FEBRUARY 2017

 

 39 CLUB RE-OPENS

 

After 6 years working to re-open the club the 39 Club will re-open on 21st February 2017 at 4pm for 11 to 14 years olds.

Membership is £1 per week, with a small charge for refreshments.

 

There is a Pool table, Table football, WiFi, TV and radio plus a drop-in cafe so just come and chill out.

Tuesday 21st will be a free day

please come and see us.

The 39 Club is situated by the Find it Out Centre, behind the Catholic School in Glamis Street, Bognor Regis 


STUDENT SAVERS

 

Bognor Regis Town Council in partnership with the University of Chichester Students Union and local independent businesses has launched a new discount scheme for students called Student Savers.

Any shop displaying the sign below will entitle students to a discount or offer on production of their student card. A wide range of discounted products, from food, drinks, services and retail shops are included in the scheme.

Town Councillor, Martin Smith, was approached by the Student Union President, Luke Sheavyn in December last year to see if it would be possible to initiate such a scheme. Cllr Smith said “This is a really good way for Students to feel part of the Town and link them in with local businesses. Having our own Student Saver Scheme will benefit the local Bognor Regis independent traders and hopefully encourage students to come into the Town and see what is on offer to them”.

Mikki Collins of the Student Union was at the launch and said she was “quite excited by the scheme and looking forward to seeing it expand”.

 

                               Student SAvers

Student Savers 

 

 Student Savers

 Student Savers

 

 


 

 Safer Internet Day

 

JANUARY 2017

 

The Great British Spring Clean

The Great British Spring Clean 

After the popularity of Clean for the Queen last year, where 250,000 people helped pick up tonnes of litter and cleaned up their local areas, organisations such as Keep Britain Tidy, Cleanup UK and Highways England have come together to try to achieve even more. This year the Great British Spring Clean movement will be taking place on the weekend of March 3-5, 2017.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in taking part, please visit the Great British Spring Clean website http://www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk/home/2684 where you can find out more and register an event. You can also search for existing events in your area and download posters and resources.

If you would like to run a ‘tidy-up’ event for the Great British Spring Clean, or at any time of year, WSCC has kits we can loan to you to help. These contain litter pickers, bin-bag hoops, anti-bacterial hand wipes, gloves, some handy hints and a risk assessment template.

Arun District Council is also offering to loan equipment, including hi-vis tabards, and are offering free collection of any litter picked up at the end of your event.

You can find out more about their offer here.

Information provided by Community Officer in Arun for West Sussex County Council


The Mayor's Cadets 

 

At the Full Council Meeting held on 11th January 2016, Mayor’s Cadets were appointed for the first time in the history of Bognor Regis Town Council.  The principle behind the appointments is to give deserving cadets the opportunity to attain the status of Mayor’s Cadet and for them to contribute to civic and community life by attending the Mayor (or Deputy when deputising) at certain civic functions.  These are likely to include occasions such as the Civic Service, Remembrance Sunday, and other civic occasions like Twinning celebrations.  Nominations are put forward by the Commanding Officers of the Cadet Forces in November, with appointments being made by the Mayor of Bognor Regis at the first Full Council Meeting held each January.

OC Ryan Birch (TS Sir Alec Rose Sea Cadet Unit) and Cpl Fred Worthington (2351 (Bognor Regis) Squadron – Air Training Corps) served the town of Bognor Regis, as Mayor’s Cadets throughout 2016 and were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation at the Meeting.

Cdt 1st Class Jack Golding (TS Sir Alec Rose Sea Cadet Unit) and Cpl Dylan Collier (2351 (Bognor Regis) Squadron – Air Training Corps) were nominated by Lt(SCC) G Edgington MBE RNR and by Flight Lieutenant M Penberthy RAF VR(T), respectively, to serve as Bognor Regis Mayor’s Cadets for 2017. Mayor Pat Dillon presented them both with a certificate and a Mayor’s Cadet badge for their uniform.

 Mayor's Cadets

DECEMBER 2016

Battle for Boar’s Head Commemorative Book.

On the 100th Anniversary of the Battle for Boars Head, two separate Memorial Services were held to mark the occasion. The first was held at 11.00am at the Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, where the WW1 Roll of Honour is situated. As this is a working hospital it was a very small gathering attended by The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, The Town Mayor and a representative from the Royal Sussex Regiment, who all laid wreaths in honour of those who fell in the conflict. To accommodate the schoolchildren who worked on the project a second service was held at the War Memorial outside the Town Hall at 1.30pm. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, the Town Mayor, pupils from St Marys School Bognor Regis and Arundel CE School laid wreaths and crosses. Following the service, there was a chance for the children to showcase their work on the men of Bognor who died in the battle which was on display in the Council Chamber and the Mayor presented Certificates to all the pupils. Living relatives from one of the soldiers also attended. The last part of the project has been to collate all the research to be made into a Commemorative Book which can be downloaded here.  

 


NOVEMBER 2016

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - YOUR VIEWS

Following the formation of the Bognor Regis Town Council’s new Community Engagement & Environment (CE&E) Committee earlier this year, Members and Officers have been working hard to find a suitable format for meetings to fulfil both the legislative requirements of the Council and to also allow engagement with the Community and an opportunity for residents to air their views and opinions.

 

Therefore, Council decided that a new open engagement forum should be held at the end of the CE&E Committee meetings, after the formal meeting had closed. The forum would be open to all and would be a round table session for all interested parties to discuss issues with Members of the Committee.

The first session of this new forum was held when the Committee met in November. Following this meeting, Members who were present at the open forum have taken on board criticism that residents may be reluctant to sit through the formal meeting, which can sometimes be lengthy, before the open forum begins.

The main premise behind the new CE&E Committee is the engagement with the community and therefore Members are keen to get the format of the forums working well for everyone.

One suggestion has been to hold a series of open engagement forums, between scheduled meetings, at various times and locations. Anything that arises from these open engagement forums, which is within the Councils power to address, will be placed on the agenda for the next Committee Meeting for Councillors to discuss formally and take decisions where necessary. Dialogue between the Committee and the open forums will continue with any decisions taken by Council, fed back through the next meeting of the forum.

As always, members of the public will continue to be welcome to attend any formal meetings of the Council or its Committees and there is always an opportunity for the public to address Members on issues of concern.

This new Committee is a new enterprise for the Council and all Members are keen to see it succeed. Please therefore let us have your views on the suggested revised format before the issue is considered and decided by the Council in the New Year and help us get to where we ALL want to be.

 


 

'YOUNG AT ART' EXHIBITION LAUNCHES

 

 

 

Tuesday night marked the launch of the 'Young at Art' Exhibition at the Arcade, High Street, Bognor Regis. The Town Mayor, Cllr. Pat Dillon, was one of many in attendance, which included a lot of the young artists themselves!

 

The event celebrated the fantastic abstract works created by the young people of Bognor Regis who painted on giant canvass on the seafront over the summer, creating the themes of 'energy, colour and flair'. The budding artists were led by professionals Gerry Foronda and Alice Novotna.

 

Cllr. Dillon said "The end result of this art project is fantastic! The children have worked so hard and it really shows. It's very important to engage the young people of the town and to get them involved in community projects- it just goes to show what can be done with teamwork and imagination!"

 

The Exhibition runs from Tuesday 22nd November - Saturday 26th November, 10am - 6pm.

