Gareth Evans Dist CllrI hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer and got to enjoy the many fetes and community events across the ward! I cannot quite believe amid August I am writing my September update for you already. Whilst matters at Chichester District Council continue over the summer there is normally less to report over August and I will therefore keep this report focused on local matters and give you a fuller CDC update in the next address I write to you. 


Crouchlands Farm, Rickman’s Lane, Plaistow, RH14 0LE – Residents will be aware that an application has been submitted for the regeneration of Crouchlands Farm. This is NOT the application for the housing development which will be submitted as a separate application but includes the glamping site, rural food and retail centre and equestrian centre. Residents had until the 29th August to submit comments.

Loxwood Post Office – I have been informed that, following the resignation of the current postmaster, this post office will be temporarily closing on Saturday 17th September from 12.30pm. At the current time of writing there was no update as to when this will reopen. The closest remaining post offices in the ward are in Wisborough Green, Billingshurst and Alfold.

Lagoon 3 – A meeting took place 7th July at 2.00pm however Chichester District Council were unable to update on legal matters at this time and arranged a meeting for 11th August which was subsequently cancelled by Chichester District Council as they had further discussions to hold with their legal advisors. At the time of writing no new meeting had been arranged. I will keep pushing for this on behalf of residents .  

Land West Of Cornwood, Townfield, Kirdford – Residents should be advised that I have submitted a red card for this application as there is a high level of public interest. I have also taken this action because of the time it has taken to determine. It appeared to me that unlimited time was being applied to this application and the planning committee will now be responsible for determining this application.

Hyde Housing Complaints – Residents wanting to make a complaint about a Hyde property should, in the first instance, complain direct to Hyde at this site:

If this route does not resolve the issue, then residents can raise this with their District Councillor who will attempt to resolve the issue via the other routes available to them.

District Councillor Surgeries

I will be publishing my next surgery dates in due course however in the meantime I write to advise that I am also available for home visits or one to one meetings at alternative dates/venues upon request. 

Get in touch! by phone 07958 918056 or by email

Gareth Benjamin Evans,   District Councillor for Loxwood Ward