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West Sussex gets share of Safer Streets Funding

WSCC Press Release — 2nd November 2021

As part of the Government’s Safer Streets Fund, West Sussex County Council has been awarded a share of nearly £1 million to help women and girls feel safer on the county’s streets.

Working in partnership with the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Sussex Police, Brighton and Hove City Council and East Sussex County Council, the money will be used to campaign, educate and train individuals to help support resident’s safety in West Sussex and in the wider Sussex area.

The full programme of support will include:

  • A whole school, preventative approach for West Sussex educational settings to facilitate learning that underpins healthy relationships, gender stereotyping and protective behaviours.
  • Developing and launching a Safe Space Sussex app which will allow people to find safe spaces, record sound and video and generate contact with a friend or family member.
  • ‘Bystander to upstander’ sessions targeted in key locations to support members of the public to feel more confident in recognising and challenging misogynistic behaviour in their everyday lives.
  • Running schemes to provide volunteers, such as street pastors, street angels and beach patrols with equipment to provide safe spaces and a presence in key locations to reduce offences. In West Sussex, these schemes will take place in Crawley, Worthing, East Grinstead and Billingshurst.
  • A Sussex wide ‘Violence Against Women and Girls’ campaign targeting men and boys which will be run by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner in partnership with Local Authorities and Sussex Police.
  • Provision of eight re-deployable CCTV units for crime hotspot locations which are considered areas where incidents are more likely to take place.
  • Three Violence Against Women and Girls Community Navigators who will provide each Local Authority area in Sussex with a dedicated individual to support the Safer Streets programme in that location.

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire and Rescue, said: “Our Communities Team has been working alongside Sussex Police and the Police & Crime Commissioner for the last six months to put together a bid for the latest round of the Safer Street Fund which has a particular emphasis on the safety of women and girls. From this bid we are really pleased that the partnership has been awarded nearly £1 million.

“We all know the importance of women and girls feeling safer in their own communities, but we must keep the focus on unacceptable violence by men. This is a really important piece of work for us and something that has become even more vital since the appalling murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa, that have highlighted the fears that so many women and girls around the country face.

“Safeguarding our residents has always been a key priority for the council and this money, and the activities planned with it, will go a long way to making sure that our county, and the whole of Sussex, can help make women and girls feel as safe as possible in their own neighbourhoods and surrounding areas.”

Alongside the wider work across the county and Sussex, the bid to the Safer Streets Fund also included money for a project in Mayflower Park, Angmering where new lighting will be installed.

At the moment the location has no lighting and a village wide survey conducted in November 2020 showed that people felt unsafe using the park.

Nikki Hamilton-Street, Chair of Angmering Parish Council, said: “The issue of a dark path through Mayflower Park has been a concern to the Parish Council for a number of years, however funding was an issue, as quotes were coming in at nearly £90,000.

“After a chance conversation our Parish Clerk, Katie Herr, identified that solar streetlights may be an alternative source of lighting in this area.

“We are delighted that the £41,500 funding will enable the installation of this sustainable lighting and we look forward to a brighter and safer walk through Mayflower Park this winter.”

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne also said of the Angmering project “My office’s recent listening exercise - which involved Angmering Parish Council - highlighted longstanding concerns about lighting and lack of safety, particularly for women and girls, around Mayflower Park. Therefore, it’s gratifying to be able to allocate this funding towards improving lighting in the area and helping to provide reassurance for local residents.

“The Safer Streets scheme focuses on bringing about improvements for local communities and this project in Angmering will really help to improve the quality of life for people in the village. If residents feel safer walking through the park at night or on dark winter evenings, that will be money extremely well spent.”

For more information on the Safer Streets Fund visit the GOV.UK website.

Time for Dementia Programme

Health — 3rd November 2021

Local families affected by dementia are being invited to take part in an award-winning programme, to help train the healthcare professionals of tomorrow and improve dementia care.

The Time for Dementia project, supported by Alzheimer’s Society, pairs families affected by dementia with undergraduate students, helping to better educate them about life with dementia and the challenges that come with it.

