Leader's District Dispatch column

  • Making Chichester into a leading tourism destination

    People who visit Chichester, whether for the day, weekend or longer are a huge benefit to our economy. They visit our local attractions, eat in our cafes and restaurants, and buy from our shops. This in turn creates jobs and investment, meaning a better quality of life for local residents.

  • Tackling fly tipping - April 2017

    We are lucky to be surrounded by stunning countryside, picturesque towns and villages, and scenic coastline. We have an attractive area and we know that most people want to keep it that way, but unfortunately, we receive regular reports about litter, fly tipping and dog fouling in a variety of locations across the district.

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    Helping you to keep warm this winter

    I was shocked earlier this year, when I discovered that the district has a high rate of private sector homes that have inadequate heating systems.

  • We need to recycle 50% of waste by 2020

    You may be aware that by 2020 we need to be recycling at least 50% of all waste. If we do not achieve this, we may be faced with heavy fines from the European Union, which will affect the council's finances and your council tax.

  • Keeping your council tax low: always a big priority for us

    Over the past number of years we have worked really hard to make major savings to cope with cuts to our Government funding.

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    Protecting our sport and leisure services

    We have always prided ourselves on the leisure services that we provide as a council, including our three Leisure centres in Midhurst, Chichester and Southbourne.

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    Making a difference over the festive period

    Firstly, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope you all enjoyed the festive period.

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    Looking after the community over Christmas

    Christmas is a time for spending time with friends and family and getting involved in local festive celebrations.

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    Celebrating Chichester Careline

    This year, our Chichester Careline service is celebrating 30 years of helping to live safely and independently.

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    Supporting apprenticeships

    Recently, we encouraged people to join us at our council offices to find out more about apprenticeships at a special event that we organised with West Sussex County Council, Chichester College and other partners.

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    Understanding the Local Plan

    Welcome to my monthly column in the Observer series. I hope to give you an insight into the council and the work that we are doing on your behalf, and hopefully at the same time you will get to know me a bit better.

  • Promoting food safety across Chichester District

    You may have recently read in the news about the unpasteurised Scottish cheese that was linked to an E.coli outbreak, in which a three year old girl unfortunately died.

  • Discrimination will not be tolerated

    Since the result of the EU Referendum there have been reports across the country of race hate crime.

  • Recognising our armed forces

    As a retired Royal Naval Officer and Councillor for Southbourne, I feel very strongly that we in Chichester District must support the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, whether in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, British Army, or Royal Air Force.

  • Looking after our finances

    Offering you value for money while keeping your council tax low has always been a big priority for us.

  • Getting everyone active

    This month, it is exactly a year since we handed over the management of our three leisure centres in Chichester, Midhurst and Southbourne to Everyone Active.