News July-Aug 2002

Foxes in the News
Some people actually read this stuff. Our fox story last week promoted all sorts of reaction. The Herald had a long letter from a reader. Other people who saw this newsletter sent me Emails. Some love foxes, some hate them. We apologise if we have hurt the feelings of some of our readers.

A Cow on the Roundabout
Commuters could not believe their eyes when they saw a cow in the middle of the Salting roundabout on the A259 just after 7am. A police spokesman said: “It makes a change from a zebra crossing. It must have just been having a wander.” When police arrived to rescue the cow before the rush hour began, it was nowhere to be seen. They suspect it wandered back to nearby fields.
(Argus 1 Aug 02)

Titnore Lane for National Park
At Thursday’s WBC executive meeting, councillors agreed to recommend land north of Titnore Lane for inclusion in the coming national park areas within a national park boundary enjoy a higher rate of protection from developers. Executive member for planning Chris Sargent said: “We do not have the final say on whether it will go into the national park, but the Countryside Agency will seriously listen to the representations from the borough council.”
(Argus 1 Aug 02)

Worthing Hospital rated one-star
Worthing and Southlands Hospitals Trust’s performance ratings have dropped from two stars to one, out of a possible three. Trust chief executive Roger Greene maintained the hospitals’ standards of patient care were, in fact, improving. There have been a whole host of improvements in patient care that hospital staff have worked hard to secure over the course of the last 12 months.
(Argus 1 Aug 02)

Wedding on the beach
Teachers Laure and Paul Jackson loved being by the sea so much they got married on the beach as scores of sun seekers looked on. Guests in the congregation sat in deckchairs, which were lined up like a row of church pews. The wedding took place on the beach at Worthing Yacht Club on Saturday.
(Argus 1 Aug 02)

Bed Blocking record for Sussex
About ten per cent of all hospital beds in both East and West Sussex are being taken up by people who are well enough to be moved elsewhere, the highest percentage of all 28 SHAs in England and Wales. Staff shortages, a high elderly population and a lack of suitable care homes have been blamed. Unexpectedly high numbers of emergency cases coming in to casualty are adding to the pressure. Delayed discharges have a knock-on effect leading to cancelled operations and long waits for patients in casualty.
(Argus 1 Aug 02)

Traders snub Christmas lights appeal
Traders have failed to contribute a single penny towards an �,000 appeal set up to raise funds for Christmas lights. For the past three months, members of Worthing Town Centre Initiative have urged traders to donate the minimum of �,000 needed to turn the town into a winter wonderland. Without any noticable result.
(Argus 1 Aug 02)

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