Local Health Network News: November 2021

Global challenges – local initiatives
With COP26 well underway, in West Sussex we’re continuing the challenges of encouraging residents to make active travel choices and reducing carbon emissions across the county.

Initiatives include:

  • working with bus and coach operators on a Bus Service Improvement Plan
  • the West Sussex Transport Plan, which will set out how we intend to balance our environmental, economic and social objectives and resolve conflicts between them
  • the development of the next package of cycling and walking schemes and promotional activity following a central government grant of £274,900.

More info on local highways initiatives
It’s Energy Day at COP26 today, and in West Sussex we’re increasing the amount of clean energy we generate and use. We own and operate two solar farms and we’ve integrated renewable energy technology into council buildings and installed solar panels on more than 80 of our schools.

Local renewable energy projects


Stay safe on Bonfire Night

If you’re celebrating Bonfire Night this year and meeting up with friends and family, staying outdoors is the safest way to protect yourself and others from spreading Covid-19.

Please continue to wash hands often, wear a face covering when it is difficult to maintain social distance and leave space between other people.

If you do meet inside, let fresh air in to help let virus particles out.

Before you head out, take a test to make sure you’re not infected. If you test positive or have any Covid-19 symptoms, self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately, either online or by calling 119.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is also reminding people to take extra care if you plan to mark the occasion with fireworks.

In the wrong hands, fireworks can cause serious injuries and destroy lives, so it’s vital you follow the Firework Code and know what to do if you were to suffer a burn.

Following these simple measures will help to keep everyone safe and give you peace of mind to relax and enjoy the celebrations.

Covid-19 cases are currently high in West Sussex – see the latest data dashboard.

More local information about Covid-19


Latest local vaccination update

The Covid-19 vaccination programme continues across West Sussex and anyone eligible is encouraged to get their jabs.

Who can get a Covid-19 vaccine?

  • 1st doses – everyone aged 12 and above
  • 2nd doses – everyone aged 17 and 3/4 months and above
  • Booster vaccines – people in eligible groups at six months from their second dose.

Vaccination appointments for 12 to 15 year-olds can also now be booked through the National Booking System or by calling 119, this is in addition to vaccinations taking place in schools.

For more information about vaccinations for 12-17 year olds, including a useful frequently asked questions section, visit the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.


Taking ‘Betty Bronco’ on school run proves a winner

Dusting down a 1970s bicycle proved lucky for Aimee Collins when she shared her efforts to be more active in on our ‘win a £500 bike shop voucher’ competition.

Aimee’s entry was judged the best in the contest, run as part of our #ThinkActiveTravel campaign.

Residents were invited to reply to the competition post on Facebook and say how they had started to make greener and healthier travel choices. Aimee wrote:

“My daughter started school this year, and we cycle every day on the school run. I got an old 1970s bike and added a kid’s saddle to the back. My daughter loves riding ‘Betty Bronco’ to school and back, I get more exercise, we both get fresh air and don’t have to rely on the car. I haven’t bought petrol in about 6 weeks! She is also learning road safety, so it’s a winner all round.”

County council Highways and Transport cabinet member Joy Dennis is pictured presenting the prize voucher to Aimee and her daughter Fenn, five, who are from Crawley. South Downs Bikes owner Martin Richardson and retail operations manager Aaron Creamer are also pictured.

Thanks go to South Downs Bikes for helping us with the competition.


More news…


Did you Know

It’s Meals on Wheels Week, but our #mealsonwheelsheroes offer more than just a meal. Drivers from @apetitouk offer wellbeing checks, helping customers stay safe in their own homes. Find out more about our Meals on Wheels service here or call 01903 718893.


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Annual General Meeting 2021

Notice is hereby given that the twenty third Annual General Meeting of PH(N)RA will no longer go ahead due to safety concerns for our membership, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The ability of the committee to maintain normal service has been significantly affected. Therefore, the committee feels that the membership Fees for the 2021 ~ 2022 year should not be payable. With the expectation that the next payment date for members subscriptions, will be September 2022 at next year’s AGM.

A number of Committee members are willing to stay in place. However, we now have positions vacant for Honorary Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Honorary Secretary and a Committee Member. If you are interested in filling any of these positions, please contact us via email email general@phnra.co.uk.

We have struggled for a number of years recruiting new members to the Committee, without someone coming forward (in particular for the senior positions). We may be forced to wind down the Association.

