Archives for January 2014

Park in Worthing for only £1 per hour!

Worthing Conservatives has unanimously voted in favour of lowering the parking charges in Worthing to £1 an hour. Ten years after the Lib Dems signed our car parks over to NCP they are coming back under local control—and the profits will stop leaving Worthing!

Astonishingly, your Liberal Democrat Councillor voted AGAINST the plan to reduce car parking charges—despite the widespread support from businesses and residents who welcome this new era of lower parking charges in Worthing.

At election time, remember that a vote for the Lib Dems is a vote against cheaper parking in Worthing.

Click here to see who voted for and against cheaper car parking in Worthing – courtesy of the Worthing Herald

Click here to see our leader, Paul Yallop, at Joint Strategic Committee talking about the reduced parking charges – courtesy of the Worthing Herald

Broadwater Business Networking Club – What do you want?

I have recently been chatting to some Broadwater businesses who have stated they would like to launch a business networking club.

My marketing agency has been established since 2003 and we are now in our eleventh year of trading. We could not have survived without business networking. As I am the councillor for Broadwater I have offered my help in launching and managing a business networking club along with Michael Pisko, The Window Showroom and Russell Knight Design.

There are many good, established networking clubs including BNI, Chamber of Commerce and First Friday etc and we want to make sure we don’t simply duplicate what has already been done already. Therefore, tell us what you want out of your Broadwater Business Networking Club by completing a short survey. All answers will be treated in confidence and we will only contact you again if you ‘opt in.

Thank you for your time and hope to see you at our first event.

 

 

Michael Fallon MP gets grilled at Higgidy Pies

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Higgidy Pies at Shoreham, MP Minister for Business

Last Thursday, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Michael Fallon MP, Tim Loughton MP and I visited Shoreham for a discussion and Q&A session with local businesses at Sussex pie-maker Higgidy. Higgidy, which makes pies and quiches for retailers including Sainsbury’s and Waitrose at their Dolphin Road kitchen, and their MD James Footitt, kindly offered to host the event, which was an informal occasion designed to facilitate a genuine discussion. Over 30 local businesses came along and grilled the Minister over an hour on issues such as why has the retirement age been abolished and why should businesses have to fund individual pensions. Some of the issues raised will be sent to the Chancellor ahead of this spring’s Budget.

The Minister was invited so that he could meet small businesses at firsthand and Michael was keen to hear some of the challenges they are facing and discuss what the Government can do to help. Businesses such as Paula Rosa Manhattan, ETI and Snugglebundl who will soon be appearing on Dragons Den. Thank you Higgidy for hosting this event – the pies and sausage rolls were delicious!

 

Safe Place Scheme – Could your shop or restaurant be a safe haven?

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Safe Place Scheme Worthing

West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police have recently launched a Safe Place Scheme in West Sussex.

At last night’s Broadwater Neighbourhood Panel meeting, Gary Capelin of West Sussex County Council gave us an interesting talk about The Safe Place Scheme. Gary has worked with people with learning difficulties for 25 years and explained how their lives have changed dramatically. Many people with learning difficulties have lived in institutions for much of their life and within a short time they have had to learn how to live as part of society. Inclusion is a good thing Gary says, the problem is that the public have not been properly educated on how to include diversity and therefore, people with learning disabilities face prejudice and social barriers throughout their lives. The Safe Place Scheme has been launched to help people with learning difficulties to find safety if they are feeling vulnerable.

 

What is the Safe Place Scheme?

The Safe Place Scheme aims to help people with learning disabilities across the county who feel they are being bullied, abused or harassed while they are out and about.

West Sussex County Council is looking for ‘safe places’, such as restaurants, shops and pubs. These safe places are being asked to place an easily identifiable sticker in their window. That way, people will know where there is a safe place if they feel threatened and need help. The safe places are carefully vetted by West Sussex County Council.

Vulnerable people with learning difficulties who join the scheme carry a Safe Place identity (ID) card. They can show this to the staff of participating shops and businesses. The card will carry that person’s name and the contact number of someone they trust. If a vulnerable person who is a member needs help, they will present their ID card to the manager or staff at the safe place.

Do you know someone in Broadwater and Worthing who has a shop or restaurant who could participate? All  participating venues have to do is:

Call the person’s contact number – or, if they have been the victim of a crime, the Sussex Police non-emergency number (101); and offer them a safe haven until help arrives or their concerns have been addressed.

If you would like to find out more about the Safe Place Scheme, contact gary.capelin@westsussex.gov.uk or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/safeplace.

You can find out more about people with disabilities at:  www.learningdisabilities.org.uk

Grants available to Adur communities

The next round of Adur Community Grants is now launched. 
 
Local voluntary and community groups can apply for up to £5,000 (or over this amount in exceptional circumstances) for new or existing projects meeting the criteria. 
 
