JUNE 2017

 

Last year's Mayor, Cllr Pat Dillon, has now presented his Mayor's Charities- The Cadet Forces with their cheques, following his fundraising efforts during his year in office- in which he raised over £1200. 

In attendance at the Town Hall to collect the cheques representing the Bognor Regis Sea Cadets were Lt (SCC) Gary Edgington, former Mayor's Cadet OC Ryan Birch and current Mayor's Cadet Jack Golding (as pictured above) plus Chairman Ray Rowe. Whilst representing and collecting the cheque on behalf of the 2351 (Bognor Regis) Squadron Air Training Corps was Flight Lt. Mal Penberthy.

Cllr Dillon said he was extremely proud to have fundraised for such important organisations and hopes the money, which will be used in the local branches, will be of real benefit to the Cadet Forces. 

 

 

MAY 2017 

 

 

 

 

Mayor's Charity Dance Flyer 

 

Congratulations to Cllr Phil Woodall (pictured above: right) who was elected as the new Mayor of Bognor Regis at the Annual Town Council Meeting on Monday 8th May 2017. His Consort for his year in office is Mr Steve Hearn and, on occasion, Mrs Pam Moseley. The Deputy Mayor is Cllr Adam Cunard (pictured below: right).

Everyone at the Town Council wishes Cllr Woodall all the best for a successful and enjoyable year in the role. The Council would also like to thank outgoing Mayor, Cllr Pat Dillon (pictured: above left) for doing a fantastic job over the past year.

If you would like to invite the Mayor to attend a function, please click here to complete a Mayoral Engagement Form, to be returned to the Mayor's Secretary:

 

 

 

 MAY 2017

 

 

 

 

MARCH 2017

 Full steam ahead for railway station refurbishment

Station view

A £2 million-pound project to renovate Bognor Regis Railway Station is set to get underway in April.

The exciting scheme will see the station completely refurbished to make the most of the building’s elegant heritage features.

The barrier between the concourse and the trains will be replaced with one of the original 1900’s design and the ornate windows, intricate ceiling mouldings and original parquet floors will be retained and restored.

Fitting the theme, the windows which are currently blocked will be re-opened to allow more light onto the concourse, which will be revitalised using lighter- coloured materials.

As well as being pleasing on the eye, the work will also focus on improving facilities for passengers.

In line with the results of the passenger survey, a new indoor waiting room will be created and there will be two cafes, one which will open out onto Station Square.

Passengers will also benefit from an improved ticket office and seating, new ticket vending machines, refurbished toilets and other improvements such as a new cashpoint machine, enhanced CCTV and signage, better station lighting, visitor information leaflets and an online information terminal.

Southern Rail’s Project Manager, Paul Best said: “We are pleased that this work will be getting underway soon using funding from Network Rail, the Rail Heritage Partnership and the National Station Improvement Programme. Our priority is to improve the passenger experience, and this project will definitely deliver this.”

Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, Leader of Arun District Council and Cabinet Member for Council Strategy, said: “Three years ago we started talking to Southern Rail about improving the public realm on the station forecourt at

Station Square. From those discussions the refurbishment of the station has been brought forward.

“All this investment will improve the quality and attractiveness of this part of the town and complement the public realm improvements that have already taken place. This transformation will be a fantastic result for everyone.”

BR station 

 

 UK POWER NETWORKS

PRIORITY SERVICES REGISTER

This message is being sent to you by Sussex Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with UK Power Networks.

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24 hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.

More information can be found online at http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/power-cuts/priority-services-during-a-power-cut/and it’s quick to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends, particularly those who are not online and who meet the criteria, you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However, a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the on-line registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Service Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible, to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. The link is below. We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.

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In Bloom litter pick success! 

 

 

Saturday 4th March saw the Bognor Regis in Bloom Working Group's litter pick in aid of 'The Great British Spring Clean'. Working Group Members and residents of the town alike volunteered to clean up the Bluebell Wood (also known as Milberry Wood) area by Butlins and the A259 roundabout.

It's estimated 22 bags of litter were collected- along with a bike and an old metal lamppost!

The Bognor Regis in Bloom Working Group would like to thank all those who gave up their time to lend a hand. Articles will be in next week's local papers.

A good job done by all!! 

 

WELLBEING MONTH 

 Wellbeing Month

 

 Bognor Regis Library

 

  Board Games at BR library

Relax with Colouring 

 

 Willowhale Library (Rose Green)

 

Board Games Knit & Natter

Relax with colouring 

TESCO BAGS OF HELP 

 

TESCO BAGS OF HELP NOW AVAILABLE TO EVEN MORE COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE UK  SEE HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

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 http://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.