From Autumn 2021, Brighton and Sussex Medical School medical students will be taking part and Alzheimer’s Society are now seeking families in the area who want to make a difference to training health professionals.

Time for Dementia is a fantastic way for the next generation of healthcare professionals to gain first-hand knowledge of what it’s like living with dementia.

If you would like to know more about the project, or you know someone with dementia and a family carer who would like to take part, please get in touch at [email protected] or call 07483 137539. More information can also be found at alzheimers.org.uk/timefordementia

 

Time For Dementia Programme

Advance notice of roadworks and road closures in February 2022: Fairbridge Way roundabouts

Roadworks — 10th November 2021

Improvement works are due to commence in February 2022 to two roundabouts north of Burgess Hill - the roundabouts are at the Fairbridge Way junction of Isaac’s Lane (A273) with Cuckfield Road (B2036) and, just to the south, the Marchants Way junction of the London Road (A273) with Sussex Way (B2036). 

The works on the publicly maintainable highway are being undertaken by Fairbridge Developments Ltd who have appointed Edburton Contractors and the works are programmed to take 6 months to complete.

The works are necessary to deal with the increasing level of traffic using the junctions. The benefits of the works include upgraded pedestrian and cyclist facilities, improved drainage and a new road surface, as well as the widening of single lane approaches to 2-lane entry to help reduce queue lengths.

These s278 works are a requirement of the planning permission for the redevelopment of the former sewage treatment works with 325 new dwellings, 30% of which are affordable.

Nearly £4m of indirect benefits will be delivered as part of the Section 106 agreement, with investment in education, sport, offsite play, health and library facilities.

North-south access into and out of Burgess Hill over the roundabouts will be maintained throughout the works, albeit with temporary traffic lights as necessary.

Access will also be maintained 7-days a week to the Burgess Hill Household Waste Amenity Site on Fairbridge Way. It is because of this that the works will take 6 months – but for this requirement the timescale would have been substantially shorter.

The Cuckfield Road will be closed so that the works can be completed more quickly, cause less disruption to drivers and provide a safer working environment for both the public and our workforce. Access, though, will be maintained to all businesses and residents via Ansty.

Further information can be found at: www.fairbridgewayroundabout.co.uk 

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Have your say on Recycling Centre trial booking system

WSCC Press Release — 10th November 2021

West Sussex County Council has launched a six-week consultation today to seek views on whether a booking system at selected Recycling Centres should be made permanent.

A trial booking system – Book to Recycle – has been in place at Bognor Regis, Crawley, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham-by-Sea and Worthing Recycling Centres (RCs) since April 2021.

The scheme has greatly reduced waiting times and disruption at peak periods to residents, businesses, and the highway network – which suffered because of traffic tailbacks and queuing vehicles.

A consultation has now been launched on the proposal to operate the booking system on a permanent basis at the six trial sites and extend to include Burgess Hill Recycling Centre.

Prior to the scheme, it was not uncommon to have vehicles waiting to enter some Recycling Centres for 45 minutes and sometimes this was extended to 90 minutes during peak periods.

The system has proved popular with over 420,000 customers booking a recycling slot in advance since the trails began.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change said: “We’re always looking for ways to improve services at Recycling Centres to make it easier to do the right thing with waste.

“Feedback so far tells us that customers love being able to recycle without enduring a long delay at busy periods. We want to ensure residents have their say on the proposals - including the finer detail - and tell us exactly what they think.

“I urge as many people as possible to respond to the consultation and let us know if the scheme should be made permanent.”

Residents are allowed a total of five trips each calendar month. Currently, slots are available up to 14 days in advance but must be booked by the day before.

You can take part in the Book to Recycle consultation and share your views by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/recyclingcentrebooking

The deadline for members of the public to respond is 21st December 2021.

Get double protected for winter with flu vaccine and Covid-19 booster

WSCC Press Release — 11th November 2021

Getting both the flu and Covid-19 vaccines is vital for people in higher risk groups to ensure they’re double protected this winter, according to Alison Challenger, Director of Public Health for West Sussex.

She is urging all of those who are eligible to get their free flu vaccination and Covid-19 booster as soon as possible. It is also important to have the first two Covid-19 vaccines if you haven’t already because of the high levels of the virus circulating at present.

The latest figures show in seven days (30 Oct-5 Nov) there were 3,990 new cases of Covid-19 across West Sussex. That equates to an average rate of 459.9 per 100,000 people across the county who have coronavirus – more than the national average of 356.1.

The flu and Covid-19 viruses can each leave those who catch them seriously ill, but being infected with both at the same time could be even more dangerous. Getting vaccinated against both viruses is the most effective way to keep yourself and others safe, and to ensure we are doing all we can as individuals and communities to reduce the pressure on our local NHS services.

Alison Challenger, the Director of Public Health for West Sussex, said: “Just like Covid-19, flu is highly infectious and can put people who are clinically vulnerable at increased risk of getting very poorly.

“Because most people were not mixing as usual during the pandemic, it means fewer people have built up a natural immunity to the flu which is especially prevalent during the winter months.

“Catching the flu and Covid-19 at the same time could be extremely dangerous for many people, especially those who are older or clinically vulnerable.

“It can take up to a couple of weeks for the flu vaccine to boost your immune system enough to give you the necessary protection, so if you are eligible you should book yours as soon as possible.”

Everyone aged 50 and over is eligible for both the flu vaccine and Covid-19 booster. It is safe to have both if you are offered them at the same time.

The flu vaccine is free and recommended to the following people:

•            Everyone aged 50 and over

•            Those aged six months to under 50 years who have a medical condition (including heart or lung disease, diabetes, a stroke or are seriously overweight (BMI of 40 and above)

•            All pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy

•            All children aged two to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021

•            Everyone living in a residential or nursing home

•            Everyone who cares for an older or disabled person

•            Household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised

•            All frontline health and social workers

If you are not eligible for a free vaccine, then local pharmacies are offering a flu vaccine at a small charge.

It is very easy to pass on the flu virus without knowing and even those who are healthy can catch it and infect others. That is why the flu vaccine programme is rolled out in schools, to reduce the transmission of flu from children to older adults and people in clinical risk groups.

Unlike the vaccination for adults, which is given via an injection, for most children the vaccine will be given as a spray in each nostril. This is a very quick and painless procedure. The Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust website contains more information about the school vaccination programme.

The NHS website has more information about the Covid-19 booster vaccine and the flu vaccine.

First and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are free and remain available to everyone aged 12 and over. Appointments can be booked online or by calling 119.

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership website has more details about the vaccination programme across Sussex, as well as the availability of walk-in appointments which don’t need to be booked in advance.

Have your say on the future of your fire and rescue service!

WSCC Press Release — 15th November 2021

Improving frontline firefighter cover at a number of key fire stations is just one of a number of proposals set out in a new public consultation launched by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

The fire and rescue service is proposing to increase firefighter availability at some stations, to better align its resources to the risks within the county. This will allow the service to enhance its emergency response, as well as its vital prevention and protection activity within the community.

The proposals are set out in the service’s draft Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP), which outlines the fire and rescue service’s key priorities over the course of the next four years.

The proposals include:

  • Enhancing our retained (on-call) operating model
  • Weekend protection, prevention and response improvements
  • Improving protection, prevention and response performance in rural areas
  • How WSFRS should deal with false alarms from automatic fire systems
  • When we should review our Emergency Response Standards
  • How WSFRS proposes to undertake a review of our specialist appliance requirements to consider current and future risks to firefighter and public safety

The service is now calling on residents from all corners of the county to have their say on its improvement proposals for the future of the service.

Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire & Rescue, Duncan Crow said: “The CRMP is a document that identifies all foreseeable risk that could affect our communities. It helps us to work out where we need our staff and resources, so that we can respond to high-risk incidents and plan how to deliver our vital prevention and protection work.

“It’s our job as a fire and rescue service to understand and manage risk, and we would like you to answer six questions as part of our public consultation to help shape the direction of our service. You’ll be helping to influence our four-year plan for making West Sussex safer. You can visit our consultation website in order to take part and give us your views, or we can send you out a paper copy of our proposals and the survey to complete if you don’t have access to the internet.”

