Chichester District Council

Caroline Neville - Chichester District Councillor

We are in the Stedham ward of the Chichester District Council together with the parishes of Bepton, Cocking, Heyshott, West Lavington and Woolbeding.

Chichester District Council provides services for nearly 110,000 people that stretches from the Surrey boundary at Blackdown, north of Midhurst, to the sea at Selsey and from Westbourne in the west, to Bury in the east. Its responsibilities include waste collection, planning and building control (on behlaf of the SDNPA), leisure, sport and tourism, licensing, car parking, public safety and collecting council tax on behalf of the county and parish councils and police.

 

Chichester District Council - News Articles

Council thanks residents for significant rise in recycling  (1 February 2017)
 
Chichester District Council is thanking residents for helping to increase the district’s recycling rate from 39.9% to 43.3% in just six months!

The measurement was taken between March and September of last year.

The council launched a big recycling campaign last year, which was supported by Tesco, Waitrose, Budgens and the Co-op, as well as local media organisations and West Sussex County Council.

During Recycle Week 2016, councillors and officers visited supermarkets in Midhurst, Chichester and Selsey, answering questions on recycling and providing people with information. The council also created a new recycling leaflet, which aimed to make recycling easier and clearer and improved the recycling advice on its website.

The council has also increased its social media activity with helpful recycling advice and messages and created pull out recycling guides within every issue of its initiatives magazine which is delivered to every household and business, three times a year.

A new residents’ recycling forum has also been created in order to gather ideas and feedback on how recycling could be made easier. This has already had a very positive effect, with residents making really useful feedback in relation to the campaign and other forthcoming activities.

“We want to say a massive thank you to all of our residents for increasing the amount that they are recycling. We also want to thank everyone who has supported this campaign so far, including our local supermarkets and local media organisations,” says Cllr Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for Contract Services at Chichester District Council.

“We know that people are keen to recycle and that they understand its importance. However, regular reminders on what you can and can’t recycle go a long way to reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill. Such a sharp increase in the amount of recycling collected shows that this approach appears to be working. As part of our communications campaign, we also relaunched our garden recycling scheme, which has been going from strength to strength and is adding to the amount that we are recycling.

“This is only the start. We now have an action plan for the year ahead, which is going to involve a number of further activities planned to help local residents recycle more and build upon the work already achieved. By 2020, all areas across the country are expected to be recycling 50% of all waste and so it is vital that we continue working together to reach and exceed this target,” adds Roger.

In the next couple of months, selected areas will take part in a bin sticker trial, which aims to provide a prompt for residents, illustrating what they can and can’t recycle. The council also hopes to repeat its partnership with local supermarkets during Recycle Week 2017.

“West Sussex County Council has estimated that we are currently throwing away £8 million of recyclable materials countywide and that up to 20% of waste in black bins in our own district could be recycled. This is money that could be invested in local services and so it’s important that we all play our part. From the council’s point of view, we want to make the process as simple as possible and to make sure that residents have all of the support and information that they need.

“It’s the simple things that make a big difference, such as making sure items are separate – including removing lids and tops; not placing plastic bags in the recycling bin; and making sure that your recycling is clean and dry.

“We are all working together to try and increase the level of recycling in the district, and the great effort everyone has put in so far is really working. It is important to keep up this good work and make sure that we are not putting anything into our burgundy bins that can spoil the load, like food, wet items, nappies or plastic bags. Machines sort the recycling items at the Materials Recycling Facility at Ford and so it is really important that recyclable material is clean, dry and loose,” adds Roger.

Residents can access more advice and support by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/recyclingadvice  and www.recycleforwestsussex.org/home-recycling

 

 

Views needed on Council Tax schemes
People living across Chichester District are being encouraged to have their say on changes to council tax discounts and to the Council Tax Reduction (CTR) Scheme, which provides financial support to households on low incomes.

Chichester District Council is considering changes to reduce the cost of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme. These changes would reduce the amount of CTR some people are entitled to. In addition, it is looking at changing the council tax discount for properties that are vacant where major repair works are required, underway or recently completed.

