Archive for March, 2011

Pedestrian crossing upgrade work starts next week

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Pedestrian crossing upgrade work starts next week

Work to add a pedestrian crossing to an existing traffic lights junction between the A23 London Road and Martyrs Avenue, in Crawley, starts from Monday 28th March.

The £33,000 West Sussex County Council scheme is scheduled to take up to four weeks to complete, weather permitting. It will be carried out Monday to Friday 09:30am to 16:00pm, and occasionally on Saturdays from 7am to 1pm.

Temporary lane closures and sections of the pavement will be closed during the course of the work.



Still time to organise a royal wedding street party

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Still time to organise a royal wedding street party

Party loving residents are being reminded there’s still time to organise an event for next month’s royal wedding – but you must act quickly.

Wedding bells are due to ring at the end of April, giving communities an ideal opportunity to come together and celebrate.

West Sussex County Council is keen to see street parties taking place on the big day, but needs advance notice to make sure things like road closures can be properly organised.

Deputy Leader of the County Council Lionel Barnard, who has responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “With around a month to go before the big day it is vital that people act now if they are planning an event.

“The sooner people let us know about their plans the easier it will be to check all the relevant arrangements are in place. Then all people need to worry about on the day is enjoying themselves!”

If anyone is planning a street party they should contact their local district or borough council in the first instance.

The County Council is advising people to give at least four weeks notice of an event.

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

The County Council estimates around 50 street parties are already planned in West Sussex for April 29.



Milly’s funday fundraiser

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Milly’s funday fundraiser

Creasys Drive staff are set to help raise much-needed funds for Crawley youngster, Milly Vaughan, who is set to travel to America for lifesaving cancer treatment.

Milly Vaughan with her granddad, Tilgate Park Manager, Kevin Tidy

The Creasys Drive Adventure Playground funday kicks off at 11am on Sunday (March 27) and families can join in a host of activities until 3pm for a suggested donation of £2 per adult and £1 per child.

A call on Facebook from milly’s family and support from Creasys Drive staff has seen people from across the town donate their time, services and prizes for the fab funday.

The event, at the Broadfield based adventure playground, will raise cash for five-year-old Milly’s trip to Florida where she will have proton therapy for a brain tumour.

The tumour was discovered when Milly was just one, following ill health since birth. Over the last four years she has undergone two courses of chemotherapy as surgery is not possible and doctors have now decided the best course of action is proton therapy.

There’s something for the whole family to enjoy including a bouncy castle, raffle, tombola, face painting, pampering sessions, welly throwing, arts and crafts, tug of war, penalty football plus drinks and snacks.

Milly, who’s grandfather Kevin Tidy manages Tilgate Park for Crawley Council, will have her flight and accommodation paid for by the NHS, as will her parents, Emma and Paul.

But, the three month trip will cost a lot in living expenses and there’s still bills to be paid back home; the funday fundraiser will go some way to helping the family cover expenses for the vital trip.

For more information about the funday call 01293 561847 and to find out more about Milly and her condition log on to




Earth Hour 2011

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Earth Hour 2011

The council is urging Crawley people to do their bit for the planet this week and switch off for Earth Hour.

Crawley Borough Council already has a policy to switch off lights in its buildings across town and now it’s asking residents to switch off for an hour between 8.30 and 9.30pm on Saturday (March 26).

Councillor Keith Blake, Cabinet member for Environment, said: “We’ve been switching off the lights in all our buildings every night since 2003. Crawley Council is working hard to make sure it considers the environment in all its activities.

“Last year we reduced our carbon emissions by five per cent, this year we’re aiming for 10 per cent with a goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.

“We’ve commissioned some highly eco-friendly buildings recently, like the new Bewbush Centre, the new homes currently being built in Rushetts Place, Langley Green, and the Retrofit project which is reducing carbon emissions from four existing council properties by 80 per cent.

“We’re now looking at making existing buildings ever more efficient while making greater use of renewable energy such as Solar PV”

Earth hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, where 2.2 million people and 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change.

2010 saw the biggest Earth Hour yet with 128 countries and territories joining the global display of climate action. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific and Europe to Africa and the Americas switched off.

This year WWF, the organisation behind Earth Hour, want people to go beyond the hour and think about what else they can do to make a difference.

For more information and to show your support to Earth Hour visit




Monday, March 21st, 2011

The Hawth’s film seasons go from strength to strength. The four-times Oscar winning King’s Speech has proved it really does reign supreme as the first screening at the theatre sold out and a second showing has been added on Wednesday 23rd March at 8pm in order to accommodate all those desperate to see the film on the big screen.