 

Get down and take a look!! 

 

 

 

 


 

 

DEVASTATING FIRE HITS BOGNOR REGIS SEAFRONT

Fire broke out at seafront properties on The Esplanade, Bognor Regis, in the early hours of Sunday morning.  During severe winds of up to 80mph firefighters from West Sussex and Hampshire tackled the blaze as Storm Angus battered the Sussex coast. 

 

The Mayor Pat Dillon, and all at Bognor Regis Town Council, would like to express their sincere thanks to West Sussex Fire and Rescue and everyone who helped during the terrible incident.  Our thoughts continue to be with the residents and business owners affected by the lasting damage caused and the Town Council will work in partnership with other agencies in helping our community recover.  

 

West Sussex Fire and Rescue are continuing with their investigations into the cause of the fire while The Esplanade, between West Street and Lennox Street remains closed, and have asked people to avoid the area if at all possible.

 

Anyone with information is asked to report it to Sussex Police online, or by calling 101, quoting Operation Haremoor.

 

Useful Links;

 

http://www.arun.gov.uk/

 

www.sussex.police.uk

 

www.westsussex.gov.uk 

 

WSCC Road Closure Notice 


 

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG SCAMS

Operation Signature is a campaign by Sussex Police to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud within Sussex. Increasingly fraud is becoming more complex and deceptive, much of which is targeted at vulnerable and elderly people.
They have produced the third edition of The Little Book of Big Scams which explains the ways in which the public can help protect themselves from fraud and other scams. Download the booklet here: https://sussex.police.uk/media/1162/1-lbbs.pdf

A second book, the Little Book of Cyber Scams is also available here:  

http://www.met.police.uk/docs/little-book-cyber-scams.pdf


Find out more here: https://sussex.police.uk/advice/protect-yourself-and-others/fraud/operation-signature/


COLLABORATIVE ART PROJECT - WATERLOO SQUARE

As part of its initiative to work with Young People, the Town Council has been working on a Collaborative Art Project in Waterloo Square. This was funded by some S.106 money from Arun District Council, and supported by Sarah Gillings MA who was the Creative Art Director  (S.o.S  and uCANspray Spraypainting workshops), and gave her time and expertise.  Our thanks go to her and to DULUX who kindly donated some masonry paint for the finished artwork.  Young people were invited free of charge to spray paint on the white hoarding in Waterloo Square and to submit a slogan via social media. The winning slogan “It’s our Future” was then stencilled over the graffiti and additional artwork added to create a vibrant and colourful scene. 

 Waterloo Square ARt Project

 Waterloo Square Art

OCTOBER 2016

Get extra support during power cuts:

Register for Priority Services

Scottish & Southern Electricity who look after the wires and cables that bring electricity to our area recognise that there are certain people for whom a power cut is particularly distressing and difficult. They will therefore offer extra help and support to those who need it most. You may be eligible if:

You are deaf or hard of hearing

You are chronically ill

You are disabled

You rely on powered medical equipment

You have a baby under 12 months

You are blind or partially sighted

You receive a state pension

Of course, everyone has different needs so feel free to contact SSE to discuss your requirements.

All priority services are FREE If you require special assistance you can call them on 0800 294 3259, textphone 0800 316 5457. Find out more at www.ssen.co.uk/priorityservices


Helper needed for Billy Bulb!

 

Bognor Regis Town Council is seeking a volunteer to tow the mascot, Billy Bulb.

Billy Bulb was devised and built over 35 years ago, soon after the Illuminated Gala started in the Town. Constructed of fibreglass, Billy sits on a trailer which allows him to take part in parades as well as static events. Restoration over the past year has restored Billy to his former glory.

The Town Council would like to ensure that Billy gets out and about and is therefore seeking a volunteer to tow him in the 2 main Bognor Regis events of the year; the Carnival and the Illuminations Gala. The Council would also like Billy to travel a little further afield and take part in both the Littlehampton and Chichester Carnivals.

Could you spare some time each year to collect and then tow Billy in these events?

The only requirement is that the driver has the correct category on their licence and their vehicle insurance company confirms that the activity is covered by their own insurance.

The Council will be making a small budgetary provision to cover expenditure, such as the cost of the fuel, for each outing.

If anyone can assist with getting Billy to these annual events, or would like more information, please contact Mrs Sarah Norman at Bognor Regis Town Council. The phone number is 01243 825535 or email sarahnorman@bognorregis.gov.uk.

Billy Bulb 



 

 Bognor Regis in Bloom Awards Evening 2016

As usual, the awards evening was a big success! Special thanks to Butlin's for hosting, to all of our sponsors and of course the entrants who take the time and care to help make the town beautiful!

For a list of winners, see the 'Bognor Regis in Bloom' page 

 

 


SEPTEMBER 2016

OYEZ OYEZ OYEZ!

Do you think the Town should have a Town Crier? see article here for more information 

 


NEW WEDDING VENUE IN LITTLEHAMPTON

Littlehampton Town Council offer the New Millennium Chamber as a Wedding and Naming Ceremony venue.

 

This is an option for those wishing to have a Wedding Ceremony locally at an affordable price, and then hold your reception at establishments in your local area.

You can see more information on this venue here http://www.littlehampton-tc.gov.uk/main.cfm?type=WEDDINGSANDCEREMON




 

CHANGES TO HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING SITES 

 

Please click to download leaflet on Changes to Household Recycling Sites Here 

 


AUGUST 2016

TESCO BAGS OF HELP!

 

 

Tesco’s Bags of Help grant scheme has made changes to its exciting new grant programme funded through the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland. The programme will now support local good causes and grants, and up to £5,000 will be available to support projects which will ‘promote community participation in the development and use of outdoor spaces’.

 

The types of project funded are very broad and you can find some examples on our website here. This could be delivering a community event in a local outdoor space, installing seating or play equipment in a school grounds or hospice to buying items such a football nets, balls and coaching sessions for a local community football club. We will also cover costs such as co-ordinators to manage volunteers, staff to lead nature walks, or training sessions, website development for publicity and promotion and workshops to inform about the environment.

As this is a rolling programme throughout the year, voting for projects will be happening continuously in Tesco stores. Three projects from each area will be shortlisted to go to the public vote each month. If your project gets the most votes across all stores in your region, you will win the grant amount you requested from us up to a maximum of £5,000. If your project is second, you will win up to £2,000 and if your project is third, you will win up to £1,000.

Apply NOW or find out more on www.groundwork.org.uk/tesco. For support or any queries contact your local Enabler on anke.thurm@groundwork.org.uk or by telephoning 01273 022320.


Starting School - September 2017

 

The application process for children due to start school in September 2017 will begin on Monday 3 October 2016. West Sussex County Council no longer sends individual letters to parents but is advertising the application arrangements as widely as possible.

Available here is a poster and leaflet here giving details of the application process. The key points are:

• Apply online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions

• Applications can be made between 3 October 2016 and 15 January 2017

• Special rules apply for house movers until 23 March 2017

• The Information for Parents booklet is available on our website

• Further information is available by ringing 03330 142 903

Applications made after the closing date cannot be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school. Please read and apply by the closing date.

School Admissions 2017 


Men's Shed - Bognor Regis

 

A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy. A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue. They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work.

