2022 May

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Special mention for District Councillor Gareth Evans (Loxwood ward) – after 2 years of leading the fight against the plans to build a clay quarry and construction materials recycling plant in Loxwood – Gareth and the residents of Loxwood and the surrounding area were delighted to see those plans refused by West Sussex County Council on 18th May. This was not a one-man effort; but Gareth was an exemplary leader!

Adrian Moss

District Councillor for Harbour Villages

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Worked with Council Officers to agree strategy on Government Levelling Up Bids for District
  • Chaired all-Party Opposition Groups meeting to consider Levelling Up Bid proposals
  • Continued work on Local plan with officers and members. Raised issues over time scales and challenges of water neutrality (now demanded by Natural England) and Waste Water Plants.
  • Met with owner of Pizza Rebellion to help promote business in local area and help find new premises
  • Looked at “Brick Pavilion” in Priory Park with Council Officers to consider refurbishment and future community use

Housing and Communities

  • Annual Strategy session with Council leaders to start preparations of Council priorities
  • Prepared for Annual Council Meeting to ensure Councillors elected to the best balance of committee and Outside Bodies
  • Follow up action from Horticultural Tour to help resolve issues around planning and housing
  • Met with UKSWA.CIC ((Professional Association for black and ethnic minority social workers) to discuss diversity in Chichester District
  • Met with “Chichester Mens Shed” to look at possible sites to establish the Men’s Shed in Chichester. During Month have looked at multiple sites and working with Officers (The Men’s Shed movement started in Australia as a result of concern about men’s health especially among the retired, bereaved or unemployed. Spreading worldwide there are now nearly 600 Sheds in the UK. Sheds have woodworking and metalworking tools and equipment and “Shedders” make and repair things for themselves and for the community. Chichester Men’s Shed is a place for anyone aged over 18 to make stuff, make friends, learn and share skills, socialise in safe and friendly surroundings and have fun). For further information contact Chairman, Tim Rixon, on 07764 368932 or by email to [email protected]

Environment and Well-being

  • Site visit with Conservancy, Harbour Trust, Environment Agency and Natural England to consider how we manage the options where the sea wall within the harbour is failing and how this can help with improving the state of the harbour and bio-diversity
  • Attended West Sussex Climate Change board as representative for Conservancy

 

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

County Councillor for the Bourne Division

Transport and infrastructure

(free!) 16-seater Bourne Bus – a)finalised launch plan for June 2022 b) completed Volunteer driver training and bus familiarisation courses c) Attended Parish lunch and open day at Thorney Island for bus project partners. This has been a Lib Dem driven project from start to finish (with thanks to a number of local parishes who contributed financing)

Education – a) Involved in the fight for placement of a local Downs syndrome child to improve their education outcome b)secured £10,000 from WSCC to build disabled toilets at Southbourne junior school

Prinsted parking – actively resolving complex resident layby parking issue

Local speeding issues – As a member of WSCC Speed Review Group – I’m championing new policies.

Housing and Communities

Resident support on 5YHLS legal position for application defence

Parish support in defending against developer appeal for 200 houses

Environment and Wellbeing

Lobbying WSCC to create a Task and Finish Group (TFG) to focus on reducing storm sewage overflows

Sharing information on the latest situation on sewage at local works

Finalising funding for Southbourne housing estate drainage

 

Bill Brisbane

District Councillor for the Chichester East Ward

Transport and Infrastructure

Attended Planning Committee meeting - reached decisions on four applications

Took part in Development Plan and Infrastructure Panel (DPIP) meeting - helping to take forward the Local Plan Revision which is so pressing for our Housing and Environment and so much delayed by factors outside CDC control, e.g. Water Neutrality in the North – see Housing.

St James Industrial Estate - Following liaison with local residents I chaired a meeting with CDC officers and local residents to review their concerns about noise and vibration disturbance during the night during the construction of St James Industrial Estate. The meeting also addressed the planning conditions imposed to prevent noise disturbance during the future operation of the Estate, together with management protocols and communication arrangements.

Local Speeding Traffic - Following a complaint from a local resident about traffic speeds on St Pancras, I liaised with WSWCC and Chichester City Council about the installation of a Speed Indicator Device. This is a campaign that Lib Dems are championing across Chichester City

The closure of the Oving Rd crossing on the A27 has led to substantially increased traffic levels on St Pancras/Westhampnett Rd. It has also increased the incidence of rat running traffic on Barnfield Drive & Bradshaw Rd. I have responded to complaints by residents.

