Town and Parish News – July 2022

West Sussex County Council   Town and Parish News - Working together on behalf of our communities   Issue 42 | July 2022 Please share the information in this eNewsletter widely within your communities. elderly woman with bookBook loving volunteers needed Please help us find volunteers for our Home Library Direct service which delivers books and other items to people who are unable to go to their local library. Currently, we particularly need volunteers in the Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Crawley and Worthing areas. This is a hugely rewarding role that is greatly appreciated by customers, many of whom find the service a lifeline.   Library volunteers needed Has It Bin Long Enough logoHelp us share our BBQ safety message Our West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service have launched a new campaign, in partnership with West Sussex Recycles, to encourage people to follow these three steps when putting their disposable barbecues in the bin: Sizzle: Don’t underestimate the heat of the barbecue as temperatures soar when cooking Sit: Leave the barbecue to cool down for several hours Soak: Cover the barbecue with plenty of water and remember: if it sizzles – it’s still too hot to be binned. The aim is to reduce the number of disposable barbecue-related bin fires this summer.  As ambassadors for your local communities, please help us share the message using the campaign toolkit on the link below.    Toolkit with campaign resources older woman on laptopDigital healthcare grants The NHS Sussex Digital First Digital Skills Inclusion project works alongside voluntary and community organisations to support patients to use digital healthcare tools.  Grants are available between £5,000 and £20,000 and organisations can work in partnership with others but the limit of the funding is £20,000 per project. To apply please email to request an application form. Please be mindful that the focus of the project needs to be digital healthcare tools (NHS App, Online Consultation, NHS 111 Online) although it is understood that basic digital skills may need to be promoted and supported too. Closing date is 5pm on Wednesday 20 July.  fingerpostPublic rights of way – what landowners and land managers need to know A reminder that landowners and land managers are responsible for maintaining public rights of way that cross their land, making sure that the paths are clear, accessible and don’t pose a risk to footpath users. The Countryside Code outlines the rights and responsibilities of landowners and managers with regard to Public Rights of Way that cross their land. Please share this information with your community.   Find more info about the Countryside Code have your sayHave your say Consultation has started on a series of proposals to make Commercial Square and South Road in Haywards Heath even more attractive to visitors. Closing date: Thursday 28 July. Give your feedback on the draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) which aims to better understand people’s use of local pharmaceutical services, including getting prescriptions and health advice from local pharmacies and dispensing doctors. Closing date: Sunday 28 August. More news  To help you keep your residents informed: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has confirmed a case of avian influenza in a herring gull in the Arundel area. Plans for a new secondary school in Burgess Hill go on display for the first time at an information event on 20 July. West Sussex Trading Standards, in partnership with the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), is advising residents across the county to be careful when buying children’s toys online which contain button cell batteries. Fire stations across West Sussex are looking forward to throwing open their fire station doors and welcoming back local communities for the first time since 2019.   Keeping in touch Please share the information in this eNewsletter widely within your communities. We welcome any comments or suggestions about the eNewsletter – email For daily updates, residents can follow us on social media @WSCCNews and @WestSussexCC. We are also now on Nextdoor, the app designed with communities in mind. Your residents can follow the link and join the conversation. Thank you for your support.  Is this the right eNewsletter for you? This eNewsletter is for Town and Parish councillors and clerks in West Sussex. If you are a resident, we recommend you sign up for our Residents’ eNewsletter, which has information targeted to you. Sign up for our eNewsletters here. sign up Your Mind Matters footer March 2022   Manage your preferences | Help with your account

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