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District Dispatch


April 2024

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description automatically generatedI’m pleased to tell you that a new roar-some exhibition will be arriving at our Novium Museum this May!

'Dinosaurs: Hungry Hatchlings' showcases how even the largest dinosaurs started life as eggs and tiny hatchlings. It will open on Saturday 11 May and run until Saturday 9 November 2024.

Visitors can discover the secrets of dinosaur eggs and babies with amazing dinosaur specimens from around the world. The exhibition will follow iconic dinosaurs such as the Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Diplodocus on their perilous journey from egg to adult. Skeletons, authentic models, and stunning artworks will bring the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to life.

The exhibition will also showcase dinosaur fossils from the local area including Iguanodon and Horshamosaurus kindly loaned from Brighton and Hove Museums and Horsham Museum. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children or £14 for a family of up to 5.

To coincide with the exhibition, the museum will be offering a new workshop, 'Hungry Hatchlings', and a dinosaur loan box for schools. This workshop will explore the life cycle and habitats of dinosaurs and delve into how their skeletons helped them survive and move in their natural habitats. The workshop will take place in the 'Dinosaurs' gallery, giving children the chance to see the skeletons and models up close whilst their imaginations will transform them into mini dinosaurs!

The loan box will include a selection of real and replica fossils, looking at animals and habitats during the dinosaur age, as well as the role of a palaeontologist. For more information,

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of activities, including a very exciting VIP (Very Important Palaeontologists) opening event. As well as the opportunity to be one of the very first visitors to the exhibition, budding palaeontologists can take part in craft activities and get up close and watch a dinosaur show with realistic baby and adult dinosaurs! Tickets for the launch event start from £18 per child.

This exhibition will replace the popular Star Wars-themed 'May The Toys Be With You', which closes on Saturday, 20 April 2024. This has been a really popular exhibition, so it is definitely worth popping into the museum to see this before it closes.

Chichester Roman Week will also be returning this May half-term from Monday 27 May – Saturday 1 June with exciting events across the district and beyond. This will include a ‘Romans at the museum’ day, which will take place on Wednesday 29 May when Legio Secunda Augusta, one of Europe’s leading Roman re-enactment groups will be taking over The Novium Museum, offering a series of interactive talks and demonstrations throughout the day between 10am and 4pm. For booking information and more information on Roman Week, please or call 01243 816525.

I’m also pleased to tell you that the museum has also upgraded its lighting to help reduce its carbon footprint thanks to a £4,000 grant from South East Museum Development.

In 2022, the museum was audited to look at possible carbon reduction methods, with LED light installation identified as the most beneficial, impactful and feasible.

The 'Going Green' grant has allowed over a third of the museum's lighting to be upgraded, focusing on areas where lights are used most frequently and in closest proximity to museum collections, which will significantly reduce the museum's energy consumption and help to safeguard the collection.

Sustainability is one of The Novium Museum's core values. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and making our building and activities more environmentally sustainable. This is a great step in the right direction, reducing our energy consumption and making a considerable financial saving each year.

To find out more about the museum and the other exhibitions it is running, please

Best Wishes

Cllr Jess Brown-Fuller

Cabinet Member for Culture and Events at Chichester District Council

Latest news and events from across the Chichester District - Initiatives Newsletter

Latest news and events from across the Chichester District- Initiatives Newsletter


April 2024

Your monthly news update from Chichester District Council

April 2024

Welcome to the April issue of initiatives+

This newsletter is issued every month with the latest news and events in our area, details of schemes and projects that will benefit our residents and businesses, as well as relevant national and local updates.

An 'egg-citing' exhibition!

New exhibition 'Dinosaurs: Hungry Hatchlings' will be roaring into The Novium Museum next month. It showcases how even the largest dinosaurs started life as eggs and tiny hatchlings. Find out moreand book tickets.

Upcoming elections

Elections will be taking place on Thursday 2 May for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and also the Selsey Town Council by-election. If you plan to vote in either of these elections then make sure you are prepared and don’t forget that you also now need ID to vote at a polling station.

Farmers' market

Spring is officially here so what better time to sample local fresh produce? You'll find a wide range of delicious fruit, veg, bakes, cakes and treats at our regular Chichester Farmers’ Market The next date is Friday 19 April.

What's on?

If you’re looking for things to do then don’t forget our What’s On pages on our website featuring events from across the district

Chichester Wellbeing

Our Chichester Wellbeing Team has a number of sessions starting this month. Their Weigh Better Life weight management course starts 29 April and the Walking With Poles course starts 17 April aimed at helping adults increase their activity levels. Find out more

Protecting Chichester Harbour

Our council will be bidding for government money so that our coastal engineering service can develop a plan for the Chichester Harbour area that will help communities prepare for flooding and coastal change. Find out more

Easter trail at The Novium Museum

Help find which dinosaur has stolen all the Easter eggs at The Novium Museum! This children’s Easter trail runs until Saturday 13 April. Tickets are £1.50 per child and include a themed prize. No need to book.

