Highways England rejects new A27 options

Options put forward by the Build a Better A27 group to improve the A27 have been rejected by Highways England it has been announced today.

Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council and Chichester MP, Gillian Keegan, all met with Highways England to discuss the two concept schemes that have been developed and put forward by the Build a Better A27 group.

The Build a Better A27 group consists of Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council, Chichester MP Gillian Keegan, local residents and local businesses. The groups aim is to bring everyone together to identify improvements for the A27 that are in the best interests of local residents and businesses.

“We are extremely disappointed with the response that we received from Highways England,” says Cllr Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council.

“This was a great opportunity to consider alternative options that would help resolve the traffic problems faced by residents, businesses and visitors. However, Highways England has said that the two concepts that our communities have developed – one which was for a northern route (the council’s preferred option) and one which was for a revised southern on-line route – are not affordable or workable.

“We are determined to continue to campaign for a better A27. We need to see Highways England’s formal response and understand the detail regarding this feedback and will be meeting with West Sussex County Council and Chichester MP, Gillian Keegan in the New Year to discuss our next steps. Without a Government funded scheme, Highways England will need to progress the improvements to the A27 that are outlined within the current Local Plan and these improvements are required solely to offset the traffic impacts of the new housing included in the Plan.

“We are really grateful for the effort that our local communities have put into this process to date and we would like to thank them for this. What’s important is that we all continue to work together to fight for the best possible solutions for our local communities.”

 

 

A27 Update

As a result of the cancellation of the proposed scheme for improvements to the A27 around Chichester, West Sussex County Council with support from Chichester District Council created a stakeholder group Build a Better A27 (BABA27) to look at engaging with the local communities to formulate proposals that would be acceptable to the majority of the communities around the A27.

The BABA27 group has engaged consultants to look at the issues and come up with proposals for the wider community to review.

Having attended a briefing meeting on 15 March 2018 the Parish Council is preparing to share and explain these suggestions and to gather feedback from residents on the outlines presented.

The Parish Council will be holding a meeting on Tuesday 20 March in the Itchenor Memorial Hall at 7.45pm.  At this meeting residents will be able to give some feedback on the long list of options to help the group shortlist options that residents across the district can support.

Details of the long list off options can be found by clicking here.

Build a better A27 meeting for businesses

West Sussex County Council is hosting a Build a Better A27 meeting for business at County Hall next Wednesday 12 July between 4-6pm. Any business is invited to attend. Register your interest at BuildaBetterA27@westsussex.gov.uk

This is a great opportunity to let the business voice be heard to improve traffic congestion on the A27 and connecting roads.

The event is not organised by the Manhood Peninsula Partnership so please contact West Sussex County Council directly to register.

Residents asked to comment on what leisure and recreational facilities they want

Residents across Chichester District are being asked to think about what leisure facilities they would like provided as part of a study into open space, sport and recreation.

The purpose of the study is to collect information about how much and what type of open space, sport and recreation facilities are needed to meet the needs of local people.

The study is broad and asks people about a wide range of facilities from swimming pools and leisure centres to village halls, parks, recreation grounds, and sport pitches to play areas and youth facilities.

Residents are also asked about tennis courts and bowling greens, allotments, wildlife areas and nature reserves, natural green spaces, footpaths, bridleways as well as amenity and informal green spaces.

Findings from the survey will be used by the council as part of the review of the Local Plan, on which there is a separate consultation at the moment. The information gained will help make decisions about the future of open spaces, sport and recreation facilities and which potential improvements should be prioritised.

“Open spaces and recreational facilities are extremely important,” says Councillor Susan Taylor, Cabinet Member for Planning at Chichester District Council. “Things like village halls, green spaces, sports and leisure facilities of all types help bring our communities together and are vital for helping people live enjoyable, healthy and productive lives.

“We need as many people as possible to get involved with this survey and tell us what sort of facilities they already use and what provision they would like to see improved so we can plan for the future.”

People can access the survey by going to www.chichester.gov.uk/currentconsultations and clicking on the Open Space, Sport and Recreation section. The deadline for responses is Friday 4 August.

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For further information, please contact Clare Hawkin, PR Officer at Chichester District Council
on 01243 534679.

Chichester’s free Christmas Park and Ride returns

There’s an early Christmas present once again for shoppers heading to Chichester for some festive shopping. The popular free park and ride scheme is back for its fifth year, ready to whisk residents and visitors into the city centre in stress-free style.

Since beginning in 2012, the scheme has encouraged thousands of shoppers to stay in the city, giving the local economy a welcome boost.

The shuttle service starts on Thursday 24 November to coincide with the city’s lights switch-on event.

The route starts from Chichester College car park and then continues into the city centre with drop-off and pick-up points from the following locations:

Eastgate (opposite the Cattle Market car park);
Northgate (the lay-by in Oakland’s); and
Chichester Cathedral.

On 24 November the service will run every 15 minutes 4.30pm until 8.30pm. It will then operate 8am – 6pm every Saturday, plus 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December. The Sunday service will run 9.30am until 5.30pm.