Housing and Communities

I met with a resident who had complained about Home Group’s failure to repair her boiler. Subsequently contacted both CDC and Home Group officers.

Environment and wellbeing

Contacted CDC officers about dumped rubbish behind properties in St Pancras.

Responded to residents about traveller incursions in Jubilee Gardens and New Park

 

Craig Gershater

City Councillor for North ward

Transport and Infrastructure

Attended Chi LibDem City Group mtg Hosted Chi LibDem North mtg

Housing and Communities

Attended CCC Mayor making - nominated Cllr Julian Joy as Mayor

Environment and wellbeing

Attended Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) seminar ‘Focused on People’

Discussions and meetings with SCFT secretariat on my candidacy for the role of Lead Governor (LG) for the Council of Governors of SCFT

 

Gareth Evans

District Councillor for the Loxwood ward

Transport and Infrastructure

Local Plan Update - CDC are continuing to work closely with National Highways and West Sussex County Council to establish whether they can gain support for the revised distribution of development that Members agreed for testing in January 2022.

In addition, and in partnership with a number of other councils across the county and the South Downs National Park Authority, CDC have commissioned a water neutrality study which covers the northern part of our plan area. This study is crucial to the plan to enable them to complete the Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) and provide them with solutions in relation to water consumption to allow new homes to be built. The outcome of this study will not be available until after August and therefore an HRA cannot be completed until after the summer.

This piece of work is necessary to be completed before the Council can submit its regulation 19 Local Plan for examination. Separately, CDC are working through how they can best accommodate the identified Gypsy and Traveller need within the district. Officers and consultants working on behalf of the council have worked options up to a point now that require Member input into various options. This will be the subject of an all-member session in the coming months.

Traffic speed issues in Loxwood: Volunteered for traffic monitoring sessions

Housing and Communities

Land South of Willets Way, Loxwood - Several residents have contacted me with concerns over this application. I have been in regular contact with the planning officer and have raised my concerns over this as well as submitting my own written objection. The planning officer has promised another site visit prior to determination, however, could not confirm when this would take place

Land South of Townfield, Kirdford - The planning meeting between applicant and planning officers to discuss the solution to the Water Neutrality issue which was due to take place on 5th May was rescheduled to 23rd May. I was promised an update as soon as the meeting took place and once again have not been provided this and have had to chase again. I will update on this as soon as I get the promised update.

Foxbridge Golf Course, Plaistow and Ifold - I attended the consultation on Wednesday 18th May at Kelsey Hall to see the proposals for this application. Since then, I have received a number of emails from residents who are concerned about this. Some of these I too share and await the true detail once the planning application is made public. I will read these proposals carefully and listen to the residents to ensure your voices are heard.Should you have any questions or concerns about this proposal please email: [email protected] or call 07958918056

The Hyde Group: Update - Following the signing of a new Partnership Working Agreement with Hyde, the Housing Delivery Team along with representatives from Hyde have started work in earnest. The driver for this work is Hyde’s Strategic Plan 2050 with a focus on evaluating options to bring about improvements to the housing stock, community and place. The options being discussed include regeneration, redevelopment and also new development.

The Strategy has 10 key objectives which include:

✓ ensuring all standards for building safety and decency are met by 2030.

✓ reviewing high priority clusters and estates that have been identified for intervention.

✓ completing studies across key estates to understand the investment needed.

✓ facilitating capital investment into the district by providing more homes.

Full details can be found here: https://chichester.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s20372/Contract%20amendments%20Hyde%20Large%20Scale%20Voluntary%20Transfer%20LSVT%20-%20Appendix%202.pdf

Contributed to Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations for Loxwood

Environment and wellbeing

Loxwood Claypit application – unanimously defeated at WSCC planning committee on 18 May. I attended the meeting and spoke on behalf of the community. A huge thankyou to the Stop the Claypit group whom I helped form and whom I worked alongside the last two years. Thanks, should also go to the WSCC officers and councillors for the work they put into scrutinising this to ensure that the application was refused on legitimate grounds.

Cost of Living crisis - The council’s Communications team are doing some sterling work in promoting the financial support measures that the council offers. For details of the financial help available, debt management advice along with a range of other services; please see https://www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances

 

John-Henry Bowden

District Councillor for the Chichester West Ward

Transport and Infrastructure

Government Levelling-Up Grants for Chichester District – contributed to Lib Dem Group meeting and then all Opposition meeting to submit our joint views on what Projects Chichester District Council should submit for Government Levelling-Up Grants for Chichester District. Of note - Local Councils are expected to submit claims for multi-million-pound schemes to a 6-week deadline!!! with only a 20% chance of success. We put forward the case for prioritising Environmental and Public Realm schemes around Chichester Northgate -including Walking and Cycling Infrastructure. Outcome awaited.

