Welcome! to our e-newsletter to keep all LSP Partners up-to-date and involved in LSP developments, local consultations, news and events. We hope you find it useful, feel free to forward it to anyone you think would be interested, and any feedback would be welcomed so we can make it work better for you.
News and Diary Dates
LSP Diary Dates – The LSP Annual Conference is on Monday 1st October 1pm to 5.30pm at Butlins Conference Centre in Bognor Regis. The subject is Child Poverty and we will be working up Arun’s response to the recent Child Poverty Strategy. We know Arun has serious issues of child poverty and we know the impact of child poverty on later life, so get the date in your diary, and do tell other relevant contacts. A separate invitation will be circulated soon, but please let Caroline Gosford know if you plan to attend.
Arun District Council is recruiting a new Independent Panel to review the Members Allowances Scheme. The Review takes 4-5 months at around 5-10 hours per month, and expenses are paid per meeting and for travel costs. The full guidance about desirable experience and skills can be viewed here, and the Application Form to apply to be part of the Panel is here. All applications must be in by 30th August 2012.
East Preston Post Office in North Lane is changing into a new-style Post Office. This means it won’t have a separate section in the shop, just a specific till on the retail counter, but will continue to provide the vast majority of the existing services, and be open for longer hours. The installation work means the Post Office will be closed from Friday 7th Sept until re-opening on Friday 14th September.
Consultations – Have Your Say!
Arun’s Draft Local Plan is out for consultation. It’s one of the most important documents the council produces as it will guide all development across Arun for the next 14 years, including homes, road improvements, open space, employment land and tourism. There’s more details on the website, together with details about how to have your say. Responses must be in by 5pm on 10th September.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Serviceare consulting on their savings proposals for 2013 which aim to protect and improve their essential services and save £2.5 million. Click on the link to read more and complete their online questionnaire. Responses need to be in by 21st September.
Every £ound Counts recognises that in coming years, the County Council will have some tough choices to make and it wants views from residents and businesses to help them make these decisions. An online survey can be found on their website and it closes on 9th September.
Arun Leisure Strategy will be out for consultation between 17th September and 5th October. This is a key strategy which will drive forward the provision and quality of the leisure and culture facilities in the district, and your views are sought on the proposals in the document. Keep an eye on the Arun District Council home page and make your voice heard!
Events, Grants, Information etc
Arun Joint Small Grants Fund is open for applications of up to £1000 for work to improve physical and mental wellbeing and tackle health inequalities across Arun. The closing date for completed applications is 7th September. Contact Joy or Rachel or phone 01903 737862 for more detailed information or an application form.
Did you know that West Sussex Credit Union now offers free Payroll Savings Schemes to local organisations? By signing up to the scheme, you will be actively promoting your staff’s financial wellbeing and also helping local people gain access to accessible and affordable financial services. To find out more, have a look at their website, or contact Anthony Deveson on 01903 237221.
Sussex Armed Forces Network is holding an event on 24th October at 9.30am to 4pm at the Amex Stadium Conference Centre in Brighton. The focus is to raise awareness of the Community Covenant that ensures service personnel, ex-servicemen and their families are at no disadvantage when accessing public services. For more information about the event, visit this webpage
Does your organisation want to “Make an Impact” through it’s communications? If so, help may be at hand. There are free workshops for voluntary and community organisations being run across the county and beyond to help you do just this. Visit their website to find out more, and how to register.