Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

West Itchenor Parish Council has a vacancy for a Councillor due to the retirement of Graham Colbourne.   If anyone is interested in being considered for the position of Parish Councillor then please contact the Clerk.

The Parish Council will consider any applications at the January meeting which will be held on Monday 14 January 2019.  Should anyone be co-opted at this meeting they will initially serve until 7 May 2019 as Parish Council elections will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019.

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.”

 

 

Chichester District Council – Local Plan Review Consultation

Chichester District Council is currently undertaking a public consultation on the Chichester Local Plan Review: Preferred Approach. This is the second stage of consultation on the Chichester Local Plan Review. When complete, the new Local Plan will update and replace the existing Chichester Local Plan: Key Policies 2014-2029 and will provide the policy framework for planning and development in the District outside the South Downs National Park in the period up to 2035. The Chichester Local Plan Key Policies (2014-2029) was adopted in July 2015. The Inspector required the Council to complete a review within five years to aim to ensure that sufficient housing would be planned to meet the needs of the area. This work forms the Chichester Local Plan Review 2035.

The consultation starts today and runs until Thursday 7th February 2019.  Please use the links below for information on how to access the consultation documents and details on how you can respond.   Please note that the Parish Council will be providing information to help residents make informed responses shortly.

Chichester District Council – Local Plan Review   

Response Form

New Parish Council Contact Number

Please note that the Parish Council now has a new contact number.

07927 293274

Please note that our Clerk works part time hours (during week days between 9 – 5pm).  Therefore it may be necessary to leave a message, either on the ansaphone or via text message.

Cyber Crime & Online Safety Survey

The Community Safety & Wellbeing Team at West Sussex County Council has launched two surveys in order to gather feedback about people’s perceptions and experiences of cybercrime/online safety over the last 12 months. Responses to this survey will influence how we at the County Council shape our cybercrime/online safety support work for residents and local businesses in the future.

  1. Business Survey:

We are seeking views and information from managers as well as business owners to help support businesses in the future. Survey link –https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/communities-public-protection/cybercrimebusiness/

  1. Personal Use Survey:

We are looking for any West Sussex resident, aged 18 or above, to complete our Personal Use Cybercrime/Online Safety Survey. Survey link –https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/communities-public-protection/cybercrime/

The Community Safety & Wellbeing Team, West Sussex County Council

FLOW News bulletin July 2018

FLOW – Fixing and Linking Our Wetlands

This Heritage Lottery funded project is focused on assessing the many ditches and waterways on the Manhood Peninsula to see how this network of wetland habitat is linked, identify areas of improvement for drainage and habitat improvement, and to highlight the benefits of well-managed ditches for people and wildlife.

Please use the link below to access the newsletter that gives updates on the work being carried out, including much undertaken within the Itchenor parish.

FLOW – Bulletin July 2018

Advance Notice – Road Closure

Please note that the Parish Council has received notice of the closure of the Itchenor Road to enable the highways team to repair potholes on Tuesday 14 August 2018.

ROAD CLOSURE Public Notice Itchenor Road, West Wittering

Level 3 Heat Warning

As we experience a prolonged spell of hot weather and with heatwave conditions continuing this week according to the Met Office West Sussex County Council has provided some useful information and advice on how people can look after themselves and the vulnerable during the hot weather.

Level 3 Heat Warning Advice

A27 Meeting Notes

West Sussex County Council has released notes of a meeting held with Highways England, Chichester District Council and MP, Gillian Keegan.   The notes detail the process for any possible inclusion in Road Investment Strategy (RIS) 2.

Key Notes

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