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Greens welcome Chichester A27 scheme being dropped

(Chichester Observer 1st March) 

Green MEP for the South East Keith Taylor has called the decision to drop the Chichester A27 scheme a ‘massive victory for the local community’.

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'Secret' plans for Arundel Bypass revealed

25th May - Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee

A Freedom of Information Request has revealed a ‘secret’ A27 route option which would devastate the village of Binsted and divide or destroy National Park woodlands.

See details here.

 

Evening bus service in Worthing extended  

From 29th May, Stagecoach are extending their evening service on the Pulse buses between Lancing and West Durrington. Services will run later on weekdays and Saturdays, which will be of great benefit to those who wish to take advantage of all that Worthing has to offer. We would encourage you to use the service, so that perhaps this will be a permanent timetable, maybe even increasing frequency of the buses if it proves to be popular.

 

Sycamores threatened in Montague Centre

18th May

The Worthing Society is running a petition against the proposed plan to fell mature sycamore trees as part of the development of the Montague Centre. Please download and sign by the 25th May.

 

Worthing rubbish tip could see its days and opening hours cut by county council

Worthing Herald 12th May

Cost cutting measures could see rubbish tips in Worthing, Shoreham and Littlehampton closed for two days a week and their opening hours reduced.

West Sussex County Council is proposing the changes to its household waste and recycling sites (HWRS) in a bid to save £2m a year.

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You can respond to this: http://www2.westsussex.gov.uk/ds/edd/rs/rs01_16-17a.pdf

 

James Doyle for Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

8 April 2016

On 5 May, in addition to the local elections, the country will vote to elect Police and Crime Commissioners in 41 Police Areas. Across the SE Region, only one Green Party candidate is standing. Please support our candidate, Worthing councillor, James Doyle.

The Green Party has the right policies on crime and justice:

  • opposing the creeping privatisation of the police force,
  • supporting an evidence-based drugs policy,
  • community policing, restorative justice, and
  • supporting victims of hate crime.

James Doyle says:

“I will fight to protect policing as a public service. Under this and the previous government there have been six years of cuts to Sussex Police and six years of creeping privatisation, with more and more police functions handed over to companies only interested in making a profit. 

“I want to see Sussex Police being a police service, not a police force.

“The Green Party has an active and progressive view of how policing should be adapting to the challenges of the twenty-first century. 

“We need to actively pursue other ways of reducing crime than simply enforcement and imprisonment. 

The Green Party is fundraising to support James's campaign, and after the election the returned deposit will be turned into a ‘fighting fund’ to support Local Parties contesting elections across the whole SE region. 

To make a donation towards the funds for James's campaign, please go to our South East Region Fundraiser Page. You can also follow James's campaign on Facebook.

 

 Worthing Herald 23rd September 2015 - Oli Poole

HUGE cheers erupted from a packed public gallery last night as councillors voted to reject plans for a 21-storey seafront tower

Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee voted against the Roffey Homes plans for the former Aquarena tower by a margin of five to two.

The plans were described as ‘world class’ by the developer but the committee was unconvinced.

They turned the application down on the grounds of over-development, design, harm to the surrounding conservation area and that it was ‘unsympathetic’.
 

 

 

Worthing Herald 23rd July 2015

DATE SET FOR WORTHING AQUARENA HEARING

THE FATE of the controversial 21-storey Aquarena tower block plans will be determined at a special Council meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd.

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 James Doyle confident of Green Party future on Worthing Council


Worthing Herald, May 30th 2015

GREEN Party supporters believe they can win at least six seats on Worthing Borough Council within five years as membership soars.

The party doubled and trebled the votes it polled in Worthing West and East Worthing and Shoreham parliamentary elections this month and more than quadrupled its membership in the past year.

Also gaining around a tenth of the votes in the local elections, its sole councillor James Doyle, elected last year, is hopeful of a future Green revolution.

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bbc exclusion protest

Ollie Poole - Worthing Herald - 26 April 2015

Worthing Green Party supporters protest over BBC debate exclusion

GREEN Party supporters gathered outside Worthing Dome this afternoon in protest over their exclusion from a BBC debate being filmed inside (Sunday, April 26)

The party was not invited to take part in the Sunday Politics South programme, being filmed at the iconic Worthing landmark. read more...