Join our Let's Talk panel

We run regular consultations throughout the year on a variety of different topics, By joining our Let’s Talk Panel, we’ll make sure that you’re the first to hear about the surveys we're running, Find out more and sign up

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Here you can find the latest media releases and you’ll also find the latest District Dispatch column, and previous issues of our newsletter that you may have missed.

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South Downs News - April 2024

South Downs News - April 2024


April 2024

April 2024



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PICTURE OF THE MONTH: The bluebell woods of the National Park are springing to life! This beauty was captured by Emma Varley. Here's a list of some of the best bluebell woods and remember to stick to the path to admire them!

If you have an amazing seasonal image, please do email us.

Big boost for nature as grants announced

Creating new havens for butterflies and barn owls, establishing new wetlands and saving the under-threat juniper tree are among the exciting projects to benefit from a funding boost of over £130,000.

Thirteen community-led projects across Hampshire and Sussex will be receiving a ReNature grant from the South Downs National Park Trust to help restore biodiversity

Find out more about the grants and the wildlife we're helping

Uncovering a valley's hidden past

Carbon dating has revealed that humans have been living in one corner of the South Downs for well over 3,000 years.

The Meon Valley Archaeology and Heritage Group has uncovered a series of incredible finds near the River Meon, in Hampshire. Find out more here.

Where will art take you this spring?

The popular Sussex Art Shuttle returns this spring and will again link Towner Eastbourne, Charleston in Firle, Seven Sisters Country Park and Charleston’s arts space in central Lewes, where a fantastic season of new exhibitions opens to coincide. Route 39 will run with four services a day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 27 October.

You can hop on for a single journey for just £2 or hop on and off for a day for £3.50! Find out more here.

Heath basking for mental health

We've all heard of forest bathing, but have you tried heathland basking to find your inner zen?

Find out more here!

Can you help shape the National Park?

Are you interested in helping to shape the future direction of the South Downs National Park?

The National Park Authority is striving to bring the voices of communities, sectors or groups whose voices are not often heard into our discussions.

Learn more here.

Admire views from a safe distance

Visitors to the National Park’s stunning coastline are being urged to stay safe after two significant cliff collapses in the space of just two weeks.

Learn more.

"Spring might actually be here"

Assistant Ranger Ethan Purdyshares his thoughts and reflections as spring starts to unfold.

Read his illuminating piece on as life as a ranger here!

Last chance to enter Design Awards!

The clock is counting down to the deadline for nominations for the 2024 South Downs Design Awards.

With just a few weeks to go until the closing date, people are being urged to get their nominations in for planning projects that showcase outstanding and innovative design and architecture in the National Park.

Find out more and make a nomination.

Happy 14th birthday!

The dream of many became a working reality when 1,600km2 of England’s most-cherished lowland landscape was designated for the nation as a special place for natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.

Fourteen years on it’s still as special.

As we mark the 14th birthday of your National Park, we look at 14 success stories for the UK’s youngest National Park. Learn more here.

Give big to help create more hedges for nature

Exciting news! South Downs Trust has been accepted on to the Big Give Green Match Fund again this year, which means that between 18-25 April, anything you give to us will be doubled!

We’re aiming to raise a whopping £10,000 in just one week and plan to use these funds for our Hedgehomes initiative - planting and maintaining our hedgerow network for nature to live and thrive.

To get involved please keep an eye on the South Downs Trust website and social channels.

Donate to create more hedgerow habitat

Win family pass to The D-Day Story museum!

Did you know this year marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings?

The South Downs and surrounding area have many connections to what was to be the decisive campaign of the Second World War. Some of the better-known locations are the embarkation points where troops boarded the ships and landing craft that would take them to Normandy, such as Portsmouth and Shoreham. Those troops had previously been waiting at “Marshalling Area” camps that were slightly inland, either within or close to the National Park boundary.

Most of these camps were concealed within woodland some distance from towns and cities, to hide them from spies or enemy reconnaissance aircraft.

Earlier in the war, many of those troops had been based in what is now the National Park. A significant proportion of the British, Canadian, American and other Allied troops who landed in Normandy on or after D-Day had not previously been in action. They had spent months, sometimes even years, training and preparing for battle. The South Downs offered many suitable spaces for carrying out such training exercises.

To mark the anniversary, we’ve teamed up with TheD-Day Story Museum in Southsea to offer a family ticket.

The museum is home to Landing Craft Tank 7074, the last surviving LCT which carried up to ten tanks on D-Day.

There will be an extensive events and activities throughout 2024 to commemorate the 80th anniversary including talks, livestreams, and tours. Visit A national commemoration takes place in Portsmouth on 5 June.

People signing up to the newsletter during April will be automatically entered into the draw.

Those who are already signed up can email “Operation Neptune” to before midnight on 30 April. Sign up to the newsletter here and see competition T&Cs here.

