Norman’s Notes

Normans Notes

October 2019

Mid Sussex Applauds – Celebrating our community

Chairman of Mid Sussex District Council, Cllr Colin Trumble hosted the new community recognition awards on 13th October in East Court’s Meridian Hall. In welcoming Mrs Davina Irwin-Clark, The High Sheriff of West Sussex, nominees and sponsors Cllr Trumble said “We would like to thank all our sponsors who helped support the awards and make this such a glittering occasion. The celebrities of this event though are of course all those honoured and recognised, and what a fantastic range of projects, stories and events we have heard from across our fabulous district. Huge congratulations to everyone awarded and those commended, they really are stars in our community.”

Personally I was particularly pleased to spend the afternoon with local sponsor representatives from East Grinstead’s Caravan and Motorhome Club and idverde, the MSDC outdoor contractor who worked so hard with EGTC grounds staff and volunteers to achieve recent Green Flag accreditation for East Court estate.

Awards were presented as follows –

Stronger Together Award

Take Pride in Mid Sussex Award (sponsored by ID Verde)

Young Achiever Award

Stronger Communities Award (sponsored by CAE)

Business in the Community Award (sponsored by Caravan and Motorhome club)

Young Volunteer of the Year Award (sponsored by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner)

Good Sport Award (sponsored by Places Leisure)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Peer Nominated Award

In this final category each nominee was given the chance to vote for their favourite in any of the categories. The winner was Dorothy Lazenby who has been running 4Sight lunch clubs for over 38 years! ‘Irreplaceable, inspiring, selfless, committed, thoughtful and kind’ are just a few words used to describe her. Dorothy used the occasion to appeal for a new ‘young’ chef saying “a good young 60 or 70-year-old would be good” before giving away her own age, which of course I won’t divulge. Suffice to say she is just a few years behind HRH The Queen.

STEM 2019 Launch

I had the privilege of being invited to the launch of this annual challenge to encourage young people to become involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

You will have seen the email earlier this week regarding an opportunity for an “Ambassador” to work with a team of students from one of our two local senior schools participating in the STEM Challenge. All the schools have been set an identical technical challenge and next year they will compete against each other at a specially arranged event.  Their task is to build a high-speed radio-controlled car from a kit, then make some innovations to the design in order to win the challenge.

As part of the programme each school has an “Ambassador” assigned to them from a local company, who needs to be able to commit about 60-75 minutes one afternoon a week to visit the school and give the group of pupils some guidance.  Sadly, the organisers have never managed to get a company from East Grinstead involved and this week someone who was supporting an East Grinstead school has had to drop out.

A supportive East Grinstead company who could spare an employee (possibly an apprentice?), is now being sought to be an Ambassador to an East Grinstead school.

If this is something that you would like to get involved with, please contact Samantha West, and she will pass your details on.

Dementia Alliance East Grinstead

If one of your employees was diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia would you know what to do? Dementia can affect people in their forties and fifties: it is not just an older person’s disease.

For further information contact the East Grinstead Dementia Action Alliance Chairman, Julie Holden at East Grinstead Town Council on or ring 01342 323 636.

In the meantime…

It has been a busy time at Mid Sussex District Council.

The Annual Electoral Roll Canvass has been almost completed with a growing number of residents responding online, so we will be ready to deal with the 12 December election using the very latest updated electoral roll.

Validation of all new planning applications (about 2 750 each year) continue at a good pace as do official local land charge searches; this indicates the health of the local property market.

Consultation on the East Grinstead Conservation Area policy has been completed and the draft plan was considered by the relevant scrutiny panel prior to future approval and implementation.

The new Licencing Policy and updated policy on Licensing of Sex Establishments are to be presented to Council for approval next week.

We continue to provide Disabled Facilities Grants to enable people to live in their own homes for longer and more happily. We also use this fund, in excess of £1.3million to facilitate people’s discharge from hospital and back to their own home as soon as possible.

Our Wellbeing programmes remain a priority to help people to stop smoking,  reduce weight, get more exercise and be more involved in their local community. We have recently employed an additional person to deliver an alcohol reduction program too. For people at risk of falling we run a falls prevention exercise program to improve core strength and balance.

As a busy and engaged cabinet member I continue to attend WSCC Health and Wellbeing Board meetings, Sussex Police and Crime Scrutiny Panel, Inter Authority Air Quality Group, WSCC Accessible Transport Forum and the Mid Sussex Partnership Board.

Through the Partnership Board we work with a range of voluntary sector organisations, the Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (soon to be amalgamated with a wider group across West Sussex), Sussex Police, West Sussex County Council, Housing Association provides, Mid Sussex Association of Local Councils and others to support local residents and to ensure Mid Sussex remains a good place to live and work.

Author: fiona bewers
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