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New Crossing to keep Bolney Residents and Drivers Safe
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 15:00

Pedestrians and motorists in Bolney village can look forward to a safer journey along the A272 from now on.

A new pedestrian crossing was opened this week by West Sussex County Council and Bolney Parish Council.

The crossing connects the north and south of the village and will make it much easier for people to cross the busy road safely.

The A272 Cowfold Road was resurfaced as part of the project and five new lighting columns were put in.

The scheme cost £100,000.

County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “This new scheme will make it safer for residents crossing such a busy road.

“The pedestrian crossing will slow motorists and is an improvement the community living here has been crying out for.”

County Council’s Member for Hurstpierpoint and Bolney, Peter Griffiths, said: “This is a great example of a community and council working together.

“It has been nine years in the making.

It will prevent a large number of road traffic accidents for people driving through this area, and it is the only crossing for the only shop in the village. It has been a long time coming and is going to make a huge difference to the village.

It will join the southern side of the parish with the northern side.We have had issues with road accidents in the past.

So having a pedestrian crossing here will make it easier for the people who live south of the village to cross the road and get to school, or catch a bus.“It will join the village together."

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Patient Transport Worries to be debated at Health Select Committee
Friday, 23 September 2016 00:00

Ongoing concerns about the hospital patient transport service for Sussex will be discussed at a meeting next week.

West Sussex Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee (HASC) is asking for assurances that steps are being taken to make sure the service is stable and able to provide the required level of service to residents.

The committee has raised concerns over a number of months about the service, which has been run by Coperforma since April.

Bryan Turner, HASC Chairman, said: “The hospital patient transport service is an important service to residents and we want to hear assurances that any issues are being addressed.”

Also on the agenda for the meeting are changes to stroke services in the central Sussex area and proposed changes to how adult social care is delivered by West Sussex County Council including the introduction of a number of ‘innovation sites’.

The select committee takes place at 10.30am on Thursday 29 September at County Hall in Chichester.

 

Photograph: Health Select Committee Chairman, Bryan Turner CC (Broadwater, Worthing)

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Louise Goldsmith warns of ‘perfect storm’ brewing in West Sussex schools
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:00

The Conservative Leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith, has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening, to plead for urgent government support to address issues which have ‘built up over years of under-funding’.

The letter has been prompted by delays to the implementation of a new National Funding Formula for schools, something which local headteachers and the County Council have been calling for.

Louise said: “As things stand, central government policy is placing councils like West Sussex in a truly untenable position of presiding over real cuts to school budgets, to the long term detriment of our children and their educational outcomes.

“I have written to the Secretary of State to say we urgently need support to resolve a number of funding issues caused by a range of policy changes and made worse by this recent delay.”

The County Council is in the process of preparing budget estimates for 2017/18 and beyond. Prior to the current year, the County Council had not increased its Council Tax since 2010/11, saving the average Band D taxpayer £523. During this time the County Council sought to maintain frontline services whilst taking out £162m in savings.

Louise added: “Despite our focus on cost efficiency and savings, the budget pressures for 2017/18 mean that in order to continue protecting essential frontline services, we are being forced to consider passing unfunded cost burdens on to our schools.

“We have absolutely no capacity to absorb the cuts to the Education Support Grant (up to £5.7m by 2018/19) or new costs such as the Apprenticeship Levy (£1.7m).
 
“I know that headteachers have expressed their bitter disappointment and frustration at the delay in the implementation of the National Funding Formula, particularly as schools and academies in West Sussex are the fifth lowest funded nationally.”

National average funding per pupil in England is £4,636. In West Sussex funding per pupil is £4,198, which is £438 per pupil below the national average. If West Sussex schools were funded at this level our schools would receive an additional £44.7million per annum.

Louise continued: “We had anticipated the possibility of increased funding arising from the proposed national funding formula from April 2017. The delay in introducing the new formula is extremely disappointing because yet again school funding is cash frozen in 2017/18.

“The government has urged schools to achieve efficiencies but such action has already been taken by schools in West Sussex to cover the new cost burdens arising from increases to teacher pensions and national insurance in 2016/17.

“Our schools cannot absorb more pressure on their budgets, which are already underfunded, through further efficiency measures – they have already squeezed their budgets to the limit.
 
“We are listening carefully to the concerns of headteachers about possible actions that they may need to consider if there is no increase in funding.”

Headteachers have said that, in the context of budget pressures and continuing significant difficulties in recruiting and retaining teachers, options they may have to consider include:

• Providing a reduced curriculum;
• Increasing class sizes;
• Reviewing school opening hours;
• Reducing school enrichment activities such as trips, visits and work experience, and before and after school activities.