Dates for the 2016 Park and Ride are as follows:
Saturday 3 December;
Sunday 4 December;
Saturday 10 December;
Sunday 11 December;
Saturday 17 December;
Sunday 18 December;
Monday 19 December;
Tuesday 20 December;
Wednesday 21 December;
Thursday 22 December;
Friday 23 December; and
Saturday 24 December.
Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council, says: “We’re delighted that the free park and ride service is returning for Christmas 2016.

“If you’ve used the service before you will know the benefits of parking at the Park and Ride facility at Chichester College and then continuing the rest of your journey into the city centre by public transport.

“The service offers a convenient and less stressful alternative to the car. With a dedicated bus every 15 minutes, shoppers and families can benefit from a quick and reliable journey into the city centre avoiding congestion. This service also provides a welcome boost for traders in the run-up to Christmas.”

The initiative is being organised and funded by Chichester District Council, and supported by Chichester College.

For more information call 01243 534500, email carparks@chichester.gov.uk or see www.chichester.gov.uk/parking

England Coastal Path – Consultations

As you may know, Natural England is implementing a long distance walking route along the whole coast of England – the England Coast Path, which will on completion be a 2,700 mile long National trail around the entire coast of England.

As part of the South Hub coastal access team, I am responsible for the implementation of the stretch of the England coast path in West Sussex and Hampshire between South Hayling and East Head (Chichester Harbour).

Our website has details on the stretches, including a map of the area that each stretch will cover, the stages of progress and a brief synopsis of what this entails and what the next steps are. You can also find a copy of the “Coastal Access Scheme” on our website which sets out how the coast path will be implemented by us across the country:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/england-coast-path-improving-public-access-to-the-coast

Stage 1 of implementing the South Hayling to East Head stretch of the coast path was officially launched in September 2015

www.gov.uk/government/collections/england-coast-path-south-hayling-to-east-head

This email is to let you know that we will be preparing proposals for the South Hayling to East Head stretch over the coming months. We will work closely with officers from West Sussex and Hampshire County Council and other stakeholders who will be providing expert local advice and ensuring there is full consultation with local interests. It’s important that we get your views too, and if your organisation has any information that you feel would be useful for us, or any concerns that we need to take into account, please do contact us.

It’s important to note that there will be no new public access rights to the coast in this area until proposals have been approved by the Secretary of State, and you will be formally consulted when we publish our proposals.

We are also running drop in sessions in your area which will be an opportunity for local residents and landowners to come and meet the team and talk to us about the coast path in their area. Please note these are 1:1 discussions between the given times, so there is no need to arrive at the start.

Letters will be sent out at the beginning of February inviting people who live or own land along the stretch of coastline to attend one of these sessions and the full list of these drop in’s are detailed in the attached poster.
Coastal Path Poster

 

 

Better Broadband

West Sussex County Council’s ‘Better Connected’ project has been about bringing fibre based Broadband to residents and Businesses in West Susses.

The investment in this new broadband infrastructure is already benefiting many homes and businesses across West Sussex and making a real difference to people’s lives in rural areas. New high-speed fibre broadband is now available from over 80 new green fibre cabinets connected to exchanges in:
Ashington, Bosham, Billingshurst, Birdham, Bracklesham Bay, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, Fittleworth, Graffham, Haywards Heath, Kirdford, Petworth, Pulborough, Selsey, Sidlesham, Storrington, West Chiltington and Wisborough Green.

Residents in Itchenor are now able to connect to a faster Broadband service. If you would like to sign up to super fast Broadband then contact your Broadband provider for further details.

Ditches and Culverts Survey

Dear Resident
The Parish Council have been working with a consultant, Alistair Tyler, to produce a detailed picture of the drainage  systems within the parish. This is largely in response to the  flooding issues that have occurred within the last few years.

The project is being funded by a grant from West Sussex  County Council under the ‘Operation Watershed’ scheme.  Following production of the appropriate drainage and contour  resources we will now be physically examining much of the  water course for a detailed assessment. This stage of the work  will also now include an Environmental Impact Analysis. The  team conducting the survey will be Alistair Tyler and he will be joined by Tony Burnand and Jane Reeve from the Manhood  Wildlife and Heritage Group

Some sections of the watercourse are not easily accessible  from the highway. Should any of the team ask, (they will be  wearing fluorescent yellow jackets and carrying identification)  we would hope that you will be happy to give them access to ditches and culverts that are adjacent to or flow under your  property.

They will not need access to your house.

If you have any queries please contact the Parish Clerk,  Telephone:- 01 243 204204 or
by email:- parishclerk@westitchenorparishcouncil.org.uk
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A27 Action Campaign

The aim of the Action A27 campaign is to help lobby public support for the County Council’s bid to the Government to improve the A27 corridor through West Sussex.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up to the website.

Should you require any further details on this campaign, please visit www.a27action.co.uk

Notice of Conclusion of Audit – Accounts year ended 31 March 2014

The notice of conclusion of audit is available to view here.
A copy of the completed Annual Return may be viewed here.

A Local Government Elector for West Itchenor may obtain, inspect or take a copy of the Statement of Accounts and Auditor’s Certificate and report by arrangement with the Clerk.

Anyone wishing to make such arrangements should in the first instance telephone (01243 204204) or email (parishclerk@westitchenorparishcouncil.org.uk) to make an appointment.