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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Fake News and all that

Shoreham Flyovers.
Would you consider a journey from Horsham to Ford via Arundel a local journey?  Well SCATE does,  this is amongst the many half truths that were being put forward in the meetings arranged by them last year, there is another planned for tomorrow night.

Do you remember the concrete fly overs in the Arun valley, well i attended the Seminar fro Highways England last night and this is not going to happen as we said it wouldn't.

Now we have a scurrilous story being pushed on facebook, it went like this

"A very reliable source has confirmed that Arun Council have ear-marked the land between Dalloway Road and Priory Lane for a 24 acre housing development. The landlord has already looked at bids from 5 developers and planning is likely to go in next year! This will give Arundel an extra 500 houses with an average of 3 people per house, that's at least another 1500 people - introducing half the current population of Arundel into the area. The chosen developer will kindly pay for a new junction off the bypass at Ford Road, something Highways England have also confirmed. This is happening folks and the bypass will just make it easier for them because the infrastructure will be in place.
Be careful what you wish for."    
Post from Facebook.


I had not heard anything about this, the area was not even a strategic site list which put everything with a slightest possibility of development on to one list, one of the sites was Horses field, but as they worked through the list, many of these sites were discounted for piratical reasons.  So I was concerned, but knowing that South/East of Dalloway Road and south of Stewards Rise was not even on the Strategic list, I thought it could be fake news. So to nail it for onece and for all i went directly to the Cabinet Member for Planning at Arun DC  who checked with officers,  his comment, "no foundation in truth"  "No one knows anything about it".

So I don't know if the poster of this Facebook story is a member of SCATE, I don't know the motivation, Residents need facts not speculation,  this story is Fake news!


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Beware of this leaflet

Beware of the following leaflet, it's not an official leaflet from Arundel Town Council or Highways Agency, The town meeting takes place on the 25th of September, this is an attempt to hoodwink you by Anti Road groups, yes they have put at the bottom who it's printed by, but they could have made that clear in the headlines

Friday, 25 August 2017

Over Development- Sussex Local report for September

Satellite photo of the land at Fontwell by Dandara.
The news that the Secretary of State has approved the planning application for 400 homes at Fontwell came as a big shock, also the application by Renaissance Homes to apply for 45 retirement homes in Fitzalan Road, Arundel adds to the torrent of developers trying to build new homes.


In the last article I explained about Arun’s position regarding the Local Plan, because Arun only has less than 2 years land supply (Eg Sites with permission awaiting development) it makes defending against unwanted applications virtually impossible.


Arun should have secured the Local Plan back in 2009/2010 but the Cabinet Member at the time (Ricky Bower) delayed,  hoping to get a Conservative Government in place to reduce house building numbers,


I met with Renaissance, along with the Mayor Angela Standing and fellow Councillor Robert Wheal,  the developers are very aware of Aruns Predicament and are confident that they will get the application through.  To be fair to them they have reduced the number of homes that they were going to build and have taken a floor off the building as well as designing a more easy on the eye design.


They are giving £0.5M towards affordable housing and I asked if that could be ring fenced within the Parish of Arundel or close proximity?  The Developers have said that they will ask Arun to do that, but it’s down to Arun to make the final decision and something I will lobby the council to do.


Although Renaissance Homes have moved some way on the design and taken on board some of the wishes of residents, I made it clear that based on the current design and proposals that I would object as Ward Councillor to the application (Of course I have to give the assurance that I will keep an open mind if any new evidence comes along, to ensure that I am not ruled to have be predetermined when it comes to a vote),


By the time you read this the options for the Bypass will have been published, I understand there are three, a version of the Pink Blue, A Binstead option and an Online option.


You know my thoughts, I think the online version will ultimately mean a dual carriageway through the middle of Arundel, but it’s really important that you give your views to Highways England.  Also I want the Town Council to hold a public meeting to air the issues, I think it’s important that they organise it and not SCATE.

Until next month,  Paul Dendle is Ward Councillor for Arundel & Walberton Ward  his website address is www.arundel.pauldendle.net and email is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Momentous decision Letter to Littlehampton Gazzette 24.8.17




(The Editor)
Littlehampton Gazette
Littlehampton

17th August 2017


Dear Editor


Re:  Momentous Decision for the A27 Arundel Bypass


I am writing this letter before the options are known,


Arundel desperately needs an offline bypass to take traffic away from the town and allow  drivers to navigate and get about their business without the constant inconvenience of the Arundel log jam.


