A27 Chichester bypass – overnight closures for resurfacing update

A27 Chichester bypass – overnight closures for resurfacing update

Saturday 3 to Sunday 18 February 2024

We’ll soon be returning to finish resurfacing, and improvements to reduce the risk of skidding, on A27 Chichester bypass. This will maintain safety and improve the journey for road users.

  • Closure information

 Saturday 3, Sunday 4, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February: the A27 Chichester bypass will be fully closed between the Bognor Roundabout (A259 junction) and the Portfield Roundabout between 8pm and 6am each night.

Diversion via Bognor Road (A259), A286 and A285.

The Portfield and Bognor roundabouts will remain open during the closures.

This work is subject to favourable weather conditions, for example heavy rain may affect the progress.

Where you can find out more 

You can visit nationalhighways.co.uk/se-maintenance, just look for A27 Chichester bypass resurfacing, you can contact our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 open 24/7, who will direct your enquiry to the team, or email: .


Chichester District residents reminded of how to contact the council over Christmas 

Chichester District Council is reminding residents of the ways in which they can access council services while the contact centre is closed for the festive period.

The council’s main offices at East Pallant House, Chichester, will be closed from 2pm on Friday 22 December. The offices will reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2024 at 9am. While the contact centre is closed, people will still be able to access a variety of services online at www.chichester.gov.uk. If residents have a district council related emergency during this time, they should call the council’s ‘emergency out of hours’ number on 01243 785339.

Civil Enforcement Officers continue to work through the Christmas closure, however, the council’s parking administration office will be closed from 2pm on 22 December, reopening at 9am on 2 January 2024. Residents are asked to contact the team before midday on 22 December so that requests for parking services can be processed before the Christmas break.

After this time, residents can still access a variety of parking services online including buying car park season tickets; resident permits; resident visitor permits; and parking payments in car parks. People can find out more information at: www.chichester.gov.uk/parking. Parking issues can be reported online at: www.chichester.gov.uk/applyreportpay. To contact Parking Services, customers can call their out-of-hours messaging service on 01243 785166 or 01243 534734. If residents have any queries about roads, pavements and street lighting, or need to report a fault relating to them, they can contact West Sussex County Council by calling 01243 777100 or visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk.

People can keep up-to-date with the latest news in the district by signing up to the council’s email newsletter at www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts and following the council’s social media channels:

“Although we will be closed over Christmas, we want to remind residents that you can still access the majority of our services online, and we have an out-of-hours telephone number in case of an emergency,” says Councillor Tracie Bangert, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Chichester District Council. “I would like to wish everyone in the Chichester District a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Planning Application for 186 Dwellings

We wanted to inform you that the long-anticipated application for a development of 186 houses at the southern end of our village has been validated by the District Council and is now open for viewing and comments.

To stay informed and share your thoughts, you can view the application documents online through the following link:  23/02306/FUL – Farmfield Nurseries, Selsey Road, Hunston

For those who prefer to view paper copies, they will be available for viewing at the Community Club from Friday this week.

Your opinions matter, and we encourage you to make your views known to the District Council in the first instance. Your feedback helps shape the decision-making process for our community. To comment via email please send to .

Additionally, we kindly ask that you consider sending copies of your comments to the Parish Council. Your input is crucial in ensuring that all aspects of our community are considered. Please send to the council via email

Remember, your voice makes a difference! Let’s work together to create a village that reflects the values and needs of its residents.

Thank you for your active participation in the future of Hunston.

Active Travel Survey

Public consultation has begun on the future of active travel in West Sussex. The proposals that are being put forward set out how we can deliver improved walking, wheeling and cycling facilities across the county.

West Sussex County Council seeking your feedback on two important documents related to the way that we travel:

  • Our draft Active Travel Strategy, which sets out our vision and goals for active travel in the county for the next decade and beyond.
  • Our draft Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), which identifies key locations where WSCC wants to invest in active travel.

Have your say

 You can find out more about the suggested improvements by visiting the project’s website:


On the website you can read the draft Active Travel Strategy and LCWIP in full and have your say by completing a survey. The survey closes on 15 November 2023.

Proposed Development south of Oakview

Hunston Parish Council is seeking the views of residents so that it can effectively represent the village when the application is submitted.  Residents were invited to come and tell Councillors their views on Friday 14 July 2023.

Although there was a small number of residents who managed to get to the village hall, the Parish Council is very keen to get the views of more residents. Please see the links below showing an outline of the proposed development with some suggestions as to potential positive outcomes and known concerns.

Outline of the Proposed development

The Parish Council is now asking residents to complete the Poll below.

