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01/09/2015 - Newsletter
September newsletter, including Mid Sussex Wellbeing events.
Welcome to new councillor
Richard Cox lives at 28, William Allen Lane, Lindfield, RH16 2SF. He is married with a son and daughter and six grandchildren and moved to Lindfield nine years ago. Prior to that, he lived in West Wickham near Bromley for over 38 years. Main leisure activities are reading, photography, travel and theatre.
Richard is an Industrial Chemist by trade and ended a career with BP Chemical as a Senior HSE Advisor 12 year ago, with retirement at the age of 60. Following retirement, he has been a self employed contractor conducting crisis management training for BP and other corporate companies for 11 years.
Neighbourhood Plan Update – August 2015
Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) have now received the report on our Neighbourhood Plan from the independent examiner. The Planning Department are in the process of adjusting the layout of the Plan to take account of his recommendations. They are also preparing a report for their next Cabinet meeting, which is scheduled for early September and they are expected to publish a copy of the examiner’s report at that time also.
We are expecting that the Cabinet report will recommend that the process moves on to the next phase i.e. the referendum, although it is possible, given the adjustments being made, that there may need to be a further 6 week public consultation. We are still awaiting clarification but as things stand, it looks like the referendum will be held sometime in the autumn.
It should be noted that MSDC are now responsible for all aspects relating to the progress of our Neighbourhood Plan, although they are keeping us informed as and when anything is decided.
Mid Sussex Wellbeing:
(1) Free ‘Weight Off Workshops’ for Mid Sussex Residents
If you need to lose weight for health reasons or your size means you are unable to enjoy life to the full, then join the free ‘Weight Off Workshops’ running across Mid Sussex during the autumn and winter.
Led by experts and run in a variety of locations across East Grinstead, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath and surrounding areas, the small friendly groups offer support and hands on advice to help people over 18 lose weight and make long-term changes to their lifestyle.
The workshops cover a range of topics including food planning, food labels, eating out, sports and activities. Participants can also learn to cook more healthily in special “cook yourself slim” sessions. The three month courses are run by social enterprise company Health Champions, who work with the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team. Courses are designed for local people with a body mass index over 25kg – usually when 1-1.5 stone overweight. A yearly online course is also available as well as telephone support if you cannot attend all the classes.
For more information call the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team on 10444 477191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) Prevent type 2 diabetes with a wellbeing course
The Mid Sussex Wellbeing team has launched a free new support programme to help local residents who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The number of people being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is increasing nationally. It is estimated that 3.2 million people in England have the condition, which equates to 1 in 17 people, putting them at increased risk of developing devastating complications such as blindness, heart attacks, stroke and amputation.
In Mid Sussex alone, 6,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes and it is estimated that a further 1,000 have the condition but have not yet been formally diagnosed.
The Mid Sussex Wellbeing team has launched the free diabetes prevention programme to show people how they can take control for themselves and reduce the risk of developing the condition. The course looks at small and manageable steps that individuals can take to avoid developing type 2 diabetes, such as changes to diet, activity levels and other lifestyle factors.
The free half-day courses will be running at GP surgeries in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath on the following dates:
Haywards Heath - Wednesday 2 September 2015
East Grinstead - Tuesday 6 October 2015
Burgess Hill - Tuesday 3 November 2015
Haywards Heath - Wednesday 2 December 2015
East Grinstead - Tuesday 12 January 2016
Burgess Hill - Tuesday 2 February 2016
Haywards Heath - Wednesday 2 March 2016
Some people are more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes than others. Residents with a family history of type 2 diabetes, a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25 and adults from ethnic minority backgrounds face a greater risk and are being encouraged to sign-up for the prevention programme.
Anyone who is unsure about their risk of developing type 2 diabetes can visit riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/start and take a quick 60 second test provided by Diabetes UK. Body Mass Index can also be checked online by visiting www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx
“Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can have a dramatic impact on your health and wellbeing,” said Councillor Norman Webster, Cabinet Member for Health and Community. “Fortunately, making just a few small lifestyle changes can slow and even stop the onset of the disease.”
“Our Wellbeing team wants to help residents who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes to take control of the situation now and reduce the risk of health problems in the future. Contact the Wellbeing team to book your place on our pre-diabetes programme and they will help you to reduce the risk of developing this unwelcome condition.”
For more information or to book a place on the diabetes prevention programme call the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team on 01444 477191 or email email@example.com.
‘Tell Us Once’ service launches in West Sussex
Losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience. There are lots of things that need to be done, at a time when you probably least feel like doing them, including informing what can feel like a never ending list of government departments and local authority services.
That’s why West Sussex County Council, in partnership with District and Borough Councils in West Sussex, is introducing the ‘Tell Us Once’ service in July.
‘Tell Us Once’ is a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) service which is offered during death registration appointments.
It’s a free service, which notifies several government and council agencies of the death. These include:
HM Revenue and Customs;
Identity and Passport Services;
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA); and
Council services, such as Adults’ Services, Blue Badge, Children’s Services, Council Tax, Electoral Services.
At registration, the Registrar will add the details of the deceased to the Tell Us Once national database.
You will then be given a unique reference number which will enable you to activate ‘Tell Us Once’ with a visit to the website or a single call, should you wish to take up this service.
For more information, please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/births-marriages-and-deaths.
Hooray for pots, tubs and trays
Reminder: as of April2015, household pots, tubs and trays are accepted in regular household recycling collections across West Sussex.
You’ll be able to recycle things like yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs, fruit and vegetable punnets and ready meal trays, as well as your plastic bottles – all that is asked is that they are clean, dry and loose!
Plastics that can be accepted in your recycling are:
• Milk and drinks bottles;
• Bathroom bottles;
• Laundry/detergent bottles & tubs;
• Yoghurt, cream & soup pots;
• Ice cream & margarine tubs;
• Cosmetic pots & tubs;
• Food & ready meal trays;
• Fruit & vegetable punnets; and
• Plastic container lids (such as those used on coffee jars).
But there are still a few plastic items that cannot be accepted in your household recycling. These include:
• Plastic carrier bags & plastic film;
• Expanded polystyrene;
• Plant pots & seed trays;
• Plastic toys; and
• Plastic furniture.
To find out more about recycling plastics in West Sussex please visit www.recycleforwestsussex.org/plastics