2022 July

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Special mention for July. Chichester has the highest number of Ukraine refugees per capita of anywhere in the UK. The rapid and effective integration of these refugees - and especially the children - has been a key concern for everyone across Chichester. Astonishingly, Tory-led WSCC were dragging their feet about making proper schooling provision for these Ukrainian children. Julian Joy successfully persuaded WSCC to fund school places for Ukrainian children immediately – by paying for school places out of WSCC reserve funds. Tory-led WSCC had wanted to wait for the (delayed) funds from central Tory Government to be paid before making provision for adequate teaching of these children. This put schools in a difficult position: either the children couldn’t attend, or the schools had to save money from elsewhere to finance the children’s attendance. Julian’s motion means that it is now the County Council’s issue to pursue the money from central government and not the schools’ issue to get the money from WSCC. And of course – it means that the Ukrainian children who have been welcomed to Chichester can be properly welcomed into Chichester’s schools!

Adrian Moss

District Councillor for Harbour Villages

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Continued to meet with local residents to help identify design and landscaping improvements to Bosham Car Park
  • Continued work on preparation of appeal submission to Planning Inspector
  • As Opposition Group Leader: Chichester District Council
  • Agreed final Levelling Up Grant proposals working with Officers and Leader of the Council
  • Attended meeting with Gareth Evans (Loxwood ward) to support parishes concerning planning application issues in ward
  • Invited to Petworth Business association Annual Summer party - Met with many local business owners
  • Met with CDC Executive and proponents of new Southern Gateway proposals

Housing and Communities

  • Local Plan review work – special meeting with Lib Dem Councillors and then preparing submissions to Officers
  • Continued work on Local Plan policies and proposed new policies to Officers on:
  • Self-Build Housing
  • Cycle and walking routes
  • Management Company control
  • Attended internal Council meeting on how to best provide Affordable housing
  • Harbour Villages Ward
  • Attended Parish Council meetings in Bosham, Fishbourne and Chidham and Hambrook
  • Met with residents over Hyde Housing issues. Continued work to resolve lack of response
  • Working with residents on issues in Bosham concerning Hyde development proposals
  • Met with residents
  • Spoke to CEO of Hyde
  • Liaised with CDC Officers
  • Arranged tripartite meetings between Councillors/CDC Officers and Hyde Director in Bosham
  • Research with Lib Dem HQ around high costs of management companies on new build estates.

Environment and Well-being

  • Annual Joint Meeting of Conservancy Board and Conservancy Advisory Committee. Interesting presentations on:
    • Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediment – how this can help develop salt marsh and increase biodiversity
    • Solent seascape project- maritime habitat restoration and Coastal Grazing study
  • Manhood Peninsular Partnership:
    • Reviewed study on cycleways and green routes on Manhood
    • Proposed this should be a pilot for wider adoption in District
    • Strongly supported proposed Local Plan Policy on above
  • Attended “Crouchlands Lagoon 3 Progress” meeting:
    • Supporting local Lib Dem District Councillor: Gareth Evans, Parish Councillors and residents
    • Site is at risk of contaminating local land

 

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

County Councillor for the Bourne Division

Transport and infrastructure

  • (after 2 years’ effort of a band of dedicated campaigners and activists!), The Bourne Bus is now providing free transport for on average 10-16 passengers a day
  • I raised questions raised at WSCC [West Sussex County Council] regarding retaining the 54 bus with a risk to this service in October 2022
  • Contributed to the WSCC Task and Finish Group* on Road Safety – Thanks to Kate O’Kelly’s motion to WSCC; public consultation on resident-requested speed limits starts September 2022
  • Made several contributions to local cycle groups regarding the Speed limit proposals to WSCC and it’s implications for the ChEmRoute cycle-route project
  • Progress Westbourne TRO project to limit HGVs through the village via narrow roads

*especially useful in allowing Councillors to look at an issue in which they have a particular interest, in more detail. They can take a variety of forms, from a detailed review to a short, sharp concentrated focus on a high-profile issue. They offer the opportunity to use a variety of more diverse working methods (working flexibly to adapt to the needs of different reviews), including making visits, and use of interviews and publicity events to encourage community participation and public engagement in overview and scrutiny).

HOUSING AND COMMUNITIES

  • Provided help via CHPAG for residents to submit objections to Pallant Homes inspector appeal
  • Set up BVAG [Bourne Villages Action Group] to fight housing overdevelopment. Sent BVAG email to local residents with key pointers to help them counter planning applications in our area and publicised details of East Bergholt case to help counter appeals on CDC [Chichester District Council’s] 5YHLS [5 Year Housing Land Supply]
  • Conducted discussions with Emsworth Councillors and residents regarding Long Copse Lane development of 260 houses

Environment and Wellbeing

  • Sewage capacity/pollution - Review of latest Q90* dry weather flow data with CDC officers to review sewage capacity
  • Prepared Chichester Observer article covering our fight against 10x increase in Southern Water’s storm sewage output between 2017-21
  • Meeting with sailing club member re Chichester Harbour water quality project results
  • Meetings with Southern Water re SSOs [Sanitary Sewer overflows] re Thornham and Bosham issues

* The Dry Weather Flow is the average daily flow reaching our Wastewater Treatment Works (WTWs) during a period without rain. Daily total flows are measured on flow meters certified on the Environment Agency’s (EA) Monitoring Certification Scheme (MCERTS). The DWF is taken as the 10th percentile of a year’s flow, also known as the Q90 value. It is the total daily flow value that is exceeded by 90% of the measured total daily flows in any period of 12 months.

 

Anne Scicluna

City Councillor for Chichester Central

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Attended City Council meeting on the Levelling Up fund application for Chichester
  • Attended Meeting of City Council’s sub-committee: Renewing paving in the precinct
  • Continuing lobbying for central Chichester residents to be allowed visitor parking permits

Housing and Communities

  • City Council Personnel sub-committee - elected Chair
  • Chaired meeting of Friends of Chartres twinning committee
  • Attended garden party in aid of Friends of Chartres
  • Attended meeting of Chichester Conservation Advisory Committee
  • Oliver Whitby Foundation - interviewed prospective new Cathedral chorister
  • Attended Meeting of St. John’s Trust

Environment and wellbeing

  • City Council Planning and Conservation committee meeting
  • Met with residents experiencing problems with litter and noise behind their homes
  • Met with residents who are having problems with prolific graffiti in central Chichester

 

Bill Brisbane

District Councillor for the Chichester East Ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Organised a petition and leaflet drop of residents’ attitudes to traffic congestion and speeding on Barnfield Drive and Bradshaw Road.
  • Made comments on the Infrastructure Business Plan at DPIP [Development Plan Implementation Panel]

Housing and Communities

  • Attended planning committee – decisions on 5 planning applications.
  • Attended local plan review meeting.
  • Attended Conservation Area Advisory Committee meeting.
  • As one of two District ward councillors delegated by the planning committee to do so – signed off the reserved matters landscape condition for St James Industrial Estate.
  • Attended full District council meeting and made comments [in support of Lib Dem District Councillor: Southbourne – Jonathan Brown] on the proposed mechanism for achieving the expansion of Southbourne.
  • Considered the quantity and distribution of future housing development for the local plan at DPIP [Development Plan Implementation Panel]

Environment and wellbeing

  • Reviewed Southern Water’s draft Regional Drainage Wastewater Management Plan.

 

Clare Apel

District and City Councillor for Chichester West

Transport and Infrastructure

  • City planning meeting re White House Farm/Minerva Heights
  • City Council meeting re levelling up funding.
  • Neighbourhood Plan meeting
  • Primary Care Provision in Chichester – agreed public meeting date in September
  • local plan meeting at CDC
  • Attended Full District Council meeting
  • Meeting re White House Farm Southern access.
  • Planning meeting at City Council
  • CDC meeting re Southern Gateway

Housing and Communities

  • Attended meeting of CMHMD [Chichester Holocaust Memorial Day] re January 2023 events
  • Attended Governors Meeting at local School
  • Attended Stone pillow meeting
  • Attended Parklands Residents Association Committee meeting
  • Patrons evening Pallant House Gallery – attending as Trustee representing CDC
  • Attended U.K. Harvest pantry in Chichester West ward

ENVIRONMENT AND WELLBEING

  • Meeting with family whose child has been taken away

 

Jonathan Brown

District Councillor for Southbourne ward

TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Took part in Southern Water 'stakeholder consultation', emphasising the importance of long-term planning and the need to work in partnership due to the company not being trusted and so not being a good messenger for updating the public.
  • Attended a briefing on options that might improve proposals for the redevelopment of Chichester's 'Southern Gateway'. Made suggestions aimed at maximising support for improvements across the political spectrum.
  • Attended (part of) the Chichester & District Cycle Forum so that I could stay informed of the latest happenings relating to cycle route consultations.

HOUSING and COMMUNITIES

  • Put a motion to Full Council to get CDC to allocate any development in Southbourne by means of a 'strategic allocation' rather than by designating Southbourne a 'Broad Location for Development'. My motion did not pass - as it was voted down by every Tory District Councillor. I fear this will leave Southbourne more vulnerable to speculative development, but Council Officers did commit to helping Southbourne avoid this as much as possible.
  • Attended the start of the appeal hearing for the proposal to build 10 houses on a gypsy/traveller site in Southbourne between Priors Orchard and Inlands Road. Made the point to the Inspector that Southbourne had attempted to proactively plan housing through its Neighbourhood Plan and had been denied that option by the Plan's examiner and that it would be unjust to 'punish' Southbourne for the failings of the Planning system.
  • Led meeting between representatives of Southbourne Parish and CDC officers to discuss the legal position of Southbourne's latest Neighbourhood Plan Review work.
  • Attended CDC member briefing on the latest Local Plan position and at that and the following DPIP [Development Plan Implementation Panel] meeting fed back on a number of matters important to Southbourne. (Please note that the briefing and DPIP meetings are held in confidence).

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

  • Compered a presentation and talk with Lord Stern for members of Eco Rother Action, in which he gave an excellent overview of the science and politics of climate change and the action (or inaction) needed to prevent it.
  • Attended the opening of the 'Black Barn' art studio on Priors Leaze Lane. Was able to appreciate the work done to promote biodiversity on site (which has not all been plain sailing) and talk with the artists about options for giving local students an opportunity with some world-class artists.

 

Judy Fowler

District Councillor for Midhurst Ward

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TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Attended meeting on Southern Gateway and raised need to retain rural bus routes.

HOUSING and COMMUNITIES

  • Met with other Midhurst District Councillors to discuss various local issues including planning applications.
  • Chaired Trustee meeting of Almshouse Board. Discussed future recruitment handling of prospective applicants.
  • Attended Festival Theatre Board meeting.
  • Helped at Rother Valley Together Social & Activity Club

 

Julian Joy

County Councillor (Chichester West division) and City Councillor (Chichester West ward)

TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Attended a planning meeting for the phase 2 White House Farm/Minerva Heights application - specifically on the new link road that will dramatically affect local residents.
  • Helped the local Residents’ Association at Westgate to enter WSCC community highways scheme due in at end of July for the ANPR Application
  • Attended a meeting and presentation on the next potential master plan of the Southern Gateway scheme.
  • Helped with application for the Centurion way existing cycle route that was caused by the new White House Farm (WHF) development – which has led to a major junction problem of cycle and pedestrian routes from Parklands to the new WHF estate.
  • Continued to keep pressure up on redesigning the ChEm (Chichester to Emsworth) superhighway cycle route, a National Highways scheme.
  • Attended both WSCC and City Planning Meetings

HOUSING and COMMUNITIES

  • Chaired full Chichester City Council Meeting
  • Attended Chichester City Council Planning Meeting
  • Attended Chichester City Council Finance meeting
  • Met with City Council Property Sub Meeting to continuing my pursuit of getting the Council House carbon neutral by 2030.
  • Chichester has the highest number of Ukraine refugees per capita of anywhere in the UK. I have successfully pushed for the funding of school places for Ukrainian children to be paid out of WSCC reserve funds immediately. Tory-led WSCC had wanted to wait for the (delayed) funds from Government to be paid before making provision for adequate teaching of these children. This put schools in a difficult position: either the children couldn’t attend, or the schools had to save money elsewhere to finance their attendance. This means that it is now the Council’s issue to pursue the money from central government and not the school’s issue to get the money from WSCC.
  • As trustee for Business2Schools I met with the CEO to discuss further help to the Ukraine families with laptops etc as well as continuing to provide for the local schools in the City and West Sussex County and beyond.
  • Attended a series of ‘meet and greets’ at ‘help’ venues for Ukrainian families and instigated the need for better communication from the local bureaucracy to help Ukrainian families and school pupils – ongoing.
  • Called a Community Affairs Meeting to try to create a connection between the people of Chichester and the City Council’s newly appointed community officer. This role was created following my analysis of how Chichester’s Resident Associations and community groups unnecessarily sit independently from the City Council. Lib Dems are strongly collaborative – so we are trying to instil the principle of a City Council oriented to community requirements – dispelling the ‘us and them’ rhetoric notions that currently happens at present.
  • Meeting with Executive Director of CFT [Chichester Festival Theatre] on the welfare of the theatre and to discuss how to get better pedestrian access from North Street, Chichester to the theatre door.
  • Meet with WSCC estates department on establishing the continuing issues with a local primary school and why this has led to the resignation of the entire governor’s board. Ongoing - but I now have a clearer understanding of the issues and have asked WSCC for a detailed response to my questions.
  • Attended Fishbourne Parish Council where I offered help to get a proper footpath on Clay Lane as it’s being used by cyclists and pedestrians and is extremely dangerous as it currently stands.
  • Attended Bosham Parish Council and AGM
  • Mayor of Chichester/Jubilee celebrations
  • Queen’s Green Canopy Tree Planting at the Bishop’s Palace.
  • Attended the Platinum Jubilee Party in Orchard Avenue
  • Attended Service of Thanksgiving at Cathedral
  • Meeting re PWRR [Prince of Wales’s Royal Regiment] Freedom of Entry Parade for the Sussex Regiment
  • Attended the Royal Sussex Regimental Association Annual Lunch
  • I helped launch, along with Kate Mosse (the author and fellow Chichester High School pupil) the 2022 Festival of Chichester
  • Visit to Apuldram to meet up with the great charity Apuldram Centre for Adult Learning
  • As Mayor I am president of the Friends of Ravenna where I chaired the AGM
  • Went to the first Three Cities Event at the Assembly Room where I’m president of all three.
  • Tree Planting U3a which is a fantastic volunteers-run summer courses at the Chichester university
  • Met the Bishop of Chichester for the launch of their business communities project at the Bishop’s Palace
  • Attended the Sussex Downs band at St. Pauls Church.
  • Presentation from Royal Sussex Regimental Assoc.
  • Chichester Welfare Trusts Celebration
  • Supported the arts and drama festival by attending the Tesoro Concert at the Assembly Rooms.
  • Met with the High Sheriff of West Sussex
  • Attended the Southdown’s Concert Band concert
  • Fantastic 10th year anniversary of the Rotary Dragon Boat Race Challenge with prize giving
  • Attended the AGM of St. John Sussex Service with Thanksgiving at Arundel Cathedral
  • Attended Memorial Service for Michael Woolley - a former mayor of Chichester who sadly died during covid lock down
  • Attended the Westgate Residents Association Street Party
  • Opened a new care centre called ‘Terri’s Place’. The team share a passion for helping vulnerable adults to remain in control of their care choices as far as possible, whilst always maintaining dignity and respecting diversity.
  • Meeting with Carers Trust – Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester group (VAAC) in Midhurst for their AGM and 10th anniversary.
  • Chichester Life Centre Walk to raise awareness of the issues of sexual violence and crime in our society. Life Centre is a volunteer group helping victims of these terrible crimes.