 

A Shed’s activities usually involve making or mending in wood (e.g. carpentry, joinery, turning, carving, whittling, marquetry, furniture renovation) but may include metalworking (milling, sheet metal, welding, etc.) bike repair, gardening, electronics, tool renovation, boat renovation, model engineering (model railways, planes) and even building a car! Reclamation, reuse and restoration will feature strongly – and some say that is true of the men too! Although Sheds mostly attract older men, some have included men of any age, women and young people. Whichever activities are pursued the essence of a Shed is not a building, which some don’t have, but the network of relationships between the members.

 Men's Shed


BLUE BADGE PARKING IN BOGNOR REGIS 

latest information on Blue Badge Parking in Bognor Regis and restrictions on driving in the town centre here 


Clear your ditch while the sun shines

If you are a riparian ditch owner, now is the time to clear summer growth in your ditch before winter returns.

West Sussex County Council is keen for riparian owners, who are responsible for the upkeep of their ditches, to make the most of the warmer weather and clear them out.

Ditches are watercourses designed to drain the surrounding area or hold water.

Removing vegetation, grass, weeds, shrubs or any other debris helps water run freely and prevents flooding.

When the weather is dry, it is easier to stand inside a ditch to cut it back.

West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “If you are a riparian ditch owner responsible for keeping your ditch clear, it makes sense to do it when it’s dry.

“If your ditch holds water in winter, you are going to have problems getting into it to clear later in the year when it’s wet.

“The more clogged up it is, the more likely it will fail to protect from floods.”

John added: “The cost of maintaining a watercourse is minor compared to the costs that can arise from flood damage, not to mention the distress and inconvenience caused if your property is flooded.

“And if a flood occurs because a landowner has not carried out their responsibility to properly maintain their watercourses, that landowner could be liable for compensating any damage that occurs.”

If your ditch needs heavy clearance work, the County Council’s Operation Watershed fund can offer help.

For more information email: operation.watershed@westsussex.gov.uk

Please note it is an offence to disturb birds and their nests during the nesting season (between March and August).

If birds are nesting in your ditch, please delay any clearance work until later in the year.

 


Starting a Flood Action Group

 

A ‘how-to’ guide to starting your own flood action group in West Sussex has been published online by West Sussex County Council.

 

It is aimed at residents, or existing community groups, who report flooding or are concerned about future flooding in their areas.

Flood action groups represent a voice for their community on flood-related issues.

They work closely with local authorities, the Environment Agency, water companies, landowners and businesses to find ways to help reduce flood risk in their community.

The website www.westsussex.gov.uk/floodactiongroups offers guidance on:

• Setting up your own group

• Funding

• Skills

• Training and

• Equipment

West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “People think it is difficult to set up a flood action group – it is not.

“With this website we are trying to make it as easy as possible.

“You can set up a group for your street, your neighbourhood or estate.

“You can set one up as part of an existing group you may already be part of, such as neighbourhood watch or a residents association.

“This website can help you.”

There are 23 flood action groups already in the county.

They are a growing influence on flood risk management strategy in West Sussex.

Two nominated representatives sit on the West Sussex Flood Risk Management Board, alongside statutory flood authorities the Environment Agency, Southern Water and the County Council.

John added: “Flood action groups can be the eyes and ears of our highways teams.

“With their local knowledge, they can report flooding issues and potential flooding problems before they happen.”

Operation Watershed funding is available to support setting up a Flood Action Group.

Up to £1,600 is available to assist with start-up costs and promoting the group in your community.

Established groups can then apply for further funding to deliver projects that address flooding issues they identify.

Operation Watershed has awarded £390,805 to flood action groups in the past.

Flood action groups to successfully apply include:

• Birdham and Earnley Flood Prevention Group for its Grange Rife clearance project,

• West Felpham Flood Action Assembly for ditch clearance work, and

• Littlehampton Flood Action Group’s groundwater borehole investigation.

For more information about flood action groups, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/floodactiongroups

To apply for Operation Watershed funding, email operation.watershed@westsussex.gov.uk for more information

 


Better Broadband scheme


Getting a ‘basic’ broadband service - some frequently asked questions and answers

If you currently experience download broadband speeds of less than 2Mbps, we will help to provide you with access to an alternative broadband service that will offer speeds of at least 2Mpbs via a subsidised satellite or wireless broadband installation. Find out more below.

Q: What is the eligibility code for?

A: We will provide an eligibility code that you will be able to present to one of a selected number of retail service providers to obtain a subsidised satellite or wireless broadband installation.

You will need to place an order with one of the selected retail service providers, and enter into a contract for satellite or wireless broadband services provision for a minimum period of 12 months.

The code will cover most of the cost of installation and commissioning of your satellite or wireless broadband service. You will be responsible for paying any remaining cost of installation and commissioning (if any), for choosing the features of the broadband service you require, and for paying the monthly subscription for the service you have selected, and for paying any VAT on the amounts payable.

The code does not have a specific fixed value, but when used to obtain a satellite or wireless broadband service from one of the selected retail service providers, the use of the code will reduce the total cost (i.e. installation and commissioning costs). The code has no other value, and cannot be redeemed in any other way than through the scheme.

Q: Can I apply?

A: You can apply to the scheme if you currently experience download broadband speeds of less than 2Mbps, or you are unable to obtain an affordable broadband service at all.

Q: When can I apply?

The national scheme will be available for applications until the end of 2017.

Q: How do I apply?

A: You can apply to benefit from the scheme by completing a simple online application form at:

http://www.westsussex-betterconnected.org.uk/better-broadband-scheme

Q: Will I be eligible to benefit from the scheme?

A: If you can answer yes to the following questions you will be eligible to benefit:

You currently experience poor broadband speeds of less than 2Mbps;

Your postcode is included in the delivery plans for either the publicly funded roll out of broadband infrastructure or commercial roll out by suppliers but is not likely to benefit within the next 12 months.

Q: Why might I not be eligible to benefit from the scheme?

A: Our records show that your home or business has access to broadband at speeds of 2Mbps or faster;

Your postcode is included in the delivery plans for the roll out of publicly funded broadband infrastructure or the ongoing commercial roll out by suppliers and will benefit within 12 months.

Q: If I apply to the scheme and contract with a supplier for a satellite or wireless broadband service, will my property still be considered for future broadband improvements?

A: Yes. Taking a broadband service under the scheme reflects that you are not able to access broadband at ‘basic’ speeds of 2mbps. This means your home or business continues to remain eligible for any future funding for a ‘superfast’ solution.

Q: How will I know the outcome of my application?

A: We will aim to make a decision on your application as quickly as possible (within one month of receiving your completed application), and we will advise you of the outcome of your application by email.

If your application is successful, you will receive a code under the scheme. You will receive a unique code via email, together with the list of the satellite and wireless broadband retail service providers currently operating under the scheme, and their contacts details.

If your application is not successful, you will receive an email informing you of this.

Q: Can I appeal if I am not issued with a code?

Yes, you may submit one appeal by email setting out the grounds for your appeal, and why you believe we should have issued you with a code. We will not be able to consider more than one appeal in relation to any one applicant.

Q: How do I use the code?

A: Once you have received a unique code, and the list of satellite and wireless broadband retail service providers currently operating under the scheme, you should review the products and prices available from each provider, to select the product that best meets your requirements and the amount of monthly subscriptions you are willing to pay.