Meet Georgina Aboud, a writer from Eastbourne. In a new series of films and recordings called "Voices", we're sharing people's thoughts on the South Downs National Park and their connection to this amazing landscape.

Things to do in April

Find other events and activities across the National Park and submit your own. Please remember booking may be necessary and do check full details with the venue.

  • Are you aged 16-25 and want to make a difference for nature and the environment? Join the National Park team for a Youth Action Day on 10 April. We meet at Lewes Railway Station and walk 10 minutes to the Lewes Railway Land Trust nature reserve. During the afternoon, we will be using iNaturalist, which is a recording app for nature enthusiasts. You don’t need to be an expert in identification, just interested! The app is a great way to help you learn about nature if you are just starting out and a great way of helping us identify key species in the South Downs National Park. This event is part of a world-wide, annual event called the City Nature Challenge.
  • A new series of creative study walks are taking place this spring, exploring the history, geology and archaeological landscape at Beachy Head, near Eastbourne. The first in the monthly trio of walks kicks off in April, while in May, monthly creative writing workshops also make a welcome return.
  • The Fossils, Flags and Ancient Features on Beachy Head series begins with a Cow Gap, Gideon and Mrs Mantell: Fossils & Feminism walk on Monday 15 April. Gideon Mantell was a palaeontologist, and his wife Mary a fossil collector and scientific illustrator, who is credited with discovering the first evidence of an Iguanodon in Sussex. On Monday 20 May, the second creative study walk, entitled Communications from the Headland: Signallers and Structures, will investigate two centuries of communications archaeology on the headland, while working out how to identify the physical structural remains on the ground. Book tickets here.
  • Discover the Eggcellent Adventure Trail at Seven Sisters Country Park, near Seaford. Pick up an activity sheet from the visitor centre and follow the clues to track down wildlife species. There’s a small chocolate for finishing! The trail is open until 12 April
  • Did you know that the swallow flies back to the UK in April and the 15th is traditionally known as Swallow Day in England? A swallow-themed walk will take place from Langham Brewery, West Sussex, on 13 April.

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West Sussex Residents eNewsletter

West Sussex Residents eNewsletter


March 2024

March 2024 West Sussex County Council eNewsletter

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Welcome to the March 2024 edition of our Residents’ eNewsletter, featuring the latest news and updates from your county council.

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New Chief Executive appointed

Leigh Whitehouse has been appointed as our new Chief Executive.

Leigh will be joining from Surrey County Council where he is currently the interim Chief Executive, acting up from his substantive role of Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Resources.

Current Chief Executive, Becky Shaw, will continue in the post until Leigh is ready to join West Sussex.

Read our news release

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Egg-xactly what you need to know this Easter!

Where can you find fun and local things to do over Easter for family members of all ages?

Experience West Sussex has Easter baskets full of ideas right on your doorstep.

Our libraries have a farmyard fun theme running over Easter – so head to your local library for some ‘hay-larious’ stories and ‘a-moo-sing’ crafts! All activities are free, but booking a place is essential.

Need to get in touch with us over the Bank Holiday? Check out our opening times and emergency contact numbers.

Easter opening times and emergency numbers

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Prioritising pothole repairs

As you will be well aware, we have experienced unprecedented levels of rain and named storm events over the autumn and winter months.

Over the past five months (October- Feb) we had more rain than we would normally have in a year, with February seeing the highest level of rain since records began.

Then in the first week of this month (March), we experienced a month’s worth of rain. These conditions are a big contributing factor in potholes forming so it is unsurprising that we are now seeing a large number of issues on the network, and we are experiencing very high numbers of customer reports.

Reports of defects this March have reached almost 7,400, and with over a week to go, we are on course to have one of the highest volume of new enquiries/reports ever recorded in one month.

In fact, in the past year, we have seen an overall record number of potholes and other safety defects being reported to us and we have also completed a record number of repairs.

We would like to reassure you we are doing all we can to manage the volume of enquiries and to address these increased numbers, to provide a road network we can all be proud of.

The county council has approved an additional £4 million as part of its revenue budget in 2024/25 to support highway maintenance activities and repairs, plus an additional £7 million of capital funding, which will increase our budget for carriageway resurfacing and treatments to over £20 million this coming year.

Right now, we are focussing on the high priority work of repairing safety defects, using additional resource, machinery and techniques to ensure longer lasting repairs.

Please keep reporting defects via our website and thank you for your patience whilst our teams prioritise and work through the backlog.

Read more about our road repairs

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Put a healthy spin on spring!

British summertime arrives on Easter Sunday (31 March) and now’s the time to focus on our health and make the most of the longer days.

'Gro Health' is a free digital service that’s available to anyone who lives or works in West Sussex and who wants help to manage their weight. Check your eligibility and sign up before the end of March.

There are plenty of walks in West Sussex, taking in spectacular views of the coast, countryside towns and villages and our guide on 14 easy walking trails is ideal for leisurely strolls, wheelchair users, and families with pushchairs.

