Dear Residents,

Happy New Year to you all! At the time of writing this address to you back in December we were waiting to see the impact the new Covid variant would have on us, but I sincerely hope that the start of 2022 is more positive than 2021 and that you were able to enjoy time with your families and loved ones over Christmas and into the New Year. My address will cover local updates and Chichester District updates

Local Updates:

Loxwood Claypit Update: I continue to work alongside the Stop the Claypit group to fight this proposal. We have now been told that this application definitely will not be presented to the West Sussex Planning Committee on the 11th January 2022 as first thought as the applicant has been asked to provide further information on environmental impact. This will then need to go back out to public consultation for a period of 30 days and therefore it will more likely be heard at the planning committees on either 8th February or 1st March. We will continue to provide further updates on our website (https://www.stoptheclaypit.org/) and social media channels as further information becomes available.

Lagoon 3 Progress Update: As mentioned previously the date for this has been scheduled for the 11th January 2022 for a progress review meeting at 3pm. I will provide further updates on this in my next newsletter and on my social media channels.

Successful Liberal Democrat Motions: I am very pleased to report that at the last Full Council Meeting on the 23rd November 2021 my group put forward two motions which were largely carried and supported by a majority of District Council. These motions were presented because of so many of our residents raising this as an issue either at my surgeries or in writing and I am delighted with my group’s success on this. The motions were as follows (with confirmation as to whether they were carried or not):

  1. Sewage Motion
  • To formally ask Southern Water to install live update signs at each sewage outfall site in the District to enable residents to make informed choices about using water – Carried
  • Should Southern Water refuse to do so in a timely manner, investigate the cost of council doing it, to be considered within the Future Services Framework – Refused
  • Write to the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee to advocate for greater enforcement of existing regulatory powers – Carried
  • Write to the Chief Executives of Southern Water and OFWAT calling for urgent action to address the impact of waste-water discharges on our local rivers and harbours – Carried
  • Write to the Regional Director of the National Farmers Union requesting clarification on the action being taken locally by farmers to prevent nutrient run-off – Carried
  • Write to the charities River Action and The Rivers Trust expressing the Councils support for their campaign to restore the health of Britian’s rivers – Carried
  • Ask the Chichester Water Quality Group to make a quarterly report to the Environmental Panel – Carried

I can also confirm these have all been actioned and we await responses to correspondence which again I can update you on in the next newsletter

  1. The Local Electricity Bill

As a brief background, this bill would enable electricity generators to become local electricity suppliers, and for connected purpose. Effectively it would encourage and enable the local supply of electricity.

  • Ask Greg Hands, Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy to support the Local Electricity Bill
  • Ask our local Member of Parliament in writing to support that Bill

I can also confirm these have all been actioned and we await responses to correspondence which again I can update you on in the next newsletter

Chichester District Council Updates:

Covid 19: With cases of the new variant residents are reminded that they can get lateral flow tests https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests Once ordered they will usually be delivered the next day

Test and Trace Support Scheme

The Test and Trace Support Scheme (which pays eligible residents up to £500 to self-isolate) has been extended up to 31 March 2022. For further information please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances

Local Plan: CDC report that they have received some positive feedback from residents regarding the Local Plan article in the November issue of initiatives. Many said that they better understood the challenges faced by the council after reading the article. They have also been issuing the regular Local Plan email newsletter and issued a series of news releases.

Safer Online Shopping: Many of us go online to do our Christmas shopping and this gives those criminals who seek to defraud us ample opportunity. CDC have shared the following link to help safeguard against fraud www.getsafeonline.org/safeshopping

You might be interested to know Chichester District had the highest number of people aged over 60 who were victims of fraud between April and June of this year. Collectively, they lost over £3 million, which was the highest in the county. This is something CDC, along with Sussex Police and others are tackling.

Surgery Dates 2022

Thank you to everyone who has attended my surgeries so far. It’s great to get to meet so many of you and have the opportunity to attempt to resolve any problems that you are having. I look forward to seeing you all in the new year when my 2022 Surgery schedule resumes.

Saturday 8th January 2022 – The Foresters Arms, Kirdford 12pm – 2pm
Saturday 22nd January 2022 – The Half Moon, Northchapel 12pm – 2pm
Saturday 5th February 2022 – Plaistow Stores, Plaistow 11am – 1pm
Saturday 19th February 2022 – Old Mill Café, Wisborough Green 11am – 1pm
Saturday 5th March 2022 – The Stag Inn, Balls Cross 12pm – 2pm
Saturday 19th March 2022 – The Onslow Arms, Loxwood 12pm- 2pm

If these dates do not fit your schedule or you would rather a home visit or Zoom call please contact me on 07958 918056 or email gbevans@chichester.gov.uk

Gareth Benjamin Evans,  District Councillor for Loxwood Ward

 

 

 

If these dates do not fit your schedule or you would rather a home visit or Zoom call please contact me on 07958 918056 or email gbevans@chichester.gov.uk

Gareth Benjamin Evans,  District Councillor for Loxwood Ward