Chichester District Council is conducting a Housing Strategy consultation, which is now live and open for responses.
The deadline for responses is 15 March 2019. More information about the consultation and the online survey can be found by visiting: www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkhousing
NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group is holding three, free events during March to hear from members of its population.
‘Our Health and Care…Our FUTURE’ is an invitation to join the discussion on the future of health and care services. The views that the CCG hear will help them prioritise changes and improvements that need to be made, ensuring their population continues to have the best possible care.
All the events will have the same content so you can choose a date or venue that is most convenient:
Tuesday 19 March | The Barn, Field Place, The Boulevard, Worthing, BN13 1NP | 5-7pm
Wednesday 20 March | Assembly Room, The Council House, North Street, Chichester, PO19 1LQ | 10am-12 noon
Wednesday 27 March | The Grange Community Centre, Bepton Road, Midhurst, GU29 9HD | 2-4pm
It is easy to book your place either by completing an online registration form https://www.coastalwestsussexccg.nhs.uk/our-health-and-care-our-future or by calling 01903 708411.
Following the recent fall in temperatures and the forecast continued spell of cold weather, Southern Water are reminding customers across the region how best to prevent any water in pipes, cisterns and storage tanks from freezing. They are also highlighting what to do in an emergency, when frozen pipes leave homes and businesses without running water or heating, or worse still, a leak occurs inside a property.
For their part, they say they are doing everything they can do to fix water supply interruptions as quickly as possible. However, they realise that some customers are in circumstances where even a short interruption can have significant consequences. Customers on their Priority Services Register are contacted quickly during a supply interruption and offered additional support - for instance, customers on kidney dialysis are immediately provided with supplies of bottled water. Customers can apply to join the register online via www.southernwater.co.uk/register-for-individual-needs or by calling 0800 027 0800.
Top tips to prepare your home for the cold
Cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst, so it’s best to be prepared. Taking simple measures, including lagging pipes and checking your internal stop-tap works, in case of an emergency, will help keep you and your home safe this winter.
- Insulate water tanks and pipes
Use pipe lagging / jackets or insulation to prevent any exposed or unheated water tanks or pipes from freezing. Think lofts, garages and also garden taps. When insulating, make sure there are no gaps in the lagging.
- Fix dripping taps
In cold temperatures, even a small trickle can cause water in the pipe to freeze.
- Find your internal stop-tap
Find the stop-tap in your property and make sure you can turn it off. Most stop-taps are fitted under the kitchen sink or stairs and can be turned off by turning them clockwise.
- Service your boiler
Have your boiler serviced regularly (usually every year) to keep it working as efficiently as possible and avoid it breaking down during cold weather.
- Block breezes and draughts
Minimise draughts and shut doors and windows to unheated parts of the home. If your property is going to be empty for long periods, turn off the water at the stop-tap and consider draining your pipes (by opening your taps while the stop tap is off)
If you spot a leak when you're out and about, please tell report it via www.southernwater.co.uk/report-a-leak or call their freephone Leak Line on tel 0800 820 999.
What to do in an emergency
West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are working in partnership on a Soft Sand Review of the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan, as required by Policy M2 of the adopted Plan.
An Issues and Options consultation document has been prepared, alongside a number of other documents. These are being made available for comment in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, until 18 March 2019.
Attached is a covering letter providing more information about the Soft Sand Review consultation.