ENVIRONMENT AND WELLBEING

  • Met with listed building officers from CDC to understand their points on getting the Town Hall (grade 2 listed building) to meet our 2030 CO2 commitment – we now have over 11kwh of power generation from the PV panels on the roof to date. Plan is to better the fabric of the building and add more sustainable power sources to replace the existing gas boiler system.
  • I met with City Council Property Sub Meeting to continuing my pursuit of getting the Council House carbon neutral by 2030.

 

Kate O’Kelly

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

TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

  • At Full Council at WSCC, I proposed the Lib Dem motion for an emergency fund to help carers with fuel costs. Tories purposely talked for a very long time on the previous motion, so we ran out of time and were unable to debate this vitally important issue.
  • At WSCC Full Council - I followed up a question on improving bus connectivity with trains across the county border.
  • Friends of Rother Valley Way – planned our approach to /negotiation with landowners.
  • Site meeting with traffic engineer from WSCC about the Stedham to Midhurst cycle path widening scheme. Persuaded her to decrease the width to make it more acceptable to the landowner.
  • Trotton PC – Terwick Lane needs drainage investigation. I have requested a Highways site visit.
  • Milland PC – discussed options for traffic calming and the approach of other parishes.
  • Midhurst Town Council meeting - Supported the community highways scheme submitted by the South Street calmers group and liaised with other Stakeholders
  • Meeting with Midhurst Area Cycling - reviewed all the schemes pushing for better active travel in and around Midhurst and for all groups to work closely together to avoid duplication.

HOUSING and COMMUNITIES

  • Pushed CDC and Hyde to improve the maintenance at the Holmbush playground – still too much glass on the grass and on the basketball court – residents saying they won’t let their children use it.
  • Meeting with Warrenside residents about long overdue maintenance issues with regard to non-functioning security doors and opaque and inconsistent service charging. Have escalated this to the Hyde management team and CDC housing team.
  • Liaised with residents on individual planning applications with CDC officers
  • Attended CDC’s Local Plan briefing day – heard more about the delays to submitting the plan and their questionable approach to overcome the transport issues.
  • Corporate Governance and Audit Committee at CDC and at Full Council – I raised the issue that the community and members were not behind the plan to move the bus station to a straggle of bus stops along Ave De Chartres.
  • Asked the Senior Leadership Team at CDC about the plans for Ukrainian refugees rematching / rehousing if this should be necessary.
  • Attended Chichester Locality meeting – briefing from officers from early results of the census – West Sussex pop increased by over 9% in 10 years biggest increase in over 65s. Massive implications for the workforce.
  • Briefing by WSCC Director of Community team on challenges of distributing the household support fund – I asked whether the new team at CDC of financial advisers might duplicate their work – she assured me they were working closely together across both authorities.
  • Attended Elsted PC and discussed the option of traffic calming speed reduction and the new County Speed policy implications.
  • Budget member day briefing at WSCC – clear from the Chief Exec that challenges to the workforce is going to be the dominant issue for several years. I asked them to lobby harder to change the rules about single person discount which could help ease the housing pressure – about the bus concessionary fare system and to hear more from Director of Children’s Services about early years child care provision if this could be improved in the county there would be more opportunities to expand the workforce.
  • At CDC Full Council – I spoke about the high level of rural crime – theft from car parks is a significant issue affecting residents.
  • At CDC Full Council – I raised the issue that the Department of Education had still not paid the grant to schools for their Ukrainian refugees – particular issue as more teacher assistants required to support the students. [see also Julian Joy’s success in persuading WSCC to release money immediately]

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

  • Health and Adult Social Care committee - looking at performance over last quarter
    • Workforce issues are dominant – real challenge retention and recruitment.
    • I called for a less siloed approach in public health – so all council strategies are approached together. Eg Active travel and Obesity.
    • Lib Dems called for a metric on walking and cycling journeys.
  • At WSCC Full Council – I called for a robust approach to the renegotiation of the incredibly costly Shaw Contract (provision of care beds) – we are currently paying for 100 empty beds every week!
  • Meeting with Directors of Services at WSCC with Lib Dem Group Leader – briefing on plans for food waste – water neutrality -sewage issues – nature recovery – renewable energy including grid capacity
  • At WSCC Full Council – asked a question about the EV ChargePoint roll out and whether their support for taxi drivers would include Chi District
  • At CDC Full Council – I questioned why there was no plan to extend EV (Electric vehicle] charge points to CDC car parks as they have refused to join the WSCC scheme and in the corporate plan environment section STILL no plans for introducing food waste collection.
  • Meeting with Harting CAN – discussion about a community energy project

 

Maureen Corfield

City Councillor for Chichester North

Transport and Infrastructure

  • (As part of the Lib Dem initiative to push for) a Traffic Calming Plan in Chichester North, met with and corresponded with officers to review existing data on traffic volumes and speeds data from Chichester North’s arterial roads.
  • Arranged to meet with volunteer to discuss plan for action during Road Safety Week later in the year.
  • Encouraged other interested volunteers on the benefits and practicalities of starting a local Speed Watch Group. Offered to help with their progress towards getting one started.
  • Attended meetings about WSCC’s refusal to provide solution to the state of Chichester City centre pavements. Wrote statement to The Chichester Observer calling for examples of when pavement disrepairs cause problems. Collated responses for qualitative data to include in report to WSCC.
  • Attended and voted at CCC’s Planning and Conservation Committee meeting.
  • Attended meeting to review the current position regarding The Southern Gateway project.

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

  • Attended Music event to engage with and promote Chichester’s Cycling community.
  • Engaged in local Tree Audit activity linked to national initiative to map and measure Britain’s trees.

 

Richard Plowman

District Councillor for the Chichester North Ward

Transport and infrastructure

  • Attended and contributed to a special meeting of the City Council on the Levelling up bid and enforced City commitment to the three projects involved, Northgate, Priory Park and Westgate, pavements and Public realm. If this bid succeeds, it will mean major improvements for Chichester City Centre.
  • Important special meeting of City Council Planning and Conservation Committee meeting on 28th July on the latest [WHF] White House Farm (Minerva Heights) Phase 2 Outline Planning Application.
  • The Southern Access Road is the main issue. Highways England have major concerns with the transport studies and recommendations in the Application.
  • Made a substantial contribution to the debate particularly the background to WHF; proposed an Objection and for the City Council to look at funding for an independent transport specialist to help prepare our case. This proposal got substantial backing and support from the Residents Associations and ChiCycle – there is likely to be a large amount of media and public interest
  • Attended and made a contribution to the District Council members Briefing on the Local Plan particularly on infrastructure and housing issues.

Housing and Communities

  • Attended and made a contribution to the Full District Council Meeting supporting the new initiative on cost of living, continued financial support for the Festival Theatre and Pallant house Gallery and the need to support the local Ukrainian guests
  • Attended a special plaque unveiling for 4 much needed new Alms houses at Riverside, Tozer Way, followed by Evensong and Garden Party at St Marys
  • Supported the Planetarium as Deputy mayor for the first images from the James Webb telescope and their 21st birthday
  • Working locally with the Ukrainian refugees to help with children’s activities and transport for the summer holidays
  • Received a prestigious Sussex Heritage Trust Award at the Awards Ceremony on July 8th for the Murray/ Nelson sculpture by Vincent Gray.
  • Attended the 10th Birthday Party for the Novium museum in my role as Town Crier.

 

Sarah Quail

City Councillor for the Chichester West

Transport and Infrastructure

  • The proposals for the Southern Access Road (SAR) to join Sherborne Road and Westgate have implications not only for Chichester West but for the whole of Chichester. This is because the Developer’s current proposals are to put a road through the developing estate of White House Farm (WHF) – effectively creating a western bypass for this city. The proposed road will not be built to the specifications required of a bypass and the implications for the entire neighbourhood of Chichester West including WHF (Minerva Heights) are enormous.
  • Chichester City Council dealt with this planning application which included much else to do with housing numbers, industrial areas and community buildings at a special meeting on 28 July 2022 of their Planning and Conservation Committee. Inevitably the subject of the SAR was of most interest to both councillors and members of the public who were invited to speak at the meeting.
  • I did not chair this meeting of City Council’s Planning and Conservation on 28 July as I had what is called an ‘interest’ in the SAR as Chair of the Westgate Residents Association nor did I vote. However, I was allowed to speak and was able to round up the debate succinctly.
  • The City Council objected strongly to the current proposals for the SAR.
  • We were helped by the fact that National Highways (Highways England as was) have intervened and have questioned the reliability of the Developer (Miller Vistry)’s traffic figures. National Highways have also told Chichester District Council who are the planning authority not to consider the application unless to refuse it for another three months while they, National Highways, look into Miller Vistry’s application.
  • Much of my time over the last month has been spent working with the four Residents’ Associations inn Chichester WEST: Parklands, East Broyle, West Walls and Westgate to present a united front on the SAR proposals, which we were able to do most successfully.
  • Attended BID meeting
  • Pavements Working Group (charged to write to WSCC pointing out that their efforts to deny that there is a problem with city centre pavements are laughable and run counter to their own officers’ conclusions)

ENVIRONMENT AND WELLBEING

  • Staffed and helped organise the Chichester Liberal Democrat’s (CLD) stand at Chi Cycle’s Music Fest in Oaklands Park.

 

Tracie Bangert

District Councillor for the Southbourne Ward

TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Took a trip on the Bournes Community Bus to Chichester while Cllr Andrew Kerry-Bedell trained a driver. We are doing Lib Dem leaflet drops to promote this service along the routes of the buses.

Housing and Communities

  • Spoke to a resident about continuing anti-social behaviour at a particular location (Hyde Housing) in Southbourne. This resident has come to me on several occasions saying that her life is being made unbearable by a family living next door to her. Three other residents complained to me about one of the members of this family, who drives a BMW erratically around Southbourne and plays music late at night. As we do not have an active PCSO in our area, I went to Marshall Abbott, who I had met the previous month, and who deals with anti-social behaviour across Chichester. He stepped in to help, the car has been reported to Operation Crackdown and the police have visited the neighbour. The case remains ongoing.
  • We held various meetings with CDC and the Neighbourhood Plan Core Group regarding Chichester’s future intentions with Southbourne housing allocation, which is to follow a Broad Land Development (BLD) plan, instead of the suggested site allocation which Jonathan Brown and I have argued for, as we feel that this will lead to far more speculative development in our area without any of the connectivity or infrastructure that is needed. At our initial meeting with CDC it was incredibly disappointing that neither the officer appointed to work on Neighbourhood Plans, nor the consultant working on the Local Plan, had read the submitted Southbourne Neighbourhood Plan. Spoke at Full Council supporting Jonathan Brown’s motion on not accepting the BLD, which was sadly lost (11 votes to 18).
  • Attended a briefing from officers on the final Affordable Housing Task and Finish Group, which was held this week. It was very helpful that Adrian Moss observed the last two meetings and contributed valid points at both. Unfortunately, two Tory councillors who were meant to attend did not; so this left just two councillors (myself and Carol Purnell: Con Selsey) to represent residents from across the whole of Chichester District. A record of all the questions and answers reviewed at this meeting is available by contacting me directly… In conclusion, it seemed that the best way forward to build more affordable housing would be through a Community Land Trust [CLT). A new officer at CDC will be appointed to look at this, and the promotion of self-build. The report must go in front of officers and then the Senior Leadership team before returning to Oversight and Standards Committee [OSC] in September.
  • Attended Local Plan Review, which was badly organised. The first half of the four-hour session was spent listening to an officer reading from his notes, and we were not given access to tables to work from. Most of it comprised a briefing on things we already knew. During the second half there was a discussion on the fact that the lack of an upgrade to the A27 was one of the significant reasons why the Local Plan is delayed, as well as ongoing issues with sewage treatment and lack of capacity.
  • Together with Adrian Moss, met with a Ukrainian refugee – where we looked at opportunities for her employment, the education of her children and securing access to a piano, with which she is proficient.

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

  • Met with Peter Roberts, who is in charge of green spaces, street furniture and allotments in the City. I attended with the Chair of Southbourne Parish Council, Lyn Hicks and the Chair of Allotments, Bob Taylor. Peter offered us a wealth of suggestions and advice, as well as ongoing help in developing the possible new role of community warden. I am hoping to get him to come and speak to the members of the Green Space and Community Group.
  • Met with Mark Ringwood (founder of Wemsfest)– with Oona Hickson, Lib Dem Activist in Southbourne). Mark and his colleagues are proposing to put a statue up in the centre of Emsworth of P G Wodehouse, commissioning renowned artist Philip Jackson to undertake the work. Wodehouse lived in Emsworth for 10 years and found inspiration to write his stories from the town. Together with this, it is suggested that a heritage trail is created linking Emsworth, Westbourne and Southbourne. This will involve QR codes as well as maps and explanatory boards. Andrew Kerry-Bedell [Lib Dem County Councillor: Bournes division], who has already worked on something similar for the South Downs, will hopefully be involved and I will collect historical information for the Southbourne area. This is already a well-planned project and Mark is well placed to bring it to fruition.
  • We had our Green Spaces community meeting, where I introduced Mark Ringwood’s proposal, which was favourably received. We discussed ongoing Parish projects funded by the New Homes Bonus and SIL, including the £50,000 revamp of the Pavilion in our recreation ground.

 


2022 June

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Special mention for County Councillor Andrew Kerry-Bedell (Bourne Division) – 7th June saw the launch of the Bournes Free Bus Service. The gradual withdrawal of bus services from our rural areas and the isolation of the military families at Thorney Island prompted Andrew to pull together support and financing from Parish Councils and other agencies; work with a number of parish councils and other Lib Dem Councillors (notably Tracie Bangert in Southbourne) to sort out the financing and provision of minibuses, driver-training and publicity for the service – which serves all residents in the Bournes, including the military families.

