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The Argus: Sussex Police refuse to investigate after boy assaulted at PACA

Kent Online: Boy, 16, charged and victim named after 'road rage attack'

Get Surrey: Guildford woman with incurable cancer strips off to 'open conversation' on killer disease

Chichester Observer: Bosham residents warned to be vigilant after thieves target garages

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne street attack: Police seek man in connection with incident

Crawley and Horley Observer: Gatwick drones investigation under the spotlight

Worthing Herald: High visibility patrols outside Worthing schools follow 'increase in violence involving young people'

Mid Sussex Times: Sussex curate invites congregation to put plasters on map to heal Brexit wounds

Brighton & Hove News: Brighton students' neighbours demand compensation

Hastings Observer: Trio arrested after Hastings police pursuit

Brighton & Hove Independent: Man arrested after Brighton property is searched for firearms

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus:Brighton and Hove's most burgled streets

Kent Online:Rainham murder: Man arrested after woman found dead in Oast View Terrace off Mierscourt Road

Get Surrey:Driver threatened with knife and robbed in Woking after brick thrown at his head

Chichester Observer: Police investigate after two Chichester vehicles have their fuel lines cut

Eastbourne Herald:East Sussex fostering support charity picks up MBE for volunteer groups

Crawley and Horley Observer:Man fighting for his life after being found unconscious in Crawley park

Worthing Herald:Parents defend Worthing school facing potential changes

Mid Sussex Times:Tributes to Haywards Heath murder victim

Brighton & Hove News:Vegan campaigner appeals conviction for spitting at woman wearing fur coat

Hastings Observer:Woman, 23, assaulted by group of people on St Leonards seafront

Brighton & Hove Independent:Brighton man among 3 charged after London assault

Plans for 220 homes and 'spine road' approved

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Site in Battle

Long-awaited proposals for a major housing development in Battle have been given the go-ahead by Rother planners.

On Thursday, Rother District Council’s planning committee approved an outline application to build up to 220 homes at the Blackfriars site near Battle – land partly owned by the council which has been set aside for housing for many years.

The committee also gave full planning permission for the construction of a “spine road” between The Spinney and Harrier Lane, which would effectively connect Marley Lane and Hastings Road.

Concerns raised by residents included fears over traffic in the area, impact on the High Weald AONB and over-development of the site.

Following a short discussion the application was approved by the committee. Details of the housing scheme were only approved in outline and will require further planning permission at a later date.

Last year, Rother District Council was awarded £3.25m of government funding in an effort to "kickstart" the building process.

The majority of this funding was set aside for the development of the new road included in the application.

Funding cut for council-run nurseries

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter


A controversial decision on the future of two council-run nurseries in Bexhill has been met with anger from residents and Rother councillors.

On Monday, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for children and families Sylvia Tidy approved a raft of measures intended to cut £2.6m from the authority’s early help budget.

As part of these plans, the council will cease its funding of the Cygnets and Rainbow child care centres – the only county council-run nurseries.

According to the council the move comes as part of a wider change to early help services, intended to “focus limited resources on services rather than buildings.”

As part of its decision, the council has promised to work with other providers to secure sufficient nursery places in Bexhill “so far as is reasonably practicable". This could see the nurseries taken over by a private provider, councillors heard.

The council has also promised – following angry responses from residents in the public consultation – not to close the nurseries before September 2020, ensuring families can enrol their child for a full school year if needed.

Sunrise across Kent and Sussex

Guy Bell

The home counties were showered in sunlight this morning and photographers, amateur and professional, captured the red sky in all its glory.

Eastbourne's beach turned red and was snapped by B Fowler.

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B Fowler
Eastbourne covered by the red sky

Meanwhile, Eddie Mitchell captured the red sky above the iconic Worthing Wheel.

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Sunrise over Worthing
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The sky shone bright in Goring By Sea

@Msiggsy was able to take a picture of the stunning sky above Goring By Sea while Iain Gowers was able to do the same from his home in Hove.

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Ian Gowers captured this stunning view in Hove

Paddock Wood FC supporters were up early this morning to help show off the sunrise at the village's railway station.

