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VACANCIES FOR COUNCILLORS: PARISH COUNCIL OF FUNTINGTON

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VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR

PARISH COUNCIL OF FUNTINGTON

1. THERE ARE 2 VACANCIES ON THE ABOVE PARISH COUNCIL.

2. 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, TEN (10) ELECTORS FOR THE PARISH WARD (in which the vacancy has 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 HOUSE, 1 EAST PALLANT, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX, PO19 1TY (Telephone 01243 785166).

3. 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.

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

DATED…17 January 2020……………… SIGNED…David Harwood …………
Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council

ADDRESS……2,WaterlooMeadows,Southbrook Road,West Ashling, Chichester PO18 8DH………………………………………………………………………

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VACANCY FOR A COUNCILLOR: PARISH COUNCIL OF FUNTINGTON

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1. THERE IS A VACANCY ON FUNTINGTON PARISH COUNCIL
2. Funtington Parish Council has been notified by Chichester District Council that no request for an election to be held has been received at this office within the time scale allowed. Consequently, the Parish Council can now co-opt a person to fill the vacancy
3. All potential candidates will be requested to put their request for consideration in writing, 1 month from the date below

A set of forms to make your application is available from david.harwood@funtingtonpc.org and should be returned to the address below
Please note: it is a condition of a Councillor that a means of contact by telephone and/or email will be public information.

DATED: 16 December 2019 SIGNED by David Harwood, Vice-Chairman Funtington Parish Council
ADDRESS FOR RETURN OF APPLICATIONS: 2 Waterloo Meadows, Southbrook Roa, West Ashling PO18 8DH

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WEST ASHLING AND FUNTINGTON DISTRICT VILLAGE HALL – car park wall

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You may have noticed that when the Village Hall in West Ashling was being used as a Polling Station, the car park wall was, unfortunately, damaged. We are pleased to be able to report that, luckily, the car driver who knocked into the wall was uninjured.

A local flint worker, Mark Middleton, arranged to have the rubble removed and for the flints and usable bricks to be stacked safely in a corner of the car park. A loose section of the wall will also be taken down. Mark hopes to be able to re-build this wall in the New Year.

The Parish Noticeboard was also knocked over so, in due course, arrangements will be made for a replacement. Meanwhile there is a notice board in West Ashling at the end of Heather Close.

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Good News to end 2019

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Good News to end 2019
There has been a great deal of enthusiastic and positive activity happening to the Funtington and District Parish Assets as the maintenance of three areas is the responsibility of the Parish Council, the playground adjacent to the village hall in West Ashling, the Parish Meadow and the Village Green.
The Big Climate Fightback, masterminded by the Woodland Trust, saw almost 4000 schools and community groups take delivery of free saplings. They distributed nearly three quarters of a million trees and 350 of those have now been successfully planted by a hardy group of volunteers. Additionally 60 daffodil and tulip should provide a colourful display in spring. The task was not without challenges!! A group of seven West Ashling residents, including three Parish Councillors and a local farmer, braved the November weather, only to face buried bicycles and fridges, but successfully planted 11 trees, Common Oak, Silver Birch Crab Apple, 350 saplings and 60 bulbs.
On the advice of South Downs National Park Rangers, overhanging trees and hedges have been cut back to make pavements and highways safer for pedestrians and a tree surgeon was appointed to clear out the three copses on the Village Green. The south downs National Rangers have arranged to assist a local residents working party arranged for February 2nd 2020 to assist with clearing the copses.
The parish council tendered the maintenance work required to the trees, hedges and grass in the Village Playground and negotiated an annual contract with a local contractor representing a saving to the parish council.
Other areas where environmental improvements have succeeded include the building of a new bus shelter agreed by WSCC. Work will start in the New Year to install an oak shelter with a slate roof sited forward of the current location so that those waiting can see the bus coming whilst taking shelter!
Also in the New Year missing and damaged bollards are being replaced.
Work has also started to consider and develop longer term sustainable projects for the Parish. A new steering group has been established to formulate a three year Parish Plan. The basis for this plan will stem from the parish survey carried out in 2018, which is now available on the parish website. The Parish Plan will contribute to the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish, similar to those which have been developed by Westbourne and other adjacent parishes. The Planning Working Group, together with members of the public, will be taking this work forward and meetings have already been held with district councillors.
Respondents to the Parish Survey rated the rural location and the peacefulness of the Parish as the top two attractions. We are working hard to improve, protect and sustain the rural environment where we all enjoy living.

