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Public Consultation on Warden Park Secondary School Admissions - Closes Wednesday 9th January 2019

Public consultation — 2nd November 2018

Please find attached a consultation that proposes a change to admissions criteria for Warden Park Secondary Academy from 2020. The proposal, if agreed by the Trustees, provides for a higher priority for children in Sussex Learning Trust primary academies.

To respond to this consultation please complete the following ‘Survey Monkey’.  

Alternatively, written responses or questions can be sent to:   

Jonathan Morris
CEO Sussex Learning Trust
℅ Warden Park Secondary Academy
Broad Street
RH17 5DP  

All responses will be considered and must be submitted by the  deadline of 9.00 am on Wednesday, 9 January 2019.  


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Public Consultation On Wpsa Admissions

Update On Significant Planned Road Works On Motorways In Or Near Sussex

Roadworks — 2nd November 2018

On Monday 12 November for 5 nights, there will be a lane closure leading to a full closure of junction 10 northbound exit slip on the M23 between 10pm and 4am. A fully signed diversion route is in place via junction 9 and back. Narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph North and South bound 24/7.

Free recovery service and speed enforcement are now in place to ensure drivers and road workers safety.

Full Closure – December 2018 We will have a full overnight weekend closure on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December between 9pm and 6am (5am Mon 10 Nov). There is a full diversion route in place from junction 6 of the M25 via the A22, A264 to junction 10 of the M23 and from junction 10 via the A2011, London Road, Airport Way into Gatwick Airport.

For more information and updates about the M23 and the M25 please refer to the Highways England website

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) supports Small Business Saturday in Mid Sussex

MSDC Press Release — 2nd November 2018

Friday 1st December not only marks one of the busier days of shopping in the UK, but in 2018 it is also small business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non commercial campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, MSDC’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Deputy Leader said “Now, more than ever it is vital that we all show our support for small businesses right across Mid Sussex. Local small businesses have so much to offer consumers and I would urge residents to shop local and support Small Business Saturday on 1st December".

Small Business Saturday reaches millions of customers and businesses each year. Any small business can register and receive free advertising as they are added to the small business finder on the website.

Michelle Owens, Director of Small Business Saturday added “…it’s not just open to businesses, it’s open to everyone. Every individual who can take a moment to appreciate the far-reaching impact small businesses have on their community.”

So this Saturday 1st December make sure that you support small business Saturday in Mid Sussex.


Roadworks — 2nd November 2018

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Ockenden Lane, Cuckfield from junction with High Street to junction with South Street is temporarily prohibited from 04/12/18 at 09:30 until 05/12/18 at 15:30. 

The restriction will be in place day-time only between 09:30 – 15:30. 

This closure is necessary to allow South East Water to repair a defective reinstatement.   

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times   
The alternative route for traffic will be signed via Ockenden Lane, South Street, High Street and vice versa. 

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above  
Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105  

Any queries about the works please contact South East Water on 01634 276512   

Dated 14/11/18   
Matt Davey Head of Highways and Transport

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Road Closure Public Notice Ockenden Lane Cuckfield

Ditch the Problem - Riparian Ownership

WSCC Press Release — 2nd November 2018

Following feedback received via Operation Watershed from community groups, particularly parishes, WSCC has updated some helpful information to guide landowners and community groups around the tricky subject of Riparian Ownership and Responsibilities.

Keeping our watercourses well maintained benefits the community as a whole. If an area experiences constant flooding, this becomes a nuisance to the community, can restrict access to property, makes everyday living difficult and results in considerable expense and inconvenience for those that have been flooded.

There are various resources including a short film, leaflet and posters as well as more detailed guidance that can be printed and used in your community.

Call to Action As part of your ongoing work to support reducing the risk of flood impacting residents in your local area, continued communication is key to raising awareness. The new material will provide useful practical information and guidance for landowners and residents. When you have the opportunity please would you promote to your community groups and individuals in your area that information is available via the website.

A little more information in case you are not familiar with Riparian Ownership…

If you have a watercourse, ditch, stream, river or culvert on or next to your land you are known as a ‘riparian owner’. Riparian owners are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of watercourses on their land to ensure that they are not a flood risk to other people or property.
Well maintained watercourses can significantly benefit the local community by reducing flood risk and creating habitats for wildlife.

