Tuesday, 23 October 2012

My November Sussex local article

Arundel's Street entertainment

I seem to have put the cat among the pigeons in my article last month, I mentioned the conflicting pressures of the jubilee stage at the Arundel Festival and the fact that one person seemed to be dictating the future of the stage to the detriment of the rest of the community.  I thought I was balanced and by not mentioning the complainer or the building where the complainer lived.   Patricia Warren has written to me asking me to make two corrections to my article, so for the sake of fairness and balance I want to make two things clear.  Firstly I said that 1 week out of 52 weeks was not a great sacrifice, Patricia wants me to point out that the festival is for 11 days.   Also that the stage exceeded the noise limit on multiple occasions.  I am happy to make these corrections, but I still think that the community has to work together to find a fair and equitable solution to noise from the stage, I also know that the majority of residents of Marlet's Court have written expressing their support of the stage and the festival.  I believe a survey could be useful to measure public opinion and I will put one on my web site www.pauldendle.org 

The Leisure Strategy as mentioned in my previous article has been consulted on and is to be discussed by Arun’s Cabinet, there are implications for leisure provision across the District and there are proposals for Arundel as well as Littlehampton and Bognor Regis.  One proposal which is making residents of Littlehampton hot under the collar is the possible closure of the Windmill Theatre and the closure of the Littlehampton Sports and Swimming Centre.   It could result in a new Swimming and Leisure centre being built at a cost of £14.5 million at either the existing site or at the Littlehampton Academy.

The Windmill theatre has a number of challenges to overcome, Inspire Leisure the not for profit charitable trust who runs it, has not invested in digital technology which is needed to show films from December onwards as all distributed films from then onwards will be digital, also the building needs maintenance costs of £180,000 spent on it for the next 5 years.  There are no easy answers, but the status quo on how the theatre is currently run is not an option and there will have to be some innovative solutions to save the theatre. Also in the report are proposals to build a Multiplex Cinema at the St Martin’s car park in the centre of Littlehampton, all exciting stuff, but very unsettling for some residents of Arun.

Arundel Conservatives are holding a Christmas Dinner on the 7th* of December at the Swan in Arundel, the cost is £25 pp for a 2 course meal with a welcome glass of sparkling wine,  you don’t have to be a member and everyone who wants to hear Nick Herbert MP speak is welcome to book.  Please email   Bruceghenderson@gmail.com or telephone 01903 882928.  Alternatively you can email me at Pauldendle@aol.com  putting Xmas dinner in the subject. To keep up to date on Arundel issues please go to my web site www.pauldendle.org

*There was an error in the printed version of Sussex local where it states the 15th of December when in fact it is the 7th

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Paul Dendle calls again for a HGV ban on Ford Road

Lorries locked together last Monday (15/10/12)
I have lobbied West Sussex County Council regarding the HGV ban that was part of my manifesto commitments when I was elected.  I believe that there should be a HGV ban and this should be enforced by placing a motion activated camera placed at the Arundel Fire Station for vehicles over 3 metres.  This would be a simple low cost solution and would give the residents of Ford road relief from the constant noise and danger from HGV's.  I will push this at the Joint Downland meeting on the 22nd of October and ask all concerned residents to ask public questions of the County Councillors and Police at the meeting.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Update on the Arundel Bypass

Nick Herbert, Myself and James Stewart
view the Chaos at Crossbush 
Here is an update on the A27 Arundel  Bypass

"Transport consultants, Parsons Brinkerhoff, are undertaking a study of expected benefits to the economy of having an A27 Arundel bypass [including a survey of businesses] on behalf of Arun District Council, Horsham District Council and the County Council.  Stage 1 is expected to complete in early December and include recommendations about whether further more detailed work should be undertaken. 

In the short term, the County Council, Arun District Council and the Highways Agency are using funding provided by the Coastal West Sussex Partnership to investigate interim solutions for the A27/A284 Crossbush junction to ease congestion and enable future development and economic growth in advance of a major scheme."

I will keep you updated as things progress 

Update on the Lyminster By-Pass

Here is the update from the County Council on the Lyminster By-Pass

"The technical feasibility study, commissioned by the County Council on behalf of Arun District Council, investigated and reported on initial options for the northern section of the bypass from the North of Littlehampton development to the existing A284 north of Lyminster.  The study did not identify any prohibitive or insurmountable constraints on delivery at this early stage.  Further work will be required before the scheme can be delivered including consideration of remedial measures on the existing A284 through Lyminster and the Wick level crossing.  The cost of the northern section of the bypass is £6.3m - including costs for construction, land, design and risk - and a substantial financial contribution is expected from the North of Littlehampton development to assist with delivery.  However, there remains a funding gap of approx £2.3m, officers from the County Council and Arun District Council are currently investigating gap funding opportunities and at present, there is no timetable for delivery of the bypass." 

I will keep you updated, the Lyminster Bypass will be discussed at the presentation of the above at the upcoming Joint Downland Committee on the 22nd of October at the White Swan Hotel, Chichester Road, Arundel.  The public can come and ask questions.

Arundel Parking

The Arundel CPZ  (Car Parking zone) has now got to the design stage, but I am picking up considerable concern from town councillors and community groups to the veracity of the research done and the conclusion drawn by the consultants. 

 I have always said, as far as I am concerned that the parking issue is a matter for the residents of Arundel to decide, and not something that should be imposed.  I personally believe that it should be put to a local referendum to get a full and informed choice by ALL the town. 

There are elections taking place in November and next May, so the cost of any referendum could be mitigated,

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