Development Poll

Parish Council Elections – May 2023

The Parish Council Elections are due to take place on 4th May 2023, several members of the current parish council have decided not to stand to election.

Five reasons to join the Parish Council 

First Level of democracy protecting, maintaining and caring for the parish for us and future generations

Have your say for the village, your opinion matters – represent other resident

  • 7 Councillors
  • Meet on the 4th Thursday of every other month
  • Additional meetings as required

Make financial decisions the Parish Council is funded by your County Tax collected by Chichester District Council – help make spending decisions

Look after the Parish’s property contribute in the decision process of maintaining the village assets; Hunston Village Hall, bus shelters, the playing field, including the children’s playground and the sports area and other items round the village

Represent the Parish 

  • Comment on planning applications
  • Inform the Neighbourhood Plan process
  • Respond to important consultations
  • Consult local residents on local matters
  • Communicate decisions to the parish

Come along to a meeting and see what’s involved

For further information contact Carol Smith, Parish Clerk, on 01243 789039 or email

The Notice of Election will be available in March and will include more information on the Nomination Papers.

West Sussex Association of Local Councils have produced a video on being a councillor which you may find interesting.


Public meeting about further housing

Hunston Parish Council held a public meeting on 5 December 2022 to discuss the proposed development at Farmfield Nurseries. A copy of the presentation is attached below.

If you want to comment or make any further comments to Farmfield Nurseries, by 7 December, email:

If you would like to add your email address to a Parish Council mailing list concerning the proposed development. Please email:


Total Attachments: 1

Download: Public Meeting 05.12.22 (2 MB)

New additions to the Parish Council

We warmly welcome our new Parish Cllr, Vannessa Halfacre, who has 23 years’ experience of working with the national Autistic Society, in the role of deputy area and area manager for the London and South East Region. She also looks after the managers who run day services, children’s groups, supported living and residential services across this area and wants to be more proactive in supporting Hunston Village.

Additionally, we also warmly welcome our new assistant clerk, Louisa Hill, who has a depth of administrative experience in a variety of challenging environments. Her experience within these roles will be very useful in supporting the Parish Clerk and the Council.

Job Vacancy

Administration Assistant

Hunston Parish Council

The Parish Council has a vacancy for an enthusiastic Assistant to the Parish Clerk to work and support the Council and members of our Community.  The post will be based in the Annexe at the rear of Hunston Village Hall.

The job in brief

  • To assist with the administration and finances of the Council including administration and promotion of the Village Hall. To assist with the arranging of meetings, preparation of agendas and other duties allocated by the Parish Clerk.
  • To, if required, attend parish council meetings, which are held in the evening, and other meetings.
  • Good communication and numeracy skills are required along with a knowledge of IT.
  • The post is for 8 hours per week (split over two days) on a nationally agreed pay scale, salary paid according to experience.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified or experienced persons.

For further information or to apply please contact:

Mrs C Smith

Parish Clerk

Hunston Parish Council

Hunston Village Hall

Selsey Road


PO20 1AW

Telephone: 01243 789039


Time to apply for West Sussex Primary School Places

For children starting school in West Sussex next year, it’s now time to apply for places.

Applications are now open for children who start in reception at primary and infant schools in September 2023. The quickest and easiest way is to apply online and the deadline for applications is 15 January 2023. Children born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 are eligible to start school next September.

Children who are currently in Year 2 at infant school will also need to apply for a place to start junior school in September next year.

It is strongly advised that parents and carers apply on time, before 15 January 2023, so as to give themselves the best chance of being offered one of their three preferences. Those who apply late are far less likely to get a place at one of their three preferred schools and will still need to apply, as they will not automatically be given a place.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Helping people and communities to fulfil their potential is one of the key priorities in Our Council Plan and our schools play a significant role in helping to achieve this.

“When considering your three preferences, I encourage families to do as much research into the schools as possible. Please look at a school’s website and make contact with schools directly to ask questions and find out about their open days.”

All of the information about applying is on the Council website. Free use of computers with internet access is available in all West Sussex libraries, there’s no need to book. Those unable to apply online can request a form through the post by calling 033 301 42903.

Parents/carers are advised:

  • to include three preference schools on your application, listing them in order of preference.
  • Parents/carers who want their child to go to their catchment school will need to include that school as a preference for it to be considered.
  • If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.

County Council admissions staff are available for those who need help with their application. Contact the admissions team by phoning 033 301 42903 or emailing the admissions team north: or the admissions team south:

Secondary school applications are currently open for September 2023 and close on 31 October 2022.


For further information please contact the news desk on 0330 222 8090 or email .For urgent out-of-hours enquiries please call 07767 098415.