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West Sussex
EnglandWestSussex.svg
Geography
Status: Ceremonial & Non-metropolitan county
Region: South East England
Area:
- Total
- Admin. council
Ranked 30th
1,991 km2 (769 sq mi)
Ranked 27th
Admin HQ: Chichester
ISO 3166-2: GB-WSX
ONS code: 45
NUTS 3: UKJ24
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2008 est.)
- Density
- Admin. Council
Ranked 27th
781,600
393 /km2 (1,018/sq mi)
Ranked 9th
Ethnicity: 96.6% White
1.7% S.Asian
Politics
Westsussexarms.PNG

West Sussex County Council
http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/
Executive: Conservative
Members of Parliament
Peter Bottomley (C)
Nick Gibb (C)
Nick Herbert (C)
Tim Loughton (C)
Francis Maude (C)
Laura Moffatt (L)
Nicholas Soames (C)
Andrew Tyrie (C)
Districts
WestSussexNumbered.png
  1. Worthing
  2. Arun
  3. Chichester
  4. Horsham
  5. Crawley
  6. Mid Sussex
  7. Adur

West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering onto East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. The county of Sussex has been divided into East and West since the 12th century, and obtained separate county councils in 1888, but it remained a single ceremonial county until 1974 and the coming into force of the Local Government Act 1972. Also at this time the Mid Sussex region (including Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead) was transferred from East Sussex.

West Sussex is a diverse county; it is well known for its stately homes and castles such as Arundel Castle and Bramber Castle. Over half the county is protected countryside, offering popular walking and cycling ground for visitors and residents alike.[1]

Chichester is the county town of West Sussex, and the highest point of the county is Black Down, at 280m/919 ft (grid reference SU919296).

Contents

Settlements

Chichester Market Cross

Most settlements in West Sussex are either along the south coast or are situated in the M23 corridor. Crawley and Worthing are the largest settlements in the county, with populations of approximately 100,000 inhabitants each. Next in size order comes Bognor Regis, on the south coast, followed by the market town of Horsham. Chichester, the county town, boasts a cathedral and city status, and is situated not far from the border with Hampshire. Other towns in alphabetical order are Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath in the Mid Sussex district, and Littlehampton in the Arun district.

Other settlements include the towns of Arundel and Shoreham-by-Sea, and the smaller settlements of Billingshurst, Copthorne, Crawley Down, Cuckfield, Henfield, Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Lancing, Lindfield, Midhurst, Petworth, Pulborough, Rustington, Southwater, Southwick, Steyning and Storrington.

Communications and transport

The M23/A23/A24 runs through the east of the county from Waterloo in London all the way to Brighton and Worthing. Other major roads are the A272 which runs east to west, and the A27 which does the same but closer to the coast; the A272 going through the middle of the county. Along the majority of the coast can be found the A259, which is often used as an alternate route to the A27.

Gatwick Airport, which handled over 32 million passengers in 2005, is located to the north of Crawley, and is the second largest airport in the United Kingdom. There is also a considerably smaller local airport at Shoreham. There are 3 main railway routes; the Brighton Main Line, the Arun Valley Line and the West Coastway Line.

Local government

West Sussex County Council, based at County Hall Chichester, provides a large range of services including education, social services, fire and rescue, libraries, town and country planning, refuse disposal and consumer services. In addition, there are seven local government districts within the county of West Sussex:

Places of interest

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Castles, houses and other buildings

Museums

Wakehurst Place Gardens, Ardingly.

Nature

Ancient history

Religious buildings

See also Category:Churches in West Sussex

The arts

Other

History

Historic Coat of Arms, Replaced in 1975

.

Economy

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of West Sussex at current basic prices published by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.[4]

Year Regional Gross
Value Added[5]
Agriculture[6] Industry[7] Services[8]
1995 8,564 208 2,239 6,116
2000 10,576 162 2,545 7,869
2003 12,619 185 2,520 9,915

The following are some of the companies based in West Sussex:

Education

To find related topics in a list, see List of schools in West Sussex.

