Dear Residents

I would like to start by thanking all residents who have joined the different local Covid-19 hubs as volunteers. Since the start of the Crisis I have kept in touch with the different groups across the Loxwood ward to help with sharing information and resources and I know all local initiatives have been most successful thanks to the large amount of people who offered to help.

As a resident in the local area I would also like to thank village shops and the pubs cooking meals during this period – thank you for serving the community at this time of need.

You may have heard the excellent news that CDC is the top local authority in the country for getting Covid-19 business grants out to local firms. Congratulations to the CDC officers for their work and thanks to all residents who have shared all posts and information that we posted on social media to make sure that all who were eligible knew how to access it.

In times of crisis, communication is vital for success.

CDC are working hard to solve issues as they arise during this unprecedented time. A special ‘hotline’ has been set up for Councillors to fast-track Covid-19 questions to officers so if residents or local business have any issues please let me know and I will take this up on your behalf.

CDC resumed formal meetings such as Full Council and Committees using Zoom in May. If you wish to speak or send a question contact democraticservices@chichester.gov.uk at least two working days before the meeting.

Other Councils have been using platforms such as YouTube to livestream the Zoom meetings so that all residents can watch it even if they are not in the zoom meeting. My colleagues and I have pushed heavily for this and I hope by June CDC meetings are also streamed live.

Dr. Andrea Smith has been appointed as the CDC Climate Emergency Officer. Andrea will develop our interim climate change action plan and I look forward to working together to protect the environment and our beautiful rural areas.

Virtual District Council Surgeries: I am available to meet through video calls upon request either through Zoom, Skype or Hangout (ID gareth.evans1979@googlemail.com). Telephone 07958 918056 or email gbevans@chichester.gov.uk. I can also be contacted via Facebook – @GarethEvansLoxwood and my Twitter is @GarethEvans79 .