West Sussex County Council

This timeline documents the history of West Sussex County Council since its early beginning, up until the present day and looking towards the future. To share your stories or your journey, email making.history@westsussex.gov.uk

As an organisation, we are here to make a difference for our residents and our county. ;xNLx;;xNLx;West Sussex County Council is rich in its history, from its early beginnings in the late 1800s to the present day. The County and the residents living here have experienced some major changes as the years have passed. The timeline is split into four sections; 'The Residents of West Sussex', 'The History of our Council', 'The History of our County' and some 'Did you know?' facts, documenting the events that have happened in the past and present and looking ahead to what the future will hold.;xNLx;;xNLx;In addition, this timeline is to show the impact of our staff's work, show what good practice looks like and celebrate our successes.;xNLx;;xNLx;;xNLx;;xNLx;The background pictures on our timeline have been provided by the Oaks Community Photography Project.

Work with Children, Young People and Schools Education

Fire and Rescue Service staff provide strong role models, inspiring and positively influencing young people. The team in West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS) was formed in 2003.

The Population of West Sussex...

stood at 668,300 when the census in 1981 was conducted.

Safe and Well Visits

Safe and Well visits, previously started life as Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSC), then became Home Safety Visits as they evolved.


Firebreak is where students attend a fire station for a week, taking part in a structured, disciplined programme of events that combines practical training with classroom-based workshops.

Safe Drive Stay Alive

Safe Drive Stay Alive is aimed at 16-18 year-old students who are either already driving or learning to drive.

Fire at Uppark

The building at Uppark was devastated by a fire caused by a workman's blowtorch whilst repairing lead flashing on the roof.

Lt. Col. Sir Herbert Shiner

Sir Herbert Shiner was Chairman of the Council for 16 years.

West Sussex Corporate Plan

The West Sussex Corporate Plan outlines our organisation's political and priority outcomes, ambition and purpose over the next 5 years between 2017 and 2022.

Charles Henry 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon

Having taken over as Chairman in 1907, Charles Henry 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon remained as chairman for 10 years.

Brigadier LL. Thwaytes

Having taken on the role of Chairman in 1967, Brigadier LL. Thwaytes remained there for only 2 years, being succeeded by his predecessor, Sir Peter Mursell.

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