District Cllr. Gareth Evans Writes

Jan 31, 2020 | Village News

Dear Residents

I use this space to communicate the dates for my next District Cllr surgeries but some of you may wonder what are they about. I will use my first address of 2020 to give you some examples.

Although I am one of your District Cllrs, sometimes residents visit me with queries that fall within the remit of the County Council. As a campaigning Cllr, I want to be a bridge between residents and any local authority. I will always try to help whether it falls within my remit or not.

Last summer, a resident visited me because her son had been refused school bus from Wisborough Green to Billinghurst. WSCC said it was walkable! Having grown up in the area, I knew very well the route was not walkable for a child specially in the winter when it gets dark earlier.  I challenged it and I got them to change their decision.

On another occasion following a resident’s comments at my surgery I contacted WSCC about the bus that leaves Wisborough Green at 11.02am and returns at 2.05pm. This leaves residents 1 hour 25 minutes for shopping which for some of the more elderly residents is no mean feat. I did not get an immediate response, but the ball is now rolling and I am pushing with ideas to improve the service.

I won’t always win every battle, and I am sure I will make mistakes, and I want you to always complain to me about what I do wrong so that I can get things better in future.

So whatever you need help with, or whatever it is that you want to say to me, positive or negative,  I look forward to welcoming you at any of my next District Cllr surgeries from 11am to 1pm:

  • 1st February, Plaistow Stores
  • 15th February, Kirdford Stores
  • 7th March, Onslow Arms Loxwood

Always happy to make home visits to those who can’t make Saturdays or with mobility issues. Please contact me at  gbevans@chichester.gov.uk or 07958 918056.