Applications must assist in one or more of the five priority areas:
 
·       promoting health & wellbeing in the local community
·       promoting community involvement and volunteering opportunities
·       targeting inequalities and deprivation
·       increasing partnership working between organisations
·       promoting the regeneration of the district on
Groups can discuss their ideas with the communities team before their application on 01273 263311. Adur Voluntary Action are also on hand to help groups make an application if needed and can be contacted on 01903 854980.
 
Grants were awarded in the second round to 4Sight, Albion in the Community, Electric Storm Youth, Freedom Powerchairs, Guardian Angels, Lancing Regeneration, Lancing United Football Club and The Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SASBAH).
 
For further information and to download the application form and guidance notes visit: www.adur-worthing-worthing.gov.uk/grants-and-funding 
 
The closing date for this round of applications is Friday 24th January 2014.

David Dimbleby supports Mad March Pub Quiz Challenge

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During the month of March Friends of Sussex Hospices (FSH) is holding its Mad March Pub Quiz Challenge. Pubs across Sussex are signing up to hold a quiz in aid of the 12 wonderful hospice care providers that serve the people of East and West Sussex.

Sussex celebrity David Dimbleby says:  “The Mad March Pub Quiz Challenge is a great idea. I know about the work that our local hospice in Eastbourne does and the same is true about all the hospices in Sussex. The more of us that can support the quiz challenge the better. Please help.”

Calling all publicans …  please will you dedicate one of your regular quizzes to FSH?

Our Mad March Pub Quiz Challenge urgently needs more landlords to participate so that we have a spread across East and West Sussex and throughout the month. Can you help?

If you haven’t held quizzes before, this would be a great time to try it out.

Any  pubs wishing to hold quizzes in aid of their local hospice are welcome to pass any funds raised in the Mad March Pub Quiz Challenge directly to them.

Of course successful quizzes need lots of quizzers – so we’re inviting everyone to come to one of the participating pubs * and exercise those little grey cells in a good cause. Quiz fanatics could even use the month-long event as an excuse to visit not just their local pub but lots of new ones.  And if your local pub isn’t yet signed up, maybe you could suggest they join in.

*A current list of pubs holding quizzes during March can be viewed at  www.friendsofsussexhospices.org.uk

To donate, text MMPQ14 £2 to 70070 via JustTextGiving.

 

More information on the Quiz Challenge: Patricia Evans patricia.evans@friendsofsussexhospices.org.uk  07837 139 688

 

Keep in touch with us on Facebook ‘Friends of Sussex Hospices’ or Twitter @sussexhospices #fshevent

 

Be flood prepared in Adur & Worthing!

You will have seen on the news and heard on the radio that Environment Agency have issued Flood Warning for Shoreham Harbour and other areas on the south coast in anticipation of the high tide at midday and midnight today (Friday 3/1/14).

Staff from Adur and Worthing councils have been out this morning warning and informing residents in affected areas that are most at risk, suggesting that occupants take steps to protect their properties as much as they can. Owners of the Shoreham Houseboats have also been asked to move their cars to an area of less risk.
Both councils are, along with partners Environment Agency and Southern Water, monitoring our coastal defences just in case of any overtopping.

The weather forecast over Saturday and Sunday predicts further flooding and high wind but with reduced tides.

  • Worthing Pier will stay closed until further notice.
  • The Councils website www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/severe-weather contains advice on how to deal with severe weather with links to other agencies websites.
  • To be prepared for hazards on the road when driving i.e. fallen trees and floodwater.
  • If you lose power, be careful in making other arrangements i.e. the dangers of naked flames or portable cooking equipment and that the area is well ventilated. To be really careful, especially near the sea as large amounts of shingle have washed away increasing the hazards with the sea encroaching much further up the beaches with literally tons of water crashing in with each wave. DO NOT be tempted to swim or even paddle.
  • Look out for your neighbours, especially if they are vulnerable.
  • Listen to your local radio stations for up-to-date weather and travel advice.
  • Call Adur & Worthing Councils 01903 239999 if you need any urgent assistance during this time.

The Money Tree: Have you got a great idea but don’t know where to get the money?

The Money Tree

 

  • Do you live in the Worthing area?
  • Are you aged between 11 and 25?
  • Or, does your group work with 11 to 25 year olds?
  • Have you got a great idea but don’t know where to get the money?

This year Worthing Youth Councillors and Worthing Borough Councillors have been working hard to bring the young people of Worthing a brand new funding opportunity!

There is £20,000 to give away to projects which are by and for young people in the borough.

The projects will eventually be voted on by young people who will ultimately make the decision of who get the funding. So start thinking and get applying!

You could apply to The Money Tree!

You can be an individual or part of a community group within the Worthing area. There are two different pots that you can apply to the small pot is for projects up to £500 and the large pot for projects between £500 and £2,500.

All project ideas must be focussed on one of these:

  • Stay Safe
  • Be Healthy
  • Enjoy and Achieve
  • Achieve Economic Wellbeing
  • Make a Positive Contribution

Most importantly all projects must promote a positive image of young people.

How to apply

Click here to read the guidelines and click here to download an application form. Or apply online.