The new season of film then kicks off with another Academy Award winner. The Fighter starring best supporting actor, Christian Bale and best supporting actress Melissa Leo will be shown at The Hawth on Thursday 7th April at 8pm. The film, certificated a 15, is inspired by the true story of two brothers, both boxers who, against all odds, come together to train for an historic title fight.

On Tuesday 3 May at 8pm Nicole Kidman’s powerful performance as a bereaved mother will be brought to the screen in Rabbit Hole (PG). Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire, this moving film has been subject to much critical acclaim.

Rounding off the springtime film selection is True Grit (15) on Wednesday 4th May at 8pm. A great opportunity to catch the Oscar nominated masterpiece on the big screen before it’s too late. The Coen brothers’ adaptation of the classic Western story of vengeance and valour received 8 Bafta and 10 Oscar nominations and tickets to the Hawth’s screening in May are selling fast.


Tickets for King’s Speech, The Fighter, Rabbit Hole and True Grit are priced £6 (discounts £5.50) and are available from the Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or you can book online at

On Wednesday 11th May and Monday 27th June 10am – 5.30pm , The Hawth Studio will hold free screenings of Life At The Hawth. The selected footage from Gavin Beasley’s four hour documentary filmed at The Hawth in 2009/10 follows life in the theatre from work backstage to the performances themselves. The footage will run throughout both days, so feel free to pop in to see a little of life behind the scenes.




Monday, March 21st, 2011

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th June

The Hawth, Crawley

Last year’s Crawley Folk and Beer Festival attracted crowds from across the country, who came to soak up the atmosphere in The Hawth Grounds, peruse the stalls, watch the dance displays, listen to top performers from across the globe and enjoy a pint or two of some of the finest ales on offer in the UK.

This year sees Crawley Folk Festival celebrate its 20th anniversary so join us as we throw a party to remember!  This year you can look forward to some great music courtesy of Warsaw Village Band, local folk legends The Copper Family and The Demon Barbers, fresh from winning Best Live Act at the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Warsaw Village Band

Warsaw Village Band have been described by Songlines as ‘the Polish Pogues’, the six piece acoustic band mix thrilling, versions of traditional Polish songs with unbounded energy and enthusiasm! They are sure to get the festival off to a flying start for all folk fans on Friday Night (24 June, 7.30pm). If blues is more your taste then The Elevators performance at 8.15pm (Studio) on the same night, is the perfect gig for you. Influenced by BB King, Peter Green and Eric Clapton the band are the leading exponents of classic electric blues.

On Saturday night Sussex folk legends The Copper Family offer up their traditional English songs and unique harmony and then to bring the festival to an impressive close The Demon Barbers Roadshow combine Clog, Rapper Sword and Morris with B-boying, Popping and Krump in Time Gentlemen Please! a humorous and unmissable visual feast that is sure to bring the house down on the final night.

The Demon Barbers Roadshow

There will of course be free performances including concertina and fiddle band Spare Parts, blues from Cajun Dawgs, 4 Square will be playing alternative folk, Los Salvadores combine world music and folk and local band Touchstone will be performing for their 20th consecutive year at the fest – all this plus many more across the weekend.

There will also be the usual goodies on offer including workshops, food stands, craft stalls and demonstrations in Morris and traditional folk dance. Be sure to sample a pint at the Beer Festival too as there are 50 beers and ciders to choose from.

Don’t forget that if you really want to get into the festival spirit, we have great on-site camping facilities from just £10 and as always, under 12s go free. So why not bring the whole family along!

For more information on the festival line up, blogs and music tasters visit

New Opportunity For Crawley To Officially Celebrate St George’s Day

Monday, March 21st, 2011

New Opportunity For Crawley To Officially Celebrate St George’s Day

The publication last week of the Coalition Government’s Tourism Strategy will cut red tape, free up local businesses, and re-establish the tourism industry as a key priority for restoring the UK economy.

The proposals include a consultation on extending the tourist season by moving the first Bank Holiday in May to create a new St George’s Day holiday in England (and St David’s Day in Wales).

The strategy will generate an estimated four million extra overseas visitors over the next four years, bringing an extra £2 billion or more worth of visitor spend in to the country and creating over 50,000 new jobs.

Commenting on the publication of the strategy, Henry said, “I personally believe that our English national holiday, St George’s Day, should be officially established in a similar way to the fact, for example, that St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland and elsewhere. In fact I would like to see a St George’s Day parade through the centre of Crawley, perhaps passing our ancient George Hotel in the High Street.

“The Government’s Tourism Strategy could make a huge difference to the local economy here in Crawley, particularly with all that the town and Sussex has to offer, with our Borough being the home of the nation’s second gateway, Gatwick Airport.

“It is obviously too late to officially celebrate St George’s Day this April 23rd with a parade but my wish is that we can do this in 2012.”

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Giving Young People A Greater Say

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Giving Young People A Greater Say

The new Chairman of a West Sussex County Council Scrutiny Committee has spoken of the importance of giving young people a greater say in decisions that affect them.

County Councillor Richard Burrett was speaking after his first meeting as Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee.

During a discussion about proposed changes to youth services in West Sussex, the Committee heard from two teenagers who had benefited from anger management programmes they had been referred to because of issues in their lives such as bullying.

Councillors also heard from representatives of the West Sussex Youth Cabinet.

Richard said: “I know that Committee members found it really useful and informative to hear first hand from young people who described very eloquently their experiences of the benefits they received from intensive support.

“We listened to the feedback from the Youth Cabinet as we always value their comments and will continue to improve our consultation with young people about changes that impact on their lives.

“I am particularly keen to ensure that we really do have an open dialogue with young people, and that they feel they can help shape and influence the decision-making process.”

The Select Committee reviewed the progress being made on working with communities and the voluntary sector to support universal youth provision as West Sussex County Council youth provision moves to more preventative and targeted early intervention services aimed at young people at risk.

Members also discussed proposals for making a further £2 million in savings from the Youth Services budget over the next three financial years.

The Committee was told that this will lead to much more targeted services than originally proposed aimed at supporting the most vulnerable and at risk young people.

The Committee –

• Recognised the external funding constraints impacting on the Youth Service.

• Was concerned about the impact of ongoing uncertainty about the future of the service for staff and the users of the service.

• Accepted the feedback provided by representatives from the Youth Cabinet that more could be done to consult with, and include input from, representatives of young people when proposals, which impact on services they use are considered.

• Will consider how young people can contribute to the future work of the Select Committee.

Richard added: “We also welcomed the commitment from the Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Peter Evans, that he would seek to work more closely with representatives of young people.

“There is no doubt that the way youth services are delivered is going through a rapid period of change, and the Committee will be regularly reviewing progress.”

Employment Law Workshop: Grievance and Disciplinary Procedure

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Employment Law Workshop: Grievance and Disciplinary Procedure

Hosted by The Business Community Partnership

Date: 29th March 2011

Time: 10am – 12:30

Venue: Arora Hotel, Gatwick/Crawley

“All you need to know about handling a fair grievance and disciplinary procedure”.

This employment law workshop is for all third sector and social enterprise staff responsible for personnel and human resources. It will offer all you need to know about handling a fair grievance and disciplinary procedure.

Since the introduction of the Acas Code in April 2009 there has been confusion as to what is now required to ensure that the correct procedures are followed. This workshop will provide precedent grievance and disciplinary policies and will give participants the opportunity to update their current knowledge and to promote best practice.

Delivered by community law firm and BCP member; Martin Searle Solicitors.

Cost (covers BCP admin and overheads):
Band 1
(no paid staff)
Band 2
(1-50 employees)
Band 3
(51 or more employees)
Members: £35 £55 £75
Non-members £70 £110 £150

To book or for further information email or call 01273 810276.

More information on The Business Community Partnership

For membership information


Social Enterprise Funding & Finance

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Social Enterprise Funding & Finance

Time: 25 March 2011
Date: 15:00 – 17:30
Venue: Business Community Partnership Offices, Brighton Junction, 1A Isetta Square, 35 New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GQ

This workshop will share the latest trends and opportunities in financial support and government funding for the private SME and social enterprise sectors.

Delegates will be shown how public procurers assess risk in the supply chain and what suppliers can do to mitigate and prevent those risks to  ensure sustainable business relationships.

The workshop will include a peer group review and self assessment of risks to funding and financial support.

Facilitated by BCP member Clive Bonny of Strategic Management Partners Ltd

Cost (covers BCP admin and overheads):
Band 1 (No Paid staff) – £35 Members / £70 Non-members

Band 2 (1-50 employees) – £55 Members / £110 Non-members

Band 3 (51 or more employees) – £75 Members / £150 Non-members

To book a place email, Elizabeth on Places are limited please book in advance.