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Paddock Wood's sky was a sight to behold at the break of dawn

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus:Number of bus lane fines issued increases by 774 per cent

Kent Online:Students are being offered free meals to commute between university campuses after chiefs struggled to attract new students to its Medway site

Get Surrey:'No evidence' of how Surrey Police will make £10m of required savings, report finds

Chichester Observer:Earnley Concourse fire ‘under control'

Eastbourne Herald:Two rescued by the RNLI near Eastbourne

Crawley and Horley Observer:Person who fell onto shop roof rescued in Crawley town centre

Worthing Herald:Downton Abbey star helps raise an Earl’s fortune at Chichester to protect the South Downs

Mid Sussex Times:Burgess Hill development for more than 3,000 homes given permission

Brighton & Hove News:Brighton pub’s bid to create new city centre roof terrace sparks fears of flying fag ends

Hastings Observer:Witnesses sought after ‘gunshots’ heard in St Leonards

Brighton & Hove Independent:Two rescued from house fire

Hundreds of electric car charging points proposed for Brighton lampposts

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

More than 200 electric car charging points could be fitted to lampposts across Brighton and Hove within the next four months.

Most of the charging points would enable drivers to charge their car over four to eight hours, with overnight charging permitted.

Of the 207 charging points, 33 are planned in areas of high demand next to parking bays where only electric vehicles would be allowed to park.

And four hubs – each with three rapid charging points – would cater for the taxi trade, allowing cabbies to charge their vehicles for half an hour or less.

Councillors are being asked to sign off the details of the £870,000 scheme next week, after Brighton and Hove Council agreed a five-year contract with a company called Electric Blue.

The firm is contributing about £220,000 towards the network while the government is putting in £650,000 through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

Complaints over student behaviour in new accommodation

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Neighbours have complained about noise, parties and even nudity within days of students moving into a new block of flats in Circus Street, Brighton.

Residents say children are falling asleep at school after being kept up into the early hours of the morning – and are now filming the students as evidence to show the developers.

The issue was raised by Conservative councillor Mary Mears and Labour’s Amanda Evans at Brighton and Hove City Council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee.

It’s the noise and partying, there is one person who acts totally inappropriately with no clothes on, the all night parties, the noise, I think it is a terrible development."

Councillor Mary MearsBrighton and Hove City Council

The Circus Street is a joint partnership between U & I plc, SE Dance and Coast to Capital LEP to build 142 homes, 2,046sqm of commercial space, 450 student bedrooms and a dance studio.

Student accommodation company Kaplan websites are promoting the rooms at international students at the University of Brighton’s International College.

Developers reminded to be open about objections

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Developers are to be reminded to include objections to their plans as well as support when they carry out public consultations.

The move by Brighton and Hove City Council comes after complaints about the proposed redevelopment of the Hove Park Pavilion café.

Resident Gareth Hall took the case to the Local Government Ombudsman after just one objection was uploaded to the council’s planning website after a public consultation on the new development was held at the café.

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The cafe is at the centre of a row over planning procedures

Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture committee chair councillor Alan Robins said the ombudsman had agreed there was no fault in the way the council had dealt with the application and the authority had acted lawfully.

He also acknowledged there were concerns developers may not include objections along with letters of support, and said the authority would be adding this point to its consultation policy on community involvement and work with planning agents to make sure it happens.

Council meeting to discuss Brexit

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Green councillors have called an extraordinary council meeting to discuss Brexit.

They want to know what impact Brexit is likely to have on Brighton and Hove, what preparations are in place and what contingency plans have been drawn up.

The subject is due to be debated by Brighton and Hove City Council after Green convenor Phélim Mac Cafferty and fellow Councillor Marianna Ebel called the extraordinary meeting.

It is scheduled to take place at Hove Town Hall on Thursday 3 October, with the Greens asking for an updated impact assessment from the council’s Brexit Working Group to be made available to the public to help with preparations for any form of Brexit.

Walk-in centre to stay open as trial plans revealed

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Walk-in medical services are to continue to be available in Hastings town centre as NHS commissioners move ahead with plans to trial a "primary care led hub", councillors heard this week.

On Thursday, East Sussex’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) were told about details of revised plans for the future of the Station Plaza Walk-in Centre in Hastings.

The centre had previously been earmarked for closure as part of wider proposals from both the Hastings & Rother and Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG).

After working on the proposals, however, the CCGs are now looking at trialling a “primary care led hub” at the centre instead, which is expected to see walk-in services retained.

