Current News

Update on Significant Planned Road Works on the M23

Added: 6th July 2020

The following works are scheduled on the M23, subject to weather conditions. 

Monday to Friday 07:00 to 19:00 daily for 8 weeks

Full closure of J10 exit slip Northbound. Diversion to J9 and back southbound to Junction 10.

Monday 6th to Friday 12th July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full carriageway closure northbound from J10 to J8 plus all associated slip roads


Diversion for M25: A264 Copthorne Road, A22 and join at J6 M25.
Diversion for Gatwick: A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23 London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 6th to Friday 12th July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Gatwick Spur Eastbound


Diversion via Airport Way, A23 London Road, A2011 Crawley Avenue and join at J10.
Diversion for Gatwick, traffic continues on to J10 then A2011 Crawley Avenue, A23
London Road, Airport Way.

Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th July (inclusive) 20:00 to 06:00

Full closure of the Godstone to Crawley Link


Diversion to M25 J8, back to J6 and follow A22 diversion to M23 J10.

Survey on the Vision you would like to see for

Steyning, Bramber and Upper Beeding

Added: 12th June 2020

Steyning Greening have announced a survey to garner residents' views on how the locality should advance in the next 10 years.  Click the button below to be taken to the survey page.  Note: This is a "green" survey and is not linked in any way to the separate Neighbourhood Plans being produced by the three parishes.

Household Waste Recycling Sites to Re-open from Monday 11 May

Added: 11th May 2020

News from West Sussex County Council:

 

Household Waste Recycling Sites across West Sussex will begin reopening from Monday 11th May for limited materials.  If you are thinking of taking a trip to one of the sites there are several things you need to consider.

Before planning your journey you should:

  • Consider whether your journey is essential. You should only visit a site if your waste presents a risk of injury or harm to health and cannot be put out with your regular kerbside collection. If it doesn’t please safely store your items at home for now.  

  • Check our opening hours. Sites will be running their usual summer opening days and hours. Not all sites are open every day, so please make sure to check before making a journey - visit West Sussex Recycles for more information.

 

Before visiting a site please note:

  • Only garden waste and general household waste will be accepted. Garden waste means green waste such as grass cuttings and hedge trimmings. General household waste (or “black bag” waste) is the types of items that are collected in your kerbside collection such as food or non-recyclable packaging, and does not include electrical items, textiles, bulky items, furniture or general recycling. General household waste items brought to the sites at this time will be sent to landfill. We hope to be able to accept other items soon.

  • We hope to be able to accept other items soon.

  • Please continue to use your household collections for recycling and general waste where possible, and only visit the site if the journey is essential.

  • Only cars will be allowed on site. Trailers and large vehicles such as vans and pickups will not be allowed access at this time.

  • The mobile site at Selsey and the Witterings will not be opening for the time being.

 

Once at the sites there will be certain measures in place for the safety of visitors and staff:

  • The number of vehicles accessing the sites will be restricted. Visitors should expect long delays at sites and should delay their visit to avoid the first couple of weeks if possible.

  • There will be no pedestrian access at any of the sites under the current social distancing measures

  • Social distancing barriers will be in place. Visitors will be directed into enclosed bays to dispose of their waste.

  • Only one person will be allowed to get out of a vehicle. Please travel to the sites alone if possible. If other people travel to the site with you, they must remain in the vehicle.

  • Site staff will not be able to help unload your waste and recycling. Please do not bring anything that you cannot safely remove from your car on your own.

 

Before you plan your journey to a site please read our latest update which will give you further details.

Callout to West Sussex Businesses for PPE

Added: 30th April 2020

West Sussex businesses are being asked if they can supply or donate any personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect frontline workers who are delivering essential services to residents during the coronavirus outbreak.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those businesses who have already come forward to donate or supply PPE for frontline staff in West Sussex during the COVID-19 crisis.  As businesses will be aware, there is nationally an acute shortage of PPE across all services that support the public. Our council is urgently looking to increase its supplies of PPE for frontline staff which includes social workers, care home workers, community hub delivery drivers and Fire and Rescue Service workers.

“Whilst we are receiving PPE supplies, the current situation means we need to continually increase supplies coming in - obviously there is great demand across the county for equipment, with the NHS understandably being prioritised.  We would really like to talk to any business in West Sussex that has or is producing PPE that could be donated to or purchased by the County Council.”

Examples of PPE needed are:

  • Hand sanitiser gel (greater than 60% alcohol)

  • Hand sanitiser gel dispensers

  • Disposable shoes, overalls and plastic aprons (single use) - CE marked

  • Eye protection EN166:2001 Frame Marking 3

  • Disposable gloves (single use) EN:374/5 (Viral protection)/nitrile purple/ nitrile blue

  • Fluid repellent surgical mask (single use) Type 11R medical use

 

The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), which brings together public service agencies in responding to COVID-19, has a full list of PPE required on its website: www.sussex.police.uk/srf. In addition to the items on the SRF list, there is an urgent need for sanitiser gel dispenser bottles (ideally not larger than 1 ltr and flip lid or hand pump preferred).

