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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...
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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...
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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...
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South Downs Local Plan Pre-Submission Consultation 26 September – 21 November 2017
The South Downs National Park Authority has published the Pre-Submission version of the South Downs Local Plan for public consultation. This is your final chance to have your say on the Local Plan, before it is submitted to Government in 2018. This is the first Local Plan to cover the entire South Downs National Park....
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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...
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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 www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions Applications can be made between 2 October 2017 and 15 January 2018 Special rules apply for house movers until 15 February...
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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....
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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...
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Influential MP Andrew Tyrie to Stand Down after 20 Years
Departing Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie may never have made it to a cabinet role in government but reaction to him standing down last week demonstrated his colossal influence in Parliament....
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The Garden Show at Stansted – Friday 9th – Sunday 11th June 2017
A great day out; life is good in the garden! Browse over 350 stalls with affordable and unique wares; specialists with a stunning variety of plants, garden accessories, art, design, sculpture, fashion and gifts. It's not all about gardening: a variety of skilled demonstrators along with the artists and artisans from "The Studio Shops" are ready and willing to share their expertise and persuade you to be creative when you get home. Treat your taste buds to tempting foods and wines and enjoy ongoing cooking demonstrations...
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Rubbish Charges Suspended
Rubbish tip charges introduced in West Sussex last year have been suspended with immediate effect until a Government review has been concluded. Since October residents have been charged £4 per bag or sheet to dispose of non-household waste such as soil, hard-core, DIY, and plasterboard at West Sussex County Council’s civic amenity sites. In order to avoid any potential confusion for our residents in West Sussex it has been decided to suspend all charges for these type of materials with immediate effect until the review by the Government has been concluded ...
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Chichester Arts Trail 2017
Discover art on your doorstep is the invitation as the 2017 Chichester Arts Trail springs into life. Dates for 2017 Trail are 29th, 30th April, 1st, 6th, 7th May 2017 – 10.30am – 5.30pm For more information follow the link https://www.chichesterarttrail.org/...
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The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme – applications can be made up to the end of 2017
The UK government is committed to providing every home and business across the country with access to a basic broadband service. If you can’t get a broadband speed ofnat least 2Mb per second, you could qualify for a subsidised connection worth up to £350 to boost your internet speed...
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Highways England Finally Publish Results of A27 Consultation
Highways England has finally published the results of its consultation. Since Christmas there has been growing anger amongst civil, community and business leaders that Highways England had not shared the public feedback from last summer's formal consultation on five possible upgrades to the A27. However, after the Secretary of State for Transport's shock decision to axe the scheme, the outcomes have finally been released....
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Council Tax Rise Agreed
Councillors unanimously supported an increase in Chichester District Council's portion of council tax last Tuesday amid 'continued withdrawal' of central government funding....
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Good Neighbours in Funtington, the Ashlings, West Stoke and Sennicotts
Good Neighbours is a volunteer group for local residents in need of a helping hand. Good Neighbours is supported by the Benefice of Funtington with West Stoke and Sennicotts and the Funtington Parish Council together with a number of local residents. The Scheme was launched on 23rd March 2017....
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Arson at a barn in Funtington Sussex Police
Sussex Police Officers are appealing to anyone who can help after a huge fire was started at a farm near Chichester. The fire was still burning on Thursday evening. Emergency services were called to New Barn farm at Funtington around 6.15am on Thursday (March 9) after around 100 tonnes of hay had been set on fire. There was damaged caused to two Caterpillar diggers and tools were found in the barn where the fire was started....
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Funtington Churchyard Ashes Memorial Plot
The new plot for the burial of ashes at Funtington Churchyard has at last been finished and much thanks must be given to Rob Marshall for his painstaking work to it just right, despite the considerable difficulties posed by the undulating nature of the ground and the concentration of flints in the soil....
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The Venerable John Holliman
With deep regret we have to record the death of the Venerable John Holliman who was Vicar of Funtington and Rector of West Stoke from 1999-2010. The funeral will take place in Funtington Church at 2.30 pm on Saturday 18 March 2017....
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County Council disappointed following A27 announcement
The Leader of West Sussex County Council has expressed her disappointment following an announcement from Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, that improvements to the A27 at Chichester have been cancelled. Louise Goldsmith said: “We are naturally deeply disappointed with the Secretary of State’s announcement but we are doing all we can to persuade him to reconsider his decision given the evident need of investment for the infrastructure of our county....
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The Future of the Richmond Arms, West Ashling
An article that appeared in the Chichester Observer reads that, along with many other small businesses, the Richmond Arms faces an ‘uncertain future’ after a huge hike in its business rates. (The Picture from 1915 shows how little the pub has changed in 100 years) See the Chichester Observer  ...
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A new Parish Clerk appointed
New Parish Clerk appointed...
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