I hope you had the chance to enjoy one of the many community events taking place across the district. The Chichester Summer Street Party was a huge success, Petworth's Fete in the Park was as popular as ever and I know that Midhurst had a fantastic turn out at their MADhurst event - which is great to see.

We're really pleased that the council has been recognised by the Government for its efforts in keeping the A27 clean and litter free. In an independent assessment, carried out by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the A27 achieved consistently high standards of cleanliness. Our staff work incredibly hard to keep the district looking beautiful and so it is great that their work has been recognised in this way. Last year, the equivalent of over 600 refuse sacks full of rubbish was collected from the A27 alone!

Chichester's Southern Gateway project has reached another important milestone after securing an important relocation site in Terminus Road. This will free up a critical piece of land needed to transform the southern area of Chichester into a vibrant and attractive new quarter, as proposed in the Southern Gateway Masterplan. In May, we started to search for a suitable developer to deliver this project for the benefit of the community. We hope to announce who has been appointed in November 2019. Following the selection, the chosen developer will then expand on their ideas and present these to the public in spring of next year.

I'm also really pleased to tell you that we are creating a new scheme that aims to support local High Streets. The scheme will identify suitable council owned premises and set them up as affordable temporary spaces, giving smaller businesses and enterprises the opportunity to trade in a high street location without the commitment or cost of a longer term lease. This is one of many projects that we are working on to support the high street and local businesses. We are also working on a very exciting Christmas campaign, which I'll tell you more about next month.

For those of you who own an electric vehicle, or are thinking about buying one, you may be interested to know that 18 new electric vehicle charging points will soon be introduced in the district. The council has successfully bid for a £52,500 grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, in order to encourage more people to use electric vehicles and to support existing electric vehicle drivers. This grant will be used towards the purchase and installation costs of the new charging points in eight of the council's car parks across the district, including Bosham, East Wittering, Midhurst, Chichester, Petworth and Selsey.

Best wishes

Cllr Eileen Lintill

Leader of Chichester District Council