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Sussex Community Housing Hub - launch event invitation and meeting offer

Action in Rural Sussex are launching an initiative this autumn which is empowering communities to develop and manage their own housing projects, and to increase the quality and supply of community led affordable housing in Sussex. The Sussex Community Housing Hub (the Hub) is an enabling service which provides technical advice and support to community led housing groups and projects across East and West Sussex. Community led housing is housing that is developed and managed by local people in order to maximise community benefits such as local affordability and good design.

You are invited to a special launch event with expert speakers, short films, networking opportunities and much more. These events are for anyone who is interested in community led housing, individuals, local councils or other community based organisations.

The Steyning Centre, Tuesday 5th December from 2pm-5pm. Book your FREE place via Eventbrite 

If you would like to explore this further and to better understand how these models might be able to address housing issues in your community then please get in touch with Tom Warder: tom.warder@ruralsussex.org.uk / Tel: 01273 407302 / 07932 743403 and read the CLT leaflet.

Meals on wheels & Winter flu jabs - posted 10 Nov 2017
With the weather turning colder and winter approaching fast, the county council is highlighting some of the ways we can all help to stay well this winter.
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination it is important that you take up this offer. You are offered the vaccine for free if you are one of the groups of people who are most ‘at risk’ of catching the illness. This is one of the most important things you can do to stay well and it may also help relieve pressure on the NHS this winter.
To find out if you’re in an ‘at risk’ group speak to your local participating pharmacy or GP.
There is also a fantastic meals on wheels service available in West Sussex.
Eating at least one hot nutritious meal a day is very important for our health and wellbeing, particularly in colder weather. Some people, due to illness, frailty or a disability, may find it difficult or impossible to shop, cook or heat a frozen meal. The home-delivered hot meals service may be the answer. The national award winning meals on wheels service in West Sussex is run on behalf of the County Council by apetito. Meals are delivered at lunchtimes between 11-2, up to seven days a week – including Christmas Day.
To find out more about meals on wheels or to sign up for the service call 01903 718893 or email westsussex.office@apetito.co.uk
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The Sussex Local Policing Model -posted 9 Nov 2017 (Press Release from ACC Laurence Taylor, Local Policing, Public Protection, CJ and Custody)

Since 2015 we have embarked on a transformational change programme.  We have looked at every element of our local policing service provision, determining how we can manage more demand with fewer people and meet new and emerging threats facing our communities.Our new local policing model holds on to areas of policing which are much valued and has transformed others to address the changing nature of crime and evolution of new crime types and threats - for example CSE and terrorism.

 In the last five years we have seen reductions in reports of ASB, whilst reports of sexual offences, domestic abuse and cybercrimes have increased – in many cases because people have more confidence to report.

Today we are launching the final element of our local policing model – the introduction of new Prevention Teams. Formerly known as Neighbourhood Policing Teams, Prevention officers and staff are now working smarter to prevent crime from happening and actively targeting local problems.  

These teams of skilled PCSOs, police officers and staff are tackling local issues, patrolling where they can make a difference and working closely with you, our partners, to provide better solutions and improved outcomes.

 Prevention Teams:

  • are accessible.
  • aim to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour by working with partners and targeting their patrols in areas where they can make a difference.
  • include PCSOs with enhanced skills, police officers and staff, including specialists working with young people in schools and colleges.
  • identify the best ways to solve problems, tackle repeat issues and reduce crime.
  • cover every neighbourhood in Sussex and can be contacted directly.

Response Teams:

  • are there when needed in an emergency, available 24/7.
  • provide proactive intervention in vulnerable areas.
  • also attend non-emergency calls where a policing presence is needed. 

Investigations Teams:

  • investigate professionally and effectively.
  • proactively pursue and manage offenders, using the latest technology and digital evidence techniques to catch criminals.
  • support communities and victims, with each crime type investigated and each case considered individually according to the threat and harm caused.
  • through the Investigation and Resolution Centre resolve less serious incidents, which do not require a face to face visit, over the phone.

 The launch of our local policing model and vision for future policing shows our commitment to maintain the safest communities in Sussex. Local policing is at the heart of everything we do and will continue to be the foundation of the service we provide to keep people safe and feeling safe. 

 I look forward to talking to you in more detail about the changes and how our new, resilient model will enable our teams to respond flexibly to new and emerging demands on our service. In the meantime, from 12 noon today, you can visit our website to find out more.