Adrian Moss

District Councillor for Harbour Villages

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Continued work with Council Officers to agree strategy on Government Levelling Up Bids for District
  • Met with residents to help identify design and landscaping improvements to Bosham Car Park
  • Considerable work on a range of Planning Applications and Appeals across the District
  • Meetings with Senior Leadership Team on Council to review major projects across the District
  • Coastal West Sussex Partnership meeting in Shoreham to look at new business opportunities for Coastal area

Housing and Communities

  • Local Plan review work – had a special meeting with Lib Dem Councillors, drafting submissions and then submitting to Chichester District Council’s Officers
  • Undertook walk round with officers of Hyde Housing sites in Bosham
  • Attended Manhood Peninsular Partnership meeting to represent Harbour Villages residents
  • As local District Councillor, attended Jubilee Events in Bosham, Fishbourne and Chidham
  • Met again with “Chichester Mens Shed” to review potential sites and have been working with District Council Officers to progress this initiative. For further information, please contact Tim Rixon, on 07764 368932or by email to [email protected]
  • Attended Parish Council meetings in Bosham, Fishbourne and Chidham and Hambrook
  • Attended Fishbourne School and Church Fête

Environment and Well-being

  • on-going work with residents and local interest groups on Harbour issues (eg: sewage discharge, seawall, pollution, bio-diversity - please see previous reports for specifics)
  • (As Group Leader: Chichester Liberal Democrat Councillors) contributed to Chichester District Council Working Group on renewable energy for/in the local area

 

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

County Councillor for the Bourne Division

Transport and infrastructure

  • (after 2 years’ effort of a band of dedicated campaigners and activists!) the Launch of The Bourne Bus to provide FREE transport to five communities finally came to fruition!
  • Bourne Bus features in the Chichester Queen's platinum jubilee parade
  • Training of two more volunteer Bourne Bus drivers and local promotion
  • Southbourne library meeting to look at ways to get more residents using its facilities
  • Provided resident support to reduce traffic and speed limits down Priors Leaze Lane
  • Contributed to WSCC’s TFG (Task and Finish Group*) on revised WSCC speed policy – which is now being referred to resident consultation. This is an important step in being able to support resident’s groups seeking go ahead for 20sPlenty in their neighbourhoods (see Maureen Corfield’s initiative in Chichester City: North)

*especially useful in allowing Councillors to look at an issue in which they have a particular interest, in more detail. They can take a variety of forms, from a detailed review to a short, sharp concentrated focus on a high-profile issue. They offer the opportunity to use a variety of more diverse working methods (working flexibly to adapt to the needs of different reviews), including making visits, and use of interviews and publicity events to encourage community participation and public engagement in overview and scrutiny).

Transport and infrastructure

  • Work to provide CHPAG help for residents to submit objections to Pallant Homes inspector appeal
  • Resolved resident issues with contract pond maintenance at Sadlers Walk Southbourne
  • Supported Chidham & Hambrook Parish in objections to unsuitable 30 home development
  • Supported Nutbourne residents defending against Lion Park estate management fee increases
  • Successful placing of a local Downs syndrome child to improve education outcomes

Environment and Wellbeing

  • Southbourne - meeting arranged with Barratt Homes re Sadlers walk and retaining wall
  • Organising (another!) meeting with Southern Water regarding sewage capacity and storm sewage
  • Contacted The Environment Agency about 10 times increase in storm sewage 2017-21

 

Bill Brisbane

District Councillor for the Chichester East Ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Met with residents living on Barnfied Drive about congestion and adverse traffic conditions.
  • Reviewed emerging draft Local Plan policies and made comments and suggested amendments.

Housing and Communities

  • Made comments at the Development Plan Implementation Panel (DPIP) about the merits of a specific site allocation in the Local Plan for the strategic housing allocation in Southbourne.
  • Met with a local household about their housing circumstances and liaised with The Council on their behalf.
  • Attended Planning Committee and reached decisions on six planning applications.
  • Attended a briefing session on the Council’s five year land supply.
  • Attended a briefing session on the potential supply and location of future Gypsy and Traveller sites

Environment and wellbeing

  • Commented at DPIP on alterations to the Pagham to Westhampnett strategic wildlife corridor.

 

Clare Apel

District and City Councillor for Chichester West

Transport and Infrastructure

  • CDC Local plan meeting
  • City planning meeting
  • City Council meeting

Housing and Communities

  • Meeting re: Whitehouse Farm development/Minerva Heights
  • Attended Chichester District Council of local Councils AGM
  • Pre meeting re Overview and Scrutiny meeting with CDC officers.
  • Chaired Overview and Scrutiny meeting at CDC
  • Grant and Concessions CDC meeting
  • Helped City Council with Platinum Jubilee procession and stand in Priory Park
  • Attended several street parties and park parties for the Platinum Jubilee in my ward.
  • Audit and Risk Committee Pallant House as CDC representative.
  • Chaired Community Affairs City Council meeting.
  • Pallant House meeting re conservation work.
  • Meeting with chief exec of Stonepillow
  • Attended UK Harvest pantry in Parklands, my ward.
  • Cathedral Estate AGM
  • Pallant House Board Meeting where I am CDC trustee.
  • Friends of Chartres evening meeting where I am a member of the committee representing The City Council.
  • City Council meeting re twinning
  • Meeting with other City Councillors and residents to address disabled access issue
  • Welfare Trust meeting.
  • Stonepillow trustee meeting

 

Craig Gershater

City Councillor for North ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Chichester City Council (CCC) Community Affairs mtg - commentary provided on provision of ’Transport Hubs’ - which should be main planning objective not an afterthought
  • Full Council Meeting

Housing and Communities

  • CCC Planning Committee - asked that Access to Healthcare should be part of the Neighbourhood Plan
  • Attended briefing mtg for up-coming visit (August) from officials from Speyer for possible friendship link with Chichester

Environment and wellbeing

  • As the LibDem designated SCFT* Public Governor for Chichester (District) - attended Strategic Development Briefing
  • Attended SCFT mtg Brighton General Hospital
  • Attended SCFT mtg on an update from SCFT NHS Board regarding changes to Chairman of the Board
  • Attended SCFT mtg of Nominations and Remunerations Committee
  • Attended SCFT mtg as Council of Governors (CoG) pre-meet prior to full CoG mtg
  • Attended SCFT CoG mtg

* SCFT: Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

 

Gareth Evans

District Councillor for the Loxwood ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • I have written to the case officer regarding the retail unit in Loxwood upon hearing that the S106 had not been progressed some six weeks after approval

Housing and Communities

  • Spoke to concerned residents about a proposed new village development in Plaistow of 600 new homes
  • Have met with resident groups to discuss concerns over a proposed holiday home development in Ifold and explained the planning process to them
  • Liaised with the planning officer over the Townfield Development to explore what the water neutrality solution that’s been put forward is
  • Held a district Councillor surgery at the Onslow Arms in Loxwood, The Stag Inn in Balls Cross and Craigs Coffee shop in Ifold.
  • Attended Northchapel Summer Fayre and judged their dog show
  • Took part in the Northchapel 5km run to raise funds for their Primary School

Environment and wellbeing

  • I have been supporting one resident in Loxwood who has had big issues with Hyde and has living conditions which are detrimental to her health and that of her young family. Having been refused to be placed on the housing list to bid for one of the Stonewater properties I stepped in, and CDC are now helping this resident. However, the issues with Hyde remain unacceptable in my opinion.
  • Liaised with the planning officer over the Townfield Development to explore what the water neutrality solution that’s been put forward is

 

John-Henry Bowden

District Councillor for the Chichester West Ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Attended Chichester District Council (CDC) Planning Committee (also of course considers Infrastructure)
  • Studied and commented in detail to CDC on the draft policies for the Local Plan Revision
  • Contributed to CDC Members' Briefing re provision for Gypsy and Traveller pitches now and for the Local Plan Revision.
  • Together with Lib Dem Councillor Clare Apel measured site for a local street furniture plan to protect disability access to the local shops

Housing and Communities

  • Took part in CDC Training re Planning Appeals and the 5-year Housing Land Supply.
  • Visit to a resident re a planning application
  • Together with Councillor Sarah Quail. visiting residents of Minerva Heights (125-ish houses now occupied of a planned 750)
  • Alongside many Lib Dem Councillors, supported the event for Ukrainian Refugees put on by Children on the Edge and Sanctuary Chi

Environment and Wellbeing

  • Contributed to CDC Members' Briefing re provision for Gypsy and Traveller pitches.

 

Jonathan Brown

District Councillor for Southbourne ward

TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Assisted the Group Leader in working on the Council's bid for 'Levelling Up' funding for local infrastructure improvements.
  • Produced a report for the Development Plan & Infrastructure Panel, arguing for Southbourne to be treated fairly i.e., like everywhere else by the Local Plan Review with regards to how housing is allocated. Development Plan Implementation Panel (DPIP) does not meet in public, and I have put a motion to Full Council to ensure that this matter is addressed with the transparency it deserves.

HOUSING and COMMUNITIES

  • Attended the excellent and inspiring event hosted by local charities Children on the Edge and Sanctuary to mark World Refugee Day. As well as hearing from the charities we heard the first-hand stories of several refugees who had made their way to the UK from Afghanistan and Ukraine. It was awful hearing about the brutal incompetence of the Home Office and the self-harming policies that prevent refugees from working (meaning they are forced into poverty, cannot support themselves and find it harder to integrate). Despite their individual, and sometimes heart-breaking challenges, it was nevertheless uplifting to hear how strong they had been and how they are now trying to make decent lives for themselves.
  • Took part in the District Council's Member Induction Task & Finish Group. This group met to review the effectiveness of support offered to newly elected councillors. Much of my contribution was around the need to reduce the number of days required early on (which puts extra stress on those with jobs / caring responsibilities), to focus on what was most important and to give new councillors resources to find information at a later date.

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

  • Joined a Net Zero Living webinar, hosted by polling company Ipsos and the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations. This webinar described the latest evidence on the effectiveness of different kinds of messaging and policy prioritisation with regards to building support for action against climate change and will help me and other Councillors advocate effectively for policies to make a real difference. In particular it was apparent that people are interested in ‘win-win’ solutions (e.g., that reduce carbon emissions and have another identifiable social or economic benefit) and that the process must be fair.

 

Judy Fowler

District Councillor for Midhurst Ward

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TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Consulted over siting of 5G mast in Midhurst town

HOUSING and COMMUNITIES

  • Attended Planning meeting and Council training on traveller sites in District
  • Stewarded at Midhurst Town Council's Jubilee celebration at Cowdray Ruins.
  • In liaison with County Councillor produced article for local newspaper on lack of community engagement in prospective planning application for CDC Grange site.
  • Attended World Refugee Day meeting of Children on the Edge/ Sanctuary in Chichester.
  • As Chichester District Council (CDC) representative attended Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT)'s birthday staff presentation on the history of the theatre
  • Volunteered at Rother Valley Together activity club

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

  • Visited Sustainability Centre at East Meon, Hanpshire
  • Liaised with Independent Councillor re future care and provision of St Anne's Hill

 

Kate O’Kelly

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

TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Friends of Rother Valley Way – meeting to discuss approach to landowners on the section of this off-road cycle route between Petersfield and Nyewood
  • County Local Forum: a meeting for residents – nearly half the questions (including heartfelt testimony from many residents who have fallen and been injured) were about the poor state of pavements in the city but our rural towns were also mentioned – we discussed solutions such as stopping the very heavy lorries parking on the pavements – this needs leadership and all levels of government working together. This is not happening - the Tory administration at Chichester District Council are not partnering with the City Council and the Tory run WSCC are refusing to lead saying there are other more important calls on their capital budget.
  • Member visit to the Drayton depot – really good to see their new machines in action the Jet Patcher will save many hours of work – it can patch 2 defects in the carriageway in 12 minutes previously it would have taken 90 minutes. Saw the graveyard of traffic cones from the botched, significant amount of taxpayers’ money wasted on, Covid cycle schemes.
  • Discussion with traffic engineer from WSCC about the Stedham to Midhurst road widening scheme – need to explore all options as one landowner is holding this up and could jeopardise the whole scheme.

HOUSING and COMMUNITIES

  • A big highlight last month was the Jubilee weekend – being up on Harting Hill seeing the Beacon being lit was truly memorable with many residents on the hill.
  • Talked to the Director of Communities at the Council about the role of her team in supporting all the Ukrainian refugees and their host families. They are working really hard to support everyone and where necessary finding new host families.
  • Governance committee at WSCC – attempted to stop the Conservatives assault on democracy. They have now changed the constitution at WSCC so no new motions can be brought back to Council if they have been debated in the last 4 years – previously and for most councils this is 6 months. We have been advised that this practice has not been observed by any other County Council (even those with a similarly sized Tory majority. Lib Dems issued a press release to highlight this undemocratic Tory action – but what we need are more non-Tories on the County Council to first reverse and then respect local democracy
  • Stedham Parish council – gave details of household support fund for families who are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis
  • Meeting of the Youth Cabinet – the young people were able to put their agenda to the county councillors – good to hear their priorities as we work with them over the next year. Mental health and climate change were key areas.

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

  • County Council seconded Lib Dem group’s amendment to the motion on Public Health funding - calling for extra funds for Stop Smoking services. Nationally, after significant reduction in smokers, the number quitting has paused and there are still 77,000 smokers in West Sussex. These services are invaluable - they are evidence based and really improve lives and wellbeing.
  • County Council - I asked a question about Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points and how they are going to be rolled out across the county. The contractors who are installing the EV chargers as part of the project have started putting in charge points in car parks across the county. I expressed concern because Chichester District Council (CDC) have not joined the partnership so none of the CDC owned car parks in the District are included in the roll out. It is hard to see how this critical infrastructure is going to catch up with the need as more people will be switching to electric over the next few years. Press release followed!
  • Health and Adult Social Care committee - Scrutinised the Shaw Contract which the County has with 12 care homes. Costs the County £23.5million a year - 5 of the 12 are rated as Requires Improvement (RI) – significant amount of taxpayers’ money is being spent on poor services.
  • Lib Dem County Councillor Group proposed future items for discussion - Self harm item to be extended to scrutinise Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and ambulance response times to be reviewed, given current state of crisis!
  • County Council member briefing on climate change plans – good to hear their detailed and strategic approach BUT they are only concentrating on WSCC emissions which are 1% of the county emissions – we will be proposing that they set a target county wide. Disappointing that their view is so narrow.

