WSCC – Public Rights of Way service update

Please note WSCC has suspended the 15 month Inspection and Maintenance Cycle, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, and is currently only taking action on Public Rights of Way where reported issues require work to ensure public safety on the network. Should any enquiries received not be of this nature it will be logged so it can be prioritised and addressed in the future when normal working practices are resumed. We are currently reviewing when we can re-start inspections in line with government guidance and ask you for your patience in dealing with issues that arise. It is also important to note that our summer clearance programme for surface vegetation has now begun on selected paths and is running between the 1st June and mid-August.

  • At this time it is important to remind people that public footpaths are for use by the public on foot only and cycling on these routes is a trespass against the landowner. This unlawful use risks conflict on the paths themselves and considerable challenges for people trying to keep the necessary 2m apart whilst enjoying the countryside.
  • It is also important to note that landowners are responsible for any side vegetation encroaching onto the path and any structures on the PROW network, such as stiles and gates. If appropriate to do so please contact the landowner, if known, directly to make them aware of the issue but if not you can continue to report such issues by following the link below.

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/land-waste-and-housing/public-paths-and-the-countryside/public-rights-of-way/report-a-problem-with-a-right-of-way/#report-a-problem

  • A final reminder is the need to ensure good hygiene when using the PROW network including regular hand washing along with social distancing in line with government advice.

Heat Health Warning – Keep Cool Checklist

The Met Office have issued a Heat Health Warning with temperatures expected to exceed 30 Celsius are expected quite widely, especially in central, southern and east England, although most coasts will be less hot.

Hot weather can affect your health. The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot.  In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

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Household Waste Recycling Sites to accept more items from Monday 1st June 2020

The link is to Wednesday’s 27th Press Release https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/news/household-waste-recycling-sites-to-accept-more-items-from-monday-1st-june/

It highlights they will start accepting more items including wood, furniture and electrical items from Monday 1st June.

Residents will be able to dispose of the following items at all sites in West Sussex:

  • garden waste
  • general household waste
  • wood
  • cardboard
  • electrical items
  • bulky items
  • white goods
  • furniture.

Vans and pickup trucks with a permit can now enter sites. Trailers are still not allowed at this time, to help ensure social distancing and to limit queues.

It also provides information on the mobile services at Selsey and the Witterings will begin reopening from Thursday 4 June for green waste and general household waste only, starting with the Witterings.