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Calls to exempt care leavers from council tax up to 25

Care leavers in West Sussex could be exempt from council tax up to the age of 25 as part of proposals being considered.

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From March 2017: Steyning says 'no' to proposed quarry next to Hammes Farm, Washington Road, Steyning. Pic Steve Robards  SR1705285 SUS-170314-153342001

Call for new sand quarry sites in summer

A call for new sites for soft sand extraction in West Sussex could be launched this summer.

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Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert

MP meets rail chiefs over ‘unacceptable’ Hassocks rail services

MP Nick Herbert has met with both Network Rail and the Transport Secretary to raise his concerns about Hassocks rail services.

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Charles Horton, Chief Executive Officer, Govia Thameslink Railway, speaking at the House of Commons Transport Select Committtee in 2016 (from parliament.tv). SUS-160507-111900001

Southern and Thameslink boss resigns

The boss running Southern and Thameslink services has resigned, it was announced today.

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Female county councillors outside County Hall in February wearing rosettes to mark 100 years since legislation was passed giving some women the vote for the first time in the UK

Calls for more councillors from under-represented groups

Calls for more councillors from under-represented groups were made at County Hall last week.

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Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert

MP calls for urgent debate on ‘shambles’ rail service

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has asked the Leader of the House of Commons (HoC) to schedule an urgent debate on the performance of rail services.

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Antje Knutsen and Tim Weekes at the Village Day on Saturday (June 2). Picture: Mid Sussex Open Britain

Lindfield villagers ‘overwhelmingly disappointed’ in Brexit process, poll finds

Villagers in Lindfield are ‘overwhelmingly disappointed’ by the Brexit process so far, a poll has found.

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Thameslink service

Rail timetable chaos a ‘major unforced error’

‘Chaos’ caused by major timetable changes across the Southern and Thameslink rail network ‘appears to be a major unforced error’, according to one MP.

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Advice on helping disabled train passengers ‘could’ve been better expressed’

Advice to train staff on how to help disabled passengers ‘could have been better expressed’, rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway has admitted.

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Anatomy of a quality pothole repair: (from top left) a potholed patch on a West Sussex road; cutting a rectangular repair area; using a breaker to 'break out' the patch; removing loose debris, with a shovel and bigger parts by hand; preparing the surface with a compactor plate; sealant being applied to bind the new and old surfaces; skilfully spreading the Tarmac slightly proud of the existing area, to achieve a smooth end result once compacted; using the compactor; the new surface.

Extra £540k to fill more potholes across West Sussex

An extra £540,000 to fill potholes has been committed by West Sussex County Council - enough for at least 2,000 more high-quality larger-scale repairs.

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Rail industry bosses apologise for disruption since timetable changes

Rail industry bosses have apologised for disruption and cancellations experienced by passengers since new timetables were rolled out last week.

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Thameslink compares its own performance to Poundland cooking chocolate

Poundland has poked fun at Thameslink train services after the rail operator compared its recent performance to the retailer’s cooking chocolate on social media.

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Thameslink apologises for reduced train timetable

The operator of Thameslink trains has apologised to passengers for disruption since a new timetable was introduced last week.

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Margaret Guest pictured in 2014

‘More detail needed on proposed closure of day centres’

More detail is needed on plans to close several day centres for adults with learning disabilities and relocate services elsewhere in West Sussex, according to campaigners.

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Food Hygiene Rating sign

Would you eat at a restaurant rated one star for hygiene?

More action to infleunce restaurants to display and improve their food hygiene ratings could be taken in West Sussex.

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Network Rail engineers

Rail engineering works set for Bank Holiday weekend

Train passengers are being urged to check before they travel during the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend.

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COUNTY NEWS: BBC Question Time comes to Sussex tonight

BBC Question Time – the topical political debating programme – will be filmed in Sussex tonight (Thursday, May 24).

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Mid Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames. Picture: Derek Martin

MP Soames had ‘most wonderful day’ at royal wedding

Mid Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames attended the royal wedding on Saturday and said it was the ‘most wonderful day’.

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The time of every Southern service is changing this week

‘Meltdown Monday’ after train timetable changes the ‘final straw’

Problems experienced by passengers on the first two days of Southern and Thameslink’s new timetables should be the ‘final straw’ for the franchise, according to a Tory MP.

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Capita has run services for West Sussex County Council since 2012

Capita to lose pensions administration service

Hampshire County Council is set to take over West Sussex County Council’s pensions administration service, which was outsourced in 2012.

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