New funding to help keep vulnerable residents warm

Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex acting director of public healthVULNERABLE residents in East Sussex could benefit from home improvements to keep them warm in cold weather – thanks to funding from a national charity.

Money is available from a £325,000 grant from the Warm and Healthy Homes Fund, part of a national scheme administered by fuel poverty charity National Energy Action aimed at helping households at risk of cold-related illness. Continue reading

Council tax increase to protect vital services approved

Cllr Keith GlazierCOUNCILLORS in East Sussex have voted to raise council tax by 3.99 per cent – to mitigate the impact on vulnerable residents of continued cuts to its funding.

The increase, equivalent to 92p a week extra for a Band D property, includes a two per cent levy, the maximum authorised by the Government, to offset some of the savings the authority must make from adult social care services. Continue reading

Council welcomes review panel’s findings over aircraft noise

gatwick webCOUNCIL bosses have welcomed a report which could help alleviate the issue of aircraft noise above East Sussex.

An independent review panel, commissioned by Gatwick Airport Ltd in response to concerns raised by residents and local authorities, has made 23 recommendations to the aviation industry – 20 of which could be implemented within just 12 months. Continue reading

Full steam ahead for Uckfield High Street scheme

Cllr Claire DowlingDETAILS have been announced for the next stage of the highways scheme to improve Uckfield town centre.

Highway improvement work will begin in earnest next month as part of the second stage of the Uckfield Town Centre Highway Improvement Scheme, while details of traffic management arrangements for the town during the work have also been confirmed. Continue reading