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Local Democracy Reporter
Governors at Woodlands Meed School say they have been told that unless work on a new college starts next month, it is unlikely to be finished in time for a September 2021 opening.
The special school, in Burgess Hill, has been waiting for years for a permanent college to be built at its Birchwood Grove Road site – which would allow youngsters to leave the current prefabricated set-up they currently occupy.
Richard Burrett, West Sussex County Council's cabinet member for education and skills, said the authority was "doing everything possible" to ensure the college opened on time.
Bur Marion Wilcock, chairman of governors, said: “The governors have expressed their serious concern about the progress of this project.
“Governors were originally told that unless construction work started by October, it was unlikely that completion by September 2021 could be achieved."
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Local Democracy Reporter
Plans for two traveller pitches in Pulborough have been approved, despite 60 objections.
An application to change the use of land at the junction of Hill Farm Lane and Stane Street to allow for the pitches was given the nod by Horsham District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.
Questions were asked about road safety, the effect on the character of the area and whether there was a need for such sites in the first place.
Councils are required to have a five-year supply of land to be used as accommodation for gypsies, travellers and travelling showpeople - something Horsham does not have.
Committee chairman Brian Donnelly said the committee had to make its decision based on evidence submitted in line with the protocols set out by the council and the government.
He said: “The nub of the matter really is this five-year supply of land for gypsies and travellers. That is a protocol we have to adhere to.
“As soon as we run to get to a point we seem to be standing still because the government keeps on changing the goal posts.
“Really more representation should be made to government to review these matters.”
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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