This workshop is supported by Se2 Partnership / Office for Civil Society

For info on membership email or visit





Help families with disabled children to ‘share the care’

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Help families with disabled children to ‘share the care’

There is a real need for more short break carers to help West Sussex disabled children and their families.

Caring for a child or young person with a disability is demanding so sharing the care, even for a short time, can make a big difference.

West Sussex County Council is using Share the Care Week (March 21-27) to highlight the recruitment drive.

Posters are being put up at schools, hospitals, health centres and Libraries.

Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Peter Evans, said: “Short break carers come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds. The most important quality is to share a love of working with children.

“We are looking for new carers. The amount of time they give is very flexible and can be anything from a few hours a week, to an overnight stay once a month.”

Jan Bambridge, from the Family Placement Disability Team, said: “Not only do short break carers give children the chance to take part in activities that most non-disabled children take for granted – they also give parents a break from the demands of caring.

“Being a short break carer is such a rewarding and enjoyable role to have in a disabled child’s life. We hope that when they hear about the opportunity many more people will think ‘I could do that’ and find out more.”

Short break carers have access to a comprehensive training programme, which includes how to care for a specific child’s needs, and are paid either for overnight stays or an hourly rate if care is during the day.

If you want to find out more contact the Fostering Recruitment Team on 01403 229333.



Sing it from the rooftops – CD of county’s youth bands for sale

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Sing it from the rooftops – CD of county’s youth bands for sale

A CD is now available reliving West Sussex Music Service’s 50th anniversary celebration concerts featuring a range of talented young musicians.

Some of the service’s major groups played at the Chichester Festival Theatre over two nights in February.

A double CD of the night is now available for £10.

It features music including ‘The FAB Boys’ from Felpham and Bognor Regis schools performing ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen and the pop song ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, and North Mundham Primary School Ensemble playing a host of songs such as ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down’ by Rolf Harris.

There are also performances from The County Youth Orchestra, made up of some of the most talented young musicians in the county, playing a range of songs, and the County Big Band performing jazz.

To order your CD, go to

Crawley Fire Brigade Collection For Milly’s Journey

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Crawley Fire Brigade Collection For Milly’s Journey

The good Men/women of Crawley Fire Brigade will be in Crawley collecting on behalf of Milly’s Journey. If you see tham about get them a drink or drop your loose change in there buckets. And maybe if you girls are lucky you might get a dance 😉

Saturday 9th April from 19:00

All Crawley Pubs/Clubs



Sussex shoppers urged to back young first aiders

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Sussex shoppers urged to back young first aiders

Sussex shoppers are being urged to make every penny count when they visit their local Tesco by collecting vouchers for young St John Ambulance volunteers.

It doesn’t cost anything to collect the vouchers which can be used to buy all kinds of useful sports and IT equipment to help develop the skills of the charity’s youngest members.

Sussex St John Ambulance has more than 700 youth members and the charity as a whole is one of the nation’s biggest youth organisations.

But St John Ambulance relies on public donations to fund the training and development of its young volunteers as it receives no core Government funding and is not part of the NHS.

County fundraiser Jeanne Peterson said: ‘This voucher scheme is a great way for shoppers to support our important work with young people at no extra cost to themselves.’

‘Many of our young volunteers progress to become fully trained first aiders, often using their skills in life or death emergencies.’

St John Ambulance Badgers (aged five to 10) and Cadets (aged 10 to 17) learn a huge range of different skills, including first aid, through a wide variety of educational and fun activities.

They are given every opportunity to develop their full potential and become responsible and valuable members of their local communities.

Sussex shoppers are urged to pick up the vouchers every time they shop at Tesco and send them to: Jeanne Peterson, Sussex St John Ambulance, County Headquarters,16 Crowhurst Road, Hollingbury, Brighton BN1 8AP.

The vouchers are available until 8 May and will be used to buy equipment to benefit Cadets and Badgers all over the county. They can be exchanged for hundreds of items ranging from compasses and volleyball nets to table tennis tables and rounders’ kits.

