Leader's District Dispatch column

Hello, let me introduce myself. I'm Tony Dignum and I'm Leader of Chichester District Council. I write this column every month to help give you an insight into the council and the work that we are doing on your behalf. Hopefully at the same time you will get to know me a bit better. This column also appears in the Chichester Observer and the Midhurst and Petworth Observer.

As a district council we cover an area of 303 square miles, including the City, Petworth, Midhurst and Selsey. We serve 115,000 people. You may not realise it, but you come into contact with our work every day. We provide more than 80 services over every 24 hour period. We empty your bins, check food hygiene standards, license taxis, clean your streets, look after the coastline, care for our parks and open spaces, and provide support and reassurance to the vulnerable. We handle your planning applications and run the off-street car parks.


To find out more about our work, we have a few videos on our  YouTube channel. 

I can assure you that we use resources wisely and make sure that we spend money on services that matter to you. We also work closely with our partners to ensure that you are receiving quality services that give value for money. We are doing this in a number of ways, from buying together to sharing services. We are always looking for new ways to deliver those services.

As a council we always welcome your views. You can do this in a number of ways, including communicating with us on our social sites, sending us a message on our website, or emailing leader@chichester.gov.uk.