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Lucky escape as agricultural crashes into bus near Copthorne

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A bus driver has had a very lucky escape this morning as his vehicle was hit by a agricultural vehicle near Copthorne.

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The photos show the full extent of the damage caused and the driver was very lucky to escape with only bruising and a broken bone.

There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the incident.

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A passer-by called the emergency services who were quick to attend.

Steve Wallis, Managing Director of Southdown PSV said:

“I can confirm that an agricultural vehicle collided with a stationary bus operated by Southdown after overtaking and striking a van making repairs to a pothole in West Park Road, Newchapel shortly after 12:30 yesterday.

Thanks to our driver’s quick reaction to stop his vehicle, he averted a much more serious incident. Our driver sustained minor injuries in this incident and was taken to East Surrey Hospital for assessment but was released shortly after. No passengers were on board at the time of the incident.”

 

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West Sussex’s exciting new crowdfunding platform

From a local event or festival to bringing a disused space back to life, West Sussex has a new way to fund and support local projects.

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Have you ever had an idea that you think would be fantastic for your local area but struggle when it comes to funding the project? Don’t panic. There’s a new way to get the funding.

West Sussex Crowd is a new crowdfunding platform where you can share your community idea and offer neighbours, local businesses and other interested parties the opportunity to pledge their support to make your idea a reality.

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Ideas can now be uploaded online at www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“This is a really exciting time for groups and projects in West Sussex.

“If you have an idea which will benefit your community, whether it’s a renovation project, a festival or even equipment for a club, then upload it to West Sussex Crowd.

“Groups have already put started using the site and I hope we will see many more crowdfunding campaigns launch on there soon.”

West Sussex County Council is making £330,000 Community Initiative Fund available to pledge to projects on the site.

This will replace its previous funding initiatives including the Small Grants Fund and the Members’ Big Society Fund.

Free events for groups with project ideas who would like to start crowdfunding will run in each District and Borough area during May.

Places can be booked here:

Mid Sussex Community Workshop, Monday 14th May, 10am – 12noon
Chichester Community Workshop, Tuesday 15th May, 9.30am – 11.30am
Horsham Community Workshop, Thursday 17th May, 10am – 12noon
Crawley Community Workshop, Thursday 17th May, 2pm – 4pm
Arun Community Workshop, Friday 18th May, 10am – 12noon
Adur/Worthing Community Workshop, Friday 18th May, 2pm – 4pm

Those who have a project idea but are unable to attend an event are encouraged to register for one of these free webinars:

Royal Society of Arts Online Crowdfunding Workshop (with Spacehive taking part), Thursday 19th April, 6pm – 7pm
• Spacehive’s Webinar: How to run an awesome crowdfunding campaign, Wednesday 25th April, 12noon – 1pm

A formal launch event will take place on Wednesday 9 May from 5.30pm to 7pm at St. Paul’s, Worthing.

To find out more and to upload your project to West Sussex Crowd, visit: www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

If you have further queries about getting started or would like to discuss your project ideas, please e mail communities@westsussex.gov.uk

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