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Waters receding at New Road

Sussex 255 v Worcestershire 14-2 - lunch

While they're at lunch at Chester Road, Kidderminster, on the second day of Worcestershire's rescheduled game with Sussex, things are now looking a little brighter 15 miles away back at county headquarters, at New Road.

It has stopped raining, the River Severn has now reached its peak, the waters are starting to recede and the clean-up operation has begun in parts of the ground.

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New Road Wednesday lunchtime
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On past experience, it usually takes three weeks to get the place ready for cricket again after a New Road flood, which would wipe out next week's one-day game against Australia A, on 25 June.

But the next home game after that, the Championship fixture against Derbyshire on 7 July, at least looks a reasonable target.

The club are yet to comment on how long they expect to be at Kidderminster this time.

Proposals to increase parking charges in East Sussex

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

East Sussex County Council is to consult on proposals to increase its on-street parking fees, with the prices of residents’ permits and pay and display tickets both set to rise.

According to the council the proposals would come alongside the first significant increases to pay and display parking charges for about 11 years, with fees costing from between 20p to £1.90 more per hour depending on the area.

The proposals would also see low emission vehicles pay a lower rate for a parking permit.

As a result of the low emission pricing scheme most permit holders in Hastings would see their charges fall or stay the same, rather than increase, the council said.

Most permit holders in Eastbourne, however, are expected to see their charges increase under the same system, as the borough’s current permit scheme is set at a lower cost.

£1.4m plans to improve country park

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

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Adonis blue butterfly

The South Downs National Park Authority is set to take over the running of the Seven Sisters Country Park and is announcing £1.4m plans to improve the area.

Following a decision by East Sussex County Council, ownership of the 280-hectare site will transfer to the National Park Authority by March 2020.

The authority is to improve the habitat for seven animal and plant species: the breeding Lapwing, Adonis blue butterfly, redshank, meadowsweet, ringed plover, reed warbler and the wigeon.

It is also planning to improve the nature trails, wildlife watching facilities, the visitor centre and landscape to be bio-diverse.

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The breeding Lapwing

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Hastings Observer: Bexhill police pursuit: Two men arrested after getaway car collides with another vehicle

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Eastbourne Herald: £1.4M improvement plan for Seven Sisters Country Park

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Mid Sussex Times: Fire at derelict flats in Burgess Hill

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Concern for 'vulnerable' missing man

Police in Sussex have appealed for help to find a vulnerable man who has gone missing from Hailsham.

Steven Dunne, 50, was seen on the town's High Street at about midday on Thursday, and has since been spotted in Brighton city centre.

Officers say they are concerned for him.

Steven is about 5ft 7in, of stocky build, with thinning grey hair and is clean shaven.

He was last seen wearing a navy top and jacket, blue jeans and green Adidas trainers.

Anyone who sees him is asked to call 999 immediately.

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Investigation into cause of Adur bridge damage

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Vandals have caused thousands of pounds of damage to a footbridge across the River Adur - or have they?

Police and bridge owners West Sussex County Council are investigating the latest spate of damage to glass panels on the £10m Adur Ferry Bridge, which links Shoreham town centre with the beach.

The council says four panels, which cost about £1,000 each to repair, have been damaged in recent days.

Police are investigating reports of criminal damage by a group of youths, but the council wants to carry out tests to establish whether there was a recurrence of previous defects in the glass, which have been responsible for a number of previous similar incidents.

Investigations into a similar occurrence in 2014 established that impurities in the glass had caused some of the panels to shatter.

And a council spokesman said at least some of eight panels found damaged in January this year were the result of similar imperfections.

But the spokesman said the council would also be studying CCTV footage in case of other causes.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "Officers attended and an area search was carried out. However, there was no trace of the suspects and there are currently no further lines of inquiry."

Close-up of one of the damaged panels
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Close-up of damaged panel
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East Sussex recycling changes due at end of June

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Recycling collections in East Sussex are set for changes from 28 June, with East Sussex residents no longer able to put Tetra Pak cartons in with their normal household collections.

At the same time, Hastings, Rother and Wealden residents will no longer be required to separate out glass, and will be able to mix it in with the rest of their recycling waste instead.

People living in Eastbourne and Lewes District will not be affected by the change to glass collections, but will be affected by the changes to Tetra Pak collections.

Music services could be outsourced

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

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About 3,000 young people "depend on the service", the council heard

Music services in East Sussex could soon be run by a private contractor after proposals were approved in principle.

On Monday, the council’s lead member for education Bob Standley backed plans to award registered charity Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival (BDBF) with a contract to run the county’s music service.

He described the decision as a "significant stepping stone".

By awarding the contract to BDBF, the council hopes to avoid closing its instrumental teaching service.

However, Liberal Democrat councillor Alan Shuttleworth said: “If you commission this service out, none of us can second guess how that will turn out."

“There are over 3,000 children and young people who depend on the service at the moment.”

His comments drew criticism from Mr Standley, who said: “We have spent some considerable time looking at solutions. It's not just your group that takes it seriously.”

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Making it Out, a Sussex charity, trains ex-prisoners in construction to help them gain employment.

