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Fast-changing weather keeps highways teams on constant watch

Highways teams are ready to deploy gritters and snow ploughs will be fitted ‘when required’ to keep main roads open.



Over the last seven days of severe weather, a total of more than 1,000 tonnes of salt were spread on the roads in the county.  Highways teams are constantly keeping watch on fast-changing weather forecasts, ready to deploy gritters to keep West Sussex’s main routes open and passable with care.

West Sussex Highways can call upon a fleet of 22 gritters, with snow ploughs, through contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places.

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More than 150 community winter plans are also in place, with 50 volunteer farmers on standby.

Parish and town councils work with local farmers or contractors who can assist with snow clearance when needed.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, Bob Lanzer said:

“We are liaising constantly with the Met Office and have eight highway weather stations around the county, so we can combine all the information to produce a bespoke road condition forecast for the county.

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period of severe weather and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

“We advise residents and Town and Parish Councils to monitor the @WSHighways Twitter account for updates.”

For information on how West Sussex Highways decides when to grit roads, and gritting routes, click here.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’. Please see:

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

General advice includes:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.

• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.

• Check bedroom night time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.

• Keep warm and active, and if you have to go out dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.

• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – please see:

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Goodbye summer! Winter hours begin at West Sussex waste sites

New opening times start in October.



From 1 October 2018, winter opening hours at all 11 Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) in West Sussex will come into effect.

The opening hours for all sites will be 9am until 4pm and times will be in place until 31 March 2019.

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There will be changes to the days some sites are open. Burgess Hill, Chichester, Worthing, and Crawley will open for six days a week during the winter months. Chichester will close on Tuesdays and Burgess Hill, Worthing, and Crawley will close on Thursdays.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“The changes are based around the demand for services at different times of the year.

“Reducing opening hours during the quieter winter allows us to keep sites open for longer in the summer months when demand is at its highest.”

Further information on Household Waste Recycling Sites can be found at

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