Louise said: “I want to ensure that the voice of headteachers is heard and will do all I can to try to secure additional funding to ease the current pressures they are facing. Ultimately, the lack of funding could impact on our children and as a County Council we want to do all we can to give children the best start in life.

“I have asked the Secretary of State to allocate transitional funding to support West Sussex schools to meet cost pressures until a new fairer funding formula can be introduced.”

 
Signal improvements at key Worthing junction
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 00:00

Motorists can expect more reliable traffic signals at an important junction in Worthing.

West Sussex County Council is replacing the existing traffic signals at the junction of Ham Road and Lyndhurst Road.

The signals' condition has deteriorated and the lights are starting to fail.

The replacement signals will feature the latest LED technology.

They are cheaper to maintain and save energy.

The County Council is also adding an extra pedestrian crossing across Ham Road.

It means there will be controlled pedestrian crossings at all four points of the junction.

Work starts on Monday, September 26 and will last for four weeks.

Temporary signals will be in operation while the work takes place.

Traffic will move slower during this time and queues are likely at all approaches to the junction.

Motorists should seek alternative routes, particularly during peak periods.

Roger Oakley CC, Member for Worthing East, said: "New signals here will be good news for road users in the long term. 

"The equipment there now is becoming obsolete and is starting to fail. 

"Replacing them will improve their reliability and cut down on time spent maintaining them."

Work will take place during daylight hours.

The scheme will cost about £75,000.

 
LEP Apppoints Enterprise Co-ordinator
Monday, 25 July 2016 17:37

The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been awarded funding for an Enterprise Co-ordinator for the LEP area. The Co-ordinator will support school and college leaders to develop better links with local business.

The Co-ordinator will recruit and induct a network of Enterprise Advisers to work on a 1:1 basis with education establishments, continue professional development for teachers and develop curriculum materials to engage young people with the world of work and local businesses.

In partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council and the County Council, work is initially focused on 20 schools, academies, colleges, special schools and pupil referral units.It is intended that the programme will roll out to other schools and colleges across the county in the academic year 2016/17.

 

Richard Burrett (Cabinet Member for EDucation and Skills) said "This a really important appointmen as it will improve the level of advice and guidance available for young people in education, and will help them to make the right choices about work."

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Scutiny of SECamb to Continue
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:16

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust that it must make significant improvements in the quality of its services.

Following a comprehensive inspection in May, CQC has issued a Warning Notice identifying six main areas of concern for improvement by the trust:

•           The systems in place to ensure enough staff are employed and deployed appropriately are not effective.
•           NHS 111 calls are not always responded to in a timely and effective manner.
•           Processes to ensure that equipment is properly maintained and secured are not adequate.
•           Safeguarding processes to prevent abuse of service users are not operated effectively.
•           The systems in place for medicines management are not operated safely and effectively.
•           Governance arrangements including systems to assess, monitor and improve the quality and safety of the services are not operated effectively.

Bryan Turner, Chairman of West Sussex Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee said "Many people in West Sussex will be concerned about the performance of SECamb, a key component of our health service. Together with our colleagues across the region, we will continue to question the senior leadership team of SECamb on how they will deliver the improvements demanded by the CQC."

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Superfast schoolchildren celebrate broadband at Amberley
Sunday, 17 July 2016 17:48

An exciting project to bring better, faster broadband to West Sussex has celebrated the successful completion of its £20 million roll out with one of the latest communities to benefit from access to superfast broadband.

Amberley C.E. First School and local residents said a special ‘thankyou’ to the West Sussex Better Connected team, a partnership between West Sussex County Council, BT and central government, which has already made faster broadband available to 60,000 more homes and businesses in the county.

Following the success of the project, an additional £2.5 million has been invested in taking the roll out further into the county and hoping to reach another 3,000 West Sussex homes and businesses by the end of 2017.

The high-speed fibre broadband technology is available to more than 230 households and businesses and school in the village of Amberley – and already it is proving highly popular with around a third of villagers so far ordering a better, faster broadband product from their internet supplier.  

The majority of residents in Amberley can get access to superfast speeds of more than 24mpbs with some getting up to 70mbps at home offering better online learning and entertainment and an improved ability to work at home.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “It is fantastic to see Amberley’s schoolchildren able to include digital education in their learning and enhance their skills which will help them for the future. The aim of the Better Connected project has been to bring better, faster broadband to West Sussex and it is very rewarding to see local communities, now including Amberley, reaping the benefits of our investment.”

