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Vacancy for Councillor

THERE ARE VACANCIES ON FUNTINGTON PARISH COUNCIL.

A BY-ELECTION TO FILL THE VACANCY WILL BE HELD, IF WITHIN 14 DAYS (not counting Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or Bank Holidays) FROM THE DATE BELOW (10) ELECTORS FOR THE PARISH WARD (in which the vacancy had occurred) OR PARISH (whichever applies) GIVE WRITTEN NOTICE TO REQUEST THAT THE VACANCY BE FILLED BY ELECTION TO THE RETURNING OFFICER, CHICHESTER DISTRICT COUNCIL, EAST PALLANT, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX PO19 1TY (Telephone: 01243785166).

THE NOTICE MUST BE GIVEN IN WRITING OR ON A FORM OBTAINABLE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE RETURNING OFFICER AND MUST INCLUDE THE ELECTORAL NUMBERS OF ALL ELECTORS REQUESTING THE FILLING OF THE VACANCY BY THE ELECTION PROCESS.

IF NO SUCH NOTICE IS GIVEN WITHIN THE TIME ALLOWED, THE PARISH COUNCIL WILL FILL THE VACANCY BY CO-OPTION.

DATE: 17 April 2017          SIGNED: Parish Clerk

ADDRESS: Funtington Parish Council, 22 Second Avenue, Southbourne PO10 8HP

Residents urged to have their say over ‘long list’ of suggestions for A27

The leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith, today urged everyone to voice their opinion on the suggestions and ideas that could ease congestion on the A27. They have been collated from discussions by the Build a Better A27 group and range from smaller improvements to existing routes to whole new route plans that have not been discussed before.

The form for completion can be found in the Chichester Observer of Thursday 15 March 2018 and can be returned to a variety of places, including the Observer offices, County Hall and a number of libraries.

For more information, follow the link below and scroll down to find the article on the A27.

https://www.chichester.co.uk

Your Energy Sussex – West Sussex County Council launches its own, local, not-for-profit energy supplier

West Sussex County Council has launched its own, local, not-for-profit energy supplier, called ‘Your Energy Sussex’, providing competitively-priced gas and electricity to homes across the county. The County Council is working on the initiative with district and borough councils across West Sussex and Louise Goldsmith, Leader of Chichester West Division of the County Council has asked that this news be shared across our community.

The aim is to encourage more of the residents to compare their energy costs, switch regularly and, ultimately, reduce their energy costs. The most recent figures from Ofgem show that the majority of energy customers have not switched their tariff or supplier in the last year and by doing so could save an average £300 per year.

‘Your Energy Sussex’ is different to other energy suppliers. It has established a Fuel Poverty Fund and uses its profits to support residents who are struggling to pay their energy bills. It also works hard to ensure its gas and electricity tariffs are always competitive and contacts customers by letter and phone to make sure they stay on their best energy tariff.

‘Your Energy Sussex’ will also help customers who stay in credit on their pre-payment meters to switch to a credit meter if they would like to, thus saving them money in the long term. Residents interested in getting a quote or switching to ‘Your Energy Sussex’ should visit https://www.yourenergysussex.org.uk or call 0800 952 0001.

Emsworth & District Motor Services announces the cessation of various bus routes as from 14 April 2018

Emsworth & District Motor Services is sorry to announce that the following bus services will no longer operate as from 14 April 2018

No 28: Southbourne -> Havant                                                                                                                                                                                  No 28A:  Southbourne -> Emsworth -> Horndean Technology School                                                                                                                No 635: Horndean Technology School -> Clanfield                                                                                                                                                No 636: Denmead -> Horndean Technology School                                                                                                                                               No  639: Clanfield -> Horndean -> Oaklands School -> Havant College                                                                                                           No 147: Rowlands Castle -> Bishop Luffa School

Sadly, these services are no longer economically viable to  operate. The loss of the Hampshire County Council revenue and the loss of government funding mean that the services have had to run commercially since July 2016 and, whilst, as a family firm, Emsworth and District Motor Services have tried their very best to continue to serve the local  community, the operating costs now exceed the revenue received. They do hope that the Government and Hampshire County Council will look at supporting Public Bus Services again.

