Gatwick Meet The Buyer Event
WSCC’s Economic Growth Team supported Gatwick Airport’s inaugural ‘Meet the Local Food Producer’ event in Oct 2019. The event gave opportunity for 40 producers from across the 4 counties surrounding Gatwick, to showcase their wares to potential commercial buyers from around the region – council officers drew upon sector contacts to engage with potential buyers and 16 West Sussex producers who attended on the day; the highest attendance of the 4 counties represented. A Taste/Experience West Sussex stand generated new interest in West Sussex as a ‘foodie’ destination and in sourcing West Sussex fare.
Full STEaM Ahead
WSCC have begun work on a partnership project which aims to
raise aspiration around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Creative
Digital and Maths) based employment for young people and those already in the
The programme aims to better link school and college aged
students, as well as adults already in the workplace, with quality jobs within
the wide variety of STEaM businesses in the county. The programme begins in spring
2020 and will run for 2 years. It has been funded from Pooled Business Rates
and brings together partner from all the local authorities, Coastal West Sussex
Partnership, schools, colleges and businesses. Events in the initial stages of
the programme include ‘Bringing Gatwick Airport to Worthing College’, and Learn
Live, using live video relay to link students with a wide range of local
Mature Workforce Strategy
The West Sussex County Council Mature Workforce programme was
launched at the Manor Royal People Conference in autumn 2019. The scheme of
work will develop through 2020 with a focus on educating and encouraging West
Sussex employers to consider age diversity and the ways in which they Recruit,
Retain and Retrain the mature workforce.
to date includes approval of an outline business case for the Bognor Regis
Enterprise Centre within the Enterprise Bognor Regis site, securing
funding to deliver Littlehampton public realm improvements and the development
of a planning application for the Bognor Regis Pavilion Park project to provide
a new park and café in the centre of town.
includes the appointment of consultants to progress the River Arun cycle path,
launching the Bognor Place Branding project in early summer, feasibility work
to be completed for the Bognor Regis Enterprise Centre and the Littlehampton
One Public Estate sites in Fitzalan/Maltravers Road.
& Worthing Growth Deal
appraisal work for Centenary House has been completed and contracts are
currently being prepared for the demolition of Burrscrofte in Pond Road, Shoreham.
In other projects, positive feedback was received in a consultation on the
Portland Road, Worthing, public realm scheme. Discussions with bus operators
have begun looking at rerouting options for the South Street, Worthing, public
Shoreham Harbour Delivery Group will progress meetings with key landowners to
discuss proposals. Consultants are to be appointed and design work to start on
the Worthing Railway Approach scheme. The business case for the construction
stage of the Worthing Portland Road scheme will be prepared.
December 2019 update
demolition of Burrscrofte, Pond Road, Shoreham-by-Sea has recently been
completed. This former care home was closed for over a decade and
demolition removed a security risk and helps make way for a future high quality
development scheme that enhances the local conservation area.
are working closely with Chichester District Council to engage development
partners for the Southern Gateway. Local Enterprise Partnership funding has
been secured to support the demolition of the redundant Chichester High School
building and potential relocation of the hockey pitch, at the school, to allow
development of these sites. £50,000 OPE 7 funding has been awarded for Northern
Gateway feasibility work and a transport feasibility study has been
commissioned for Chichester city centre to include cycle infrastructure.
will be progressed for WSCC land within the Southern Gateway Masterplan area.
Procurement of contractors to demolish redundant buildings on the school site.
A legal agreement with the Academy to enable the relocation of the hockey pitch
within the school site. The access strategy for the Northern Gateway will be
progressed and development options identified