Jon Gilbert, head teacher at Amberley C.E. First School, said: “We want to thank West Sussex County Council, BT and Openreach for the faster internet speeds we now have at the school. There is a lot of excitement among the pupils and staff about the new way that lessons can be learned and enjoyed using the speeds and capacity that the new fibre broadband has provided.”

Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Our rollout of superfast broadband has already taken superfast speeds to more than four million homes and businesses that would otherwise have missed out. The West Sussex Better Connected partnership has done a fantastic job and the widespread access to superfast broadband that this scheme is delivering will provide a tremendous boost to the West Sussex economy."

Tim Simpson, local resident and Amberley Parish Councillor said: “Faster broadband has benefitted many of us, and has in particular put Amberley School at the forefront of technological provision in local schools.  We want to thank two key providers – Openreach, who, despite last winter’s difficulties, worked very hard to bring fibre broadband over Houghton Bridge and along the B2139 to Amberley; and West Sussex County Council’s Better Connected broadband team, who have worked tirelessly on our behalf to ensure provision of fast reliable broadband to our community.”

Stacey King, BT’s regional partnership director for the South East, said: “It is great news that by working together efficiently and effectively the partnership has been able to provide faster internet speeds to Amberley village and Amberley C.E. First School. The engineering to provide high-speed broadband to the village has at times been challenging and at one point included crossing the river Arun over an historic bridge.”

The Better Connected project builds on BT’s commercial fibre broadband programme across the county, which has already given more than 350,000 homes and businesses access to the high-speed fibre technology.
 
West Sussex Council invested £6.26 million in the project, BT £7.6 million and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK programme £6.76 million.
 
The new fibre-based network is open to all broadband providers on an equal wholesale basis, so local households and businesses can benefit from competitive products and pricing from a wide range of broadband providers.
 
Local WSCC member, Mr Philip Circus (pictured) said "The technology will boost the competitiveness of local businesses, helping them to find new customers and operate more efficiently, whilst opening up a host of new learning, entertainment and development opportunities for households"

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Tim Loughton MP attacks Southern Railway’s terrible record and calls for a timetable to be set out to strip GTR of its franchise if it does not improve
Sunday, 17 July 2016 17:37

Tim Loughton MP (East Worthing and Shoreham) organised a Westminster Hall debate on the performance of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR). During the debate, Tim attacked the performance of Southern Railway and challenged the Minister to set out a timetable for GTR to be stripped of its franchise if they did not rapidly improve their “appalling” service.

The debate was well attended by over 20 MPs from across the political divide. Those present relayed the anger of their constituents with the current performance of GTR.  

Opening the debate, Tim said:

“Our constituents are losing their jobs, literally; families are unable to see their children; students are missing lessons and in some cases exams; all as a result of woeful incompetence of this train company.

“There is no end in sight. It is embarrassing, it is pathetic, it is unsustainable and it is a national disgrace. The management, the unions and the Department of Transport should all be ashamed.

“Enough is enough. The Minister has got to get a grip on this.

“If this [Southern’s performance] has not been sorted by the beginning of September, after the impact of the emergency timetable, and there is absolutely no indication of improvement, then the Government should set out a timetable for stripping Southern of the franchise by the end of the year.”

After the debate, Tim said:

“I was surprised to hear in her response the Minister claim there was nothing in the contract between the Government and GTR which allowed her to rescind the franchise from them.”


Tim has been holding GTR to account for their poor service. You can see his work on this here:  http://www.timloughton.com/campaigns/trainwatch

 

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RESIDENTS SIT COMFORTABLY
Monday, 04 July 2016 09:53

Clients of Offington Counselling service are at last able to sit in comfortable arm chairs thanks to a grant from WSCC.

 

The old chairs were long past their best and had become uncomfortable.

 

“When you have personal problems you need to discuss, the last thing you want is to be sitting uncomfortably. You need to be able to relax and have a nice cup of tea while you chat” said Cissbury Division Member John Rogers who helped to guide the application through the Community Initiative Fund process.

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OFFINGTON COMMUNITY BENEFITS FROM WSCC FUNDING
Monday, 04 July 2016 09:51

 

Findon Valley residents are benefiting from a brand new bus shelter that has been built by volunteers managed by the Communities Team and with the materials cost paid for by a grant from the Community Initiative Fund.

 

The application was made and managed by Findon Valley Residents Association in conjunction with Cissbury Division member John Rogers and will be officially opened on Weds 6 July at 10am

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