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Have your say on electric vehicle infrastructure in West Sussex

Last year, West Sussex County Council asked residents what would help them make the switch to electric vehicles.

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The survey showed that lack of public charging points and range anxiety were significant factors discouraging people from switching. 

The council has produced a draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy taking into account those results and is going out to consult publicly over the next month before it is formally adopted.

Open from today (Tuesday 27 August) – Tuesday 1 October, residents, businesses and commuters into the county are being asked 16 questions to see if the strategy will help address the initial barriers and give individuals the confidence to switch to EV’s.

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

“Under the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2019, the Government plans to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles aims for all vehicles to be low emission by 2050. 

“The council needs to start preparing for this transition and support the wider county so that its businesses and residents are not disadvantaged.  

“Ultimately, early investment in infrastructure to support the transition from petrol and diesel vehicles to alternative fuels is critical. Long-term this will also help improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions across the county.

“With electric vehicles looking to be similar price wise to conventional vehicles in the UK as early as 2021, we want the public’s view on our draft strategy so we can make sure it’s fit for purpose. Whether you currently own or drive an electric vehicle, are considering buying one in the future, or even if you have no plans to switch, we would like to hear from you.”

All consultation responses will help shape the final Electric Vehicle Strategy before a Cabinet Member Decision is taken in December to formally adopt the strategy.

You can take part by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/evconsultation

If you require the survey in an alternative format, please contact the Sustainability team on 0330 222 6455 or via email at sustainability@westsussex.gov.uk. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone you can contact them on 18001 0330 222 6455.

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Tilgate Primary School praised by Ofsted

Following a recent Ofsted inspection, The Oaks Primary School and Nursery was judged as continuing to be a good school that is highly ambitious for its pupils.

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The inspection took place on the last Wednesday of the school year in July and the report states that the school has a:

cohesive, knowledgeable and influential team of senior and middle leaders who are highly ambitious for pupils”.

The report also acknowledges how positive the pupils and parents feel about the school:

“Pupils enjoy school. They are enthusiastic, keen and inquisitive learners…(the pupils) said that lessons are fun and make them think hard”. “Parents praised the staff’s efforts to provide children with good opportunities to learn and ensure that they are fully prepared for the next stage of their education. One parent said, ‘My daughter loves the school.’ Parents particularly value the way staff support their children to develop good personal and social skills”.

There is also praise for The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) and the impact of collaborative work between the TKAT schools:

“Leaders at all levels benefit from their collaborative work with The Kemnal Academies Trust. From schools within this multi-academy trust (MAT), leaders meet together to share good practice and update their knowledge”.

Alan Gunn, Headteacher of the school said,

“We are all absolutely thrilled with the report. We have a highly dedicated and skilled staff who are all committed to giving all our children the best possible start to life.

Everyone works very hard to ensure The Oaks is a fantastic place for our children to learn and grow as successful, confident and responsible individuals. I am so proud of our children and the staff and it is great that our efforts have been acknowledged by Ofsted.

The report has highlighted a number of our strengths and that we continue to strive to provide good level of education. It has also confirmed ways that we can continue to improve on to ensure even greater success in the future.”

The full report can be read on the School’s website by clicking here.

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