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Council tax rise approved by West Sussex County Council

A council tax rise of 4.95 per cent including the two per cent social care levy has been approved by the Tory-led West Sussex County Council.

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Lin Curnock and her three grandchildren. A bench in memory of her late husband Malcolm has been unveiled in Broadbridge Heath (photo submitted).

Memorial bench recognises ‘huge contribution’ of councillor

A memorial bench to Broadbridge Heath’s longest serving parish councillor Malcolm Curnock, who died two years ago, has been unveiled to recognise his ‘huge contribution’ to the village.

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Your Energy Sussex is now encouraging residents to switch energy supplier to save money

Sussex tariff offers ‘fair deal’ for energy bills

A new Sussex tariff for gas and electricity is looking to offer a ‘fair deal’ for households with a council-led partnership encouraging residents to switch and save money.

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Pulborough Railway Station. SUS-151120-124221001

Agreement for new car park at Pulborough’s railway station unsigned

A planning agreement to allow a new car park at Pulborough Railway Station and 29 homes to go ahead has still not been signed - 19 months after the scheme was approved.

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Horsham District Council blue recycling bins. Pic Steve Robards SR1735897 SUS-180301-181635001

Fortnightly bin collections rollout starts today

The rollout of fortnightly general bin collections for the Horsham district is set to start today (Monday February 5).

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Deborah Urquhart cabinet member for the environment at West Sussex County Council

Permits for vans and trailers at rubbish tips

West Sussex’s rubbish tip service ‘was not broken but now is’ one Lib Dem councillor has claimed as permits are set to be introduced.

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Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has announced funding to unlock new housing schemes across Sussex

Funding to unlock new Sussex housing schemes

New funding to unlock housing schemes across Sussex has been announced by the Government today (Thursday February 1).

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West Sussex Young Carers Service has developed a new learning resource pack.

Bid to raise awareness about young carers

Young carers in West Sussex have helped put together a short film to highlight to school friends and teachers some of the issues they face during the school day.

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Southern train

Southern remains worst in country for passenger satisfaction

Southern’s passenger satisfaction remains the worst in the country despite significantly improving its score over the past year, according to new survey results.

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A major Government programme has been helping extend access to superfast broadband across the UK

Sussex’s access to superfast broadband below South East average

Access to superfast broadband in Sussex is above the national average but below the figure for the South East, according to new data.

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Amended plans for proposed Piries Place Car Park showing 'living wall' (photo from HDC's planning portal).

Changes made to new car park’s design

Altered designs for a new Piries Place Car Park are set to be debated by councillors.

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The A281 Guildford Road east of Rudgwick where the Smithers Rough site is proposed for gypsy and traveller pitches (photo from Google Maps)

Access concerns over Rudgwick gypsy site plan

Residents fighting plans for a new gypsy and traveller site in Rudgwick have expressed frustration at a lack of available information.

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Chichester MP Gillian Keegan speaking during a Westminster Hall debate on patient travel times for cancer treatment (photo from Parliament.tv).

Travel for cancer treatment ‘gruelling’ for patients

The need for cancer treatment services in West Sussex to cut down journey times for patients has been raised in Parliament by one MP.

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Nathan Elvery chief executive at West Sussex County Council SUS-160627-165751001

Chief executive paid £47,500 relocation allowance

West Sussex County Council’s chief executive received a relocation allowance of £47,500 on top of his six-figure salary after being appointed.

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Staff at the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust celebrate their 'Good' rating by the Care Quality Commission (photo submitted).

NHS mental health trust earns ‘good’ rating

NHS staff who provide mental health services for Sussex residents are celebrating being awarded a ‘good’ rating from health regulators this week.

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Katy Bourne

Katy Bourne’s council tax increase plan agreed

A council tax increase of 7.8 per cent proposed by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has been backed by a scrutiny group today (Friday January 19).

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Capita provide back-office functions for West Sussex County Council

Council insources Capita back office staff

Several back office functions outsourced by West Sussex County Council to a private company are set to be brought back in-house.

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Season ticket parking charges at Swan Walk are set to rise

Horsham parking charges set to rise

Some charges in Horsham town centre car parks are set to rise this year as the council looks to generate extra revenue.

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Southern remain bottom for customer satisfaction in an annual rail survey run by Which?

Southern remains bottom for customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction with Southern services is the lowest nationally for the third straight year, according to results from a new survey.

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Southern train

Southern strike action cost taxpayer £22m in lost revenue

The £22million cost of Southern strike action to the taxpayer in lost revenue has been blamed on the ‘crazy nature’ of the rail operator’s contract put together by the Government.

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