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