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Fly-tipping doubles in Brighton and Hove

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Bins in Brighton

Fly-tipping more than doubled in Brighton and Hove when household waste sites closed temporarily, the city council has been told.

A report to be discussed by the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee on 29 September, shows there was a 117% increase in fly-tipping during lockdown.

Between 17 March and 31 July, Cityclean recorded 680 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish across the city. During the same period in 2019, the recorded figure was 313 tonnes.

The city's two household waste and recycling sites closed in late March and reopened on 18 May with reduced capacity.

However in July fly-tipping rates were still almost double those of 2019, increasing from 73 tonnes to 141 tonnes in 2020.

Street sweeping and litter saw an increase of 8%, rising from 1,300 tonnes between March to July in 2019 to 1,407 tonnes for the same period in 2020.

Woman suffers broken leg in road rage row

A woman suffered a broken leg in a road rage incident in Crawley, police have said.

The 34-year-old victim stopped to speak to another driver who she felt had been driving aggressively in Waterfield Gardens between 19:00 and 19:30 BST on 11 September.

Police on patrol
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As she went to speak to him, he reversed his Mitsubishi 4x4 and hit her before driving off, police said. As well as a broken leg, the victim was left with a broken thumb and cuts and bruises.

Detective Constable Sam Jedrzejewska, of Sussex Police, said: "The victim has suffered some serious injuries and we are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about it."

Racecourse and opera house earmarked as Covid-19 testing sites

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Plumpton Racecourse
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Plumpton Racecourse and the Glyndebourne opera house are being considered as potential cOVID-19 regional testing centres, councillors have heard.

The topic was raised at a meeting of the East Sussex Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee last week as part of a wider discussion on the local impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Director of public health for East Sussex Darrell Gale told councillors that outside areas at Plumpton Racecourse and Glyndebourne opera house were being considered as potential replacements for a previous regional testing centre at the Amex Stadium.

Mr Gale said: “There is a new regional testing site serving the West Sussex area at Tangmere Airport, but obviously that is not suitable for people in East Sussex.

“We’ve identified that some of the car parks at Glyndebourne opera house might be suitable and also that some of the hard-standing at Plumpton Racecourse might be suitable.

“These [would be] drive-through and we still obviously still have the existing regional testing site at Gatwick Airport, which can serve some of our population but not all. It is not an easy journey.”

Schools classes face cuts as enrollment falls

Sarah Booker-Lewis

Local Democracy Reporter

Nine state schools across Brighton and Hove look likely to have to cut the number of classes that they offer – and between them shed more than a dozen jobs.

The reduction is expected to lead to a loss of 360 spaces in eight primary schools and one secondary school.

Education chiefs have warned that, without action, between a fifth and a quarter of primary school places could go unfilled by September 2023.

By then, an estimated 2,191 children are forecast to start in reception classes, with 629 empty places.

In the current school year about one in seven primary school seats are empty, with 2,517 children and 393 surplus spaces.

Conservative councillor Vanessa Brown told a virtual meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council’s children, young people and skills committee: "Years ago we were desperately expanding and building new primary schools so it’s quite sad to see them being reduced in size now. But we do have to work with the numbers that we have.”

Labour's Les Hamilton told the meeting. “There’s a general awareness in the city when I speak to people in schools.

"The head teachers say, ‘yes, we appreciate you’ve got a problem. Something must be done about it but please don’t include our school in it’."

Severe accident: A2023 East Sussex both ways

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A2023 East Sussex both ways severe accident, between Portland Road and Pembroke Crescent.

A2023 East Sussex - A2023 Sackville Road in Hove blocked in both directions between the Portland Road junction and the Pembroke Crescent junction, because of an accident.

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Tributes paid to 'kind' nurse after Covid-19 death

Wilbald Tesha, who dies last week after contracting coronavirus
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Mr Tesha died in hospital last week

An NHS trust has paid tribute to a "much-loved" mental health nurse working in East Sussex who died last week after contracting coronavirus.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said Wilbald Tesha, known as Tesha, who worked most recently in Eastbourne, had dedicated 30 years to the NHS.

Sam Allen, chief executive of the trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services across Sussex and Hampshire, said: "My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues in Eastbourne at this incredibly difficult time.

She added: "I have heard many, many wonderful things about Tesha, about what a kind, caring and compassionate nurse he was – a good friend to many and someone who would do anything to help another."

Mr Tesha grew up in Tanzania and prior to his death he had been developing a scheme to support children and families from his village. A JustGiving page has been set up in his memory.

Bomb squad called to suspicious item

Guy Bell

Dunbar Drive

The bomb squad was called and a number of people were evacuated from their homes following the discovery of a suspicious item in Hailsham.

Sussex Police say a 100m cordon was put in place around the scene in Dunbar Driver at about 09:45 BST.

An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team arrived at about 12:30 BST and advised the item was safe.

The cordon was then lifted and people were allowed to return to their homes.

Police officer's therapy dog learns to surf

Kirsty wants to provide surf therapy sessions to other emergency service workers

Green light for temporary walking and cycling schemes

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Cycle lane

East Sussex County Council is to move ahead with a number of temporary walking and cycling schemes using coronavirus funding from the government.

The seven schemes will be paid for by phase 1 of the Emergency Active Travel Fund – a £250m pot announced as part of the government’s Covid-19 recovery plans in May.

The seven proposals come from 15 possible schemes which were put out for a short consultation process during lockdown.

The consultation process had proven contentious, with several groups calling on the council to be more ambitious.

The schemes are in Bexhill, Hastings, Lewes, and Hailsham, along with three in Eastbourne.