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GRITTING IN 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’.

NEW CHAIR – Funtington Parish Council

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Following the sad resignation of the Funtington Parish Council Chairman, David Ash, in November, the Council voted last night for their new Chair. The new Chair is Sheena King, who has been a Councillor for some years. She lives in West Stoke and can be contacted at sheena.king@funtingtonpc.org.

David Harwood remains as Vice-Chairman

BROADLEY COPSE – November Update

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Following the November meeting of the Liaison Group  we just wanted to give the parish a further update on some of the key issues we have been addressing.

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 comment – we have apologised for lack of attendance and will definitely be at the next meeting in January 2020)

  

  1. Traffic through the village
    1. Following feedback all ASH Farming Tractors will also have an ASH label in the front of the tractors
  2. Flies
    1. 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.
    2. When weather begins to get hotter in 2020 more fly samples will be requested and assessed.
  3. Site Plan
    1. Hedging, Fencing and Bee Flower mixes to be planted in various locations around the site
    2. Dung to be removed more frequently
    3. Tidy up of Broadwalk area in process

 

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

 

  1. 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.

  1. Swale and bund have been dug which should stop water from getting to the road.
  2. Drains are being pumped out on a regular basis.
  3. Driveway regularly swept to stop mud onto the road.
  4. 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.

 

Our email address is enquiries@ashfarming.co.uk so please get in touch with any concerns.

Ash Farming LLP

Basil Baird (Fareham) LTD

Broadley Energy LTD

Care and Support at Home – Consultation

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Around 1900 people across West Sussex currently receive care and support at home (domiciliary care), which is purchased for them by West Sussex County Council.

These contract arrangements for purchasing domiciliary care come to an end in January 2021. The Council has developed a new approach and residents are invited to share their views on the proposed new arrangements

Some of the priorities set out in the proposals include:

  • Focusing on peoples strengths and support networks;
  • Achieving a set of goals and outcomes;
  • Improving Council systems.

If you would like to have your say on the proposed arrangements you are encouraged to complete a survey which forms part of a wider programme of engagement around the provision of Care and Support for people who have eligible social care needs. The survey will close on Sunday 15 September 2019.

If you would like a copy of the consultation document and survey in an alternative format, such as Easy-Read please contact West Sussex County Council on 03302 224145 or via email to adultscommissioning@westsussex.gov.uk. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have the NGT app installed on your laptop, PC or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 03302 224145.

The findings from the consultation will inform the decision being taken by the Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care in November 2019. 

SPEED INDICATOR DEVICES

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Residents may have noticed that, recently, Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs) are being used across the Parish. These devices deliver a clear message to approaching drivers, displaying their speed as a means to actively encourage safer driving and, as a recognisable piece of road equipment, they provide interactive feedback to drivers. Collecting, digitally storing and reviewing a range of vehicle speed data, will help to make informed road safety decisions where speed management is revealed as a priority.

A study of five sites (albeit undertaken by Transport for London) determined that, after the initial period of operation, all drivers reduced their speeds; whether they had been driving above or within the speed limit. However, as drivers became accustomed to the presence of the SID, only those driving above the speed limit tended to reduce their speed which, of course, is what most of us want. This ‘novelty’ effect was found to last about a week and then speeds slowly increased in the second week of observation.

 

Therefore, the study concluded that SIDs have been found to be effective at reducing vehicle speeds on 30mph roads but only when deployed for a short time. In light of that conclusion the SIDs in the Parish will remain at each site for at least two weeks and no longer than three weeks. Please see rota below, which covers the next few  months. Further rotas will be published as and when the position of the SIDs is going to be changed.

SID ROTA    WEST ASHLING  &  FUNTINGTON

Aug 4 – Aug 25:      Mill Road Eastbound

Aug 31 – Sept 21:   Mill Road Westbound

Sept 21 – Oct 12:    Funtington Westbound

Oct 12 – Nov 9:       Funtington Eastbound

Nov 9 – Nov 30:     West Ashling Village Hall

Nov  30 – Dec 21:  West Ashling Southbound

Dec 21 – Jan 11:     Mill Road Eastbound

Jan 11 – Feb 1:        Mill Road Westbound

Feb 1 – Feb 22:       Funtington Eastbound

Feb 22 – Mar 14:    Funtington Westbound

Mar 14 – Apr 4:      Mill Rd Eastbound

Apr 4 – Apr 25:       Mill Rd Westbound

 

Please note: all data collected is anonymous and not attributed to any specific vehicles/drivers.