 

Maureen Corfield

City Councillor for Chichester North

Transport and Infrastructure

    Analysed WSCC’s Transport Plan for comment. Found no provision for reducing speeding on urban roads, the tried and tested method for reducing accidents, pollutants, noise and improving active travel, willingness for pedestrians, cyclists, students, and children to walk and cycle on Chichester’s roads. Wrote open letter to WSCC Cabinet member for Transport, WSCC’s Task & Finish Group for Road Safety, and Chichester’s WSCC’s Councillors to highlight this omission in the Transport Plan Progressed the work to find and agree new sites for SIDs around Chichester North Made contact with The University of Chichester’s Estates Manager to raise awareness of the need to reinstate their missing two Speed Indicator Devices along College Lane. Administrated, co-ordinated, and attended Speed Watch sessions and recruited more volunteers

Housing and Communities

    Contributed to Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Marshalled at (and enjoyed) Chichester City Council’s Jubilee Gala and attended various other celebratory community events over the four-day weekend Wrote an article for Roussillon Post Pursued monies for Speed Watch equipment from Chichester North Residents’ Associations Arranged for and conducted Friends of Oaklands Park’s inaugural meeting to set up this new association

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

  • Critiqued WSCC’s Transport Plan for its lack of speed reduction measures, which, if implemented, would specifically impact emissions with measurable outcomes
  • Completed training for Chichester Tree Audit project run by Chichester University. And local Tree Wardens.
  • Began audit of trees on Broyle Road.
  • Attended on-line conference on Climate and biodiversity issues
  • Responded to local concerned with light pollution around the city

 

Richard Plowman

District Councillor for the Chichester North Ward

Transport and infrastructure

  • Scrutinised the just-issued latest Whitehouse Farm Phase 2 Outline Planning permission. The Southern Access Road is giving great concern.
  • Attended the East Broyle Residents Association AGM.
  • Major issues with the St Pauls Road, Norwich Road and Sherborne Road junction now not fit for purpose
  • Pushing hard for Pavement improvements at the Vision Delivery group and through the City Council

Housing and Communities

  • Had the monthly organisers meeting and Steering Group meeting for the Chichester Neighbourhood Plan. Started looking at policies.
  • Deputised for the Mayor at Chichester Big Band Jubilee tea party and concert and was compere for the Chichester City Band 125-year celebration
  • Working with the Planetarium on their new developments and linked them to Businees2Schools charity for equipment and furniture
  • Working with the Ukrainian refugees and attended a party for the 27 Ukrainian pupils, families, and supporters at Bishop Luffa School

Environment and Wellbeing

  • Took part in 7 different Platinum Jubilee Celebrations as Town Crier including leading a group of 4 Ukrainian families in the Gala Platinum Jubilee parade
  • Chaired a community meeting in Oakland Park and agreed constitution for Friends of Oakland Park with fellow Lib Dem Councillors, Maureen Corfield and Jonathan Brown

 

Sarah Quail

City Councillor for the Chichester West

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Chaired Planning and Conservation Committee where subjects discussed included Neighbourhood Plan engagement with the local population, access to health facilities, and Chichester city centre paving.
    • There was disbelief that WSCC is refusing to underwrite pavement repairs owing to lack of evidence of need! A working party will be established to take this issue forward.
    • There was also discussion on the Southern Gateway including Chichester District Council’s (CDC’s) plans for the Bus Station. I agreed to write to CDC and suggest that greater transparency and more public consultation were vital as this project moves forward.
  • Attended Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group meeting

Housing and Communities

  • As Chair of the Westgate Residents Association (WGRA), I have been waiting during June for CDC to publish Miller Vistry’s planning application for White House Farm Phase 2 and, most importantly, Miller Vistry’s proposals for the Southern Access Road (SAR).
    • The original application was in fact declared invalid by CDC and returned to Miller Vistry for more detail, and it was published finally on CDC’s website on 2 July 2022. Initial examination of the proposals indicates that little if anything has changed since Summer 2021. The SAR junction with Sherborne Road and Westgate is virtually the same and so the same objections: road safety, congestion, capacity, pollution, and rat running through our Chi West communities still apply.
    • The Lib Dems of Chi WEST are mobilising and will meet on 4 July with the Chair of the Parklands Residents Association to take this issue forward as we gather our resources to fight this scheme.

 

Tracie Bangert

District Councillor for the Southbourne Ward

HOUSING and COMMUNITIES

  • Work continues on the Affordable Housing Task and Finish Group at CDC, of which I am Chair. We had 25 questions from the members, which have been arranged into categories, all of which will be answered shortly. The officers are firmly against CDC setting up any housing providers itself; Lib Dem District Group Leader, Adrian Moss also attended one of these meetings, and effectively quizzed some of the Officers on their intentions.
  • Attended Development Plan Implementation Panel (DPIP), to support Lib Councillor, Jonathan Brown in his proposal for Southbourne Neighbourhood Plan (NP).
  • Attended Southbourne Parish Council (PC) meeting, where we discussed the progress of various projects that the PC is funding with the use of S106 funds; for example the refurbishment of the Pavilion at the rec. ground, the landscaping of land near Tesco Express, and bike racks at Southbourne Station.
  • Southbourne Parish Council celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by holding a picnic in the rec. ground. I helped with the ‘dizzy football’ and had previously been involved in the organisation of the mosaic designed by Year 9 pupils at the Bourne School. I unveiled this in front of the teachers and pupils on the Monday after the picnic.
  • Attended Full Governor’s meeting at the Bourne School, where we happily celebrated the recent wedding of the Headteacher, Yvonne Watkins, to the Head of Business Studies at Chichester University, David Cooper.
  • Attended the Sussex Day Fete at St John’s in Southbourne, where I chatted to a number of residents about issues that concerned them.
  • Attended the World Refugee talk at the Revelation Church in Chichester, where we heard refugees speaking movingly of their flight from Afghanistan and Ukraine, and conditions in those countries now.
  • Met with Chris Cook of West Sussex Youth Clubs, with other Parish Councillors, to discuss setting one up in Southbourne. This will now lead on to a stakeholder meeting in July.
  • Attended Overview and Scrutiny (OSC), where we had DCI Nick Bowman answer questions from the Committee. The main concerns seemed to be the lack of visibility of local PCSOs.
  • Met with Jacky Pendleton, Chair of the West Sussex Civilian Military Partnership (CMP), and we went down to visit Thorney Island School. This was my second recent visit, and it was a pleasure to be taken around such an outstanding school (85% are Forces and the remainder come from off the Island) and the reason it works so well is that the military parents are so committed to, and involved with, the school.
  • Attended the Civilian Military Partnership (CMP) meeting in Chichester, where I was told that the work Lib County Councillor, Andrew Kerry-Bedell and I had done on the Community Bus has been taken to a 2-star General, who has commended us on our work. I also actioned training for members and senior officers on the Military Covenant, which hopefully will be arranged soon. Further, I discovered that the number of service personnel on Thorney will be increased as it has become the surface-to-air base in the UK
  • Met with Chichester’s Anti-social Behaviour Officer: Marshal Abbott to discuss his role in community policing.

ENVIRONMENT and WELLBEING

  • Attended a briefing at Selsey Town Hall by the Crustaceans Habitat and Sediment Movement (CHASM), which gave a history of fishing in the area and an outline of the challenges faced to the environment with pollution and runoff of chemicals from the land. Southampton, Brighton and Portsmouth Universities are involved in the initiative and are conducting research into the local habitat and working with local fishermen.
  • Met with Francis Monkman, ex keyboard player with the prog rock band Curved Air (and an impressive backing musician and writer), who is handling a bequest from a friend to plant trees in Southbourne. Sophie Hamnett, the tree expert from CDC, has marked the Lumley wildlife corridor to take these trees.
  • Met with the manager of Southbourne Surgery (Darren Nicholson) and took questions to him from local residents, on GP provision – with Lyn Hicks of Southbourne PC. As a result, he has invited us to sit in during the morning reception to see how they triage calls.
  • Attended West Sussex County Council Health and Social Care committee (HASC), where there was a discussion of the inadequacy of a 30-year care contract that West Sussex had signed some 15 years ago. With their expertise, Dr Kate O’Kelly and Dr James Walsh effectively drilled into this waste of public money (beds not being used due to being unsuitable, despite shortages).
  • While attending the Civilian Military Partnership (CMP) meeting in Chichester, I was delighted to be advised that the base at Thorney Island is embracing solar panels, which will hopefully produce 30% of the Island’s electricity

 


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.

 


2022 April

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Your Councillors have been hard at work on your behalf this month! We have been told by residents and voters in Chichester that the topics that you are most concerned about are 1. Transport & Infrastructure, 2. Housing & Communities and 3. Environment & Wellbeing. Councillors’ reports are summarised under these headings so that you can easily find information you are most interested in.

Adrian Moss

District Councillor for Harbour Villages

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Met with local business leaders, Festival Theatre and The Great Sussex Way (Visit Chichester) to understand their ambitions for options for improving the Northern entry to Chichester including car parking, cycle routes and access from/to University, Theatre and City Centre.
  • Worked with officers on Southern Gateway redevelopment project
  • Continued discussions with residents and Councillors on the CHEMROUTE Cycle Route
  • Attended opening of the new “Country Park” at Minerva Heights

Housing and Communities

  • Supported Parish Council on the Pallant Homes appeals announced for later in the year. Reviewed reasons for Objection by Conservancy and Council reason for refusal. Personally prepared submission for the Appeal.
  • On-going work on Local Plan
  • Continued support of residents who are providing “Homes for Ukrainians” including identifying job opportunities and help with delays to VISA approvals.

Harbour Villages

  • Attended Parish Council meetings in Bosham, Fishbourne and Chidham and Hambrook
  • Spoke on behalf of residents at Planning Committee regarding Burnes Shipyard Planning application
  • Undertook Local plan briefing with residents in ward
  • Dealt with resident concerns on a range of Planning issues
  • Supported local business based in ward with work being undertaken to protect harbour landscape
  • Visited local farmer to assist and advise on the planning application for a Farm Managers accommodation

Environment and Well-being

  • Attended Harbour Conservancy Planning and Quarterly Board Meeting. Major discussions around new proposed harbour jetty and work being undertaken by CHAPRON on the state of the harbour.

As Opposition Group Leader: Chichester District Council

  • Monthly briefing with Executive Officers
  • Attended the STEM Enthuse Partnership Launch at Bourne Community College. The partnership involves local primary schools who visit Bourne Community College to take part in a STEM themed afternoon.
  • Privileged to be invited to the Chairs Annual Reception. Met with a number of local charities and support groups at the reception
  • All Member Awareness Session on How Affordable Housing is Delivered
  • Met with West Sussex County Councillors on local issues that cover both Councils

 

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

County Councillor for the Bourne Division

Transport and infrastructure

  • WSCC Highways strategy - voiced concern over no resident consultation
  • WSCC Highways - meeting of new Task Group to review all speed policies
  • Bourne bus - resident information website and bus branding complete
  • Bourne Bus - meetings to finalise details of Bourne Bus June launch
  • Bourne Bus - Planning June launch and feature in Chi Jubilee Parade
  • ChEmRoute - review with WSCC & resident groups on redesign progress
  • Southbourne school - seeking WSCC funding for new disabled toilets
  • Southbourne - investigate resinstating Children and family centre
  • Westbourne - new project to make the centre of Westbourne HGV free
  • Compton & Stoughton - reviewed and resolved sign and drain issues

Housing and Communities

  • Campaigned against Long Copse Lane development in Havant BC
  • Email from CHPAG about Pallant Homes appeal for 200 homes
  • 5-year housing land supply – flag court case re Manhood appeal decision

Environment and Well-being

  • Storm overflows - meeting with Southern Water re Thornham & Bosham
  • Resolve issues with developer reinstatement of local pond retaining wall

 

Bill Brisbane

District Councillor for the Chichester East Ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Reviewed my previous research on park and ride and responded to a resident on this issue.
  • Attended Planning Committee and reached a decision on three applications.
  • Observed DPIP (Development Plan and Infrastructure Panel) meeting and subsequently commented to officers on the updated HEDNA (Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment) report.
  • In response to local residents’ complaints raised concerns with officers on continued late night working at St James Industrial Estate and the future management of the estate and liaised with residents and officers to set up a formal meeting.
  • Liaised with the planning officer to ensure that adequate landscape mitigation is maintained in relation to the proposed expansion of a major warehouse.

Housing and Communities

  • Liaised with a Housing Association tenant in order to monitor his progress in being rehoused.
  • Posed questions to the Special Panel on Affordable Housing relating to delivery outcomes.

Environment and Wellbeing

  • Liaised with the Environmental Protection division in relation to illegal dumping of rubbish and burning of waste at the rear of properties in St Pancras.
  • Liaised with the Residents Services division and local residents regarding an intrusion by travellers onto New Park.

 

Clare Apel

District and City Councillor for Chichester West

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Opening of White House Farm Platinum Jubilee Park. This is the start of the largest site in the district in Chi WEST ward. It will be at least 1600 houses. Many new residents there who were concerned about lack of medical facilities.
  • West of Chichester meeting discussing issues re the southern access road.

Housing and Communities

  • CDC meeting re affordable housing and the issues of lack of housing.
  • Meeting with family and social worker whose child has been taken into care. Trying to get child back with birth parents.
  • Chichester Welfare Trust – sorting out help to those desperately in need including refugees
  • Meeting with Ukranian priest and chair of the Chichester Community Network to discuss what Chichester City could to help get help and money to Ukraine.
  • Chaired Community Affairs for City Council where we gave out grants.
  • Gave civic award to gentleman who had done so much for communication with Kursk in Russia. Sadly, this has all now been postponed.
  • Holocaust Memorial Day - meeting to organise event in Chichester Festival 2022 and January 2023.

Council Business

  • City Council – Lib Dems supported Green Party motion to be sent to Parliament requesting Proportional Representation for Chichester City Council
  • CDC Meeting re Overview and Scrutiny.
  • Meeting with members services at CDC re changes in Overview and Scrutiny.
  • CDC chair’s reception – good opportunity to network.

Lib Dem Business

  • Richard Cobden House Trustee - meeting sorting out issues with the building.
  • LD City Group - meeting where future councillors standing were discussed.

