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Sussex train services returning to normal after flooding

Flooding of rail lines in the Haywards Heath area is subsiding and trains are now running, Southern Rail says.

All lines through Haywards Heath have now re-opened, although disruption is expected until about 09:00 BST a Southern spokesman said.

Services between London Victoria and the East and West Sussex coast were being delayed and cancelled earlier, with Thameslink and Gatwick Express services also affected.

Journeys to and from Three Bridges, Brighton and Lewes may still be delayed by up to an hour, the rail company warned.

East and West Sussex train services disrupted by flooding

Train services through Haywards Heath are being disrupted this morning because of flooding.

Passengers have been warned Southern services between London Victoria and Brighton, Ore, Eastbourne and Littlehampton, and Thameslink services between Bedford and Brighton may be cancelled or delayed.

Gatwick Express services between London Victoria and Brighton are also being affected.

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A Southern spokesman said there is no direct service between Three Bridges and both Brighton and Lewes.

"Staff have requested rail replacement buses to be based at key locations; however, suppliers are having difficulty in sourcing these.

"We anticipate buses to arrive on site from after 08:00, whereby additional information will be provided."

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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.

New Road first thing on Wednesday morning
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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

Adonis blue butterfly
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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.

The breeding Lapwing
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The breeding Lapwing

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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Damaged glass panels on the Adur ferry bridge
Jacqui Peek

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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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.