The Chairman’s Report 2021 and Receipts and Expenditure Account 2020-21 will be circulated in due course (mid September) to our membership.

Kevan McCarthy

Chairman

Local Health Network News: September 2021

Ensuring a safe return to education

Schools and colleges are reopening from today (Thursday 2 September) and we’ve put together all the information parents, carers and pupils need to know to ensure a safe return to learning.

This includes what Covid-19 measures have been put in place at schools and how schools manage outbreaks, a section aimed at how young people can keep themselves and others safe and still enjoy life, and advice and guidance on mental health and wellbeing.

All pupils will be expected to attend school or college as normal, provided they do not have Covid-19 or are showing any symptoms of it.

Secondary and college-aged pupils are asked to take two tests at their school when they return. However, pupils who have tested positive on a PCR test in the last 90 days should not participate in the return to school testing, because it could show a false positive result.

University students will also be returning over the next few weeks and should ensure they’ve had their vaccinations and test before they go back.

Back to school – safely


Testing, testing – it’s still vital

It’s vital to keep testing ourselves for coronavirus.

If you haven’t taken a lateral flow coronavirus test before or you’d rather not do it yourself you can have one at a local pharmacy. Trained staff will be happy to assist with a test which will involve a swab of your nose and throat. You’ll receive the results by text. Visit our website to find a list of participating pharmacies in West Sussex. This is a drop-in service but we recommend you book first. This service is only available if you do not have coronavirus symptoms.

If you do test positive follow the rules on self-isolation – see more here.

Check out the latest local Covid-19 data here.

Remember we can all take simple steps to protect each other – hands, face, space, let fresh air in.

More local information about Covid-19


Vaccination update

Most adults in West Sussex are now vaccinated, but if you are yet to have yours or know anyone who hasn’t, then check out details of walk-in clinics or how to book an appointment.

It’s really important for young people going to university in the autumn to get their jabs before they go.

Young people aged 16 and 17 can also have a vaccine now (and eligible 12-15 year olds too). They’ll be contacted to book an appointment or can attend some walk-in clinics. Find out more and read frequently asked questions here.

As of Tuesday 31 August 645,687 people over 18 in West Sussex have had one dose of the vaccine. That’s 86.2% of the population.


Book a chimney sweep to prevent fire

Last year West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended 77 chimney fires across the county.

Therefore, as part of the Chimney Fire Safety Week campaign, the service is urging residents to get their chimneys swept before the cold weather sets in.

Fire services across the country see a large increase in the number of chimney fires they attend during the winter months. This is because they have not been kept clean and are not safe to use.

Other chimney fire safety tips include:

  • using fire or spark guards
  • always extinguishing the fire before going to bed or leaving the house
  • never blocking air bricks, vents or flues

always fitting a carbon monoxide detector and smoke alarm – it could save your life.

Keep your chimney safe


Could you become a foster carer?
A couple that fostered children through the county council retired recently after an incredible 56 years.

Over that time Pauline and Roger Fitter (pictured) cared for over 600 children and gained a reputation as carers who go above and beyond for children in their care, with exceptional skill, patience and warmth. Read their inspirational story here.

We’re looking for more foster carers to provide a safe, secure and loving environment to children facing a challenging time in their lives. If you’ve got lots of love to give and the determination to make a difference to a child, then we want to hear from you.

Fostering with the county council means you’ll be part of a large network of foster carers and receive fantastic training and support. We’ve also recently increased our financial allowances.

We hold monthly online information evenings, if you’d like to find out more. The next one is on Tuesday 14 September from 7 – 8pm – book now.

Find out about fostering


Secondary school applications open on Monday

From 9am on Monday morning (6 September) you can apply for your child to start Year 7 at secondary school in September 2022.


The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 31 October 2021.

How to apply for a secondary school place


Interested in solar panels? Solar Together Sussex scheme is now open

We have launched a second round of the Solar Together Sussex scheme to help our residents reduce their carbon emissions and energy costs by fitting solar panels to their home.

The group buying scheme brings households together to install high quality solar panels and battery systems at a competitive price.

You can register for free and without obligation.

If you already have solar panels, you can register to have a battery storage system added so you can get the most out of the clean energy you generate.

