District Cllr. Gareth Evans Writes

Apr 30, 2020 | Village News

Dear residents

As I start writing this letter, my first thoughts are for those suffering, who have lost a loved one, who are scared or struggling.

– You are not alone!

Each village now has a long list of volunteers willing to do anything to support you, from picking up prescriptions to being a friendly ear at the other end of the telephone. I have been in communication and working with all parishes across the ward to support the setting up of these schemes and I am very grateful to all involved. 

Your community is here for you and so am I. Even if it is only for a friendly chat, you can call me anytime.

I have been talking to CDC about other Covid-19 issues on behalf of residents and local businesses, from farmers facing difficulties to complaints regarding bonfires as they can aggravate the health of residents with respiratory problems. After I contacted CDC urging them to issue more strict instructions on this issue, the Council published a press release asking residents not to burn any waste under any circumstance during this crisis.

Chichester District Council is also taking a very sympathetic approach to residents struggling with Council Taxes.

If you need any support from CDC, get in touch and I will provide you with the relevant info or contacts or I will take it up with CDC on your behalf.

My group and I have pushed for CDC to use digital platforms to resume meetings remotely so that local democracy can continue.

We have also written to Central Government asking to extend the validity of the current Local Plan beyond the July deadline to enable communities to focus all immediate attention to the effects of the Coronavirus, prioritising looking after people at this time of need.

We asked the government to suspend time scales for new planning applications so they can be given due consideration in these challenging times. Not to take these measures may result in unplanned, piecemeal development without infrastructure and in unsustainable locations.

Stay safe everybody – gbevans@chichester.gov.uk07958 918056