The trial is expected to begin in December and is not expected to last more than 16 months, although the CCG says it will be looking at commissioning a service based on the trial's results.

Further plans for Shoreham Harbour submitted

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Three hundred new homes are being planned in and around the Hove and Portslade end of Shoreham Harbour.

The homes are part of a wider plan for Shoreham Port and surrounding land.The regeneration could bring a total of 1,400 new homes.

South Portslade has been earmarked for 210 homes, while 90 homes are planned for Aldrington Basin.

Members of Brighton and Hove City Council were told that years of work had gone into drawing up the plan for homes, jobs and the environment.

It would also mean improved flood defences, public spaces, leisure facilities, transport infrastructure and a “consolidated” port.

The plan’s progress was reported to the council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee on Thursday.

The Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan is due to go before the council’s Policy and Resources Committee on Thursday 10 October and is expected to be approved by the full council on Thursday 24 October.

Today's South East news website headlines

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The Argus:Brighton council leader: We struggle to empty bins

Kent Online:Staff sacked at Elvy Court Care Home in Sittingbourne after abuse

Get Surrey:Gatwick Airport drone attack: £790,000 spent on investigation but police still don't know who's responsible

Chichester Observer: Electric fence around Bognor bowling green 'utterly over the top'

Eastbourne Herald:Lewes MP hits out after car tyres are damaged for the second time

Crawley and Horley Observer:Call to tweak plans for ID checks at West Sussex rubbish tips

Worthing Herald:Concern for missing Worthing man who discharged himself from hospital

Mid Sussex Times:Burgess Hill woman convicted of benefit fraud after dishonestly claiming thousands of pounds

Brighton & Hove News:Student campaign to end unpaid trial shifts prompts public consultation

Hastings Observer:New Hastings lifeboat to honour mum and son’s shared love of the sea

Brighton & Hove Independent:Extinct moth makes amazing return to Sussex

Students surveyed over unpaid trial shifts

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

People asked to work a shift for nothing as part of a job interview process are being urged to complete a survey by Brighton and Hove City Council.

The council is trying to assess the scale of the issue of students being asked to work unpaid trial shifts.

The consultation came about after campaigners from Say No To Unpaid Trial Shifts approached the council last year.

They were supported by Labour councillor Nancy Platts before she became the leader of the council.

Ms Platts put forward a motion to the council in July last year asking the council’s chief executive Geoff Raw to work with businesses to stop the practice.

A survey of 221 young people by Say No To Unpaid Trial Shifts found that 156 were asked to carry out unpaid work before starting a job.

Of these just 72 were offered a job afterwards.

The surveys on the council's website is open until 31 October.

Police officer seriously injured after being hit on A27

Police officer hit on the A27

A police officer has been seriously injured when he was hit by a vehicle as he helped the driver of a broken down lorry on the A27 near Falmer.

He was struck at about 20:30 BST on Wednesday as the lorry on the eastbound carriageway was just about to move again, Sussex Police said.

The officer received serious but not life threatening injuries.

The collision is not being treated as a deliberate act and the driver, who has not been arrested, is cooperating with the police investigation, a police spokesman said.

Changes to Brighton repeat prescriptions over waste concerns

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Patients will no longer be able to order repeat prescriptions routinely from their pharmacist as part of a drive by health chiefs in Brighton and Hove to cut waste and save money.

The new Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) system is currently being tested in some surgeries on the eastern side of the city after it was deemed successful in another part of Sussex.

Councillor Samer Bagaeen said that health chiefs could make whatever changes they wanted but it was no good if they caught people by surprise.

Mr Bagaeen said: “When I went into Boots to inquire about my own repeat prescription I was handed a leaflet from the CCG [Clinical Commissioning Group] proclaiming a ‘new and convenient way to order your repeat prescription’.

“This was news to me and I bet will be news to many more people currently using the repeat prescription system."

The CCG said that almost half the population had repeat prescriptions and there were concerns that over-ordering was resulting in too much waste.

The CCG said: “‘Managed repeats’ by community pharmacy is no longer available for most patients but can still be provided if it will benefit a specific patient for example, a housebound patient."

Boy, 13, injured in hit-and-run

Guy Bell

BBC Reporter

Brooks Road

A 13-year-old boy has suffered head injuries during a hit-and-run.

