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The Argus: Brighton pensioner warns others about fraud

Kent Online: Folkestone schoolgirl to star in Adrian Mole musical

Get Surrey: Guildford children on free school meals going hungry during the holidays

Chichester Observer: Warning as thunderstorms expected in Sussex

Eastbourne Herald: Paedophile bishop passes away

Crawley and Horley Observer: Woman raped on footpath in Pound Hill, Crawley

Worthing Herald: Sir Peter Bottomley demands apology from Greenpeace after minister suspended for grabbing activist

Mid Sussex Times: Cuckfield pavilion hit by vandals in early hours

Brighton and Hove News: Buses diverted after sinkhole spotted in Brighton

Hastings Observer: Hastings business owners call for action over street drinkers

Severe accident: A27 West Sussex westbound

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A27 West Sussex westbound severe accident, from A284 Arundel By Pass to A29.

A27 West Sussex - A27 closed westbound from the A284 Arundel By Pass junction in Arundel to the A29 junction in Fontwell, because of an accident.

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Paddling pools added to sports centres review

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Kings Road paddling pool
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A review of sports centres in Brighton and Hove will include four outdoor paddling pools.

All seven sports centres and the paddling pools are run by Freedom Leisure, a not-for-profit leisure trust, on behalf of Brighton and Hove City Council.

The 10-year contract expires at the end of March 2021 although it could be extended for five years.

The review will inform decisions about where money is spent on upgrades and makeovers – and how much – in the coming years.

A report to the council’s tourism, development and culture committee said: “Freedom Leisure have not been able to achieve their predicted financial targets during the course of the current contract.

“Consequently it is likely there would be a financial pressure on the council if the existing arrangements were continued.”

Decisions about what happens next are unlikely to be made until the review has been completed.

Homes for bees in new buildings

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Bee block
Brighton and Hove City Council

Builders and developers are being urged to use bee bricks in any new buildings in Brighton and Hove from September.

Bee bricks give solitary bees such as the non-aggressive red mason and leaf cutters a place to lay their eggs, councillors were told.

Once the bees have found a place to lay their eggs, they seal the entrance with mud and chewed-up vegetation, with the offspring emerging the following spring when the cycle starts again.

The change won unanimous cross-party backing at a meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council tourism, development and culture committee on Thursday.

The committee was told that a planning condition requiring bee bricks in all suitable properties could be in place by the start of September.

The committee also received an update on a proposed change to planning policy to encourage developers to include swift boxes in their schemes to protect the endangered birds.

Research is under way and a further report is expected when the committee next meets in September.

Severe accident: A275 East Sussex both ways

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A275 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between Mill Lane and Wickham Lane.

A275 East Sussex - A275 Resting Oak Hill in South Chailey closed and it's slow in both directions between the Mill Lane junction and the Wickham Lane junction, because of an accident.

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Severe disruption: M23 West Sussex southbound

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M23 West Sussex southbound severe disruption, from J10 for A264 Copthorne Way to J11 for A23.

M23 West Sussex - One lane blocked on M23 southbound from J10, A264 (Crawley) to J11, A23 (Pease Pottage), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Brighton nightclub gets licence for new venue

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

A Brighton nightclub's £1m move to a new venue is one step closer to completion after councillors agreed a licence application.

The Haunt is to vacate its current Pool Valley home to make way for the expansion of the neighbouring Grosvenor Casino, which has its entrance in Grand Junction Road, on the seafront.

The club is due to move into the old Days restaurant – formerly the ABC cinema – in East Street.

The Haunt, which will have its main door in Pool Valley, will be able to open at 11:00 and close at 04:00. It can sell alcoholic drinks until 03:30.

Brighton seafront restoration approved

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Madeira Terrace
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The restoration of historic arches on Brighton seafront is a step closer after a £550,000 payment was approved to cover initial work.

Brighton and Hove City Council agreed to fund design and engineering work for 30 Victorian arches in the Madeira Terraces.

A total of £2m of council money has been earmarked for the project.