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme helps people on low incomes to pay their council tax. It replaced the Council Tax Benefit in 2013. Each council is responsible for the way their scheme works.

Every year the council has to review the scheme and consider how best it can allocate the funding. It also periodically reviews the discounts given to some council tax payers. This consultation offers all residents the opportunity to have their say about how council funds are best spent.

All residents are asked to take part in the public consultation which runs until Sunday 18 September 2016.

Councillor Philippa Hardwick, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council, says: “We want to hear everyone's views - including those not receiving the reduction.

“We are considering some changes to the current schemes, although they will not affect many residents but we need to know if we've got it right or whether there are areas that we need to look at again.”

More information about the scheme and a link to the online survey can be found at www.chichester.gov.uk/consultations

A paper copy can be requested by calling 01243 534623 or emailing corporateinfo@chichester.gov.uk

 

How local partners transformed Chichester Northgate underpass
Chichester Northgate underpass had become overgrown and a dumping ground for rubbish, affecting safety for users of the cycleway and creating a dark and unsafe perception of this important pedestrian gateway into the city.
These issues were presented and championed by local resident Sally Rieder and supported by Chichester Joint Action Group in partnership with the 20mph project, both of whom donated to the project.  The project was also supported by local County Councillor, Jeremy Hunt, Chichester BID, The Chichester Society and Chichester District Council.
The Chichester Community Operations team at WSCC worked with these partners to find a viable long-term outcome to improve the area and make users feel safer, and Chichester City Council agreed to take on the ongoing maintenance.
WSCC’s Community Volunteer Team accepted the challenge of creating an open attractive gateway to the city and, working with staff from WSCC and CDC, transformed the site.
If your town or parish has a project they would like to work on with local partners, please contact your Principal Community Officer
Peter Lawrence.


Speak up and Raise It!

You will soon be sent a physical copy of the Raise It campaign poster in the post. Please could you display it in a prominent public location.
The County Council has worked with Healthwatch West Sussex, West Sussex Partners in Care and West Sussex Safeguarding Adults to bring the campaign countywide.
Raise It’s aim is to reach relatives of care home residents and urge them to come forward with any queries or comments about the care being received.
Relatives are asked to first approach the care home’s staff with queries or alternatively call Healthwatch West Sussex (0300 012 0122), the independent watchdog for health and social care, if they prefer not to contact the home.
The new phase of the Raise It campaign includes information in the
Care Guide 2016, the May edition of West Sussex Connections, TV screen adverts in GP surgeries and more.
You can also download an e-poster and flyer from our
campaign page, and we ask you to consider cascading information about Raise It to your colleagues and residents.

Computers donated in Chichester district

Seeking new homes for six pre-loved computers, Lodge Hill Outdoor Centre, regular hosts of WSCC events, got in touch with the Family Operations Team at West Sussex County Council. In turn they contacted the Arun and Chichester Community Operations Teams who were able to find new homes for the computers among local groups and individuals across both districts.
Very grateful recipients included Residents Associations in Chichester and Littlehampton, new and long-running community groups working with young and older people and a local family whom WSCC Care, Well-being & Education are supporting.
Lisa May CEO from Lodge Hill is delighted that the computers are going to help others and recommends anyone who has a similar resource not to throw them away but to get in touch with WSCC who will endeavour to find new homes for the equipment.
If you know of any organisation or businesses working in West Sussex who have free IT equipment or anything else that could benefit community groups, please email
active.communities@westsussex and WSCC will do the rest.

New addition to the County Council's Cabinet

Stephen Hillier has taken on the role of Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life from Peter Evans, who was a member of the County Council’s Cabinet for a decade.
Stephen Hillier, who is the member for Haywards Heath and has served as Deputy Mayor for the area, said: “As a father of three, I am honoured to be taking up this role and I am mindful of the enormous responsibility that it bears because it involves the welfare of a huge range of West Sussex children".
Peter Evans was originally Cabinet Member for Public Protection before spending the last five years as Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life.

Click here to read the press release on WSCC's website.