Visiting a farm this Easter? Remember there’s a risk of infection from some bugs naturally carried by farm animals. Know the risks and stay safe.

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Common Blue © Paul Marten - Sussex Wildlife Trust

Get involved in a new initative to help nature recover in Sussex!

Here in Sussex we’re fortunate that our county is home to much iconic and wondrous wildlife, including some of the rarest natural habitats in the world. But nature is in trouble. One in six of our UK species is at risk of extinction, and urgent, locally coordinated efforts are needed to reverse this decline.

Local Nature Recovery Strategies (LNRS) are a new initiative being rolled-out across England to help with this. In Sussex there will be two strategies - one covering West Sussex and another for East Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

At the heart of every LNRS will be environmental issues that are most important to local people. If you live or work in Sussex you can have your say by taking the residents' survey below.

You can also visit Sussex Nature Recovery for more information and details of events including webinars, workshops, briefings and more.

Take the residents' survey

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Clean up this spring!

Planning a trip to one of our 12 Recycling Centres over Easter?

Remember you now need to book an appointment before you set off.

We are also moving to longer spring and summer opening hours from Easter Monday - 1 April.

Find out more about our Recycling Centres

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Expansion of childcare support

The help you can get when paying for childcare is expanding for working families.

There are significant changes coming to the 15 and 30 hours childcare support in England.

  • From April 2024, two year olds could be eligible for up to 15 hours.
  • From September 2024, children over nine months old could be eligible for up to 15 hours.
  • From September 2025, all children aged nine months to statutory school age could be eligible for up to 30 hours.

Find out more about the new childcare offers

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Help and support with council tax bills

This month you'll receive your council tax bill and the amount of you pay depends on the band your property is in.

The increase in the county council’s share of an average Band D property will be £81.54 per year, which is £1.57 per week.

Council tax is paid to your district or borough council, who have information about help to pay council tax, including discounts and eligibility for exemptions.

If you are struggling, further financial help, advice and practical support is available on our cost of living pages.

Find out more about our budget

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Road safety improvement scheme starts soon in Goodwood

Road safety improvement scheme starts soon in Goodwood


February 2024

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Road safety improvement scheme starts soon in Goodwood

A £110,000 highway scheme starts in Goodwood on Monday as part of West Sussex County Council's ongoing commitment to improve road safety.

The measures, at Kennel Hill and Town Lane, are intended to help road users navigate the area particularly at night and in bad weather. They include:

  • Installation of new ‘cat’s eye’ reflectors from the Goodwood House entrance (north of New Road roundabout) to the Racecourse Road junction
  • Replacing old cat’s eyes from the Racecourse Road junction to Singleton
  • Re-applying road markings from the Racecourse Road junction to St Roche’s Gate (junction of Kennel Hill and Town Lane)
  • Replacing old/missing road traffic signs
  • Replacing old reflective marker posts on bends to the west of The Trundle car park
  • Cutting back vegetation to improve visibility for pedestrians/other road users, and available road width.

The work is scheduled to take from Monday (19 February) to 28 March, subject to unforeseen factors, such as severe weather. Most of it will be off-peak, 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, with temporary traffic lights in place. Please allow extra time for journeys involving this area.

Overnight, temporary road closures will be required between 21 March and 28 March. Through traffic will be diverted via Claypit Lane, Madgwick Lane, Westhampnett Road, Spitalfield Lane, Northgate gyratory, Broyle Road, Lavant Road, and Midhurst Road (and vice-versa). The overnight works will be carried out in four phases:

  • New Road to Pook Lane
  • Pook Lane to Racecourse Road
  • Racecourse Road to St Roche’s Gate
  • St Roche’s Gate to A286 Singleton

Access will be maintained to local attractions at Kennel Hill, with signage to indicate how each of these can be accessed during the temporary road closures.

West Sussex County Council - Budget 2024/25 Council plan and budget proposals endorsed by Cabinet

West Sussex County Council - Budget 2024/25 Council plan and budget proposals endorsed by Cabinet


January 2024



30 January 2024

Council plan and budget proposals endorsed by Cabinet

A revised council plan and a series of measures to ensure a balanced budget for the year ahead have been endorsed by the Cabinet of West Sussex County Council at a meeting today (Tuesday 30 January) at County Hall, Chichester.

Following a public consultation, the Cabinet has confirmed its commitment to four key priority areas, underpinned by a cross cutting theme of ‘protecting the environment’. The priorities are:

  • Keeping people safe in vulnerable situations
  • A sustainable and prosperous economy
  • Helping people and communities fulfil their potential
  • Making best use of resources

Leader of West Sussex County Council, Cllr Paul Marshall said: “We asked residents how they felt about our priorities, and we were reassured to see more than two thirds strongly agreed or tended to agree with our approach. We are therefore confident that our priorities are right, and they will continue to inform our decisions about how we use resources in the coming year.

“Following the consultation, we are also proposing to continue with additional investment to areas our residents have told us are important, such as roads and highways and education and skills.”