The riparian responsibilities for landowners under law are to:
• Ensure the flow of water is not obstructed or polluted
• Maintain the bottom and sides of the watercourse (including managing any trees and vegetation growing on the banks)
• Remove any obstructions, such as rubbish, fallen branches or garden waste
• Maintain any structures (such as trash screens, culverts, weirs and mill gates) on it.

It is important to promote and support communities to look after the watercourses in the county and this information will provide a helpful resource for them.

Further information is available via the website and if you have a particular question relating to Operation Watershed please go to:

Or email: [email protected]

West Sussex County Council Cybercrime/Online Safety Surveys will CLOSE at midnight on Monday 19th November, 2018.

WSCC Press Release — 2nd November 2018


The Community Safety & Wellbeing Team at West Sussex County Council has launched two surveys in order to gather feedback about people’s perceptions and experiences of cybercrime/online safety over the last 12 months. Responses to this survey will influence how we at the County Council shape our cybercrime/online safety support work for residents and local businesses in the future. 

Business Survey:

We are seeking views and information from managers as well as business owners to help support businesses in the future. Survey link - https://haveyoursay.westsussex...

Personal Use Survey:

We are looking for any West Sussex resident, aged 18 or above, to complete our Personal Use Cybercrime/Online Safety Survey. Survey link - https://haveyoursay.westsussex...

Sussex Police Funding 2018-2022

Sussex Police — 2nd November 2018

Sussex Police have started the biggest intake of new police officers for over a decade. This has been made possible by the increase in police precept of an average £12 for a band D property, and the PCC releasing £17 million from reserves. It means that over the next four years, Sussex will have 200 more police officers on the front line than it does today. 

Although residents are pleased to hear that local policing will be strengthened by these 200 extra officers, they are already indicating that they would like even more. That is why the PCC has opened a survey on her website to gauge potential support for raising more funding locally if the Government lifts the current cap on the police precept. 

Please take a moment to make your views known on this link: 

We know that some people are understandably reluctant to click on links in E-mails. If you prefer, you can visit the PCC’s website where you can also find the short survey in the Transparency section.  

You can find out more about funding for Sussex Police 2018-22 here:…

Sussex Community Buildings Advisory Committee Bulletin NHS Online Service - Focus Group Needed

Public consultation — 2nd November 2018

The five CCGs of the Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance are seeking individuals who live in rural areas to attend a focus group regarding a proposed new online NHS Service. The idea behind this service is that it will allow patients to contact their GP practice online and can be used for: 

- discussing symptoms with your GP
- admin based requests like Fit Notes, referrals, repeat prescriptions
- signposting to other services

This service will not replace telephone bookings or face-to-face appointments with GPs.  It will be another way to access care from your Doctor, which will also help reduce some of the pressures on practices.  The focus group will help the NHS understand the needs of their patients and create a new service that their patients will want to use.

If you're interested in taking part or know anyone who would, please contact Antonia Bennett for more information:

[email protected]

Phone 07787 247637


Road Closure Notice for Christmas Street Festival

Council News — 2nd November 2018

Please see attached the Road Closure Notice relating to the Christmas Street Festival to be held on Friday 7th December 2018.

South Street and High Street will be closed between 1730 and 2100 hours.

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Signed Road Closure Order Christmas Street Festival

Sussex Police Weekly Newsletter 6/11/18

Sussex Police — 2nd November 2018

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6 November 2018

News and appeals  

Don't fall for online romance fraud - new police video warning

Sussex Police is supporting a new You Tube video warning people of the dangers of falling victim to romance fraudsters. Romance fraud typically involves the fraudster contacting someone on a dating site and gaining their trust. They tell their victim they need money for a family emergency, flights over to see them, or various other pretexts. In nearly 90% of cases the approach is made by Facebook or email. To watch the video click here. Autumn burglary campaign begins after clock change 20181030-op-magpie-sq.jpg  

A focus on burglary begins this Autumn after the clocks changed this weekend. From October 29 to November 4, Sussex Police is running Operation Magpie, the autumn burglary prevention and awareness campaign.  There were 644 burglaries across the force in September 2017, but this fell to 518 in September 2018. The autumn campaign aims to maintain this decrease, as well as raising awareness about how you can protect your own home. During this week there will be prevention advice to specific communities as well as social media posts, in an effort to prevent burglaries from happening in the first place. Read more here

Crime summary  

There was an attempted burglary in Lexington Drive Haywards Heath on 1 November.

Ref.203 01/11

There was a break to the house on 1 November in Brook Street, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath.