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JANUARY 2020 FUNTINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – Change of time and venue

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Thought I’d write to let you all know that the next meeting of Funtington Parish Council will be held on 8 January and will return to a 6:30pm start for this and for future meetings.
Please note, the meeting of 8 January will be held in the Funtington Church Room, as our normal venue of Funtington and District Village Hall is otherwise occupied on that date. Further meetings during the year will return to being held in Funtington and District Village Hall on the first Wednesday of each month.

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GRITTING AROUND CHICHESTER THIS WINTER

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For those residents who do not read the Chichester Observer and haven’t heard from other sources, I thought it important to let you know that some roads in parts of the city and surrounding parishes will not be gritted this winter.

‘Local’ roads within and around our Parish that will not be gritted are:
Salthill Road from Fishbourne up to Hunters Race near Lavant
New Road at Goodwood
Delling Lane and Bosham Lane in Bosham
Cheesemans Lane through Hambrook
Stein Road in Southbourne
Old Farm Lane and Whitechimney Row in Westbourne
Sherbourne Road
Parklands Road

As stated above, there are further roads closer to the city centre that will also not be gritted.

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson has said that they have taken ‘…a risk-based approach to identifying the roads most in need of being treated, which prioritises roads that have highest use and provide access to key facilities across the network. To make best use of our infinite resources, it is important to focus our efforts on gritting roads where there is high demand…This means the new service level during icy conditions reduces from 41% to 31% … The reduction in the amount of network that we treat does produce savings … as we have reduced the number of gritters and drivers we need… The county council will continue to promote a ‘safety first’ message and remind road users that those who drive on public highways should do so in a manner and at a speed that is safe, having regard to such matters as the nature of the road, the weather conditions and the traffic conditions’.

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BROADLEY COPSE – December Update

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We have had our first liaison group meeting which we feel went very well, it was a good opportunity to discuss various issues, it was well attended by the residents who are on the group, the council and the Environment agency. Unfortunately on this occasion no-one was present from the Parish council. The feeling in the room was that it was paramount that a member of the Parish council attends due to their slight independence to the matter so the group would ask that if the parish council members are unable to attend would another member of the Parish council be prepared to come in their place so that there is always a representative present? (Parish Council note: we have apologised for not being at the first meeting but will most definitely be at the January meeting in 2020)

1. Traffic through the village
a. Following feedback all ASH Farming Tractors will also have an ASH label in the front of the tractors
2. Flies
a. Some fly samples were submitted to us and they were assessed by an pest control company.
Results were unable to pinpoint Broadley Copse as the cause.
b. When weather begins to get hotter in 2020 more fly samples will be requested and assessed.
3. Site Plan
a. Hedging, Fencing and Bee Flower mixes to be planted in various locations around the site
b. Dung to be removed more frequently
c. Tidy up of Broadwalk area in process

4. Odour
a. Following the various consultations, we are awaiting quotes to install chimneys onto the fans as soon as possible after Christmas.
b. Nutritional & Bedding Trial work currently being scoped, which may help with odour from the dung to potentially start in the New Year.
c. Weather Station installed to help corollate weather conditions with complaints.

5. Drainage
Recently there has been concern when it has been raining regarding run off onto the main road from the site, this has been acted upon straight away.
a. Swale and bund have been dug which should stop water from getting to the road.
b. Drains are being pumped out on a regular basis.
c. Driveway regularly swept to stop mud onto the road.
d. Drain by the main gate going to be altered to allow more water to run into it. The tank the water went into has been removed so the water will now flow into the swale.

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