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Our Green Worthing: February Newsletter for Worthing Pier

Latest newsletter from County councillor James Doyle and Worthing Green Party: currently being delivered in Worthing Pier division, but still of interest to people elsewhere in the town, so please read and share!

Our Green Worthing February Edition

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This Week at West Sussex County Council (17th-23rd September 2012)

Committee Meetings:

 

September 17th Governance Committee

2.15 p.m.; County Hall

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/R7u0YF

Governance committee tends, obviously, to deal with the internal workings of the council, rather than policy matters, but there is an important item on the policy of allowing teachers recruited from academies to WSCC schools to count their service as continuous; it might seem rather obvious that it should work that way, but it needs to be made explicit.

September 17th North Horsham CLC

7 p.m.; County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/Ox4DyM

September 18th Planning Committee

10.30 a.m.; County Hall

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/U7Ti8h

Considering the draft West Sussex Waste Plan; there will be more debate at the full Council meeting in October, but this will inform that discussion

September 18th Joint Eastern Arun Area Committee (CLC)

7 p.m.; Woodlands Centre, Woodlands Avenue, Rustington, BN16 3HB

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/S04Zxl

 

Forward Plan Decisions (September-December FP) by Cabinet/Cabinet Member

Full forward plan available here: http://bit.ly/UXVPBi

[Note: decisions outstanding from the previous month, plus decisions made during the past week]

 

Leader

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Communities, Environment & Enterprise

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Children & Families

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Education & Schools

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Adults’ Services

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Public Protection

Decisions made last week:

none

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Best Foot Forward? Setting an Example on Transport

Our last county council meeting, on May 18th, fell on the last day of Walk to Work Week, and it got me thinking about how I, and other county councillors, get to County Hall for meetings; do we set a good example to council officers, and West Sussex residents, for using alternatives to the car?

Most of the time I cycle to Worthing railway station, take the train to Chichester, and walk from there to County Hall. It’s perfectly feasible to get to County Hall for 10.00 a.m., even gtting an offpeak fare. With the mileage rates councillors get for driving, I save the council money as well as feeling virtuous, or possibly smug, about my choices.

Could others do the same? Well, with a list of county councillors’ addresses from the WSCC website, Google Maps, and a website for checking train times, it turns out to be quite easy to work out who (in theory) should be able to use public transport for their trips to County Hall. Note that this does not take into account individual circumstances: there are at least two county councillors I know of who would find it physically difficult, if not impossible, to walk/train/walk to Chichester. They both do good jobs, so this is not intended to impugn them directly or indirectly; but they are included in the figures I give. There may well be other cases where personal circumstances make it difficult or impossible to use public transport.

The parameters I set for this are:

  1. Is it possible to walk directly to County Hall in less than half an hour.
  2. If (1) isn’t possible, is there a nearby railway station from which it is possible to get a train after 9 a.m. to arrive at Chichester by 10 a.m.?
  3. If (2) is true, could someone walk from their home to that station in 20 minutes or less?
  4. If it’s not possible to walk to a station in 20 minutes (3), can you drive in 10 minutes or less?

I’ve ignored the possibility of cycling, either directly or to a station, as I’d have to start making my own calculations of cycling times. I’ve also left out the option of getting a bus to Chichester; you can do this on Google Maps, but I’m not convinced the timetables are up to date, nor that it would make much of a difference to the overall figures.

Using Google Maps, you can enter two postcodes and ask for walking directions between them. It doesn’t take account of pedestrian short cuts, only using paths beside roads, so some of these calculations could possibly be slightly shorter; I’m also a little sceptical about the projected walking times in Google Maps, as it claims that my walk to Worthing station should take 18 minutes – in fact I can do it in 12 minutes, and my 3 year old can scoot it in 18. So I’ve split the difference and called my walk to Worthing 15 minutes, and hence adjusted down elsewhere by a similar factor of 5/6.

There are 71 county councillors, but only 70 give a full address on the WSCC website: still a pretty good sample.

Here’s what I found:

2 County Councillors live within 30 minutes walk of County Hall

42 live within 20 minutes walk of a station

8 live within 10 minutes drive of a station

18 really have no option but to drive

So nearly 75% could avoid car use without too much personal disruption. And happily, in all but one case the train fare would be cheaper than the mileage allowance – so, given the disruption we’ve asked council staff to put up with pay freezes, job cuts and reorganisation – perhaps even a little disruption to councillors’ lives would really show that we’re ‘all in it together’.