You should then approach your chosen satellite or wireless broadband retail service provider to order the service you require, and provide them with your unique code. The broadband retail service provider will confirm the features of the product you have chosen, and the costs involved in a minimum 12 months service contract, after the code has been taken into account.

The code will cover most of the cost of installation and commissioning of your satellite or wireless broadband service. You will be responsible for paying any remaining cost of installation and commissioning (if any), and paying the monthly subscription for the service you have selected, and for paying any VAT on the amounts payable.

Q: Can I use the code with retail service providers that are not part of the scheme?

A: No, the code can only be used with satellite and wireless broadband retail service providers operating under the scheme. Other broadband retail service providers may join the scheme and you will be advised of the list of satellite and wireless broadband retail service providers currently operating under the scheme at the time that you are issued with you unique code.

Other satellite or wireless broadband retail service providers not operating under the scheme may also offer services in your area, and you may choose to use such alternative providers, but you will not be able to use a code issued under the scheme with that alternative provider, and you will have to meet the full cost of installation and commissioning and using the service yourself.

Q: Who operates the scheme?

A: The scheme to deliver the 2Mbps Universal Service Commitment (USC) is operated by a partnership between Central Government, local authorities, a number of satellite and wireless broadband retail service providers, and a number of satellite and wireless broadband platform providers.

Applications under the scheme are administered by West Sussex County Council, using a nationally agreed process and eligibility criteria.

Q: What are the limitations of satellite and wireless broadband?

A: The participating Retail Service Providers (RSPs) will be able to give you more detailed information and how their service meets your needs.

Q: Are there other ways to access broadband services?

A: You may already be able to access broadband services. You can check current and planned availability of broadband services in West Sussex elsewhere on this website:

http://www.westsussex-betterconnected.org.uk/check-availability

You may be able to get a 4G mobile broadband connection. You can check current availability of 4G mobile broadband services at the Ofcom Mobile Coverage Checker:

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-coverage

 

Better Broadband 


JULY 2016

 

ARUN DISTRICT COUNCIL CONSULTATION ON COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION SCHEME 2017/18

 ADC Consultation

 


July 2016

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (draft) Community Risk Management Plan consultation

 

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) is seeking the views of partners and the wider community on its draft Community Risk Management Plan 2016-20.

 

The Fire & Rescue Service has a statutory duty to consult on, and publish, a 3-5yr ‘Integrated Risk Management Plan’ (IRMP). This is an analysis of the current and projected risk profile in the county, and how the Fire & Rescue Service is organised to support local communities. We work to achieve this through a combination of prevention, protection and emergency response activities.

 

WSFRS has been through a significant transformation since its last IRMP was published. In West Sussex, the Fire & Rescue Service now has a much broader role working at the heart of the Communities & Public Protection directorate of West Sussex County Council (WSCC). Firefighters work alongside WSCC colleagues in Public Health, Community Safety, Trading Standards and Resilience & Emergencies to help communities become safer, stronger and more resilient.

 

To reflect this broader role, the IRMP for 2016-20 is known as the draft WSFRS Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP).

 

The current WSFRS operating model for emergency response has previously been agreed through the course of three separate public consultations. There are no proposals to change emergency response arrangements in this draft risk management plan. This consultation is to seek the views of the wider community on the WSFRS analysis of risks and its approach to risk management planning.

 

The draft Community Risk Management Plan should be read in context with the latest WSFRS performance data and the WSFRS Annual Report and Statement of Assurance.

 

The consultation closes on Friday 5th August. A report on the consultation feedback will be presented to the WSCC Environment & Community Services Select Committee on 15th September.

 

After considering the report and listening to the views of the Select Committee, the WSCC Cabinet Member for Residents Services will make a formal decision whether to adopt and publish the WSFRS Community Risk Management Plan 2016-20.

 

You can submit your views by completing the questionnaire and/or by:

 

Email: yourfireservice@westsussex.gov.uk

 

In writing:

CRMP public consultation

Communications Team

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service

Northgate

Chichester

West Sussex

PO19 1BD

 

The draft Community Risk Management Plan and all supporting information can be viewed on the Have Your Say page of the West Sussex County Council website: Have Your Say

 

If you require this information in an alternative format please email yourfireservice@westsussex.gov.uk or phone Claire Byrd 0330 222 5671 or Gary Towson 0330 222 5002

 

Link: (Draft) Community Risk Management Plan

 

Link: Performance data

 

Link: Annual Report

 

Link: Communities & Public Protection

 

Link: Questionnaire

 

Your views are important to us and all feedback will be considered before a decision is taken. Thank you.

 


July 2016

 

 Latest News on the A27 Chichester bypass here:

 A27 Chichester Bypass Newsletter


June 2016

West Sussex County Council is running a survey asking residents for their views on the temporary bus stop suspensions along the A24, A264 and A259.

 

In April the County Council temporarily suspended all stops on the A24 (between Findon and Horsham) and the A264 (between Horsham and Crawley) where buses were forced to stop on the inside lane. Two stops on the A259 that operated in a similar way were also temporarily suspended. A safety review found that given today’s traffic conditions, these bus stops were a road safety risk.

We need to know the views of passengers and local communities so we can understand the impact of suspending these bus stops. We would therefore appreciate your help in promoting the survey wherever appropriate.

You can find out more and access the survey here.

Paper copies are available by calling 03302 225442; alternatively, any comments or questions can be emailed to buses@westsussex.gov.uk

The closing date for responses is 6 July 2016.


June 2016

Arun residents are being asked for their views on a plan to tackle persistent antisocial behaviour in both Littlehampton and Bognor Regis town centres.

 

A three-month consultation goes live today to give residents the chance to share their views on whether they would be in favour of ‘Alcohol Control Areas’ and powers to disperse individuals causing anti-social behaviour.

New measures mean the Council has the power to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order [PSPO] in designated areas of both Bognor Regis and Littlehampton town centres and surrounding areas in a bid to reduce disruptive behaviour caused by drinking in the street.

The Council wants to know if this is what the public want and is encouraging as many people as possible to complete the online consultation, which runs until 11th September 2016, at http://bit.ly/1UUBj0Y. Alternatively, the link can also be found on http://www.arun.gov.uk/, http://www.arun.gov.uk/community-safety and hard copies of the consultation can be obtained from the Civic Centre in Littlehampton and Bognor Regis Town Hall.

The Council wants residents and local business owners, along with all sectors of the community, to provide feedback on the proposal for the PSPO covering both town centres and surrounding areas, which would allow ‘authorised officers’ to confiscate alcohol being consumed in public spaces and disperse individuals.

Councillor Paul Wotherspoon, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Working alongside Sussex Police, partner organisations and our residents, we are committed to reducing anti-social behaviour in our town centres. Feedback from some members of the public and shop owners has indicated that they believe street drinking in Littlehampton and Bognor Regis sparks anti-social behaviour which is having a detrimental effect on those areas. However the introduction of any new measures will be subject to the resources available in a financially-challenging environment and agencies will need to work together to undertake effective enforcement action. So we would urge our residents to take part in the consultation and let the Council know their views. We will listen to our residents, whether the consensus is to introduce a Public Space Protection Order, or not.

Additional dog control measures are also being proposed for the beach and greensward in Ferring.

The consultation findings will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet in December when the decision will be made whether to recommend a PSPO to Full Council. If supported, the new PSPO may come into force in 2017.

The consultation started on 20th June 2016 and will end on 11th September 2016.

