Archive for February, 2011

County Council takes over responsibility for free bus pass scheme

Monday, February 28th, 2011

County Council takes over responsibility for free bus pass scheme

From Friday April 1, 2011 West Sussex County Council will take over responsibility for the national concessionary travel scheme from district and borough councils.

The scheme allows eligible older people and those with certain disabilities to access free off-peak bus transport.

Bus pass holders will still have the same point of contact, as the service will continue to be run by district and borough councils on behalf of the County Council.

From April older people will be able to travel for free between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday and all day at weekends and on public holidays in line with national guidelines.

The County Council will also offer some additional services over and above the minimum national scheme:

• All-day weekday travel for people with disabilities.

• ‘Companion’ passes for people who need to assist people with disabilities.

• Senior citizen railcards as an alternative to the bus pass in most areas.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “It’s important for us to offer a scheme which is consistent across the whole county as at the moment there are variations in different district and boroughs.”

“This means from April the time older people can use their passes will change in some areas from 9.00am to 9.30am. We are actively talking to bus operators about the changes.”

Cards that are due to expire at the end of March will be automatically renewed. There is no need for card holders to do anything.

Further information can be found on the County Council website at

Crawley MP Keeps Blood Pressure In Check With Help Of Pharmacy Professionals

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Crawley MP Keeps Blood Pressure In Check With Help Of Pharmacy Professionals

Henry Smith saw first hand the role community pharmacy plays in delivering expert public health services with a free blood pressure check at the House of Commons recently.

The event, attended by over 40 MPs and Lords, was organised by leading community pharmacy chain Lloydspharmacy, in partnership with British Heart Foundation, and aimed to raise awareness of the importance of regularly monitoring your blood pressure.

One in three adults in the UK has high blood pressure and many people aren’t aware they have the condition, which means they are increasing the chance of becoming seriously ill if they continue with an unhealthy lifestyle. Often dubbed ‘the silent killer’, high blood pressure can have no symptoms until it has become extremely severe. Left unchecked it can lead to a stroke or heart attack. If left untreated it can also damage other organs such as kidneys and eyes.

Henry said of the initiative: “People are working harder, longer hours and are living more stressful lives. We know that the public are taking unnecessary risks by failing to get their blood pressure checked and it’s commendable that Lloydspharmacy offers such a vital health screening and lifestyle advisory service. Pharmacists have a significant role to play addressing public health issues in the community. I hope this encourages local residents to follow suit and take advantage of the convenient health services which are available in their local pharmacy.”

Ronan Brett, Lloydspharmacy’s head of professional and external relations commented: “We are delighted that Henry Smith was able to attend the event to hear about how community pharmacy is leading the way in providing accessible health services to the public in their local communities.  At Lloydspharmacy we have been championing public health initiatives in our pharmacy consultation rooms since 2003 and have conducted millions of tests, from blood pressure to diabetes. These and the many other pharmacy services we offer help support the public in managing their own health and wellbeing. Our work can allow other health professionals to focus on more acute conditions and something as simple as a quick blood pressure check can stop someone from developing a serious health problem in the first place.”

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County Council sets out future of transport

Monday, February 28th, 2011

County Council sets out future of transport

A blueprint for the future of transport in West Sussex has been published by the County Council.

The Transport Plan, which covers the period 2011 to 2026, has been produced after extensive consultation with local communities and stakeholders.

The document, which was approved by the full County Council this month, sets out aims for improvements to the transport system across each district and borough.

The plan also details the County Council’s long-term strategy, looking at issues and challenges facing transport over the next 15 years.

Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “This is an important document which realistically sets out where we are and where we would like to be with transport in the county.

“It comes at a time when we are experiencing heavy cuts to our funding. This means we have to prioritise and adapt while at the same time working towards important improvements and developments to keep West Sussex moving.”

The plan says the County Council’s top priorities are:

• Improvements to the A27 at Chichester, Arundel and Worthing.

• Programmed improvements to the A23 between Handcross and Warninglid.

• Maintaining the condition of the county’s roads.

• Continuing to work with local communities to improve road safety, provide access to services and encourage healthy and sustainable travel.

Lionel added: “One of the main messages we received following our consultations was that transport can help to improve the economy of the county while also improving the quality of life for residents, commuters and visitors. I am confident our Transport Plan will help to achieve this.”

The plan is available to download on the County Council website at: and will be available in all West Sussex libraries or by calling 01243 642105, from early March.

St Wilfrid’s Drama Department Present – Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat

Friday, February 25th, 2011

St Wilfrid’s Drama Department Present – Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat

St Wilfrid’s talented thespians and musicians are starring in a production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Following the spectacular production of Little Shop of Horrors last year, staff and students have been working really hard on this much loved musical, bringing the West End to their Crawley school once more!   The role of Joseph is shared by Joshua Chapman, a Year 13 student and Adam Lay, a Year 10 student with support from a cast of 76 students from Years 7 to 13, with a live band to support.

This popular musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is based on the story of Joseph found in the Old Testament, in the Book of Genesis chapters 37 to 46.  It tells the story of a young man whose ability to interpret dreams enables him to achieve fame and fortune but he must contend with his brothers’ jealousy and a spell in prison along the way.

This year’s production promises to be fantastic and as last year’s outstanding production of Little Shop of Horrors sold out it would be wise to book tickets as soon as possible.  The performance runs for three nights from Thursday 10th March until Saturday 12th March 2011.  Tickets are priced at £7 for adults and £5 for concessions and are available from Diane Brill in the Student Services Office on 01293 421421

New Play facilities for Ifield West to be completed by Easter 2011

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Working with the WSCC Youth Outreach Team and a replacement seating area for the Young People in Ifield West were just the beginning of the last 2 years work for Cllr Ali Burke – the latest results are securing funding for a new MUGA at Dobbins Place, clearing up the Dobbins Pond Landscape to reduce anti social behaviour, replacing the damaged fencing around the kick-about court, a new notice board and she is also working with the Outreach Worker from WSCC Steve Hemmings and Sarah from Nomad to look at possibilities for permanent Youth Facilities in Ifield West.

Cllr Burke commented “This is what being a Local Councillor is all about – meeting people and listening to what they need and helping wherever possible. Having spent the last 2 years talking to the youngsters and parents and spending time with them, it was very apparent that the area needed some investment for those living locally. We considered a number of sites – however Dobbins is the area that the Young People meet – they have their seating area and the kick-about, so it just made sense to place the new equipment here”.

The Muga will be complete by Easter 2011 and Cllr Burke is hoping to get a Lets Face It campaign running to add some flowers and colour into the Dobbins area to add to the new feel. Repairs to the fencing for the kick-about courts will begin soon too, and the Council are looking at the possibility of re-surfacing the court to reduce flooding..

Cllr Burke has also set up a local community group to focus on putting on events in Ifield, building on the success of the Ifield Fun Day Last Year. Work is just about to begin on another Fun Day and ad-hoc projects such as a street party for the Royal Wedding suggested by local mum Kelly Payne and inter-generational projects similar to the Community Cafe event organised in 2009.

If you would like to be part of the Ifield Community Group – please contact Cllr Ali Burke directly on 01293 400230 or email

Northgate public meeting

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Northgate public meeting

Do you live in Northgate and want to have your say on issues that affect your neighbourhood?

A public meeting for residents of Northgate is being held on Wednesday (March 2) at 7pm.

If you care about your area and are interested in local issues come along to the Civic Hall, The Boulevard, Crawley. Parking in the multi-storey car park will be free of charge.

Councillors Peter Lamb and Geraint Thomas, who represent Northgate ward, hope the meeting will lead to the creation of a neighbourhood forum, similar to those successfully set up in Langley Green and Three Bridges.

If the meeting does not result in the establishment of a forum, it is still a valuable opportunity for local people to meet each other and discuss issues they may have.

For more information email your councillors at or

Why The Census Makes Sense

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Why The Census Makes Sense

It’s one of the most important forms you will ever fill in – that’s the message from West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources as the 2011 Census approaches.

Michael Brown said the County Council was working with the Office for National Statistics (OSN) to make people more aware of how their information will help shape key front-line services in the future.

The census on March 27 will provide a unique snapshot of the UK as well as our own county.

The benefits of the 10-year survey are far reaching

Michael said: “For example, the findings will help central government decide on what level of grants West Sussex should get to help pay for services needed by our most vulnerable residents, young and old.

“It will also help identify and plan future needs for everything from roads and public transport to health services, providing for people with disabilities, school places, and housing.”

Michael says making sure there is the best possible response is ‘crucial.’

He added: “It really is in everyone’s interest to complete the questionnaire because the services we all rely on do depend on the information.”

For most people, the census will be easier than ever because for the first time it can also be completed online.

The 2011 Census has already helped create around 1,000 part-time jobs in West Sussex ranging from census collectors, some of whom can provide advice and support on the doorstep, and others who will be responsible for communal buildings such as care homes.

In addition, there will be lots of information available to help those who need it, including large-print booklets, guides in over 50 languages, online help and a telephone helpline.

All the households – and people – in the UK must complete the census, but any personal information is kept confidential for 100 years and all the data collected is securely protected.

Michael said: “Residents should watch out for their census form which will have a distinctive purple logo. They will start dropping through letterboxes in early March.”

You can also find out more now at

Council Tax frozen

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Council Tax frozen

Residents will see no increase in their 2011/12 Council Tax bills – the fifth consecutive year that Crawley has had the lowest rise in West Sussex.

Councillors agreed to freeze Council Tax at the meeting of the Full Council last night (February 23). The Government had agreed to help fund a freeze by giving local authorities the equivalent of a 2.5 per cent rise.

West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police have also agreed to freeze Council Tax so Crawley residents will not pay a penny more than last year.

Councillor Bob Lanzer, Leader of Crawley Council said: “Historically we have seen low rises in Crawley and this year is no exception.

“The past year has been tough for many people and I hope this freeze goes some way to helping those who are struggling financially.”

Crawley Borough Council is continuing to invest in the town, with the £18 million neighbourhood regeneration schemes a good example. But in the financial year ahead the council will save £1.3 million.

Councillor Lanzer said: ““We are clear about our priorities for spending and ensuring the services we deliver represent excellent value for money. The reserves we have can then be spent on making significant improvements in Crawley.”

Crawley residents’ Council Tax bills are made up of three elements – Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police Authority.

For every pound paid in council tax, Crawley Council receives 13p, West Sussex County Council receives 78p and Sussex Police receives 9p.

County Budget boss explains thinking behind £79m savings

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

County Budget boss explains thinking behind £79m savings

Some of the ways in which West Sussex County Council plans to save £79m over the next three years are explained in a new video, by the man in charge of the purse strings.

Michael Brown, a former chairman of London Total Gas and Thames Power, is Member for Finance and Resources. He is described as currently having “perhaps the most unenviable post” in the West Sussex County Council Cabinet.

“This is a zero sum game. If you preserve expenditure in one place, you have to find a corresponding cut somewhere else,” says Michael. “Every cut underlines the difficult choices we have to make. The Government has to borrow one pound in every four, and this cannot go on.”

However it is far from being all bad news, he says in the latest Digital Democracy interview. He pledges that vulnerable people, schools, education and highways are high priorities for the County Council. Adults’ Services was taking the largest of the cuts only because it was the largest area of expenditure.

Three key points emerge during his interview:

• The County Council’s recently approved Budget was tough but realistic, preserving services to the most vulnerable in West Sussex.

• Borrowing has been cut back sharply.

• Council tax has been frozen, with a commitment to keep the next increase equal to – or below – inflation.

He admits to some anxiety during the process. “No elected Member would want to preside over cuts of this scale,” he tells interviewer Chris Rider. “However we have little alternative.”

You can see the full interview at and click on Digital Democracy.

CTFC putting Crawley back on the map

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Crawley Town Football Club have gone from strength to strength and are now heading for promotion in the league.

With five games in hand and currently sitting in second place in the Blue Square Premier League, Crawley are in a strong position to be promoted to NPower league two (as it is called now). CTFC have made steady progress over the last few years. This season they have only lost three league games.

Oriel High School

The Business Studies Department at Oriel High School has entered a team into the St. Catherine’s Enterprise Challenge. This is a local school’s business competition that aims to raise money for St. Catherine’s Hospice. St. Catherine’s is a local hospice “dedicated to providing specialised end of life care and support to local people, their families, friends and carers.” The team is called Oriel Inspired and they have held a number of events to raise money for St. Catherine’s Hospice.

These events include:

A football tournament that was attended by over 100 students from all years in the school. Crawley Town Football Club sent youth reserve team players to help on the day along with the mascot Reggie the Red Devil.

A cake sale in the main hall

A non-school uniform day was held on February the 17th which had a Crawley Town red and white them to support the club in their big game against Manchester United on Saturday. All the proceeds went towards the St. Catherine’s Hospice charity. Also the winners of the football tournament had a training session with Crawley Town players and coaches as a prize on the 17th. So far Oriel Inspired has raised over £1200 for St. Catherine’s Hospice.


Manchester United v CTFC

On Saturday 19th February CTFC travelled to Old Trafford for their away game against Manchester United for the FA Cup fifith round clash. CTFC played a positive and powerful game which ended in a 1-0 score to Manchester United. CTFC, although being some 93 league places bellow Manchester United gave a performance that many premiership clubs would have been proud of.

Councillor Brenda Burgess was quoted as saying “I have always said what a great town Crawley is and that, I believe, is down to the people who live here; so well done Crawley and well done ‘the Red Devils’ for lifting our spirits and being so inspirational – may you go from strength to strength.”


His Worshipful the Mayor Councillor Lee Burke, who attended the match on Saturday told us “Crawley Town played extremely well against the Premier League leaders at Old Trafford and came within a crossbar of securing a replay at the Broadfield Stadium.  It was a fantastic performance and it says everything that 9,000 Crawley fans left Old Trafford disappointed with a 1-0 defeat.  They played excellently, showed great determination and spirit and not a little skill and have been a credit to the town throughout the FA Cup run and this promising season.  The eyes of the world have been on Crawley for the past three weeks and everyone involved with the football club, from the players, staff, management and supporters, have done the town proud.”

We hope all of Crawley will stay behind the team and support them in their further progress. COYR! 🙂


Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

If you have a passion for dance and want to try something new but have never plucked up the courage, then this brand new workshop is for you!

Contemporary Dance is an open, friendly workshop for people of all ages interested in creative and contemporary dance and movement.

Led by experienced and supportive workshop leaders Bryony Leach and Sam Bloom, both fully trained dancers, the workshops will feature simple warm ups, learning technical phrasing, improvisation and over time will develop choreography exercises featuring many different dance styles.

The new classes take place weekly at the X-treme Dance Centre (formerly Northgate Play Centre) from Sunday 20th March, 11.30am to 1pm and cost £3 per session.

Suitable for ages 14 and over. No experience necessary.

For more details contact Community Arts Officer Liz Hart on 01293 438156 or email

The grass isn’t always greener – sometimes it’s blue!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The grass isn’t always greener – sometimes it’s blue!

Bluegrass that is! The Hawth has two fantastic nights of music coming up. The first is blue grass at it’s very best and the second in blues from one of the best guitarists in the world. Read on to find out more:

American duo Jeff and Vida head to The Hawth Studio on Tuesday 5th April at 8.15pm.

Vida’s powerful vocals and driving 1942 Gibson J-45 guitar with Jeff’s rock-n-roll approach to mandolin and guitar will get the crowds feet stomping, and “is about as perfect a combination as you’re likely to find.”

After nine years of performing and songwriting the pairs music delves into country, honky-tonk, rockabilly, even a little rock and roll. But throughout bluegrass has remained a key influence in their style and sound. Their combination of incisive songwriting, high energy arrangements, and gritty vocals stand out from much of contemporary string band music.

Then on Thursday 7th April at 8.15pm in The Hawth Studio, Aynsley Lister returns

with a solo performance (replacing the advertised performance by Stefan Grossman). Aynsley has been listed by Guitarist Magazine as one of the world’s greatest blues guitarists. He was one of only a handful of British guitarists to be included, other names mentioned were Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Gary Moore, so he is in impressive company.

In a recent issue of Classic Rock magazine, they recommended ten blues/rock artists capable of taking the genre of music to the highest level. Among those suggested were The White Stripes, John Mayer, Jonny Lang and Joe Bonamassa – The only British or European act in their top ten? Aynsley Lister.

Tickets for each gig are £13 (discounts £11) and are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or you can book online at

New video looks at future of county bus services

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

New video looks at future of county bus services

The future of bus services in West Sussex comes under the spotlight in the latest Digital Democracy video interview on the County Council’s website. Deputy Leader Lionel Barnard is challenged about his decision to reduce the annual budget to subsidise bus journeys. The budget is being cut from £4.7m to £2.7m as part of the County Council’s overall aim of saving £79m.

Interviewer Chris Rider asks Lionel about the effect on rural communities, and asks if people could be stranded without transport. He also asks how decisions will be taken on which services to leave untouched, or where subsidies should be reduced or removed altogether.

Lionel explains that some under-used services can cost the equivalent of £7 per passenger in council taxpayers’ cash. Now a cross-party task force of county councillors is being set up, to decide where reductions might be made.

“I am called on almost every day to account for all my actions as a county councillor, and I was happy to explain in the film how we will be arriving at our decisions,” says Lionel. “One thing we have already decided is to do all we can to encourage the growth of community buses. There will be many opportunities for people to find their own solutions to transport needs.”

The video can be seen on the County Council website at Just click the Digital Democracy link on the home page.

Savvy schoolchildren make it to the finals of 21st Road Safety and TravelWise Quiz

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Savvy schoolchildren make it to the finals of 21st Road Safety and TravelWise Quiz

Fingers are at the ready for the 21st Road Safety and TravelWise Quiz as 20 West Sussex schools make it to the finals on Friday 4th March.

A record 127 schools took part in the first round leading up to the finals. Barnham Primary School got the top score in round two with 115 points out of 120.

The schools taking part in the finals are:

Arundel – Arundel CE Primary

Barnham – Barnham Primary

Billingshurst – Loxwood Primary

Bognor Regis – Edward Bryant

Burgess Hill – Birchwood Grove Community Primary

Chichester – West Dean CE Primary

Crawley – Bewbush Community Primary

Copthorne Junior

Maidenbower Junior

Pound Hill Junior

Goring by Sea – English Martyrs Catholic Primary

Haywards Heath – Lindfield Primary

Northlands Wood Community Primary

Horsham – Leechpool Primary

North Heath Community Primary

Littlehampton – Connaught Junior

East Preston Junior

Petersfield – Harting CE Primary

Pulborough – Dorset House

Worthing – Our Lady of Sion Junior

The 120 schoolchildren in the finals will answer questions in four rounds on topics relating to road safety and how to travel around West Sussex in environmentally friendly ways.

The winning school and runners-up in second and third place will each get the prestigious Pemberton Shield and Evans Cycles vouchers.

Lionel Barnard, Deputy Leader of West Sussex County Council with responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “There are still free tickets to be had for this milestone event, so if you like quizzes and want to see the schoolchildren in action, come along and cheer them on.”

The finals will be held at Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park (PO19 6AP), from 7pm.

To book free tickets or for more information about the quiz, contact the Road Safety and TravelWise teams on 01903 839360.

Three Bridges parking extension gets go-ahead

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Three Bridges parking extension gets go-ahead

A PROPOSAL to extend the Three Bridges Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) has been given the go-ahead by the East Crawley County Local Committee.