 

Craig Gershater

City Councillor for North ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Attended NHS Sussex Community Foundation Trust (SCFT) Induction in my new role as Public Governor
  • Volunteered to collect data on Summersdale constituent's perception/experiences of NHS Services and report to City and District Council

Housing and Communities

  • Attended Chichester Festival Launch @ Novium as Bailiff representing CCC
  • Essential supplies for Ukraine - was able to obtain some information on first aid equipment
  • Attended Donna Ockenden ’Spring Drinks’ also with Cllr Julian Joy
  • Attended CCC Community Affairs mtg
  • Attended CCC Planning mtg
  • Attended Summersdale Residents Association AGM

Lib Dem Business

  • Chi North colleagues’ photos in North Ward
  • Attended CCC LibDem Group meeting

 

Gareth Evans

District Councillor for the Loxwood ward

Housing and Communities

  • Attended and spoke at the Loxwood Parish Council AGM
  • Attended and spoke at the Northchapel parish Council AGM
  • Held District Councillor surgeries in Northchapel and Ifold
  • Supported residents with several ongoing planning applications in Loxwood and Kirdford
  • Continue to support residents with questions surrounding Hyde’s poor service and housing stock

Environment and Well-being

  • Attended a multi-agency update meeting on Lagoon 3
  • Continued to hold weekly meetings with the Stop the Claypit group in Loxwood to oppose the upcoming application.

 

John-Henry Bowden

District Councillor for the Chichester West Ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Attended Development Plan Panel. Its deliberations are confidential, but Lib Dems are working to maximise Affordable Housing/balanced with Infrastructure.

Housing and Communities

  • Site visits (with David R) to former Burnes Shipyard Bosham (a very high profile Planning Application) and also to another site at Westbourne, in preparation for...
  • Planning Committee Chair briefing
  • Planning Committee attendance - secured a demand for further landscaping and other details in an effort to protect and enhance the Environment.
  • Attended Development Plan Panel. Its deliberations are confidential, but Lib Dems are working to maximise Affordable Housing/balanced with Infrastructure.
  • Attended a Training Session run by a national planning consultancy on how to demand improved Housing design within the Planning system.
  • Attended and contributed to the CDC briefing (initiated by Tracie Bangert: Southbourne Lib Dem District Councillor) on Affordable Housing.
  • Attended the opening of the Platinum Jubilee Country Park at Minerva Heights (along with a number of other Lib Dem Cllrs). The country park is an important part of the infrastructure of that major housing development.

Environment and Wellbeing

  • Planning Committee attendance - secured a demand for further landscaping and other details in an effort to protect and enhance the Environment.

Lib Dem Business

  • Canvassing in Chi WEST with Local Survey

 

Jonathan Brown

District Councillor for Southbourne ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Attended CDC Development Plan and Infrastructure Panel where we looked at development viability, the provision of public infrastructure and I raised points about the still inadequate national home energy efficiency standards.

Housing & Development

  • As Chair of Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, I gave a report to Southbourne Parish Council on the state of the Neighbourhood Plan examination. In short, due to structural problems with the Planning system, Southbourne will withdraw its Plan from Examination and take a different approach to providing the protection from speculative development the parish needs. The full report can be downloaded here: www.southbourne-pc.gov.uk/_UserFiles/Files/Report.pdf
  • Took part in meetings between Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and officers of Chichester District Council to agree a way forward for the Plan.
  • Attended a briefing for all Chichester District Councillors on affordable housing provision, raising questions on how quickly those on waiting lists for social housing are kept waiting, what public subsidy is given to make so-called 'Affordable Housing' actually affordable in reality to those on low incomes and what we know about the need for housing for those of working age in the District.
  • With my ward-colleague Tracie Bangert got a report of inappropriate construction at the listed Sussex Brewery investigated by Enforcement. Though no physical harm was found to have been done, the owners were reminded of their obligations (including not carrying out noisy work at night).

Environment & Wellbeing

  • Joined a demonstration in support of a change to the County Council’s Pension Investment Strategy outside County Hall. (With the aim of getting the Council to make more ethical, sustainable investment choices.)
  • Attended the opening of the Jubilee wetland park opening at Minerva Heights.

 

Judy Fowler

District Councillor for Midhurst Ward

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Transport and Infrastructure

  • Attended Lib Dem Group meeting on levelling up.

Housing and Communities

  • Planning issue: Attended planning meeting at which I contested the building of an oversized house next to a conservation area in the main street of a small village. It was passed, nonetheless.
  • Chaired alms-house committee.
  • Took part in discussion on roles and priorities of cultural offerings in the city.
  • Facilitated acquisition of photos for reporting Culture Spark event at Cowdray.

Environment and Wellbeing

  • Attended environment panel meeting.
  • Reported antisocial bonfire to owners of allotments and requested removal of noxious materials.

 

Kate O’Kelly

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

Transport and Infrastructure

  • WSCC – Full council – spoke in the debate on WSCC Transport strategy. In all areas: cycling, Rail, Bus and EV charge points, it lacks ambition
  • Harting Parish Council – discussed their Community Highway Scheme and advised the group now the application is nearly ready for submission
  • Walking and Cycling member group at WSCC – had update on the cycling improvements planned in Westgate – part of the Active travel fund bid – clarified the timings and asked the officers to ensure local councillors on the City and District are included in the discussions. Pushed for more E-bike hire schemes across the county – Worthing have a good scheme that is working well.
  • Attended Midhurst Area Cycling meeting – pushed for progress on all schemes – fixed a date for first meeting of Friends of Rother Valley Way

Housing and Communities

  • Attended Health and Adult Social Care end of year review – questioned why the new Adults Social Strategy was not scrutinised by the committee
  • Meeting with Chief Exec at WSCC with LD Group Leader – discussed how we can push for greater transparency and challenged the overreaching control of the majority group stifling debate – eg at the last Council the opposition debate on divestment was cancelled
  • WSCC Full Council – led our group - challenged the Communities Cab member to write to Government about shambolic visas bureaucracy
  • Discussed school places and financial support for Ukrainian families with Director of Communities at WSCC
  • Discussed controversial planning application in Rogate with residents and officer at CDC.
  • Attended Governors meeting Downland Village School Federation - discussed the challenge of complying with the Gov plan for all schools to be academized by 2030
  • Attended LD group discussion on affordable housing – we discussed how we might address the significant lack of truly affordable housing within the District and how the current Conservative administration nationally and locally are failing on this

Environment and Well-being

  • Harting Parish Council – advised the Council and residents about an application to change the Definitive Map – controversial – important to keep access for everyone but the application is heavy handed and has lead to significant anxiety in the community
  • Worked with LD group at CDC to submit motion on separate collection of food waste – pushing the Conservatives to agree to this – it is long overdue
  • Attended meeting with Midhurst Vision Directors – discussed our next steps – presenting the results of the work of the Landscape Architects with the wider stakeholders and the community

 

Maureen Corfield

City Councillor for Chichester North

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Addressed Road Safety Issue of particular concern for a resident.
  • Supported newly formed Speed Watch Team to get underway and covered for sickness absences
  • Wrote and delivered presentation to Residents’ Association re new traffic calming work for Chi North
  • Approached Residents’ Associations asking for funds to support the purchase of equipment for Chi North’s Speed Watch Volunteers
  • Progressed with officers and volunteers the effort to find site fixings for new SIDs in Chi North

Community Engagement

  • Investigated the potential for two new community groups
  • Wrote and delivered presentation to Residents’ Association re new traffic calming work for Chi North
  • Met with RA committee members to discuss their issues and aspirations

Housing

  • Contributed to discussion at City Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group about the potential to identify sites for new housing

 

Richard Plowman

District Councillor for the Chichester North Ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Arranged for meeting with Developer Directors over the Southern Access route for Whitehouse Farm
  • Sustainable transport is a major topic in the Chichester Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, attended two meetings
  • Pressure being maintained on the Southern Gateway on plans for bus station and bus depot.

Housing and Communities

  • Planning appeal at Raughmere Drive (Daffodil field, Lavant) = Dismissed
  • Re-elected Chairman of Goodwood Motor Circuit Consultative committee discussed encroaching housing developments at the Daffodil field and Madgwick Lane
  • Chaired City Planning and Conservation meeting
  • Helping Summersdale residents with issues over developments in Lavant Road
  • New Platinum Jubilee Country Park opened at Whitehouse farm. Great opportunity to meet the new residents of Minerva Heights
  • Attended Goodwood Members Day building better relations with Goodwood
  • Attended the excellent 200th anniversary of the Canal
  • Guest Speaker at the Nelson Society Copenhagen dinner and visit to Chichester promoting tourism to Chichester
  • Working with Chichester Community Network on response to Ukraine
  • Helped with very popular Parklands Easter Event
  • Appointed as Deputy Major to assist Julian Joy as Mayor

Environment and Well Being

  • Successful in securing the future of Priory Park through the Task and Finish group and recommendations to Council after my members motion to Council
  • New Platinum Jubilee Country Park opened at Whitehouse farm. Great opportunity to meet the new residents of Minerva Heights

 

Sarah Quail

City Councillor for the Chichester West

Transport and Infrastructure

  • Wrote to Gillian Keegan, Chichester MP, on behalf of Westgate Residents Association (WGRA) for information on when traffic calming measures (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F) may be extended to the rest of England. The WGRA would like to introduce such a scheme in Westgate to limit the numbers of rat runners using the street. At the moment such a scheme is restricted to London boroughs. We are advised that Mrs Keegan has written for advice to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.
  • Reported to WGRA in their April Bulletin on fact-finding trip of members of the WGRA Committee, WSCC staff members and Chi West County Councillor, Julian Joy to look at H&F’s automatic number plate recognition scheme.
  • Presented paper on subject of traffic issues on Westgate to Chichester City Council’s Planning and Conservation Committee including proposal on an automatic number plate recognition scheme.
  • West of Chichester Group Meeting: Issues discussed included trigger points on the Whitehouse Farm (WHF) development i.e., what the developers must deliver at each stage of the development; the long-delayed announcement of the route of the WHF Southern Access Road (SAR); the meeting with WHF developers, Miller Vistry on 23 May and the CHEmroute proposals along the A259.
  • BID Meeting: Marketing Report Jan-Mar 2022 prompted debate on a range of the metrics used to measure success and anecdotally, we learned that shops are in fact letting quickly.
  • BBC Radio Sussex: Interviewed on the subject of SAVE Britain’s Heritage Report on the fate of former department stores in SE England and particularly the possible future of the House of Fraser site in Chichester. Was able to allude in the interview to the BID’s efforts to revitalise Chichester’s city centre
  • Delivered Report on Chichester BID’s Recent Activities to full City Council which was distributed subsequently to Lib Dem District councillors.

Housing and Communities

  • Westgate Residents Association (WGRA) Coffee Morning and briefing.
  • Liaised further with WSCC on the subject of anti-social behaviour on The Tannery site. Westgate (window-breaking and drug dealing). WSCC have fenced as much of the site as possible, but there are serious contamination issues and contractors continue to sink boreholes on the site.

Environment and Well-being

  • Drafted and delivered City Council Business Plan to Town Clerk. Business Plan is based on City Council Awayday 31/1 and is predicated on
    • Chichester needing a clear identity
    • Only Chichester City Council is fully committed to Chichester city life
    • A thriving city centre
    • Protection for the built environment
    • A vibrant visitor destination
    • Sustainable transport
    • Affordable housing
    • Engaged community
    • Climate Emergency
  • It is scheduled to go to each committee (Community Affairs, Finance, and Planning and Conservation) in turn and then to full council.

Lib Dem Business

  • Canvassed in Chichester City West Ward with Chi Lib Dem Local Survey

 

Tracie Bangert

District Councillor for the Southbourne Ward

Transport and Infrastructure

  • I have arranged to hold, with Clare Apel, a joint Scrutiny meeting with CDC and WSCC around the difficulties of getting GP appointments – an aspect of inadequate health infrastructure in our area.
  • Attended operations meeting at Thorney Island, with Andrew Kerry-Bedall, for the Bournes Bus Project, and to meet the new welfare officer. Also attended Southbourne CLT meeting, voting to appoint AKB as Project Manager, after advertising the role in the Chichester Observer for two weeks.
  • Worked on the Stein Road questionnaire, to get support for WSCC proposals for traffic calming and safety measures near the three Southbourne schools, to be delivered shortly.

Housing and Communities

  • Benefit Concert for Ukraine
    • I organised with thanks to David Rodgers and Jane Towers for supplying Chidham and Hambrook Village Hall and providing support throughout, and my husband David for logistics and planning.
    • A big thank you to all who supported the Concert; we had three superb musical performers: The Accafellas (who played a medley of sea shanties); a ridiculously talented violinist Ion, from Moldova; and the Electric Junk Fish (who played classic rock and punk) led by Karl Rudziak (Louise Rudziak’s husband).
    • The staging and supporting staff were superb – Mandy Rogers, amongst family and friends, was a triumph in the kitchen; and the raffle hosts Jonathan Brown and Amanda Tait did a splendid job.
    • Eighty people attended and we have, so far, raised £1,700 for DEC and Children on the Edge. Feedback from the event has been very complimentary.
  • Policing : Cllr Lyn Hicks and I had a meeting with Amy McAleese (police officer coordinating PCSOs in Chichester District) to discuss their role in the Southbourne community. After a number of issues were raised locally, including by Parish Councils, about the visibility of policing, we asked for an explanation of what the role of PCSOs entailed. Baylee Reed, one of the PCSOs for the Bournes, stated that much of his work entailed policing crime hotspots such as Southbourne Train Station. The majority of his time, however, is spent trying to resolve disputes between neighbours. Both him and Matt Isles – the other PCSO in the Bournes – can be called away to any incident in the district that needs police attention. Baylee is leaving shortly to become a fully-fledged police officer, but he and Matt will be setting up a street display and drop-in for residents in September. Amy emphasised that we live in a very low crime rate area, even though public opinion is not always in agreement with this.
  • For Southbourne PC, attended (as Vice Chair) Full Council, Agenda Meeting, Staffing Meeting, Planning and Neighbour Plan meeting.

Environment and Wellbeing

  • Engaged enforcement to act against an illegal skip business at Marina Farm on Thorney Road.
  • After two and a half years of working to relieve flooding at Parham Place, money has now been allocated from Operation Watershed.
  • Looked at tree planting with CDC officer in Bramley Gardens and Flanders Close.
  • Attended the RAVEN (Residents Against Vehicle Excessive Noise) group, with Cllr Lyn Hicks. Our discussions revolved around the success of the group and how we should publicise it more widely in the area.
  • Visited Chichester Community Garden, near the Cathedral, run by Julia Sanders of Transition Chichester, with members of the Southbourne PC Allotments Committee. Julia spoke of numerous community outreach projects in which they are involved, including mental health, offenders, dementia and special needs. Hopefully Jonathan Brown will be working with her on other projects.
  • Attended the opening of the Minerva Heights Jubilee Country Park with several other LibDem councillors.

Lib Dem Business

  • Andy Sargent and I delivered leaflets and the LibDem survey, and chatted to residents, around Meadowview Estate and Manor Road; I thank Andy for his continuing efforts.

