Train passengers hit with ticket price rises

Southern and Thameslink train passengers buying tickets this morning were hit by the biggest price increases in five years.

Balcombe residents opposed to drilling activities at the Lower Stumble site (photo submitted).

January showdown for Balcombe drilling site application

A decision on plans to extend activities at a drilling site near Balcombe is set to be made in January.

Lib Dem Francis Oppler has criticised cuts to community grant funding by West Sussex County Council

Council’s grant funding to be cut by half

Grant funding for community groups and organisations in West Sussex is set to be cut in half by the county council next year.

Adur and Worthing councils currently operate a weekly general household waste collection service

County council ‘can’t force move to fortnightly bin collections’

Introducing fortnightly household bin collections cannot be forced on Adur and Worthing despite West Sussex County Council proposals appearing to encourage such a move.

Arun District Council currently operates a weekly general household waste collection service

County council ‘can’t force move to fortnightly bin collections’

Introducing fortnightly household bin collections cannot be forced on Arun despite proposals appearing to encourage such a move, according to West Sussex County Council.

Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex County Council's cabinet member for finances

Council ‘not smug and complacent’ over finances

The Tory administration at County Hall has rejected accusations of being ‘smug and complacent’ over budget proposals for next year.

Should wealthy pensioners pay national insurance to fund social care?

Should wealthy pensioners pay national insurance to fund social care?

New ways to help fund social care services such as introducing means-tested National Insurance contributions for wealthy pensioners should be explored, according to Lib Dems.

Cllr Callum Buxton and Cllr Alex Harman campaigning for increased opening hours at Worthing Tip earlier this year

Opening days at Worthing’s rubbish tip to be increased

Worthing’s rubbish tip is set to see its opening days increased during both summer and winter months.

Rubbish tips at Crawley, Westhampnett, and Burgess Hill are set to close for a day a week from October to March

Rubbish tips to close for a day a week

Three West Sussex rubbish tips are set to close for a day a week during the winter months.

An application for a new town hall, 182 flats, and commercial space has been submitted by Crawley Borough Council and Westrock

Final designs for new town hall and flats revealed

Plans to demolish Crawley Town Hall to make way for a replacement and 182 homes has been submitted.

Mid Sussex District Council. Pic Steve Robards SR1521483 SUS-150809-224944001

Councillors’ allowances set to rise

Councillors’ allowances are set to rise costing an extra £13,000 per year.

Marina Ahmad, Crawley Labour candidate 2017 SUS-171112-104513001

Labour candidate: Return A&E services to Crawley Hospital

Accident and emergency hospital services should be returned to Crawley, according to one of the Labour parliamentary candidates.

South Downs Holiday Village closed in January 2017 and has been used as accommodation for agricultural workers (photo from Google View Street Maps).

Plans to house agricultural workers at holiday park agreed

Plans to use a Bracklesham holiday park for agricultural workers’ accommodation has been given temporary 12-month approval by councillors.

Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, (photo from

Former Mid Sussex councillor has Conservative whip restored

A former Mid Sussex county councillor who was suspended by the Tory Party over a racist remark has been reinstated.

The bridge into the Highwood development, which has now been closed to general traffic (photo by Francis Vernon).

Development’s cycle and pedestrian access a ‘dog’s breakfast’

A pedestrian and cycle link into a major Horsham development has been described as a ‘complete dog’s breakfast’, by the town’s cycle forum.

This photograph of the first Thameslink train departing from Littlehampton to London Bridge, pictured at Goring-by-Sea, was sent in by John Vaughan. He said: "As and from Monday 11 December 2017 two important Littlehampton to London Bridge commuter trains (and evening return services) have been transferred to Thameslink operation from Southern, the first timetabled workings by that train opertaing company along the Coastway West lines. Photographed on a cold, wet and windy winter morning at 06.04 Class 700 No.700143 forming the very first such train, the 'driver only operated' 1H80, the 05.52 departure from Littlehampton, pauses at Goring by Sea station on its way to the Capital."

Thameslink trains arrive at more West Sussex stations

Thameslink trains are serving more West Sussex stations as a small number of services transferred from Southern earlier this week.

Southern train

Strictly judge Bruno: ‘Southern rail has better timing than you’

A contestant on Strictly Come Dancing saw her timing compared to the punctuality of Southern train services during the weekend’s semi-final show.

Brian Donnelly, cabinet member for finance and assets, said the council had to be 'proactive as well as prudent'

Rise in parking and green waste charges considered

Charges for town centre car parks and the collection of green waste bins could both be increased next year by Horsham District Council.

Princess Royal Hospital , Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards  SR1606946 SUS-160229-175149001

NHS ‘not rationing’ hospital treatments and operations

Hospital operations and treatments for West Sussex patients are not being rationed, according to health chiefs.

The Rising Sun pub in Horsham. Photo courtesy of Google Street View. SUS-170928-152621001

Children’s nursery plans for Horsham pub deferred

Plans to convert an empty Horsham pub into a children’s nursery have been deferred due to road safety and parking concerns.

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