The council reported in July last year that it was looking at ways to close a £45m budget gap for the coming year (2024/25). Balancing the budget for the year ahead has been made even more challenging with the publication of the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement from central government.

Cllr Jeremy Hunt, Cabinet Member for Finance and Property, said: “Whilst the funding offered to us by government is welcome, unfortunately it remains a long way short of what we need in order to cover the cost of vital services for our residents.

“A spiralling increase in demand and cost of services, particularly in social care, home to school transport, and funding the National Living Wage, has made preparing next year’s budget even more challenging.

“In order to balance our budget, we have proposed budget reductions of £15.7m, a one off use of reserves, and an increase in core council tax of 2.99%, plus an additional adult social care precept of 2%.

“We don’t put forward these proposals lightly, but our priority is to make best use of our limited resources and do all we can to protect essential front line services.

“Our reserves are vital for managing the many risks and uncertainties we are facing next year, as well as our financial stability over the longer term. That is why we have plans in place to replenish any use of our Budget Management Reserve.

“However, the lobbying we, and others, have undertaken over the last few weeks has resulted in government recognising the pressures we and others are facing and the additional funding they announced only last week is most welcome. We await the final settlement for confirmation, but it may mean we no longer need to rely on our reserves to balance next year’s budget.”

The revised council plan and the proposed budget will now go before a meeting of the Full Council on Friday 16 February for a final decision. At Full Council, the proposals and any amendments put forward will be debated, followed by a vote.

The budget proposals set out how the County Council is expected to spend £2 billion during 2024/25 on day-to-day services and £131.6m through capital investment into areas such as schools, highways, and the environment. After taking account of grants, fees and charges and other contributions, net revenue expenditure of £761.4m is expected.

Part of the budget proposes to include an extra £81.9m in revenue spending on vital services including:

  • an additional £31.2m for vulnerable children and young people,
  • £18.3m more for adults’ social care,
  • an extra £4m to maintain the county’s 4,000km of roads
  • and £27.8m to manage increased costs as inflation levels remains high

Cllr Paul Marshall added: “We know people in our communities, especially the most vulnerable, rely on our services and we will continue to do all we can to protect those services and invest in our county.

“Alongside our MPs, we are committed to continuing to apply pressure to government to properly fund local government so we can deliver the vital services our residents, businesses, and local communities need and deserve.”

You can find the agenda for Full Council and watch a live webcast of the meeting, or watch again at a later date, via our website

Water regulator agrees to partnership working following criticisms in relation to Southern Water

Water regulator agrees to partnership working following criticisms in relation to Southern Water


January 2024

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Water regulator agrees to partnership working following criticisms in relation to Southern Water

The watchdog responsible for regulating the water and sewerage industry, Ofwat, has pledged to work more closely with local authorities across the south coast to hold Southern Water to account.

Ofwat — the Water Services Regulation Authority — pledged to better partnership working with local authorities at a meeting organised by the Southern Water Stakeholder Group on 19 January 2024.

The Southern Water Stakeholder group was set up to put pressure on Southern Water — which is responsible for wastewater across the region and for drinking water in other parts of the southeast —in light of pollution and flooding concerns.

Ofwat’s pledge follows criticisms by councils that the watchdog has not been effective in holding Southern Water to account.

During the meeting, which was attended by Southern Water, council officials said responses from the organisation have been continuously slow and unacceptable and the company failed to deliver promised upgrades. They asked Ofwat what local authorities could do to expedite complaints about Southern Water and how Ofwat carried out compliance checks against the company.

There were also criticisms that Ofwat is not monitoring Southern Water closely enough or ensuring that the water company is working efficiently. Council representatives explained that a much clearer understanding was needed of how councils can work with Ofwat to resolve problems and called on the water regulator to proactively help local authorities. They also asked for reassurance from Ofwat that water companies, such as Southern Water, are delivering on their promises to invest in infrastructure improvements.

Chichester District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Jonathan Brown, and Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Bill Brisbane, also attended the meeting.

“Chichester District Council is one of 24 councils across the south east that have joined together to hold Southern Water to account over pollution and infrastructure failings,” says Cllr Brisbane.

“We have been challenging Southern Water in relation to their engagement with both the planning process and the environmental impacts of discharging sewage into Chichester Harbour for some time. This includes previously filing an official complaint about the company to the Ofwat.

“By joining forces with other local councils, we have been able to apply significant pressure on Southern Water. The Southern Water Stakeholder Groupwas set up in response to issues including flooding; sewage backing up into people’s homes, gardens and roads; the ongoing problem of discharges into rivers and waterways; and the inability to deal with additional development.

“These include the recent flooding and associated drain surcharging; sewage and subsequent discharges into the harbour and water courses affecting the water quality of Chichester Harbour; delays in upgrades to the sewerage network; and slow responses to planning applications.”

