Strengthening local policing  

As your elected Police and Crime Commissioner, one of my responsibilities is to set the budget for policing in Sussex and ensure that, what local people tell me matters most to them, is reflected in the delivery of policing.

The public tell me that they want to see their financial contributions fund more visible, local policing. They rightly want to feel safe at home, in public spaces, at night time and on the roads. They also expect their police force to be easily contactable when they need to reach them.

I am delighted to announce that Sussex Police has re-opened officer recruitment which I’m sure, is very welcome news to people across our county.

Sussex Police is aiming to attract 200 police officers each year for the next four years and I am pleased that this has been made possible by the public’s support to pay more for local policing.

The majority of Sussex residents who responded to my precept consultation said they were prepared to pay more and I want to see their contributions going into visible and effective local policing.

I have always maintained that protecting neighbourhood policing is a top priority because it matters so much to local people. It’s about keeping the community in policing and the police in the community, providing a reassuring police presence.

The additional funding that the rise in the police precept gives us also means the force has to save less money over the coming years so we can protect 476 police posts that would otherwise have been lost. 

As your PCC I will continue to listen to your concerns and ensure you can see the difference that your contributions to policing will make.

To watch my video on officer recruitment, pleasevisit: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/about/our-videos/

To find out more about how your police budget is spent, visit:

www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/about/transparency/what-we-spend-how-we-spend-it/

To sign up to my weekly newsletter, visit: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/about/pcc-newsletter/

 

Katy Bourne

There is a charity art exhibition (local artists) at St Mary in the Castle Hastings 14 - 17 February, with the ‘sale’ of the art on the final afternoon between 1pm & 5pm. Refreshments will be available and ALL monies raised will go to Bluebell Ridge. 

 

 

bluebell charity events

As you may be aware Westfield Parish Council purchased the red telephone box on Churchfield last year. The Council are now asking residents what they would like to see the telephone box used for.

We would be very grateful if you could spare a minute to complete this very simple on-line survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/679PQL7

Your response will be completely anonymous (unless you provide your e-mail address).

A previous suggestion for the box had been to use it for a defrib machine. There is already a machine outside Londis, and the Bowls Club are currently making provision for one, which will be accessible to all, so the PC have not shortlisted this as an option at this stage.

I would be grateful if you would share this with all your friends and family in Westfield, so that we can get as many responses as possible.

Many thanks

On Monday 18th December, a drinks reception was held by the Chairman of Rother District Council, Cllr Mrs Barnes at Bexhill Town Hall in honour of Mrs Joan Downing BEM, recognising her 43 years of service as a Councillor for Westfield Parish Council. Joan was driven there and back in the comfort of a classic Rolls Royce. She was delighted to hear tributes from a number of councillors and to receive a presentation from Cllr Mrs Barnes. The celebratory evening concluded with a meal at The New Inn, Westfield, attended by current and former councillors and clerks.

During her time as Councillor, Joan worked with enthusiasm and determination to address her community’s needs, enriching village life. In 1993 she established community meals for the elderly and disabled, cooking 60+ hot meals in her kitchen each month, transporting and serving food. Joan was an active member of the steering committee for the Parish Action Plan (published in 2006) achieving a new children’s playground, the establishment of a community drop-in centre, and a youth club, verge bulb planting and the now well established twice-yearly community litter picks. In 2014 Joan was awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of her dedication to her local community. Although, at the age of 97, Joan has now stepped down as parish councillor, she continues to play an active role in village life, and still attends all council meetings.

Thank you Joan for all you have done for the PC over the years!

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