For more information please contact community.safety@arun.gov.uk.


June 2016 

 


  

West Sussex County Council,

 Bus user survey - suspended bus stops along A24, A264 and A259



 

Notice of Polling Stations - 

 

For the location of each polling station in the voting area and information on who will be entitled to vote, please click here 

 

 


 

 

 


  

 


 

 May 2016

 

 

 

   

    Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester
Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester (VAAC) promotes and supports voluntary and community groups in the Arun and Chichester districts. We can offer advice and support on areas such as:
· Setting up a charity/community group
· Policies and Procedures
· Fundraising
· Publicity
· Recruiting and managing volunteers
· Networking
· And much more!
For more information please see www.vaac.org.uk
 

 

Tesco ‘Bags of help’ funding application deadline – Friday, 3rd June!      

Tesco are inviting local community groups and good causes to apply for their share of a £12 million carrier bag charge fund to enhance their green and open community spaces. Help us spread the word!

             

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Groups can now submit their applications for the current round of funding, for which the deadline is 3 June. All interested charities and community groups have to do is apply online at www.groundwork.org.uk/tesco or call the helpline on 0121 237 5780.
  

 If you have already started writing your bid and have any questions, please speak to your Community Enabler (information below).

Once all the bids are in and have been shortlisted to a final three, Tesco customers will get the chance to vote in stores for their favourite project and group. These finalists will receive grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000. Customers will be able to vote for their favourite project from early October.

Administration of the local funding is being handled by environmental improvement charity Groundwork, which specialises in supporting communities to transform local green spaces for the better.

To find out more go to: www.groundwork.org.uk/tescobagsofhelp

Community Enabler

For advice and guidance on applying to the Bags of Help scheme contact your local Community Enabler for Sussex and Surrey Anke Thurm. Phone:07736132697 Email: anke.thurm@groundwork.org.uk        

Community project toolkit

Groundwork has also launched a new Community Project Toolkit; containing hints and tips for communities looking to develop local green space projects.  

 

 

 

 New Mayor is elected!

 

 At the Annual Town Council Meeting on Monday 9th May 2016, Cllr Pat Dillon was elected as the new Mayor of Bognor Regis, the Mayoress is his wife Maureen who will also be his Consort on some mayoral visits. The Deputy Mayor is Cllr Phil Woodall. We would like to congratulate Cllr Pat Dillon and wish him a very enjoyable year in office! The Council would also like to thank the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Mrs Jeanette Warr (pictured above) for all her work over the past term.

 


 

 April 2016

  

 

NOTICE OF POLLING STATION - For the situation of Polling Stations and the description of persons entitled to vote please click here 


 

 

Loyal Address Cover Image

BR Poll Result 

 Please click on the link below to view the Statement of Persons Nominated in the election of for a Police and Crime Commissioner

 PPC Sussex Statement of Persons Nominated

 

PPCSussex Statement 

 

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 NCS flyer


Parish Poll

Click here for information on the Parish Poll including the questions, how and where to vote

Please click on the link below to view the Notice of Parish Poll being held on Wednesday 13th April 2016:

Notice of Parish Poll

 Parish Poll

 

 

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Please click on the link below to view the Notice of Election of the Police and Crime commissioner for the Sussex Police Area:

Election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex Police area

Election notice of candidates election address submission

 



March 2016 

 

                   Bognor Regis Town Council

SEASONAL WORKER

Town Force

6 month contract

 

Seasonal worker required to assist with gardening, maintenance, cleaning and repair work throughout the town and supporting local events. Proven previous experience in horticulture, general building work & maintenance. Candidates must be able to work outside in all weather conditions. Clean full driving licence essential.

 Salary £16,572 p.a. pro rata, 37 hours p.w.

 Only fully completed application forms will be considered.

 For application pack e-mail lynettegill@bognorregis.gov.uk, visit http://www.bognorregis.gov.uk/ or phone 01243 825535.

 Closing date:  Wed 13 April

 The Council is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes diversity.

 


 


 

 March 2016

 *PRESS RELEASE*

Parish Poll – legal position

The Town Council understands there is considerable debate regarding the call for a Parish Poll, taken at the Electors’ Meeting on Monday 14th March.

In order to clarify the Town Council’s position, the rules governing Local Government Administration sets out the following rules for Parish Polls:

“A poll may be demanded not later than the end of the meeting on any question arising at it. Such a poll must be held only if ten or one-third of the electors present (whichever is the less) insist or if the person presiding at the meeting consents. It is essential that the wording of any question to be answered in the poll be settled before the meeting ends. The chairman must immediately notify the district council if a poll is required. It is held in accordance with rules made by the Secretary of State and the procedure is generally similar to the procedure for electing a local councillor.

The returning officer must appoint an officer for the purpose of the poll”.

As 10 or more electors at the meeting on Monday signed to say that they called for the Poll to take place, legally the Town Council has no choice but to proceed. It is not possible to run an online poll or similar. The Town Council has to act under the rules laid down by Government for their administration.

The costs of the Poll were not known at the time. The district council was contacted the day after the meeting and the Town Council was advised that due to two other elections taking place in the next three months or so, additional staff would have to be brought in to deal with the Parish Poll.

The cost of the Poll will need to found from within the Council’s resources.

*ENDS*

For more information please contact Sue Holmes on 01243 825535 or email sueholmes@bognorregis.gov.uk

       *PRESS RELEASE*

Electors’ meeting call for a Parish Poll

Following the Annual Electors Meeting held at the Regis School on Monday 14th March at which electors of the Parish voted to hold a referendum on three different questions, Bognor Regis Town Council would like to clarify the current position. The Council has had no opportunity to consider the questions put forward and accordingly would like to confirm that their current position is thus:-

The Council does not support the Sir Richard Hotham Project, and have already formally objected to it, through the planning process, as a statutory consultee, as it is does not follow the guidelines laid down in the Bognor Regis Neighbourhood Plan.

Neither does the Council support the other two matters to be voted upon, namely the abolition of the Parishes and the dissolution of Arun, with West Sussex becoming a unitary authority. The Councils’ position has not changed from when this was proposed for consideration on a previous occasion.

The Council would like to make it very clear that it was a resident who called for the Parish Poll, and residents who voted for it – albeit that the proposer is also a Town Councillor.

The Poll is not being called for by the Council; however it is the Council and ultimately the Electorate who will have to bear the cost of holding it. Once the Poll has been called then a formal process has to be followed, as laid down in the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12.

Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Jeanette Warr, said: “The Council would like to state that they wish to continue to work amicably with the surrounding parishes and the district authority, for the best outcomes of the residents, and do not at this time support any reorganisation of local government.”

*ENDS*

For more information please contact Sue Holmes on 01243 825535 or email sueholmes@bognorregis.gov.uk

 


March 2016

SOUTHERN RAILWAY: 

 

Changes to the opening hours of ticket offices

 

Modernising Southern

On Southern passenger journeys have risen in the past 5 years and demand is set to grow on our busy network. To keep up with this increasing demand and the rising expectations of our customers we are modernising how we do things at our stations, on board our trains and behind the scenes. Our aim is to make things easier for you, our passengers.

Changes to our busier stations

We know that our customers want a quick and easy journey through our stations, and want the option to buy tickets on-line and use smartcard technology. We already sell approximately 70% of our tickets through ticket machines, on-line, smartcards, Oyster and contactless payments and this trend is forecast to continue. However we also know the importance of having staff members visible and available to help when needed.

