All of the councillors are settling into their new roles really well and collectively we've decided who should sit on which committee. Every one of us is focused on working together to deliver the very best services for our communities.

We have just launched the next stage of our award winning Against Litter campaign. This is encouraging residents and businesses to help us in our fight against fly tipping. As well as reporting any fly tips through our website; the Love West Sussex app; or, by calling us, we are also making residents aware of the importance of using Licensed Waste Carriers. By law, you are responsible for your waste. It means that whether you have finished a DIY project; been clearing out unwanted household items; or have been sprucing up your garden, it's down to you to make sure that your waste is disposed of safely and legally by a Licensed Waste Carrier. If this doesn't happen and your rubbish is found fly tipped, you could be prosecuted and face a fine. So, please check with the Environment Agency that a waste carrier is licensed before agreeing that someone can remove your waste. You can find out more by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/againstflytipping.

I'm pleased to say that we are making more than £140,000 available to support small businesses through our Enabling Grants scheme. Last year's grant scheme was so successful, that we were keen to run this again. It will run for up to two years and offers a simple way for small businesses to access match funding of up to £2,500 for website and capital projects as long as they are based within our district. Grants of up to £1,000 are also available to help businesses employ an apprentice or up-skill existing staff through the apprenticeship training programme.

We are incredibly excited to announce that we are launching a brand new exhibition at The Novium Museum in January. It will tell the secrets of an Iron Age Warrior, who may have fought alongside King Commius during Julius Caesar's wars with the Gauls. The 'mystery warrior' was discovered 12 years ago in Berkeley Home's Bersted Park development, in the most elaborately equipped warrior grave ever found in England. It has been dated to around 50BC, in the late Iron Age. The exhibition has been made possible due to Berkeley Homes generously donating the finds, a £50,000 National Heritage Lottery grant, and sponsorship from Irwin Mitchell. Due to its significance, a team of world class experts has been working with The Novium Museum to analyse and interpret the finds to tell the story of this incredible individual. If you want to find out more about this, please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/latestnews.

I'm sure you'll agree that we've been lucky to have such lovely weather recently. However, if we continue to experience high temperatures, please look out for vulnerable neighbours and friends. We have provided advice at www.chichester.gov.uk/hotweather and any weather warnings will be detailed on this page.

Finally, please remember to put Thursday 22 August in your diaries. Our Events Officer is busy planning a Summer Street party in Chichester, which is being kindly sponsored by the new Co-Op store that's moving into the city. It will take place between 4pm and 8pm. We are working with Chichester BID to encourage people into the city to do some late night shopping, while enjoying street entertainment, street food and music.

Let's keep our fingers crossed that this glorious weather continues.

Have a great summer.

Best wishes,

Cllr Eileen Lintill

Leader of Chichester District Council