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Severe accident: A23 East Sussex southbound

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A23 East Sussex southbound severe accident, from Preston Drove to Preston Park Avenue.

A23 East Sussex - A23 Preston Road in Preston blocked and queues southbound from the Preston Drove junction to the Preston Park Avenue junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A23 East Sussex both ways

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A23 East Sussex both ways severe accident, at Baker Street.

A23 East Sussex - A23 London Road in Brighton blocked and queues in both directions at the Baker Street junction, because of an accident involving bus and van.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Pitching tents instead of golf balls?

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Golf may be replaced by glamping at Waterhall or Hollingbury following a proposed review of how the council uses the land.

A report publishes this week says since 2010 season ticket holder numbers have halved at both golf courses, which have been leased since 2010 on a ten-year contract by social enterprise Mytime Active.

Hollingbury Park Golf Course

The report going before next week’s meeting of the city council’s Tourism, Development and Culture committee asks councillors to consider future long-term leases for either golf or “other leisure use”.

One or both would kept as a golf course with the potential for other uses such as outdoor activity and education centres, camping, glamping, a country visitors centre, or an events venue.

A second option is for a ten-year management contract as currently operated, the third option is to operate both courses in-house, with a fourth possibility being to market both courses on a long-term lease for golf only.

The Tourism, Development and Culture Committee discusses the proposals when it meets at Hove Town Hall in public from 4pm on 20 June.

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The Argus: Southern Water redundancies - up to 200 jobs to go

Kent Online: Two years after Grenfell tower fire cladding remains on Gillingham tower block

Get Surrey: Drug dealers fleeing from police caught after accidentally driving down dead end Ashtead road

Chichester Observer: Bus and car in A259 collision

Eastbourne Herald: Thousands of pounds-worth of equipment stolen from Eastbourne croquet club

Crawley and Horley Observer: 26-year-old woman dies after collision near Burgess Hill

Worthing Herald: Shoreham man arrested with bizarre mix of potentially stolen items

Mid Sussex Times: Burgess Hill teenager, 16, living with ‘crippling condition’ publishes her own collection of poems

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton's floral welcome scrapped

Hastings Observer: Hastings students get a taste of working world at Canary Wharf

Brighton and Hove Independent: Victory as disability advice service raises cash to keep going after cuts

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.

A passport-style photo of Steven Dunne

Youth projects 'curbing anti-social behaviour'

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors in Brighton and Hove are being asked to approve an extension of city council-funded youth projects after housing officials said they were helping curb anti-social behaviour among teenagers on council estates in the city.

Officers say there have been fewer complaints about youngsters at their regular meetings with residents since a series of projects were introduced across the city.

In a report to councillors, they say more than 2,000 young people have attended the ventures set up by organisations funded by the city council, visiting, on average, eight times.

They say the schemes, ranging from gaming to music sessions, skate parks to running a cafe, have boosted youngsters' confidence, established skills and knowledge and provided a rare opportunity for some teenagers to get out.

The children, young people and skills committee is being asked to extend youth contracts until the end of September 2020 to allow more time for recommissioning.

Almost half the youth services budget of £886,000 goes to the youth grants programme.

The housing and new homes committee is being asked to contribute another £125,000 to cover a six-month extension.

Investigation into cause of Adur bridge damage

Neville Dalton

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
Jacqui Peek
Close-up of damaged panel
Jacqui Peek

CCTV released after Brighton Pavilion rape

CCTV of man wanted after Brighton Pavillion rape
Sussex Police

CCTV images have been released of a man being sought by police after a woman was raped in central Brighton.

The woman in her early 20s was attacked in the gardens of Brighton Pavilion early on Saturday morning, Sussex Police said.

She was seen running away from the gardens at about 05:45 BST. She told police she had been raped by a man in the Indian Gate area.

She received a number of injuries requiring hospital treatment, a police spokesman said.

Any businesses or homes with CCTV covering the area around the pavilion, or drivers with dashcam footage are asked to contact police.

Multiple call-outs amid heavy rain

Heavy rain across the South East resulted in a number of call-outs for the fire service in East Sussex, including:

  • A business property in Edward Road which became so severely flooded the internal roof and walls collapsed under the weight of the water
  • A flooded building in Cross in Hand Road
  • A flooded property in Seaside Road, Eastbourne, with affected electrics
  • A smell of burning at a property in Palmeira Avenue, Hove, after water had been leaking through the ceiling. The leak was isolated.
  • A tree falling into a car in Heathfield

Weather warnings are expected to remain in place for much of the day, with forecasters predicting parts of the UK could be inundated during the rest of the week.