The 54, 91, 92 and 93 services will continue to be operated by West Sussex County Council

February and March Road Works

February

Where: B2178 Southbrook Road to Moutheys Lane (2-way signals)

When: 20 February

Where: Stoke Road (stop/go boards) and West Ashling Road (multi-way signals)

When: 23 February

Why: Pothole Repairs

March

Where: Downs  Road, West Stoke from junction with Common Road and junction with Stoke Road

When: 2 March for a maximum of five days. 09:30 – 15:00

Why: Repair of potholes by Balfour Beatty

Note: The alternative route for traffic will be signed via Common Road to Moutheys Lane,  Stoke Road and vice versa. Emergency vehicle, residential and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

For any queries about these works, please contact Balfour Beatty on 01243 642105

 

Report it! – How does Love West Sussex and Love Clean Streets work?

With  more cutbacks to local services and increased anti-social behaviour it’s up to all to report problems to the authorities; technology makes it simple!

Love West Sussex is an award winning mobile and cloud based service. Parishioners can report environmental crime such as potholes, graffiti and fly-tipping or highways issues such as overgrown vegetation, damaged kerbs, footpaths and verges. Using the Love West Sussex site or app you are able to check on the progress of your report and any work being undertaken. You can sign up to the Love West Sussex website http://love.westsussex.gov.uk/reports/home or download the free app to your smartphone. Whatever your choice, just follow the instructions on the screen.

Love Clean Streets is where you can also report an environmental issue such as abandoned cars, dog mess and many other categories. Again, log into the website https://lovecleanstreets.com/reports/home or download the free app to your smartphone

The Dell and Southbrook Road Playground

THE DELL – We have been given an award by the Big Lottery to finance outdoor fitness equipment placed in The Dell recreation ground off Mill Road, West Ashling.

There are six pieces of equipment available to help towards an all-round workout. So do come and try it and have fun. Parking is in School Dell, alongside.

SOUTHBROOK ROAD – There is also a playground for the under 12s situated in Southbrook Road, West Ashling beside the Village Hall, so all members of the family are catered for within the parish.

Many thanks, enjoy  your holiday

 

Understanding Major Parking Proposals Audit and Consultation

Radical ideas to try to re-allocate parking in Chichester city centre have been outlined by West Sussex County Council. But how could the changes affect you? A consultation is running unti 31 October on possibilities to reduce traffic and rearrange parking from long-stay car parks onto various streets, in the road space audit. For more information see http://chichester.co.uk/

The full report and consultation survey are available on line at https://have your say.west sussex.gov.uk/highways-and-transport/chichester-rsa/

 

 

Councillors Reject Unpopular A27 Scheme

At a special meeting on Wednesday 27 September, Chichester District Council members refused the temptation to back Highways England’s Option 2 and see the £250m funding restored.

With West Sussex County Council highly likely to do the same and with the backing of MP Gillian Keegan, the city will turn its back on the unpopular ‘quick fix’. Now the city has until Easter to come up with a new scheme that solves years of traffic problems and unites the community to be in with a chance of the next round of billion-pound Government roads funding.

Though not guaranteed, Highways England has promised its support.

For more information, go to page 7 of the Chichester Observer

http://www.chichester.co.uk/news/politics

 

Bogus Police Officers Target City

Residents are being warned about bogus phone callers pretending to be police officers. The warning follows more than £20,000 being stolen from three residents in our area.

In a statement police said the fraud involves the pretend police officers getting people to hand over money to couriers. Police say that one elderly lady had a call on 4 September from a man who told her to send bank cards and cash to check for fingerprints as someone in her bank was involved. She withdrew £8,000 from her bank and handed it, together with her bank card and cheque book, to a courier two days later. Another elderly lady was told by a bogus officer that her pin number had been compromised in Scotland on 7 September. Over the following four days they got her to  withdraw £7,500 cash, which was given to couriers who came to her door on three separate occasions.

Anyone who has information about any such incidents is asked to report online or call the police on 101 quoting ‘Operation Signature’.

For further information on how to prevent fraud see www.sussex.police.uk.