 


2022 March

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Adrian Moss

District Councillor for Harbour Villages

PROGRESS AND ACTIONS TO ADDRESS KEY LOCAL ISSUES

  1. Inadequate and non-sustainable TRANSPORT & poor INFRASTRUCTURE
    • Supported launch of new “Bourne – free - Community Bus”  Training session and met drivers at Thorney Island.  Andrew Kerry-Bedell (Lib Dem County Councillor: Bourne) was instrumental in founding and securing support and finance for this much-needed service.
    • Updated on Culture Spark (Chichester’s Season of Culture 2022 ) by Officers 
      • Attended Bosham Association Annual General Meeting with Julian Joy (Lib Dem County Councillor: Chi WEST). Responded to questions on planning, water quality in harbour and 20mph proposals
      • Supported Bill Brisbane (Lib Dem District Councillor Chi EAST) in production of 20mph District Council motion. Motion won
      • Undertook investitive work on the former House of Fraser store site and how this can be progressed to occupancy. Spoke directly with the representative of the owners.
    • Met with various business leaders in Chichester District. Follow up meetings being arranged to discuss sustainability, business opportunities and community support.
  2. Inappropriate HOUSING Development

    • Attended catch up meeting with District Council Officers, discussed District Council developments in District, Affordable and Social housing challenges.
    • Discussed with Officers best way forward to maximise Affordable Housing in sites in District. Undertaking research via other Councillors and Local Government Association
    • Discussed Custom and Self Build with interested residents and promoted policy to officers
    • Worked in conjunction with Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council to object to planning application for 26 houses outside the settlement area. Plan refused by decisive vote against Officer recommendation
    • Attended meetings over concerns with lack of enforcement action concerning District and West Sussex Councils 
    • Met with local development company for update and response to concerns on sites
    • Site visit to new development in ward as response to residents’ concerns. Met with residents on site
    • Attended Bosham Association Annual General Meeting with Julian Joy (Lib Dem County Councillor: Chi WEST). Responded to questions on planning, water quality in harbour and 20mph proposals
  3. Environment

    • Worked up Chi District Council Budget amendments with Lib Dem Councillors and wrote Landscape Officer Amendment.  Lib Dem Amendments all won
    • Attended West Sussex Climate Change Board as Conservancy representative
    • Supported Bill Brisbane (Lib Dem District Councillor Chi EAST) in production of 20mph District Council motion. Motion won
    • Attended Bosham Association Annual General Meeting with Julian Joy (Lib Dem County Councillor: Chi WEST). Responded to questions on planning, water quality in harbour and 20mph (inc. air quality benefits) proposals
    • Met with various business leaders in Chichester District. Follow up meetings being arranged to discuss sustainability, business opportunities and community support.

Ukraine

  • Started work with local Ukrainian charity and co-ordination of local communities’ activity
  • Attended catch up meeting with District Council Officers, discussed District Council response to Ukraine crisis, developments in District, Affordable and Social housing challenges.
  • Attended launch of Bosham 4 Ukraine. Agreed to assist with finding jobs and contact with Chichester College. 

As Opposition Group Leader: Chichester District Council 

  • Electric Refuse Vehicles - Attended Cabinet to raise concerns over lack of scrutiny by Councillors with purchase of electric refuse vehicles. Provided positive feedback from Officers that Councillors will be invited to Depot for review
  • Attended Chichester College and District Council Food and Drink event as Leader of the Opposition. 
  • Attended Parish Council meetings in Bosham, Donnington, Fishbourne and Chidham and Hambrook

 

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

County Councillor for the Bourne Division

  • Water quality - Chi Harbour water quality monitoring buoy company Litmus
  • Storm sewage overflows - chaired meeting with SW, EA and local Councillors
  • Bourne Bus - revise timing and routes to accommodate 20 local Parish stops 
  • Bourne Bus - theory and MIDAS training for eight volunteer minibus drivers
  • Bosham sewage works - visit to review 40% annual storm overflow increase
  • Southbourne Junior school - requested £10,000 for disabled access toilets
  • Compton, Stoughton and Marden - resolved seven Highways related issues
  • ChEmRoute - finalisation of new design principles for National Highways

    https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/politics/required-changes-for-chichester-to-emsworth-cycle-route-broadly-accepted-3604013

 

Anne Scicluna

City Councillor for Chichester Central

  • Attended City Council’s Civic Award ceremony and presented three citations – some very worthy recipients
  • Attended and took part in two meetings of the City Council Planning and Conservation Committee
  • Meeting of Conservation Area Advisory Committee as City Council representative and spoke on several topics
  • Took part in committee meeting of Friends of Valletta friendship committee as City Council representative, helping organise talks/events
  • Chaired City LibDem councillors’ meeting regarding the selection of Mayor for next year
  • Helped to plant a tree in Bishop’s Palace Garden as member of Conservation Area Advisory Committee
  • Took part in City Council in Committee meeting when the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for 2023 was selected – both LibDems
  • City Community Affairs Committee where UK Harvest, Community Wardens, Paving in the city, and other topics were discussed
  • Attended AGM of Friends of Chartres as City Council representative, and elected as Chairman
  • Wrote several letters and telephone calls to CDC and WSCC regarding residents’ parking in the Pallants and central Chichester locations
  • Visited County Hall re the above, expressing concern that Central residents do not receive the same consideration, despite paying very high tax
  • Visited and spoke in confidence to CDC lawyer re concerns of citizens

Bill Brisbane

District Councillor for the Chichester East Ward

  • Attended planning committee on 2nd March and made decisions on five applications. Spoke against the development of the Chas Wood Nurseries site in Bosham.
  • Attended Budget Council meting and spoke in favour of the appointment of a landscape officer.
  • Attended Special Council meeting and proposed a motion to reduce traffic speeds and promote active travel, which was agreed unanimously.
  • Attended planning Committee on 21st March and decided on three applications and argued the case for provision of a pedestrian refuge on Bognor Road to be provided as part of the redevelopment of the Bartholomew’s industrial site.
  • Attended a site meeting with Hyde Housing officers in order to resolve a long running dispute.
  • Engaged in town planning management training meeting relating to The Habitats Regulations, Nitrate Neutrality and Water Neutrality.

 

Cherry Hughes

City Councillor for Chichester East

  • Tues 1st March attended civic awards and read a citation as mayoress
  • And volunteered at our community coffee club. 
  • 3rd March volunteered with community garden group to welcome St Ants school
  • 4th March welcomed mother Martha to mayor's parlour to talk about the archbishop Justin welbys charity.
  • 6th March attended the archbishops service at the cathedral, and welcomed him as the mayoress.
  • 7th March attended the friends of Valletta meeting as ccc rep. 
  • 8th March volunteered at community coffee club. 
  • 9th March attended full council in Committee meeting. 
  • 10th March attended Bishop luffa school show Oliver, as mayoress. 
  • 12th March volunteered at community breakfast club, helped cook 36 breakfasts.
  • 15th March volunteered community coffee club. 
  • 17th March restarted the community garden club that I head up, 
  • 19th March attended the theatre music, dance and speech awards show as mayoress. 
  • 21st March attended ex meeting and community affairs meeting. 
  • 22nd March attended the friend's of chartes AGM as mayoress. 
  • 23rd March welcomed the Georgian group visit to the mayor's parlour and council house as mayoress.
  • 26th March attended allotment association AGM. 
  • 29th March volunteered at community coffee club and AGM for the spring group, as vice chair.

 

Clare Apel

District and City Councillor for Chichester West

  • 1.3 Cabinet a.m. Visit with a couple in my ward whose child has been taken away. Chichester City Civic Awards in the evening.
  • 2/3 Audit and Risk committee at Pallant House Gallery. I am the CDC trustee rep on the board.
  • 3/3 Planning and Conservation at City Council.
  • 4/3 Chaired premises meeting at Parklands School where I am a governor
  • 8/3 CDC council meeting all afternoon
  • 9/3 Chichester City council meeting. School curriculum meeting at Parklands
  • 11/3 Chaired Chichester Marks Holocaust Memorial Day meeting
  • 14/3 – 18/3 Suffered with covid. Managed to do a zoom West of Chichester meeting on Monday, a recorded CDC council meeting on Tuesday, a zoom Overview and Scrutiny meeting on Thursday. In the afternoon a zoom Welfare Trust meeting.
  • 21/3 Special meeting of City Council and then chaired Community Affairs City meeting.
  • 22/3 Chaired Overview and Scrutiny meeting at CDC
  • 25/3 Trustee Board Meeting at Pallant House Gallery
  • 28/3 Business Routing Panel CDC evening Neighbourhood Plan meeting
  • 29/3 Zoom meeting with Parklands school. In the evening went to launch of Culture Spark in Chichester Cathedral
  • 30/3 Stonepillow Away Day I am a trustee. Meeting with secretary of Chichester Welfare Trust

David Rodgers

District Councillor for Harbour Villages

David Rodgers

  • 1) Attended and spoke at CDC Planning Committee Meeting supported Chidham & Hambrook Parish Council opposing a planning application for 26 houses. Plan refused by a decisive vote against officer recommendation.
  • 2) Visited Chidham Primary School (where I am a School Governor) spent time in 2 classes, first talking to the whole class then the class teacher and then taking 2 children aside to talk to them about Maths, what they were learning and what they liked about maths! After this I chatted to The Head Teacher.
  • 3) Met up with a group of residents that had phoned me to talk about the problem they were having getting their rubbish collected, They all live in a dead end road where cars park on both sides of the road making it impossible for the rubbish lorry to get to them! I spent several days on this one talking to the rubbish people at CDC, The parish council, the housing association, WSCC including Andrew Kerry Bedell and finally got success having their rubbish collected, I have a plan to solve this problem permanently!
  • 4) Helped organise 3 local events with local residents. A duck race for Easter, A Ukrainian Benefit Gig at the village hall and a Queen’s Jubilee Event.

Craig Gershater

City Councillor for North ward

  • 02 Mar: Attended and assisted (business consultancy ideas) Chichester North Neighbourhood Plan mtg held at Chi Rugby Club
  • 0 9Mar: Attended and contributed to CCC LibDem Gp mtg wrt imminent Council in Committee mtg
  • 09 Mar: Attended and nominated Cllr Julian Joy for Mayor of Chi.  Elected to post of CCC Bailiff for second year running.
  • 16 Mar: Attended my 1st mtg of Joint Council of Governors and Board of Directors of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT).  Only designated LibDem member on SCFT - interested in representing Chichester NHS related issues, also interested in helping with metric-driven strategic planning for county-wide NHS Trust.
  • 18 Mar: On Chichester Community Network Zoom discussing local response to war in Ukraine.
  • 19 Mar: Attended and participated in Chi LibDem Workshop
  • 21 Mar: Attended and contributed to CCC Community Affairs mtg.  Offered services(as German speaker and qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guide) with forthcoming putative friendship links with Speyer, Germany.
  • 31 Mar: Attended and contributed to CCC Planning and Conservation Working Gp by Zoom
  • 31 Mar: Attended social event ‘An Evening with Vince Cable’ Petworth

 

Gareth Evans

District Councillor for the Loxwood ward

  • Met with several Hyde residents who have a range of issues because of their poor service
  • Posed a question to SLT at the Cabinet meeting regarding the highly unsatisfactory service provided by Hyde.
  • Met with Louise Rudziak (Director Housing and Communities) who has agree to take my many concerns back to Hyde and will report back to me.
  • Attended Special Budget meeting and took part in successfully voting through the two Lib Dem Motions
  • Attended a Governors meeting at Loxwood Primary School in my capacity as a School Governor
  • Attended my regular weekly meetings with Loxwood’s Stop the Claypit Group. A group I helped to set up and have been meeting with since the summer of 2020.
  • Held District Councillor Surgeries at Ebernoe and Loxwood
  • Volunteered at the Wisborough Green Market

 

John-Henry Bowden

District Councillor for the Chichester West Ward

    • 2nd March at Planning Committee we considered the Application for West Of Chi Strategic Development's Local Centre. I raised some dozen questions about the Application and secured an additional condition about conserving the site for the Medical Centre.
    • 8th March Full council Budget meeting. I supported the Lib Dem Amendments and raised a question about the 2022-23 Planning Budget. Obtained a public re-assurance from the Cabinet Member that it will be sufficient to bring us to the Consultation Stage within the financial year, and an undertaking from the Finance Director to give the figures in a more comprehensible form next year.
    • 9th March Represented CDC at the Goodwood Aerodrome Consultative Committee where the Planning Appeal for Raughmere Farm was debated in detail - result awaited.
    • 14th March Represented Lib Dem CD Cllrs at the Official Opening of the new Temporary Accommodation for Homeless, at Freeland Close - a 1st Class project of the Council. If you looked carefully enough, you could just see me in the back of one of the press photos!
    • 15th March attended CDC Full Council, and spoke against, and (in the COVID absence of Clare Apel) was the only one to vote against, the grant of Community Infrastructure Levy to extend Langley House Surgery, when it should be spent on the Medical provision at W of Chi Local Centre. This was reported in Chi Obs.
    • 21st March CDC Planning Committee. Spoke against the Application from Bellway Homes for the final parcel at the old Bartholomew's site. Proposed, and obtained the vote in favour of, the motion to Defer the decision to obtain more information and undertakings from the Applicant.

 

Jonathan Brown

District Councillor for Southbourne ward

  • CDC Budget: successfully got two important Lib Dem amendments accepted: the employment of a Landscape Officer (to proactively plan to retain and improve habitats and help enforcement) and a Sustainable Growth Officer (to bring more money to the area to assist with transitioning to a lower carbon economy, to create jobs and help local organisations meet climate emergency goals).
  • CDC Full Council: I supported the Infrastructure Business Plan allocation of £450,000 to expand Southbourne GP Surgery (to accommodate a growing population).
  • CDC Boundary Review Panel (& Full Council): defended inclusion of undivided Manhood Peninsula in the constituency; made the point that there are many ways to make our elections fairer and more representative, but the national government is attempting to gerrymander constituencies with negative consequences for community representation.
  • CDC Governance Review, Corporate Governance & Audit Committee: I argued for the retention of time for public Questions to the Executive at Full Council meetings.
  • Attended the ‘Net Zero Go for Local Government’ Launch Webinar: learned about a new tool for sharing best practice among Councils willing to treat the climate emergency with the urgency it demands.
  • Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan: continued to work with officers and consultants to defend Southbourne’s ability to plan its future. Completed two applications for technical support ‘grants’ from Locality.
  • ‘Case Management Conference’ for the Four Acres (Cooks Lane) Planning Appeal: representing the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group I made a forceful case for the importance of local communities being able to plan settlement growth. Working with the Parish Council, Development Partners, CDC officers we persuaded the applicants to withdraw their appeal, so the decision to refuse them permission stands.
  • Glebe House Anniversary: toured the home, chatted with staff and residents about the challenges they’ve faced during lockdown and all the good work that is currently ongoing.
  • Lib Dem National Conference Policy Debate on ‘A Sovereign Ukraine’ (13th march): I called upon the experience of Syrians to make the case for providing robust support to Ukrainians fighting for their freedom and in defence of the democratic West. (You can watch the debate here. I am speaking from 27:05.)