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.

Boy praised for 'life-saving' emergency call

A 12-year-old boy's "clear and calm" 999 call probably saved the life of his friend who was struggling in rough seas near Brighton Marina, police have said.

An inshore lifeboat rescued the boy on Saturday afternoon after his friend could not help him.

The 13-year-old was recovered from the water about 15 minutes later.

Sussex Police said the 12-year-old's call was "amazing and probably life-saving".

Warning people of the dangers of the water, Ch Insp Roy Hodder said: "It is very easy for your feet to be swept from under you and you can be dragged into deep water and some way offshore in next to no time.

"Please take care and also make sure that even though it all looks very exciting, youngsters are fully aware of the dangers."

Daniel Gurr Helm, of Brighton Lifeboat, said the spot where the boy was found was one of their most dangerous areas for rescues because of the unpredictable waves.

He said the rescue "saw a young boy's life saved".

Severe disruption: A27 West Sussex westbound

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A27 West Sussex westbound severe disruption, from Church Lane to Upper Brighton Road.

A27 West Sussex - A27 Upper Brighton Road in Sompting blocked and it's slow moving westbound from the Church Lane junction to the Upper Brighton Road junction, because of a fallen tree.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Objects raised over affordable new homes

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

The building in Oxford Street, Brighton
The building in Oxford Street, Brighton

Neighbours are objecting to plans to add an extra floor to a former Brighton housing office.

Brighton and Hove City Council wants to turn the building in Oxford Street into 10 flats for people in need of affordable temporary housing.

Currently 1,410 households – some of them individuals and some of them families – are living in temporary accommodation, with 9,738 people on the housing waiting list.

It is recommended for approval, but 12 locals are concerned about losing light to their homes.

One said: “It is surely not acceptable that the proposed additional storey will have such an impact on such a large number of properties for the creation of just two additional flats."

The proposal is due to be decided on by the council’s Planning Committee next week.

HIV prevention drug trial extended

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

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Hundreds more gay men will be able to get an HIV-preventing pill on the NHS in Brighton and Hove.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP is available on a trial basis - but in many areas, including Brighton, the trial places quickly filled up.

In January, the NHS announced it would fund drugs for twice as many participants - but it falls to councils to pay for the sexual health appointments at which the trial participants sign up

There was a delay while discussions took place over who would pay for the extension.

Brighton and Hove City Councils lead commissioner for sexual health and HIV, Stephen Nicholson, told the BBC it has now agreed to fund more places on the trial itself.

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The Argus: 'Picasso' Seated Bather up for auction at Brighton and Hove Auction Rooms

Kent Online: Disabled boy stopped from using pool slide

Get Surrey: Shepperton nursery 'devastated' after children's tree pulled out of the ground and burned

Chichester Observer: Motion of no confidence in Tory council leader tabled

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne man given prison sentence for stealing meat

Crawley and Horley Observer: Shocking footage shows Lancing man caught speeding at 151mph on the M23

Worthing Herald: Rustington machete attack victim comes forward: 'I lost a lot of blood. It was horrifying"

Mid Sussex Times: Cyclists gear up for annual Burgess Hill Bike Ride this Sunday

Brighton and Hove News: Brighton and Hove tenant reps criticise lack of publicity over 'improvement survey'

Hastings Observer: Couples can now get married in iconic Hastings cinema

Brighton and Hove Independent: Residents oppose academy plans for Moulsecoomb Primary School

Tenants surveyed over estates improvements

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

People living on housing estates across Brighton and Hove are being asked to take part in an environmental improvement survey with any changes being funded with money allocated for land owned by Brighton and Hove City Council’s housing department.

Suggestions for improvements could include better recycling options, removing graffiti, putting in benches or play areas or organising community clean-ups.

The survey is open until 15 July and is due to be followed by public meetings with council officials and councillors in the community.

Some residents’ representatives have criticised the lack of publicity around the consultation when they spoke out at a series of housing panel meetings this week.

Man arrested in connection with Brighton cat deaths

A man has been arrested in connection with cat deaths in Brighton following a breakthrough in a longstanding investigation.

Police were called to reports of a cat being injured near Trafalgar Square on 1 June. The cat later died.