Here’s how it works:

  • Registration – the homeowner registers their interest in the scheme free of charge and without obligation. They provide some basic information about their roof, such as its size and orientation.
  • Auction – a supplier ‘auction’ will be held on 28 September when approved solar installers will bid to supply solar panels to all the households who have registered their interest, with the most competitive bid winning. The more people that register, the better the deal should be for each household.
  • Personal recommendation – from the start of October, those who have signed up will be emailed a personal recommendation and quote from the winning supplier. This is based on the roof details given during registration.
  • Decision: Those who have signed up to the scheme will then need to decide if they want to accept the recommendation and quote. There is no obligation to continue. They will have until 26 November 2021 to decide.

Installation: If the recommendation and quote is accepted, the winning supplier will be in contact to survey the roof and set an installation date.

To register or for more information


Helping reduce crime and anti-social behaviour

Our Community Safety and Wellbeing Team works with partner organisations to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour across West Sussex.

The team is involved in a number of community safety issues including domestic abuse, sexual violence, staying safe online, hate incident reporting and modern slavery and human trafficking.

To keep up to date with community safety topics, including current support and advice, information on key campaigns and events taking place across the county, follow the team on social media via Facebook and Twitter and you can also sign up to their Community Safety E-newsletter, which comes out every six weeks.

Crime prevention – more information


Have your say on local issues

The Draft West Sussex Transport Plan (WSTP) details how we will approach managing and investing in the transport network from 2022 to 2036.

A webinar introducing the Draft Plan will take place on 8 September from 2-3.30pm via Microsoft Teams. Officers will also be available to respond to questions.

If you would like to attend, please email ltp@westsussex.gov.uk.

Take part in the consultation here.

Other live consultations you can take part in:

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy; closes Thursday 30 September.


Spotted any faded lines or damaged road signs?

If you’ve noticed either then you can report them via our Love West Sussex app.


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Gatwick Airport – GACC Information

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Email received on the 26th August 2021

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign

Dear Friends,

Gatwick announced yesterday morning that it will launch its public consultation on plans to bring its existing standby runway into routine use, alongside its main runway, on 9th September, running through to 1 December. Its press release is here.

This is the first stage in the planning process which, if approved would see Gatwick would grow from 45m passengers and 280,000 flights annually, to 76m passengers and 390,000 flights over the next 15 years, making it nearly the size of Heathrow.

As we all know, the consequences for local communities, people under flight paths and our environment would be devastating: more noise, more road and rail congestion, more CO2 emissions and other climate impacts, worse air quality and property devaluation both around the airport and under flight paths. The threat is very real and very serious. We have published our own Press Release challenging these plans and you can read it website here.

GACC (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) press release

25th August 2021

The proposed expansion of Gatwick, confirmed today by the airport, is unwelcome, unnecessary and, if approved, would have devastating consequences for the environment, local communities, and people living under flight paths many miles away.

The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), with local community groups, is relaunching its ‘Gatwick’s Big Enough’ campaign to fight these proposals.

The plan to grow the airport’s capacity by between 40% and over 60% over the next fifteen years involves use of new technology on the main runway and re-aligning and widening the existing emergency (or standby) runway to form a second runway.

Despite claiming that it is no longer pursuing an additional full runway Gatwick also wishes to continue to blight residents living to the south of the airport with its demand to safeguard land from any other development.

The use of the emergency runway in conjunction with the main runway would mean more noise, more CO2 emissions and other climate impacts, more congestion on local infrastructure and poorer air quality. There would be serious health impacts for local communities and those under flight paths and severe effects on a local infrastructure already overburdened as a result of past growth.

If it gets its way, Gatwick would be able to grow from 45 million passengers and 280,000 flights in 2018, to 74 million passengers and 390,000 flights over the next 15 years, nearly the size of Heathrow.

Chairman of GACC, Peter Barclay, said “There is no need or other case for expansion at Gatwick. GACC and other local community groups have met and unanimously agreed to challenge these proposals as robustly as possible. The world now knows that aviation’s growth has climate consequences that it simply can’t afford, and serious adverse local impacts on health through noise and air pollution. This proposal is unnecessary and ill conceived.

“It must and will be opposed and rejected.”