 

Julian Joy

County Councillor (Chichester West division) and City Councillor (Chichester West ward)

  • Attended CCC full council
  • Voted to take role as Mayor of Chichester May 2022-2023
  • Attended planning committee for wscc
  • Attended planning committee for CCC
  • Continued design aspirations and specifications to get a carbon neutral town hall by 2030.
  • Visited Fulham to see the new local residents camera controlled access zone for Westgate RA
  • Attended Parklands RA
  • Attended Bosham AGM
  • Submitted a paper on how GP surgeries are calculated for chichester for the issue in White House farm housing estate health centres removal from the scheme.
  • Submitted a design statement for the city centre issues of the precinct pavement
  • Continued involvement for ChEm cycle and pedestrian route
  • Pursuing resolution for flooding in Funtington.
  • Creating branch of my charity Business2schools to get free laptops etc for Ukraine refugees
  • Working on creating Footpath for residents in fishbourne safe access along the dangerous route of Clay lane.
  • Attended WSCC finance meeting

 

Kate O’Kelly

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

  • Health and Adult social care committee – we scrutinised the move of some neonatal services to QA – I questioned whether this could be a downgrade for Chi – but overall agreed that for this v specialised service it is appropriate to commission this in a specialist tertiary centre
  • CDC Full Council – questioned the rationale for spending CIL money expanding a City Centre GP practice – I had worked there and know how unsuitable it is – press coverage of all our comments on this.
  • Spoke on our motion on more flexible speed limits including 20mph - it was agreed.
  • Asked a question to the Cab member for the economy what he is doing to get more growth deal money for Chi District
  • Briefing on Midhurst Greenway with officers from WSCC – good outcome after difficult negotiations – officers have listened to the community and we have succeeded in a redesign which could achieve traffic calming and 20mph in the old town in addition to the original scheme. Collaboration in action.
  • Helped resident who has offered accommodation with jobs for Ukrainian refugees to contact the community teams at both councils
  • Attended Rogate PC - discussed recent poor ambulance response time. Waiting to hear back from SECAMB – plan to raise this with Cab member for public health re sharing facilities for ambulance crews at Midhurst Fire Station – Fire service are open to this.
  • Scrutiny session at WSCC - brought up the issue of rurality - it affects broadband, transport, and emergency services. Important issue that needs addressing.
  • Attended Midhurst Vision meeting with all stakeholders - Deacon landscape architects presented their ideas - exciting and innovative!  
  • Attended Midhurst Fire Station – celebration of GRIT course a 3-week resilience course for year 7-9 olds not thriving in an academic environment – evidently inspirational course and good use of Fire and Rescue education money – gave this my strong support by talking to all the staff including dep chief of the fire service.  Of note, WSCC Tories have cut The Fire Break (another educational course) 
  • Drop-in surgery at Milland – discussed HGVs cutting through villages,  speeding,  genuinely affordable housing – the lack of it in rural villages - young people can’t afford to stay and finally bank charges for small charities – signposted them to VAAC very useful resource.

 

Maureen Corfield

City Councillor for Chichester North

  • Delighted to give the citation for the Young Persons Award for Chichester City’s Civic Awards Ceremony at the Cathedral. 
  • Facilitated Chichester North’s workshop to gather the ideas our Organisations have for inclusion in the Neighbourhood Plan.  For those organisational representatives that couldn’t attend on the day, wrote a paper-based alternative.  Wrote up results of the workshop and written replies.  Delivered the raw data to the NP Chair for inclusion in analysis stage of the process. 
  • Wrote the ‘Planning’ section of the PLACE assessment for the Oaklands patch of North Ward.  Assisted other PLACE assessors in the production of the other sections of the PLACE assessments exercise for the Neighbourhood Plan. 
  • Celebrated the completion of The Chapel at Graylingwell at their opening event. 
  • Liaised with those involved in expanding the call to roll out an urban 20mph default across the County.  Drafted presentation for other Parish Councils who might want to consider the idea for their locality. 
  • Recruited volunteers for new Speed Watch Group in Chichester North.  Organised, facilitated and participated in the online and in-person training and volunteered for the first session on the road. 
  • Made myself available for residents, in person, at events, on the phone and via email. Had conversations with local individuals and various members of local Residents’ Associations and responded to their requests or queries.

 

Richard Plowman

District Councillor for the Chichester North Ward

  • Attended and spoke at two CDC Council meetings on Southern Gateway , the lack of GP provision in Chichester and supported the 20mph initiative
  • Gave citation at the Civic awards ceremony at the Cathedral
  • Assisted Maureen Corfield with her successful neighbourhood plan workshop in the Northward
  • Chaired the City Planning and Conservation meeting 
  • Attended Parklands Resident Association AGM
  • Met Archbishop of Canterbury in the Cathedral
  • Chaired West of Chichester group meeting with special emphasis on the Southern Access Route for Whitehouse Farm
  • Participated in the Economic review Meeting pushing on clarity of the Southern Gateway project and more public involvement in the process.
  • Attended the Vision Recovery group meeting where the new pavement surfacing for North and East Street is at last making real progress
  • Participated in the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee meeting.

 

Tracie Bangert

District Councillor for the Southbourne Ward

  • Covid-19 has put paid to most of my face-to-face work this month.
  • Andy Sargent and I delivered leaflets and the LibDem survey, and chatted to residents,  around a couple of the new estates in Southbourne; I thank Andy for his efforts.
  • At HASC I asked the following question on neonatal care:

    “It is planned to downgrade the current Local Neonatal Unit (LNU), at St Richard’s, to a Special Care Unit (SCU).  This will mean babies which need a higher degree of care will be treated at Queen Alexandria Hospital instead – with some mothers already travelling there.  How does this affect, or fit with, the Western Sussex  Hospitals group, comprising St Richards, Worthing and Southlands Hospitals?  Having a premature baby causes a tremendous strain on families, which travelling will only exacerbate.


    “The loss of the LNU will have a knock-on effect to the residents of our area, who have in the past feared that their hospital would be downgraded.  We need reassurance that this is a step which needs to be taken, rather than the beginning of significant reductions in services at St Richards.”

    Some of this question was reported in the Chichester Observer. 

  • Attended Full Council’s budget meeting.
  • Worked with Andrew Kerry-Bedall on plans for traffic improvements along Stein Road and Manor Road, together with Lyn Hicks, Phillippa Thorne and Bob Taylor of Southbourne Parish Council.
  • Worked with David James on the proposal for a mosaic to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee.  Used my contacts to involve the Bourne Community College to work on the mosaic, which will be situated on the outside of the Pavilion of the rec. ground.
  • Visited Glebe House care home, who were celebrating their 15th anniversary, with Jonathan Brown and Lyn Hicks.  It was a pleasure to be asked to attend and to meet some of the residents and staff.  I chatted to an elderly surgeon who had worked across the world
  • Asked  a number of questions at OSC, with Enforcement present, including:

    “Looking through the list of planning enforcements in Southbourne, there are a number of habitual offenders, often including specific developers.  Most ordinary people are compliant when it comes to enforcement, but the perception is that certain individuals and companies are allowed to flout the law.  Would it not be reassuring to the public that we are being fair minded by prioritising effort on repeat offenders?  This could be to ensure compliance, but also to work with them constructively to try and avoid further breaches.  There could also be a role for the new landscape officer in helping with these issues. What is your view on the merits of this approach?”

    Adrian commented that the information on enforcement on CDC’s Website is not clear, as no relevant links to background information exist, and no indication of live cases.  This should mean action is now taken.

  • Met with a resident of Slipper Caravan Park; and supported ongoing work with Licensing Office Laurence Foord on naming a correct and proper individual to manage the site.  Improvements to the site have already been made.
  • David and I attended driver training on Thorney Island for the Bournes Community Bus Project.
  • Making arrangements for a Ukrainian benefit concert on 23 April at Chidham and Hambrook Village Hall at 7pm.  Email me if you are interested in attending.

 


2022 February

Adrian Moss

District Councillor for Harbour Villages

  • DISTRICT COUNCIL MATTERS

    • Walked the proposed Hambrook Wildlife Corridor with Council Officer to better understand the significant risk to biodiversity and landscape if these areas not protected
    • Attended urgent meeting with Council Officers regarding Council Tax hardship payments
    • Meeting with Council Officers to finalise plans for Lib Dem Council budget amendments on the environment and sustainable business development
    • Attended “Community Energy England” Local Capacity session to better understand the challenges connecting larger scale renewable energy sites to the electricity network
    • Monthly catch up with Council Directors
    • Helped develop Cross Party “20mph” Council Motion for presentation at March Council meeting

    BOSHAM WARD MATTERS

    • Parish Council meetings in Chidham and Hambrook, Bosham and Fishbourne
    • Followed up with residents on flooding, parking and planning concerns
    • Attended Residents Against Vehicles' Excessive Noise (RAVEN) meeting

    POLICY MATTERS

    • Attended On-Line Conference on What role does the real estate sector play in ‘Levelling Up’ the UK?
    • Working to resolve issues around the High Street and empty shops

    LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY MATTERS

    • Local Government Association - Attended Group Leaders Budget briefing as Leader of Lib Dems on the District Council
    • Worked alongside fellow Lib Dems on campaigns we are running locally

 

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

County Councillor for the Bourne Division

  • Southbourne - WSCC Highways Stein Road and Manor Road parking improvements
  • Thornham sewage works - organised visit for 12 Councillors and residents 
  • ChEmRoute - negotiations with WSCC and National Highways to improve this cycle-route design
  • Water resources - attended WRSE meeting looking at integrated water supply
  • Storm Eunice - helping Parishes with tree, road and storm damage issues
  • Rights of Way - resolving disputes over pathways for resident amenity
  • Bourne (free) Bus - lease deal and all Parish routes in finalisation stage

 

Anne Scicluna

City Councillor for Chichester Central

  • Conservation Advisory Committee meeting re planning applications in Chichester Conservation Area
  • Chaired special meeting of City Finance Committee re finance for Chichester Gala
  • Chichester City LibDem group meeting
  • Discussions with Town Clerk and other City Council staff            
  • Chichester City Council full council meeting
  • Sorted query from resident about Priory Park – resident very satisfied
  • Ongoing efforts to sort out parking issues for residents of the area

Cherry Hughes

City Councillor for Chichester East

  • All parishes meeting - attended as City Council representative
  • Rotary club Thankyou evening – attended as mayoress
  • Volunteered at community coffee club for vulnerable x twice
  • Friends of Valletta (friendship link between the City of Chichester and the town of Valletta in Malta) meeting  - attended as City Council representative 
  • Friends of Chartres (Chichester’s French twinning association) – attended annual dinner as mayoress
  • Attended Premiere of the “Over the Rainbow” film, thanking those for stepping up during the Pandemic
  • Lions Club’s 55th charter lunch – attended as mayoress 
  • Chi Lib Dem Chichester City Council group meeting - attended
  • Chichester City Council Full council meeting - attended 

Craig Gershater

City Councillor for North ward

 

John-Henry Bowden

District Councillor for the Chichester West Ward

  • Planning Committee. Made suggestions to alleviate awful blank North elevation of St. James Ind. Est. - i.e. the main view of it we'll all see from Westhampnett Rd.
  • In response to new residents' request, applied to WSCC for  bus provision for Minerva Heights on service 54
  • continued visits to new residents of Minerva Heights (i.e. formerly White House Fm.), received  much positive response
  • attended Consultation between Bp. Luffa School, Developers, and nearest neighbours re replacement School Car Park proposals. Supported important mods.
  • Correspondence with CDC Planning Divisional Manager re Planning Budget for 2022-23
  • Correspondence with CDC Planning re budget, and then submitted Motion for Council Budget Meeting (due 8th March) and engaged senior CDC officers in detailed discussion of it - motion withdrawn on obtaining assurances.
  • Joined the start of our Lib Dem Survey of Local Residents to find out what people actually want CDC to do. This will be an ongoing activity.
  • Chairman's Briefing for Planning Committee meeting

Kate O’Kelly

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

  • Meeting re affordable housing in Rogate – Chaired meeting of two groups working towards this.
  • Harting traffic group meeting with Highways – guiding them towards applying for a community highway scheme to include 20mph and some other traffic calming to improve safety for pedestrians throughout the village
  • Midhurst Greenway – attended exhibition on this off-road cycle path - listened to concerns of residents – had meeting with officers to present the voice of the community – hoping for changes to the scheme.
  • Attended governance committee at WSCC – challenged Conservatives to publish the parish of all councillors so that electors are able to find out whether their Councillor lives locally.
  • Toured the record office – saw the amazing Sussex Copy of the American Declaration of Independence and the incredible archive – they need to expand their building.
  • Attended Cycling member group at WSCC – discussed with officers the lack of resource in their team – the walking and cycling strategy is being delayed for a year because of this.
  • Attended governors meeting – very challenging time for small schools – the impact of Covid on staff has been immense.
  • Met with Chichester District Lib Dem councillors to prepare our budget amendment – concentrating on the environment, funding for a landscape officer and an economic development officer focusing on the environment helping the district move towards decarbonisation

 

Maureen Corfield

City Councillor for Chichester North

  • Wrote ‘Planning’ section for Chichester City Council’s Neighbourhood Plan PLACE assessment. 
  • Recruited and supported four volunteers in the writing of the other four sections of CCC’s Neighbourhood Plan PLACE assessment.   
  • Worked up the plan to set the terms of reference and administer to a new, cross-party and inter-council, 20mph speed-limits sub-group now called ‘Safer Streets’.  Chaired first two meetings of this group. 
  • Researched and produced an Evidence Paper in support of the Motion calling for CCC support for 20mph speed-limits across the City. 
  • Spoke to the Motion and gained a unanimous vote. 
  • Wrote to Chichester Observer about the success of the motion
  • Offered to help with writing articles for the Noise Group (RAVEN). 
  • Wrote and preped the activities for a workshop planned for eliciting the ideas of Chichester North’s Organisations as they apply to the new Neighbourhood Plan.  Administered the invitations of a re-scheduled event at the Rugby Club having cancelled the original due to the Omicron outbreak 
  • Listened to Residents’ concerns about, the impending cost of living crisis, dangerous traffic, children’s road-crossing points, and about halting the spread of building works in the north of the ward.  Also listened to their aspirations about information boards for Chichester North. 
  • Recruited and met with new volunteers for the Speed Watch group.  Arranged for their training. 
  • Met with Residents’ Associations 
  • Attended zoom training session for Local Councillors.  