Funding available for Town/Parish Councils

Businesses, charities and councils in coastal areas are being urged to bid for a share of £90 million aimed at regenerating coastal areas.
The Coastal Communities Fund, which is funded by the Government and organised by the Big Lottery Fund, helps to create jobs and deliver long-term positive impact.
Previously successful applications have included a phone/web app to enable local businesses to promote themselves and develop new supply chains; development of local railway services; infrastructure improvements; and regeneration of underused local assets.
This year's fund opened for applications May 23 and will close in England on 30 June 2016.
To find out more, and to apply, please visit
https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/ccf.

From Blighty to Brazil, Reaching Rio is back

West Sussex businesses and workplaces can follow in the Olympic footsteps of Rio 2016 athletes by competing in a virtual, physical challenge.
Starting from Monday 16 May - ‘Reaching Rio’ is a workplace physical activity challenge back for a fourth year. In support of the campaign, the County Council urges you to encourage your residents to ‘reach’ Rio de Janiero in time for the Olympic Opening ceremony on Friday 5 August.
The competition is a race between West Sussex teams to convert their physical activity into ‘virtual miles covered’ and ‘reach’ Rio in time for the Olympic flame illumination. Local businesses can enter teams of up to five people aiming to cover the 5,767 miles from London to Rio.
The initiative was set up following the London games four years ago, in order to build on the 2012 legacy and encourage more people to get active for their health and wellbeing.
Please encourage your communities to take on the challenge and
register a team here.

Better Connected Broadband West Sussex update

The district has seen much engineering activity in our roll-out of new broadband services.
We have built more than 100 new fibre cabinets that serve communities in Almodington, Bury, Boxgrove, Compton, Earnley, Funtington, Fittleworth, Fishbourne, Fernhurst, Graffham, Harting, Kirdford, Loxwood, Lodsworth, Milland, North Mundham, Northchapel, Rogate, Sidlesham, Singleton, Southbourne, West Dean and Wisborough Green. Enthusiasm for the new ‘superfast’ speeds was so high in Wisborough Green that they became the first of our communities where more than half of the new broadband services were quickly taken up by new customers.
In Chichester we have built fibre cabinets to extend the coverage of ‘superfast’ broadband in the heart of the city as well as outlying communities at Tangmere, Westhampnett and Lavant.
Along the coast we have built new fibre cabinets at Selsey, West and East Witterings, Bosham, Birdham, and West Itchenor, and at the market towns of Midhurst and Petworth and their outlying areas.
We overcame technical and logistical challenges to upgrade the county’s three non-digital exchanges of Sutton, East Marden and Plaistow. With help from local farmers and landowners, and a lot of patience in communities as we necessarily closed access roads, we built aerial and underground fibre network to provide ‘superfast’ broadband using Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology.
However, the work doesn’t stop there.  
An additional £2.5 million of investment by West Sussex County Council and central government is now extending the current rollout of ‘superfast’ fibre broadband towards reaching 95% of the UK.
Chichester, Cocking, Earnley, Elsted and Treyford, Fishbourne, Funtington, Kirdford, Lavant, Loxwood, Lurgashall, Milland, Oving, Plaistow, Sidlesham, Stedham with Iping, Sutton, Tillington and Upwaltham are included in BT's delivery plans from this additional funding.
All delivery is dependent upon detailed surveys and design. We expect to know more about the planned roll-out once Openreach has completed network planning, by the end of September 2016.

 

New Chairman is chosen for district

A new Chairman has been chosen to represent Chichester District.

Cllr Elizabeth Hamilton is only the second female to be chosen to take the role since the council began in 1974.

Elizabeth, currently represents West Wittering, but has previously also held the seat for Easebourne, north of Midhurst.

“As someone who has lived in the district for the past 45 years, I want to say how privileged I feel to take the role of Chairman. I have lived in both the north and south of the district and so have a good understanding of what makes this area tick. I raised my family locally, and I’m proud to say that some of my grandchildren go to school here. I ran my own shop in Midhurst for 23 years and so I have a good understanding, not only as a resident, but as a business owner.