Officers secured CCTV footage of the area and a 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He has been released on police bail until June 28.

Detectives have been investigating a number of deaths or injuries to cats in Brighton over the past 18 months.

Pollution fears over road widening scheme

Rebecca Curley

Local Democracy Reporter

Surrey Highways sign
Local Democracy Reporting Service

A resident living near the M25 and M23 says he fears a £3.8m improvement project for the A23 is going to have a “negative impact” on pollution and pedestrians.

Highways England is proposing a widening scheme of Brighton Road in Hooley saying the work is necessary in a bid to reduce accidents and congestion and improve the traffic flow on the road it calls a “strategic route” between Brighton and London.

On Monday Ian Thirlwall from Hooley told Reigate and Banstead and Surrey County Council Local Committee residents were concerned about the impact on air pollution with the widening of the road increasing traffic.

He also said proposals to build on the verges and pavements would put pedestrians and cyclists within “brushing distance” of traffic.

Hooley has been designated an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).

A Highways England spokesman said: “We are aware of strong local feelings in relation to our plans for improving the A23 through Hooley, and we have worked hard to balance the views and opinions of the local residents with the needs of the 35,000 people using this strategic route each day."

A decision whether to go ahead with the scheme will be made in July. If agreed, construction work is expected to start in the summer and to be completed by spring 2020.

Tenant plea over failed funding bids

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

A woman who made several bids for cash from Brighton council's estates development budget but was turned down each time has made a plea to councillors for some idea where the money could be spent.

Woodingdean Tenants and Residents Association representative Janet Gearing told the East Area Housing Panel she applied for funds for fencing, lighting, hard-standings (parking areas), benches and improvements to grass verges, but was "always turned down".

After Conservative councillors Steve Bell and Dee Simson backed her plea, the council’s assistant director of housing Martin Reid offered to go around the area with Mrs Gearing and her local politicians to look at what could be done.

Taxi app company granted licence

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Ola taxi app
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The taxi app Ola has been granted permission to operate in Brighton and Hove.

The company has been given a one-year operator’s licence by Brighton and Hove City Council.

Ola’s operations director Karl Lutzow told a council licensing panel that the company would only use local drivers.

He said that out-of-town drivers would be restricted to picking up two fares within 24 hours before going back to their own area.

Ola wanted a five-year licence but was granted one for one year only.

The council said that the shorter term was in “order to monitor their operation and the working of the memorandum of understanding”.

CCTV must be installed in all vehicles, whether operating as private hire vehicles or as taxis. All drivers would be self employed.

The app has a panic button for passengers and drivers.

Two sides to meet as bin strike vote begins

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Overflowing bins in Brighton
A series of bin strikes six years ago left rubbish piling up on the streets of Brighton

Council officers and union officials have agreed to meet to try to avert a bin strike in Brighton.

GMB members had accused council officers of being “anti-trade union” and undermining their work at CityClean, the council’s refuse company.

In recent months, the city council said it has been trying to improve performance, safety and management culture at CityClean.

Both sides will now meet at conciliators Acas on 20 June.

Labour council leader Nancy Platts told BBC Sussex that both council officers and union members had her backing and she wanted an investigation into claims of anti-trade union activity.

A GMB member ballot on whether to strike over the issue will stay open for two weeks.

A series of bin strikes six years ago left rubbish piling up on the city’s streets – and was considered a key factor in the Green administration losing power in 2015.

Ex-prisoners build a second-hand store in a chapel through Sussex charity
Making it Out, a Sussex charity, trains ex-prisoners in construction to help them gain employment.
Knitted food: Woolly treats go on display in Brighton
Kate Jenkins has knitted and crocheted hundreds of items of food art.

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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

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Worthing Herald: 'Special and gentle' Littlehampton man, 29, died suddenly in his sleep

The Argus: Boy left in coma after Brighton crash recovers

Get Surrey: Updates and reaction after Ye Olde Six Bells pub in Horley devastated by fire

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne advice service announces closure after 27 years

Crawley and Horley Observer: M23 near Gatwick Airport closed as car rolls over

Mid Sussex Times: Plans for new gym in Burgess Hill revealed

Brighton and Hove News: Campaigners discuss future of Brighton hospital site

Hastings Observer: Emergency response to fire in Hastings town centre

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton club seeks licence for alcohol

Kent Online: Canterbury Castle could reopen in 2021

Chichester Observer: Chichester pupil wins West End award for role in School of Rock