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The Argus: Man died in flat in York Place, Brighton

Kent Online: Doctor suspended after 'sexually motivated behaviour'

Get Surrey: Chef set fire to Farnham restaurant before sending nude photos to his colleagues

Chichester Observer: 10 arrested for weapon and drug offences ahead of Hells Angels 'Euro Run'

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne 15 year old guilty of malicious wounding

Crawley and Horley Observer: Armed police called to incident at Three Bridges station

Worthing Herald: Two people arrested on the A27 in Lancing following incident in Peacehaven

Mid Sussex Times: Major retailer announces sudden Sussex store closures

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton student housing scheme's backers outnumber objectors

Hastings Observer: Historic Hastings tapestry on display in Rye wows visitors

Brighton and Hove Independent: Parents robbed Brighton teenager in savage ammonia attack that left him partially blind

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The Argus: Botched bunion surgery leaves woman housebound

Kent Online: Tributes to girl set to 'rule the world' before unexplained death

Get Surrey: Former Epsom Hospital children's doctor suspended

Chichester Observer: Selsey sexual assault: Man hands himself in

Eastbourne Herald: Injury left working mum relying on foodbanks

Crawley and Horley Observer: Runaway lorry rolls downhill with unconscious driver

Worthing Herald: Graffiti by Worthing's Banksy should be removed, council officers say

Mid Sussex Times: Burgess Hill Academy celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Brighton and Hove News: Most Brighton A&E patients satisfied despite having to wait longer than average

Hastings Observer: Firefighters battling another blaze at derelict Hastings care home

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton shortlisted for Best Walking Neighbourhood Award

Man arrested after cyclist dies in collision near Bexhill

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 53-year-old cyclist who was killed in a collision with a car near Bexhill.

The cyclist, who police said was "local", died at the scene on the A2690 Combe Valley Way at about 06:20 BST on Sunday.

A 34-year-old man from Bexhill was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by driving without due care while unfit through drink or drugs.

He has been bailed until 23 June.

Sussex Police want to hear from witnesses to the collision or from anyone who saw the cyclist or a blue Vauxhall Astra in the area shortly beforehand.

Hi-tech 'blast' for potholes

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East Sussex Highways is deploying a fleet of three Roadmaster machines to repair potholes, cracks and other defects on the county's roads.

The hi-tech machinery will blast high pressure air into the holes before they are then quickly filled with a mixture of bitumen and fine stone and grit.

The scheme begins this week in Burwash, Battle and Blackboys, with other areas set to benefit during the three-month programme including Bexhill, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings, Lewes and Seaford.

Councillor Claire Dowling, of East Sussex County Council, said the Roadmasters were "far quicker and more cost-effective than traditional methods" and caused less disruption and congestion.

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Brexit Party: 915,686

Lib Dems: 653,743

Green: 343,249

Conservatives: 260,277

Labour: 184,678

Change UK: 105,832

UKIP: 56,487

South East turnout

Turnout in the South East was 39.36% - up from 35.4% in 2014.

The South East region is made up of the Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Public consultations on adult social care savings

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Plans to cut adult social care funding by £730,000 in East Sussex are to go out to public consultation.

Proposals to consult on removing the subsidy for meals in the community - currently received by about 750 people across the county - and a review of long-term support for working age adults were approved by East Sussex County Council's lead member for adult social care and health earlier.

Both proposals will now be subject to 10 week public consultations.

The consultation into the meals in the community subsidy will begin on 28 May, while the consultation on long-term support for working age adults will start on 4 June.

Lewes council elects Conservative leader

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

The Conservatives have taken control of Lewes District Council's cabinet after the Liberal Democrats abstained from electing a co-operative alliance leader.

After the local elections, the council had 19 Conservatives, nine Green councillors, eight Liberal Democrats, three Labour and two Independent members, but no political party had overall control.

Green Party group leader councillor Zoe Nicholson had called on other opposition parties to form a co-operative alliance and back her leadership bid in an effort to block the Conservatives.

But while her plan was backed by the Labour and Independent groups on Monday, Liberal Democrats abstained from voting, leading to the election of Conservative Isabelle Linington as council leader.

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Hastings Observer: Historic buses roll into Hastings

Mid Sussex Times:Warning over toxic caterpillars across Sussex which can cause a painful rash

Chichester Observer:Chichester community spaces given a £19,000 funding boost

Worthing Herald:Shoreham Airshow Memorial: Pictures show the story so far as the 11 arches are erected

West Sussex County Times:Thieves steal village brownie pack’s scarecrow

Brighton & Hove Independent:Fundraisers abseil for Blind Veterans UK

Eastbourne Herald: Road closed for more than five hours after serious accident on A27 Pevensey Bypass

Brighton and Hove News:Planning inspector overrules council on seven shared houses in Brighton

Lewes Greens propose alliance

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Lewes District Council’s Green Party group is to call for a co-operative alliance when the authority meets to elect a new leader this evening.

In a statement released on Sunday, Green Party group leader Zoe Nicholson said she would be calling on Liberal Democrat, Labour and Independent councillors to support her bid to become leader of the council.

None of the council’s other political groups have confirmed their support for an alliance however, with Liberal Democrats saying more work would be needed for it to support such a move.

In her statement Ms Nicholson said: “Over and over again people told me that they are longing for a new way of doing politics, and are inspired by those that work hard for their local communities.

“I have met and talked with all the leaders of all the opposition groups and independents. I have listened to what matters to them and we have developed a proposed alliance agreement that is fair, balanced and critically where leadership is shared and rotated with us and other parties.

The Liberal Democrat group confirmed it has been involved in discussions with the Green Party about an alliance, but said no agreement had been reached.

Lib Dem group leader James MacCleary said: “The clearest test tonight of the appetite for cross-party working will be the election of the Chair of the Council who has the casting vote, which is likely to be crucial with the margins being so small.

The Labour group has been approached for comment but has yet to reply.

If combined, the three groups would have 20 of the 41 votes cast in the leadership election – one more than the Conservative party’s 19.

The alliance would also require the authority’s independent councillors – Ruth O’Keeffe and Steve Saunders – to either support the alliance or both abstain from voting.