“I first became a parish councillor in the 1980s. I joined my local parish council after the storms damaged our local playground and the children wanted to make sure that the slide was replaced. When I stood down as parish council chairman I was persuaded to put myself forward for the district council.
“When I lived in the north of the district, I represented Easebourne, and then when I moved down to Birdham in 2010. When I finished at the shop, I decided to put myself forward for one of the West Wittering seats, which I now hold. I still sit on both the district council and my local parish council in Birdham, where I hold the role of Vice Chairman. I do it because I enjoy helping people. The district is a very special place and so it is my honour to represent it. I am looking forward to meeting many of the district’s residents during the months ahead.”

In her spare time, Elizabeth is a keen gardener and enjoys walking her dog in the district’s beautiful countryside and along the local beaches.

 

Community Write-In Event to save our local Law Courts

We would like to encourage you to get involved in a “Community Write-In Event” 16th -22nd May to help save our law courts. The Government has decided that our courts should be closed, despite objections and despite a judicial review which has been spearheaded by Sara Fildes, the President of Chichester and District Law Society.

We now need to inundate the Ministry of Justice with letters. Please could you join in by writing a short letter to Mr Vara MP, including your address.  Please send the letter to either Cllr Sarah Sharp, 13 Whyke Lane, Chichester, PO19 7UR, or c/o Chichester City Council, The Council House, North Street, Chichester, PO19 1LQ.

Below is a list of reasons for the law courts remaining open. However, it is essential that you use your own words and not just copy the list.

1)      Alternative courts in Worthing, Lewes, Hastings, Portsmouth or Horsham will mean longer, more expensive and more complex journeys, especially for people living in rural areas.
2)      More difficult access to justice for people who don’t have a car.
3)      Judges won’t have local knowledge.
4)      Long delays to obtain justice, as cases need to find a court space and a judge before they can be heard elsewhere.
5)      Courts are for everyone: victims, witnesses, members of the jury, as well as the accused.

 

Residents are asked to help protect hedgehogs

Date of Release:  26 April 2016                  Ref: 3627

Residents of the Chichester District are being asked to play their part during Hedgehog Week, from 1 -7 May, by recording sightings and helping to prevent their rapid decline.
Since 2002, the UK has lost nearly a third of its population of hedgehogs and it is thought that there are now fewer than a million left. This means that hedgehogs are declining at a rate of around 5% a year.

There are a number of reasons for this, including fencing between gardens, which restricts their movements; the use of chemicals when gardening; traffic; and the loss of hedgerows and pastures.

“The British Hedgehog Preservation Society is encouraging people to record their sightings of hedgehogs. We are supporting this, by asking people to let the Society know when they come across a hedgehog so that we can establish how many there are and determine where they are within our district. They can do this by visiting www.hedgehogstreet.org or calling 02074984533,” says Cllr Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for the Environment at Chichester District Council.

“At this time of the year, we are all out in our gardens, getting prepared for the summer. The Society is asking people to check for hedgehogs before we use our lawnmowers and garden strimmers. You can also help hedgehogs by making a hole in your garden fence to allow the movement of hedgehogs and also provide food and shelter for them in your garden.

“As the name suggests, hedges are very important to hedgehogs. Ensuring the connectivity of hedges is a very important part of their protection. We have carried out a lot of work on the connectivity of wildlife habitats. This includes a habitat mapping project which aims to identify the network of habitats used by different animals. This included analysing the network of hedgerows and treelines. The results from this study have helped to inform planning policy and there is now an expectation that hedgerows will be retained within development or at least for a new hedge to be planted elsewhere.”

If people want to find out more about wildlife friendly gardening and how they can support the protection of hedgehogs they can visit the council’s website http://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/25382/Local-wildlife-in-the-garden  

They can also record sightings of hedgehogs by visiting www.hedgehogstreet.org or calling 020 7498 4533.

 

Funding bid could lead to regeneration opportunities
Date of Release:  25 April 2016                          Ref: 3626  

New funding opportunities to regenerate the southern area of Chichester will be pursued if councillors at Chichester District Council give their backing at the cabinet meeting on 3 May.
If the proposals are given the green light, the District Council will work in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency and West Sussex County Council to pursue three separate funding opportunities.