Chief Fire Officer, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, said: “This is a key opportunity for residents, our emergency service partners, and other key partners we work with to have their say on our proposals. We want to hear what people from all walks of life have to say about our planned proposals. We will assess all of the responses we receive and use this to inform our final CRMP which we intend to publish in spring 2022.”

You can find more information on the six proposals and take part in the consultation here.

The closing date for responses is Friday 21 January 2022.

West Sussex Fire And Rescue

Support available to help family and friend carers know their rights

WSCC Press Release — 17th November 2021

Family and friend carers are being urged to know their rights, after a new report revealed that 81% are now providing more care than they did before the Covid-19 pandemic began.

To mark Carers Rights Day, on Thursday 25 November, Carers Support West Sussex – a charity which works closely with West Sussex County Council – will host a range of online events highlighting key information about carers rights and communication skills to help with advocacy.

The workshops aim to tackle some of the main concerns for carers which emerged in the findings of the Carers Week 2021 report.

As well as showing that more than 8 out of 10 unpaid carers are providing more support to loved ones since the start of the pandemic, the report revealed that 71% of carers are stressed and anxious, while 74% feel exhausted because of caring. The report also found that 65% of carers feel lonely and isolated.

Carers Support West Sussex offers unpaid carers with information and guidance along with practical and emotional support, so they feel valued and supported.

Many carers are unaware of their eligibility for carer benefits, as demonstrated in the following case.

One carer successfully applied for a wellbeing fund and a carers discount card, after they were referred to Carers Support West Sussex. They have been able to use the extra income to pay for a swimming membership which supports their rehabilitation from a knee replacement operation, as well as providing valuable respite from their caring duties.

Another carer was able to claim an additional £480 in allowances each month after being helped by the Benefits Advice Service. The money helped ease the financial anxiety the carer was experiencing as the live-in carer for both her retired parents.

Carers Support West Sussex also offers help and guidance through events and sessions held specifically for young adult carers. One beneficiary is now able to study at university, after previously worrying about the burden that would be placed on her mother to care for her father if she was to move away. Being able to speak to a Carers Support wellbeing worker gave her reassurance and reduced levels of anxiety about moving away to university.

Emotional and practical support is also available to young carers under the age of 18 via the county council’s West Sussex Young Carers Service.

“We are delighted to host workshops to enable carers to learn more about their rights and raise their confidence to manage their caring role. Our aim is to be there for carers when they are most in need, to be present in the local community and to personalise support for each individual carer,” said Sonia Mangan, Chief Executive of Carers Support West Sussex.

Cllr Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, added: “Carers perform a vital role, often making countless sacrifices in their own lives to look after loved ones.

“I have huge respect and admiration for our community of family and friend carers, but I also acknowledge just how tough it can be for them, both practically and emotionally.

"It is really important that people are aware of their rights, so that they can look after their own health needs as well as those of their loved ones. It is often too easy for people to ignore their own wellbeing as they focus more and more on those they care for."

Anyone interested in attending one of the Carers Support West Sussex online sessions is encouraged to book a place for these events on its website. Spaces are limited and the events have reached capacity quickly in previous years.

Carers Support West Sussex can be contacted by calling 0300 028 8888 or emailing [email protected]. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Visit www.carerssupport.org.uk/carers-rights-day for more details of activities for Carers Rights Day.

Carers Support West Sussex

Cuckfield Parish Council 2021 Survey

Council News — 17th November 2021

How can we help?  Please let us know by completing the 2021 Cuckfield Parish Council survey!

We are keen to understand how we can support the local community and therefore we are asking you, the people of Cuckfield, to complete this questionnaire so that we can find out more about the views of the people living in and working in the Parish, to help inform the decisions we are taking and the role we can play over the next few years.

We would like to get feedback from as many people as possible who live, work and use the facilities in the village, so if you can spare a few minutes, we would be really pleased to hear your views.

 https://forms.office.com/r/wTQ...

Thank you!

Survey Feedback

Age UK Community Group for Cuckfield

Village News — 23rd November 2021

A new Age UK Community Group has been set up in Cuckfield every Wednesday from 10:30-12:00 in The Old School. To find out more, contact 01444 450248 or [email protected]

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