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Commissioner consults on policing costs
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is asking taxpayers if they would be prepared to pay an extra £4.95 a year towards policing.
She said it would help to reduce serious sexual offending and tackle child exploitation, strengthen the fight against cyber crime and increase the visibility of frontline policing.
Mrs Bourne, who spoke to the Chamber’s Breakfast Club on December 3 about her role and work, has launched a consultation on the share of council tax, called a precept, that pays for policing
She said: “I have a statutory obligation to set the police budget. I fulfilled my election pledge to freeze the precept in my first year of office and, as a result, residents have paid the same amount for policing in Sussex for the last four years.
“However, in order to enable investment and ensure Sussex Police is sufficiently resourced to meet future challenges, I am consulting on a 3.6 per cent increase which would add £4.95 per year per household for a Band D property.
“It’s important that I know if Sussex residents are willing to pay a little extra towards policing. Therefore, I would encourage as many people as possible to spend a few minutes filling out the Public Consultation Survey.”
The online survey can be accessed at www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/precept-consultation.
The consultation will close on Friday, January 10.
Printed copies of the survey are available from the Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner. Call 01273 481561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas drinks at the Tavern
Come along to the Chamber’s traditional Christmas drinks evening at the Telscombe Tavern on the South Coast Road on Thursday, December 19. See you there from 7pm.
Shopping in Peacehaven
More than 30 Chamber members, retailers and business people attended the Chamber’s first Shopping in Peacehaven event.
The event at the Meridian Centre was organised by the Chamber’s recently appointed business ambassador, Nigel Enever, and jointly sponsored by Chamber members Focus Media and Jarlands Estates. It was chaired by Gary Maskell and featured three speakers who discussed the current retailing situation in the town.
Town Clerk Kevin Kingston gave a trading overview and reported on a meeting he had had with the Co-op regarding its plans for the Meridian Centre. The next speaker was Richard Pyne, a partner in Stiles Harold Williams, which is responsible for lettings in the Meridian Centre, and the meeting concluded with Rob Blackman, Lewes District Council cabinet member with responsibility for business development and tourism in the area.
Simon is the Chamber’s star
Best in business: Gary Maskell of Advice4Business, Phil Blackwell of Studio Crafts, Simon Studd of Clean Cut Gardening Services and Mark Derrick of Jarlands Estates
AN AWARDS double has been achieved by a Peacehaven businessman. Simon Studd, owner of Clean Cut Gardening Services, swept the board at the Peacehaven & District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards when he won Business Person of the Year and Business of the Year.
The awards, voted for by members of the Chamber, recognised his passion and vision in developing his business to the point where he plans to franchise the Clean Cut brand throughout the UK.
Simon said: “I’m really delighted and very happy to have been recognised in this way. The awards are made even more special for me because they are voted for by my fellow Chamber members.
“I would urge any business that isn’t a member of a Chamber of Commerce to join. The help, advice and assistance that I’ve received during the period I’ve been preparing to franchise my business has been invaluable and I couldn’t have got this far without the help of the Chamber of Commerce.”
Honoured: Phil Howson, Gary Maskell and Simon Studd
Awards of merit went to Mark Derrick, Chris Bray and Gary Maskell in the Business Person of the Year category and in the Business of the Year category merit awards were presented to Jarlands Estates, Northstar Technology Ltd, Advice4Business and Studio Crafts.
The Chris Ogden Award was given to retiring committee member Phil Howson to mark his years of service to the Chamber.
It’s a cracker!
Members of the Chamber were partying at eight in the morning – coffee and tea only – at their Christmas meeting. After putting on paper hats and groaning at Christmas cracker jokes, they were Dreaming of a White Christmas and joining in with singer and guitarist Brendan Grant – aka Chamber member Chris Bray – for festive favourites.
Footie fever gripped the Chamber with an away fixture at Peacehaven and Telscombe FC. The fortnightly Breakfast Club were welcomed to the football club for egg and bacon at the newly renovated clubhouse. Afterwards, would-be Rooneys were challenged to a kick-the-ball-in-the bin contest. It was a game of two halves and the Chamber were over the moon.
Final visit to Wastewater Treatment Works
Seventeen members shrugged off unseasonally cold April rain and wind to tour the £300 million Southern Water wastewater treatment works project at Peacehaven.
John Awdry, 4Delivery’s environmental manager, hosted the early-morning tour at the Lower Hoddern Farm site.
This was the Chamber’s third and final visit as the treatment works is expected to be fully operational in 2013 and public access will be very limited.
Annual General Meeting 2012
The Peacehaven & District Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 20 March 2012 at Peacehaven Football Club at 7.30pm
Chamber’s Business Awards winners
Winners at the Chamber’s Business Awards, hosted by Peacehaven & Telscombe FC, were:
Business of the Year – Secretary Outsource
Business Person of the Year – Phil Merry
Awards of Merit in both categories went to Clean Cut Gardening Services, Focus Media, Bob Welch and Rachel Brown
The Chairman’s Award, which was re-dedicated as the Chris Ogden Memorial Award, went to Sheila Knight, of The Flower Shed.
Breakfast with Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby
Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown, was the guest speaker at a November meeting of the chamber’s Breakfast Club. He spoke about his first year as a Member of Parliament.
“We have made great contacts and found that Chamber membership has become a great support to our business.Phil Blackwell, director, Studio Crafts Find out more
We would urge local businesses to sign up and get involved.”