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Winter & Water Emergencies

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Southern Water Weather Eye

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 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 or call their freephone Leak Line on tel 0800 820 999.

What to do in an emergency

Southern Water Weather Eye





Mineral Plan - Soft Sand Review

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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.

Ditch the Problem

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2018 11 28 Ditch The ProblemWest Sussex County Council would like to draw your attention to the attached information regarding its awareness initiative - Ditch the Problem.  

Following feedback received from community groups via Operation Watershed, WSCC has updated some helpful information to guide landowners and community groups around the tricky subject of Riparian Ownership and Responsibilities.

Click on the image to download a note that summarises what is available and if necessary contact Operation Watershed via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do you have an Initiative to Fund?

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West Sussex County Council is currently promoting a number of initiatives.  Amongst them is the Community Initiative Fund (CIF).

The fund's final window for 2018/19 applications is now open via West Sussex Crowd 

Since launching in May, more than £40,000 has been pledged to 23 successful crowdfunding campaigns across the county including a new heating system installation at a Hassocks Guide hut and backing for an educational horticulture project in Selsey. 

Funding is open to charities, groups, organisations and more.  Project creators should upload their idea to the Crowd and pitch to the CIF by Monday 14 January 2019.  Crowdfunding campaigns must have started fundraising by Thursday 24 January in order to be considered at their relevant County Local Committee meeting.

Community Initiative Funding Round 3 poster







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