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DON’T FORGET: From 1st Dec you must show ID when visiting Crawley’s Household Recycling site

Residents are being reminded that they will need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) from 1 December 2019.

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The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

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Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. 

In response to this residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils.

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The councils have agreed a settlement which means Surrey residents living in the following postcodes – RH7 6, RH10 3, RH19 2, RH19 3, TN8 7, TN8 5 and TN8 6 – who find it easier to use the East Grinstead site, will still be able to do so.

All other sites in West Sussex will be restricted to West Sussex residents only from 1 December.

The new policy will be enforced through identification checks at HWRSs entrances to confirm that the site visitor pays their council tax to West Sussex County Council. 

People will need to show only one form of identification, such as:

• Current driving licence (photo card or paper licence)
• TV licence – less than a year old
• Council tax or utility bill – less than a year old

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and online at www.westsussex.gov.uk and www.recycleforwestsussex.org.

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Crawley nurse shortlisted for award for work with armed forces community

Martin Diver, a nurse from Crawley, has been shortlisted for a Soldiering On Award, recognising his fantastic contribution to supporting members of the armed forces community with their mental health.

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Photo: Martin Diver at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Positive Practice Awards November 2019

Martin is the Managerial Lead for armed forces and Senior Nurse Practitioner at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability healthcare across south east England.

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The Soldiering On Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country, and those who work together in support of the Armed Forces Community.

Martin was instrumental in setting up the Sussex Partnership NHS Armed Forces Community which provides peer led support through drop-ins, events and social activities to serving or former military personnel across Sussex. 

As an ex member of the armed forces, Martin has a keen understanding of the importance of mental wellbeing and support for current serving members of the armed forces and veterans. Martin served with 2nd Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment before leaving in 2000 to train as a nurse. Since joining Sussex Partnership in 2015, Martin has worked hard to use his skills as a mental health nurse to support not only local people in Sussex who serve in the armed forces, but their families as well.

His hard work also led to Sussex Partnership being one of the first mental health trusts in the country to gain ‘Veteran Aware’ accreditation. Awarded by the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA), the accreditation recognises NHS Trusts that have made a series of pledges such as ensuring members of the armed forces community are never disadvantaged when receiving care, training staff on veteran-specific needs, and supporting the armed forces as an employer.

Martin said:

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‘I am very humbled by the nomination, which means such a great deal to me as it recognises the outstanding work being done in Sussex by our Transition, Intervention and Liaison Service, the Complex Treatment Service and the Armed Forces Community supporting veterans, families and carers.

‘Being shortlisted as a finalist in the Healthcare & Rehabilitation category really shows how the whole of Sussex Partnership has got behind this subject and made  it part of our daily assessment routine for everyone entering our services. We work very closely with armed forces veteran’s breakfast clubs, Royal British Legion drop-ins and other support groups offering a substantial recovery programme to veterans, families and carers using our mental health services.

‘I am absolutely thrilled and amazed at the nomination. Congratulations to all the nominees. I wish everyone the very best of luck at the awards.’

As well as celebrating his award nomination, Martin was also honoured to attend a reception at the House of Commons on Thursday 9 January, marking 20 years since the ban on lesbian, gay or bisexual people serving in the British Armed Forces was lifted. At the event the Minister for Defence, Johnny Mercer, gave a public apology on behalf of the Government for the ban.

Martin explained:

It was great to be able to meet with veterans and serving military personnel, share stories and see the progress that has been made in the past 20 years. Attitudes are much more enlightened which allow serving LGBT personnel to be more like themselves and carry out their duties without fear of arrest and discharge from the military. It was also great to meet with the authors of “Fighting with Pride” which documents veterans and serving LGBT personnel and their stories.’

Winners will be announced at the gala dinner and awards ceremony on 24 April. Find out more about the Sussex Partnership Armed Forces Community on Twitter by following @sussexafc.

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