This is why, from summer 2016, we want to start to change how we manage some of our busier stations.

At some of our stations we know that our ticket offices sell fewer than 12 tickets per hour and the vast majority of customers don’t use the ticket offices on a daily basis. At these stations, we want our staff to become more available for all users of the station and ensure there is a visible presence on our station concourses where they can help customers with all of their queries, provide information, offer assistance and have the ability to sell tickets when needed.

At some of our busier stations, we want to relocate the ticket selling equipment to a station hosting point so the staff are available on the concourse, able to sell the full range of tickets but for longer times than today.

However we also know that the ticket office will need to remain operational in the morning peak at some stations to keep up with current customer demand. At these stations we propose to also have Station Hosts available in peak and off peak times to better assist our customers.

We believe that this will provide an improved customer experience, with all the affected stations being staffed from the very first to last train, 7 days a week. Facilities such as waiting rooms will be open for longer and Station Hosts will be available answering customer queries, providing advice and assisting with ticket purchases.

More information about how we intend to modernise our operations, including a full list of affected stations, is available below:

List of stations and proposals

List of stations and proposed opening hours

We know these changes are important to you and you can comment on our proposals to modernise the service we offer you at our stations. If your station is not listed then it is unaffected by these changes.

Public consultation commenced on Monday 22nd February 2016, for a three week period, where customers can share their views on our proposals. Posters are being displayed at the affected stations and information is contained on this web site.

You can raise any feedback directly with us (stationchanges@gtrailway.com) but you can also contact London TravelWatch or Transport Focus as they will be collating customer feedback for all the affected stations.

Check our list of stations here to confirm which Watchdog to respond to.


Read our news story here

Read our frequently asked questions 


March 2016

Safer West Sussex Partnership Survey 2016 - Arun

The Safer West Sussex Partnership (SWSP) is a multiagency group that provides a countywide co-ordinated approach in delivering effective responses to crime and anti social behaviour across West Sussex. We work with our district and borough Community Safety Partnerships and a range of agencies to ensure that West Sussex remains a safe place for residents and visitors alike.

Following a review of partnership activity in the last 12 months and an assessment of the threats and risks impacting nationally and regionally on West Sussex we are seeking resident views and experiences on crime in their local area.

The survey should take no longer than 10 - 15 minutes to complete.

Link to survey: https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/communities-public-protection/swspsurvey-arun-area

The survey will run from the Friday 26th of February until the Sunday 13th March 2016.

The closing date for this survey is 13th March, 2016.


March 2016

Let's Clean for the Queen!Clean for the Queen


January 2016

  West Sussex County Council

 Joint Western Arun Area Committee

'talk with us' everybody has something to say 

  Aldwick, Bersted, Bognor Regis, Felpham, Middleton-on-Sea and Pagham

  7.00pm on Wednesday 6th January 2016

  Held at Bersted Park Community Centre, Lakeland Avenue, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 5FF 

  • Participate in 'talk with us' public question time.
  • Find out about Community Initiative Funding applications in your local area. 

DECEMBER 2015

NEW LIGHTS FOR ALDWICK ROAD THANKS TO SPONSORS

 For press release click here

  

  


PICTUREDROME 4TH SCREEN

 PICTUREDROME 4TH SCREEN PRESS RELEASE click here

 PICTUREDROME 4TH SCREEN SURVEY RESULTS click here 


NOVEMBER 2015

 JWAAC Community Initiative Funding

 JWAAC County Councillors have Community Initiative Funding available for distribution at each JWAC meeting. At present they have £20,000 remaining to allocate at January and then March 2016 meetings.

 The deadlines for applications is a month prior to JWAAC so for January the deadline is 6th December. Applications received after that date will go forward for March 2016.

Criteria for the CIF Fund

Community Initiative Funding Application 


 NOVEMBER 2015

 STUDENT SURVEY

Students at the University of Chichester are conducting an online survey to help for a research project they are doing. The survey is based on peoples perceptions of Bognor Regis, click on the link below:

  https://chichester.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/perceptions-of-bognor-regis


 The Town Council is about to make a final decision on whether to proceed with the 4th screen. It is vital that the Council knows your views. Please click on the newsletter link below.

 Picturedrome Newsletter


 

 Agenda Town Meeting 241115


OCTOBER 2015

 

DECLARATION OF RESULT 

 

Declaration of Result 

NOTICE OF POLL FOR THE BOGNOR REGIS NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUM 

 Notice of Poll


OCTOBER 2015 

Bognor Regis is listening, click here :

#BOGNORREGISISLISTENING


OCTOBER 2015

 Notice of Casual Vacancy

OCTOBER 2015

For news, information, discussion on local community issues in Joint Western Arun CLC area (Aldwick, Bersted, Bognor Regis, Felpham, Middleton and Pagham) see 

https://www.facebook.com/westernaruntalkwithus?fref=ts


OCTOBER 2015

 Great British High StreetGreat British High Street

Great British High Street logo 

 


SEPTEMBER 2015


**PRESS RELEASE**

READY FOR REFERENDUM

After over three years of consultation and public engagement by the Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan group, the Decision Statement has been published by Arun District Council confirming that the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Bognor Regis complies with the legal requirements and basic conditions, as set out in the Localism Act 2011, and can now proceed to referendum.


Referendum day is Thursday 22nd October and Your Vote Counts so look out for your poll card. You can vote if you live within the 6 wards of Bognor Regis and are on the electoral register. If you are unsure you can contact the elections office at Arun District council or register online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

The Neighbourhood Plan and policies can be viewed online at www.bognorregis.gov.uk or in person at Arun Civic Centre, Bognor Regis Town Hall and Bognor Regis Library, or for more information about the Neighbourhood Plan telephone 01243 867744.  Bognor Regis Town Council received a Government ‘Front Runner’ grant and other funding to develop the Neighbourhood Plan.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO VOTE?

Do you want Arun District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Bognor Regis to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

If more people vote YES in the referendum then Arun District Council will use the Neighbourhood Development Plan to help when considering applications.

If more people say NO then Arun District Council will decide on planning applications without using the Neighbourhood Development Plan as part of the Development Plan for the area.

YOUR VOTE COUNTS

 

Bognor Regis Neighbourhood Plan Referendum information - click here

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

 

 

 

 


                                 Meeting poster

BOGNOR REGIS TOWN MEETING

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972

This Meeting is called in accordance with The Local Government Act 1972,

Sch. 12, para 15(1)(b)

There will be a Town Meeting of the Electors of Bognor Regis at The Regis Centre (Theatre), Belmont Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex at 7.00pm on TUESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2015. The Meeting has been called by two parish councillors as shown in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1972.

The Meeting is primarily intended for persons registered as local government electors for the Town and Parish of Bognor Regis. However, all members of the Public and Press are most welcome to attend. Subject to the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972, each local government elector of the Town and Parish of Bognor Regis may, at this Town Meeting, give one vote and no more on any question. {L.G.A. 1972 Sch. 12, Part III, 18(1)}.

Click on the link below to see the Agenda for the town meeting of electors of Bognor Regis, Tuesday 15th September 19.00

Town Meeting of Electors Sept 2015

Picturedrome Acquisition costs 

Picturedrome Seminar to Councillors 

 


AUGUST 2015

  

Our Place Logo

 OUR PLACE IS COMING!

