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Polegate MP backs referendum on downland sale

The MP for Polegate has spoken out against plans by Eastbourne Borough Council to sell off the freeholds to the downland farms.

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Sussex’s devolution bid ‘paused’

A bid to devolve powers from central Government to local authorities in Sussex has been ‘paused’.

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Sustainabiltity and Transformation Plans are set to be implemented across the country

Major NHS shake-up facing £100m plus shortfall

A major shake-up of health services across East Sussex is planned -but NHS organisations face more than a £100m funding shortfall.

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BREAKING NEWS: Train drivers reject Southern deal

Southern train drivers have rejected a deal from rail bosses to end a dispute over driver-only operation.

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Fresh strike planned by Southern staff

Southern staff are set to strike over the introduction of driver-only operation next week.

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A cycle network is set to link Sovereign Harbour to Eastbourne's town centre

Third phase of ‘key’ Eastbourne cycle network approved

The third phase of Eastbourne Sovereign Harbour’s cycle network has been approved by county councillors.

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BREAKING NEWS: Talks between Southern and RMT union end ‘prematurely’

Talks between union leaders and Southern bosses to solve a long-running dispute over driver-only operated trains have ended ‘prematurely’.

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East Sussex Fire Authority approves council tax rise

An increase in council tax paid to East Sussex Fire Authority has been approved today (Tuesday February 14).

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Councillor Paul Soane has stepped down

Hailsham councillor steps down prompting by-election

A by-election will be held in the town after a Hailsham councillor recently stepped down.

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Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell

‘It should be a stand-alone decision’: Eastbourne MP responds to council downland poll

Caroline Ansell has spoken out about Eastbourne Borough Council’s poll on the sale of the downland farms.

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‘Southern Fail Awards’ winners to be announced

The winners of the ‘Southern Fail Awards’ are set to be announced on the same night as the National Rail Industry Awards.

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Eastbourne council blames ‘brutal’ Government cuts for council tax rise

Cabinet councillors last night (Wednesday, February 8) agreed a 1.9 per cent council tax increase, the second rise in seven years, in the face of severe cuts in Government funding.

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Valentine’s Day talks for Southern and rail union

Fresh talks between Southern bosses and rail union RMT are set to begin next week on Valentine’s Day.

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A seagull stole Oliver Colvile MP's friends chips, reportedly sparking the debate in Parliament

Calls for seagull-proof buildings in MPs’ debate

MPs discussed seagulls stealing people’s chips and how to tackle the ‘flying rats’ problem in Parliament yesterday (Tuesday, February 7) – with suggestions for gull-proof buildings and ‘contraception’.

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‘Zombie apocalypse’ allows Southern trains to run without two staff

A ‘zombie apocalypse’ would be one of the only times a Southern train would run without a second guaranteed member of staff on board, according to one rail union.

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Mid Sussex district countryside (photo from Campaign to Protect Rural England - Sussex branch). SUS-161121-124109001

What does housing white paper mean for Sussex?

Campaigners have warned that the Government’s white paper to ‘fix the housing market’ could jeopardise Sussex’s unprotected countryside.

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Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell

Eastbourne MP to meet with council leader and campaigners over downland sale

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell is meeting with council leader David Tutt and downland farm campaigners this Friday (February 10) to discuss the sale of the South Downs farms.

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Southern train drivers’ deal a ‘shocking and historical betrayal’

A deal between train drivers’ and Southern bosses over the introduction of driver-only operated services has been branded a ‘shocking betrayal’ by one rail union.

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‘Groundhog Day budget’ with £17m cuts approved

The Tory-led county council’s financial plans containing £17m of cuts have been criticised as a ‘Groundhog Day budget’ by Labour councillors.

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Southern wants fresh talks ‘without threat of further strikes hanging over them’

Southern has called for fresh talks with the RMT union ‘without the threat of further industrial action hanging over them’.

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