West Sussex has a comprehensive education system, with 36 county-maintained secondary schools, one Academy and over 20 independent senior schools. In addition, primary education is provided through a mix of around 240 infant, junior, primary, first and middle schools.

Politics

West Sussex County Council has 70 councillors; the majority of them being Conservative. There are 47 Conservative councillors, 16 Liberal Democrats, and 7 Labour Party councillors.[9]

As of the 2005 general election, West Sussex is largely represented by Conservative MPs, with the exception of the Labour Party constituency of Crawley, where Labour held the seat by just 37 votes. The Members of Parliament, their corresponding constituencies and the percentage of the vote they received are as follows:

[10]

See also

Image Gallery

References

  1. ^ West Sussex County Council: Leisure & Tourism
  2. ^ Steyning Museum
  3. ^ : Tangmere Military Aviation Museum | Tangmere Sussex :
  4. ^ http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_economy/RegionalGVA.pdf
  5. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  6. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  7. ^ includes energy and construction
  8. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured
  9. ^ West Sussex County Council: Councillors
  10. ^ BBC NEWS | Election 2005 | Election Map

External links

Coordinates: 51°03′30″N 0°41′24″W / 51.05840°N 0.69006°W / 51.05840; -0.69006


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

West Sussex [1] is a county in the South East of England.

Map of West Sussex
Map of West Sussex
  • The South Downs
  • Selsey Bill
  • The Bluebell Railway, near East Grinstead, Ardingly and Uckfield. Timetable and fare information is available here.
  • Fishbourne Roman Villa

Understand

West Sussex and neighbouring East Sussex once made up the ancient Kingdom of Sussex.

Talk

English - dialect is Home Counties.

Speakers of other languages may have trouble being understood, but locals are often willing to be patient and multilingual dictionaries are available at bookstores

Get out

East Sussex

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

English

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Wikipedia

Proper noun

Singular
West Sussex

Plural
-

West Sussex

  1. A county in south east England bordered by East Sussex, Hampshire, Surrey and the English Channel.

Genealogy

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From Familypedia

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West Sussex
Geography
Status: Ceremonial & Non-metropolitan county
Region: South East England
Area:
- Total
- Admin. council
Ranked 30th
1,991 km2 (769 sq mi)Image:Wp_globe_tiny.gif
Ranked 27th
Admin HQ: Chichester
ISO 3166-2: GB-WSX
ONS code: 45
NUTS 3: UKJ24
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2006 est.)
- Density
- Admin. Council
Ranked 27th Image:Wp_globe_tiny.gif
770,900


387/km² (1,002/sq mi)
Ranked 9th Image:Wp_globe_tiny.gif

Ethnicity: 96.6% White
1.7% S.Asian
Politics

West Sussex County Council
http://www.westsussex.gov.uk/
Executive: Conservative
Members of Parliament
Peter Bottomley (C)
Nick Gibb (C)
Nick Herbert (C)
Tim Loughton (C)
Francis Maude (C)
Laura Moffatt (L)
Nicholas Soames (C)
Andrew Tyrie (C)
Districts
Image:WestSussexNumbered.png
  1. Worthing
  2. Arun
  3. Chichester
  4. Horsham
  5. Crawley
  6. Mid Sussex
  7. Adur

West Sussex is a county in the south of England, bordering onto East Sussex (with Brighton and Hove), Hampshire and Surrey. The county of Sussex has been divided into East and West since the 12th century, and obtained separate county councils in 1888, but it remained a single ceremonial county until 1974 and the coming into force of the Local Government Act 1972. Also at this time the Mid Sussex region (including Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill and East Grinstead) was transferred from East Sussex.

West Sussex is a diverse county; it is well known for its gastronomy, stately homes and castles such as Arundel Castle and Bramber Castle. Over half the county is protected countryside, offering popular walking and cycling ground for visitors and residents alike [1].

Chichester is the county town of West Sussex, and the highest point of the county is Black Down, at 280m/919 ft (grid reference SU919296).