 


Campaign against high-rise
 
Dan Cain, Worthing Herald April 2nd

Councillors reject controversial development

DEVELOPER Roffey Homes’ proposed 11-storey seafront development has been rejected by Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee.There were cheers from the public gallery as councillors voted against the controversial proposal at a planning meeting inside Worthing Town Hall tonight.

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picture of apples
 
Tristram Stuart - 26 March 2015

Tackling Food Waste in Sussex - The Fruit Factory

On the flip side of this we instinctively know there’s something bad about wasting food. That’s why I wanted to write about Brighton Permaculture Trust’s crowdfunding appeal to finish the building of a straw bale Fruit Factory - saving unwanted local fruit from waste and turning it into ...Read More

 


Caroline Lucas book cover

 

"Honourable Friends?" by Caroline Lucas

...tells the story of 5 years in Westminster and offers bold and practical suggestions for a fairer British political system. It is a unique book by a unique politician and activist.

Discounted at Guardian Bookshop 

"As an MP Caroline Lucas has compromised none of her principles and has shown many others the way real true change could be achieved. She is an exceptional Member of Parliament and a pointer to the way politics could yet be in this country" - Jon Snow

"Where there is Caroline Lucas, there is hope. For the past five years hers has been almost a lone voice of sense and vision in a political system that has been captured and crushed by a cold-hearted elite" - George Monbiot.

 


 

bhfood.org.uk - 16 March 2015

Brighton & Hove win top sustainable food award 

It is about work to improve the food that the city's children and young people eat including:

  • breastfeeding rates well above the national average
  • the number of nurseries that achieve the Healthy Choice Award
  • primary and special schools meals' achievements including Silver Food for Life and MSC certification for fish
  • after-school healthy eating clubs run by Albion in the Community
  • The University of Brighton's work on healthy and sustainable food for their students

 


Save our NHS link

 

West Sussex Gazette - 06 March 2015

NHS campaigners brave elements to gather signatures.

CAMPAIGNERS concerned about the future of the National Health Service weathered the wind and rain on Saturday to gather support for a nationwide petition.

Rallies in Montague Street, Worthing, and at Findon Village Hall were organised as part of a day of action by campaign group 38 Degrees.

The ‘Save our NHS’ petition will be presented to all parliamentary candidates and calls on them to protect NHS funding and keep it a priority in the run up to ... Read More 

 


artistic impression of proposed high-rise in worthing


Worthing Herald - 05 March 2015
Architectural dilemma (21 storey high-rise on Worthing Seafront)

We are being encouraged to believe that Roffey cannot make a profit on the Aquarena site unless they can build 147 flats, and they can only do this with a 21 storey tower.

The real reason the tower is 21 storeys and placed on the promenade is that it’s the location with the highest saleable value which will generate the greatest possible profit.

It doesn’t appear to matter that the other 50 per cent of the flats don’t have ...Read More


 

Brighton Greens - 03 March 2015

What has the Green-led city council done since 2011?

Under Green leadership Brighton and Hove has successfully attracted over £70 million of external public money to fund transport and urban streetscape improvements (as of March 2015)
  • Brighton & Hove was named the third best city in 
    the UK for SME growth in June 2014.

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Save our NHS link

 
peterboroughtoday - 24 Nov 2014

Disabled access victory for Green Party parliamentary candidate for Worthing West.

Green party prospective parliamentary candidate for Worthing West David Aherne has now persuaded HMRC, which locked the gates, to keep them open until the last train passes.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted. I thought it was a dreadful injustice restricting people who are disabled and it was a terrible situation. Read More


Save our NHS link

 
theguardian.com - 04 November 2014

The 10 most unaffordable places to buy a home in the UK – in pictures

At number 10. Worthing
The average houses costs 8.6 times the town’s average salary.
Buying a property just 15 miles west of Brighton will bring the price down somewhat, but houses in the quieter town of Worthing are still out of reach for many, with asking prices of around £270,000, according to Zoopla. ... Read More

Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy


Save our NHS link

 

West Sussex Gazette - 30 May 2014

History made as voters elect Worthing’s first Green councillor

THE Green Party secured an historic victory in the town’s Central ward with James Doyle becoming Worthing’s first ever Green councillor.

Mr Doyle won the seat with nine votes more than Conservative Alex Harman.
He said: “I’m so pleased for everybody who worked incredibly hard on this campaign. The first step is convincing people the Green vote is going to count for something and we have ... Read More