Monday, 1 July 2013

Mid Term Report

I am now two years into my 4 year term and I need to
Mid Term Review.
update you on some electoral pledges, I know the well known retort is that you only hear from politicians at election time, so hopefully this will be a refreshing change for residents.

 I cannot claim this is all my own work and I have been working closely with officers, Arundel Town Council and West Sussex County Council, but I do feel that together we are starting to solve some of the long term problems.

Traffic Calming
I promised I would find a solution to speeding rat run drivers using Canada Road to shave a couple of minutes off their journeys, I have been pushing for two 20mph zones for Arundel,  for those that don’t know a 20mph zone is where you have signs at the entrance to an area and all that area will be a 20mph zone.  I can report that these are now looking like a real possibility.    One zone will be the area covered from following junctions/points Jarvis road/A27, Ford Road/A27 roundabout and the Ford road as you come into Arundel from Ford.  The other zone will be for the old town, from following junctions/points A27 Roundabout/Maltravers Street, London Road/A29, The Causeway/A27 roundabout and Mill Road by Swanbourne Lake.  All roads within these zones would be 20mph; this will slow drivers down and make Arundel a safer place for our children and the elderly.

Ford Road HGV ban
This is a more intracticable problem and is being linked to the provision of a Lyminster bypass which will be built in the next 5 years; I cannot get the support of this scheme until the bypass is built as it will drive HGV’s towards the current Lyminster road and through Lyminster.  But I do believe we can try and get it de-listed as a HGV route with Satellite Navigation systems, this is something the Transport Minister Norman Baker has been pushing and we can try and get West Sussex County Council to use this government initiative to stop some of the foreign Lorries using Ford Road.

Keep weekly Refuse Collection
This is guaranteed until 2017, we re-tendered the contract in 2012 extending it for 5 years and shaving £200k off the contract for the next 5 years

Protect our Environment & improve recycling
The mechanical Recovery Unit is being built in Horsham and as well as the green bins recycling, the food and non recyclable plastics will be processed.  The food will go to an anaerobic digester to make fertiliser and the currently non-recyclable plastics will be made into pellets to be used to generate electricity.  This will take our recycling up to very high levels, also you may not be aware, but Arun receives nearly a £1m pounds a year for the recyclables from manufactures and this is because they are at a very high quality thanks to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF)  unit at Ford.

Maintain low council tax
Council tax has been frozen since 2011 and I will campaign to continue that.


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