Around the Parish

February and March Road Works


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


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 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 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


Annual Precept 2018/2019


The Parish Council has resolved to maintain the Parish Precept for the fourth year at £20,000.00. We have managed to do so, albeit that administrative, maintenance and management costs have increased, by reducing  the provision which we have been making in recent years to service the expected Public Works loan for the Village Hall grant which has resulted in an over large reserve being created. We have however managed to maintain investment in, for example, the provision of defibrillators throughout the Parish, by the judicious use of grant aid from both District Council and Lottery funds. We have resolved to make a further provision of £1,000.00 for footpath/bridleway maintenance and improvement as the Highway Authority, WSCC, has indicated that it intends to reduce its maintenance work to a minimum level a nd that any additional requirement will have to be provided locally. Although we have not done any detailed costings of the work which will have to be carried out to the footpath/bridleway network they are deteriorating rapidly and voluntary working parties may have to be called upon if funds prove to be insufficient.

From the February 2018 Parish Council Newsletter

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

The full report and consultation survey are available on line at https://have your say.west



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


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

Your Voice: The People’s Panel

Give your opinion about local issues and help influence the County Council’s decisions.

Your Voice: The People’s Panel (formerly ‘Residents’ e-Panel) is a community of people who have volunteered to be consulted regularly about important local issues.

Anyone who lives in West Sussex can become a member. Once you have registered we will send you links to surveys, reports and outcomes, allowing you to give your views, see the results and find out how your opinions impact key decisions.

To register go to:

Starting School – September 2018

The application process for children due to start school in September 2018 will begin on Monday 2 October 2017. The key points that need to be  taken into account are:

  • Apply online at
  • Applications can be made between 2 October 2017 and 15 January 2018
  • Special rules apply for house movers until 15 February 2018
  • The Information for Parents booklet will be available on our website from 2 October 2017
  • Further information is available by ringing 03330 142 903

Applications made after the closing date cannot be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school. Therefore please apply by the closing date.

Richard Godsmark – Pupil Entitlement: Senior Admissions Officer, Care, Wellbeing & Education Directorate, Education & Skills

West Sussex County Council
Location: Pupil Admissions Team, 3rd Floor, County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: 24062 – External: 0330 222 4062 E-mail:

If you have any questions regarding the process please do not hesitate to contact me

Observer relaunches A27 pothole campaign

The stretch of the major road west of Chichester to Havant has again become laden with potholes and cracks, which are reportedly causing motorists to swerve dangerously to avoid them.

That is why the Observer is relaunching its high profile ‘Time to Fill’ campaign once again, calling for urgent actions to be taken. It already has the backing of West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith, Chichester District Council leader Tony Dignum, as well as new Chichester Mayor Peter Evans. Originally, in 2015, the campaign scored a massive success when Highways England resurfaced both carriageways between Chichester and Havant in September of that year. However, those repairs were only temporary and for months the A27 has been deteriorating again.

For more information, go to