter of all the services in her portfolio area; the fire service, the library service and the important work our communities team does.

“She came into politics because she cares deeply about people and especially the residents of West Sussex.

“She has been a breath of fresh air and has always had a smile for everyone she has come into contact with - members, staff and the public alike.

“I am very grateful for her hard work to date, her ongoing commitment to support the new cabinet member using her knowledge and experience, and I am delighted that she will continue in her role as Military Champion where she has made an outstanding contribution.”

The new cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities, Jacquie Russell was elected to the council in 2017. She has sat on the Planning and Rights of Way Committees and is a former adviser to the Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities. More recently she has been the adviser to the Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure.

Louise Goldsmith said: “We welcome Jacquie to the Cabinet and I am confident she will make an invaluable contribution to the council’s work. With her previous experience she is in a strong place to press ahead with the improvement of our Fire & Rescue Services and deliver our exciting Community Hubs programme.”


£150M Gatwick Station Upgrade Announced
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 09:26

The announcement of a £150 million funding agreement to remodel Gatwick railway station has been welcomed by West Sussex County Council.

The funding agreement has been reached between central Government, Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The scheme will improve passenger accessibility within the station by enlarging and decluttering the concourse and installing additional lifts and escalators.

West Sussex County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “This investment is brilliant news for West Sussex. Gatwick Airport is a vital gateway to international markets and for visitors to access the UK. Providing additional passenger capacity and transforming the quality of the station environment will not only make it a better customer experience, but will help to increase rail usage to the airport and reduce the use of private cars.

“The scheme will inevitably cause disruption while works take place, so we strongly encourage train operators to publish details of planned service changes as soon as possible so that rail passengers can plan ahead.”

The number of rail passengers to Gatwick has grown by around 80% since 2002 and the railway station also provides access to Manor Royal Business District. Around 39% of passengers now access the airport by rail. The scheme will help to meet that and future demands by helping to clear current overcrowding on platforms, which in turn can delay train services.

The funding announcement shows that the scheme will cost around £150 million. This is being met by GAL (up to £37 million), Coast to Capital LEP (£10 million) and the remainder from the Department for Transport. Construction is due to begin in May 2020 and complete in November 2022.

Bee-friendly garden created on Angmering station platform
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 09:21

A bee-friendly garden has been created by community groups on the platform of Angmering Railway Station.

Filled with wildflowers and art made from recycled materials, the garden is a habitat for pollinators including bees, butterflies and beetles.

It was made by the Friends of Angmering Station, a partnership of community groups which includes:

• Railway Partners
• Artworks
• Georgian Gardens Community Primary School
• Men in Sheds

The importance of protecting pollinating insects is being highlighted by West Sussex County Council in their new Pollinator Action Plan.

Residents are being encouraged to preserve their habitats in order to sustain these species across the county.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This project has transformed the platform at Angmering Station into a true oasis for important pollinators like bees and butterflies. Without them our food supply, wildlife and countryside would cease to exist.

“I would like to thank all the groups involved and to encourage others in the county to think about the small changes they can make to protect and preserve our pollinators.”

Deirdre Carolin, Eco and Community Events at Georgian Gardens Community Primary School, said: “’Friends of Angmering Station’ is a Railway Partnership whose aim is to engage the local community (of all ages) with environmentally friendly projects which, in turn, enhance the environment of the station. This year we have made the ‘Pollinator Promise’ and have seeded a new garden area with plants proven to be insect friendly. Children from Georgian Gardens Community Primary School have painted bird and bee boxes made by the local Men In Sheds Group. The area also showcases art work using recycled materials created by the children in workshops run by the local not for profit community art group ‘Artworks’.”

For more information about creating pollinator-friendly habitats, visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/bees


Our Public Health team raise awareness in Park Runs
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 09:13

Members of the West Sussex County Council Public Health Team joined colleagues from Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust (SPFT) at the Lancing Park Run on Saturday 12 July to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

Wearing highly-visible yellow ‘Suicide Awareness For Everyone’ t-shirts, the group took part in the run and handed out info cards at the finishing line, with Karen Hoskin from SPFT giving a short talk before the start.

This is part of a wider awareness campaign at Park Runs across the county.

This coming Saturday (20 July), Public Health will be at the Horsham Park Run.

Anyone from West Sussex County Council, especially Members, please come and say hello if you’re taking part.

Ground-breaking ceremony marks the start of new Extra Care apartments
Thursday, 04 July 2019 12:01

Building work is underway on a new Extra Care Living scheme in Westergate after a ground-breaking ceremony last week.

The new scheme in West Sussex, which is being developed by Housing 21 in partnership with Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council, will provide 60 one and two bedroom apartments for affordable rent and shared ownership.

The development will offer people over the age of 55 a range of services and facilities including a 24 hour on-site care team for those who need it, a café/bistro, hair salon and communal lounge which is also available to the local community.

The scheme will be named Monaveen in memory of the royal racehorse, which was the first horse to run in The Queen’s colours and made its first winning appearance at local racecourse, Fontwell Park in October 1949.

Housing 21’s Monaveen is being constructed alongside Taylor Wimpey’s ‘The Hedgerows’ development, which will provide 208 family homes on Fontwell Avenue. The Extra Care Living development is set for completion in December 2020 with the first residents moving into their homes in early 2021.

