Wednesday, 29 November 2017


Paul with one of the PCSO's that have abolished.
Sussex Police Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne Visited Arundel Town Council recently, residents were able to quiz her on recent rise in petty crime in the town, I asked her 4 questions regarding the possibility of a Community warden for the town and Sussex police partially funding it, despite being in control of the budget for Sussex Police she wouldn’t accept that partially funding a community warden was something she should do.

I am a Conservative Councillor, but I think when it comes to the locality,  party loyalties should be put aside for local interests and I have criticised Conservatives if I feel they have not done the right thing. by the same token I will also defend if I feel any attack is unwarranted.

I always find Katy Bourne bit like Tigger, she bounces in and then bounces out, but there is no real substance in what she says and in Sussex our policing is in a mess.

Katy’s campaign in 2012 was for a bobby in every village, well I would like a booby in every town at least and the scrapping of  Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) was a retrograde step in my opinion.

When our MP Rt Hon Nick Herbert  was Police Minister he pioneered the concept of PCC’s expecting and hoping that people with real business experience could help change policing and drive innovation.  I wanted to be Sussex Police  & Crime Commissioner and got down to the last 6 in the race to be the Conservative candidate.

I was hoping to introduce Systems thinking that we have used successfully at Arun District Council and that Toyota pioneered to make them more efficient and empower the workforce.  Toyota executives would every week visit a plant, walk the floor, talk to the staff and get ideas for improving production.  They would then have a working lunch and decide on an action plan to feed these ideas into improving productivity.

Cheshire Constabulary have done a similar thing and prior to standing as a candidate I met with the consultants who advised Cheshire Constabulary.  

Sussex Police is very bureaucratic, the Police on the front line are frustrated with the top down Control and Command structure, they would love to be empowered and make decisions on the ground without all the bureaucracy.

Body Cameras, hand held pilot computers would streamline charging suspects and issuing fixed payment fines with video evidence and photos attached to any subsequent charge.

This is the type of innovation we need to cut back office costs and allow more resources on the front line, we need substance and vision not Tigger!  Until next time

Paul Dendle is Arundel & Walberton s Ward member on Arun District Council. Email is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Bypass Debate

There are always winners and losers in any debate, unfortunately the switch of a number of people and councils to support Route 5a over the Pink Blue (Option 3) or Option 1 has consequences to some communities .

Arun District Council’s Cabinet supported Route 5a, West Sussex County Councils Scrutiny meeting did the same, most Parish councils north of the Downs have supported 5a.

When I write this column, we are still awaiting for Littlehampton Town Councils decision and also Arundel towns Council,  

I have supported the Pink Blue route since I was elected in 2003, I have campaigned for it,  but during the debate it became evident that there was an obstacle to choosing that route because of several factors. 

Green lobbyists Successfully pushed for the South Downs National Park to be pushed south of the existing A27, also they lobbyied successfully to have Tortington Common (Re-Planted Conifers) to be designated as Ancient Woodland.

SDNPA have objected to all three options,  Option 1 would have destroyed 5.5 hectares of Ancient woodland, Option 3 - 26 hectares and Option 5a - 6 hectares.  But Highways England have committed to replace Ancient woodland at a ratio of 30 to 1, so if 5a is adopted then there would be the need to replant new indigenous forest of 182 hectares (bigger than the whole of Arundel put together).

This was all explained in a briefing by Highways England, but the real crux comes in the fast track infrastructure planning instrument that is being used for the bypass so it can start building in 2020.

The Secretary of State has a legal and binding duty not to go ahead with a route that cuts through Ancient woodland if there is an alternative that is less damaging, eg because Tortington Common is now Ancient woodland the SoS can’t push that through and has to opt for option 5a.

So the Green campaigners who successfully campaigned for Tortington Common to be redesignated to Ancient Woodland (Some of them from Binsted) will reap the results of that decision by having a bypass built close to the village.

Politically it would have been better for me to sit on the fence between Option 3 and Option 5a as many are doing, But I think it’s better to come out and say what I mean so I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that if we are to have an offline bypass then it will have to be 5a for the reasons stated, one caveat is I think we need a junction at Ford road to alleviate Yapton Lane traffic, 

I know I will lose votes for that decision at the next election, but I have always tried to give an honest view.

Until next month, Paul dendle is Ward member for Arundel and Walberton, email is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk.

Monday, 25 September 2017


Vast majority prefer a offline by-pass.
The options have been announced and I have been talking to a number of residents in the course of my duties

Option One an online solution a dual carriageway through the middle of Arundel has only one good thing going for it and that is cost, on every other measure it’s a disaster for Arundel

The negatives are that it splits the town, it will cause a huge amount of disruption in it’s construction, it will bring traffic close to homes, it will have roads entering directly onto a dual carriageway and we have a huge foot bridge over Ford Roundabout.

But what is WSCC up to, buried in all the consultation documents was the following  on page 13, para 1.3.3, it says that Option 1 “incorporates the route suggested by WSCC”

This is the same WSCC who have always supported the Pink Blue route, but suddenly and clandestinely changed their policy without public debate, the same WSCC who said.  ”We at WSCC are taking a neutral position on the options pending more details becoming available”

So not quite so neutral as they postured and again WSCC  have meddled in the A27 Bypass, firstly at Chichester and now in Arundel,  Its not for WSCC to tell or suggest what Arundel needs, they need to follow their own words.I have asked for a Freedom of Information request to WSCC and the Highways agency, I will have the information by October.

Also I have heard from sources that the South Downs National will lay down in the road rather than let option 3 go ahead though the National park and “Ancient woodland”.  This is the same ancient woodland that has been cultivated every few years and is currently planted with conifers.  It seems the SDNP could live with 5a.

When the SDNP was set up, the original intention was to have the boundary as the A27, only after lobbying from campaigners was the park boundary pushed south of the A27 to cover the proposed Pink Blue route, the same place where make campaigners have been buying small plots of land to frustrate any Pink Blue (Option 3).

I support Option 3, I can not support option One, I don’t believe the SDNPA should have a veto on option 3, but I want an offline bypass, many people I have spoken to seem to want option 5a, this would not I believe be the best option, but the data from the documents seems to be pushing the argument in this direction.

There is an Arundel parish meeting been called by Arundel mayor Angela Standing at St Nicholas Church on the 25th of September at 7pm to discuss the Bypass options. I would advise arriving early

Until next month,  Paul Dendle is one of the District Councillors for Arundel & Walberton ward on Arun District Council.  Web site is www.pauldendle.org email address is cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

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

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

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.
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.
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 

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,


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?"

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?"

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. 

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