Tories defeat Labour, Lib Dem and UKIP budget amendments

West Sussex Tories defeated Labour, Lib Dem, and UKIP amendments to next year’s county council budget yesterday (Friday February 17).

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Pallant House Gallery in Chichester

Council criticised for handing £156,000 to gallery and Chichester Festival Theatre

A senior councillor has criticised the district council for subsidising Chichester Festival Theatre and Pallant House Gallery with £156,000 of its budget for next year.

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BREAKING NEWS: Train drivers reject Southern deal

Southern train drivers have rejected a deal from rail bosses to end a dispute over driver-only operation.

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Brian Quinn and Michael Jones have called for charges at West Sussex rubbish tips to be scrapped

Calls to scrap ‘Tory tip tax’

A ‘Tory tip tax’ charging for the disposal of household DIY waste in West Sussex should be scrapped, Labour county councillors have said.

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The debate will be broadcast live on the Chichester Observer Facebook page from 2pm on Thursday

Observer to host Facebook Live debate on the A27

A live debate on the A27 will take place at the Chichester Observer office on Thursday – and people can watch it live.

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Fresh strike planned by Southern staff

Southern staff are set to strike over the introduction of driver-only operation next week.

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Visitors to one of the public exhibitions looking at the Chichester Vision plans this week .ks170076-2 SUS-170214-125343008

Manhood ‘missing’ from Chichester Vision

The Manhood Peninsula has been overlooked in the Chichester Vision, a long-standing campaigner for the area has said.

Libraries across West Sussex are set to host events in March promoting health and wellbeing

Laughter workshops at West Sussex libraries

Health and wellbeing will be promoted at libraries across West Sussex in March.

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Tax rise and cuts on county council’s agenda

Plans to increase council tax bills and cuts are set to be debated by West Sussex county councillors later this week.

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BREAKING NEWS: Talks between Southern and RMT union end ‘prematurely’

Talks between union leaders and Southern bosses to solve a long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains have ended ‘prematurely’.

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Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal - picture courtesy of Operation Christmas Child SUS-161011-155027001

Children ‘being abandoned to some of the worst forms of exploitation’

People are being urged to write to their MPs to call on them to put pressure on the Government to reverse its decision to let in fewer child refugees.

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VIDEO: What it means to be a county councillor

West Sussex County Council is lifting-the-lid on life as a county councillor at an information event ahead of May’s elections.

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Margaret Johnson

Thanksgiving service for former council chairman

A service of thanksgiving for the life of West Sussex County Council’s first female chairman will be held later this month.

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‘Southern Fail Awards’ winners to be announced

The winners of the ‘Southern Fail Awards’ are set to be announced on the same night as the National Rail Industry Awards.

Traffic along the A27 at Lancing. Picture Eddie Mitchell

A27 schemes ‘put at risk by £800m Government roads deficit’

An ‘£800m black hole’ in the Government’s road-building programme could put the A27 improvement schemes at risk for Chichester, Arundel, Worthing and Lewes, it is claimed.

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Valentine’s Day talks for Southern and rail union

Fresh talks between Southern bosses and rail union RMT are set to begin next week on Valentine’s Day.


‘Zombie apocalypse’ allows Southern trains to run without two staff

A ‘zombie apocalypse’ would be one of the only times a Southern train would run without a second guaranteed member of staff on board, according to one rail union.

Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie voted for a Labour amendment to the Government's Brexit Bill on Tuesday (photo from Parliament.tv).

Chichester MP backs Labour’s Brexit bill amendment

Chichester’s MP Andrew Tyrie was one of seven Tory MPs to back a Labour amendment to the Government’s Brexit bill.

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Mid Sussex district countryside (photo from Campaign to Protect Rural England - Sussex branch). SUS-161121-124109001

What does housing white paper mean for Sussex?

Campaigners have warned that the Government’s white paper to ‘fix the housing market’ could jeopardise Sussex’s unprotected countryside.

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Southern train drivers’ deal a ‘shocking and historical betrayal’

A deal between train drivers’ and Southern bosses over the introduction of driver-only operated services has been branded a ‘shocking betrayal’ by one rail union.

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