 

 

Bognor Regis Town Council has secured an £8,000 “Our Place” grant from Locality.

What is Our Place? Our Place is part of the Governments approach to localism. Our Place brings local citizens, public professionals, key stakeholders voluntary and community groups together to identify the issues that matter most to them. So if you are looking to make changes in your neighbourhood, Our Place is the programme for you.

The project theme is Tourism – and the objective is to encourage local people, organisations and local businesses to work in partnership together, with the emphasis on increasing visitor numbers to Bognor Regis to support the growth of our tourist industry, leading to increased jobs in the tourism sector and boosting the local economy.

We want to put Bognor Regis firmly on the visitor’s map – to do this we need to capture what visitors like about Bognor Regis. What they would like to see more/less of.

We want to help local business by finding out from the traders/hoteliers what it’s like running a business in Bognor Regis.

By gathering all this information we aim to:

· Increase visitor numbers

· Increase jobs in the tourism sector

· A joined up tourism offer with data in one easily accessible place

· Improve customer services and offer for visitors

· Provide a sustainable, year round visitor offer that makes best use of Bognor Regis’ assets and also provides activities to meet the leisure needs of residents

If you would like more information or would like to get involved please contact Val Souchet (Community Organiser) on 07909445151 valerie.souchet@corganisers.co.uk

or

Sheila Green (BRTC) on 01243 8867744 sheilagreen@bognorregis.gov.uk


July 2015

‘Tell Us Once’ service launches in West Sussex

Losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience.

There are lots of things that need to be done, at a time when you probably least feel like doing them, including informing what can feel like a never ending list of government departments and local authority services.

That’s why West Sussex County Council, in partnership with District and Borough Councils in West Sussex, is introducing the ‘Tell Us Once’ service in July.

‘Tell Us Once’ is a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) service which is offered during death registration appointments.

It’s a free service, which notifies several government and council agencies of the death. These include:

·       The DWP;

·       HM Revenue and Customs;

·       Identity and Passport Services;

        Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA); and

·      Council services, such as Adults’ Services, Blue Badge, Children’s Services, Council Tax, Electoral Services.

At registration, the Registrar will add the details of the deceased to the Tell Us Once national database.

You will then be given a unique reference number which will enable you to activate ‘Tell Us Once’ with a visit to the website or a single call, should you wish to take up this service.

For more information, please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/births-marriages-and-deaths. 


STREETLINK

According to Government statistics at least 2,700 people will sleep rough tonight in England. Anyone can become homeless, and sleeping rough is not only dangerous but can also have a long-term effect on an individual’s health.

We know that many people want to help rough sleepers but don’t know the best way to do this. That’s why we are pleased to support StreetLink, a phone-line, website and mobile app which allows the public to take action and help connect rough sleepers to the local services and support available to them.

StreetLink works; in its first two years, public alerts to StreetLink led to almost 10,000 people being found and connected to local services, with more than 1,800 helped into accommodation.

It’s easy to use and just a few minutes can help turn someone’s life around. Next time you see someone sleeping rough, send an alert via http://www.streetlink.org.uk/download the free mobile app or call 0300 500 0914.


Scams Awareness Month 2015

Each year millions of people in the UK fall prey to scammers. Some estimates of the total cost of mass-marketed scams are as high as £5 billion. The truth is - with reporting levels as low as 5 per cent - this cost could be far higher.

However, talking of thousands, millions or even billions of pounds undervalues the wider social cost of scams: the blight they bring to people’s lives, the emotional trauma for families and the loss of confidence among not only their victims, but every consumer who hears about them.

Scams Awareness Month 2015 (SAM15) will take place this July with the theme "Don't be Rushed, Don't be Hushed". The campaign aims to stop people being rushed into hasty decisions by scammers and to end victims being hushed into silence by a sense of shame, foolhardiness, or weary acceptance.

Throughout July we will look at the four key channels used to conduct scams including telephone, online, mail and doorstep scams.

Citizens Advice have all the information you need on their website including resources, model press releases, blogs and a range of online content to reflect the weekly themes. You will also find details about activities, and resources to help you take part.

You can tweet #ScamAware or email pictures and updates to campaigns@citizensadvice.org.uk.

Citizens Advice Bureau information on Scams


West Sussex residents prove recycling matters to them

Recycling is on the up in West Sussex – the latest figures show that in the past year there has been an increase of more than 1,000 tonnes of items being recycled at the specialist Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Ford.

That’s largely thanks to residents placing more of the right items in their recycling bins and making sure that non-recyclable items, such as household waste, wet paper or food coated recycling, are placed in the rubbish bin.

It means in 2014/15 the MRF sorted and baled 69,048 tonnes of material for recycling, compared with 67,955 tonnes in 2013/14.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news.

“On behalf of my colleagues in the waste teams across the county – both here at the County Council and at the District and Borough Councils – I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to making West Sussex greener.

“And with the recent change meaning household plastic pots, tubs and trays can now be recycled, I’m sure we’ll see even more good news over the coming months.

“In fact, we’ve already seen some very encouraging signs with almost 32 tonnes of plastic pots tubs and trays recycling being processed in first week following the launch of the service in April and the same again during the second week.

“It proves the real commitment that many of our residents have when it comes to recycling at home.”

As well as a huge decrease in the number of non-recyclable items coming into the facility, which is operated and managed by Viridor, there have been some increases in the amount of recycling collected by residents.

This has been across a variety of materials, including HDPE plastic bottles (such as milk bottles or bleach bottles) which increased by around 80 tonnes, steel tins (nearly 24 tonnes) and aluminium cans (nearly 60 tonnes).

David added: “While this increase is fantastic, my challenge to every household now is to see if they can recycle even more over the coming year and help boost our countywide figures over the next year. Please be green and recycle where you can.”

To find out more about recycling in West Sussex, please visit http://www.recycleforwestsussex.org/


CHARLIE FOGDEN

Sadly Bognor Regis Town Force employee Charlie Fogden passed peacefully away early hours of Wednesday morning 22nd April 2015. 

Charlie had been a member of the Town Council Town Force team from its inception in 2000 until his retirement due to ill health early this year.  He was a well- known character around the town and much loved and respected by his colleagues and those who knew him.  His knowledge and ability to do almost anything meant that no job was too big or indeed too small for him to tackle. 

Charlie built all of the wooden and brick planters you see around the town by hand and helped keep them beautifully planted and maintained throughout the year for all to enjoy.   

He was always visible at town events setting up all sorts of equipment from PA systems to flags, closing roads and building props, you could rely on Charlie to get the job done and help the event run smoothly – but always with a cheeky word and a twinkle in his eye. 

Charlie will be sadly missed by all who knew him and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all his family. 


MARCH 2015 

Hooray for pots, tubs and trays

As of Wednesday 1 April, we’ll be able to accept your household pots, tubs and trays in your regular household recycling collections across West Sussex.

It’s not an April fool – we want your plastic containers. You’ll be able to recycle things like yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs, fruit and vegetable punnets and ready meal trays, as well as your plastic bottles – all we ask is that they are clean, dry and loose!

Why should I recycle my plastic containers?
Recycling plastics saves a valuable resource from just being thrown away.

Plastic packaging makes up 11% of household waste – that’s a lot of plastic which could be recycled. We anticipate that recycling household pots, tubs and trays could see more than 4,000 tonnes added to the county’s recycling rate every year!

