Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Worthing Liberal Democrats Weekly Newsletter – 12th to 18th August 2012

Articles for the past week:
Leader:  Parish Pump 
News this past week: 
1. Burgess Hill Lib Dems Propose A New Initiative To Help Increase Children’s Literacy Across West Sussex
2. Tarring Dogs Get More Than A Wet Nose


      •     Lib Dems will keep Worthing’s services local
      •     Lib Dems will get on with bringing our town into the 21st century – no more dither and delay
      •     Lib Dems will ensure ‘We are all in it together’ – no more waste and high pay
      •     Lib Dems are the only opposition in Worthing – Labour can’t win here
      •     Lib Dems support 20 mph in Worthing’s residential roads
        Leader:  Parish Pump
Four parishes in West Sussex have come together to save the Compass 106 Saturday shopping bus service from Henfield to Worthing. The 106 service was a victim of the West Sussex County Council cuts to subsidies which are to come into effect on September 2nd. Although the County Council cut all subsidies to the service, Compass Travel are able to continue providing weekday off-peak buses. Residents on the route are encouraged to use the service as it will now be totally reliant on fares paid including the concessionary contributions. Saturdays were a step too far for Compass unless someone came up with the £4,000 subsidy to keep the service going.  In stepped the four parishes Bramber, Upper Beeding, Steyning and Henfield each contributing £500 to preserve the service for six months.  When pump priming was needed it was delivered by the parish pump.
West Sussex Liberal Democrats moved amendments at both this year’s and last year’s budgets to stop the savage cuts to bus services in the Tories’ County budget by reducing the amounts put into reserves.
Both times our amendments failed, as did one moved this year by Worthing Liberal Democrats at the Worthing Borough Council budget meeting asking for a mere £30,000 to be allocated to help save much loved Sunday and evening bus services.  Once again the Tories stuffed their reserves – although Worthing reserves were already 26% of annual expenditure and Eric Pickles had said all councils with more than 5% cover should be digging into those reserves to maintain services. Tory Steve Waight, Cabinet Member for Resources, said it was not up to Worthing Borough Council to pay for services when West Sussex were not willing.  Luckily for the residents of  Bramber, Upper Beeding, Steyning and Henfield their parish councils have not taken such a head in the sand attitude.
Cllr Waight’s attitude is interesting as it is on more than one occasion West Sussex County Local Committee has funded projects rejected by Worthing Borough Council – the Mayor’s swimarathon hiring of the Aquarena and Worthing Youth Council are just two examples.  This weekend we are reminded it was also the Worthing County Local Committee which provided pump priming for Worthing Birdman in its first two years. Today many are prevented in attending this popular event as parts of Worthing are cut off because of the failure of the Tories to provide funds to ensure Sunday bus services.  It is our most elderly and vulnerable residents that are affected.
Parishes are becoming more important under the localism agenda and will use their new found powers to ensure services are delivered in accordance with the wishes of the local community.  This is an agenda  Worthing Liberal Democrats will also actively pursue wherever the local residents desire.  We are making good initial steps in Broadwater with the coming together of community groups under the Broadwater Neighbourhood Forum.  Those groups have got inspirational ideas for their “parish” – Worthing Liberal Democrats will help in oiling the vital parish pump.
Worthing Liberal Democrats 
Wednesday 15th August – Burgess Hill Lib Dem County Councillors have put forward an initiative to help increase children’s literacy across the town and the wider County. The scheme, to enrol all children from their first day at school to the County’s Libraries and issue them with a library ticket is the latest move by local Lib Dems to make reading by all our children a first choice in their education rather than a means to an end.
Officers at County Hall are now working on a full report to go to the Cabinet Member for Education and Schools Peter Griffiths so a decision can be reached in consultation with Sue and her Lib Dem colleagues, to help try make this a reality.
Cllr Sue Knight, East Burgess Hill County Councillor, supported by colleagues, Councillors Heather Ross and Dr Colin Wilsdon said: “This scheme, if adopted by the Conservative run County Council, will not only help our children but their hard pressed parents as well. It will also give our libraries a real boost and continue to make them relevant to all our communities for the next generation.”  (Bob Smytherman – Press Release)
Wednesday 15th August – Following last week’s very successful Tarring Picnic in the Park, local Lib Dem councillor Norah Fisher today held the ever popular annual Tarring Dog Show.  The Picnic basked last week in glorious sunshine but unfortunately today’s proceedings were not so blessed as it rained heavily. The rain had an effect on the numbers attending but neither the dogs nor the owners’ spirits were dampened.  Fellow Tarring Lib Dem Councillor Bob Smytherman was on hand as Deputy Mayor to hand out the rosettes including ones for most heart warming story, best child handler, best trick and naturally best in show.  Funding for this year’s show was provided by the Worthing County Local Committee.
Bob said: “As Chair of  Worthing County Kocal Committee I am always delighted we can help small events like the Tarring Dog Show which bring pleasure to the local community.  The dogs may have got more than just a wet nose but their tails never stopped wagging.”
Tuesday 21st August – Lib Dem Durrington Surgery – New Life Church, Durrington 7.00 to 8.00 pm
and every third Tuesday of the month
Wednesday 22nd August – Lib Dem Northbrook/Durrington Ward Surgery – The Durrington Community Centre, New Road 7.30 to 8.30 pm
Saturday 25th August – Lib Dem Castle Ward Surgery – The Strand Shops 10.00 to 10.30 am
Saturday 25th August – Lib Dem Gaisford/Tarring Castle Wards Surgery – West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring 10.30 to 12.00 noon
Saturday 1st September – Lib Dem Central Ward Surgery – Sidney Walter Centre, Sussex Road 10.30 am to 12.00 noon
and every first Saturday of the month
Saturday 1st September – Lib Dem Broadwater Ward Surgery – The Community House, Dominion Road 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm
and every first Saturday of the month

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