Issue 16 | July 2020
Plans published for
protecting West Sussex residents from the spread of COVID-19
Plans for how West Sussex will cope with any local
outbreak of COVID-19 have been published by the county council.
Every county and unitary council has been asked to
publish its plans to deal with local pockets of the virus which may appear.
The West Sussex plan, which includes details about
the public health response, what action businesses and members of the
public might be asked to take, and how this will be communicated, can be
found on our website.
Find all the latest local and national information -
including service updates - about the pandemic here.
Green light for 21km of
temporary cycleways in West Sussex
Great news for cyclists! Funding for all seven
temporary cycleway schemes in West Sussex has been approved by the
Department for Transport.
Read the full story.
credit: Darren Cool Images
Select and Collect service coming to a West Sussex
Library near you
From Monday (July 6), West Sussex Library service is
introducing a ‘Select and Collect’ service. People will
be able to reserve specific titles in the usual way online or by phoning
their local library. Those customers who may not know what they want to
borrow will be able to ask for a more general selection chosen by a member
of the library team. These can then be collected from the front of all 36
of our libraries without the need to enter the building.
credit: Khamkhor from Pixabay
Funding available for
Applications are now open for West Sussex based
businesses to apply for funding for apprenticeship training from the county
council. As an apprenticeship levy payer, the county council can transfer
25% of their annual levy fund to other employers through a digital account.
This funding can then be used to fund apprenticeship training for a new, or
existing staff member to help tackle skills gaps.
Click here to find out more
information or to make an application
Applications will be reviewed on a first come first
served basis and the application period could end at any time.
Gigabit voucher scheme
Partnership working by West Sussex councils and the
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport means extra money will be
available for gigabit-capable broadband for residents and businesses in
Parish and Town Councils can support by raising
awareness of the scheme and connecting individuals seeking to progress
applications with others in their community. If you are aware of members of
your community who would like to improve their broadband we would like to
hear from you.
More about the new West Sussex Gigabit Voucher Scheme
here and here
credit: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Birth registrations open for West Sussex
babies born since lockdown
The Registration Service has restarted birth
registration appointments at certain locations across the county. They
anticipate they will need to register in excess of 2,000 births in the
coming months, as lockdown restrictions stalled all birth
registrations from the end of March. Further guidance on the current
procedure for registering a birth can be found on our website.
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Shut fires out!
Did you know - by closing your doors at night or
before leaving the house, you can prevent the spread of a fire and toxic
smoke by up to 20 minutes?
During 2018/19, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
attended 428 house fires, many of which involved vulnerable people. We
would really appreciate it if you could please help us share the message
within your communities, to reduce this statistic and keep more people safe
in their homes. We have created a toolkitwith
all the resources and messages you need to share the information far
say on local issues that affect you
Have your say on matters that affect you and your
local communities - and get your residents to do the same - by visiting our
Have Your Say Consultation Hub. From major road
schemes and Joint Area Action Plans, to premises licence applications and
safeguarding in our schools; we want to hear your residents' views to help
shape future policy and decisions.
Go to the Have Your Say
Consultation Hub for details of all of our current
Your Voice: The People's Panel
Alternatively, encourage your residents to join Your
Voice: The People's Panelwhere they'll
be regularly consulted about a number of important local
issues. Once registered they'll receive links to
surveys, reports and outcomes and occasionally links to other public
Find out more information and
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