Recycled plastic can be transformed into lots of different things – including clothes, toys, kitchen utensils, pens and even garden furniture!

What can I recycle?
From the start of April, plastics that can be accepted in your recycling are:

 

        · Milk and drinks bottles;
   · Bathroom bottles;
   · Laundry/detergent bottles & tubs;
   · Yoghurt, cream & soup pots;
   · Ice cream & margarine tubs;
   · Cosmetic pots & tubs;
   · Food & ready meal trays;
   · Fruit & vegetable punnets; and
   · Plastic container lids (such as those used on coffee jars).

But there are still a few plastic items we can’t accept in your household recycling. These include:

·     Plastic carrier bags & plastic film;

·    Expanded polystyrene;

·    Plant pots & seed trays;

·    Plastic toys; and

·    Plastic furniture.

It’s really important to make sure all items placed in your recycling bin are:

Clean
– free from food and liquid leftovers. Items that have food on them can ruin the quality of the other recycling in your bin, which can go on to spoil the items collected in recycling lorries. It could mean the bin or even a whole truckload can no longer be recycled meaning all of your hard work will literally go to waste!

Dry – moisture can cause items to stick together, especially if your paper or cardboard items get wet. This means they cannot be recycled and they may clog the sorting machinery.

Loose – the high-tech sorting plant can’t separate your recycling if it is placed within cardboard boxes or tied up in plastic bags.

To find out more about recycling in West Sussex, including what can be collected in your household collection, please visit http://www.recycleforwestsussex.org/ 

JANUARY 2015

Seen an abandoned vehicle or someone driving recklessly?  Sussex Police have an online service to report these issues. Operation Crackdown - the online reporting tool for members of the public to report incidents of anti social driving and abandoned vehicles:  

http://www.operationcrackdown.org/

Also there is data on crashes, speed cameras and reported incidents here:

http://dashboard.sussexsrp.org.uk/

Crackdown also has a Facebook page where you can get further information about referrals we send onto local Neighbourhood Policing teams and also Roads Policing Units, where vehicles have come to notice more than once. We also publicise details of events etc.

Please have a look and like the page.


DECEMBER 2014

Bulletin 2014/27

A new local community website for Arun

Streetlife, the local social network, has a simple aim: to help people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours.

The website provides a free and easy place to share local news, views, recommendations and resources, enabling people with busy routines or reduced mobility to keep in touch with their community.

Conversations started on Streetlife have helped unite lost pets with owners, expose doorstep scammers, save threatened public services and recall local history. The site is also encouraging real-world friendships, with neighbours sharing gardening equipment, IT advice and dentist recommendations, organising craft groups, street parties and book clubs.

Streetlife has just launched across Arun, and everyone – residents, groups, local government representatives and businesses – is invited to share their knowledge, discuss the local issues they care about, and help build a stronger, better connected community.

Get involved!

·         Sign up at www.streetlife.com with your postcode and email address

·          You’ll automatically be linked to the people and conversations where you live

·           You can post messages, events, polls and pictures, and locals will be able to      respond

·            You can customise your account so you control how often you receive local    updates

Sign up and join the local conversation on streetlife.com.


DECEMBER 2014

Parking discs for 2 hours free parking in Fitzleet Multi-storey, Lyon Street and Hothampton car parks are out now! come and get yours for £1 and park free until December 2015. Money raised from sales of the disc go towards supporting the free parking scheme.
 
                               2015 parking disc



NOVEMBER 2014

FREE FOR ALL - Practice the Highway Code online for free for car, motorbike, lorry or bus

 http://rightdriver.co.uk/

Right Driver is used by a large number of driving instructors, youth organisations, schools, community organisations and more to help people get their driver's licence due to its free official Highway Code questions.


OCTOBER 2014

Are you ready for winter?

There’s no way of telling what the weather might be like this winter – but you can make sure that you are as prepared as possible for every eventuality.

West Sussex County Council will have new webpages on its website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/snow from mid to late November, where residents can find out more about how to cope in snow and ice conditions.

You can look up which roads the County Council is able to grit, read about how the County Council prepares in the event of bad weather, and also about what you can do.

There are some simple things we can all do to prepare for winter and the weather it might bring:

· Check on vulnerable or elderly family and neighbours – they may need your support in bad weather

· Don’t use water to clear snow and ice, it will refreeze and become more dangerous

· Don’t travel unless you have to and make sure your vehicle is ready for cold weather

· Be prepared – keep a supply of provisions in case of bad weather

· Mobile phones and social media such as Facebook and Twitter are an excellent and easy way to keep in touch during severe weather events. Make sure you share your details with your neighbours

· Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather conditions, especially footwear

It doesn’t hurt to think ahead and be well prepared. Don’t forget, you can also follow @WSHighways on Twitter, or ‘West Sussex Matters’ on Facebook, to keep up to date and share information.

For further advice, you can also visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ and search ‘Get Ready for Winter’.

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August 2014

Watch out, loan sharks about

Many of us will struggle with finances at some point in our lives and for some people when times are tough they feel they have no option but to borrow from loan sharks. It is estimated that 310,000 households in the UK are borrowing from these lenders who are unauthorised, often charge extortionate rates and may resort to violence, threats and intimidation to enforce their loans.

The Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is the agency that prosecutes loan sharks and supports people affected by this crime. They have worked to support grandparents who have been worried about family members who have been trapped by loan sharks.

Often the person who introduces the loan shark is seen as a trusted friend or even family member. One such case was that of Doris and Bob, who are both pensioners living on disability living allowance benefits. They were paying their “family friend” £250 a week to pay off an £18,000 loan which they were led to believe was borrowed on their behalf from the bank.

However, the borrowed sum increased from £18,000 to £23,000 then £32,000, which the loan shark told them was interest added from the bank. The payments amounted to £1,000 a month which meant that Doris and Bob were unable to enjoy the luxuries which they should be enjoying at that stage of their lives, approaching their Ruby wedding anniversary.

Doris eventually decided to call the IMLT, when the stress of the loan shark put a strain on their marriage, leading to her and her husband constantly bickering. She was surprised to discover that IMLT offered free advice, and after investigation found that Doris and Bob had paid the loan shark £27,000 over two years. There was no bank loan.

The IMLT visited the loan shark and informed him of the offence that he was committing, and that the debt collecting must stop. Doris and Bob, now enjoy a fuller enriched stable life, with the support of the IMLT present for as long as they require it.

Loan sharks will rarely offer paperwork so borrowers are unsure about the terms of the agreement and how much is owing. The rates of interest can also be extortionate, as high as 131,000% has been identified in the past and often borrowers will struggle to repay the debt as the lender will add additional sums onto the outstanding amount. Some loan sharks will also resort to taking items from the victim’s home as security, including items such as passports and bank cards. Or, they may even turn to making threats and physical violence in an attempt to reclaim debts.

Nationally the IMLT has secured 310 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 200 years’ worth of custodial sentences. They have written off almost £59 million worth of illegal debt and helped over 24,500 victims.

Loan sharks will often appear very friendly in the first instance but should never be used under any circumstances.

If you would to report an unauthorised lender or would simply like some advice, speak to us in confidence.

To report a loan shark:

 

Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222

 

Text ‘loan shark + your message’ to 60003

 

E-mail reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk

 

Private message us at www.facebook.com/stoploansharks

 

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