Press Release for Sussex Police

Named PCSO for every local community – Sussex Police


Every community in Sussex will have a named PCSO starting from next month, Sussex Police has announced.


The confirmation follows an investment in 100 extra PCSOs, secured through local funding by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne – bringing the total number to 296.


Chief Constable Giles York said the decision will put ‘eyes and ears’ into every part of the county and give local people a direct point of contact for local policing issues and concerns.


“When we introduced the new local policing model three years ago, we said it would be scalable. Now, thanks to this additional investment, we’re in a position to strengthen local policing and we know this is what local communities want to see,” said Mr York.


“Our PCSOs do an incredible job, every day, working alongside their police officer colleagues to prevent and detect crime and tackle anti-social behaviour in our local communities.


“This change means communities will soon begin to see and feel the benefits of their investment as new PCSOs are deployed over the coming months, where they will provide a visible policing presence and be a point of contact for local policing issues.”


The change will take effect from November 4, when all existing PCSOs will adopt responsibility for a defined geographical area, and be rolled out over the coming months as the additional PCSOs are recruited and deployed.


It comes in addition to recent announcements on the recruitment of 379 additional police officers for the county over the next four years.


Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:


“My focus groups and conversations with local people clearly show that the public want PCSOs back in their communities, forming that essential and reassuring link with police. Neighbourhood Policing needed modernising five years ago and that included giving PCSOs the necessary skills to help support police officers and investigations.


“Since then, Sussex Police have transformed the role of PCSOs by equipping them with more knowledge, skills and powers, but at the same time  keeping the  best of the old model where PCSOs were known in their local communities. I know that communities across the county will be delighted to hear Sussex Police are  making their  PCSOs more accessible  and visible  by increasing the  numbers on our streets by 100 and providing a named PCSO for each ward area.”


PSCOs will continue to form part of wider local prevention teams, ensuring that finite police resources can be focused on the most critical issues.


The uplift in PCSOs includes six new rural PCSOs who will provide specialist support and advice to those in rural communities.


The increase will help address some of the low level issues affecting communities, preventing the escalation of more serious crime and violence.


The decision complements ongoing transformation plans by Sussex Police to strengthen local policing, modernise to respond to changing patterns of serious crime and the ways in which the public can contact the police.


These additional PCSO posts are being recruited throughout the financial year with intakes of 18 in July 2019, 36 in September 2019, 36 in January 2020 and 36 in March 2020 under the PCSO apprenticeship scheme.


The 100 new posts will be allocated based on demand with details available locally and at from November 4.


Mobile Household Recycling Survey

Earnley Parish Council need your views on the provision of the mobile household recycling service currently provided by West Sussex County Council. The County Council are currently looking at possibly closing this service for both Wittering and Selsey and they have asked the parish councils to consider funding this service.  The service will only be provided if all the parishes contribute and the provision of the service for Wittering & Sesley is co-dependent on each other.  Please use this link to access the survey 

Sussex Wildlife Trust Event – October 2019

CHICHESTER                            Tuesday 29 October

Illustrated Talk by Judi Darley on “Chichester Harbour Latest Projects”,  Communities Officer for Chichester Harbour Conservancy, to the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Friends Meeting House, Priory Road, Chichester, PO19 1NX at 7.30 pm.

Entrance Members £3-00/Visitors £4-00 inc refreshments.                          wheelchair access    01243 262833  

RSPB Events for OCTOBER 2019

PAGHAM                                 Saturday 12 October 

All Day Bird Walk around Pagham Lagoon and North Walls and with Roger Morris of the RSPB Chichester Local Group. Meet in Church Lane, PO21 4NU at 10.00 am,                    

Map Ref: SZ880976                 01243 262833


CHICHESTER                           Thursday 24 October

Illustrated Talk by Glenn Duggan on “Birding in Panama” to the RSPB at The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1SY at 7.30 pm.

