Plans for new homes on show

Cala Homes are preparing a planning application for land east of Westergate. They are holding a public exhibition on Thursday 8th September 2016 2pm to 9pm at Westergate Methodist Church.

Come along and have your say

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A27 Improvements Consultation

We have been made aware by Highways England that an additional date for the A27 Chichester Improvement Consultation has been set for Wednesday 31 August at the Bognor Regis Arena Sports Centre, Westloats Lane, Bognor Regis, P021 5JD between 10am – 7pm. The consultation runs until 22 September 2016. Please visit the A27 Chichester Bypass Improvements consultation website for more information and to provide your views online.

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3 in 1 card scheme ends

West Sussex County Council has announced that the 3in1 Card scheme will end on 31 December 2016.
This was a very difficult decision to make but the County Council had to look at the cost of running the overall scheme against the number of people who use it (5% of the eligible population) and the ever growing pressures on other areas of our work – especially across our children’s and adults’ services. It has therefore been decided that the 3in1 card scheme, which costs £1.2m a year, will cease at the end of this year.
We are taking steps to mitigate the loss of the 3in1 card for existing users when it comes to an end. Discussions are already taking place with bus operators, schools and colleges to consider future travel concessions in the absence of the scheme.
Help will be available for young people from low income families aged up to 16 years old (Year 11 and below) subject to eligibility criteria. We will also continue to provide some financial support for 16-19 year olds from low income families who use bus travel to attend full time further education. Further information on the help for low income families will be announced later this year.
We have recently written to all 3in1 Cardholders to inform them of this decision and what to do next. Applications to the scheme will continue to be accepted until the end of the year and will cost £13 unless low income fee exemption applies. All cards will be given an expiry date of 31 December 2016.
 
Further information is available at http://www.your3in1.co.uk/

Grass Cutting

West Sussex County Council’s summer grass cutting operation is in full swing.

Our contractors have worked hard to catch up with the programme after wet and warm weather caused delays to cuts in June.

The teams are now up to speed and on schedule.

The improved and updated programme is available to view online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/grasscutting

We operate two different rotas for grass cutting in West Sussex.

In towns and urban areas we make seven cuts a year between March and November (except locations where arrangements are in place for district and borough councils to cut).

These are done by teams using lawnmowers and strimmers.

This is two cuts more than the recommended national safety level of five times a year.

In the countryside, or where there are no pavements, we maintain the verges so pedestrians can avoid walking in the road.

We give verges in rural areas:

  • one overall cut per year
  • two one-metre wide cuts to stop grass and vegetation overhanging the road.

Cuts in rural areas are carried out by teams using a tractor.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “Our contractors are out all over West Sussex working hard to keep our grass and verges maintained.

“There have been delays in some areas, but we are now back to where we need to be.

“Cut times can vary each year depending on growing conditions.

“Normally it takes about four to six weeks to cut all grass across the county.”

John added: “If you have any concerns about the grass, please go online and check our grass cutting schedule to see when we will be visiting your area next.

“If there is a roadside safety issue regarding visibility affecting road users, please report it to us online.”

We do not collect grass cuttings as the cost involved would restrict the number of cuts we could carry out.

We try to blow cuttings back onto the verge. Some will cover or fall into drains but this is unlikely to block them.

Grass cutting in recreational areas such as parks and housing areas is carried out by your district or borough council or housing authority.

Highway verges on the A27, M23 and A23 are looked after by Highways England. ?

You can check the latest urban grass cutting schedule by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/grasscutting

You can report overgrown grass causing visibility issues or danger for road users online to love.westsussex.gov.uk  

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For further information please contact David Jones, or any other member of the media team, on 0330 222 8090 or email pressoffice@westsussex.gov.uk.
For urgent out-of-hours enquiries please call 07767 098415.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2017/18 Consultation

Each year the Council has to decide whether to change the Council Tax Reduction scheme (CTR) for working age applicants in its area. This year the Council has decided that changes should be made to bring the Council Tax Reduction scheme in line with the changes made by Central Government in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit. The Council is seeking your views. Follow this link to the ADC web site to complete a survey.

Eastergate Primary School Vacancy

Eastergate CE Primary School is seeking a Clerk to the Governing Body

Part time, permanent contract, approximately 25 hours per term, term time only

Salary WS04, starting at £9.43 per hour

Closing Date for Applications – 30th June 2016

We are looking to appoint someone to join our friendly village school from September 2016. Hours per week are flexible as they are reliant on when meetings are arranged, however they are always set well in advance and are mixed between daytime and evening.

The post involves record keeping, preparation of agendas and associated paperwork, attending meetings and taking minutes, and working with the Chair in managing the smooth and efficient running of the Governing Body. Part of the position involves learning about governance and being able to answer questions for the governing body on governance. Full training will be given.

We would need the successful candidate to have:

  • good organisational and administrative skills
  • experience of preparing agendas and taking minutes at meetings
  • a reasonable level of ICT skills
  • good basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • excellent interpersonal skills and be keen to work as part of a team

If you think you could be the person we are looking for then why not get in touch. Call Mrs Russell in the school office on 01243 542297 to arrange a meeting or a chat by phone.

Eastergate  CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful appointment will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

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NHS Public Engagement Committee

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a member of the public to get involved in commissioning decisions here at NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, by joining our Public Engagement Committee (PEC) as Locality Lay Member for Regis.The Public Engagement Committee is responsible for making sure that appropriate public engagement is carried out in all our commissioning projects. To be eligible to apply you will need to be registered at one of the following GP practices within our Regis Locality:

  •  Arundel Surgery
  • Avisford Medical Group
  • Bersted Green Surgery
  • Bognor Medical Practice
  • The Croft Practice
  • Flansham Park Health Centre
  • Grove House Surgery
  • Maywood Healthcare Centre
  • West Meads Surgery

If you are interested in this opportunity please see the attached lay member role description and application form.

Completed application forms need to be sent to vickysmart1@nhs.net by Thursday 16 June.

application_form

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