The boy was hit by the car, believed to be a silver or grey BMW, on Brooks Road, Lewes, at about 08:20 BST.

He was taken to Lewes Victoria Hospital for treatment and police are searching for the driver of the car.

Brighton 'Inclusive City' scheme to be considered

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Hove Town Hall

A project to protect immigrants from hate crimes and help them integrate is expected to be approved by Brighton and Hove councillors.

It is expected to join 11 other local authorities across the country to become an “Inclusive City” if councillors agree to the move on Thursday.

The Inclusive Cities project is a “knowledge exchange” funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, working with the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity at the Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) at Oxford University.

A report, which will be considered by councillors, said: “At a time when reports of hate crime are increasing and there are concerns about the rise of extremist narratives, in particular those that target migrant groups.

“There is currently no overarching plan to promote community cohesion in Brighton and Hove.”

Decision to be made on new licence for Brighton bar

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

No 32

A Brighton nightclub owner has taken steps to tackle noise after he described the lapsing of the club's licence as "financially catastrophic".

No 32, formerly Havana, in Duke Street, Brighton, had relied on temporary event notices or operated as “dry” premises since July.

Behnam Samandi, the owner of the club, which doubles as a restaurant, put his case for a new licence to Brighton and Hove City Council at Hove Town Hall on Monday.

Following opposition by a neighbour, Mr Samandi and his solicitor, Nicholas Perkins, told a council licensing panel that a number of steps had been taken to tackle noise and to maintain order.

These included employing extra security staff and using an ID scanner, as well as fitting soundproofing at a cost of £40,000 and a noise limiter.

If the panel agrees to grant the application for a new licence, outside noise would have to end by 23:00 BST.

The venue would open at 08:30 BST on Sunday to Wednesday and close at 02:30 the next morning. Last orders would be at 02:00.

On Thursday to Saturday, No 32 would open at the same time and close at 04:30 BST the next morning, with last orders at 04:00.

The licensing panel is due to give its decision in five working days.

Parents balloted on future of school

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

A ballot on whether or not Moulsecoomb Primary School should become an academy is now open – but parents have been warned it is non-binding.

Plans to change the school in The Highway, off Lewes Road, into an academy were announced in May after it was rated as “inadequate” by Ofsted.

Moulsecoomb Primary School
The ballot regarding Moulsecoomb Primary School is now open

The outcome of the ballot will be shared with the Office of the Regional Schools Commissioner who is not required to take this into account when determining the future of the school.

However, councillors in Brighton and Hove were told there have been occasions when academy orders have been overturned.

Parents and members of the community have run a campaign – Hands Off Moulsecoomb Primary School – opposing a takeover by a “multi-academy trust”, but regional schools commissioner Dominic Herrington has so far been unmoved by the 2,500-signature petition and opposition from all three political parties on the council.

The ballot closes at 10am on Friday 4 October with a count planned to take place in Hove Town Hall, and the result considered by the next meeting of the City Council Children, Young People and Skills Committee.

School transport independent review rejected

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

A Brighton and Hove City Council committee has rejected a request for independent scrutiny into what went wrong with school transport for children with special needs.

During the first week of term, more than 60 children who need transport to special needs schools in Brighton and Hove were left stranded at home or otherwise affected with parents complaining the transport provided was not suitable for their children’s needs.

Conservative deputy leader Lee Wares put forward the case for an independent look at what went wrong,

"For weeks we have been bombarded with complaints about the service, the administration, the council and officers," he said.

“For months we have been warning of the issues that now exist and we still have no answers to questions we raise.

“We heard the council say sorry then promptly blame everybody else."

Green councillor Leo Littman, who chairs the Audit and Standards Committee, said that it would be “superfluous” and “unreasonable to use discretionary powers” to add an additional review on top of the one already requested.

Brighton gets first 'climate change teacher'

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

A teacher has been praised for becoming the first accredited "climate change teacher" in Brighton and Hove.

Emily Defries, at Patcham Junior School, is to receive a formal letter of congratulations from Brighton and Hove City Council after taking the e-learning course.

Green councillor Elaine Hills said: “You couldn’t meet a more passionate advocate.

“She has since led a climate change assembly in the school, after which children wrote postcards to our mayor requesting a climate change teacher in every school.”