Local Government News October 2020

Local Update

 The focus of this month’s update is to outline a number of Wealden activities which come under my Portfolio.

For a change, it is about business as usual.


Waste Management.

I will be recommending to Full Council in November the renewal of the Public Spaces Protection Order which aims to control dog fouling.


Performance by Biffa (our waste Contractor) remains strong with missed bin figures recently below 100 per week.

All waste targets are being met including litter and detritus clearance.

Officers continue to monitor the increase in Fly tipping.

With the Waste Contract working well at present, the Wealden team will be focusing on more communication and education on recycling.

Christmas Calendar Changes will be communicated digitally this year.

The Street Scene Team who look after fly tipping, abandoned vehicles and street cleaning are now embedded in the Waste Management Team.

The September Spring Clean was very successful with 20 groups out picking over 1.5 tonnes of waste


Economic Development

Three Future Fit events aiming to help businesses meet current challenges will be held in October and November.

We are working with Sussex Chambers of Commerce in promoting the Government’s Kickstart Scheme which is trying to help young people into jobs.

Long term work on High Streets, Industrial Estates, Tourism and a number of other initiatives including SELEP (South East Local Enterprise Partnership) schemes is ongoing.


Climate Change

On September 3rd we held a virtual Town and Parish Council Climate Emergency Action Day. The day was designed to assist local councils with developing their own climate emergency declarations and to provide practical next steps, including the development of communication plans, fundraising and action planning. This was well attended and well received.

We have joined other Sussex authorities in a new group-buying scheme ‘Solar Together Sussex’. The scheme brings households together to secure solar PV systems at competitive prices. The auction has taken place and we are awaiting details of the outcomes.

A report outlining the delivery model options that are available for installing electric vehicle infrastructure in Council-owned car parks will be presented soon. This is suggesting we seek a partnership with private sector providers rather than own and operate charging points ourselves.

Roy Galley

October 9th, 2020.




Your local Councillors.


Roy Galley.                          cllr.roy.galley@eastsussex.gov.uk


                                              01825 713018

Peter Roundell.                  cllr.peter.roundell@wealden.gov.uk

                                             01825 722030


Toby Illingworth              cllr.toby.illingworth @wealden.gov.uk

                                                01823 732115




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Fantastic Home Security Offer from Our Partner Era

Following on from our successful burglary campaign last month, our partners ERA are generously offering our members an amazing 50% limited offer on one of their simple home alarm systems.

ERA tells us “this alarm system is great for homes that don’t want SMART necessarily and just want an alarm to go off if someone opens the door or window and works with a remote controller. It includes a siren, door sensor, window sensor and 2 remote controls…. All of which is upgradeable to larger systems if the customer would like to.”

The discount will reduce the ERA-VALIANT-R kit to £64.99 (including VAT) on the Response site (RRP £129.99).
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Webinars about Staying Safe Online

Get Online week takes place from 19 – 23 October. To help support this event, Staying Safe Online are offering FREE webinars that provide advice and tips on how to protect yourself and others online. These webinars are available on Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st October and can be booked via Eventbrite – please click the relevant link below.

19 October 10:30-12:00 book via Eventbrite
21 October 13:00-14:30 book via Eventbrite

In addition, on Tuesday 3 November, our partners Get Safe Online are offering three FREE webinar sessions aimed at parents/carers, entitled Staying Safe Online, Children’s Digital World – the good, the bad and the in between. These can be booked via Eventbrite. The webinars will cover the following:

  • Children’s online habits
  • The risks and dangers children face online
  • How you can support your child and report any concerns.

3 November 10:00-11:00 book via Eventbrite
3 November 13:00-14:00 book via  Eventbrite
3 November 18.00-19:00 book via Eventbrite

These are FREE training sessions offering invaluable online safety tips and advice.

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Gatwick – £5 drop off and pick up charge starting 2021

Gatwick is going through the most challenging period in its history but – despite the difficulty – we have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have however been forced to take some difficult decisions including postponing many of our capital investment projects and making significant reductions in the number of jobs. Our passenger and air traffic numbers are significantly down on what we usually expect at this time of year, and we currently predict that it may take up to four to five years to recover to pre-COVID-19 levels.


As such, we are having to explore new ways to help us recover, including new revenue streams, so we can continue to preserve as many jobs as possible and continue to be an important contributor of economic prosperity and jobs across the wider region.


One of these new initiatives will be the introduction, next year, of a charge for people who drop passengers off by car directly outside our terminal – as most UK airports have done for many years.  Anyone who does not wish to pay the charge will be able to drop-off or pick-up passengers in the airport’s long-stay car parks with two hours free parking and a free shuttle bus to the terminals.


The £5 charge will also see Gatwick continue to meet our commitment to reduce ‘Kiss and Fly’ – the least sustainable type of journey to the airport as it involves two return car journeys – while also encouraging public transport use and potentially cutting road traffic congestion and emissions at Gatwick and surrounding local areas.  Currently around 15% of airport journeys are ‘Kiss and Fly’.


Gatwick is looking at solutions to allow those who regularly drop off and one pick up at the South Terminal each day to access to the train station to make a token annual payment contribution. Suitable solutions for Blue Badge holder’s convenience are also being looked at.


Reducing the airport’s environmental impact continues to be an important focus and Gatwick plans to put a proportion of the revenue into Gatwick’s existing Sustainable Transport Fund.

No date has been set to introduce the new charging system, but the first step includes a consultation on the implementation of a Red Route system across the airport campus to indicate that stopping to park, load or unload, board or alight from a vehicle is prohibited.  Revenue raised through Red Route fines will also be used to fund sustainable transport initiatives under the guidance of the airport’s Transport Steering Group, which includes external local representatives.


The airport benefits from strong public transport links, with recent improvements enabling a train leaving for London every three to four minutes – as regular as tube services – and a £4 million upgrade to an airport bus interchange benefitting the 3 million people who use it each year.  Around 650 local services arrive / depart the bus interchange each week, many of them 24-hour services.


Gatwick also remains committed to its investment in the ongoing £150 million project to upgrade the airport’s train station, which will make connections to other destinations easier by doubling the size of the station concourse, adding five new lifts and eight escalators to improve passenger flow, and widening two platforms to reduce overcrowding.

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Scouts Christmas Trees

Consider supporting the Buxted Scout Group and consider ordering a Christmas tree from them this year….

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National Road Safety Survey

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners has launched a national road safety survey to help inform the Home Office’s review of roads policing and any future plans for enforcement.

We know this is a top priority for Sussex residents, and Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne wants to make sure you have your say: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/apccsaferoads

It only takes 60 seconds to complete and will close on Wednesday 30th September at midnight.

We are sorry for the short notice but have only just been asked to circulate this information.

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