Contributed to a Development Plan and Infrastructure Panel (DPIP) meeting, helping to take forward the Local Plan Revision which is so pressing for our Housing and Environment and so much delayed by factors outside CDC control, e.g. Water Neutrality in the North – see Housing.

Attended and voted at Annual District Council Meeting, i.e. where the Chair and Committees are elected. The Opposition candidate for chair was foreseeably but narrowly beaten by the incumbent Conservative. However, Lib Dems’ influential presence on important Committees like Planning (which covers Housing, Infrastructure and Environment) was confirmed.

Housing and Communities

Contributed to CDC Planning Committee Meeting which covered new water neutrality requirements. Of note - housing development applications in the North of District are impacted by Natural England’s new demand that all new developments prove Water Neutrality, i.e. the new houses won't use any more water than present. A Loxwood development has been able to prove this with a variety of measures including rainwater harvesting and off-site water savings.

Contributed to The West of Chichester Councillors' meeting with the developers of Housing at White House Farm, now Minerva Heights. Mixed outcomes and still work in progress to see residents needs met. Valuable and influential role of Lib Dems confirmed.

Attended and supported local residents at a Housing Planning Appeal Hearing, regarding an adjacent unplanned greenfield development of Travellers' Mobile homes. Outcome awaited.

Participated in Growers' Tour of local Horticultural industries for Councillors so we can better understand the need for seasonal pickers' housing

Attended and voted at Annual District Council Meeting, i.e. where the Chair and Committees are elected. The Opposition candidate for chair was foreseeably but narrowly beaten by the incumbent Conservative. However, Lib Dems’ influential presence on important Committees like Planning (which covers Housing, Infrastructure and Environment) was confirmed.

Contributed to Jubilee Events Planning Meeting

Environment and Wellbeing

Participated in Councillors’ Growers' Tour of local Horticultural industries to see the environmental measures some are taking re water-recycling and packaging.

Attended and voted at Annual District Council Meeting, i.e. where the Chair and Committees are elected. The Opposition candidate for chair was foreseeably but narrowly beaten by the incumbent Conservative. However, Lib Dems’ influential presence on important Committees like Planning (which covers Housing, Infrastructure and Environment) was confirmed.

Attended an Environment Agency film put out jointly with Town and Country Planning Association, about Planning for flooding, inland and coastal, expected due to Climate Change.

 

Jonathan Brown

District Councillor for Southbourne ward

TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

Visited the sites that will be needed as part of proposed public transport hub in Chichester.

Fed into discussions on Levelling Up funding applications, supporting the view that protecting and promoting proper transport links are essential.

Bourne Community Bus, Joined the launch event, getting to know many of the stakeholders much better and how the service will be run.

Joined the members’ tour of local horticultural growers of Chichester District. Heard about their concerns regarding serious shortfalls of workers, problems with the Government’s trade policies and inflation as well as the planning system.

HOUSING and COMMUNITIES

Southbourne’s Neighbourhood Plan - Met with Inlands Road residents to brief them on the next steps for Southbourne’s Neighbourhood Plan.

Attended my final residents’ drop-in session as a member of Southbourne Parish Council and heard about concerns relating to Men’s Shed provision and planning and development. All will be taken on board in the policy-making and negotiations to come.

Helped set up and clear away Jubilee Picnic Parties organised by the Graylingwell Park Residents Association and Southbourne Parish Council, as well as working on stalls at both. And had a fabulous time!

West Sussex Make Votes Count group - Contributed to strategy discussion.

Was elected at the Annual Council to represent CDC on the Chichester Community Development Trust. I hope to be able both to contribute to providing more and better community spaces and services and to be able to share lessons that may be of help to the parishes.

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

Havenstoke Park in Graylingwell - Took part in the launch of ‘Into the Wild’ sessions. Had a really enjoyable time seeing how the wild area contributes to the wellbeing of residents as well as provides a haven for nature.

Attended a community meeting to establish a Friends of Oaklands Park, where I was able to provide some insight into the process from Southbourne’s experience of trying to establish wildlife corridors and the Green Ring.

Joined the members’ tour of local horticultural growers of Chichester District. Heard about their concerns regarding serious shortfalls of workers, problems with the Government’s trade policies and inflation as well as the planning system. Was inspired by some of the efforts being made to mitigate the climate impact of the industry.

