Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Worthing Liberal Democrats Weekly Newsletter – 19th to 25th August 2012

Articles for the past week:

Leader:  Seagulls !

News this past week: 

1. Lib Dem Alan Rice’s Support Scores For Seagulls Football Project

2. Gove Waves Through Worthing High Academy Status
3. Worthing Borough Council To Be Tweeted?
      •     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:  Seagulls !
Yesterday the Seagulls aka Brighton & Hove Albion FC celebrated an end to their goalless start to the season with a 5-1 victory over Barnsley. Earlier in the week their charity arm Albion in the Community ended their fruitless search for funds to sustain their “Albion Goals” football project in Kitty’s Field, Broadwater with confirmation of an award from West Sussex County Council (WSCC).  The £15,000 award was from the WSCC Big Society Fund which needed the support of the local member for Broadwater – Worthing Lib Dem Alan Rice.  Alan had suggested Albion in the Community make the bid, supported the application and successfully championed the project to West Sussex.
Albion Goals provides football training sessions as a positive activity to engage and inspire young unemployed in areas of deprivation. Kitty’s Field is the only green space on the edge of Broadwater’s “lower super output area” – an area where the child poverty level is 39.7% (West Sussex Child Poverty Report 2011).  Every Thursday morning Albion professional football coach Mark Slide aka Slider will be leading training sessions which not only improve footballing skills but more importantly increase confidence and self esteem. Those taking part are referred onto training and qualifications as a pathway back into work. In other areas over 50% of the young people and adults Albion in the Community have worked with have found employment.
West Sussex County and Worthing Borough Councils are also working with Albion in the Community in another area – delivering the Cancer Health Champions project.  The project has been commissioned jointly with NHS West Sussex to achieve greater awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer (breast, prostrate, bowel and lung) and increase early diagnosis.  Around 320,500 people were diagnosed with cancer in the UK in 2009 – every two minutes someone im the UK is diagnosed with cancer.  Breast, prostrate, bowel and lung cancers together account for over half of new cancers each year.
And theres’s more – Albion in the Community run a successful football in the community project for deprived young people aged 9 to 18 in Worthing and throughout West Sussex. The project reduces crime and anti-social behaviour, builds confidence and creates community cohesion. Sussex Police have acknowledged the project has achieved between 20% and 40% drops in anti-social behaviour at peak times. Albion in the Community are applying for funding from the Big Lottery to secure the project’s future in the next three years and have asked for letters of support from local authorities.  Alan was more than happy to obtain a letter of support from the West Sussex Cabinet Member.
Worthing Liberal Democrats applaud the way Albion in the Community have engaged with the community in a way which resonates so successfully. Community engagement is close to our hearts and we will continue to work with them whenever we can in the future – “Seagulls!”
Worthing Liberal Democrats 
Monday 20th August – West Sussex County Council has awarded a £15,000 Member’s Big Society grant to a unique football project to be run by Albion in the Community in Kitty’s Field, Broadwater.  Big Society grants have to be supported by the local member and Alan Rice as Lib Dem County Councillor for Broadwater was more than happy to oblige.  Albion in the Community is the charity arm of Brighton & Hove Albion football club and the funds will help pay for football sessions at the recreation ground. The project named “Albion Goals” is aimed at young people known as NEET’s because they are not in any form of Education, Employment or Training. The sessions are designed to act as a springboard to encourage the young people into opportunities based around training and apprenticeships. At every soccer session time will be provided for ‘stepping stones to employment’ – a mentoring service for those trying to get into work.
Alan said:  “When this project was first described to me I immediately encouraged Albion in the Community to make a bid for the Big Society Fund. I am delighted West Sussex has seen the value of this project and awarded the grant. Kitty’s Field has long been the Cinderella of Worthing’s green spaces – it’s great that things are beginning to happen there now.  Now we need to work on much needed new play equipment. I am determined Kitty’s Field will be a green space of which Broadwater residents can be truly proud.”   (Bob Smytherman – Press Release)
Tuesday 21st August – Tory Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has agreed in principle for Worthing High School to become an academy. Worthing Liberal Democrats were not surprised by the decision as East Worthing & Shoreham MP Tim Loughton as Minister for Children works in Mr Gove’s department and has been fully supportive of the move.  Many parents and teachers have not been supportive and quite rightly have questioned the consultation process – they vow to fight on through WHAAG (Worthing High Academy Action Group). The decision can be reversed up to the first day as an academy.
Local West Sussex County Councillor Bob Smytherman said: “Although I am the local County Councillor and West Sussex is currently responsible for the school, I have not been asked for any input on the decision.  That is why I share the parents’ and teachers’ frustration with the lack of consultation – it’s been a done deal from day one.”
Thursday 23rd August – Eric Pickles, Local Government Secretary, announced today new law changes to introduce greater openesss and transparency to council meetings. New regulations put forward before Parliament will next month extend the rights of people to attend all meetings of a council’s executive, its committees and sub-committees. The definition of media will be broadened to include the internet and social media.  Council meetings in the future can be the subject of blogs and Twitter – opening up the proceedings to the widest audience.  Meetings to be held in private will have to give 28 days notice and the public will have a right to object asking for the meeting to be held in public.  Worthing Liberal Democrats have welcomed the announcement – they have long been frustrated by meetings held in private where decisions are made affecting residents behind closed doors
Leader of Worthing Borough Council Lib Dem Group Alan Rice said: “At long last we may be able to find out what is really happening at Worthing Borough Council and have the opportunity to let our residents know.  Worthing Lib Dems will not scrimp and will use Twitter and other social media to the full.  Residents can follow me on Twitter at @alanrice83 – they’ll be kept fully informed.”
Wednesday 29th August – Lib Dem Northbrook/Durrington Ward Surgery – The Durrington Community Centre, New Road 7.30 to 8.30 pm
Saturday 1st September – Lib Dem Castle Ward Surgery – The Strand Shops 10.00 to 10.30 am
Saturday 1st September – 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
Monday 3rd September – ADC & WBC Joint Staff Committee – Town Hall at 6.30 pm
Tuesday 4th September – ADC & WBC Joint Cabinets Meeting with WSCC – Adur Civic Centre at 6.00 pm
Tuesday 4th September – WBC Licensing & Control Committee – Town Hall at 6.00 pm
Wednesday 5th September – WBC Planning Committee – Town Hall at 6.00 pm
Wednesday 12th September – WSCC Corporate Parenting Panel – County Hall, Chichester at 10.00 am
Thursday 13th September – ADC & JSC Joint Overview & Scrutiny Committee – Adur Civic Centre at 6.30 pm
Monday 17th September – WSCC Governance Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 2.15 pm
Tuesday 18th September – WSCC Planning Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am
Tuesday 18th September – WBC Licensing & Control Committee A – Town Hall at 6.00 pm
Tuesday 18th September – Lib Dem Durrington Surgery – New Life Church, Durrington 7.00 to 8.00 pm
and every third Tuesday of the month
Thursday 20th September – ADC & WBC Joint Governance & Audit Committee – Adur Civic Centre at 6.30 pm
Monday 24th September – WSCC REgulation, Audit & Accounts Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 2.15 pm
Monday 24th September –  WBC Licensing & Control Committee B – Town Hall at 6.00 pm
Tuesday 25th September – ADC & WBC Joint Planning Committee – Town Hall at 6.30 pm
Thursday 27th September – WSCC Environmental & Community Services Select Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am
Thursday 27th September – ADC & WBC Joint Strategic Committee – Town Hall at 6.30 pm
Friday 28th September – ADC & WBC Joint Census Committee – Town Hall at 6.30 pm

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