Cllr Brown adds: “Unfortunately, as a district council, we do not have the direct power to regulate Southern Water or require it to address its failings. But as local authorities working together, we can do more to apply pressure and seek the required action needed to resolve these issues.Our residents deserve better and we will continue to work in partnership with other stakeholders to hold Southern Water to account.

“We are also involved in a Three Harbours Summit, whichinvolves Southern Water and representatives from the council and other local authorities, along with relevant agencies such as Natural England, the Environment Agency, Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Langstone Harbour Board and Sussex Wildlife Trust. This is a positive step towards working together to help improve the harbour for future years to come. The aim is that this group will have a positive impact on Southern Water’s five-year investment plan.”

In the meeting on 19 January, Ofwat’s representative explained that the body’s fundamental duty is to ensure that customer and environment interests are met but that it was keen as a growing organisation to have evidence in advance of concerns so it could hear from the water companies how those issues could be addressed.

Chair of the Southern Water Stakeholder group, Wealden Councillor Rachel Millward, said: “It was once again very useful for all the local authorities across the southeast to express their concerns and raise the local issues their residents face.

“However, the disappointing reality is that Ofwat effectively allows Southern Water to mark its own homework, with no monitoring to ensure that promised improvements are made. Ofwat issues permits with conditions of upgrades to the system, but then fails to check that those happen. Ofwat effectively waits until the system breaks down and sewage pollution is a major problem, instead of taking preventative action of checking that required works are done. This clearly isn’t good enough for the national regulatory body.”

Councils have called for greater accountability and much clearer routes to improving the situation for residents.The next meeting of the Southern Water Stakeholder Group will be held in the spring.

Have your say on proposed transport improvements between Bognor Regis and Chichester

Have your say on proposed transport improvements between Bognor Regis and Chichester


January 2024



29 January 2024

Have your say on proposed transport improvements between Bognor Regis and Chichester


West Sussex County Council is asking for your views on proposals for transport improvements along the A259 between Bognor Regis and Chichester.

The proposals being developed are part of the county council’s transport plan, which includes making walking, cycling and public transport more attractive options for short trips.

The A259 is a key route used by many to access education, jobs and local services. The proposed improvements are part of a wider strategy that also includes improving the performance of the A27 and supporting the transition to an increased use of electric vehicles.

Cllr Joy Dennis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at West Sussex County Council, said: “We are only in the early stages of these proposals, but it is important that we seek the views of residents and road users in this area to assist us in shaping our plans, which is why I urge you all to take part in this important consultation.”

The proposed improvements being considered include bus priority measures, junction improvements, the creation of additional space for cycling and walking, and new crossing points.

West Sussex County Council is asking for views on options to improve the A259 corridor at and between the following locations:


    • A259 / A27 Bognor Road Roundabout
    • A259 / Drayton Lane Roundabout
    • A259 / B2259 North Bersted Bypass Roundabout
    • A259 North Bersted Bypass / Rowan Way Roundabout
    • A259 Rowan Way / A29 Shripney Road Roundabout
    • A259/A29 Felpham Relief Road junction.

The highways team will use feedback from the consultation to help develop potential designs.

The schemes are at an early stage of development and likely to depend on securing Government grant funding, therefore it is likely to be several years before any construction could commence.

You can find out more about these suggested improvements, have your say by completing a questionnaire and comment on an interactive map by visiting:

The consultation will close at 23:55 on Sunday 10 March 2024.

Singleton & Charlton Community Highways Scheme – Update on Progress

Singleton & Charlton Community Highways Scheme – Update on Progress


January 2024

Singleton & Charlton Community Highways Scheme – update on progress

Our original proposal back in July 2022 was a ‘wish-list’ of improvements for the roads in Singleton and Charlton, ranging from crossings to school-parking and lower speed limits. We were up against numerous other communities applying for the same funding, so we were very lucky to be selected. However, due to budget constraints, what was on offer was a slimmed down version of our proposal. Then came the feasibility and road safety checks, which knocked a few more things out.

What we’ve been promised is a huge step in the right direction:

· 20mph speed limit throughout Singleton: on the A286 from near the cricket pitch, right through to the village gateways on the Midhurst side, then on all minor roads to the east of this, out to include Bankside.

· Changes to the bus stop: improved access and paving on the northbound side, narrowing the road slightly to slow the traffic, with a courtesy crossing between northbound and southbound.

· Changes to the Town Lane junction to slow traffic down as it takes the corner heading south.

· A courtesy crossing by the cricket pitch and another outside Little Drove Mews on Budd’s Hill. The crossings will consist of a dropped kerb either side with tactile paving and bollards. The cricket pitch crossing will link on both sides via new sections of footpath.

· Replacement of the crash-barrier at Cobblers Corner with a wood-clad version, to improve the appearance.

· Reinstatement of the red road markings on the A286 each side of the village.

· Improvements to the crossing outside the museum.

In addition to all this, we already have the requested 30mph limit up Town Lane as far as the museum entrance.

