Issue 18 May 2020

Matters

Follow the countryside code

countrysideThe coronavirus pandemic and the need to maintain social distancing has led many of us in Mid Sussex to explore the local countryside. Getting out of the house for essential exercise is important for both physical and mental health.

We live in a beautiful part of the country and we all have an important role to play in protecting it and each other. If you're exercising in your local countryside, please act responsibly by following the Countryside Code.

Make sure you always pick up after your dog and take your litter home with you.

Follow the advice on local signs. England has about 190,000 km (118,000 miles) of public rights of way, providing many opportunities to enjoy the natural environment. Please wear gloves or use hand sanitiser when using gates.

A farmer will normally close gates to keep farm animals in, but may sometimes leave them open so the animals can reach food and water. Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.

Protect the natural environment by taking special care not to damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants and trees. They provide homes and food for wildlife and add to everybody’s enjoyment of the countryside.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-countryside-code 

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West Sussex County Council (WSCC) reopened Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex on Monday 11th May.

Although the waste sites are open, WSCC is asking you to consider if your journey is absolutely essential before making the trip. 

From Monday 1st June, the range of items will be extended to include garden waste, general household waste, wood, cardboard, electrical items, bulky items, and furniture. The HWRS are currently unable to accept soil / hardcore, plasterboard, asbestos, tyres or textiles for the time being. ID will be required from all vehicles attending site

Vans and pickups will be permitted on the sites, but will need to display their WSCC permit to access the site. Trailers will continue to be rejected for the time being due to the operational changes made to sites.

Normal summer opening hours will be in operation. Once at the sites there will be certain measures in place for the safety of visitors and staff.

Please visit www.westsussexrecycles.org for more information on your local site.