Norman’s Notes

Normans Notes

Sussex Police are recruiting

You might already know that Sussex Police recently embarked on their biggest recruitment campaign in 10 years.

They aim to recruit 800 new Police Constables by 2022, which will lead to a net increase of 200 officers.

As a result of government lifting the cap on Police Precept increases to £24 per annum for a Band D home, Sussex Police will recruit an additional 200 personnel, over and above the 800 PCs already planned, as follows:

  • 50 PCs
  • 100 PCSOs – to work together with PCs in prevention teams to gather intelligence, bolster investigations and to offer a welcome deterrent in our towns and villages.
  • 50 specialist staff – to invest in certain areas of policing that require expert resources.

The Police and Crime Commissioner has also announced that the Police Command and Control Centre is to receive further IT and staff investment.

Mid Sussex District Council, whilst not directly responsible for policing, will continue our community focussed interventions to support our Sussex Police colleagues.

CCTV upgrades

As part of a programme to upgrade CCTV across Surrey, Sussex and Kent we have new high-quality CCTV cameras installed in East Grinstead.

Installation of new cameras has been completed and will provide high quality and easily accessible imaging faster than has previously been possible.

Councillors from East Grinstead, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath will shortly visit the Sussex Police Command and Control Centre to view the new system in operation.

Lewes Rd A22 consultation

WSCC has launch a public consultation on the installation of a new Toucan crossing on the A22 outside Sackville School. The consultation runs until 11 March.

Further information can be found at:

Independent retailer training

It’s not too late for local independent retailers to sign up for the last free training event that will help you respond to the challenges of online retailers.

Retail experts Martec International will run the final session on Inventory and Stock Management in East Grinstead on Monday 11 March.

Attendance at one of the events will make independent retailers eligible for a free coaching and mentoring session with a Martec consultant in their own store. These one-to-one sessions allow the consultants to tailor advice to the specific needs of each business.

For information please contact

Age UK on the move

West Sussex County Council has agreed to sublet Glen Vue in Railway Approach to Age UK in a move that will allow them to expand the level of support they offer in the town.

Subject to contract, Age UK East Grinstead is expected to take on the sub-lease for a term of 20 years to provide support to the elderly population of the town.

WSCC Cabinet Member, Amanda Jupp, said: “I am delighted that Age UK have ambitious plans for Glen Vue, which I am confident will be to the benefit of all residents who access these services in East Grinstead.”

I am certain that Age UK would welcome business support, either in cash or kind, as part of your community and social responsibility work.

For further information:

Open 4 Business 
The popular annual Open 4 Business event takes place on Thursday 14th March at the soon to be reopened Haywards Heath College, Harlands Rd., RH16 1LT. The theme for 2019 is Skills and Apprenticeships.
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