COMMENT: Solving Southern rail woes must be first priority

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has no hesitation in singing the praises of Nick Brown, Govia Thameslink Railway’s chief operating officer since the end of last year.

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‘Constructive’ talks held to end Southern rail dispute

‘Constructive’ talks between the Government’s Transport Secretary and union bosses to end the Southern rail dispute took place today (Thursday July 20).

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Transport Secretary Chris Grayling pictured earlier this year

‘Taking back Southern franchise won’t end dispute’

Stripping Southern services from Govia Thameslink Railway would not end the year-long dispute with rail unions, according to the Government’s Transport Secretary.

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Diane Abbott

Abuse of women MPs is not just a scandal – it’s a threat to democracy

Following the intense election campaign of 2017, Labour shadow home secretary Diane Abbott spoke out about the racist and misogynistic abuse she received online.

Katy Bourne

Katy Bourne will not take over West Sussex fire service

Sussex’s Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has decided to drop plans to take control of fire and rescue services in West Sussex.

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Cllr Paul Dendle.

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Ex-cabinet member calls for Arun to end staff pay cap

Council staff should no longer be subject to pay cap to boost a ‘lack of morale’, a former cabinet member believes.

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Fresh union walkout to coincide with Southern train drivers’ strike

A rail union has called further strike action to coincide with a walkout by Southern train drivers.

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Petitioners at Tupper's Field

Petitioners’ victory as green space deemed ‘no longer suitable’ for development

A green space threatened by development has been considered ‘no longer suitable’ for housing after persistent petitioners scored a victory on Wednesday (July 12).


Major changes to ambulance response standards welcomed by Sussex trust

Major changes to standards governing ambulance response times have been welcomed by the trust providing services to Sussex patients.

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Land east of Fontwell Avenue, Fontwell, earmarked for up to 400 homes. A planning inquiry began on Tuesday SUS-160211-081327001

BREAKING NEWS: Government approves controversial 400-home Fontwell plans

Controversial plans for 400 homes at Fontwell have been granted after a November public inquiry.

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BREAKING NEWS: Southern train drivers’ call three strike days in pay dispute

Southern and Gatwick Express train drivers’ are set to hold three days of strikes in August as part of a dispute over pay.

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John Gooderham, who lives in Billingshurst, has been calling for radiotherapy services to be based in West Sussex

Progress on new cancer treatment unit ‘nothing short of scandalous’

Inaction over creating a cancer treatment unit in West Sussex has been branded ‘nothing short of scandalous’.

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Dog ban in Priory Park remains under new powers to fine

The ban on dogs in Priory Park and Bishop’s Palace Gardens will continue, despite strong support for change from some residents.

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An open day at Chichester Police Station takes place this Saturday, 10.30am to 3pm, and the Southern Gateway plans will be shown off there.ks16000757-9 SUS-160613-224807008

Southern Gateway Masterplan to go on show

Residents have the chance to view and have their say on a major regeneration project for the south eastern area of Chichester this Saturday.

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Southern fined £13.4m for disruption

Southern has been fined £13.4m by the Government for disruption suffered by passengers last year.

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Ricky Bower

Chairman storms out of meeting after losing democratic vote about democracy

A council committee chairman stormed out of a meeting last night after losing a democractic vote – on a point of democracy (Tuesday, July 12).

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Natalie Barker loves working at St Richard's Hospital but is angry at the Government's 1 per cent pay cap

‘I have held dying patients’ hands while my wage is being cut,’ says St Richard’s nurse angry at Government pay cap

A St Richard’s Hospital nurse says she has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response to a Facebook post of her fury at the Government voting to keep the public sector workers’ pay cap.

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Latest Southern rail strike begins

Another rail strike affecting Southern trains started this morning (Monday July 10).

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Fontwell residents view plans for 170 homes

Plans for a proposed new development of 170 homes for Fontwell have been shown off to residents.

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Union calls for ‘accessibility guarantee’ on Southern trains

A rail union has called for a six-month ‘accessibility guarantee’ on Southern services in a long-running dispute over staffing of trains.

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