All PPE items need to conform to the correct safety standards - detailed specifications are available on the gov.uk website.

If your business may be able to help in any way, please email PPEOffers@westsussex.gov.uk and the council will get in touch with you.

Age UK Horsham District Newsletter and Top Tips

Added: 27th April 2020

Click the button below to read the first of Age UK's "Fun and Games" newsletter.  This particular newsletter has an additional page titled ‘Staying well in unprecedented times’ for people to stick on their fridges, etc.  Future editions of the newsletter will be one A4 double-sided page that can be printed in colour or black and white; the newsletter will be issued on the  2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month. Really it is about helping to reduce the loneliness and isolation that many of us are facing at this time; we hope that you will be happy to pass this on as and how you can.

Thank you so much for your support and please remember to call 01403 260560 if you or any of your members could do with Age UK Horsham District support.

Best wishes, stay well and safe.

Nicky Fuller and all at Age UK Horsham District

Southern Water Support For Customers During Covid-19

Added: 21st April 2020

We’re continuing to refine and improve the support available during the pandemic and are trying to reach as many customers as possible, which can be a challenge.  Click the button below for details of the extra help that is available.

 

Our operations teams are still working hard to maintain our essential services, but we know service issues may still occur. The best way for customers to contact us in an emergency is on 0330 303 0368 to ensure any issues are promptly addressed and properly recorded. More information about the adjustments we’re making can be found here.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if there’s any more information we can provide.

 

Many thanks,

 

Charlie Palmer

Policy Manager

T. 01903 272893

M. 07900 704323

southernwater.co.uk

Horsham District Council Instructs: No Bonfires

Added: 31st March 2020

During the current Coronavirus outbreak Horsham District Council has received many reports and complaints that some residents are burning general waste and garden waste at their properties.

Smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis and affect those with heart complaints.

Please do not burn garden waste, or any other waste, under any circumstances and be mindful of neighbours and fellow community members.

Please either compost garden waste, keep it in a safe place, or put it into your brown-topped garden waste bin, as the Council’s garden waste service is currently operating as normal.

Visit the Horsham District Council website for information about the adverse health effects of smoke:

https://www.horsham.gov.uk/environmental-health/smoke-nuisance/smoke-nuisance-from-bonfires

 

Home compost bins are a great way to help reduce garden and food waste and create great fertiliser for your garden. Find out more about composting at:

https://www.wastepreventionwestsussex.co.uk/composting/ .

Downs Link Surface Upgrade - Phase 2

Added: 31st March 2020

Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Efforts Praised

Added: 31st March 2020

Covid-19 Community Response At The Beeding Hub

Added: 29th March 2020

Voluntary Sector Support In The Horsham Area

Added: 19th March 2020

Responding together

We are very aware of the increased need to support vulnerable people across our communities, and the enormous response from people wanting to help in any way they can.

Horsham District Council are putting in place ways in which we can best support communities to ensure that the most vulnerable are kept safe and well during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The best way to do this will be at the local level.

At first we will assist in enabling a coordinated response, and offer support wherever possible alongside existing organisations and volunteer groups; this will be a phased approach based on needs and capacity. Our focus will then shift into a more on-the-ground effort. Horsham District Council staff will be there to offer support where possible and necessary across the District in partnership with the volunteer groups.

We have also printed some template volunteer help cards, which can be used to let people know where their nearest support services are. These will need to be posted through letterboxes, so we will be looking for volunteers to do this so people have a way of contacting help if necessary.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and we are currently gathering information to help us organise and offer support.

Can you help?

Can you volunteer? Get in touch

  • If you are a volunteer or want to volunteer, please get in touch with us so that we can pass on your details at a local level

  • If you have organised or are currently running a new informal local coronavirus (COVID-19) volunteer group, please get in touch so we have the group's details

 

Get in touch to volunteer

 

Do you know someone who is vulnerable?

  • If you are vulnerable or know of somebody who is vulnerable please let us know

  • We will also hold information on what services and support is available in your area

 

Let us know about a vulnerable person

 

Contact details

Horsham District Council

Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham,
West Sussex,
RH12 1RL

Dedicated phone number: 01403 215230

Dedicated email: Covid-19.support@horsham.gov.uk

Neighbourhood Watch Encourages Protecting the

Isolated and Vulnerable During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Added: 7th March 2020

You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for communities across England and Wales and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same:  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

10 ways you, as a Neighbourhood Watch supporter, can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community:

  1. Meet with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.

  2. If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.

  3. Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.

  4. Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. 

  5. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. 

  6. Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

  7. Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.

  8. Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

  9. Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility, and your employer’s emergency operations plan.

  10. Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.

    1. The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/.  

    2. The World Health Organisation provides guidance on basic protective measures: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

    3. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on handwashing for families https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html

Please note: whilst we encourage you to follow advice from UK Government we are also sharing links to organisations such as the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention an agency which works 24/7 to protect the safety, health, and security of America from threats here and around the world. Some of our key points above have been sourced from:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention also published (14th February 2020) Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities which you may find useful: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html.
 
Regards and keep well,
Central Support Team at Neighbourhood Watch

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