What we didn’t get and why:

· Removal of centre lines: Highways feel that these are needed until the traffic gets used to the new road layout – we’ve been promised that once we’ve got evidence of slower speeds, this will be reviewed.

· School parking: while this would – and will yet – improve safety outside the school, the costs would have pushed the total budget above the amount that could be allocated for the Community Highways Scheme. The Parish Council is therefore pursuing other sources of funding for this.

· Charlton proposals: These consisted of village gateways and a 20mph limit throughout the village. However, in order to focus on the essential improvements to the A286 – and so increase our chances of being selected for funding – we were advised to withdraw these from the CHS application and pursue them separately. We currently have a TRO application under way for the speed limit reduction and the gateways are at the design and funding stage.

· Changes to Cobblers Corner: The proposals here depended on removing most of the white lines and requiring drivers to slow down and work out for themselves how to get round the bend. We’d also like to get rid of the big yellow chevron signs by the former café. However, all this is currently a step too far for Highways, who fear that it would cause accidents – so the plan is to keep traffic speeds under review and revisit this when we apply (later) to have the white centre lines removed.

All in all, we are very pleased with what’s on offer. Construction is scheduled for 2024/25, so we expect to see activity later this year.

West Sussex County Council Recycling Centre booking system information

West Sussex County Council Recycling Centre booking system information


January 2024

Please see attachment below.

Book A Bus

Book A Bus


January 2024

See PDF Below

South Downs Planning Newsletter

South Downs Planning Newsletter


January 2024
Download a PDF version of the planning newsletter here
Welcome to the winter edition of the planning newsletter for the South Downs National Park Authority. This photograph shows Stanmer Park, Brighton, on a frosty day. The beauty spot is set to benefit from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding to improve access and links to the South Downs Way. Read more about it below in our update on projects benefitting from cash injections right across the National Park!

Affordable housing gets the green light

Much-needed affordable housing will be delivered after plans were approved for three village sites.

The National Park Authority’s Planning Committee voted to give the go-ahead to new development in Easebourne, West Sussex, including the conversion of a listed former school to three new homes.

Learn more here.

New homes in heart of market town

Thirty-four flats are to be built in a prominent town centre location to replace a vacant brownfield site.

Plans put forward by 6a Vision Homes for the demolition of a workshop building in Lavant Street, close to the railway station in Petersfield, were approved by the National Park’s Planning Committee.

Find out more here.

Appeal is dismissed by planning inspector

A planning appeal to relocate a nursery to a greenfield site in the National Park to free up land for 70 homes has been dismissed by the Government Planning Inspector.

The decisions of the South Downs National Park Authority and Arun District Council on two related planning applications were upheld by the relevant inspectors.

Find out more here.

Horse owner saddled with £12,000 fine after breach

A horse-owner who built stables, plumbed in a caravan and placed a shipping container on rural land in the National Park has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and costs and told to return the site to its original condition. Find out more.

Plans submitted for new culture and education hub

Major plans have been submitted to turn a former dairy farm into a culture, arts and education hub.

Learn more.

New Interim Chief Executive leads Authority

The South Downs National Park Authority has appointed Tim Slaney as its Interim Chief Executive Officer. Find out more here.

Funding boost of £3m for local communities

New off-road routes for walkers and cyclists, new play areas, school improvements and work to enhance a river are among the projects to benefit from a major funding boost from the South Downs National Park Authority.

More than £2.5m of CIL funding will benefit 42 community schemes across Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex. Find out more here.

This film gives an update on work to establish a new wetland habitat in the National Park as part of a plan to realign the Cockshut Stream. The partnership project, which benefitted from £150k of CIL funding, will bring an array of biodiversity benefits and reduce the risk of flooding in the Lewes area.

Neighbourhood planning update

The Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) provides local communities with the power to shape development in their area.

Once “made”, a NDP becomes part of the Development Plan for the South Downs National Park, and its policies and proposals are used in the determination of planning applications and appeals.

The Authority has advised parishes not to start any New NDPs or NDP Reviews until the South Downs Local Plan Review (LPR) has passed its examination stage, which is anticipated for 2026.

However, a number of parishes that started to prepare their NDPs a number of years ago, have made significant progress this year.

The full list of NDPs which have been “made” or are being prepared is available on the South Downs Neighbourhood Plan webpage. In terms of this year:

  • The Bramshott & Liphook NDP went out to public consultation in the summer.
  • The Peacehaven & Telscombe NDP went out to public consultation in spring and autumn;
  • The Rowlands Castle NDP was “made” in November.
  • The Rottingdean NDP’s decision statement went to Brighton & Hove City Council’s special committee on 8 December, and a date for the referendum will be announced soon.

If you have any queries about neighbourhood planning, then you can email us at

Minerals and Waste Consultations

Two counties in the National Park are currently undertaking a partial review of their minerals and waste strategies.

The modifications consultation on the East Sussex Minerals and Waste Local Plan Partial Review closes on 22 December.

The Hampshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan Partial Review: Regulation 19 consultation is due to start in January 2024, subject to final agreement by the four other local planning authorities.

Design awards return bigger and better!

An exciting awards scheme to celebrate outstanding and innovative design in the South Downs National Park returns bigger and better than ever.

After a five-year break, the prestigious South Downs Designs Awards are back with an extended line-up of categories. Learn more.

SMEs and planning - what you need to know

How does a small or medium-sized business go about submitting a planning application to the National Park? Read this explainer piece for some useful tips.

Assessing housing needs

An assessment has been made on future needs for housing and employment land in the South Downs National Park.

Learn more about the assessment here.

Mandatory BNG arrives

With Biodiversity Net Gain becoming mandatory next month, Ecology Planning Lead Dr Lynsey Robinson gives some useful explanation and background. Read her piece here.

Acquire BNG units in first-rate scheme

A landmark agreement has been signed that marks the first step towards creating large new areas of habitat for wildlife in the South Downs National Park.

Thirty one hectares of land – almost 100 football pitches – at Iford Estate, in East Sussex, have been signed over for nature recovery.

The large swathe of downland is the first to appear on the National Park Authority’s register of land that is formally dedicated for “Biodiversity Net Gain” (BNG) provision. Find out more.

Contact National Park team to get Biodiversity Net Gain units

Authority Monitoring Report published

We have produced our ninth Authority Monitoring Report, giving an overview of some of the key achievements for 2022-23.

The AMR reports progress on the timetable and milestones for the preparation of documents set out in the Local Development Scheme.

Eco-enhancements from small applications

Adam Duncombe, Development Management Officer, writes about the collective contribution small planning applications can make to nature recovery and climate.

Did you know? A round-up of planning statistics

  • Appeals submitted to the Planning Inspectorate 31
  • Appeals started 23
  • Appeals determined 18
  • Appeals successfully defended 10
  • Statutory submissions received 991
  • Statutory submissions received via Planning Portal 832
  • Statutory submissions determined 977
  • Neighbours notified 5,967
  • Representations received 1,920
  • Consultations issued 2,877
  • Conditions imposed 3,470
  • Enquiries for planning advice 252
  • Enforcement complaints received 173
  • Enforcement cases opened 155
  • Enforcement related site inspections 91
  • Enforcement notices served 13
  • Enforcement cases closed 154

(Figures from 1/7/23 to 30/9/23)

Meet the National Park planner...

For this edition we catch up with Philippa Smyth, Principal Development Management Officer, and find out about her interests and passions.

Dates for the diary

The next Planning Committee meetings will be held on 15 February, 14 March and 11 April.

You can watch the meetings on-demand for up to six months after the meeting through our webcasting portal.

You can look at previous and upcoming agendas on the website here.

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Singleton and Charlton Parish Council Emergency/Flood Contact List

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council Emergency/Flood Contact List


December 2023

Emergency Plan Contact List - December 2023

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council

Graham Zacharias


01243 818098 or 07774 822715

Peter Williams

Emergency Plan

Lead Councillor

07711 573276

Tony Marshall


0788 127442

Jeremy Rigby


07735 057428

Mat Chesshire


07970 613092

Sam Cox


07800 993302

Jo Ward


07905 915107

Vivien Nuttall


01243 811810 or 07702 240126

Useful Numbers

Sue Martin

Level Alert Warden

01243 811429

Cricket Pavilion

Francis Ward

07941 039378

Village Hall Keyholders

Vaughan Smedley

07714 415315

Penny Spence

07827 516594

Vivien Nuttall

01243 811810 or 07702 240126


Rev Sarah

07468 854864

Judy Fathers

07776 258230


Emergency Planning and Environmental Health Officer

01243 785339

01243 785339

Environment Agency

Incident Hotline

0800 807060

Environment Agency


0345 9881188

Southern Water


0845 2780845/0330 3030368

Portsmouth Water

Emergency Line

02392 477 999

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council - Meeting Dates for 2024

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council - Meeting Dates for 2024


December 2023

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council

Meeting Dates for 2024

All Meetings are held in Singleton Village Hall at 7pm

Full Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 17th January 2024

Full Parish Council Meeting Monday 18th March 2024

Full Annual Parish Council Meeting Monday 20th May 2024

And Annual Parish Meeting

Full Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 17th July 2024

Full Parish Council Meeting Monday 16th September 2024

Full Parish Council Meeting Monday 18th November 2024

Singleton and Charlton Parish - Priorities Statement

Singleton and Charlton Parish - Priorities Statement


November 2023

Please see attachment below. Submitted to SDNP on 7/11/23.

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council - Flood Advice - Be Prepared

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council - Flood Advice - Be Prepared


November 2023

Please see attached information.

Centurion Way - Update November 2023

Centurion Way - Update October 2023


November 2023

Please see attached document.

Chichester Local Plan

Chichester Local Plan


February 2023

Please see attached various documents relating to the Chichester Local Plan.