Regards

Peter Barclay
Chairman GACC

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
phone 01293 863369
email info@gacc.org.uk
website www.gacc.org.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/doyoucaregatwick

Alternatively contact directly
phone John Byng 01293 537234
phone Peter Barclay 01293 862821

Gatwick Airport – CAGNE Information

Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
Email received on the 24th August 2021

Gatwick will announce tomorrow a public consultation to rebuild the emergency runway as a second runway which flies in the face of the climate emergency we all face

Whilst other industries make every effort to reduce carbon output Gatwick Airport’s shareholders seek to add 1 million tonnes of extra carbon a year with a second runway

  • This Wednesday (25th) Gatwick Airport is to announce the public consultation on rebuilding the emergency runway (northern/ standby) as a second runway.
    This does not meet government policy of ‘making best use of current facilities’ as both runways cannot be used in unison currently due to safety issues
  • The announcement flies in the face of the climate emergency we are all facing – whilst we recycle and buy electric cars aviation continues to seek unconditional polluting growth
  • Gatwick is not carbon neutral and must be made to take responsibility for the carbon and greenhouses gases of the aircraft departing and landing at its airport
  • A second runway at Gatwick Airport would add 1MTonnesCO2 on top of Gatwick’s pre Covid flight figures (285,000 aircraft movements a year) plus the planned 40% increase from the main runway that will not be scrutinised.
  • This move can be for one reason only; shareholders seek to sell Gatwick with 2 runways.

“Whilst the children are off school and elected member’s holiday, Gatwick Airport choose a time when the skies are quiet to announce a public consultation that flies in the face of the climate emergency, we are all facing”, said CAGNE, the umbrella aviation community and environmental group for Sussex, Surrey, and Kent. “It is despicable and disingenuous for a company to ignore the emissions that planes in and out of Gatwick Airport produce. This pollution from this airport is causeing grave danger for future generations that will have to pay the price for today’s greed of this leisure airport.”

CAGNE has already instigated a series of educational talks to inform residents of the climate impact of a second runway at Gatwick Airport. The next virtual talk takes place on Thursday 30th September (Time is Ticking – Unmasked! The environmental ramifications of Gatwick Airport second runway – website time is ticking a series of virtual talks)

“Boris Johnson said listen to the science when it came to Covid, elected members will be ignoring the science if they permitted this disastrous if they support this planning application by Gatwick Airport to obtain planning for this second runway,” said CAGNE.

“Climate change is one of the greatest and most pressing threats facing the modern world and yet Gatwick ignore this fact and endeavour to push forward for a second runway. Constraint of this industry must be the answer if we are to save the planet for future generations.”

There is no one alternative fuel to fossil fuel for aviation currently, and yet this move by Gatwick shareholders must be seen as total disregard for the planet and future generations.

Gatwick seek to claim they are carbon neutral as they do not account for aircraft movements. They buy electricity from a supplier called Haven Power, owned by Drax, “renewable electricity” is made from biomass. Environmentalists have warned will create enormous demand for forest and other biomass and come at serious risks for land use, agriculture, and biodiversity in the UK and abroad.

Aviation and Gatwick Airport had been reducing jobs at the airport long before Covid with automation and this continues. Job creation therefore must be in greener and more sustainable sectors if we are to truly retrofit our homes.

It is not just about carbon but also the greenhouse gases and the air particles produced by aviation.

Link to talks website time is ticking a series of virtual talks
Link to Gatwick 2 briefing paper from details known to date which does not include details from Wednesday – website Stop Gatwick Expansion

Can you help hand out leaflets to oppose Gatwick 2 on Saturday 12th September at Slinfold? Contact email cagnegatwick@gmail.com

Make an annual pledge of support by donating £4 (it can be more) a year to help CAGNE to continue efforts to be fair to all communities. Simply set up an annual standing order of £4 to the CAGNE account at NatWest Horsham, number 19865090 sort code 60-11-17, or bank transfer or by PayPal at www.cagne.org or send a cheque made payable to CAGNE to the CAGNE Treasurer c/o Porters Farm, Friday Street, Rusper, West Sussex RH12 4QA

CAGNE contact details:

email cagnegatwick@gmail.com
website cagne.org
Facebook www.facebook.com/Gatwickcagne

Our mailing address is:
CAGNE
CAGNE
Gatwick
Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3SQ
United Kingdom

Gatwick Airport – Crawley News 24

Thousands of new jobs could be generated as Gatwick pushes forward with plan to convert emergency runway

26th August 2021 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleynews24.co.uk

Gatwick has today announced that a public consultation will start on the 9th September 2021 on plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its Main Runway.

They say the scheme will help secure the airports long-term growth, generating approximately 18,400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5bn GVA to the region.

While passenger numbers currently remain low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gatwick is taking its plans for growth forward now as they still expect to be capacity constrained in the time it would take to secure approvals, complete construction and start operations.

They say the proposed plans would allow the airport’s Northern Runway to be brought into routine use, for departing aircraft, by repositioning its centre line further north by 12 metres.

This would enable dual runway operations with the airport’s Main Runway whilst meeting all international safety standards. They add that the plans would add resilience to Gatwick’s operations (reducing delays and congestion), bring new global connections and allow an increase in passenger capacity to approximately 75 million passengers per annum by 2038.

Other elements of the proposals include improved airport access, highway improvements, as well as additional landscape/ecological planting and environmental mitigation.

Gatwick has said that the project proposals are low impact and are in line with Government policy of making best use of existing runways and the project will be delivered in a sustainable way which they say helps to achieve the Government’s overall goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

As the proposed Northern Runway plans are considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, the airport plans to apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build and operate the scheme. Before the application is submitted Gatwick will be running a twelve-week public consultation, for anyone who is interested in reviewing or commenting on the proposals, from 9th September 2021 to 1st December 2021.

The Statement of Community Consultation (setting out how Gatwick proposes to consult the local community on the proposed Northern Runway project) has been published today at website www.gatwickairport.com/futureplans.

Full consultation materials will be made available on the website www.gatwickairport.com/futureplans web pages from the 9th September along with a virtual exhibition and an option to book a telephone surgery with project experts or to request a virtual briefing for local stakeholder groups.

For those people who may find online access difficult Gatwick will be operating a mobile project office which will visit key areas around West and East Sussex, Surrey and Kent and all consultation materials will also be available at various deposit points, including libraries in those areas.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

While we are currently experiencing low passenger and air traffic volumes due to the global pandemic, we are confident that Gatwick will not only fully recover to previous passenger levels, but has the potential to continue to grow back into one of Europe’s premier airports. Our plans to bring our existing Northern Runway into routine use will not only help to secure that growth but will also ensure many thousands of additional jobs and a vital boost to the economy for our local region.

“We would like to hear views from local people and interested groups on the proposed Northern Runway Project as part of our comprehensive public consultation process and encourage everyone to take time to review our plans.

“Aside from the economic benefits our plans will have, we remain committed to our sustainability goals, and our Northern Runway plans are designed to be a low impact way of unlocking new capacity from our existing infrastructure, much of which is already in place.

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Airport poised to launch consultation on second runway plans

25th August 2021 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

Gatwick has today announced that a public consultation will start on September 9 2021 on plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its main runway.

The scheme will help secure the airports long term growth, generating approximately 18400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5 billion GVA to the region. While passenger numbers remain currently low due to the covid-19 pandemic, Gatwick is taking its plans for growth forward now as it still expects to be capacity constrained in the time it would take to secure approvals, complete construction and start operations.

The proposed plans would allow the airport’s Northern runway to be brought into routine use, for departing aircraft by reposition its centre line further north by 12 metres. This would enable dual runway operations with the airport’s main runway whilst meeting all international safety standards.

The plans would add resilience to Gatwick operations (reducing delays and congestion), bring new global connections and allow an increase in passenger capacity to approximately 75 million passengers per annum by 2038.

Other elements of the proposal include improved airports access, highway improvements, as well as additional landscape/ecological planting and environmental mitigation.

The project proposals are low impact and in line with government policy of making best use of runways. The project will be delivered in a sustainable way which helps to achieve the government’s overall goal of zero emissions by 2050.

Planning Application – Gypsy / Traveller Site on Radford Road

Planning Application

Proposal:
Material change of use of land to a Gypsy and traveller site for 2 pitches each with 3 caravans and associated operational development (hardstanding, access track, shared package treatment plant, amenity blocks, sheds, kennel /dog run and post and rail fencing) – Retrospective

Application Number: CR/2021/0243/FUL

CBC Planning Applications

Case Officer: Mr M. Robinson
phone (01293) 438951
email Marc.Robinson@crawley.gov.uk

Location:
Land East of Radford Farm (and West of the access road to the Thames sewerage treatment works), Radford Road, Crawley, West Sussex.

Local Health Network News: August 2021

Stay safe this summer

It’s summertime and we hope the weather cheers up again soon so we can all get out and about and enjoy West Sussex in the sunshine.

Even though restrictions have been lifted coronavirus is still with us and it’s important that we protect ourselves and others.

Remember to take regular coronavirus tests (you can order them free online), wear a face covering in crowded places, give each other space and get out into the fresh air if possible.