 

Judy Fowler

District Councillor for Midhurst Ward

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Housing and Communities

Attended Council Planning meeting – of note: housing development applications in the North of District are now impacted by Natural England’s demand that all new developments prove Water Neutrality, i.e. the new houses won't use any more water than present

Bepton Parish Council annual meeting – gave report on behalf of Chichester District Council.

Chichester Festival Theatre - Attended Board meeting. Liaised with Chief Executive regarding upgrade of Northgate car park.

Ognells Almshouse - As Chair, I held a meeting of the Trustees of Ognells Almshouse after the Almshouse Association regional conference. Arranged for new gardener to commence work at Almshouse. Arranged for Council to remove useless washing machine from Almshouse. Liaised with Clerk to the Trustees regarding upgrade of electricity supplies to Almshouse flats. Arranged for temperature on heating to be turned back up in Almshouse.

Rother Valley Together (Community Activity Club that meets at The Grange) - Went out in bus to collect members of Rother Valley Together. Helped with serving meals and organising entertainment. Obtained raffle prize for the centre's Jubilee celebrations. Helped at Jubilee celebrations

Cowdray ruins – stewarded tours.

 

Kate O’Kelly

County Councillor (Midhurst division) and District Councillor (Harting ward)

TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Harting and Midhurst Annual parish meetings – motorbike noise significant issue in Harting surrounding villages - have contacted Police and Crime Commissioner’s office and Cabinet member for Highways team to push for decibel camera trials.
  • Midhurst Vision – meeting with Highways to discuss options on improvements to Midhurst Old Town – aim is to decrease through traffic and speeds and increase greenery.
  • Discussed the Community Highway scheme for Harting – including getting evidence of community support
  • Rother Valley Way – first meeting of friends group – facilitated this meeting moving to an active phase of this project – aim for spades in the ground within 3 years. Improved safe active travel options from Petersfield to Nyewood.
  • WSCC Full Council - asked about Chi District being left behind re EV charging points – CDC have refused to join the county EV partnership.

HOUSING and COMMUNITIES

  • WSCC Governance committee – pushing for more transparency of the democratic process – we were calling for all councillors to have the parish they live in published so that residents can see whether their representative is local.
  • Chichester District Full Council – questioned the wisdom of the Conservative administration’s desire to decrease time allowed for members questions to the Executive – critical role of all backbenchers is to raise concerns from residents publicly in this forum – we lost the vote!
  • District Council group meeting – collaborated with the wider opposition to stop the Conservatives proceeding with a plan to seek funding to move the bus station leaving only bus stops and no transport hub in Chichester.

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

  • Forestry commission met with other stakeholders including SDNPA / CDC officers/ members of Rogate parish council to discuss – protection of trees and enhancing the environment eg planting of hedgerows and hedgerow trees. Called for clarity from the different agencies so residents if concerned about possible illegal felling they should know who to contact.
  • Worked with District Council group to present motion on Food waste to District Council – it is time they prepared for a District wide collection.
  • Woolbeding PC – National Trust warden also attended interesting update on Ash die back – they had hoped that 5% of the ash trees would survive now it looks like this was optimistic. More discussion on river health including the Rother at Stedham
  • WSCC Full Council - Seconded Lib Dem motion on Public Health funding – there has been a significant real terms reduction – Public Health grant in 2021/22 was -£1billion lower compared to 2015/16 (24% lower per head)

 

Maureen Corfield

City Councillor for Chichester North

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Arranged for four new Speed Watch sites to be risk assessed and added to Chichester North’s campaign.
  • Held team event for Speed Watch volunteers and went out with various volunteers on roadside sessions.
  • Progressed work to arrange for appropriate sites to be fixed with Speed Indicator Devises.
  • Visited Goodwood on fact-finding meeting to see fixed noise cameras in action.

Housing and Communities

  • Attended Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
  • Submitted four of the five PLACE Assessments for inclusion in the Neighbourhood Plan and followed up with the fifth.
  • Liaised with Councillors and Community representatives on the potential for a new Friends of Oaklands Park Association and/or Oaklands Residents Association.
  • Arranged for, advertised, and facilitated the Public Meeting to discuss the local interest in either or both new associations. Followed up by arranging an inaugural meeting.
  • Met with Summersdale Residents Association, and with Roussillon RA.
  • Wrote article for Roussillon Post.
  • Nominated Richard Plowman for Deputy Mayor at Mayor Making.

