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Coronavirus - Government Guidelines

Advice — 6th April 2020

Please see a link to the main government website which remains updated with current and latest advice regarding coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Cuckfield Foodbank Donations - CLOSED UNTIL TUESDAY 14TH APRIL FOR EASTER

Advice — 6th April 2020

Food can be left at the Queen's Hall, High Street, Cuckfield, on Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm.

Food can be left at the Co-op at Whitemans Green on Monday to Sunday, 9am - 8pm.

Items required are non-perishables such as tinned food e.g. beans, veggies, soup, tomatoes, cooking sauces, cereals, pasta, rice, biscuits, coffee and tea, and toiletries. These are just a few examples.

Donations will be collected each Monday and taken to the Trussell Trust in Haywards Heath, who will arrange deliveries to be made to families in crisis on Wednesdays.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting this.

Bonfire and BBQ fire safety warning ahead of bank holiday

WSCC Press Release — 9th April 2020

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and West Sussex County Council are urging residents to think twice about bonfires and BBQs this Easter and not to burn waste.

It comes as nice weather is predicted for the bank holiday weekend and social distancing restrictions remain in place with people spending the long bank holiday weekend at home.

To avoid injuries or damage to property, residents should follow these simple precautions:

• Don’t burn household or garden waste
• Never leave a fire unattended
• Ensure a BBQ is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs
• Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area
• Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies
• Ensure the BBQ is cool before attempting to move it
• If you're using a disposable BBQ ensure it has cooled before putting it in the bin. To avoid starting a fire you should allow it to cool for several hours and then pour copious amounts of water over it to make sure it is out before putting it in the bin.

Station Manager Marvin Smith said: “Please be sensible when lighting BBQs. Accelerants such as firelighters or fluids have the potential for a fire to get out of control very quickly, while nearby sheds and fences can easily catch light from just a spark. On Sunday our crews from Crawley had to deal with a BBQ that had got out of hand, which had spread to the wooden decking area and their property causing a lot of damage.

“We are all feeling the strain in these unprecedented times, but by working together we can ensure that no further pressure is put on the emergency services, or our NHS colleagues having to treat people for burns and respiratory issues.”

Steve Read, Director or Environment and Public Protection, said: “We understand it is frustrating for residents not to have access to Household Waste Recycling Sites, but advice from central government is to stay home, protect the NHS, save lives. Protecting residents and staff is our priority and we will only reopen the sites when we can be sure it is safe to do so.

“We urge residents not to burn household and garden waste but to keep hold of it until the sites reopen. Fumes from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis and affect those with heart complaints. The MET Office has also forecasted particularly high pollution levels in West Sussex this weekend and fires outdoors could make this worse.

“Our district and borough councils are doing all they can to ensure kerbside collections continue but may be affected if staffing levels drop. Please remember not to dispose of electrical goods, clothing and DIY waste in your bin. You can keep in touch with your local district or borough council for the latest updates about kerbside collections.”

For more information on home fire safety visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/west-sussex-fire-and-rescue-service/home-fire-safety/

If you are concerned a bonfire or BBQ is out of control, always dial 999. If you have concerns about the materials being burnt, contact your local district or borough council’s environmental health team.

​M23 will have no lane or full closures from Saturday 4th until Monday 20 April.

Roadworks — 6th April 2020

Opening of an extra lane

Road users will be able to use four lanes in each direction on the M23 by 1 April 2020. A 50 mph speed limit will remain in place during the next few months for safety, while additional work will take place to install, test and commission the smart motorway technology. Lane or full carriageway closures will be needed overnight while this work takes place.

A free recovery service will remain in place while works continue. Drivers will be able to use new emergency areas if they experience difficulties on the motorway.

CCTV cameras will also continue to monitor the motorway and we will be able to reduce the speed limit to 40 mph and display warning messages during incidents.

Other highway road works and traffic information

We sometimes get asked why we do not inform you about planned road works other than on the M23. The short answer is that there are so many that we Neighbourhood Watch volunteers could not cope, and the lists would be very long! However, we would invite you to visit https://highwaysengland.co.uk where you can find road works and traffic information for England. There is guidance there on how to find information for Scotland and Wales.

COVID-19

Highways England advises that our roads remain open and they will continue to maintain and develop the network, ensuring that life-saving medicine, equipment, supplies and healthcare staff can travel across the country to where they are needed most.

While they continue this key piece of work, they will follow Government safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and none of their sites are open to the public.
All major construction projects are closely monitored, and the situation is kept under constant review.