The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has made £1.82 billion funding available nationally to support economic growth, while the Homes and Communities agency is making £1.2 billion available nationally to support starter homes. West Sussex County Council is also making £30 million available to support projects that drive growth and create jobs and housing. If agreed, the council will initially need to bid for the LEP funding by 29 April.

The funding could help deliver new homes; retail, leisure and tourism facilities; improved infrastructure; and, regenerate the cityscape area. The cityscape improvements would focus on the area around the bus station and garage, the Basin Road car park, the courts’ buildings and the Royal Mail depot sites – otherwise known as the Southern Gateway to the city.
“These funding opportunities have arisen at the perfect time. We are already working on a vision for Chichester for the next 20 years and so this would enable us to make huge strides in enhancing our beautiful city and increasing economic growth.  This project could make a vital contribution to the delivery of the vision. Feedback so far has been that people want more jobs, more starter homes, improvements to infrastructure and increased business opportunities. These are exactly the areas that would be tackled if we successfully bid for this money,” says Cllr Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council.

“The council has wanted to see improvements to the Southern Gateway for some years, but these opportunities have not been realised because of the economic downturn and the development and relocation costs associated with some of the sites. If successful, these bids would enable us to support its regeneration.

“What is important is that our local people – residents, businesses and partners - influence how we develop our city. At the moment, we are asking people on the streets in the city centre what they want to see and in a few months, we will be consulting on options going forward. Already, over 20 different local organisations are involved and have been giving us their views. For us, it is vital that we work in partnership with other public sector organisations, residents and businesses to protect and enhance our historic city, while attracting economic growth opportunities and planning for the future needs of the area.”

It is proposed that the district council would lead the project, as one of the major landowners in the area. If the project goes ahead, the initial stages will focus on preparing and consulting on a masterplan for the area to guide the regeneration and set standards for the way that the area is transformed. It is proposed that the masterplan could be developed by the end of this year. This work would link into the Chichester Vision work, which is currently being developed.

The council and its partners have been in discussions with all of the relevant groups and organisations that would be involved in this work. If the cabinet approves the proposals and funding is achieved, the council will make sure that it informs and consults with residents, businesses and partners throughout the process.
 

 

More flexible parking payment methods to be introduced across Chichester District
Date of Release:  13 April 2016                          Ref: 3625  

Leading Councillors in Chichester District have approved a package of measures to give residents, visitors and workers more flexibility in the way they pay for their parking.

Following a review of parking payment options, the council’s Cabinet agreed that advances in technology should be reflected in the methods provided. At its meeting on Tuesday 12 April it approved for work to be carried across the district’s car parks to:

 

  • ensure all car parks across the district are able to take debit / credit cards, including contactless, by 2018.
  • introduce payment by mobile phone / apps by the end of 2016. This will allow people to top up remotely if they stay longer than intended.
  • offer virtual permits.


In addition, extra parking bays will be created in Little London and Northgate car parks. Other works identified for specific car parks include installing more signage; zoning in the larger car parks to help people find their cars more easily when they return; and creating or increasing the number of Blue Badge bays.

The review also examined the possibility of extending the Pay on Foot system that was introduced last January in Avenue de Chartres car park. The method involves paying for parking at the end of the stay instead of at the beginning.

Cabinet members agreed that while the Pay on Foot system has allowed customers more flexibility in terms of when they return to their vehicle, the same level of flexibility and customer choice could be achieved in a more cost effective way through mobile technology. They decided to defer further work on the Pay on Foot system.

“We know from the review we have just carried out that our residents, visitors and workers will benefit hugely from increasing the range of payment options and extending the number of machines able to take credit and debit cards,” says Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services. “We have listened to people’s comments and assessed each car park to see what methods are the most suitable.

“We want to assure people that we are not removing the cash option, you will still be able to use physical coins but we are also aware of how technology has changed. We want to ensure our car parks are customer friendly and meets the needs of everyone who uses our car parks.”

 

Electoral review for Chichester District

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Please click here to view Stedham with Iping Parish Council's letter to the Boundary Commission.