Funding set for priority projects across Chichester District

Work to boost the economy in Midhurst and Selsey and a scheme to help refer patients to community based services are just some of the new projects which are being planned by Chichester District Council over the next financial year.

The council's Cabinet has recommended the revised Corporate Plan for approval by Full Council on Tuesday 23 January. Some of the projects added for 2018 - 2019 include:

Updating the Midhurst Vision

Starting in April 2018, this project will focus on refreshing the current Vision.

Work will include gathering community and business feedback which will then be used to unlock opportunities. These will ensure Midhurst has a positive appearance and sense of place as well as keeping vacancy rates low and ensuring Midhurst continues to have a mix of retail and small businesses.

Updating the Selsey Vision

This will begin in April 2018 and will involve looking for new ways to make the most of its seaside location . The aims will be to ensure that the vacancy rate remains low and that Selsey continues to have a mix of retail and small businesses, provide new tourism opportunities as well as retain and create jobs. The project will also link with projects that focus on creating new employment and a new visitor economy strategy for the area.

Bracklesham Bay land and assets

This project will look at the options for creating more commercial opportunities on council owned land and buildings along the foreshore at Bracklesham Bay.

Social prescribing

This is a project to develop a new scheme to help connect residents to services and support in local places.  It will be a service for GPs and other health professionals to access on behalf of patients who ask for help with problems that are non-medical and need more holistic community based solutions, for example dealing with loneliness. Only GPs will be able to make referrals to this service.

This project will involve developing a service over the next two years working in partnership with the Local Community Networks (LCNs) in Chichester District.

"The Corporate Plan sets out our overall vision and objectives for the future," explains Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. "Each year we review it to take into account any emerging issues and challenges, while ensuring it remains focused, relevant and affordable in delivering the needs of our community, and especially protecting the most vulnerable who live in our district.

"A variety of projects have been chosen to go forward, some focus on supporting and developing the economy while the social prescribing project will be important for helping to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of people across the district."

Chichester District Council's new Corporate Plan outlines the projects to be achieved between 2018 and 2021. These projects will help meet the council's five priorities which are to:

  • Improve the provision of and access to suitable housing.
  • Support our communities.
  • Manage our built and natural environments to promote and maintain a positive sense of place.
  • Improve and support the local economy to enable appropriate local growth.
  • Manage the Council's finances prudently and effectively.

Date of Release: 11 January 2018                         

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