This is an issue not just for Arundel, but for Littlehampton and Bognor Regis residents,  the economic future of the towns is reliant on a efficient road and rail system.


It's extremely important that the silent majority comes forward and gives their views, many anti road protestors are trying to hijack the debate pushing a narrow environmental argument,


But there is nothing green in hundreds of cars queuing and polluting the air of towns like Arundel, Storrington, there is nothing green with our villages and towns being plagued by rat runners.


This is an quality of life issue, places like Newbury are much better places now because they had a by-pass built,  which was opposed by the likes of Swampy.  So please give your views and do not be put off by the half truths of arguments being put forward by groups like SCATE.


Yours Sincerely


Cllr. Paul Dendle
Arundel & Walberton Ward

Member Arun District Council

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A27 Arundel By-Pass Options

onearundel.co.uk.
Well the day has come, three options on the table for a Arundel Bypass, all go through the South Downs National Park!

Option 1  (purple route as was known)  but now a Dual Carriageway through the middle of Arundel, how can anyone want this?

Option 3  (Pink Blue Route) Through Tortington Common, cutting through the re-planted conifers Major junctions at each end with flyovers and roundabouts, no junction at Ford road, just a bridge across Ford Road, with Ford Road still open to Ford and Climping.

Option 5a  (Binsted Route)  99.99% of all people don't want this route, it's a non runner and would destroy Binsted village, so a firm NO from me on this,

My preferred option is option 3, but that's my opinion, you have a chance to give yours, please do not let the noisier protagonists grab the news agenda, give your views and hopefully the silent majority will prevail! 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Taking the leader to task on the local plan

CPRE meeting from the littlehampton gazette. Link
There was a recent meeting organised by the CPRE (Campaign for rural England) regarding the housing numbers in Arun’s local plan, It has been reported that there was extreme anger at the situation that Arun residents find themselves in.

As some of you may know, I and my fellow Cabinet member colleague challenged (the Leader and the Deputy Leader) in a leadership contest in March,  Terry against the leader lost by 13 votes and I drew with the deputy Leader and on a second ballot  lost by 3 votes.

We were both duly removed from our Cabinet positions, not because of our abilities (We were two of the strongest performers)  but because our apparent “disloyalty”, we were both fired by email and I took umbrage at that as any good leader looks you in the eye and sacks you, the horror stories of being fired by text have been re-counted in recent media stories.

But worse than that I wasn’t put on any committees to challenge the executive, I said at Full Council that the voters of Arundel & Walberton were being disenfranchised by a act of revenge and that Loyalty was a two way street and I would not hesitate in holding the executive to account.

So as a result I have been asking public questions at Cabinet and will be asking questions at Full Council on the 12th of July.

I believe that the previous Cabinet member for Planning Ricky Bower has mismanaged the Local Plan process, so much so that Arun has spent twice as much as Chichester District Council  eg £1.8M pounds of your money!

Gill Brown as Leader has the sole right to appoint and sack Cabinet Members, which has been aptly demonstrated in my case, there has been a clamour for Ricky Bower to be sacked from his portfolio, but Gill Brown resisted keeping him in place and leaving us with a situation where we are looking at 1000+ houses to be built pa for Arun District.

I believe there is a risk that this will grow to 1200 houses plus and I have asked questions to the Leader if she would take personal responsibility if this situation occurred.  Unfortunately she ducked the question twice at Cabinet when I pushed her to answer.

I had another opportunity to ask a question at Full Council and I pressed the leader for an answer, she refused to answer any of questions. I believe I have a duty as ward member to ask these questions.  I will continue to press these points, Until next Month

Paul Dendle is Ward member for Arundel & Walberton Ward his email address is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation announced

Dates for PUBLIC CONSULTATION 22nd August to 16th October 2017

A27 Arundel bypass
One of a package of 4 schemes to reduce congestion on the A27.
Region:  South East
Start date:  By the end of March 2020
Cost:  £100 million to £250 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:   Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:   A27 schemes

Progress report
We will be running a public consultation from 22nd August to 16th October 2017. There will be public exhibition events during this period.
What next?
Nearer the time, we will write to local residents to inform them of the locations and dates of these public exhibitions. We will also advertise in local media and publish details on this web site.
Timeline
Date Event
2015 A27 Corridor Feasibility Study
March 2015 Roads Investment Strategy (RIS)
Summer 2017 Have your say

Why we need this scheme
The Arundel section of the A27 lacks road and junction capacity. As a result it suffers from congestion, particularly junctions at Crossbush, The Causeway and Ford Road. Planned growth along the wider A27 corridor is likely to worsen the problem and at present there’s no proposal for public transport provision that would have a positive impact on traffic levels. This scheme aims to reduce congestion through Arundel by means of a new dual carriageway bypass. The bypass would link together the two existing dual carriageway sections of the A27 either side of Arundel. We are also assessing alternative options including online junction improvements. These proposals are subject to consultation with the National Parks Authority, Local Government and the public.
Aims
The objectives for the scheme are to:
• improve capacity of the A27 whilst supporting local planning authorities to manage the impact of planned growth
• reduce congestion, reduce travel time and improve journey time reliability along the A27
• improve the safety of travellers along the A27 and consequently the wider local road network
• improve accessibility for all users to local services and facilities
• deliver a scheme that minimises environmental impact and seeks to protect and enhance the quality of the surrounding environment through its high quality design
• respect the South Downs National Park and its special qualities in our decision-making

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Press Release from WSCC re the A259, A284 (Lyminster Bypass) and A280 (Angmering Bypass)

Contractor named for major A259 improvement work

West Sussex County Council has announced its choice of contractor to design and build major improvements to the A259 north of Littlehampton.

VolkerFitzpatrick won the contract to complete the scheme, which will see sections of the A259 become dual carriageway between the new Fitzalan Link Road and the A280 roundabout.

The changes will ease congestion, shorten journey times and make it easier to reach new housing and workplaces.

The full list of improvements includes:

• Dual carriageway between new Fitzalan Link Road and the Body Shop roundabout in both directions;
• Dual carriageway between Station Road, Angmering and A280 roundabout in both directions;
• Wider approaches and improved road markings at Station Road, Body Shop and A280;
• New pedestrian/cycle paths.

Works are scheduled to start in summer 2018 and last up to 18 months.

West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Bob Lanzer, said: “Now we have our contractor on board we can start making progress on this hugely significant scheme.

“Once built there will be greater highway capacity to call upon, reducing congestion and journey times. 

“Motorists will know with greater certainty how long it will take to get through the A259 each day.”

VolkerFitzpatrick and its design consultants Tony Gee will work with the County Council over the coming months to develop detailed designs.

Chris Evans, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick’s civils division, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work with West Sussex County Council on this scheme. This new highway infrastructure will make travelling through the county less time-consuming for local residents and visitors alike.”

The project is one of a number of major schemes being developed to improve infrastructure in the Arun area over the next three years. 

Others include the new A284 Lyminster bypass, a new cycle route on the A259 between Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, and traffic improvements in Angmering


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Few problems with my site and domain pauldendle.org

Sorry if you have experienced some problems with my website, you will note a new domain as I had issues with Google/Go Daddy with the domain, a bit ding & dong, but net result is Pauldendle.org is locked and can't be unlocked for a few weeks, so I have introduced Arundel.pauldendle.net as the new domain and communicating that out via Social media

Friday, 7 July 2017

Nineveh Shipyard River wall repair

Nineveh Shipyard Gardens.

Chris Perry, Director, Nineveh Shipyard residential association made a Presentation to Arundel Town Council Planning Committee on the 6th July, 2017 at Arundel town Hall, Chris had been invited by Cllr.Mark Phillips to tell ATC about plans to make repair 71M section of river wall adjoining Nineveh Shipyard (NS) and No 1 Old Slipway.​(NS consists of 29 houses in centre of Arundel next to river). As with all properties in Arundel the owners are jointly responsible for river wall maintenance under Riparian owner repair obligations.  

It is thought the wall is over 70 years old, the repairs are expected to last 50 years until wall renewal as proposed by the Environment Agency (EA) in their Long Term River Arun Strategy.  Contractors WPH Marine (has a good reputation )have been contracted and instructed by NSRA

The river front garden will be closed late summer for about 12 weeks so WPH can establish a site office remove fences on river front properties in order to lower 8 mm steel plate over side and weld steel plate onto wall, in-fill with concrete, weld on sacrificial anodes, add concrete beam at foot, the total cost is approximately £290,000 

Timeline
2013-20152 surveys recommended maintenance
12 Jan 2016EA arranged Team Van Oord survey following River Rd wall collapse
20 Jun 2016EA letter to riparian owners – recommending repairs

Approvals Process
Marine Maritime Organisation (MMO) including ecological assessment 
EA – OK if MMO approve
Littlehampton Harbour Board – have approved
Angmering Estate – no approval required
Norfolk Estate – no approval required
ADC – no approval required for repairs
ADC– licence for garden closure 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

New Traffic Regulation Order-give your opinion

Arundel Town Council are seeking your feed back on parking changes in Arundel, it's a short survey please go online clicking this   LINK.

For the changes to go ahead we need a reasonable feedback to present to West Sussex County Councils Highways.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Arundel Bypass Route Options


 
Cycleway & footpath under the bypass as envisaged.
Now the election is over, (I write this before the result is known) I believe the route options for the A27 Arundel bypass will be announced in July, I hope we can all have a robust debate and i hope you will give your opinion into that process, don’t let outsiders from Brighton hijack this!

I have been in robust debate with people on Facebook regarding the By-Pass, my views are my views alone, I support OneArundel.co.uk the Pro Bypass offline campaign, but I don’t speak for them.

I have said this before, the more I think about it the more I think it should happen.I personally do not want to have a junction north to Ford Road from the Pink blue route (If that is chosen) , but I do want one to the south, this would save a considerable amount of public money and would create a peaceful enclave of South Arundel, with no through traffic on Ford road and no Rat Running.

You may ask how someone from Ford Yapton or Climping could travel to Arundel?  You would be able to get on the bypass at the Ford Road South Junction and travel either east or west and pick up the old A27 to access Arundel.

This would transform our community, I would have a footpath/Cyclepath going under the bypass and hopefully we would have that footpath/Cyclepath extending to Ford Station so school children can walk or cycle to the station to take the train to Chichester,  they currently have to navigate traffic going at up to 70Mph.

I also want to get a large car park built to the south of Ford Station (Land directly south west is owned by the environment agency) and hopefully money will be given from the bypass project to support this as well as foot paths and  cycleways.

Also I think there is an opportunity to completely re-model ford Road Roundabout creating a much more environmentally friendly space, still allowing traffic flow from the A284, but ideally with traffic lights and pedestrian crossings

Like I said, these re my views and I will feed them into consultation when that starts, but all of you can write, email when these options are announced, so think what you want and then tell the government

If you have not signed up yet please go to OneArundel.co.uk and sign up for emails

Paul Dendle is Arundel & Walberton ward Councillor, web site is www.pauldendle.org and email is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk or pauldendle@aol.

 
UPDATE:  I have been advised that the route options will not be available now until September as Worthing & Lancing have jumped ahead of Arundel in the Consultation pecking order,


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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Questions to the Cabinet

Please see three questions I asked at Cabinet on the 19th of June, As a Ward Councillor it is my duty to hold the executive to account without fear or favour

Q1 to Cllr Gill Brown Leader of the Council

"You confirmed at Overview Select Committee in a question put by Cllr Dingemans that you had no Contingency plans for an increase in housing in the Local Plan,  If housing numbers substantially increase to more than 1200 pa which I believe they might during the local plan inspection and bearing in mind you kept in position Cllr Bower  when many thought he should go, will you take personal responsibility for that outcome?"

Response: "The reason why the Chairman of Overview Select Committee was informed that there wasn’t a contingency plan to provide additional housing should the Local Plan Inspector consider more housing was necessary was because of a combination of factors.
Firstly, the Council has always determined the proposed level of housing according to the evidence available, whether that is the Objectively Assessed Needs assessment or other documents such as the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment. As you will be aware the required provision that the Council must seek to accommodate has increased rapidly in recent years.

Secondly, the Council is required to establish whether it can assist neighbouring Councils with their housing provision under the terms of the Duty to Co-Operate legislation. Thanks 

Indeed the work this council has undertaken with other Councils in the area on strategic planning matters was recognised for its excellence by the Royal Town Planning Institute. Cllr Bower was chairman of relevant Strategic Planning Board at that time and the work he put into that was recognised as leading the way forward for other Councils and much admired by the Councils in our duty to cooperate area. 

The cumulative effect of these factors has accounted for all of the strategic sites that had been identified as being potentially suitable for development. Furthermore, the Inspector would quite reasonably say that if we did have reserve sites, shouldn’t these be brought forward to meet, either the 1250 homes that are still required to be identified on small sites as part of our current plans, or make a larger contribution to the needs of our neighbours. 

I’m not sure if that is what you are suggesting - that Arun should be providing for even more housing? In reality we don’t believe the evidence is there to support the provision of even more housing in Arun above what is currently planned for and even the development industry recognise that they will collectively find it challenging to maintain the proposed delivery rates." 

Supplementary Question
I have asked if you are personally responsible and ask again for a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to my initial question.
Supplementary Response
Full Council took a vote on this, which included you, Councillor Dendle, and so the responsibility is shared with the whole of the Council. 

My comment on this is as Leader Gill Brown has fully been overseeing the Local Plan, she chose and kept in position Cllr Bower, what she is inferring in her response is that there should be group responsibility rather than Leaders responsibility, when it suits Gill Brown she uses her power as leader to shutdown debate and try to silence opponents, but then when it requires a leader to take responsibility she uses the group to avoid responsibility. maybe I am old fashioned, but I always thought the Buck stopped with the leader, I will continue to try and get an answer to my question.

Q2 to Dudley Wensley  Deputy Leader of the Council

"I note that in a recent write off of Sundry debts which were handled by an ICM. On enquiring with Officers it has become apparent that the policy for writing off sundry debts has not changed in over 9 years (A very long time), in fact the last time there was a review is when I held the position and I stood down in 2010! what efforts have you made to ensure officers innovate and improve the collection of outstanding debts?"


Response
The policy and procedures for writing off debts was actually last reviewed in 2014.
I am satisfied that before any considering writing off any debt the procedure is followed. As a result, every debtor has received an invoice, reminder, final notice, a letter proposing legal action, legal action and a judgement against the individual.
Unfortunately, the issue of a County Court judgement does not necessarily mean payment is made and writing off the debt is always a last resort. The enforcement options we consider include
  1. a)  An attachment of earnings (i.e. taken from the customers wages) IF they have a job.
  2. b)  Seizure and selling of goods by an enforcement officer (Bailiff)
  3. c)  Achargeagainsttheirpropertyiftheyareahouseowner
  4. d)  The use of the high Court sheriffs to obtain a payment arrangement or
    seize goods for sale
In many cases however the individuals have NO assets or NO job and the chances of success through enforcement is consequently sometimes very low.
To put the situation in perspective it is worth noting that in the year 2016 to 2017 the total amount of invoices raised was £6.110 million of which the total collected to date is £5.726m.
To answer the question about what action I am taking to ensure officers innovate and improve the collection of outstanding debts. Working with officers we are always seeking to improve but the total of write offs in 2016/17 amounted to £28,480 which equates to 0.47%of the total debt. This is a record that in my view is an enormous credit to the officers involved and one that many commercial companies and utilities would view with envy. 
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My response to this answer was that we have written off since April 2010-April 2017 £340,400 (not a small amount) HMRC use recovery agencies, so why don't we? also the information I was given came from Officers, I was not aware of the "2014 review" I have asked for minutes relating to that decision and will update you.

Q3. To Cllr Gill Brown

"Officer pay has now been stagnate for over 5 years, many employees have become de-moralised by this situation, do you think it is time to give our employees a an increase linked to Consumers prices index?"

Response
Pay awards are considered annually by national negotiations with Trade Unions for all posts except that of the Chief Executive. The LGA (Local Government Association), of which we are a member, negotiates pay awards on behalf of the Council.
As a result, a 1% increase was agreed from April 2017. Officers also have annual spine point awards, unless they are on the maximum for their grade. With regard to the minimum wage, the Council is legally compliant.
To move to Local Pay could be viewed as undermining national negotiations. In addition, the national pay spine is currently under review in order to remain legally compliant with the National Living Wage.
Options are being developed with the working group and trade unions nationally and final proposals will form the basis to seek an agreement between the Employers and Trade Unions in due course.

It is anticipated that this review will result in increased costs to the pay bill and we would therefore not want to consider moving away from national negotiations while this work is ongoing and the impact of this review on the pay bill is unknown.

The outcome of the review is likely to be known in July 2017, and we will respond accordingly.

I know the difficulties our staff are having during this period of restraint. Despite this national issue, our staff work really hard to provide excellent services for the public.
Our Council performance, particularly our high public satisfaction results, confirms their hard work. In our residents’ Spring Survey 2017, 73% are ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of our work. I would like to thank Arun District Council staff for their continued commitment to the Arun community.page4image20144 page4image20304 page4image20464

My Thoughts:  I did not ask a supplementary, but officers are now poorer than they were in 2010, there comes a time to stabilise the situation, we could award a higher figure that the nationally agreed rate, thats in our discretion. 

Friday, 26 May 2017

Advice on Terror effect

You may have already heard that the Home Secretary has announced that the national threat level has now been increased to “Critical” following the terror attack in Manchester. This assessment means not only that an attack remains highly likely, but that a further attack may be imminent.

Arun are being regularly briefed by Sussex Police and they have confirmed that they have increased their armed policing capabilities across Surrey and Sussex and are undertaking high visibility patrols and extra community engagement.  At this stage, they have not seen a rise in community tension.

For those holding local events, we are being directed to  the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure’s  (CPNI) current advice on its website and advice and updates on the NaCTSO website:-



You can also review further information about reporting suspicious behaviour at

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Pink Blue Route

Pink Blue Route still the preferred route since 1993.


There is a lot of talk about the Pink Blue route for the new bypass, we are assuming that this will be one of the route options that will be announced by Highways England in this Summer.  I know from conversations with residents that some people are not aware of the exact route and the history.  So please see the the map which comes from the Department of Transport and is still the preferred route.  It is featured on most maps and if you have purchased property in the last 24 years it would have come up on local searches.

The route was adopted in 1993. After a long period of consultation and interaction between the Government of the day, Department of Transport, Arundel Town Council, Arun District and West Sussex County Council. If you look at the map the existing A27 is closer to most houses in Arundel than the Pink Blue route,so bearing in mind measures to mitigate noise, I believe that traffic noise will actually reduce for most residents.  

There is a new Pro Bypass group been set up and you can sign up to show your support and receive emails at OneArundel.co.uk  the link is https://www.onearundel.co.uk/joinour-mailing-list

Until next Month, Paul Dendle is Arundel & Walberton Ward member on Arun DC. Email address is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Still Your Councillor

I have been contacted by quite a few residents regarding today's front page onthe Littlehampton Gazette,

 I have been sacked from the Cabinet for challenging the leadership, but I can assure everyone that i am still a Councillor and will continue to fight for Arundel & Walberton ward interests.

Also I will have more time to campaign for the Arundel Bypass and work on my new business

Monday, 1 May 2017

Sign up and show your support for the Pink Blue route Off line Bypass by going to this link.

Sign up here

It takes seconds and shows you care about a long awaited bypass.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Have your say



We have the May County Council elections coming up on the 6th of May to elect County Councillors to West Sussex County Council, , as it’s a run up to an election I won’t be political, the only thing I would say is which ever party  you vote for, just ensure you do vote, it does make a difference and you should certainly check with the various candidates and hold them to their promises. if you have a busy lifestyle or live some distance from the polling station you can register for a postal vote or a proxy vote if you are away telephone 01903 737616 .

The latest on the Bypass, Highways England has sent out a circular letter confirming that Public Consultation on the various route options for the bypass will start in the Summer of this year,  subject to consultation there will be an announcement on the Preferred Route by the winter of 2017/18.  There will then be statutory Public Consultation on the preferred route in Spring 2018 and construction will start in 2020, with it opening to traffic by 2022. 

It’s important that everyone has their say, so if you have a view then I would urge to engage and I know that Arundel Town council plans to organise a public meeting with an objective Chairman from the communit some time in the Summer/Autumn

It’s all change at the Town council with Cllr Angela Standing becoming the new Mayor, thanks goes to James Stewart for his hard work and dedication over the last 2 year and i wish Angela the best of luck in her new role.

Arun District Council is set to launch a new scheme to make it easier for residents to dispose of broken or unwanted small electrical and electronic equipment.

The Council’s contractor, Biffa, will be offering the service as part of the new cleansing contract. The collections will be phased in across the district from 10 April 2017 and allow residents to recycle even more from home.

Electrical items “no larger than a standard-sized carrier bag” will be accepted. The collections will be weekly on the same day as the refuse collection.

Items need to be kept separate and not placed in with the recycling or rubbish collection.

The Council is asking residents to continue disposing of larger electrical items at their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Until next month

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Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass