Around the Parish

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

West Stoke Village Hall Cream Teas

The cream teas held annually at West Stoke Village Hall will start this year on 11 June. They will be held between 3 and 5pm on each Sunday of the week with the final tea being held on 20 August. Each cream tea is held to support either a well known charity or the Village Hall itself. Please come and support, with the added advantage of a wonderful cream tea!!

Six Public Access Defibrillators now available for use

Widespread coverage is now in place across our Parish with four new PAD installations. It’s also very pleasing that Guy Hodgkin, owner of Concierge Camping and Bruce Ives of Dunreyth Alpacas have made their existing Defibrillators available for public access.





The defibrillators are located at:

Fox and Hounds Funtington

Horse and Groom, East Ashling

Richmond Arms, West Ashling

West Stoke Village Hall

Concierge Camping, Ratham, West Ashling

Dunreyth Alpacas, Asdean

Malcolm Legg, Community Partnership lead from the South East Coast Ambulance Service and Parish Councillor Dick Hammond briefed a well-attended Annual Parish Meeting on 26 April. Use of the defibrillator is very easy and, in fact, takes you through the process, step by step. However, Malcolm is hoping to hold a training session, including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation later in the year.

Do not be afraid of using the defibrillator; you cannot do any harm and, if  you don’t try, there is every chance the person having the heart attack will not recover





Dick Hammond, Funtington Parish Councillor.     May 2017


Funtington Community Centre Society Ltd to be made dormant

The Annual Members Meeting was held as planned in the Funtington and District Village Hall last Thursday 25th May. At the meeting the members passed the following motion:

The Funtington District Community Centre Society Ltd (FDCCSL) be made dormant from the date of this meeting (25 May 2017) until such time that circumstances change and either the Co-operative can be revived or there is deemed to be no viable future for the Co-operative and a meeting of its members decide to wind up the Co-operative.

Consequently the FDCCSL is now dormant. This means that there will be no further activity on the Community Centre project other than the Annual Members’ Meeting and statutory filings with the Financial Conduct Authority.

The lack of volunteers from within the community combined with the increase in build costs have led to this sad result. However let us hope that at some stage in the future this venture will be restarted.

On the positive side, the Village Hall Committee have already started to make considerable investments in the old hall. The car park has been resurfaced; the gutters, downpipes and soffits replaced; the brick work re-pointed as needed; and all the ‘blown’ double glazed windows have been replaced.

The next step is for the Village Hall Committee to consider what internal changes and updates can be made with the limited budget available. If you have any ideas then please drop a note to the Village Hall Chairman at .


Chichester’s £250m A27 Cash ‘still available’, Highways CEO confirms

The cash to pay for vital improvements to the A27 around Chichester is still available, a letter from Jim Sullivan, the chief executive of Highways England, seems to suggest.

Two months ago, the community was left stunned by the shock announcement by transport secretary Chris Grayling that funding had been withdrawn because the community could not agree on a suitable option.

But a letter seen by the Chichester Observer and sent this month from Mr O’Sullivan to county leader Louise Goldsmith implies that the money is still available. Mrs Goldsmith said: ‘This is reassuring news but we still haven’t heard from the secretary of state who I am writing to for further clarification. But, on the face of it, it appears to be a golden opportunity for Chichester – enabling the Build a Better A27 group to develop a solution which is community-led and enables the residents’ voices to be heard”.

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