Meeting with Gillian Keegan MP

Please click on the link below to see details of a forthcoming meeting with our MP, Gillian Keegan.

MP Meeting

Highway Hedge and tree clearance

Residents are advised that further clearance work will be taking place to continue to open up the ditches through the village.

This work will commence the week commencing Monday 19th March 2018.

For details of where the work is taking place, please click here

Chichester Harbour Residents and Visitors Survey 2018

Chichester Harbour Residents and Visitors Survey 2018

In order to help inform our emerging new Management Plan, due to be published in 2019, the Conservancy is inviting everyone who lives in or visits Chichester Harbour to complete this short online survey.

Richard Austin

AONB Manager
Chichester Harbour Conservancy

Would you pay more to support policing in Sussex?

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne writes: “This year, we have seen police officers and staff nationally, along with other emergency services, respond with skill and bravery as they play their part in the substantial security effort around the recent terror attacks which have hit the UK. In response, the Government is increasing the money it spends on tackling terrorism, including an amount for policing.
“Further investment is also working to tackle the national threat of cyber crime, which is affecting businesses and individuals across the country. With the new frontline for policing increasingly becoming our front rooms and children’s bedrooms – where crimes are being committed down the phone line and behind screens – we have to recognise that the policing we see is not necessarily all the policing we get to keep us safe.
“I know that residents support Sussex Police in preparing for threats like terrorism and cyber crime but I’m also aware that issues closer to home, such as anti-social behaviour, are affecting local people.
“In previous years, the Chief Constable has asked for my help to raise more funds to invest in specific areas of policing, including public protection, community investigation and armed response. Thanks to the money you’ve already contributed through your council tax, Sussex Police has been able to build its capacity and capabilities in these areas, and others, to deliver a more effective and efficient service to the public.
“Now we need your help to sustain this service.
“All public services have to find significant financial savings and Sussex Police is no exception. The force has already saved £70m since 2010 and the Chief Constable’s Local Policing Plan is working towards delivering further savings over the next four years.
“I know the changes Sussex Police has made to its policing model are taking some getting used to but it’s vital that the force reshapes its neighbourhood policing teams to meet the challenges of 21st century policing.
“The Chief Constable and I are continuing to work together to drive further reform and substantial progress has already been made through collaboration with local and regional partners and through investment in mobile technology.
“I want to help Sussex Police explore and identify all opportunities for investment. That is why I have carried out a review of the amount of money Sussex Police holds in its reserves and released £15m to reduce the impact of reductions in police officer numbers. I’ve done this because I recognise the scale of the impact that these changes are having on the police and the public, and I remain committed to investing in local policing.
“I am also seeking further sources of external funding, including contributions from new building developments that lead to increased demand on local services. I – and other Police & Crime Commissioners – continue to negotiate with the Government for more funding for policing, as well as asking for the removal of the current ‘cap’ on the police precept.
“Please take a minute to complete my online survey to tell me whether you would be prepared to pay more, through your council tax, for policing in Sussex. You can find all the information at

Katy Bourne
Police Crime Commissioner

Information for residents – Flu vaccine & meals on wheels

With the weather turning colder and winter approaching fast, the county council is highlighting some of the ways we can all help to stay well this winter.
If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination it is important that you take up this offer.
You are offered the vaccine for free if you are one of the groups of people who are most ‘at risk’ of catching the illness.
This is one of the most important things you can do to stay well and it may also help relieve pressure on the NHS this winter.
To find out if you’re in an ‘at risk’ group speak to your local participating pharmacy or GP.
I also want to remind your readers about the fantastic meals on wheels service available in West Sussex.
Eating at least one hot nutritious meal a day is very important for our health and wellbeing, particularly in colder weather.
Some people, due to illness, frailty or a disability, may find it difficult or impossible to shop, cook or heat a frozen meal. The home-delivered hot meals service may be the answer.
The national award winning meals on wheels service in West Sussex is run on behalf of the County Council by apetito. Meals are delivered at lunchtimes between 11-2, up to seven days a week – including Christmas Day.
To find out more about meals on wheels or to sign up for the service call 01903 718893 or email .
Yours sincerely,
Ashvin Patel,
West Sussex County Council Senior Adviser for Adults and Health

Public Meeting – The Itchenor Rife Flood Risk Update

The Parish Council would like to thank those who attended the public meeting on Friday 27th October on the flood risk associated with the Itchenor Rife.

Please click on the links below to access the Minutes from the meeting and the Environment Agency website where you can access the maps that were shown at the meeting.

Public Meeting Minutes – This link was updated 08/11/17 and is now working.

Environment Agency – Flood maps

Public Meeting – The Itchenor Rife Flood Risk

West Itchenor Parish Council is hosting a public meeting on Friday 27th October at 6pm on the flood risk associated with the Itchenor Rife.

Residents should already be aware of the Abolition of the Internal Drainage District in West Itchenor earlier this year and resultant changes in management responsibility for the Rife.

West Sussex County Council and the Environment Agency will present their assessment of the current issues affecting flood protection in this HIGH RISK area and their proposals for the future.

The Parish Council has requested this presentation in order to update residents and allow them to make comments. It is expected that this will be followed by further discussions for future planning.

To view the agenda please click on the link below.

Itchenor Memorial Hall

At the Parish Council Meeting held on 11th September 2017 during the Public Session representatives spoke to outline a potential redevelopment at the Itchenor Memorial Hall.

Various scenarios for the possible funding of the works to be carried out at the Itchenor Memorial Hall were put forward. This included funding from a local charitable trust or trusts, an approach to local residents for individual donations and the possibility of a ‘Public Works Loan Board’ application through the Parish Council as suggested by ‘Action in Rural Sussex’.

To access the documents presented to the Parish Council please click on the links below:
Itchenor Memorial Hall report
DCLG – Guide to Parish borrowing

The Parish Council was unable to have any meaningful discussion, or take any decision for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the Parish Council is not able to make decisions on matters that are not itemised on the meetings Agenda. Secondly, the Itchenor Memorial Hall has not put forward any firm proposals for the Parish Council to consider.

The Parish Council will not be having any further discussions on the issue of assisting the Itchenor Memorial Hall with funding for its redevelopment project unless and until it receives a formal request from the IMH Committee. Should such a request be received then the Parish Council will make residents aware of this at the time.

Build a Better A27 – Western Manhood Community Workshop

Friday 14th July 2017 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Bracklesham Barn, Beech Avenue, Bracklesham, PO20 8HU

The Community Workshop is your opportunity to have your say regarding the way forward with the A27.

Representatives of Earnley Parish Council, East Wittering & Bracklesham Parish Council, West Wittering Parish Council, West Itchenor Parish Council and Birdham Parish Council recently met to deliberate the factors that affect the residents on the western Manhood Peninsula.

Listed below is the result of this discussion, and this meeting is your opportunity to discuss and rank the items in the order of importance, 1 being the most important and 5 being the least important.

  • Acceptable to the greatest number of people
  • Separate through traffic from local traffic
  • Minimise negative impact on the landscape and natural habitat
  • Minimise disruption for businesses, agricultural and tourism
  • No adverse effect to local journey times and ease of access for local traffic to and from the A27 and Chichester/Manhood Peninsula
  • Provision of a suitable diversion route to ensure resilience of the Strategic Network
  • Take account of major events and beach traffic
  • A long-term solution, not a short-term fix

Any other positives ideals would be welcome