Archive for January 4th, 2011

Be enterprising and win £4,000

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Be enterprising and win £4,000

There’s still time to enter the fifth annual Social Enterprise Innovation Award, with a £4,000 first prize up for grabs.

The award supports social enterprises in West Sussex and is run by the West Sussex Social Enterprise Network together with West Sussex County Council.

The 2010 award was launched at the end of November. The deadline is fast approaching (Monday January 31), and people are being urged to ensure they enter in time.

Individuals and organisations must submit proposals for innovative ideas to deliver products or services with clear economic, social or environmental benefits.

County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy Deborah Urquhart said: “There’s a first prize of £4,000 for the winning entrant, which must be used to develop the idea into a business.

“They will also get one to one support and advice to help with the development of the proposal.”

The 2009 award winner was Hassocks Community Partnership and a project for the set-up of a local cycle hire business close to Hassocks Railway Station to encourage sustainable tourism, and provide activities for local schools and the community.

For further information or to enter the awards e-mail jonathan.lamb@westsussex.gov.uk or visit the website at www.wssen.org.uk.

Doing more with less – have your say

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Doing more with less – have your say

Residents are invited to attend the fifth annual State of the Borough Debate, which will focus on what the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) means locally.

The event, on Wednesday 2nd February at 7.30pm, will take place at Crawley Library and will open with a presentation by Councillor Bob Lanzer, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, on the CSR and how it will affect the council and residents.

Other areas of discussion could include the council’s priorities, the key issues facing the town, what is being done to address them and the progress made to date.

The audience, which will be made up of the public, business leaders and partner organisations, will be able to give their views on the challenges facing Crawley and how we should respond to them.

The views and comments expressed will help the council to plan its work on improving its services and the town in general.

Councillor Lanzer said: “The Comprehensive Spending Review and savings have been in the news for many months now. The initial figures were very high level but we’re beginning to understand how they will affect us locally.

“Come along to the 2011 debate, listen to what we think this means for Crawley and have your say too.

“These debates are a great opportunity for us politicians to hear what residents and business people think of the town and help us inform our decision making.”

Last year, audience members asked many questions and raised many views with the panel, including the protection of trees, violent extremism, youth employment opportunities, a new hospital, future development of the town centre, building on green spaces, Connexions, Controlled Parking Zones and Civil Parking Enforcement.

To register your interest in attending the 2011 State of the Borough Debate visit www.crawley.gov.uk/democracy, email anna.smart@crawley.gov.uk or call 01293 438711.

Crawley Council catching up with rubbish and recycling

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Council catching up with rubbish and recycling

Every household will have had its rubbish collected by this Saturday (January 8), following the Christmas holiday and the bad weather in December.

This week, rubbish collections will take place a day later than normal due to the bank holiday on Monday. For example, if you’re rubbish is normally collected on Wednesday it will be collected on Thursday. Refuse collectors will be out on Saturday picking up the collections in areas usually collected on Fridays.

Veolia, the company which collects refuse and recycling on behalf of Crawley Borough Council, collected rubbish in all areas between Christmas and New Year. There was a huge amount of rubbish out for collection as a result of the outstanding collections from before Christmas.

This week Veolia will be collecting week one recycling. This will be the first collection for three weeks due to the holiday period and is as scheduled in the calendars sent out in December.

Unfortunately the week before Christmas, when many collections were suspended, was week two recycling. During the holiday period the council’s priority was to collect rubbish so we will not be able to collect week two recycling until next week (commencing January 10). This means that some residents would not have had a recycling collection for five weeks.

Councillor Keith Blake, Cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “

I’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by the suspended and delayed collections. Unfortunately the weather and the Christmas and new year holiday have meant residents waiting longer than usual for their collections.

“I’d particularly like to apologise to those residents who have week two recycling. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to return before next week. We can’t swap the weeks around and collect week two this week because all of the collection calendars sent out would be incorrect and would cause even more confusion in the long run.”

If you do have a lot of recycling and are desperate to dispose of it before your next collection you can either take it to your nearest neighbourhood recycling point or the Household Waste Recycling Site at County Oak.

For more information call freephone 0800 5875 888.

