Monday, 27 August 2012

Should Politicians tell the truth? (My monthly article in Sussex Local magazine)

porky pies

I always have had heated political discussions with friends in the Pub, the banter normally follows as they say to me “typical politician, can’t tell the truth or answer a question” I love the cut and thrust of these discussions, but there is maybe a serious issue to air, should Politicians tell the truth?

Well sometimes people don’t want the truth, they would prefer to be in blissful ignorance and blame the fact that they have been left in the dark by a politician.

So if we face this issue head on, then how do we deal with thorny problems like say travellers, before I start a few hares racing, I have no agenda on travellers.  But there is an issue that every summer we have travellers descending on West Sussex and the Police and Local Authorities have to contain this problem.  How can we do this in the best in the interests of the electorate?

When it comes to fighting Travellers sites, I am as reactionary as others.  When a site was considered for the old petrol station along the old A27 in Crossbush, I fought tooth and nail not to have that site designated as an official long term pitch. I used the pre-text of the distance from shops, schools and the noise from the A27 By-pass adjacent the site, I successfully defended my ward, but was I ducking a thorny decision or just representing my residents?

But this comes to the rub of the problem, The Police need transit sites to manage this issue and to house travellers temporarily for up to 72 hours until they can move them on outside the District, but where would residents want these sites? the chorus I am sure is not anywhere near me.

If we had transit sites I personally would favour very remote rural areas which are fenced and could contain travellers, but I am sure that last line will generate many emails of complaint, but we have a problem and we need to deal with it, how we best deal with it?  Not a problem that will be easily solved in the near future I think.

I think communication is the key to eventually solving problems, continually communicating and building up trust, but politics took a really bad turn back in the 1990’s when Bill Clinton and the US Democrats developed Focus groups, where as Politicians started not to lead Public Opinion, but started to follow it.  I believe Politicians have to stand up for what they believe in and try to take the population with them.  I hope I can always be honest with you, but everyone has to realistic in what we as mere local politician can deliver.

Until next month, please keep updated via my web site www.pauldendle.org  email Pauldendle@aol.com  

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Nuisance parking at the end of Burpham Road

Cars parked causing a hazard
Nuisance parking at the end of Burpham Road at the juntion of the A27 is causing a hazard to passing traffic and could result in an accident soon.  Cars are parking due to the economic situation, many people have decided to stop parking at Arundel railway station and parking at the end of Burpham road to save money.  This has started to cause a nuisance and is proving dangerous for cars trying to exit the junction.   I have been working closely with  West Sussex County Council and landowners at finding solutions to stop the parking and move cars back to the Station car park.  WSCC Highways have put forward a TRO  (Traffic Regulation order) to paint double yellow lines for a few hundred metres from the junction back towards Warningcamp.  One possible alternative being looked at is the placing of logs on the verge to dissuade cars and allow the free passage of traffic, I will keep you updated as and when I hear more.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Paul Dendle as Cabinet member involved in Olympic Tourist Campaign for the District

Paul on Westminster Bridge with one of the Cabs
One of the first people to ride around London in a specially-branded Sussex by the Sea taxi has been seeing how easy it is for passengers to plan their trips to Arundel, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and surrounding areas.
Arun District Council’s Sussex by the Sea tourism brand is being promoted both inside and outside some of the capital’s iconic black cabs for one month to target London residents and visitors during the 2012 Olympic Games.
Arun’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services Councillor Paul Dendle(pictured), who is responsible for Tourism Activity, travelled in a Sussex by the Sea taxi on Tuesday (24 July), and saw how passengers can quickly access tourist information about Arun by scanning QR codes on the back of ‘tip-up seats’.
The codes direct smartphone users to different sections of the Council’s tourism website www.sussexbythesea.com so they can find out more about the area’s award winning beaches, stunning rolling countryside, history and heritage and unique landmarks and events.
Cllr Dendle, like the thousands of people who travel around London by taxi each week, was also able to ask his driver for a 2012 Sussex by the Sea Pocket Visitor Guide containing maps, local accommodation listings and ideas for things to do.
He said: “It’s an important year for tourism across the UK, because there are so many extra people in London for the 2012 Games. By making it as easy as possible for potential visitors to plan their trips to Sussex by the Sea, I hope that we’ll stand out from the crowd and encourage even more people holiday here.”
Inside a Sussex by the Sea taxiSince the Council changed the format of its Sussex by the Sea Visitor Guide from a glossy A4 brochure to a handy pocket size, it has been more successful than ever. The new format meant the Council was able to double the print run of the guides to nearly 50,000 this year, and more than three quarters have already been snapped up by potential visitors.
The guides displayed in the Sussex by the Sea taxis are also proving popular, with passengers able to take one away with them or read one as they ride.
To find out more about Sussex by the Sea, you can also visit:
Pictures: Cllr Dendle with a Sussex by the Sea taxi outside the Houses of Parliament and the inside of a Sussex by the Sea taxi.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Lyminster Community meeting about the proposed Lyminster By-Pass

Point on existing road where Option 1 would be

I attended a meeting at St Mary Magdalene Church in Lyminster on Tuesday night, Simon Meecham a senior planning officer at Arun also attended and explained the new proposed local plan and the route of the proposed Lyminster By-Pass.  There were some challenging questions, the biggest issues were

A284 Interchange either option 1 or option 2
The Lyminster Rail Crossing and it's future
Speed Limit
The Crossbush Junction
The existing road from the new Interchange and the Crossbush Roundabout

Consultation has now started on the local plan and the part of this is the Lyminster By-Pass can be accessed via the Arun web site the link is http://www.arun.gov.uk/main.cfm?type=LOCALPLAN2

Support an Offline Bypass

Support an Offline Bypass
Arundel desperately needs an offline bypass

Arundel video

Should Councillors be more active on Social Media

Your Council

Your Council
Arun District Councillors first meeting after election

Need a hotel

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass

Option A Pink blue route for Arundel By-Pass