Archive for March 10th, 2011

Still time for businesses to give views on broadband

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Still time for businesses to give views on broadband

A survey for businesses to give their views on broadband in West Sussex closes at the end of March.

Nearly 600 businesses have responded so far, letting West Sussex County Council know how broadband helps, or hinders, their work.

The County Council’s been lobbying BT and internet service providers to help get faster broadband in West Sussex and tackle ‘not spots’ where people are unable to get broadband at all.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Economy Deborah Urquhart said: “We’re keen to hear from as many businesses as possible to help us understand which areas are affected by poor internet connection.

“Many businesses rely on the internet, and we want to do all we can to help encourage internet service providers to make the system in West Sussex as fast and efficient as possible, so supporting our economy.”

All survey responses will be used by the County Council as evidence when lobbying for improvements and towards bids for funding that could help bring improved quality broadband to the county.

There are a number of ways to fill in the survey:

·       For those who have access to the internet, it is available at www.westsussex.gov.uk/broadband
·       Printed copies of the questionnaire are available from West Sussex Libraries or by calling 01243 642119.

The deadline for responses is Monday March 28.

Snow ploughs added to council’s weapons

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Snow ploughs added to council’s weapons

Crawley Borough Council has bought two snow plough blades and two grit spreaders

to help in its fightagainst heavy snowfall. The heavy duty equipment, which cost

£13,000, will be fitted to the council’s Ford Ranger light trucks during periods

of heavy snowfall to help maintain access around the town.

The ploughing and gritting attachments can be fitted in a very short space of time

to the four-wheeldrive trucks. They will be able to help maintain access to council

facilities and many of the hillyresidential streets which are not on West Sussex

County Council’s main snow clearing routes.

Councillor Bob Lanzer, Leader of the Council, said: “Our staff worked extremely

hard over the winterwhen snow twice seriously affected movement across the town.

“This equipment will help us to be much more effective should we experience

similar conditions in the future.” Photo shows Graham Rowe, Streetscene Manager, with Councillor Bob Lanzer,

Leader of Crawley Borough Council