Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Worthing Liberal Democrats Weekly Newsletter – 3rd to 9th June 2012

Articles for the past week:

Leader:  In the blue corner ….

News this past week: 

1. Lib Dems Slam State Of Pot-hole Repairs And Grass Cutting In West Sussex
2. Arun’s Cleaner – Horsham’s Better

3. Want To Be Worthing Theatres Manager?
WORTHING LIBERAL DEMOCRATS WEEKLY NEWSLETTER 3RD TO 9TH JUNE 2012

      •     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:  In the blue corner ….
 In the blue corner …. Worthing Tories …. and in the red corner …. well actually both corners are blue.  So in the other blue corner …. West Sussex Tories.
This week we tried to ascertain the view of Tory Leader of Worthing Borough Council Paul Yallop and his Cabinet Member for Environment Clive Roberts on the proposed siting of a new waste plant at Decoy Farm in Broadwater.  Worthing Lib Dem Leader Alan Rice simply asked the question on Twitter to both.  There has been no reaction at all from the Cabinet Member for Environment but a prickly one from the Leader.
Mr Yallop’s initial response was: “Your plans for this site do not seem to sit comfortably with the adopted Core Strategy”.  Que?  Whose plans?
Worthing Lib Dems have not released any plans on Decoy Farm so Alan suspected this was a “royal you” lumping him together with West Sussex County Council as a whole.  Mr Yallop in further exchanges clarified his comment by stating he was referring to Alan being a member of the Worthing County Local Committee (CLC) which “approved” the draft plan in July 2011. The plans were not approved by the committee but were brought to the committee by a West Sussex officer for comment.  The decision to proceed with the draft plan was for consideration by Council in October 2011 where the Tories hold a two to one majority – it duly was approved.
Although the Worthing County Local Committee is evenly split – four Tories (Cllrs John Livermore, Clem Stevens, Nikki Waight and Steve Waight ), four Lib Dems (Cllrs Alan Rice, Irene Richards, Robin Rogers and Bob Smytherman) and one Independent (James Doyle) three of the Tories were absent.  The minuted comments were as follows:
  • Reference was made in the report to a built waste facility and an inert recycling facility but the inert recycling facility was not mentioned in reference to Decoy Farm.
  • There needed to be sufficient and meaningful consultation with the public about the waste site, as previous consultations had not been done well.
  • Issues of transport would need to be carefully considered.
  • There needed to be good communication with officers at Worthing Borough Council.
The agenda for the Worthing Local Committee is published well in advance and we would have thought at least glanced through by Worthing Tory Cabinet Members – indeed Worthing Cabinet Member for Resources Steve Waight, being a member of the CLC, receives a hard copy of the papers. If the Worthing Cabinet members were disturbed by the draft plan why did they not make their thoughts known?  After all it is a public meeting and conducted in such a manner that all members of the public are free to comment.
If the comments from the CLC were acted upon by Tory controlled West Sussex there should have been “good communication with officers at Worthing Borough Council” from July 2011.  Why then the sudden surprise from the Worthing Leader now?  Where has there been a communication breakdown?   West Sussex has intimated Worthing Borough officers have been well aware of the developments and considering options. If so, surely Worthing’s Cabinet Member for Environment must have had his finger on the pulse on this very important issue for Worthing’s residents?
Mr Yallop on Twitter has said he has asked Worthing officers to draw up a response to the consultation document and further suggested the consultation is a sham.  But what is definitely a sham is the fact that the “official” response from Worthing Borough Council is to be submitted without consulting Worthing’s residents. Is it right for Worthing Borough Council to express the voice of the people without even telling the people what is being said in their name?
Worthing Lib Dems have already consulted with environmental groups in Worthing and will continue to do so until we have a balanced picture.  Once that picture is complete we will lay out the facts and options before Worthing residents and we will listen to their views – before, during and after our presentation.
We will then enter the fight not from the blue corner, nor the red corner but from the green corner ……..
Worthing Liberal Democrats 
NEWS FROM THE PAST WEEK