 

Richard Plowman

District Councillor for the Chichester North Ward

Transport and infrastructure

Southern Gateway Regeneration Project - Joined the Councillors’ visit to the railway station to look at possibilities for a new transport hub in Chichester

Government Levelling-Up Grants for Chichester District – contributed to Lib Dem Group meeting and then all Opposition meeting to submit our joint views on what Projects Chichester District Council should submit for Government Levelling-Up Grants for Chichester District. Put forward the case for prioritising City Public Realm schemes, pavements and Priory Park buildings. Outcome awaited.

Housing and Communities

Chichester Neighbourhood Plan – Held an organisers meeting and Steering Group meeting

Appointed Deputy Mayor at Chichester City Council Annual Meeting

Nominated as Chairman of Council at the Chichester District Council Working with the Ukrainian refugees.

Environment and Wellbeing

Heavily involved in the preparations for the Platinum Jubilee and in great demand as Town crier.

Presented at a community meeting in Oakland Park. Agreement to set up a new Friends of Oakland Park with Maureen Corfield (City Councillor, Lib Dem) and Jonathan Brown (District Councillor, Lib Dem)

 

Sarah Quail

City Councillor for the Chichester West

Transport and Infrastructure

Minerva Heights – Mobilising local Residents’ Associations to address the recent revelation to local councillors by Miller Vistry (the developers of Minerva Heights – aka White House Farm site (WHF)) that they propose to stick with their original proposals for the Southern Access Road (SAR) which were opposed last summer by hundreds of local residents on the grounds of capacity, congestion, pollution and, most importantly, road – and pedestrian – safety. The planning application for this road went in at the very end of May 2022 to the national planning portal.

Elected Chair of City Council Planning and Conservation Committee. Items identified for attention include the Southern Access Road (SAR) and CDC’s current plans for the Bus Station which features currently as part of their Southern Gateway project. Local residents are strongly opposed to the whole notion of the demolition of the Bus Station and the dismantling of Chichester’s transport hub.

Housing and Communities

Attended Westgate Residents Association

Attended Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Environment and Wellbeing

City Council Property sub-committee meeting - detailed discussions on how best to deliver zero carbon emissions on City Council properties.

 

Tracie Bangert

District Councillor for the Southbourne Ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • As part of CDC’s Southern Gateway project there is a proposal to demolish the Bus Station and the dismantling of Chichester’s transport hub. I walked around the train station and Avenue des Chartres to look at where the new bus stops are proposed; about which I have personal doubts.
  • With Jonathan Brown (District Councillor) and Andrew Kerry-Bedell (County Councillor) driving, we joined other councillors on one of the Bournes Community Buses to the launch on Thorney Island with various military representatives, including Col Butt.

Housing and Communities

  • In my role as Civilian Military Partnership (CMP) Champion for Chichester District, I interviewed Padre (Maj) Catherine Gillham of Thorney Island.
  • Visited Thorney Island School in my CMP role and helped a Nepalese family with a daughter with Down’s Syndrome who are looking for a suitable school for her to attend.
  • Went to the Bournes School with Cllr Roy Briscoe to meet the Head Teacher to discuss possible project funding.
  • Attended a dance show at the Bourne Community College, which showcased dancers from all year groups. I was very impressed with the level of skill on show.
  • Visited Southbourne Library to meet with the manager of the Library Service, Gareth Edmunds, to look into better promoting the service locally.
  • Attended a Joint Burial Committee (Southbourne and Westbourne) meeting, where it was proposed that Westbourne took over as permanent hosts. I have, however, stepped down from the role for the coming year.
  • Attended the opening of the Glynn Philpotts (an outstanding portrait artist with whose work I was previously unfamiliar) exhibition at Pallant House, in my role as a member of the advisory committee for the gallery.
  • For Southbourne PC, attended Full Council, where we elected the Chair (Lyn Hicks continuing in the role) and Vice Chair (David James). Also attended a Planning Meeting.
  • Attended the Annual Parish Council meeting, reading out our District Councillor’s Report plus one for Tuppenny Barn and the local primary schools.
  • Attended CDC Full Council.

Environment and Wellbeing

  • Attended a tour of six local growers, with a number of other District Councillors and officers, across the District.
  • Visited an older resident of Southbourne Fields, which is a new estate, with Lyn Hicks as Chair of the Parish Council. The resident is having issues with her tenancy, included related management problems.
  • Engaged enforcement to take action against an illegal skip business at Marina Farm on Thorney Road.
  • Went to the first PC Green Spaces Committee meeting, following a discussion of the acquisition of allotments at Flanders Field.

 

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