The extension will include The Birches and the adjacent roads, along with changes to existing restrictions in other areas within the current CPZ, including Northgate Road, incorporating Dyers Almshouses.

The Committee agreed to the proposals being formally advertised and introduced if there are no objections.

Richard Burrett, Committee Chairman, said: “The proposals to extend the CPZ were drawn up by County Hall highways experts in response to issues raised by various groups, including residents, traders and the Three Bridges Community Forum.”

Crawley MP Appeals For Nominations For Best Live Band & Music Venue As Part Of National Rock The House Competition

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Crawley MP Appeals For Nominations For  Best Live Band & Music Venue As Part Of National Rock The House Competition

Henry Smith MP is proud to invite nominations from budding Crawley music bands to be considered for the best live band and best live music venue awards of the first ever Parliamentary Rock the House competition.

Rock the House is an accessible vehicle through which to capture the imagination of the public and legislators in recognition of the need to support and promote the live music sector. It aims to promote the intellectual property rights of unsigned and up and coming musicians; and highlight the importance of live music venues to local communities.

Henry will nominate one band and one live music venue on 31 March 2011. Any band or live music venue can enter the competition by downloading and completing an application form from and send fully completed submissions to by 31st March.

Finalists and winners will be determined by an independent judging panel, which includes Chris Ingham, Group Publisher of Future Publishing, musicians and music professionals, Mike Weatherley MP and John Robertson MP (Chair of the APPG on Music).

The Panel will determine the five finalists in each category, and the shortlist will be announced by the end of May 2011. Each of the finalists will be invited to a star studded reception on the Terrace of the House of Commons, on 30th June 2011, where the winners will be announced.

The sponsors and supporters have pulled together an unbelievable array of prizes, many of which money can’t buy, including: the chance to perform live on the terrace at the House of Commons and at a top music venue or a music festival; a photo shoot with an internationally published music photographer; Yamaha gear and instruments; the chance to network and have consultancy sessions with top industry professionals; master classes from top sound and lighting engineers; the opportunity to record music; the chance to make a music video; invaluable PR exposure through coverage in Future Publishing’s catalogue of specialist music titles; and many more runners up prizes.

Rock the House is supported by a myriad of big names within the international and British music sector: Yamaha music; UK Music; Future Publishing; BPI; Live Nation; Consumer Focus; Music Managers Forum (MMF); Incorporated Society of Musicians; MVPA; the All Party Parliamentary Group on Music (APPG on Music); and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs & Clubs (APPG on Pubs & Clubs).

Henry said, “The future of music lies in the hands of the up and coming artists, and the live music venues which support them, but it is increasingly difficult to break through in a sector where many consumers think it is their right to access content for free. Without recognition that this music actually constitutes the creative and intellectual property rights of artists, the future contribution the sector makes to the economy could be jeopardised. This is particularly bad news for anything outside of mainstream genres and will serve only to stifle the diversity of the British music scene.  It is my hope that local, talented bands will take advantage of this opportunity and will look to star in that most obvious alternative music venue to Glastonbury; the House of Commons!”

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Paving the way for street parties

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Paving the way for street parties

With Royal Wedding bells due to ring at the end of April, West Sussex County Council wants as many residents as possible to be able to celebrate in style.

Street parties are a traditional way of marking such national events. To help organisers the County Council has produced a helpful online leaflet giving useful guidance on how to make the right arrangements.

It includes information on how permission for a street party has to be obtained from district or borough councils. Some of the councils will also help organisers obtain the public liability insurance needed to stage a street party.

Lionel Barnard, County Council Deputy Leader with responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “The County Council wants to ensure as many people as possible are able to have a good time and hold successful street parties.

“We will do all we can to help. Because public roads are involved we also will need to ensure safety guidelines are followed.”

Road closure signs can be borrowed from area highways offices. Where traffic diversions are necessary the Council Council will help with the positioning of signs and barriers to make the road safe for the party.

The earlier the County Council knows about a party the easier it is to make plans such as avoiding roadworks in the area.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy Deborah Urquhart said: “There’s still time to organise an event but we would ask people to give at least four to six weeks notice to allow time for proper arrangements to be made.

“I hope lots of people in West Sussex will choose to mark the occasion by holding a street party.”

To find out more on how to plan a street party visit the County Council’s website at and search ‘Highway Licences’.

Crawley MP Inspects Sea Cadets Royal Navy Parade

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Crawley MP Inspects Sea Cadets Royal Navy Parade

Yesterday evening, Crawley MP, Henry Smith, visited T S Cossack which is the home of Crawley’s Sea and Royal Marine Cadets.

After reviewing the parade and touring the centre with Royal Navy Commander A R Giles, Mr Smith said:

“I was extremely impressed by the teamwork, confidence and discipline of the young people who displayed their skills as cadets. They are a credit to their unit and our town.

“I would also like to thank the adults who work hard to voluntarily run this growing and successful cadet facility.”

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Read All About It – World Book Day and Night in West Sussex

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Read All About It – World Book Day and Night in West Sussex

World Book Day on Thursday March 3 and the first ever World Book Night on Saturday March 5 will be celebrated in West Sussex with a series of author visits and free books being given away.

Three female authors will be visiting Worthing and Storrington Libraries.

Author of the ‘Jordan Lacey’ series and the ‘Casey Jones Cruise Ships Mysteries’, Stella Whitelaw will be visiting Worthing Library on World Book Day at 2pm. She will give a talk aimed at new writers, and those exploring a career in writing, on how to get your book published. She will also be signing copies of her most recent book, ‘Book Proposals: The essential Guide’.

Tickets are free but space is limited so advance booking is required. Call Worthing Library on 01903 704809.

‘Wheels Around the World’ at Storrington Library, from 7pm, also on World Book Day, will see travel writers Pam Goodall and Doreen Webster discuss their books based on their experiences of travelling the world with a difference.

West Sussex resident Pam was approaching her 60th birthday when she decided to leave her comfortable home and pedal her way around Europe, Asia and America on a bicycle.

Doreen Webster, 76, has written a guide on travelling with her wheelchair-bound husband, around the world, seeing everything from a Canadian glacier to the Great Wall of China.

Tickets are £1 and are available from Storrington Library on 01903 743075.

World Book Day is followed by the first ever World Book Night on Saturday March 5.

Across Britain more than a million books will be given away for free in an effort to get more people reading and talking about literature. Publishers are providing the books of nominated book-givers to give out and some have been chosen to do this West Sussex Libraries.

A limited number of free copies of books will be available during the day at:

• Billingshurst Library – Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

• East Grinstead Library – Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

• Horsham Library – Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes (for those joining guided tours behind the scenes of Horsham library).

From 6.30 – 8.30 pm, Crawley Library will see authors and readers unite, with visitors receiving free copies of several books, including the award-winning Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and books by bestselling author Sam Hayes, who will be attending the event.

Tickets cost £3 and include a free glass of wine or soft drink.

Social care proposals on agenda for scrutiny committee

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Social care proposals on agenda for scrutiny committee

Adult social care and day services proposals will be scrutinised by the Adults’ Services Select Committee on Tuesday March 1.

The meeting starts at 10.30am, and is being held in the Council Chamber at County Hall, West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RQ. It will be webcast via the County Council website at

Items on the agenda include the Developing Day Activities proposals, looking at day activities and services in West Sussex and how they should look in the future.

Also, proposals for adult social care which could mean the County Council no longer provides for moderate level needs – focussing on substantial and critical level needs only.

Committee Chairman Irene Richards said: “These proposals are some of the biggest to come before us and have caused a significant amount of concern among residents.

“Our job as a scrutiny committee will be to assess the consultation process for the proposals to satisfy ourselves that they have been sound and appropriate, and to ensure that feedback from both consultations has been adequately addressed.

“We will also be looking into the various services that the success of both projects depend on, to ensure that they will be in place in the right locations and at the right time.”

The agenda for the meeting will be available from the West Sussex County Council website at from Monday February 21.