LIB DEMS SLAM STATE OF POT-HOLE REPAIRS AND GRASS-CUTTING IN WEST SUSSEX

Wednesday 6th June – Liberal Democrats have criticised West Sussex County Council for the poor standard of pot hole repairs and grass cutting across West Sussex.
Deputy Group Leader Dr James Walsh said at the Policy & Resources Select Committee last week (June 1st): “We are told that the wet weather has caused the grass to grow quickly, and to make cutting it difficult. Why can residents and home owners manage to cut their own grass, and often the grass verges outside their houses, while our contractors, with a much greater variety of grass cutters available to them , find it difficult to do the same? It is surely just a lame excuse for poor performance. The problem is now compounded as the long grass cuttings are left to block drains and gullies, and generally to litter the County’s pavements.”
On pothole repairs Dr James Walsh said:”We need our road maintenance contractors to use more common sense. They will go round marking up larger potholes with white paint, and then return a week or two later to carry out the actual repair. By that time, other previously smaller potholes nearby will have extended into larger holes, but because they are not marked with white paint they do not get repaired, and so get even bigger, and have to wait for the next cycle of white paint and repairs. All this causes danger for cyclists and motor-cycles, as well as for smaller wheeled cars. It would make more sense and probably save time and money if repair gangs could use their common sense and repair all holes in that immediate vicinity that need repairs.” (Bob Smytherman – Press Release)
ARUN’S CLEANER – HORSHAM’S BETTER
Wednesday 6th June – A national survey has pronounced next door Arun as having some of the cleanest streets in the country. Horsham has been named the 5th best town to live in the UK and hence best in West Sussex – Worthing is 147th.  Arun samples 300 random roads every four months around the district for levels of litter, detritus, weeds and leaf fall for the Keep Britain Tidy Local Environmental Quality Survey. Just 4.8% were of a worse standard than the council would have liked, compared to a national average of 11% where the lower the percentage the better. Experian carried out the best place to live survey and in an overall ranking Horsham District came fifth out of 324 local authority areas.  Fifty different factors are looked at in compiling the ranking including employment rates, life expectancy and air quality.  Horsham has slipped though from 2006 when it was placed second best place to live.  Worthing Liberal Democrats are going to dig out the comparison results for Worthing – watch this space.
WANT TO BE WORTHING THEATRES MANAGER?
Friday 8th June – Worthing Borough Council have placed an advert in The Guardian for a new theatre commercial manager.  The advert states: “Worthing Theatres stage a wide and exciting range of entertainment and events which include Shows, Concerts, Plays, Films, Dances, Craft Fairs, Conferences and Exhibitions. Following a robust procurement exercise the Council has concluded that the current in-house provision is best placed to provide live entertainment, film and events across the four Council venues. In the current economic climate challenging targets have been set for financial savings to be obtained by the service – whilst seeking innovative and successful developments for the benefit of the community of Worthing and surrounding area. The Council wishes to appoint a manager to help transform and drive positive change from within the various theatre venues. The successful candidate will be passionate about theatre, have substantial relevant experience, proven entrepreneurial skills and a track record of successfully developing one or more theatrical venues. For further information contact Human Resources, human.resources@adur-worthing.gov.uk or Jeremy Cook, Executive Head of Corporate & Cultural Services 01903 221028 or jeremy.cook@adur-worthing.gov.”  Full details at: http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/job/4468261/commercial-manager-worthing-theatres/
DIARY
Tuesday 12th June – WSCC Rights of Way Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 2.15 pm
Tuesday 12th June – ADC & WBC Joint Overview & Scrutiny Committee – Council Chamber, Adur Civic Centre at 6.30 pm
Wednesday 13th June – WSCC Children and Young Peoples’ Services Select Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am
Wednesday 13th June – Lib Dem Northbrook/Durrington Ward Surgery – The Durrington Community Centre, New Road 7.30 to 8.30 pm
Thursday 14th June – ADC & WBC Joint Governance & Audit Committee – Council Chamber, Adur Civic Centre at 6.30 pm
Saturday 16th June – Lib Dem Castle Ward Surgery – The Strand Shops 10.00 to 10.30 am
Saturday 16th June – Lib Dem Gaisford/Tarring Castle Wards Surgery – West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring 10.30 to 12.00 noon

FURTHER AHEAD

Monday 18th June – WSCC SACRE – County Hall, Chichester at 10.00 am
Tuesday 19th June – WSCC Planning Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am
Tuesday 19th June – ADC & WBC Joint Planning Committee – Gordon Room, Town Hall at 6.30 pm
Tuesday 19th June – Lib Dem Durrington Surgery – New Life Church, Durrington 7.00 to 8.00 pm
and every third Tuesday of the month
Wednesday 20th June – WSCC Environmental and Community Services Select Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am
Thursday 21st June – ADC & WBC Joint Strategic Committee – Gordon Room, Town Hall at 6.30 pm
Friday 22nd June – ADC & WBC CenSus Joint Committee – Gordon Room, Town Hall at 6.30 pm
Monday 25th June – WSCC Regulation, Audit and Accounts Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 2.15 pm
Wednesday 27th June – WSCC Standards Committee – County Hall, Chichester at 10.30 am

Thursday 28th June – WSCC Shadow West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board – County Hall North, Horsham at 2.15 pm

Saturday 7th July – 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 7th July – Lib Dem Brodawater 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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