Representatives of Housing 21, Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council were also joined by students from Ormiston Six Villages School who will take on the challenge of producing a piece of artwork with their peers. The finished piece celebrating Monaveen is to be unveiled at the scheme’s grand opening event in 2021.

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: “Enabling people to retain their independence in later life is a significant priority for the county council, so I’m excited to see the start of this new scheme. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Housing 21 which will own and manage the scheme, and with Arun District Council which has also helped to make this scheme possible.”

Tracy Jones, Head of Extra Care at Housing 21 said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with West Sussex County Council and Arun District Council to provide the latest Extra Care scheme in West Sussex, which will be named after the royal winning racehorse Monaveen. 

“Housing 21 is the leading provider of Extra Care across England, providing at least 10 percent of the country’s provision. We will be working closely with the local schools, older peoples groups and the social work teams in Westergate to ensure a fully integrated and community feel to the scheme upon opening. This ceremony marks the beginning of a very exciting build journey in West Sussex!”


"Our Town" Launches in Worthing
Saturday, 29 June 2019 07:39

A new scheme launched on Friday 28th June will help people feel safe in Worthing town centre.

Those taking part in the ‘Our Town’ scheme will be given a card to write the contact details of two people, for example a relative, friend or carer.

If they need help when out and about, they can take the card into a participating shop where staff will be trained to offer basic help and can call one of the numbers on the card if the person requires more assistance.

Shops and venues taking part in the scheme will display a window sticker to make it obvious that they are involved.

The ‘Our Town’ scheme was launched by West Sussex County Council, with Conservative Cllrs Debbie Kennard, Amanda Jupp and Bryan Turner in attendance. The Pines Community Choir entertained the crowd.

It is based on similar initiatives in Horsham and Chichester and will be rolled out to more shops and organisations on a weekly basis.

Debbie Kennard, the Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “This is a brilliant scheme which I know is already having a really positive impact in other parts of the county. I am so pleased it is now being launched in Worthing.

“We would really encourage as many shops and businesses in the town as possible to start taking part.”

Participating venues include Worthing Library, Coast Café, Harlequin Hair and the Lido.

The ‘Our Town’ cards will be available from participating venues.


New retained firefighters welcomed to West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
Friday, 28 June 2019 13:41

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has welcomed nine new retained (on-call) firefighters to its ranks following an intensive two week training programme.


Having been put through their paces in the yard at Worthing Fire Station they welcomed family and friends to a Pass Out Parade on Friday, June 21.


They will now join the crews at a number of fire stations across the county to provide on-call support. Many of the new recruits have full-time jobs elsewhere in their communities. Living or working in close proximity the station, they can be paged at any time of the day to respond to an emergency situation.


Among the new recruits was Kerrie Sutton who works for Sanctuary Housing Association. She will be joining the crew at Lancing Fire Station.


She said: “It is always something I wanted to do when I was younger, but life took a different direction for me so it wasn't something I was able to do. 


“I saw an advert in a local parish newspaper and I thought, well why not? I am just going to go for it and here I am.


“I love being part of something, and I feel like I am part of a family and a community. You only live once so you may as well give it a go!”


The course marked a return to West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service for Chris Relf, who will be joining the ranks of East Wittering Fire Station in addition to his day job at West Sussex Alternative Provisions College in North Mundham having previously served at Bosham Fire Station.


He said: “The best thing is the camaraderie, we are all in it together. Having done it before I would definitely advise anyone to give it a go. Everyone looks out for each other and you get to do some really, really interesting things.”


For professional detail car valeter Lucy Stout, joining the fire service was also something she had dreamed of doing, but didn’t feel she had enough self-confidence to see through. After putting in the hard work, she is now joining the crew at Haywards Heath. 


She said: “I knew if I didn’t believe in myself I wouldn’t get there, so I believed in myself and here I am!


“It is literally the best thing I have ever done, everyone is really friendly and they all want to help you out - they want you to pass. The hose running was hard, but it was fun and there was a lot of encouragement from the team.”


Galo David Choez Loor is the newest recruit to join Chichester Fire Station. Living and working in the city at a coffee shop, he was keen to explore something new.


He said: “I love helping people, that was one of my main incentives for doing this.


“I would encourage anyone who wants to become an on call firefighter to do so, it is a hard course but it is really rewarding, and it gives you real skills for life, you study and work with people from different backgrounds so you get to meet a lot of different people.”


Presenting the new recruits with their certificates at Worthing Fire Station was West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Area Manager for Response, Jon Simpson. He said: “It was a real privilege to welcome nine new on-call firefighters to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. 


“Feedback from the lead instructors was really excellent following their two week intensive course. 


“We wish them all the very best of luck and know that they are going to make a real difference to the communities they will serve. I would like to thank all of the instructors who have worked extremely hard to train and support our new firefighters.”

A video of the new recruits can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id738bL5axc 

The nine new retained firefighters with their training instructors





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Wednesday 31 July 2019

£26 million funding confirmed for A259 improvement scheme

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Tuesday 23 July 2019

New Video Highlights Recycling Challenge

West Sussex is missing out on a massive 22,000 tonnes of recycling a year. That’s the result of a recent…
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Friday 19 July 2019

Debbie Urquhart Calls for Water Saving

Water is a valuable resource that we are fortunate to have – but it cannot be taken for granted. Due…
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