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Crowdfunding website for community projects in West Sussex launched

A new way of funding community projects in West Sussex has launched where contributions can be made through a crowdfunding website.

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Nathan Elvery joined the county council in 2016 on a �190,000 a year salary

Council boss: ‘Still far to go to tackle ugly underbelly of organisational culture’

A council chief executive challenged about spending decisions by a staff member has thanked her for reminding him ‘how far we still have to go in tackling the ugly underbelly of our organisational culture’.

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Chichester's County Hall SUS-160818-125926001

‘What matters to you’ survey launched by county council

A survey asking residents and businesses for their views on all services provided by West Sussex County Council has been launched.

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Fire crews battle a fire in Bognor in 2015. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Fire service ‘will have to continually evolve’

A four-year strategy outlining how West Sussex’s fire and rescue service will use its resources to protect the public has been published for six weeks of public consultation.

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Plans to redevelop Gatwick Airport's railway station have been submitted

Transformation plans for Gatwick Airport’s railway station

The transformation of Gatwick Airport’s railway station has moved a step closer as plans have now been submitted.

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Robert Eggleston after being selected as his party's general election candidate with some of the members Mid Sussex Liberal Democrats.

Lib Dems pick Mid Sussex general election candidate

Lib Dems in Mid Sussex have picked a candidate to contest the next general election.

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Labour branch chairman Will Matthews and John Kelly at the site off Ockley Lane in Hassocks, where the 500 homes are to be built

Labour Party to demand more affordable homes now District Plan adopted

The Mid Sussex Labour Party says it is to demand more affordable homes for residents now the District Plan has been adopted.

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Roger Cartwright, chairman of Mid Sussex Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Lord, county councillor, 'Benedict Dempsey' of Hassocks and Burgess Hill South, Colin Wilsdon, chairman of Hassocks & Hurstpierpoint Liberal Democrats

Reluctant welcome for newly adopted District Plan

Mid Sussex Lib Dems has reluctantly welcomed the newly adopted District Plan.

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From left: John Ball, director of Fairfax Properties, professor Adam Tickell, MP Sir Nicholas Soames, Greg Clarke and council leader Garry Wall. Picture: Kevin Shaw Photography

Secretary of State ‘welcomes’ plans for science park in Burgess Hill

Secretary of State for Business Greg Clark paid the district a visit on Thursday and ‘welcomed’ plans for a science park in Burgess Hill.

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MP Sir Nicholas Soames

MP Soames joins a call to consider long-term funding of NHS

MP Sir Nicholas Soames has joined a call to set up a Parliamentary Commission to consider the long-term funding of the NHS and social care.

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MP Maria Caulfield and Beverley Berrill

MP demands end to speeding on country lanes after woman knocked off horse

MP for Lewes Maria Caulfield is demanding an end to speeding on country lanes after a Ditchling woman was knocked off her horse.

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Mid Sussex District councillors at District Plan result SUS-180329-102628001

‘Important milestone’ as District Plan is adopted

The adoption of Mid Sussex’s local plan is an ‘important milestone’ and will ‘protect the character of the district whilst delivering jobs, homes, economic growth and infrastructure needed’.

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MP Sir Nicholas Soames

MP Soames welcomes free childcare offer figures

MP Sir Nicholas Soames has welcomed new figures which show that 4,747 children are benefiting from the Government’s 30 hours free childcare offer across West Sussex.

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Lib Dems Daniel Purchese, Morwen Millson, and James Walsh outside County Hall. They succesfully persuaded committee members to call for the Tory-led West Sussex County Council to pause a new crowdfunding model for community projects.

‘Outrageous’ charge on crowdfunded community project applications

A five per cent charge on West Sussex community projects using a new crowdfunding model has been described as ‘absolutely outrageous’ by Lib Dem councillors.

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Capita has a ten-year contract with West Sussex County Council which started in 2012

Problems with council’s Capita contract ‘not small hiccups’

A contract outsourcing West Sussex County Council’s back-office functions is ‘failing to provide as good or better services’, according to opposition members.

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Laurence Taylor, assistant chief constable at Sussex Police, at last week's performance and accountability meeting

Sussex police officers trained to respond to nerve agent attack

Around 100 Sussex Police officers are specifically trained to respond to a chemical or biological incident.

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One of West Sussex's Household Waste Recycling Sites

Longer summer opening hours at rubbish tips

West Sussex rubbish tips are set to have their summer opening hours increased from the start of April.

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The public are set to be consulted on a plan for the fire and rescue service over the next four years from next month

Potential headline changes to fire service ‘do not shine through’ in new plan

‘Potential headline changes and cuts’ to West Sussex’s fire and rescue service ‘do not shine through’ in a new four year strategy, according to Lib Dem councillors.

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Nicholas Soames MP spoke out on the issue today. Picture: Derek Martin

‘Substantial and active response to Russian aggression’ needed, MP Soames says

Midsussex MP Nicholas Soames has called on the Prime Minister to act urgently following the poisoning on the double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

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The public are set to be consulted on a plan for the fire and rescue service over the next four years from next month

Fire service to ‘concentrate on preventing serious incidents from occurring’

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s strategy for the next four years is set to be scrutinised by councillors later this week.

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