Entrance members £2-50/visitors £5             01243 262833             wheelchair access


CHIDHAM                               Saturday 26 October 

All Day Bird Walk around Chidham and Cobnor Point with Carole Griffiths of the RSPB Chichester Local Group. Meet in sunken lane car park at 10.00 am,

Map Ref: SU793034

01243 262833



HEYSHOTT                              Sunday 6 October

Conservation – Hedge-laying with Rod Eadie of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers on Heyshott Down from 10.00 am        07776 150863


GRAFFHAM                             Sunday 20 October

Conservation – Heathland Management with Scott Robertson of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers on Graffham Common from 10.00 am  

01243 552113/07539 090509


PAGHAM                                            Saturday 14 September

The Mulberries present a 60s Pop Night with The Minkees featuring Karen at the                      Pagham Village Hall, Pagham Road, Pagham PO21 4NJ at 7.30 pm.

Tickets in advance £8-00 on 01243 697593                             Bring your own food and drink         Wheelchair access                          Proceeds to local charities                    


UPWALTHAM                         Monday 16 September

Morning wildlife walk in the Benges Wood with David Hart of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. Meet in car park, end of Selhurstpark Hill Road GU28 0LZ, Map Ref: SU93681230 from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm

Dogs on leads welcome          Donation to the Trust appreciated                01243 262833

RSPB Events for SEPTEMBER 2019

BURPHAM                               Sunday 1 September

Morning bird walk on The Burgh with Carole Griffiths of the RSPB Chichester Local Group. Meet by T Junction, Map Ref: TQ042096 at 9.30 am                                   01243 262833


CHICHESTER                           Thursday 26 September

Illustrated Talk by Nigel Choat on ‘Surrey on the Wildside’ to the RSPB Chichester Local Group at The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester at 7.30 pm.

Entrance members £2-50/visitors £5                      01243 262833                   wheelchair access


DUNCTON                               Saturday 21 September         

Day Bird Walk around Burton Mill Pond with the RSPB Chichester Local Group. Meet in mill car park, Map Ref: SU979181 at 10.00 am                  01243 262833

Please bring a drink and packed lunch


THORNEY ISLAND                    Sunday 29 September

Morning bird walk around Thornham Lane and Great Deeps with John Kelsall of the RSPB Chichester Local Group. Meet in Thornham Lane, Map Ref: SZ756049 at 10.00 am

01243 262833            


Lions Club of Chichester’s 255th Annual Model Railway Exhibition will be held at Chichester High School PO19 8AE on Saturday 26 October 2019 between10.00am and 4.30pm.  Yes, it’s our SILVER ANNIVERSARY and we would like as many as possible to come along and celebrate with us.


14 attractive railway layouts in various scales have confirmed they will be attending, and on four of these the public, including children, may drive the trains.


3 steam-engine related MECCANO models will also be on show, as will Chichester Model Engineers’ static 3.5″ and 5″ gauge models,


5 trade stands will offer everything you need for your own model railway;

Other exhibits will include:;

A specialist Toy Auctioneer who will value any unwanted toys you may have, and sell them for you if you wish;

Games with prizes for children and adults;

Southdowns Light Railway information stand.


All-Day refreshments will be available from The Junction Café


Also expected, though not yet confirmed, will be two more layouts, an outside ride-on railway for adults and children; and railway-related book sales.


There is free car parking, and good access for disabled people,


Admission: Adults £5; Under 15s £2; Family [2+2] £12.

                              (all unchanged from last year)

More Info. at 07777-681292, or visit


Do you have a question for your MP?

Gillian Keegan MP’s Open Meeting which is taking place on Friday 26th July from 7pm to 9pm in The Selsey Centre, Manor Road, Selsey, PO20 0SE. I would be grateful if you could share this with your parish as it is a great opportunity to meet Gillian and asks any questions.


If you would like any further information, just get in touch.


Best wishes



Juliette Smith


Office of Gillian Keegan MP

Member of Parliament for Chichester


House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
020 7219 1193