Contents

Settlements

Chichester Market Cross

Most settlements in West Sussex are either along the south coast or are situated in the M23 corridor. Crawley and Worthing are the largest settlements in the county, with populations of approximately 100 000 inhabitants each. Next in size order comes the market town of Horsham, and Bognor Regis, on the south coast. Chichester, the county town, boasts a cathedral and city status, and is situated not far from the border with Hampshire. Other towns in alphabetical order are Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath in the Mid Sussex district, and Littlehampton in the Arun district.

Other settlements include the towns of Arundel, Lancing and Shoreham-by-Sea, and the smaller settlements of Billingshurst, Cuckfield, Henfield, Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint, Midhurst, Petworth, Rustington, Steyning, Storrington and Pulborough.

For a full list of settlements see List of places in West Sussex.

Communications and transport

The M23/A23 runs through the east of the county from Surrey all the way to Brighton in neighbouring county East Sussex. Other major roads are the A272 which heads east to west, and the A27 which does the same but close to the coast; the A272 goes through the middle of the county. On the majority of the coast is the A259, which is used as an alternate route to the A27.

Gatwick Airport, which handled over 32 million passengers in 2005, is north of Crawley, and is the second largest airport in the United Kingdom. There is also a considerably smaller airport at Shoreham. There are 3 main railway routes; the Brighton Main Line, the Arun Valley Line and the West Coastway Line.

Local government

West Sussex County Council, based at County Hall Chichester, provides a large range of services including education, social services, fire and rescue, libraries, town and country planning, refuse disposal and consumer services. In addition there are seven local government districts within the county of West Sussex:

Places of interest

Castles, houses and other buildings

Museums

A pathway at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly.

Nature

Ancient history

Religious buildings

Worth Church, Worth, Crawley.

See also Category:Churches in West Sussex

The arts

Other

Gatwick's South Terminal

History

Main article: History of Sussex
.

Economy

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of West Sussex at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[1] Agriculture[2] Industry[3] Services[4]
1995 8,564 208 2,239 6,116
2000 10,576 162 2,545 7,869
2003 12,619 185 2,520 9,915
  1. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  2. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  3. ^ includes energy and construction
  4. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Virgin Atlantic Airways is based in Crawley, as is BOC Edwards.

Education

West Sussex has a comprehensive education system, with 37 state schools and 20 independent schools. At GCSE, in England, on average, 45.8% of pupils gain 5 grades A-C including English and Maths; for West Sussex LEA and its 8500 pupils that take GCSE at 16, it is 47.7%. However the variation across the county is quite large, with Horsham and Mid Sussex districts producing much better results than the other districts. Mid Sussex district has the highest school population, with Adur the smallest (only having two schools). The provision of sixth-forms varies as well by district: although at least 80% of schools have sixth-forms, most schools in Worthing district do not, and only half of the schools in Mid Sussex and Horsham districts do as well. At A-level, West Sussex (similar to East Sussex, although East Sussex gets lower results) performs well under the England average. The independent schools perform the best at A level in West Sussex, but (as a comparison) only Lancing College would be better than a typical grammar school in a selective area: the area's A-level performance is disappointing. At A level, the best state school is Holy Trinity C of E Secondary School in Crawley, and the best independent is Lancing College.

GCSE results by district council (%)

% achieving 5 grades A-C at GCSE including English and Maths.

  • Horsham 59.6
  • Mid Sussex 59.3
  • Chichester 52.3
  • Worthing 46.0
  • Crawley 42.2
  • Arun 39.3
  • Adur 23.5

Politics

West Sussex County Council has 70 councillors; the majority of them being Conservative. There are 47 Conservative councillors, 16 Liberal Democrats, and 7 Labour Party councillors. [3]

As of the 2005 general election, West Sussex is largely represented by Conservative MPs, with the exception of the Labour Party constituency of Crawley, where Labour held the seat by just 37 votes. The Members of Parliament, their corresponding constituencies and the percentage of the vote they received are as follows:

[4]

See also

References

External links


CoordinatesImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif: 51.05840° N 0.69006° W


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Simple English

In 1974 the old county of Sussex was split into East Sussex and West Sussex.

Unlike many of the changes made by the Local Government Act 1972, the new counties are popular with the local people.


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