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Crackdown on out of county dumpers

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

People wanting to dump their rubbish at amenity tips in West Sussex could soon have to show ID to prove they live in the county.

The county council is considering the move to reduce costs and congestion, particularly at the tips close to the boundary, such as East Grinstead, Shoreham, Crawley, Burgess Hill and Billingshurst.

If approved, the scheme will start on December 1 and anyone visiting the county’s 11 tips will have to show proof of their address before being allowed to dump their rubbish.

A report due to be put to the Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee on 20 September says photo ID such as a driving licence, passport or West Sussex bus pass would be needed, plus a recent utility bill or current council tax bill showing their address.

The report added that some 10 per cent of people who used the tips lived in other counties and, if those numbers were cut, the council could save around £250,000 per year in disposal costs.

Anger as vandals damage charity street piano

Vandals have caused damage at a country park, ripping a picnic table out of the ground and daubing graffiti over a street piano, which had been decorated by school children.

The street piano, daubed with black spray paint saying 'ketamine'
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Horsham District Council said police forensic officers had investigated the scene at Southwater Country Park.

It is believed the damage happened on Monday evening, between 20:00 and 22:00 BST.

The piano had been decorated by pupils at Castlewood Primary School as part of a project with a local children’s hospice.

The upturned picnic table
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Writing on Facebook, Horsham District Council said: "We are very disappointed that following a lovely summer the willful actions of a few have left the park in disrepair and will do all we can to find those responsible."

School friends remember Jofra Archer's days in Barbados
The England pace bowler gave up being a spinner at the suggestion of his school coach in Barbados.

Council shake-up plans set for debate

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

A call to scrap West Sussex County Council’s cabinet style of governance and replace it with a committee-based system will be discussed next week.

Earlier this summer, inspectors were critical of Fire & Rescue and Children’s Services in the county, prompting Dr James Walsh, leader of the Liberal Democrats, to declare there had been a "systemic failure of political leadership" at the council.

On Monday members of the governance committee will consider his notice of motion which calls for a change.

Currently the cabinet is made up of members of the controlling party – in this case the Conservatives – with individuals able to make decisions on key issues.

The proposed committees would be proportionally made up of members from all parties, with all being involved in the decision making.

Dr Walsh wants such a change to be in place by May 2020.

If the governance committee supports the notice, it will be submitted to a meeting of the full council on October 18 for debate.

Trauma help for train drivers

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Train drivers in Sussex are being offered extra help when they experience traumatic events like a death on the tracks.

Govia Thameslink, which runs Gatwick Express and Southern trains, has introduced a new system called Trauma Risk Management, where staff are taught to spot the signs of trauma and point each other towards help.

Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names

In the South East, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.

The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.

Chart of most popular boys names in the South East of England in 2018
Chart of most popular girls names in the South East of England in 2018

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus: A man who once claimed to be the youngest father in Britain narrowly escaped jail after a drunken rampage

Kent Online: Indian restaurant turned back into pub after £1.1m transformation

Get Surrey: Tandridge council puts up six foot fence to protect Hurst Green 72-year-old from 'spoilt brats'

Chichester Observer: Council seeks clarity over 'key issues' in emerging plans for 1,000 homes

Eastbourne Herald: A Hailsham man has been sentenced for defrauding East Sussex County Council

Crawley and Horley Observer: ‘Huge drugs bust’ at Gatwick Airport turns out to be vegan cake ingredients

Worthing Herald: Community rallies around Ashurst beautician who lost everything in car theft

Mid Sussex Times: Motorcyclist seriously injured in Ditchling collision

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton bakery to host Facebook pop-up café for free privacy checks

Hastings Observer: A 16-year-old has been charged with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine in Hastings, and having a knife in public

Brighton and Hove Independent: Shoreham Airport bought by global aviation company

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The Argus: Anger as Coppa Club builds glass wall without planning permission

Kent Online: Brothers' heads cracked open in attack at Vivid in Herne Bay

Get Surrey: Son buys mum £250 birthday watch but left 'fuming' as Amazon send shower gel instead

Chichester Observer: Most shocking crimes on railways in Sussex revealed

Eastbourne Herald: Man taken to hospital after car flips over in Eastbourne street

Crawley and Horley Observer: Sussex graveyard theft: Reward offered in hunt for thieves

Worthing Herald: Guild Care reveals total raised at Walk for Worthing, the charity’s new flagship event

Mid Sussex Times: Downlands Community School celebrate 'best ever' results

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton Aldridge Community Academy students celebrate GCSE results

Hastings Observer: Hastings park voted as best in the region

Brighton and Hove Independent: Fight is on to save one of the strangest landmarks in Sussex

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The Argus: Police officers attacked in Hove told to wait two hours for an ambulance

Kent Online: Toddler Mia Atkins from Greenhithe died at Darent Valley Hospital after choking on snack

Get Surrey: Five reasons Surrey's Youth Offending Service is inadequate, according to damning inspection report

Chichester Observer: Twenty-nine shotguns surrendered to Sussex Police

Eastbourne Herald: GCSE results day: Roedean Moira House students break Eastbourne school’s records

Crawley and Horley Observer: Major supermarket to close Crawley town centre store

Worthing Herald: New listening post helps move Steyning Museum into 21st century

Mid Sussex Times: Blue-green algae warning for Mid Sussex dog owners

Brighton and Hove News: Blatchington Mill head shares his pride in his pupils' GCSE results

Hastings Observer: Hastings drink driver was more than three times over limit on busy shopping street

Brighton and Hove Independent: Sussex mum’s fear as five-day-old baby stops breathing six times

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The Argus: East Grinstead pervert used phone to spy on women in toilet

Kent Online: Driver arrested after vehicle driven the wrong way on the A2

Get Surrey: Nurse traumatised after rocks thrown at car twice while driving on M3

Chichester Observer: Man wanted in connection with serious assault could be in Selsey

Eastbourne Herald: Long-awaited Eastbourne community centre is opening soon

Crawley and Horley Observer: Wasp warning for Sussex with huge numbers of the insects active in late summer

Worthing Herald: Georgina Gharsallah: police treat Worthing mother's disappearance as homicide

Mid Sussex Times: Deliveroo set to launch in Haywards Heath

Brighton and Hove News: Ambulance services comes out of special measures

Hastings Observer: Hastings hero is honoured with blue plaque unveiling

Brighton and Hove Independent: Call for road safety measures on busy Brighton road

Unemployment at 2.9%

Unemployment in the South East was 2.9% in the three months ending June 2019.

The UK’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.9%. Employment was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since comparative records began in 1971.

Wage growth also picked up to 3.9%, the highest rate for 11 years, however figures released last week showed the economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, the first fall since 2012.

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