 South Downs National Park Authority, Pre-Submission South Downs Local Plan -posted 4 October 2017

The Pre-Submission Local Plan Public Consultation is now open. More details can be found on the Local Plan webpage https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning/national-park-local-plan/
If you would like to respond, please use the consultation system - https://consult.southdowns.gov.uk/consult.ti/system/home 

This is your final chance to have your say on the Local Plan before it is submitted to the Government in 2018.
This is the first Local Plan to cover the entire South Downs National Park. It sets out 96 policies which will be used to determine planning application in the South Downs National Park - including a number of land allocations for development. 

While the consultation is mainly looking at the soundness of the plan, every comment will be passed, exactly as submitted, to the Planning Inspectorate who will respond to them as part of their examination into the Local Plan.

Wealden Buildings Study Group - posted 30 August 2017
The Wealden Buildings Study Group are offering individual householders the opportunity, via their website enquiry form, to understand more about the history of their home and request an initial visit by a member to assess their building. This could then lead to a Group visit which would result in a short written report of their conclusions.
For more information, read the PDF or visit their website.

Setting up a Community Speed Watch (CSW) Group - posted 26 July 2017
Since discussing the busy A285 at the Village Meeting in May, a few residents have asked the Parish Council about CSW which is an initiative that allows local people to monitor vehicle speeds using speed detection devices.
The Parish Council have spoken to Sussex Police and they are keen to support a Duncton group and have agreed to loan us their speed calming equipment.
Our nearest CSW groups are Petworth and Halnaker but there are no groups monitoring the A285 in the Duncton area so it makes sense that a new Duncton CSW group is set up. Once registered the group will be able to book out the equipment and use as often or as little as they like.
Any vehicles recorded speeding as part of CSW is not enforceable, however Sussex Police will send warning letters to registered owners of any vehicles that meet the required threshold when driving over the set speed limit and if there is evidence of repeat or excessive offences, enforcement and prosecution will follow.

Volunteers will need to:
· Take the compulsory eLearning course (approx. 30 mins) and pass a multiple choice quiz at the end. The course can be retaken as many times as are needed.
· Be trained in the practical use of the group's deployable equipment.
· Carry out speed monitoring as and when they can

Duncton Parish Council are happy to support and lead the initiative but it requires willing villagers to volunteer and become part of the group as without enough support from the village, the initiative can’t go ahead.
This is a practical step that we as a village can take to help reduce excessive speeding and we welcome your thoughts and for volunteers to put themselves forward. 

For further information or to volunteer, please contact: Jane Landstrom, Clerk, Duncton Parish Council
clerk@duncton.org / 01428 707318
www.communityspeedwatch.co.uk

Chichester Warm Homes scheme will continue helping vulnerable residents this winter - posted 20 July 2017
Low income households across Chichester District who are worried about how to heat their home, either because they have inefficient central heating or none at all, can now receive help. Chichester District Council’s Warm Homes Initiative can provide financial assistance for an energy efficient heating system for the whole house and thermal insulation. The resident doesn’t need to pay anything up front, the cost is repaid when the house gets sold, whenever that may be.
For more information and to apply, residents should contact the Chichester Wellbeing Team on 01243 521041 and ask to speak to their energy advisors, Jo Williamson or Emma Pagett.

DUNCTON VILLAGE MEETING 23 MAY: KEY POINTS - posted 6 June 2017
Thank you to those who attended the village meeting - we had circa 50 residents in attendance which is great.
Click here to read a quick synopsis of the meeting and useful follow up contact information.

Duncton View Point Clearance & Fly tipping - posted 16 February 2017
During the recent clearance at Duncton View Point, it was shocking and upsetting to see how much rubbish has been and still continues to be, dumped at the site.  To help with this, the Parish Council has installed a bin at the site and will pay for weekly ongoing collections. There is also new signage at the site and future plans to perhaps fence off the slope.
Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of waste and carries a prison sentence and high fines. Chichester District Council has an enforcement team and is working hard to bring fly tippers to justice. Residents can report fly tipping by going to http://www.chichester.gov.uk/flytipping
The Midhurst and Petworth Observer ran a story on the clearance project - see here and we took lots of photos

"What IF".....There is a Power Cut - posted 7 October 2016
Power companies have launched a new national power cut phone line 105 to help people contact their local electricity network company. Callers dialling the free 105 number will be put straight through to their local electricity network operator, avoiding potential confusion or people contacting the wrong organisation. Using the 105 number, electricity customers will be able to report or get information about power cuts and report damage to electricity power lines and substations.
Do you need extra support during a power cut or know someone who does?
This free of charge service provides support to vulnerable people during a power cut.
To find out more information, go to Scottish and Southern Electricity Network and the UK Power Network