Ref. 875 01/11 

Jewellery was stolen from the property in Station Road, Burgess Hill on 31 November. Entry was gained via back door.

Ref. 608 02/11 

On 2 November, between 2-4:30 pm a property was broken into on Oakwood Road, Burgess Hill. Entry was made via the front door and jewellery was stolen.

Ref. 0967 02/11 

Cash and jewellery were stolen on 2 November from the property in London Road, Burgess Hill.

Ref. 1035 02/11 

On 2 November in Queens Road, Burgess Hill cash was stolen from the property after an entry was made via ground floor rear window.

Ref. 1043 02/11 

On 2 November a property was broken into on Payton Drive, Burgess Hill. Jewellery and war medals were stolen.

Ref. 1077 02/11 

On 5 November in Imberhorne Lane, Burgess Hill a garage was broken into. Quad Bike and a trailer were stolen.

Ref. 656 05/11 

Garage and work shop were broken into on 5 November in Reeds Lane, Hassocks. Hedge cutter and batteries were stolen.

Ref. 0670 05/11 

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  

Your local teams Visit our Website to contact your local team, view local news and follow our social media accounts. Simply type your post code in the 'Find a Local Area' box located in the top right of the web page.  


Christmas Bin Collections Timetable

MSDC Press Release — 2nd November 2018

Please see attached the schedule for bin collections over the Christmas Period for 2018-19, together with handy details of which items can be recycled and which cannot.

For any enquiries please contact:

Phone - 01444 477440

Email - [email protected]

Christmas New Year Rubbish Recycling Collection 2018 19 P1

Free training for independent retailers to help them compete with chains and online shopping

MSDC Press Release — 2nd November 2018

Mid Sussex District Council is inviting local independent retailers to take advantage of free training that will help them fight back against online retailers and keep Mid Sussex high streets vibrant and alive.   

Retail experts Martec International will deliver a series of six free training sessions from Monday 19 November. The workshops will cover important topics such as honing a retail strategy, marketing, range planning, presentation, sales and customer service and inventory management.  Attendance at one of the events will make independent retailers eligible for a free coaching and mentoring session with a Martec consultant in their own store. These one-to-one sessions will enable the consultants to tailor advice to the specific needs of each business. 

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Deputy Leader of Mid Sussex District Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: “Independent retailers provide a unique shopping experience to our local towns and villages. We believe this free training will provide practical, down to earth training that will enable local retailers to increase profits and compete more effectively with the chains. We expect demand for places to be high and urge owners of independent shops to sign up now.”  Brian Hume, Managing Director, Martec International said: “We look forward to helping independent retailers fight back and find out new ways to boost sales and increase profitability.  Mid Sussex District Council is a very forward looking local authority and by offering this free training to independent retailers it will help shopkeepers make the most of Christmas trading and ensure New Year profitability.”

Local retailers can register and learn more about the training at

Updated WSCC E-Newsletter November 2018

WSCC Press Release — 2nd November 2018

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Welcome to the latest E-Newsletter from West Sussex County Council...

Don’t let fire take charge

Electrical safetyIn 2017/18 West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) attended 496 electrical fires, the top three causes of these were faulty wiring, cookers/ovens and other cooking appliances.

WSFRS has created a few simple tips for you to follow to keep you and your loved ones safe.

It’s important to remember that electrical fires aren’t just confined to kitchens. Other electrical devices in the home such as iPads, mobile phones, E-Cigarettes and hair straighteners are also causing a lot of fires.

For more information visit and select ‘Keeping safe campaigns’.

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree…

Plastic bottle Christmas tree

The West Sussex Waste Partnership’s recycled plastic bottle Christmas tree is on its way to Chichester and will be taking pride of place outside Jack Wills on North Street.

Brought to you by the West Sussex Waste Partnership, Chichester District Council, Chichester Bid and Jack Wills, the lights will be switched on between 4 and 5pm on Saturday 17 November and we’ll be joined by the Prebendal Choir who will be treating us to some traditional Christmas carolling.

The five-metre-high tree is made from more than 600 reused green plastic bottles and was created by Tracey Graham, known as the ‘Rubbish Artist’. It is the fifth year the tree will have been on display around West Sussex.

If you’re in the area and want to get in the Christmas spirit, pop along for some entertainment and learn how you can reduce the amount of plastic you use, and how to recycle what you do use.