A "save Madeira Terraces" crowdfunding campaign raised more than £400,000, but the Heritage Lottery Fund rejected a funding bid in 2018.

Pedestrian crossing for busy Eastbourne road

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to bring a pedestrian crossing to a busy Eastbourne road have been given the go ahead.

East Sussex County Council’s deputy leader Nick Bennett signed off on proposals to install a new toucan crossing on Friday Street, near to the Oak Tree Lane cut through.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth said: "It is a scheme that has been much needed for a long time. It is a very, very busy road with traffic sometimes travelling beyond the speed limit."

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.

Severe disruption: A272 West Sussex both ways

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A272 West Sussex both ways severe disruption, from A24 Worthing Road to Park Lane.

A272 West Sussex - A272 Cowfold Road in West Grinstead closed and queues in both directions from the A24 Worthing Road junction to the Park Lane junction, because of an overturned vehicle.

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Bin strike threat in Brighton and Hove

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Rubbish piled up on the streets of Brighton and Hove during strikes in 2013

Refuse collectors in Brighton and Hove have threatened to strike after a breakdown in relations between council managers and staff.

Union members at the council's refuse, recycling and street cleaning service - known as Cityclean - voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in response to alleged "anti-trade union behaviour".

The union will meet Brighton and Hove City Council for formal talks on Thursday.

Gary Palmer, of the GMB union, said he was "hopeful of finding a solution so we can stand down the threat of industrial action".

Council leader Nancy Platts said the council took allegations of anti-trade union activity "very seriously" and were "keen to hear exactly what these allegations are so we can address them".

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Son's tribute to man who 'put a smile on people's faces'

David Routhan
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The son of a man who died when his car plunged off a cliff near Brighton Marina has paid tribute to him.

David Routhan, 42, of Nuthurst Place, Brighton, died at the scene after his Vauxhall van landed at the foot of the cliff opposite Roedean School in the early hours of 12 May.

Police say no other vehicle was involved and there were no suspicious circumstances.

Sussex Police has published a tribute from Mr Routhan's son, Rhys, in which he spoke of a man who "always put a smile on people's faces and lit up the room".

He said the self-employed stonemason and motocross enthusiast "always put others before himself" and "wanted what was best for his family and close friends".

"No-one had a bad word to say about him."

As well as his son, Mr Routhan was survived by his mother, Lorraine, brothers, a sister and other relatives.

Father and son still missing after Spanish trip

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Liam Poole and Daniel Poole
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Liam Poole and Daniel Poole

A fresh appeal has been launched after a father and son went missing in Spain three months ago.

Daniel and Liam Poole from Burgess Hill travelled to Malaga, Spain, on 31 March and last made contact with their family on 1 April.

Lauryn, daughter and sister of the missing men, said: "We had that family life that everyone wanted and now it's gone. We're here and we're missing them and nothing is the same anymore.

"They are people who we adore and love.

"Just anything would mean so much to us. Somebody must know something."

British and Spanish police continue to investigate their disappearance.

Liam’s mum, Lisa, said they "desperately need" news and their "hopes begin to fade".

Their disappearance, she added, "consumes every waking hour of my day".

Regeneration plans for Littlehampton

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

After securing a grant of just under £2.5m from the Coastal Communities Fund, members of Arun District Council have been given a glimpse of the first two phases of a regeneration scheme for Littlehampton which they hope will start later this year.

The initial work will stretch from the railway station, along Terminus Road and the High Street, stopping just short of the Arcade.

It would also cover short stretches of Clifton Road, Duke Street and St Martin’s Lane.

The other three phases of the work will cover East Street through the High Street Junction and Beach Road, Surrey Street to the Look and Sea Centre, Pier Road and New Road, and the War Memorial roundabout.

The work at the railway station will see the entrance changed to make access easier, the pavement widened and the double-lane taxi rank made into one long rank, complete with a drop-off area for the public.

Councillors oppose academy plans

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Councillors united to oppose plans to turn Moulsecoomb Primary School into an academy.

Labour, Green and Conservative representatives on Brighton and Hove City Council voted after a passionate debate about the aftermath of an Ofsted report that labelled the school “inadequate”.

