Conservatives

Katy Bourne speaks at Adur and Worthing Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), Katy Bourne, is visiting Adur & Worthing Councils to talk about her work in the community and take questions from local councillors.

Mrs Bourne, who has been in post now since November 2012, will address the Adur and Worthing Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee (JOSC) on Thursday 22 January at 6.30pm in the Gordon Room at Worthing Town Hall.

Members of the public are able to ask a question about any council service at the start of the meeting and are also welcome to hear the Police and Crime Commissioner talk.

Joint Chairman for the meeting and Worthing Councillor, Roy Barraclough, says: “We are delighted that the PCC has made the time to come along to talk with us about her work.”

Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “I am looking forward to joining the local district commander and addressing the questions raised by councillors and residents’ about policing and crime in their area.”

JOSC, which meets about four times year, is the watchdog for both Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council. It makes sure that matters of public interest are scrutinised to give greater transparency and is made up from councillors from both councils.

To keep updated on the news and views of the Police & Crime Commissioner visit: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk.

 

Conservative success in the 2014 Broadwater Local Elections

Broadwater local elections 2014

I am extremely pleased to announce a successful result in the 2014 Broadwater Local Elections. Conservatives beat UKIPs by 63 votes which confirms that the Broadwater residents sensibly voted for progress and not protest. Conservatives will now be able to continue with their hard work to make Worthing an even better place to work, live, play and invest in!

Huge thanks to everyone that voted for Conservatives in the 2014 local elections. Worthing, as usual, bucked the trend and increased its number of seats. We see some new fresh faced councillors in other wards around Worthing and you will be able to read about them in this week’s Herald.

If you would like to see the other Worthing local election 2014 results, click here.

A number of Conservative voters I have recently met expressed an interest in becoming a Conservative member. Membership is a bargain at only £25 per year and gives you a say on candidate selection, enjoy fund-raising events and socialise with many interesting people including of course, our local MP, Tim Loughton. Click here to visit the East Worthing and Shoreham Conservative website.

If you would like to know more please get in touch with our Constituency office at 88a High Street Shoreham, 01273 757182 or email: eastworthingandhoreham@tory.org.

Worthing Conservative County Councillors secure investment package for Worthing schools

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has confirmed an investment package of £30m for schools in the Worthing area, which could see a change in the age children transfer to secondary schools. The county has already secured a £20m Government grant to cope with increasing pupil numbers in the Worthing area. Around £13m of this will be used to build a new 900-pupil secondary school following a large influx of children in the Worthing area. The school will be built on surplus land currently owned by Northbrook College in Broadwater.

Worthing Conservative Lobbying Power
At a time when WSCC are finding savings of £141 million over the next 4 years they are investing £10 Million of WSCC monies in this project. Paul Yallop, Leader of Worthing Borough Council said: “I believe this to be a testament of the resolve and lobbying of the six new Worthing Conservative County Councillors following the report from JOSC last year.”

In addition to this the County Council has now said it is prepared to invest £10m of its own resources in the town’s schools and is to consult on the planned improvements. One of the main proposed changes will be that children should start secondary school at the age of 11 instead of 12. This proposed ‘Age of Transfer’ change would bring Worthing in line with most other schools in the country. All parents will be consulted for their views on the best way to make the changes.

“Funding the Age of Transfer scheme has become a priority for the County Council,” explained Peter Evans, Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life.

“That is why we have been able to find this significant amount of money for these improvements. Although the council is facing huge financial pressures across all of its services, we see this as a golden opportunity for the children of Worthing. We have a site for the new school, and we now have the funds available.

“We are not intending to close or merge any schools so these changes will build on the strengths of the current schools and their teachers. We have worked closely with schools to bring forward these proposals and will continue to do so.”

The consultation document, which is due to be published in November, will contain details of proposals for each school in the Worthing area, including proposals for additional places at other secondary schools.

Public meetings will be held for schools where changes are proposed.
If the proposals are approved it is expected they would be in place by September 2015.

Background information –

Children in the Worthing area currently transfer from a first school at age 8 to a middle school, and then at age 12 to a secondary school.