Issue 17 January 2020


Funding available for VE Day celebrations

VE Day 2020We're offering £250 per organisation for street parties and events during the VE Day commemoration weekend (8-10 May 2020).

As VE Day dawns on 8 May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the Second World War in Europe. To commemorate this important event a national three-day celebration will take place from 8 May to 10 May 2020.

Friday 8 May 2020 has been designated by the Government as a Bank Holiday to enable as many people and organisations as possible to take part in the VE Day weekend of the 8 – 10 May 2020, providing an opportunity to pay personal tribute to those who gave so much to ensure we all enjoy the freedom we have today.

With a theme of ‘Invoke the War time spirit and make do and mend’ - why not use local produce, be plastic free, make re-usable decorations and make it a ‘car-free’ day?

You can apply online now at

For more information on how to organise a street party, please visit and


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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.

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. 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. All other sites in West Sussex are restricted to West Sussex residents only.

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and at