More than 2,150 parents and carers signed a petition against the academy decision.

They will now officially be asked for their views, and those results will be sent to the regional schools commissioner Dominic Herrington who the council will urge to have a rethink.

Mr Herrington issued an order to make the school an academy before the publication of the Ofsted report.

Labour councillor Nick Childs said progress had been made, but SATs results from before those changes had influenced Ofsted’s “inadequate” verdict.

£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

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Brighton and Hove Independent: Tribute to Brighton father 'who always put a smile on people’s faces'

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

The Argus: Rampaging youths in Seaford and Newhaven are causing havoc

Kent Online: St George's Primary School in Minster, Sheppey, announces redundancies

Get Surrey: Man opening Redhill youth club says young people are 'scared' of being dragged into crime

Chichester Observer: Intruders ransack Bognor Regis community project

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

Crawley and Horley Observer: These are Sussex’s missing people – can you help?

Worthing Herald: Love Island: Amy Hart's family appears on spin-off show

Mid Sussex Times: Fire at derelict flats in Burgess Hill

Brighton and Hove News: All three parties agree to challenge plan to convert Moulsecoomb school into academy

Severe accident: A2700 West Sussex both ways

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A2700 West Sussex both ways severe accident, between A27 Arundel Road Angmering and A259 Goring Street.

A2700 West Sussex - A2700 Titnore Lane in Clapham closed and queues in both directions between Angmering and Goring Crossways, because of an accident. Congestion to Findon Roundabout, traffic backing on the A280 causing delays for traffic trying to get to Goring By Sea. Diversion in operation - Traffic being diverted via local roads to avoid the closure.

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Severe accident: A259 East Sussex both ways

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A259 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between Newfield Road and Valley Road.

A259 East Sussex - A259 Brighton Road in Newhaven closed and queues in both directions between the Newfield Road junction and the Valley Road junction, because of a serious accident involving a car and a motorcycle. Diversion in operation - Traffic is diverting via local roads to avoid the closure.

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Severe accident: A259 West Sussex both ways

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A259 West Sussex both ways severe accident, at Seamill Park Avenue.

A259 West Sussex - A259 Brighton Road in Worthing closed and queues in both directions at the Seamill Park Avenue junction, because of an accident involving a car and a motorcycle. Diversion in operation - Traffic diverting via local roads as a diversion in order to avoid the closure. Further delays are building on the surrounding roads as a result.

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Police 'ignoring drug dealing'

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Police have hit back at claims they are ignoring drug dealing and low-level crime in Littlehampton.

Liberal Democrat councillor Dr James Walsh told West Sussex County Council’s health and adult social care select committee last Wednesday: “You can walk around Littlehampton and smell the drugs, and you can actually see the dealing going on, in the open air, in daylight."

But he claimed police and business wardens were walking past and not doing anything about it.

Ch Insp Kris Ottery, district commander for Arun and Chichester, said, far from being overlooked, drug dealing and anti-social behaviour were "top priority".

He said: "We will deal with drug-related crime where we see it and arrests are regularly made."

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The Argus: Meeting to fight Moulsecoomb Primary School academy plans

Kent Online: British Transplant Games medallist Nicky Clifford celebrates 25 years since kidney transplant

Get Surrey: Dog abandoned in Woking still waiting for right owner after 'heart-breaking' 600 days in care

Chichester Observer: Chichester residents respond to calls for them to 'help keep our high street alive'

Eastbourne Herald: Weather warning as Sussex prepares for series of 'high impact' thunderstorms

Crawley and Horley Observer: Campaign promoting West Sussex to visitors shifts up a gear

Mid Sussex Times: Access changes to plan for 500 Hassocks homes

Brighton and Hove News: Arsonists start another fire at derelict building in Hove

Brighton and Hove Independent: Council seeks flat blocks for temporary housing in Brighton and Hove

Worthing Herald: David Walliams’ Worthing Children’s Parade appearance in pictures

Hastings Observer: Hughie's Supercar Sunday in pictures

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.

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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.

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