Current Consultations

The following consultations are current – click on the link to Have Your Say

The Safer West Sussex Partnership – Crime Survey

The Safer West Sussex Partnership (SWSP) is asking West Sussex residents and businesses for their understanding, experiences and access to support in relation to crime through an online survey.   Developed on behalf of the SWSP by the Community Safety and Wellbeing Team, the survey is designed to fulfil one of the key statutory responsibilities of the Partnership to consult residents annually on its priorities.   In a change to the usual annual consultation the team will be conducting short themed surveys spread across the year which are aimed at gathering more detailed information regarding the views and experiences of respondents.

The focus for this survey is Child Sexual Exploitation, Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation, ‘Cuckooing’ and Modern Slavery.   The Partnership is focusing on these priorities as they have been identified through a combination of national and local evidence and are often seen as ‘hidden crimes’ due to their signs and indicators being harder to spot.

The aim of the survey is to inform residents on the types and nature of these threats whilst at the same time gathering valuable community intelligence in order to target activity and resources effectively.

They are encouraging as many people as possible to take part in the SWSP survey which should take around 10 minutes to complete.

Respondents can click here to take part.

Environment Agency – Lower Stumble

The Environment Agency are seeking your comments before 5 June 2018 on an environmental permit application received from Cuadrilla Balcombe Limited for

Lower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration Site
Off London Road
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH17 6JH
We can take account of

  • Relevant environmental regulatory requirements and technical standards.
  • Information on local population and sensitive sites.
  • Comments on whether the right process is being used for the activity, for example whether the technology is the right one.
  • The shape and use of the land around the site in terms of its potential impact, whether that impact is acceptable and what pollution control or abatement may be required.
  • The impact of noise and odour from traffic on site.
  • Permit conditions by providing information that we have not been made aware of in the application, or by correcting incorrect information in the application (e.g. monitoring and techniques to control pollution).

We cannot take account of

  • Issues beyond those in the relevant environmental regulations.
  • Anything outside the remit of the EPR, e.g. the proposed location of the site, which is done by the local authority via land use planning.
  • Whether a site should have a formal designation under Habitats Directive or other conservation legislation.
  • Whether the activity should be allowed or not as a matter of principle. For example we will not consider whether wood, gas, or coal should be burnt to produce electricity; only that the options and environmental impact of say wood has been considered. We will not consider whether a waste incinerator proposal should be turned into a sorting and recycle proposal, only that the incinerator options and effect have been considered.
  • Land use issues when determining a permit application, even if changing the location of the activity would improve its environmental performance.
  • The impact of noise and odour from traffic travelling to and from the site.
  • The legally defined process we follow to determine a permit.
  • The granting of a permit/variation if the operator is able to demonstrate that they can carry out the activity without significant risk to the environment or human health.

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South East Water’s Draft Water Resources Management Plan 2020 to 2080

A public consultation seeking feedback on South East Water’s draft water resources management plan (WRMP) which outlines how they intend to balance the supply and demand for water for both current and future customers between 2020 and 2080 has been launched, ending 21 May 2018. 

“We’re keen to hear your thoughts on these proposals such as whether you feel the challenges we’re looking at are the right ones, whether the options we’re putting forward to overcome these challenges are the right ones and whether you think there’s more we can do to encourage people to be water efficient? “

You can view these proposals in detail, download all the documentation, register your comments and find out where our public exhibitions are being held by visiting:



Bus Strategy Consultation

West Sussex County Council is developing a new bus strategy to explore ways in which we can work with bus companies and other partners to help sustain and improve services.    We would like to hear opinions on our proposals for the new strategy and if there is anything else people think we should include. This feedback will inform our approach to and investment in bus services and community transport between 2018 and 2026.   Further information and the online questionnaire is available at or by calling 01243 642105 for an information pack.   The closing date for the consultation is 6 June, 2018.


West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Consultation 

 A six week public consultation has started into the Integrated Risk Management Plan which outlines how it intends to use its resources to help protect the public in the future.   The consultation runs until Monday 28 May.     It asks people to comment on the priorities identified by the West Sussex Fire Authority, part of West Sussex County Council’s functions.   To read the draft IRMP and to take part in the consultation please go to


National Rural Crime Survey 2018

Sussex Police and the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner are inviting residents to complete the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey.     Those who live, work or visit rural communities in the county are being encouraged to respond and have their voice heard.    Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “One of the focuses of this year’s survey is whether rural crime continues to be underreported. Three years ago, one in four people who responded to the survey nationally said they didn’t report the last crime they’d been a victim of because they didn’t see the point.   This is uncomfortable thing to hear, and for all those involved in protecting rural areas, so it’s important we ask these questions again and find out whether people are more willing to report crime and if they feel safer.”  

The survey is open for submissions until Sunday 10 June. Have your say here: