Dear Residents,

I hope that you all managed to have a break over Easter and are enjoying Spring and the longer days. Please see below some updates on what Gareth and I have been supporting residents with locally, as well as an update on wider District Council matters. Do feel free to get in touch if there is anything that you think we can help with.

Local Updates:

Local Plan:  We are expecting an update on the submission of the Chichester Local Plan very shortly and hope to be able to update residents next month.

Hyde Housing : David Betts, CDC Cabinet Member for Housing & Communities, is in regular contact with Gareth and Charles regarding issues with Hyde and unacceptable living conditions that some of our residents endure. David is in dialogue with senior members of staff at CDC and Hyde to hold them to account for resolving these issues.

Hollyview Close: Gareth is awaiting a response from CDC Enforcement regarding the lack of tree coverage / landscaping at this recent development in Loxwood. If residents have any other issues regarding Planning Enforcement then please get in touch.

CDC Wide Updates

Full Council Meeting Held on Tuesday 19th March:

At the most recent Full Council meeting, Councillors passed resolutions to:

  • Begin the process to introduce a household food waste collection service across the District. This is in response to a Government mandate that all councils must provide this by 2026.
  • Introduce a 100% Council Tax Premium on second homes in the District
  • Write to our MPs and the Department of Health urging them to ensure that the funding to the Sussex Dementia Assessment service remains in place and that the future of the service is guaranteed. The service was recently suspended for new patients and local charity, Sage House, has had to step in to fill the gap. As something that is very close to many of our Councillors’ hearts, we felt compelled to act and highlight this issue that will have an impact on so many of our residents.

Fly-Tipping: On 18th March a multi-agency joint operation took place at multiple locations on the county border.

Officers from Sussex Police, Environment Agency, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council came together to stop vehicles that may be carrying waste; checking compliance; and interviewing drivers. This is one of a number of similar operations that have taken place across West Sussex, with the aim of disrupting and deterring fly-tipping.

Meeting your District Councillors

Gareth has the following surgery dates scheduled from 12pm-2pm:
Saturday 4th May – Kirdford (Shop)
Saturday 18th May – Wisborough Green (Old Mill Café)

Should the dates suggested not be suitable for you or there are any other reasons preventing you from seeing us we are also happy to do home visits, telephone calls or zoom calls.

Our contact details:

Cllr. Gareth Evans, email: or telephone 07958 918056
Cllr. Charles Todhunter, email or telephone 07500 577777