Have your say today

Have your sayWe are carrying out a period of consultation on proposed budget savings which include housing related support, the Local Assistance Network (LAN) and the Minimum Income Guarantee.

Our Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “I recognise that opening the debate about funding for these services has caused widespread concern and I fully acknowledge that these services support a number of vulnerable people. Having to look to make savings in this area is not a decision that I will take lightly.

“The County Council is coming under unprecedented pressure to make savings, and we are being asked to make some really difficult decisions when it comes to our ever decreasing finances. Unfortunately the reality is that we cannot continue to deliver the services we currently offer as we have done previously.

“I would like to assure everyone that we will continue to work with our key partners and organisations to find a solution to the financial pressures that we face. We are committed to working together to tackle this very complex issue.”

If you are affected by these proposals and would like more information, or want to have your say – please visit the links below before the closing date of Monday 3 December:

Minimum Income Guarantee for Working Age Adults Local Assistance Network Consultation Housing Related Support Consultation

You could be entitled to a free flu jab

FluA more effective flu vaccine for the over 65s is being offered this winter in a bid to keep the viral infection at bay.

As well as those over the age of 65, the flu vaccine is also available free to those in groups at particular risk of infection and complications, including children aged 2 to 3, and those in the school vaccination programme, pregnant women, adults and children with underlying health conditions (especially heart and respiratory disease) and carers.

Vaccination is the best protection against the flu. You can find more information on seasonal flu and find out if you are eligible for a free vaccine here.

Are you looking after someone else’s child? Or is someone looking after your child?

Private fosteringWhen a child or young person under 16 years old (or 18 if they are registered disabled), is cared for by someone who is not a close relative for 28 days or more it’s called private fostering.

We’d like to know about these arrangements so we can ensure that everyone involved, including the child, is happy with what’s happening.

Please get in touch by either emailing [email protected] or calling 01403 229900.

Find out more information about this, and what support and advice is available here.

Supported bus services – have your say

Bus surveyIf you’re a regular bus user, or you know someone who is, please have your say in our bus user survey on supported bus services.

It’s part of WSCC’s bus strategy review and follows on from an initial round of public consultation over the summer. This second phase aims to understand the impact for passengers and others if any potential changes are made to supported bus services.

Most routes in West Sussex are operated by companies on a commercial basis, however, some routes receive a subsidy from the County Council. Find out more on our website. Closing date: Sunday 18 November.

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Mid Sussex District Council taking part in Voter ID pilots in 2019

MSDC Press Release — 2nd November 2018

Mid Sussex is set to take part in the next round of the 2019 Voter ID pilots along with 10 other local authorities across England.

The pilots will take place at the 2019 local elections, providing further insight to the Government into how best to secure the voting process.

At the last local elections in May, five local authorities took part in the first round of Voter ID pilots, which are being run by the Cabinet Office. The evaluation following the first trials showed they were a success, with the overwhelming majority of people able to cast their vote without a problem. To verify that voters are who they say they are, each of the 11 local authorities in the 2019 pilot will test one of four models of Voter ID checks. In Mid Sussex, voters will be asked to present their polling cards as a means of identification. Anyone who does not have their poll card with them on polling day will be asked to present another form of photo ID including a UK or EU photo-card driving licence (full or provisional) or a valid British, European or Commonwealth passport.

Local authorities will provide alternative methods of ID to individuals who do not have a specified form of ID, free of charge, ensuring that everyone who is registered has the opportunity to vote.

Mid Sussex Returning Officer Tom Clark said: “We want to give everyone the maximum amount of notice that Mid Sussex is going to be one of the government pilot areas for voter ID. The government see this as a crucial step in ensuring the integrity of voting processes across the country and we are happy to be involved.” Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith MP said:

“I am pleased to see Mid Sussex District Council is taking part in the 2019 pilots. Their participation will help us gain a deeper understanding of how voter ID will work on a wider scale ahead of a national rollout, and see what works best for voters.

“We want people to have confidence that our elections are safeguarded against any threat or perception of electoral fraud.

"People are already required to show ID to pick up a parcel from the Post Office, rent a car, or apply for benefits and this is a common sense next step to securing the integrity of our elections.”

To contact Mid Sussex electoral services about the 2019 Voter ID pilot or any
other election matter, please call 01444 477003 or email [email protected]

The Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire Guides for Brides 2019 is here!

Weddings — 2nd November 2018

Guides for Brides are delighted to announce that their Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire Guide 2019 has arrived and looks fantastic. The guide will be distributed throughout the three counties and at local wedding fairs, so make sure you keep an eye out for it. 