If you’re interested in joining Neighbourhood Watch, or want to find out more, visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk or send an email to [email protected]
  

Help the West Sussex Record Office document these unprecedented times

WSCC Press Release — 8th April 2020

West Sussex Record Office has closed its doors for the first time in over 70 years because of coronavirus (COVID-19), but their great work continues, and they need residents’ help. 

The team are inviting residents across the county to record a diary that will be kept alongside other pandemic related records. These will then be catalogued, stored, and ultimately available to the public for research. 

All residents need to do is document their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, including how it is affecting them, their family and friends and the local community. It can also include new experiences, thoughts and feelings. 

The diary can be recorded on paper or on a phone and be done as an individual, part of a family project within the same household, a creative outlet or simply as a daily record. 

Screen Archive South East, who are already partnered with the Record Office and look after all the moving image archives for the region, will be supporting to archive the video diary footage. 

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “The current situation is an extraordinary one and something the majority of us will never have experienced before. The West Sussex Record Office is in a privileged position to be able to document what is going on right now, but some of this can’t be done without help from West Sussex residents, who are in a unique position to provide personal insight at this difficult time. 

“Please let the Record Office have your experiences of what it is like living under the new government guidance and let us know how it is affecting your day-to-day lives, what you are doing to cope and how your daily routine has adapted. We want people to be as open and honest as possible and record how they are feeling so that future generations have an insight into what happened at the start of this new decade.” 

If people don’t want to participate in a diary, the Record Office would also like help in collecting other material that residents might come across such as:

  • Leaflets/flyers/posters from councils and other organisations about the pandemic
  • Material from local business relating to closures or changes to how they operate
  • Advice from local organisations about hygiene, social distancing and self-isolation
  • Information about community efforts to help vulnerable and isolated persons
  • Information from local schools regarding closures and home-schooling

If you’re interested in finding out how you can support this Record Office initiative, please visit www.westsussexrecordofficeblog.com/2020/03/31 and for the latest government advice on coronavirus and how it affects West Sussex, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus

MSDC ​Garden waste collections suspended

MSDC Press Release — 7th April 2020

Mid Sussex District Council will pause garden waste collections from Monday 13 April to protect staffing levels for the collection of rubbish and recycling.

As part of our national response to the COVID-19 emergency, the collection of rubbish and recycling is an essential service and must be maintained in the interests of public health. The Council has therefore paused the collection of garden waste to focus on the collecting of rubbish and recycling.

The garden waste service will be paused initially for a period of 12 weeks, at which point the situation will be reviewed, with a view to resuming the service as soon as is practically possible. The Council will contact all customers to inform them when collections will resume. 

To ensure that nobody is financially disadvantaged by the suspension of the garden waste collection service, the Council will add time onto the end of each subscription period to cover the number of collections missed. 

Councillor John Belsey, Cabinet Member for Environment and Service Delivery said: 

“The Council is responding to a national emergency and we are doing everything we can to support our residents through this very difficult time. 

“Our priority is to maintain our services for as long as possible but neither ourselves as a Council nor our service provider Serco are immune to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Serco staff are having to work differently, for example through social distancing, and collections are necessarily taking longer and causing additional pressures on staffing. Accordingly, we believe it is now appropriate to suspend garden waste collections. This has not been an easy decision, but it is an essential one if we are to safeguard our rubbish and recycling collections. 

“I appreciate that this suspension will be an inconvenience for many, particularly at a time when you are being asked to stay at home and are no doubt making the most of your gardens. However, it is absolutely the right decision to ensure our crews can meet the basic needs of all residents during these unprecedented times. 

“With the Government’s advice to stay at home it is going to be tempting to do some gardening but please try to avoid creating any unnecessary waste until the current restrictions are lifted. If home composting isn’t an option for you, please consider delaying plant trimming and pruning until the collection resumes.

“We strongly advise against burning your garden waste to avoid causing a smoke nuisance in your neighbourhood. 

“Thank you for your understanding and support.” 

For more information, visit the garden waste collection page at www.midsussex.gov.uk/gardenwaste where there are answers to several Frequently Asked Questions. Anyone who is unable to find the answer to their query online should email [email protected]

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Please note that due to Government advice and guidance the Parish Council office will now be closed to all visitors.  Staff will be working from home and available via email:


Sam Heynes (Clerk) [email protected]

Caroline Hansen (Assistant Clerk) [email protected]


Jane Forester (Booking Enquiries) [email protected]


Paul Stevens (Operations Officer) [email protected]


We will arrange to make a call back for any urgent enquiries, but please note the office phones may not be manned.

Please take care and stay safe. 

We look forward to resuming normal service as soon as we can.

23rd March 2020

Events

6th June 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 11am - 3pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

25th July 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 11am - 3pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

8th August 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 11am - 4pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

9th August 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 10am - 1pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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