 

Richard Plowman

District Councillor for the Chichester North Ward

  • CDC Task and Finish group on Priory Park
  • Interesting discussion with CDC following residents query; Do councillors have a retirement age?  No-  they are immortal!
  • City Council Special Council Meeting
  • Chaired West of Chichester Group on WHF issues
  • Attended Parklands Residents  Association meeting.
  • Hosted Premiere of the “Over the Rainbow” film, thanking those for stepping up during the Pandemic
  • Attended Neighbourhood Plan organisers group
  • Two motions on 20 mph speed limit ( Maureen Corfield initiative) and Lidl /Story Road Path ( my motion) successfully passed by  the City Council

 

Sarah Quail

City Councillor for the Chichester West

  • Full Chichester City Council: seconded motion passed unanimously on adoption of city-wide 20s Plenty proposal; also urged City Council to think seriously about the timings of future meetings to encourage younger, working people to stand for election
  • Planning and Conservation Committee: raised objections to over-intensification of development on the Lavant Road
  • Attended several meetings: 20s Plenty; Chi Lib Dem Strategy; the BID; Friends of Ravenna (Italy)
  • Attended training: Local Government Finance and recent developments
  • Lib Dem leafleting in Chichester West: latest Focus distribution completed, and began work on Residents Survey

 

Tracie Bangert

District Councillor for the Southbourne Ward

  • The clearance of the Hyde building rubble in Bramley Gardens, Southbourne, which has taken many years to resolve, and it now ongoing.
  • Parham Place Operation Watershed; this has taken over two years to initiate, with me working alongside County Councillors. At last we have agreement from the owner of the land to put in a drain to alleviate flooding.
  • Attended Southbourne Parish Council drop in at the Sussex Brewery in my role as District Councillor.Enquires ranged from a suspected illegal skip business, footpaths, dementia care, listed building and allotments.
  • Working on the Bournes Bus project with Cllr Andrew Kerry-Bedell, presenting to the Annual Civilian Military Partnership meeting for the South East.
  • Working with the Southbourne Community Land Trust on the Bournes Bus Project and a possible housing site.
  • Working with Hyde and the Parish Council on the purchase of an allotment site, including a visit.
  • Bourne Governors tour of the Community College, visiting the STEM building and being made Pupil Premium Link Governor.
  • Helping remove a dangerous branch during Storm Eustice with Parish Councillors and residents.
  • Organised licensing visit to a local caravan park where there is a question mark about appropriate management.
  • Helping maintain a hedge and attending a staff appraisal as Tuppeny Barn trustee.
  • Visited Thornham Treatment Works, thank you Andrew Kerry-Bedell.
  • Helped negotiating in a neighbour’s dispute through Hyde, CDC and the Police.
  • Researched into my role as Chair of the Affordable Housing Task and Finish Group.
  • Joint Forces event in Chichester jointly attended with Jonathan Brown.

 


2022 January

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Adrian Moss

District Councillor for Harbour Villages

  • Chichester District Council (CDC): Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting - supported the creation of Affordable Housing Task and Finish Group to look at improving availability of social housing. Delighted that Tracie Bangert elected to chair
  • CDC Full Council - raised on-going concerns on removal of important strategic items in long term Council plans
  • Local Plan - Continued work on this with residents, campaign groups, community groups and Parish Councils
  • “Coastal West Sussex Ideas Exchange” (Group of Business Leaders and Councillors) - looked to maximise business and employment opportunities across the Coastal area of West Sussex
  • Harbour Conservancy Planning (regular) meeting – responded to concerns about “over development” around harbour
  • Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan - Offered advice to residents at briefing
  • Bournes Forum - Supported the discussion on Chichester Harbour water quality and state of the harbour
  • Renewable Energy Working Group – contributed to on-going discussion on how to expand renewable energy opportunities for local business and residents
  • Citizens Assembly - On-going discussion with campaign groups on how to reintroduce
  • Excessive noise on roads – continued work to address this with other County, District and Parish Councillors
  • Local Government Association - Attended Group Leaders briefing as Leader of Lib Dems on CDC
  • Lib Dem District Council Leadership team meeting – gave my monthly briefing

 

Andrew Kerry-Bedell

County Councillor for the Bourne Division

  • Organised and marched against housing and sewage issues facing Chichester Harbour and the surrounding villages on Saturday 29 January
  • Southern Water and the Environment Agency - Met with to discuss inadequate Thornham sewage capacity
  • Bourne Community Bus Service - secured £40,000 of funding
  • ChEmRoute - agreed plan to improve local cycle routes
  • Road safety, parking and school safety - Continued to push to improve these in Southbourne, Chidham and all other parts of the Bourne ward

 

Anne Scicluna

City Councillor for Chichester Central

  • City Council Finance Committee meeting - Chaired, including setting budget for coming year
  • City Community Affairs and City Planning Committees – attended as ex officio
  • Property sub-committee meeting – Chaired discussion of further ways of saving tax-payers’ money and cutting carbon at the City Council offices
  • Chaired Lib Dem City Council group meeting
  • City Council Away Day – took part. Objective: to form future plans for ongoing service to residents in coming years
  • City Council Gala Day and parade for Queen’s Jubilee – worked on planning for these events
  • Chichester’s Neighbourhood Plan - Met with Adviser and new Chairman
  • Paving in the city centre - Continued pressure to repair and update
  • Litten Garden alcohol and drug use - Consulted for residents and park users
  • Cathedral service – Attended with Mayor and Corporation

 

Bill Brisbane

District Councillor for the Chichester East Ward

  • Special Council - contributed to Motion on Southern Gateway and highlighted the need for adaptability for long term regeneration projects.
  • St James industrial estate redevelopment liaised with Planning Committee - officers to achieve a partial improvement to the northern boundary
  • “20 is plenty” initiative for Chichester. - Liaised with City Council members
  • Tree Planting - Liaised with the tree officer and City Council members regarding tree planting proposals.
  • Hyde Housing – Liaised with and represented residents in relation to complaints
  • Police & Crime Commissioner – Made complaint relating to drug dealing on behalf of a resident.
  • Community Highway Scheme paved footpath - Liaison and meetings with District Council and City Council members and officers, in conjunction with the relevant WSCC member to lobby for this
  • Local sink hole – got it filled in!

 

Cherry Hughes

City Councillor for Chichester East

  • Lib Dem City Councillors meeting – to discuss mayoral succession
  • Spring (Swanfield Park) community group – Attended monthly breakfast club in my capacity as a committee member.
  • Spring (Swanfield Park) meeting to discuss opening up community boxing club and youth club again
  • Friends of Guiding – Attended meeting to discuss Easter fair and Way Forward in my capacity as an ambassador.
  • City Councillors Away Day meeting – to agree Future Plans.
  • Mayor’s Sunday service at the cathedral - attended
  • Jury service - 2 weeks (so missed other meetings at City and Spring normally attended)

 

Clare Apel

District and City Councillor for Chichester West

CHICHESTER CITY COUNCIL

  • Planning & Conservation Committee – discussed White House Farm issues
  • Community Affairs Committee – chaired. Key topic: plant more trees
  • Town Clerk and Deputy town clerk meetings - to optimise meeting management
  • City Lib Dem group meeting – discussed future Mayor
  • White House Farm School – attended several meetings to discuss getting one!
  • Community Ward (West) meetings – to address those in need and those feeling isolated.
  • Chichester Welfare Trust – chaired meeting on how best to help the Afghan refugees
  • Chichester Neighbourhood Plan meeting - attended.
  • Harvest U.K. – attended 2 sessions

CHICHESTER DISTRICT COUNCIL

  • Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Chaired meeting. Key topic: chief inspector of police to answer questions on the current issues of policing.
  • Cabinet meetings (2) - Attended to see how Tories rubber stamped everything.
  • Budget Scrutiny pre-meetings (several) – met with officers

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY (January 27) Key events organised:

  • Performance: “The Mozart Question” in the Minerva Theatre on January 14th with Sir Michael Morpurgo.
  • Film: “Waiting For Anya” showed to 100 Chichester school children on both of January 27th and January 28th with young script writer answering questions.
  • Holocaust Memorial Day is marked not just to commemorate the Holocaust but to make young people aware of the Holocaust, genocides and all human rights abuses.

 

Craig Gershater

City Councillor for North ward

  • Chichester City Council Planning & Conservation Working Group meeting - attended
  • Chichester City Council LibDem Group meetings - attended
  • Chichester City Council CCC Community Affairs Working Group meeting - attended
  • Governor of Sussex Community NHS Trust - confirmation of appointment (the only declared LibDem)
  • Chichester City Council ‘Away Day’ - attended
  • Candlemas service Chi Cathedral – attended in my role as Bailiff to Chichester City Council

 

Gareth Evans

District Councillor for the Loxwood ward

  • Water neutrality issues - Raised concerns at Full Council
  • Stop the Clay Pit - Attended the weekly meetings
  • Hyde Housing - Challenged Chichester District Council on both the poor communication and poor quality of housing stock and discussed the matter with a cabinet member for social housing
  • Visited residents across the ward to help resolve issues

 

John-Henry Bowden

District Councillor for the Chichester West Ward

  • Protested against the secretive meetings held by the conservative council
  • Welcomed new residents on the West of Chichester development
  • WSCC Highways – pushed them to reinstate pedestrian links between West of Chichester to the city
  • Bishop Luffa School - Worked with fellow Liberal Democrat Councillors and representatives to secure future plans
  • St. James Industrial estate - Listened to residents' concerns and questions from local students about lighting for the footpath near the university
  • Chichester Neighbourhood Plan - Continued work on this

 

Jonathan Brown

District Councillor for Southbourne ward

  • Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan - represented the Steering Group at the Examination Hearing and Numerous meetings with officers preparing for the Hearing
  • 'Masterplanning Inception Meeting' - I chaired this meeting with development partners
  • Chichester District Full Council: argued for Council to be allowed to debate (and fund!) several environmental priorities
  • Bournes Forum - took minutes for report from Chi Harbour Conservancy
  • Member Session on South Downs National Park planning: challenged lack of affordable housing delivery.
  • CDC Environment Panel and Development Plan & Infrastructure Panel: contributed ideas and scrutinised reports put to members.

 

Julian Joy

County Councillor (Chichester West division) and City Councillor (Chichester West ward)

  • White House Farm phase 2 development S106: community highways requirement ii) Fishbourne site visit with a resident to view the dangerous lack of footpath from the new housing estates to shops. This dangerous footpath evidence, together with proven need for pedestrian cycle scheme, traffic calming measures and 20mph will be used to support Lib Dem intervention on this S106 requirement i) Westgate Road proposals – contributed to in-depth talks with White House Farm developers.
  • Carbon-neutral by 2030 i) Chichester Assembly rooms – furthering discussions with building manager in getting this grade two listed building carbon-neutral by 2030. On target for this and trying to remove fossil fuel dependence by this date utilising my architectural design experience in this field. This initiative will heavily reduce the ever-growing energy requirements and running costs too.
    ii) Bishop Luffa school – Highlighted the potential in delivering carbon-neutral status by 2030. Ongoing discussions at high level with multiple stakeholders to move this large-scale initiative forward
  • Bourne Forum – attended meeting and contributed to the debate, highlighting the new 20mph potential to redesign the ChEm cycle route’s pinch points and the creation of a village atmosphere along the route. .
  • Cycle route issues in City i)Centurion Way - Looking at where this cycle/pedestrian route ends with the view to increase this cycleway to the Downs. ii)North Walls – discussing closure of this route
  • Orchard street and Old Somerstown Residents Association – initiated talks with Chichester City Council to resurrect this group
  • Bosham Parish Council – getting responses from WSCC highways officers to address local issues

 

Kate O’Kelly

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

  • Harting highway scheme – site meeting with traffic group and Highways Agency to progress community highway scheme to include traffic calming measures and 20mph.
  • Rogate affordable housing - Chaired meetings with 2 affordable housing groups in Rogate; mediating a way forward – whilst supporting this important and much needed housing.
  • Midhurst Area Cycling – supported the Midhurst Greenway and called for progress on the Rother Valley Way - a Friends group will be set up.
  • West Sussex County Council Health & Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee (HASC) meeting - called out the lack of access to NHS dentistry and the shambolic handling of the increased charges for social care for our must vulnerable residents.
  • Chichester District Council meeting: argued for Council to join the County Electric Vehicle partnership – to prevent the danger of Chi District being left behind.
  • Member Session on South Downs National Park planning: challenged lack of affordable housing delivery in the National Park and called for public transport to be addressed in their Local Plan review.

 

Maureen Corfield

City Councillor for Chichester North

  • Chichester City Council Finance Committee meeting - attended.
  • 20’s Plenty initiative - a. West Sussex Zoom meeting: Attended, spoke at, and learned from other participants b. Leafletted residents about reducing road speeds and responded via emails and phone calls to the interest this raised. Gathered statistical data for benefits of 20mph road use c. Submitted proposal for motion at Full Council for support for 20mph speed reductions on Chichester City’s roads.
  • Speed Watch initiative - Organised volunteers first meeting. Sent out invitations and responded to queries about participating in the scheme. Liaised with Community Police Officer re training for Volunteers. Researched the data in support of the scheme’s method.
  • Neighbourhood Plan. Worked on the workshop plan and delegate list designed to gather the views of Chichester North Organisations for their inclusion in the production of the City’s Plan.

 

Richard Plowman

District Councillor for the Chichester North Ward

  • Challenged the minutes and secrecy around the Southern Gateway (Stuart – link to same post as for John-Henry) development at the district council
  • White House farm – Part of discussions with Development Directors on part two of this housing development
  • Eroica Cycling event - Attended Goodwood consultation
  • City Centre Pavements - Worked on solutions
  • Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – worked on plans for Chichester’s celebrations
  • Chichester Neighbourhood Plan - Continued work on this

 

Sarah Quail

City Councillor for the Chichester West

  • Chichester BID – Attended meeting as the City Council representative, providing updates on city centre paving plans and contributed to plans for the BID’s third term
  • Civic Service at Chichester Cathedral - Attended in Civic Party
  • Chichester City Council Liberal Democrat group meeting on future plans – key contributor

 

Tracie Bangert

District Councillor for the Southbourne Ward

  • Special needs residents - Highlighted lack of full-time employment for these residents at Full Council meeting
  • Bournes Forum - ensured CHC are balancing the protection of the harbour with their economic remit
  • Bourne Community Bus Service - Met with residents in Southbourne and promoted this exciting new (and free) service
  • Bird Aware at Prinsted Foreshore - Had discussions with the rangers on protecting birdlife and educating people
  • Local Ladies at Ashling Park - Attended meeting, helping to connect businesses and local stakeholders
  • Chichester Neighbourhood Plan – continued work on this