Thursday, 29 August 2019

Arundel Riverbank work coming

River Arun.

The long awaited  £4.7M Arundel river bank repairs 
to the River Road are due to commence in October 
this year, I'm not sure every householder in the 
surrounding area realises the disruption this might 
cause especially to parking places in Arun street.
Work on the scheme is due to start on Monday 
21 October 2019 and will last until 28 May 2020. 
It will comprise 4 separate parts:

a.       River Road – 21 Oct 19 to 28 May 20

b.      Fitzalan Road Wall – 5 Nov 19 to 10 Feb 20

c.       The Embankment near the Southern Water Ford Road 
Pumping Station - 6 Apr 20 to 30 Apr 20

d.      The Embankment at the southern end of Fitzalan Road
– 29 Apr 20 to 20 May 20

The traffic implications of the scheme, particularly regarding 
the access to the River Road works by heavy transport. The 
contractors, Team Van OOrd (TVO), have produced a draft 
transport plan, but although the first version was written in 
February, there has so far been very little local coordination.

Thanks to Town Councillor Tony Hunt and  Derek Waller 
(Town Councils Flood Advisor), they are  trying to ensure 
that the inevitable adverse impacts on the Town’s roads 
and parking arrangements are minimised. Tony and Derek 
had a meeting with the EA and TVO in July in which they 
raised a whole series of points, and I am pleased to say 
that EA and TVO have agreed to re-write the draft 
transport plan.

The objective is to ensure that traffic disruption is avoided 
where possible, whilst accepting that the advantages of this 
£4.7m scheme are too good to miss, especially the River 
Road element.

The main contractors’ site will be in the lower Mill Road 
Car Park, with supplementary sites in the River Road Car 
Park and in Arun Street Garden. As a result, the River Road 
Car Park will be out of use for the duration of the project, 
and there will be parking restrictions in Arun Street and at 
its junction with Tarrant Street. There will also be periodic 
disruption to traffic in Surrey Street as well as in the lower 
end of Tarrant Street. Later on there will inevitably be some 
disruption to traffic and parking in Fitzalan Road and in the 
Malthouse Close car park.

I am highlighting the issue for individual house and car 
owners, as well as the community at large, everyone needs 
to be aware of the project’s implications, eg forewarned is 

Until Next Month, Paul Dendle is the Arundel & Walberton 
District Councillor on Arun District and also the Economic 
Spokesperson for the Conservative group. His email is 

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

August Sussex Local article

Interesting times at Arun District Council, we the 
Conservative opposition are setting the pace and 
challenging a number of bewildering decisions as 
well as holding the LibDem Cabinet’s feet to the fire.

I have met with the Green Councillors and am working 
closely on some shared objectives, cross party working 
is something new , but although we don’t agree on some 
fairly important things, we do agree on a lot and I’m 
pleased to work with them.

At a recent Overview Committee we were vigorous in 
asking questions and putting down recommendations. 
I managed to get the Recycling target increased from 
40% to 50% (This was passed unanimously) and the 
building target for Councils own  stock increased from
 25 homes per annum to 35 homes per annum. 
(This would have been unanimous Independents and 
Greens supported it but 3 Lib Dem councillors voted 
against this).

Lib Dem’s in the past have been notorious for not turning 
up to meetings, it has been discovered that some Cabinet 
members had not met with their officers a good month 
after taking up position, bearing in mind they are being 
paid a Special responsibility allowance to be Cabinet 
members and should be doing the job properly.

We have also heard some worrying things that may happen, 
there is the desire by the Lib Dem Cabinet to re-open the 
Local plan, this could cost between £1M-£2M and suck up 
valuable  officer time for the next 3-4years.

There was also a large scale consultation about to take 
place in Bognor Regis regarding The Sunken Gardens
redevelopment,  The LibDems want to cancel the 
consultation at a potential cost of £320k, my groups 
attitude is that the consultation should go ahead as there 
is nothing wrong with asking people want they want.

With the Cabinet system you should have collective 
responsibility where as the Cabinet speak with one voice, 
but the Lib Dem’s deputy leader Francis Oppler has voted 
against the leader in a  recent meeting giving the impression 
of a Cabinet in chaos. Francis Oppler has desires to be leader 
and appears to be undermining the Leader James Walsh 
for personal ambition.

The first real Full Council is on the 17th of July, I write this 
column around the 7th of the month, so I  will report the 
outcome of that meeting in next months article.

Until next month,  Paul Dendle is one of the Arundel & 
Walberton Ward members and is the spokesperson for the 
Conservative group on the economy. His email is 

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