Last year the Tesco scheme  gave more than 440,000 pieces of equipment worth £9.3m to schools and youth organisations around the country. Full details of how the scheme works can be found at:

To find out more about becoming a St John Ambulance Cadet or Badger please call 01273 371 500 or visit



Celebrity Chef Spotted at Local Restaurant

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Celebrity Chef Spotted at Local Restaurant

Leading food writer, critic, TV chef and Britain’s foremost authority on Asian food, Pat Chapman, was spotted dining at Zari Bar and Restaurant this week. Located on Ifield drive, Zari Restaurant has recently shot up on the radar of some of the UK’s finest food critics so the owners, Almara and Sadique Miah, were thrilled to see Mr. Chapman coming in the door.

Almara Miah said “Pat is a veteran television presenter and regularly cooks curry on GMTV’s This Morning, C4’s Big Breakfast, UK Living’s Live at Three, and BBC’s ‘Food and Drink’, so while I had never met him personally, I instantly recognized him.

“He said he enjoyed his meal and even asked to visit our kitchens. Our chefs were really pleased to show him around and to have the opportunity of meeting him in person. Pat’s visit is a great endorsement of the standard of food and service we provide.”

When asked about his visit to Zari, Pat Chapman said: “Crawley is lucky to have a restaurant which transcends the curry house formula. Zari transports its diners to the culinary regions of India with accuracy. If it was closer to my home it would certainly become my local.”

Pat Chapman is also a contributing editor to Tandoori Magazine, editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide and has written for the Independent, Daily Telegraph and BBC’s Good Food Magazine.

To see Pat Chapman’s review on his visit to Zari visit

For more information visit: or telephone 01293 525107



Wednesday, March 16th, 2011


Wednesday 6th April, 7.30pm

The Hawth Spotlight, Crawley


This year Crawley will be launching its first ever literary festival, WordFest, from Saturday 2 to Saturday 9 April and will take place at venues across Crawley at venues including Waterstones County Mall Booksellers, Ginger Moo Gallery and County Mall as well at

The Hawth.

The theatre will be hosting The Open Mic on Wednesday 6 April. A celebration of the spoken word featuring original work and familiar favourites, it’s the perfect night for those that want to be heard.

The Hawth are looking for those with a passion for poetry  and the spoken word who would  like to perform. If that’s you then please contact Jo Joseph on 01293 438151 or visit

WordFest: Crawley Festival of Words. A week-long programme of events dedicated to the word. Spoken. Written. Performed. Printed. Thought – Get involved!

Read All About It – Crawley’s first ever festival of words

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Read All About It – Crawley’s first ever festival of words

There’s a host of events to celebrate Crawley’s first ever festival celebrating words and writing.

‘WORDfest’, which runs from Saturday April 2 till Saturday April 9, is led by Crawley Library and the town’s Waterstones bookshop.

Throughout the week there will be author talks and signings at the Library, including world-famous novelist Wilbur Smith on Tuesday April 5, at 4.30pm, and local author Alex Preston, who wrote the festival’s chosen book ‘Bleeding City’ on Saturday April 9 at 7pm. Tickets for both events are £3.

There will be some week-long activities, including ‘Fun Days’, where people can design a new cover for their favourite book, and a live writing exhibition. This will see a different author every day being given a blank writing pad, pen and laptop and have to produce a short story inspired by different one word themes. On the sixth day, an illustrator will design an image for each story.

Both these events will be held at Waterstones in the County Mall and people can come along and see the authors in action.

If you want to know how to self-publish a book, visit the Library on Friday April 8 at 6pm to speak to Keith Churchouse, Alan Gilliand and Christine Mustchin, who are all self-published authors and will give advice and information. Tickets cost £3.

Other venues will be hosting events. At The Hawth Studio on Tuesday April 5, there will be a free special WORDfest Open Mic night. The cream of Crawley’s talent will be there, including ‘Pighog Press’ poet Anthony Owen. Anyone who would like to recite someone’s else’s work, or read their own work can come along the night and put their name down.

Keith Blake, West Sussex County Council Deputy Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “In an age where television and film is so popular, it’s vital to remember the importance of reading, writing and being creative – and WORDfest will do this.

“With a wide range of events and activities, some of them free, there will be something for everyone, and it’s a great opportunity to share information, be creative, meet new people and gain advice from the professionals.”

For a full list of events, including venues and prices, visit and click on the Crawley Library what’s on pages. Alternatively, visit, Call Crawley Library on 01293 651751.

Tie-break suspense at the 21st Road Safety and TravelWise Quiz final

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Tie-break suspense at the 21st Road Safety and TravelWise Quiz final

Pound Hill Junior School and Dorset House School battled it out in a tense tie-break for first place in West Sussex County Council’s Road Safety and TravelWise Quiz final.