Get connected with telecare

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Get connected with telecare

The latest telecare technology is helping to give relatives of elderly and vulnerable people reassurance this winter, says West Sussex County Council.

The telecare contract with Wealden and Eastbourne Lifeline (WELbeing) offers the latest technology and equipment to help people stay independent and safe in their own homes for 13-weeks.

The new contract was launched in April and has already proved to be a success.

Telecare lifeline equipment includes technology such as community alarms and pendants, smoke detectors, fall detectors, property exit sensors, epilepsy sensors, and bed occupancy sensors to raise an alert if somebody falls out of, or gets out of bed at night.

County Council Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services Peter Catchpole said: “Technology can play a vital role in helping people remain independent and able to live in the comfort of their own home.

“It’s reassuring for relatives and carers to know the equipment will help to keep their loved ones safe and well.”

There’s also a mobile response service that checks on the welfare of a person anywhere in West Sussex within one hour of an alert being raised.

The call centre can also provide a calling service, to give reminders such as for taking medication and to check on a person’s welfare.

The service helps prevent hospital admissions and supports residents discharged from hospital to return home safely. The 13-week period will help identify whether telecare is suitable and helpful for people. If it is they can continue to enjoy the equipment for a reasonable cost.

For further information on the service contact WELbeing on 08450 766515, e-mail info@welbeing.org.uk or visit the County Council website at www.westsussex.gov.uk.

Dam wall renovation work at Crawley park starts in New Year

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Dam wall renovation work at Crawley park starts in New Year

Buchan Country Park’s Douster Pond is getting its dam wall renovated from Tuesday January 4.

The £63,000 West Sussex County Council scheme will involve repairing parts of the existing dam wall around the pond in the Crawley park.

It is scheduled to take up to six weeks to complete, weather permitting. Work will be carried out Monday to Friday from 7am to 5pm, and occasionally on Saturdays from 7am to 1pm.

County Council urges motorists to report potholes

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

County Council urges motorists to report potholes

West Sussex County Council is asking motorists to help keep the roads in the best condition possible by reporting potholes early.

“As we experience another severe winter it is unfortunately inevitable that potholes will appear on our roads,” said Lionel Barnard, County Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for Highways and Transport.

“During the 2010/2011 financial year we have invested £15 million in permanent road repairs including resurfacing, deep patching and surface dressing.

“However we know that despite this we are still bound to see potholes appearing following the snow and freezing conditions.”

During the winter weather roads are exposed to a condition known as ‘freeze-thaw’, which damages them in wet and particularly freezing conditions. The water gathers in small cracks in the roads and expands when frozen, causing the surface to break up, which results in potholes appearing.

This year the County Council used more than 25,500 tonnes of chippings, 3,000 tonnes of bitumen and 35,000 tonnes of new tarmac to improve the condition of roads in West Sussex.

Lionel added: “We hope that the investment made this year will have made the roads more resilient to damage. However, we are asking people to help keep the roads in the best condition possible by reporting problems to us as early as possible.”

People can report potholes by calling 01243 642105 or via the County Council website at www.westsussex.gov.uk

More families needed to keep foster care siblings together

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

More families needed to keep foster care siblings together

Coming into care is daunting for a child; but even more so if they are separated from their brothers or sisters.

Sadly this is the case for more than three-quarters of siblings across the UK.

West Sussex County Council is seeking more foster carers who can offer a stable and loving home to more than one child.

Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Pete Bradbury, said: “We do try where possible to keep siblings together; although in a few cases it is actually necessary to separate them.

“Sibling foster care is a similar set up to regular foster care, where the council pays a weekly allowance for the children’s clothes, food and household bills.

“But sibling groups, particularly over the age of eight, generally stay with a foster family long term, which families who foster single children might not be used to.”

The County Council are looking for families with at least two spare rooms, and can care for a minimum of two, but preferably three children.

For more information families are encouraged to visit one of our new monthly fostering drop-in sessions.

The informal sessions are held at different libraries around the county. The first one is at Worthing library on January 27, 10am to 4pm.

Families can also call 0800 121 6508 for a free fostering information pack or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fostering