You can see the latest Covid-19 figures for West Sussex here.

Find out more


One job – get the jab

If you’ve got young friends or family members aged 18 to 25 who haven’t been vaccinated – then please encourage them to get the jab – it’s their passport to enjoying life to the full again after missing out on so much.

Book or call to receive first and second jabs or attend a walk-in vaccination clinic taking place across West Sussex throughout the summer – no booking needed.

Up to last Monday (2 August), 640,061 people in West Sussex have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, which is 85.5% of the county’s estimated over 18 population.

If you’ve had your jabs then get your NHS COVID pass. It shows you’ve had your vaccinations and may be required to attend events, venues and when travelling abroad.

Find out all the latest data on vaccination take up in your area on the link below.

Find out more


Beach ready? Check the App!

If you are heading for the coast and looking to avoid crowded beaches then download a free app: Beach Check UK. It allows visitors to check the state of a number of participating West Sussex beaches before they set out.

Simple to use, the app follows a traffic light system; red means crowded and best avoided, amber less crowded but busy, and green means uncongested beaches.

Currently in West Sussex, beaches featured on the app include West Wittering, Worthing (Main, West & East), Goring, Lancing and Widewater.

Download it from Google Play and the Apple App store (with no in-app purchases necessary).

Experience West Sussex, our tourism partnership, is also working to keep our county safe this summer. Check out the new safety and environmental guides which ensure everyone enjoys their day out, short break or holiday.


Free holiday club spaces

Free holiday club spaces are available across West Sussex for eligible children and young people.

If your child receives Free School Meals (means tested) then they could take part in our Holiday Activity and Food Programme, running now, free of charge.

Football and other sports clubs are being held, or they can learn about healthy eating or explore farm and forest schools, there’s something for every young person to enjoy.

Search all of the Activity and Food events near you via the link below. Please note there are currently a number of free places for eligible families, but these are limited and may book up.


What next? Advice after exam results

A-level and GCSE students will be opening their results two days apart next week after completing another hugely disrupted academic year. We wish all West Sussex students the best of luck.

Results day for A levels and other vocational courses is next Tuesday (10 August) with GCSE results due out on Thursday (12 August).

Exams were cancelled for a second year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, so students will be awarded teacher-assessed grades.

Our Careers Team will be on hand to help with what happens next, and can give advice on carrying on in education, training, an apprenticeship or a job.

If you need advice please call 0330 222 2700. There’s also a live chat facility between 10am and 4pm each weekday or you can email the team at careersadvice@westsussex.gov.uk.

Emotional wellbeing support is also available for children and young people experiencing mental health difficulties. The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website has a dedicated area with information for children and young people.


Any old cars?

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is appealing for donations of old, unwanted vehicles.

The service relies on donations of used vehicles from members of the public for firefighters to use for training.

This allows them to prepare for rescuing people who have become trapped in their vehicles following a road traffic collision.

Collection and removal of vehicles is free to any address within West Sussex.

To donate a car call 0330 2228377, or email frsmedia@westsussex.gov.uk with the following details: your name, contact phone number, make, model and registration of the vehicle, whether it is taxed or SORNd plus the full address, including a postcode, of where the vehicle is parked.


Small steps – big difference

Are you interested in finding out about climate change and the environment in West Sussex and how you can take small steps to reduce your carbon footprint and be kinder to the planet?

If so, why not subscribe to our Environment and Climate Change eNewsletter here?

Our monthly email contains local climate news and county council project updates, as well as information and quick-links to organisations, funding grants and local activities.
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It’s summertime and the walking is easy!

If you fancy a gentle stroll in West Sussex then we have devised 14 easy countryside trails.

The walks, which can be downloaded, are for everyone to enjoy, including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs, those wanting a gentler walk and walkers who are less mobile.

Find out more

Local Health Network News: July 2021

Covid-19 update

As the number of positive Covid-19 cases continues to rise across the county it remains important that we all continue to follow the Government guidance and help prevent the spread of the virus.

Washing hands, physically distancing, wearing face coverings, letting fresh air in, vaccinations and testing are still relevant in combating coronavirus. You can remind yourself of the current rules and restrictions on the GOV.UK website.

Regular testing can identify Covid-19 where symptoms are not present and help protect yourself and others. Visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/communitytesting to order packs of free rapid lateral flow test kits.

Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate immediately and book a free PCR test here or call 119

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