Breaking it down by district:

Councillors Walk Walk/Train Drive/Train Drive No Address
Adur 6 6
Arun 13 9 3 1
Chichester 10 2 8
Crawley 9 6 1 1 1
Horsham 12 8 1 3
Mid Sussex 12 5 3 4
Worthing 9 8 1

Unsurprisingly, it’s the rural areas of Chichester and Horsham, and the farther reaches of Mid Sussex, where councillors don’t have much choice about their travel mode, whereas in the coastal region from Southwick west through Worthing and Arun it’s much easier for people to choose the train.

Perhaps if more people travelled by train, there might be a keener sense of the worth of public transport? And if the bus was a feasible option, perhaps the council might have done more to protect bus service subsidies?

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This Week at West Sussex County Council (16th-22nd July 2012)

Committee Meetings:

 

July 19th Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee

2 p.m.; Hilton Hotel, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/Sudrnf

Includes first presentation of new Gatwick Airport Master Plan

 

July 19th Sussex Police Authority

2 p.m.; Sackville House, Lewes

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/MaCcnv

 

July 20th Full Council

10.30 a.m.; County Hall, Chichester

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/NuxkZg

– includes motion on fracking

 

Forward Plan Decisions (July-October FP) by Cabinet/Cabinet Member

Full forward plan available here: http://bit.ly/MIqoYa

[Note: decisions outstanding from the previous month, plus decisions made during the past week]

 

Leader

Decisions made last week:

Health & Wellbeing Strategy; call-in deadline July 23rd

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Communities, Environment & Enterprise

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Children & Families

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Education & Schools

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Adults’ Services

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Public Protection

Decisions made last week:

none

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This Week at West Sussex County Council (2nd-8th July 2012)

Committee Meetings:

 

July 2nd Governance Committee

2.15 p.m.; County Hall, Chichester

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/KT2PO1

– Sussex Police and Crime Panel Draft Constitution; sadly the link within the document to the actual constitution doesn’t work, but there does seem to be provision for public involvement; political balance has not been addressed, however.

July 3rd Cabinet

10.30 a.m.; County Hall, Chichester

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/N0fqxG

July 3rd East Crawley County Local Committee

7 p.m.; Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/O2pA27

July 4th Health & Adult Social Care Select Committee

10.30 a.m.; County Hall, Chichester

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/LaqdI5

  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust Update on Service Redesign
  • Future Model of Services for the Frail Elderly

July 4th Chanctonbury County Local Committee

7 p.m.; Henfield Leisure Centre, Henfield, BN5 9QB

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/OOGe7U

July 5th Policy & Resources Select Committee

10.30 a.m.; County Hall, Chichester

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/MIUJag

July 6th Chichester Harbour Conservancy

2.15 p.m.

This is the correct date for the meeting I published in error last week (based on the WSCC meeting calendar); however, there’s a problem with the Conservancy website and they haven’t been able to upload the agenda. I have been sent a copy however!

 

Forward Plan Decisions (July-October FP) by Cabinet/Cabinet Member

Full forward plan available here: http://bit.ly/MIqoYa

[Note: decisions outstanding from the previous month, plus decisions made during the past week]

 

Leader

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Communities, Environment & Enterprise

Decisions made last week:

Review of fees and charges for public rights of way; call-in deadline 9th July

Review of fees and charges for trade waste at Waste Transfer Stations and Strategic Planning; call-in deadline 9th July

 

Cabinet Member for Children & Families

Decisions made last week:

Procurement of a framework of providers for children’s residential and foster care (call-in deadline 5th July.

 

Cabinet Member for Education & Schools

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Adults’ Services

Outstanding from May:

Preparing for an Ageing Population (has now slipped to July)

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport

Outstanding from May:

Review of on-street parking charges (slipped to September)

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Public Protection

Decisions made last week:

none

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This Week at West Sussex County Council (25th June-1st July 2012)

A little bit late this week: last night of the play on Saturday, after-play party, then football.  What can I say, except sorry.

 

Committee Meetings:

 June 25th Regulation, Audit & Accounts Committee

2.15 p.m.; County Hall, Chichester

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/MRGo7e

 

June 25th Chichester Harbour Planning Committee

11.15 a.m.; no venue or agenda available for this meeting. The website for Chichester Harbour Conservancy is at http://www.conservancy.co.uk

 

June 25th Chichester Harbour Conservancy

4.15 p.m.; no venue or agenda available for this meeting. The website for Chichester Harbour Conservancy is at http://www.conservancy.co.uk

 

June 25th North Horsham County Local Committee

7 p.m.; Goodwood Room, County Hall North, Horsham, RH12 1XA

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/L7gz4s

 

June 27th Standards Committee

10.30 a.m.; County Hall, Chichester

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/Ls9QGS

 

