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11 June 2019 - Keep up-to-date with the latest on-line safety resources to protect you and your family
Keep up to date with the latest online safety advice by signing up to our free Staying Safe Online E-Newsletter. This will share helpful tips, information, upcoming events, training and news each month to help you and your family stay safe. To sign up visit https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKWSCC/subscriber/new and register or login to your account and tick 'Staying Safe Online' to subscribe.
For regular top tips about online safety, start following us on Twitter @WSxSafeOnline or visit our webpage https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/staying-safe-online
27 May 2019 - Chichester District residents encouraged to record local wildlife sightings on new app
Residents and visitors of Chichester District are being encouraged to help provide vital information on local wildlife in the area by reporting sightings through a dedicated phone app and website.
Chichester District is home to a wide range of wildlife that lives across a variety of habitats including flower-rich meadows, ancient wooded areas, coastal sand dunes and shingle.
National data has shown that wildlife numbers are in decline. In order to understand where wildlife lives in Chichester District and how this changes over time, residents are being asked to report sightings of wildlife in their gardens, or out and about in the district.
It's easy to report any sightings of wildlife by visiting www.brc.ac.uk/irecord, or by downloading the iRecord app on to a smartphone. Records entered into the iRecord website are freely available to the public, so they can be used locally, and nationally. More information on using the website or app can be found by visiting www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/how-do-i, or by downloading the iRecord app on to a smartphone. Records entered into the iRecord website are freely available to the public, so they can be used locally, and nationally. More information on using the website or app can be found by visiting www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/how-do-i
27 May 2019 - Process underway to find development partner for major Chichester regeneration project
The hunt is now on to find a development partner for Chichester's major Southern Gateway regeneration project.
Chichester District Council is inviting developers to submit their ideas to the council over the next six months. Developers will need to ensure their ideas are in keeping with the adopted Southern Gateway Masterplan approved in 2017, and the more detailed Development Brief. The brief was developed with involvement from Chichester District Council's partners West Sussex County Council, Homes England, plus other city stakeholders including Chichester City Council and Chichester BID (Business Improvement District). The document outlines all the objectives which developers will need to meet as part of the process.
"We are delighted to be able to formally announce this important stage," explains Paul Over, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director at Chichester District Council. "Over the past year, we have carried out two 'soft market tests' to gauge possible reaction, and we know that there is strong interest in the project from developers and we are looking forward to seeing how the market responds to the opportunity over the coming months. This is a landmark project for Chichester and the development partner will be absolutely key in helping make it a reality."
The Southern Gateway aims to stimulate economic growth and create new, better paid jobs by transforming this largely brownfield area. The 30-acre site will be turned into a vibrant and attractive new quarter featuring an estimated:
365 new homes;
20,600 square metres of new commercial space including business and retail space and leisure and tourism facilities;
improved transport links and a focus on cycling, walking and public transport; plus,
public space enhancements and landscaping.
20 May 2019 - Residents encouraged to have their say on events in the Chichester District
People are being asked to give their views on which events they would like to see in the Chichester District as part of public consultation which goes live on Monday 27 May.
Chichester District Council is currently developing a new events strategy, which aims to provide a year round programme of events to entertain, educate and inspire residents and visitors across the district. To help shape this work, the council will be asking residents and businesses to say what events they would like to see in the district by taking part in a short survey.
The consultation starts on Monday 27 May and the deadline for responding is midnight on 29 July 2019.
15 April 2019 - New Ways to contact Police when NOT an emergency
A New Way To Report Crimes And Information Across Sussex
Police Forces across England & Wales are using a new system called Single Online Home (SOH). This is a policing portal which allows the public to easily report crimes, incidents and information online.
15 April 2019 - Westhampnet Waste and Recycling Centre - News after fire
Following the fire at the waste and recycling centre the site will remain closed for a few more days reopening on 18th April but for green waste only.
Please find below an update on operational service delivery following the fire at Westhampnett….
Operational Service Delivery - District & Borough Collections
· All recycling and residual waste kerbside collections have not been affected by the fire.
· Alternative arrangements continue to be in place for Chichester District Council and Arun District Council to deposit collected materials.
Operational Service Delivery - Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS)
· The Westhampnett HWRS will open for residents to dispose of their green waste only, from Thursday 18th April 2019.
· The Westhampnett site will be open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm.
· Residents are still advised to avoid visiting a HWRS. Should residents need to visit a site to dispose of other materials, they are advised to visit Bognor or Littlehampton HWRSs to dispose of other materials. Bognor and Littlehampton will remain open for 7 days a weeks until further notice. Please note these sites do NOT accept trailers or over-height vehicles (2.2m height restriction). Also, these sites do NOT accept plasterboard or asbestos.
27 February 2019 - Council leaders agree investment to upgrade CCTV cameras in Chichester city centre
A project to update certain CCTV cameras in Chichester is being recommended by leading councillors.
Chichester District Council's Cabinet has agreed to recommend that the council invest £165,000 in upgrading a number of original city centre cameras, including reinstating two cameras in Avenue de Chartres.
The upgrade will significantly improve the quality of surveillance footage captured in order to protect residents, visitors and businesses.
27 February 2019 - Courts begin sitting at Chichester District Council offices
Local residents will continue to have access to justice now that rooms at Chichester District Council are being used for court sittings.
The council has agreed to provide a space to hold civil and family hearings after the closure of the Chichester Combined Courts following a shake-up of provision by the Ministry of Justice.
A pilot for the service took place last July which proved successful, and now Chichester District Council has offered space in its committee rooms for up to 50 Fridays per year. The first official sitting took place on Friday 4 January.
04 February 2019 - Bus loads of sugar removed from county's school dinners!
School dinners across West Sussex now contain 2.5kg less sugar per child a year than they did just four years ago - and the proof is not just in the pudding.
The latest menu for children to choose from now includes just 5g of sugar a day on average, down 73% on meals served up in 2014 when the average school dinner contained 18.5g of sugar.
West Sussex County Council's Catering Services Team has been working closely with Public Health specialists since the end of 2014 in a targeted effort to reduce the amount of sugar in primary school meals.
The West Sussex Sugar Reduction Programme has been run at no extra cost in collaboration with Chartwells, the county council's main primary school meals provider. In total, the amount of sugar that has been removed from meals over a school year is the equivalent weight of more than five double decker buses.
But crucially, the toughest critics - a team of pupil taste testers - have given the healthier meals the thumbs up, proving that there's no need to compromise on taste and meal enjoyment when shelving the sugar.
04 February 2019 - West Sussex Fire and Rescue to use joint mobilising system with Surrey
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is to move to a joint 999 mobilising system with Surrey Fire & Rescue Service.
The decision was made by the Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities today (1 February).
Command and mobilising systems are used to dispatch fire and rescue service resources to emergency incidents.
The decision follows a full assessment of the options available for alternative mobilising systems with other fire and rescue services.
The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service system has a proven track record for reliability, has the capacity to handle additional call volume and demonstrates good value for money.
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