Monthly Archives: July 2016

Brighton Housing Trust First Base Appeal

To support homeless men and women a wish list of items has been created by First Base Day Centre, including sun cream, sun hats, and underwear and shower gel.

“Having fresh clothes to change into after a hot shower can make a significant impact on an individual’s sense of wellbeing, and ability to face the day ahead.”

Please click on the below link to support this appeal.



And, First Base are always looking for community and corporate supporters. If you would like to hold a fundraising event or would like to support us with your business to combat homelessness please get in touch.

Southern Railway scraps 341 services a day

From The Argus

A Southern service at Brighton station.

Southern Railway is to cut 341 trains a day in a revised timetable, the company has announced.

The temporary revised weekday timetable comes into force from Monday July 11 to reduce the impact on passengers and staff of unpredictable and late notice cancellations, the company said.

It claims issues surrounding the cancellations are down to unprecedented levels of train crew sickness and unwillingness among others to work overtime.

The operator is working with the Government to introduce more generous passenger compensation.

Southern has had issues with train crew availability ever since the RMT launched industrial action over the operator’s plans to hand control of who would close the doors from conductors to drivers.

The train operator claims the new timetable will:
•    Be more robust, allowing Southern to recover the timetable faster when problems do occur such as signal failures;
•    Allow them to run longer trains and replacement bus services as well whenever possible;
•    And passengers will be able to claim compensation for delays against both the original and revised timetables.

The revised temporary weekday timetable will run until train crew availability returns to normal.

The company says it plans to encourage staff back to work by giving conductors back their leisure travel passes and restoring the mutual shift swap system which gives them flexibility in their working patterns.

Southern Passenger Services Director Alex Foulds said: “We are introducing this temporary weekday revised timetable with reluctance but it is the best thing we can do for our passengers who have been suffering daily cancellations ever since this dispute with the RMT began, and for which we are sincerely sorry.

“It should give the majority of our passengers a better, more consistent service that they can plan around.

“Whilst our first priority is our passengers, we also understand that this has been a difficult time for our staff. Conductors already know that their jobs are guaranteed, that there will be no reduction in salary and that the independent rail safety body has confirmed our plans are safe.

“Now, after listening to our staff, we have also decided to restore leisure travel benefits. All of this, we believe, should help our staff feel able to return to work and so reduce the issues causing the current high level of train cancellations.”

Changes under the temporary timetable include the reductions in service on the Coastway routes, with buses replacing most trains between Seaford and Lewes.

New PCSO Role Introduced

New PCSO role being introduced to proactively solve problems and tackle local issues.

PCSOs equipped with enhanced powers and skills, are starting their new role on Monday, 4 July.

With new skills and powers to deal with a wide range of local problems, they can act to resolve issues such as alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour from their very first day in the new role.

Assistant Chief Constable Laurence Taylor said: “The PCSO role has evolved since it was introduced 13 years ago with the specific aim to be visible in the community; and they will continue to conduct patrols. However these patrols will be targeted to areas where they know they can make a difference.

“They will be helping prevent crimes such as burglary and anti-social behaviour and complete tasks in ways that are proven to reduce crime and keep people safe.”

They will be an integral part of larger teams solving local problems, carrying out basic investigations, working alongside partners and directly with witnesses and victims to respond to community issues. Making use of mobile technology, PCSOs will access information whilst out in the community.

The flexible nature of their new role means they can work when and where they are needed, logging on remotely, as well as working from police and shared premises.

“Accessibility is important to me,” said ACC Taylor. “It’s important that communities can speak to their PCSOs and police officers when they need them or if they have information to pass on. Now they will have a team to access rather than one individual. Every area within Sussex will have a team to contact – by phone, email or via the web.

“Should there be a need, supervisory officers will have autonomy to move PCSOs to the places where they are needed most. These are in addition to our 999 response and investigations teams. This means all areas in Sussex will have access to a full range of force, regional and national policing services.

“Whilst our newly recruited PCSOs complete their training, teams will be supported by constables within local teams and, in some areas, new police constables who will be out training in the community.”

ACC Taylor added: “The new role of the PCSO has been specifically developed in line with changing demands in policing and reshaping our service to make it as effective as possible to meet the needs of the local community.

“Sussex Police faces the challenge of operating with new demands against a shrinking budget, however, the force is determined to make policing services more effective, rather than less so.

“PCSOs, who are supported by constables with enforcement capabilities, are one of a number of layers of policing that work to prevent, respond to and investigate crime.

“The new policing model for Sussex is focused on protecting vulnerable people and catching criminals. We will always be there when people need us.”

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: “Like most Sussex residents I highly value the work and importance of PCSOs and their contribution to the local policing teams.

“However, community policing in Sussex has remained unchanged for more than a decade, and coupled with the changing nature of crime, a different policing response is required along with new methods of investigation and forensic analysis. This is why I support all officers, including PCSOs, being trained and equipped with the necessary skills to continue to keep our communities safe.

“As PCC I will continue to scrutinise Sussex Police and represent the public’s views, to ensure that the Chief Constable’s new local policing model maintains public confidence and reassurance, whilst delivering an effective and efficient police service.”

Hear ACC Laurence Taylor and PCSO Jamal Robinson talk about the new PCSO role at