June 28th Shadow West Sussex Health & Wellbeing Management Board

2.15 p.m.; County Hall North, Horsham, RH12 1XA

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/OeOjlU

 

June 28th GATCOM Steering Group

10.00 a.m.; no venue or agenda available for this meeting. The website for GATCOM is at http://www.ukaccs.info/gatwick/about.htm

 

June 28th West Crawley County Local Committee

7 p.m.; Longley Room, Crawley Library, Crawley, RH10 6HG

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/MjJBzg

 

 

Forward Plan Decisions (June-September FP) by Cabinet/Cabinet Member

Full forward plan available here: http://bit.ly/JwqAuv

[Note: decisions outstanding from the previous month, plus decisions made during the past week]

 

Leader

Outstanding from May:

none

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Communities, Environment & Enterprise

Outstanding from May:

Chichester Harbour AONB Memorandum of Agreement

Decisions made last week:

URGENT ACTION – Execution of Deed to Secure the Relinquishment of the Option in favour of Biffa Waste Services Limited over “Site Ha” at Brookhurst Wood, Warnham.

 

Cabinet Member for Children & Families

Outstanding from May:

none

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Education & Schools

Outstanding from May:

Extension of Education Provision for 14-19 year olds in Area A Special Schools

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources

Decisions made last week:

Sidney Walter Centre, Worthing – Proposed Community Asset Transfer

The Beacon Centre, Hassocks – Proposed Community Asset Transfer

Former Ferring Rifers Youth and Community Centre, Ferring – Proposed Community Asset Transfer

Social Enterprise Fund – Funding Allocations

 

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Adults’ Services

Outstanding from May:

Preparing for an Ageing Population

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport

Outstanding from May:

Residents Parking Scheme for Pound Hill Crawley

Review of on-street parking charges

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Public Protection

Outstanding from May:

none

Decisions made last week:

none

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This Week at West Sussex County Council (18th-24th June 2012)

Committee Meetings:

 

June 19th Planning Committee

10.30 a.m.; County Hall

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/KQLXlJ

The only item on the agenda for this meeting is the motion put forward at the last County Council meeting on ‘fracking’ – exploration for, and extraction of, oil by hydraulic fracturing.

 

June 20th Environmental and Community Services Select Committee

10.30 a.m.; County Hall

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/L619Sj

  • Future of Mortuary Provision in West Sussex
  • West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service – proposals for efficiency savings: this follows on from the decision not to pursue the merger with East Sussex Fire & Rescue; West Sussex still need to find £2.5m savings by 2013/14. The report merely outlines the areas for scrutiny, and the proposals for consultation; more details in September…
  • Budget Monitoring & Performance Outturn 2011/12
  • Response to Thameslink Rail Franchise Consultation: comfirming that the Committee (and Council) see this as important to the county, and hence the committee will scrutinise the draft response once it is written.

 

June 19th North Chichester County Local Committee

7.00 p.m.; Rogate & Terwick Village Hall, North Street, Rogate, GU31 5BH

Full agenda and reports at: http://bit.ly/KEvF5R

 

 

Forward Plan Decisions (June-September FP) by Cabinet/Cabinet Member

Full forward plan available here: http://bit.ly/JwqAuv

[Note: decisions outstanding from the previous month, plus decisions made during the past week]

 

Leader

Outstanding from May:

none

Decisions made last week:

Agreed to the Adult & Community Learning Service ‘New Company’ being confirmed as an outside body.

Appointed Mark Dunn (councillor) to Chichester Harbour Conservancy Board

 

Deputy Leader/Cabinet Member for Communities, Environment & Enterprise

Outstanding from May:

Chichester Harbour AONB Memorandum of Agreement

Decisions made last week:

Agreed plans for temporary closure of 22 libraries to allow self-service terminals to be installed.

Appointed Peter Jones (councillor) to Board of of Action in Rural Sussex.

 

Cabinet Member for Children & Families

Outstanding from May:

none

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Education & Schools

Outstanding from May:

Extension of Education Provision for 14-19 year olds in Area A Special Schools

Decisions made last week:

Appointed Diane Ashby (officer) as Officer Trustee to the Adult & Community Learning ‘New Company’

 

Cabinet Member for Finance & Resources

Outstanding from May:

none

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Health & Adults’ Services

Outstanding from May:

Preparing for an Ageing Population

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport

Outstanding from May:

Residents Parking Scheme for Pound Hill Crawley

Review of on-street parking charges

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Cabinet Member for Public Protection

Outstanding from May:

none

Decisions made last week:

none

 

Notes

* Recurs every month

Joint decision between two or more cabinet members

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