It was the first tie-break in the quiz’s 21 year history.

Dorset House School in Pulborough took home the prestigious Pemberton Shield and £30 worth of Evans Cycles vouchers for each pupil.

Dorset House School in Pulborough

Pound Hill Junior School in Crawley was awarded a shield and £20 worth of Evans Cycles vouchers.

Pound Hill Junior School, Crawley

Leechpool Primary School in Horsham and Lindfield Primary School in Haywards Heath won joint third place, each getting a shield and £10 worth of vouchers.

Leechpool Primary School in Horsham

Jessie Younghusband School in Chichester was winner of hi-vis jackets awarded by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership.

Caitlin Garside, aged 10, from Slindon CE Primary School in Arundel also won a bicycle courtesy of Evans Cycles.

(Back) Andy Ekinsmyth from West Sussex County Council's Infrastructure (l-r) West Sussex Youth Cabinet member Finlay Whitfield, Caitlin Garside, Youth Cabinet Member Macaulay Relf, Mrs Garside, and Jane Walters headteacher of Slindon CE Primary Scho

Lionel Barnard, Deputy Leader of West Sussex County Council with responsibility for Highways and Transport, said: “Congratulations to all the winners in this year’s quiz.

“It is such a great achievement and shows just how smart our students are when it comes to road safety and travelling around in environmentally friendly ways.”

Twenty schools and 120 students took part in the finals, held at Chichester Festival Theatre, answering questions in four rounds.


Brighter Broadfield

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Brighter Broadfield

Things are about to get a lot brighter in Broadfield when work to upgrade street lighting starts next month.

18 courts in central Broadfield have old and failing lights which are fitted to porches, making the areas dark and uninviting at night.

Crawley Borough Council is set to start replacing 217 lights in the next six weeks, responding to residents who are unhappy with their dimly lit streets and ensuring the new lights meet their standards.

Councillor Keith Blake, Cabinet member for Environment said: “This is really good news for a lot of people in central Broadfield who have put up with insufficient lighting in their neighbourhoods for a long time.

“It’s a big project so we’ll have to phase the work to make it manageable and minimise disruption. I hope the residents will be happy with their brighter streets and they’ll probably feel a lot safer too.”

The council aims to replace about 20 lights a month, focussing on broken lights first. Costing around £75,000 the project will take a year to complete, ending in March 2012.

Residents will be informed of the draft work timetable shortly.

Residents who would like more information can contact Michelle Fitzgerald-Lees, Neighbourhood Housing Manager for Inner Broadfield, on 01293 438374 or email


Areas include –

Adrian Court, Aston Court, Baylis Walk, Crossman Court, Dyson Walk, Flamsteed Heights, Greenwood Court, Herschel Walk, Jeans Court, Lindgren Walk, Marsh Court, Murray Walk, Seddon Court, Shinwell Walk, Silkin Walk, Strachey Court, Thomson Court and Webb Close.

Open Day seeks to recruit dozens more foster carers

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Open Day seeks to recruit dozens more foster carers

“We still need to recruit dozens of new foster carers. It’s a real challenge, and one we have to meet for the sake of West Sussex children who need looking after.”

That’s the plea from Peter Evans, the West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families.

The County Council is holding a special open day in Chichester on Saturday, March 19 as part of its drive to sign up more carers.

If a career in fostering has crossed your mind, come along and meet the Fostering Team and foster carers like Ann Johnson: “I thought about foster caring for quite a while. My husband was petrified at first but five and a half years on he loves it as much as I do.

“You can’t put pounds and pence to the satisfaction you get when a child arrives with a blank expression and two months down the line they are running around, smiling and singing. It really is the best job I’ve ever done. I’d say to anyone come along to the event, ask questions and dip your toe in, you won’t regret it.”

The Fostering Open Day will be at The Council House, Assembly Rooms, North Street, Chichester from 10am to 4pm.

Peter Evans said: “To maintain the numbers of foster carers, we need to recruit around fifty new carers each year.

“But wouldn’t it be great to have more than that, to give us more choices when we are trying to match a child to a foster family that best suits their needs.”

“All kinds of people make good foster carers and you really can transform the life of a child who’s been through a difficult time.”

If you can’t make the Open Day, there is still the opportunity to visit one of the County Council’s informal fostering drop-in sessions being held at libraries around West Sussex.

The next drop-in is at Storrington Library on Tuesday, April 19.