If you'd like an exclusive sneak peek, click on the button below to view our online version. We'd love it if you could share it on your social media platforms. 

Kind regards

Ali, Chris, Denise and John 

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Roadworks — 2nd November 2018

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Cuckfield Road, Ansty from junction with Dumbrells Farm Way to junction with Bolney Road is temporarily prohibited from:

26/11/2018 09:30 am until 26/11/2018 16:00pm.

The restriction will be in place day-time only 09:30 – 16:00

This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to carry out pothole repairs.  
Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times   
The alternative route for traffic will be signed via Cuckfield, Harvest Hill, Bolney Road, Bishopstone Lane, Dumbrells Farm Way, Cuckfield Road Roundabout.  

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above  
Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105  
Dated 2/11/18  
Matt Davey Head of Highways and Transport  


21st November 2018

Rural Parish Wellbeing Day

Rural Parish Wellbeing Day

Building & strengthening resilience

Calling all Villages and Rural areas in Mid Sussex


There's no such thing as ruining your life. “Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.”


On Wednesday 21st November Mid Sussex Wellbeing will be holding a free event in collaboration with MSOPC.

The day will focus on how we can practically build resilience in an ever changing and demanding world.

The Event will kick off with a free lunch at 12:30pm after which the following activities will commence:

1)     Stress and Anxiety Information workshop – Detailing the difference between stress and anxiety and what practical steps you can take to manage both.

2)     Relax and breathe workshop session – Never under estimate the power of your breath and how some simple relaxation and breathing techniques can make a big difference to how you feel

3)     Health & Wellbeing Quiz – Part of building resilience is about having fun… We will end the day with a light hearted health quiz with a prize for person with top marks! 

Venue & time

Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield, Haywards Heath RH16 2HH

Wednesday 21st November, starting at 12.30pm, closing at 5pm

How to book

To book, please contact Mid Sussex Wellbeing on:

[email protected]

or phone  01444 477191

*Please note places are limited so book in advance to avoid disappointment.*

23rd November 2018

Cuckfield Craft & Vintage Market

Hold the date!

Cuckfield Craft and Vintage Market will be held on November 23rd, 9:30 to 13:00 at the Queen's Hall, Cuckfield. 

A Market not to miss with some wonderful stallholders, including Trunk Vintage, Usborne Books, Phoenix Cards, Pagette Jewellery, local artists, beautiful embroidery, gifts for the Garden and more.

There will be a cafe serving hot beverages and cake!


7th December 2018

Cuckfield Christmas Street Festival

Cuckfield Parish Council is pleased to be running and hosting the Christmas Street Festival again this year, after the success of previous years. Last year over 2,000 people attended for a fun evening that has become a regular feature in Village life. We were particularly pleased by the community spirit at the event, raising money for local charities. The event coincides with the Christmas Tree Festival in Holy Trinity Church and the Craft Fair held in The Old School. 

As always, these events rely on rigorous planning to make sure it's safe and well managed for everyone to enjoy.  We are always looking for new people to join the working group, either as part of the preparation or on the evening itself. Please get in touch with the office if you like to be involved to ensure we can run this event safely for the community.

We are also open to small stall holders who may like a table top stall for the evening to raise money for their charity or organization.

Our Facebook event page has regular updates and information and can be found at

20th December 2018

Sherlock Holmes and The Curious Case of Dr Jeckyll & Miss Hyde

Thursday 20th December at 7.30pm

Sherlock Holmes and the Curious Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Hyde

After the success of 2016's The Hound of the Baskervilles, and 2017's Dracula; A Pain in the Neck,
Rain or Shine are dying to bring you yet another fantastic evening of entertainment with their own individual comedic style!

The dynamic duo return to solve one of the Victorians ages biggest mysteries. The Curious Case of Dr Jekyll & Miss Hyde. This Winter join Sherlock Holmes, his trusty sidekick Watson, and watch a case unfold that is less elementary, and more fantastical than ever before.

Hailed as 'a delicious mirthfest' Rain or Shine will once again be reinventing the classic Sherlock Holmes characters using their now signature 'Morecambe & Wise-ish comedy' style for another season of mystery, mayhem, but above all multi-role madness!

Tickets £10 Adults, £6 Child (under 15)

Box Office:  01444 454276

Credit Card Tickets:  03306 600541

[email protected]

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