At its meeting on 2nd December 2014, East Preston Parish Council adopted the following Emergency Plan.
EAST PRESTON PARISH COUNCIL
Issue 1 - December 2013
This plan has been prepared to identify the minimum services required by the East Preston Parish during, or immediately after, an emergency.
It is designed to provide a basic coordinated approach to ensure access, emergency response and the safety of those residents who are at risk.
2.0 Key Risks and Local Hazards
East Preston is bounded to the north by the South Downs, to the south by the English Channel, to the east by Rustington and west by Kingston and Strategic gaps. The population is predominantly centred to the south of an east-west railway line. Main access is across two railway level crossings to a mix of public and private roads, many have no pavements or street lighting. There are two shopping areas, one at the village centre and one, smaller, to the south.
The main bus service which provides a Brighton to Portsmouth service to the village is operated by Stagecoach. Other bus companies provide ‘shoppers’ services to local supermarkets.
In extreme weather conditions the disruption and risks to the residents, particularly the elderly, are :
Hazardous road conditions and restricted access as a result of,
• Snow bound and icy roads
• Fallen trees
• Fallen power cables
Power failures as a result of,
• High winds
• Snow damage
• Fallen trees
Utility Failures such as water, gas and sewerage mains due to,
• Frozen pipes
• Fractured pipes
• Flooding during thaws
• Localised highway flooding
Telecoms disruption (Land and Cellular)
• Fallen trees
• Lightning strikes
3.0 Local Resources
Being a rural/coastal community with primarily residential housing the village is not well placed to deal with environmentally related emergencies. Therefore East Preston would be highly reliant on outside agencies such West Sussex County Council, Energy suppliers etc to ensure that the safety of residents is maintained.
4.0 Emergency Response
4.1 Snow and Ice
In the event of heavy snowfall and/or icing WSCC should clear the East/West route from the A259 along Old Worthing Road and Worthing Road to Station Road, Rustington and the bus route from Roundstone to Worthing Road via North Lane and Fairlands. Clearing these roads will provide a maintained route for the East Preston bus services and allow local traffic and emergency vehicles the ability to reach the village centre via major routes. Other West Sussex maintained roads should be cleared by WSCC as a lower priority. Private roads would be the responsibility of estate residents and villagers. It is understood that Network Rail clears roads within 50 metres of a level crossing.
4.2 Fallen Trees
The primary concern is that in high winds and heavy snow conditions trees throughout the village may be blown down. Particular areas of concern are Old Worthing Road, North Lane and The Street which can cause road blockage and possible damage to power and telecom lines. West Sussex County Council will be contacted if such a situation occurs.
4.3 Risks to the Frail and Elderly
East Preston has a significant population of elderly people and this group will be particularly at risk during prolonged periods of extreme weather.
In the past the village has relied on the closeness of the local community and neighbours to support any person at risk. This will continue with the added support of the East Preston Parish Council through communication via the website, flyers, notice boards etc.
5.0 Contact Details
East Preston Parish Council
Telephone: (01903) 770050 during office hours (10am to midday, Monday to Thursday)
Address: Council Office, 122 Sea Road, East Preston, BN16 1NN
Telephone: 0845 2780845
EDF Energy Networks (Electricity supply)
Telephone: 0800 7838866 (Landline), 01243 50 8866 (Mobile)
Telephone: 0800 111 999
Telephone: 0800 800151 (Landline), 0330 1234151(Mobile)
West Sussex Highways Dept
Telephone: 01243 642105
Telephone: 101 (non-emergency); 999 (emergency)
Telephone: 08457 114141