West Sussex County Council

Boundary changes have occurred here. 2013 seats are an estimate of what the result would have been then if the new boundaries had been in place.

Election 2017 Results

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PartyConservative

Seats 201345 Seats 201756 Change+11

PartyLiberal Democrat

Seats 20138 Seats 20179 Change+1

PartyLabour

Seats 20136 Seats 20175 Change−1

PartyUKIP

Seats 201310 Seats 2017- Change−10

PartyIndependent

Seats 20131 Seats 2017- Change−1
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'Parents will only be fined as last resort'

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

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Parents who do not send their children back to school in September will only be fined as a last resort, West Sussex County Council has said.

At a meeting of the full council, Nigel Jupp, cabinet member for education and skills, was asked what would happen if parents who were worried about the pandemic kept children away from lessons.

In a written answer, Mr Jupp said the council understood that parents and children might be anxious about going back and would work with schools to help prepare them "for safe and managed return".

He added: “The education and skills service will continue to work with schools to engage with and support parents in getting their children back into school before considering issuing penalties for poor attendance.

“Issuing fines for non-attendance is always a last resort.”

He said confidence was the key word, especially when it came to convincing parents that schools were doing all they could to "minimise health risks" for the children – many of whom would be returning after almost six months away.

Council given £3m to plan for local Covid-19 outbreaks

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

West Sussex County Council has been given more than £3m by the government to prepare a plan to respond to any local coronavirus outbreaks.

Known as an outbreak control plan, the work will support the new test and trace service, with West Sussex allocated £3,178,715 from a £35m pot.

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Chief executive officer Becky Shaw told a meeting of the cabinet that the plan had to be ready by the end of June but the council was still waiting for further guidance from the government.

Ms Shaw said: “We’re working in very close partnership with our borough and district and our NHS colleagues to ensure we build on the existing experience and the plans that we have in the event of an outbreak.”

Anna Raleigh, director of public health, said a ‘very draft’ version of the plan had been shared with the district and borough councils and would also be shared with the NHS and Health Watch.

The plan has a number of themes:

* Identifying outbreaks in care homes and schools

* Finding and managing people and places at high risk of developing Covid-19 Making sure enough local testing in place

* Contact tracing Setting up an outbreak protection board

* Engaging with the community ‘so people feel confident that they understand what the government guidance is around social distancing’.

While the council already has experience of pandemic planning and support in schools and care homes, Ms Raleigh told the meeting they also had to look at businesses and places of worship.

She added: “The vast majority of outbreaks at this point in time are in healthcare settings, particularly hospital settings. So we’re monitoring that and waiting to see what happens and what comes forward.”

Councils to share £50m to help firms reopen

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Councils across West Sussex will be given a share of a £50m government fund to help local businesses re-open safely.

The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund was set up to help councils introduce a range of safety measures to get people back to work and customers back to the shops.

More than £750,000 of that money – which comes from the European Regional Development Fund – will be given to West Sussex.

Adur District Council will receive £56,721, Arun District Council £143,718, Chichester District Council £108,161, Crawley Borough Council £100,152, Horsham District Council £128,132, Mid Sussex District Council £133,898 and Worthing Borough Council £98,168.

Councils won’t actually be given the cash. They will have to apply to the government for reimbursement from the fund – up to their designated amounts – by March 2021, with the details laid out in a Funding Agreement which should be ready by the end of June.

A spokesman for Arun said the money would be spent on new signs, street markings and temporary barriers, among other things, with businesses set to benefit on the seafront and promenades as well as the high streets.

Leader Dr James Walsh said the money was "extremely welcome", adding: “These shops and businesses are vital to our economy and the grant money will help us as a council to better support them as we follow government guidance through the recovery phase of this pandemic.”

West Sussex recycling centres set to reopen

Household waste recycling sites in West Sussex should reopen next Monday, the county council has announced.

The tips have been closed since lockdown measures were put in place in March.

The council says it has a plan to ensure the safe operation of the centres, subject to government confirmation later this week.

A spokesman said: "Social distancing measures will be in place when the sites reopen, the number of people visiting at any one time will be restricted and there may be limits on the waste which can be accepted.

He added: "A visit should only be undertaken if the journey can be considered essential."