There was good news back in July for Rodmell School. The all powerful ESCC Cabinet agreed not to close the school. Thanks to the efforts of parents, governors, members of the public and ward councillors Rodmell School won a reprieve! However we are not at the end of the road yet, the County’s decision has a specific condition:
Extract from ESCC Cabinet minutes:
As you will see, there is a requirement for the governors to produce an acceptable long-term plan during term 5. That means they have to submit a plan between 18 April and 26 May 2017! I’m sure this will become a hot topic during the county council elections which are due to take place in May 2017.
In the meantime, I would like to thank County Councillor Carla Butler for her hard work to keep the School open. Here is what she said after the decision:
As many may already know, the planning application for improvements and expansion of Iford & Kingston School got the go-ahead at the May meeting of the East Sussex County Council Planning Committee. Whilst I’m sure we all support better facilities for the children at the school, I was saddened by the County Council’s decision not to include any significant funds for highway and footpath improvements to try and alleviate the traffic problems caused by parents from outside the village having to drop off and collect their children. The County Council’s policy of expanding the school will add even more rush-hour traffic problems to Kingston. (click below to read more)
Give East Sussex County Council your views on future plans for public rights of way and public access countryside sites. In East Sussex there are 2,000 miles of public rights of way (PRoW), made up of footpaths, bridleways, byways and restricted byways. The ESCC are also involved in managing ten open access countryside sites across East Sussex.
ESCC have produced a ‘strategy’ document which, when approved, will guide their investment and policy plans over the next three years. Click the image to the left to go to the ESCC consultation page. For anyone that is interested in the countryside I recommend reading this document. If you want to submit your comments you can do so from now and until 29th of July 2016.
Have your say on a proposal to close Rodmell CE Primary School! As many will know there is a proposal by ESCC to close the school. Currently the Council are running a public consultation, part of which is a public meeting. It will be held at The Church of St Peter, Rodmell on Tuesday 3 May, 2016 at 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Come along and put your views.
If you can’t make it you can still put forward your views – the consultation doesn’t close until the end of this month – 27th May 2016. You can:
Or fill in a consultation form – these are available at County Hall & Lewes Public Library. Copies may be available at the meeting on the 3rd May.
The Rodmell Village website has more information – CLICK HERE Please follow the link on the page to some corrections to several statements given in the ESCC consultation paper, by Anne Roberts, Vice Chair of the School Governors for Rodmell School.
For more information from the County Council – CLICK HERE
In addition there is a petition running about the closure – PETITION
I’m working closely with Vic Ient and now I can report via this ‘Sussex Campaign’ on my county council work:
ESCC Consultations- until 18 December
£78 million has already been saved by ESCC since 2010, however an additional £70 to £90 million needs to be made by 2019. This includes £40 million to Adult Social Care for which a consultation has been launched: Click here for Consultation For more information here is a video made by the Director of Adult Social Care and Health, Keith Hinkley: Click here to see video I am deeply concerned that these proposals will affect the most vulnerable in our communities and I will work with fellow Lib Dems to propose alternatives within the budget setting process. All too often consultations are purely a notification and I am keen that residents’ views are not just heard, but acted on.
[The consultation runs until 8 December 2015. Results will be discussed by the Cabinet in January 2016 and a final decision will be made by the full County Council in February 2016.]
Newhaven Fire Station – East Sussex Fire Authority
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) purchased land in Meeching Road, Newhaven for the development of a new Fire Station. The building is part of an integrated joint project with Sussex Police and Lewes District Council aimed to deliver a range of public services to residents in the Newhaven area.
The new building will replace the currently dated Fire Station at Fort Road and supports both Lewes District Council and Sussex Police plans for the future.
Saxon House as it is named will be handed over to ESFRS in December. You can watch a time-lapse of the building works and see more information by clicking here.
I am a member of the Fire Authority and am keen to share the use of buildings as it is an excellent way not only to deliver efficiency savings but to enable more partnership and strategic planning to serve communities. The new building has ideal access to the town centre for drop-in facilities and will help increase footfall to the town centre to help regeneration.
Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification – from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level. Apprentices can be new or current employees.
Liberal Democrats have a history of advocating apprenticeships and Vince Cable in coalition made it easier for business to take on apprentices through government grants.
If you are an employer why not consider employing an apprentice? – there is a government grant of £1,500 available. Click here for info or call the National Apprenticeship Service Telephone: 0800 015 0600 for more information.
East Sussex County Council recently led a ‘You’re Hired Campaign’ that led to over 500 businesses pledging to recruit an apprentice and they also committed to recruiting apprentices within the Council. You can find out more – click here.
As a member of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Authority I am keen for the service to provide apprenticeships and will work with the authority to enable this to happen.
Carla worked with Newhaven Town Council to secure funds for a new bus stop in response to local residents’ concern about safety. This is a good location for a bus stop as it is just close by one of the rights of way leading to the Riverside Park.
ESCC is working with the Friends of Riverside Park, Newhaven Town Council and Lewes District Council to develop a programme to improve Riverside Park for users and to maximise the wildlife value of the area. I’m delighted to be part of a project team delivering improvements that have been suggested by a passionate community group that was set up after the conservatives tried to sell off the land for a Waterpark. Friends of Riverside Park have enabled joint working between authorities to deliver: Ecological surveys and management plans, breeding bird surveys, landscape and habitat improvements and information/art works/furniture to reinforce a sense of place and community ownership as well as information about key habitats and landscape management. The improvements are to be funded through S106 money from the Newhaven Incinerator.
Saving Our Bees
The County Council has extended its commitment to protect our bees by continuing to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in sites owned or managed by the County Council. The decision was made via a motion put forward to full council by Cllr St Pierre (Lib Dem.) The debate was a passionate one on all sides and is available on webcast.
County Council Assets
All too often council assets are left empty and Cllr Lambert (Lib Dem) put forward a Notice of Motion to ask the County Council to develop a policy for the use of assets for the benefit of the local community. Full details on motions can be found by clicking here
Get Inspired events are to continue with a smaller event possibly planned in Newhaven for the Lewes District. These events are for young people who would like to find out more about how to get their views and opinions across to the people who make decisions over what happens in their area. Click here for Info & Events
The Connexions 360 site has had a makeover creating an easy-to-use website with information on careers and training, health and well-being, transport and finances. Link: https://www.c360.org.uk
East Sussex County Council secured funding from Arts Council England to commission three specially designed pieces of public art to add to three libraries in East Sussex. Newhaven was chosen as one of the locations. Why not take a look? Zaneta Belasicova, a freelance illustrator, was chosen by a panel to design the window which is now in place at the back of the building (car park entrance).