Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting takes place at 7.20pm on Wednesday 19th February 2014.  The Parish Council is still looking for people to come forward and fill the two remaining vacancies on the Council.  If you think that you could spare some time then do please come along to the meeting.

Hunston cut off by snow

The Parish Council was recently contacted by past resident Ted Read who lived in Frensham House which was the Post Office opposite the Spotted Cow from 1959 to 1964, his parents owned the shop and his Father was the Postmaster.

He has sent an article detailing his memories of living in Hunston along with some photographs. To read the article please click on the link below.

Hunston cut of by snow

A27 Chichester Bypass resurfacing

What are we planning to do?
We will be carrying out work to resurface the A27 Chichester Bypass between Stockbridge and Portfield roundabouts, and also carrying out some technical renewal work at the Bognor Road Roundabout in order to illuminate five ‘keep left’ signs on the roundabout.

When will work start and how long will it take?
The work will take place overnight from Monday 27 January until Thursday 20 February, weather permitting. It will be carried out between 8pm and 6am each night.

Why do we want to do this work?
We are carrying out this work to improve road user safety along the A27 and prolong the carriageway life reducing the need for emergency repairs. The technical renewals will increase visibility of the ‘keep left’ signs on Bognor Road Roundabout.

How will we carry out this work and how will it affect you?
In order to carry out the work there will be full carriageway closures of the A27 Chichester Bypass with road users being diverted through Chichester. Road users will be diverted via Fishbourne Roundabout, onto the A259, A286 and A285 before joining the A27 at Portfield Roundabout.

Work of this nature does generate disruption and inevitably a certain amount of noise.   Efforts will be made to reduce this wherever possible. We appreciate your understanding and tolerance of the works until they are completed.

How you can get in contact:
If you have any queries about the works or want to discuss them further, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Care Line on 0845 6000414, or write to us at either or Highways Agency, c/o Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald, 10 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, Kent, ME19 4AR.

Project Reference: Grouping P
Kind regards,
Communications Team
On behalf of the Highways Agency

December Storms Online Survey – Did you loose your electricity supply?

On 23 and 24 December 2013, our electricity distribution network in the South East and the East of England was affected by severe weather conditions, affecting power supplies to about 300,000 households. Although in most cases, engineers were able to restore supplies quickly, the extensive damage caused to the network by high winds and floods left some customers without power over the Christmas period.

Your feedback is valuable to us and we would like to understand more about your experience in the December storms. We welcome suggestions on what we can do better to improve communication and make the electricity network more resilient in the future.

We have created a short online survey which we encourage you to complete. To access the survey, please go to http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/have-your-say/  Then scroll down the page and click on ‘Complete a Survey’.

Please feel free to send the link to anyone in UK Power Networks’ geographical footprint who may have been affected by the storms .

This online survey forms part of the series of consultations we hold to collect views from customers and wider stakeholders on their experience during the storms.

Our stakeholders have a say in what we do and we take all feedback very seriously.

Many thanks

 Stakeholder Engagement Team

 UK Power Networks
 Newington House
237 Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 6NP

Operation Crackdown

“You will now find it easier to report incidents of anti-social driving in Sussex. Sussex Police has re-launched Operation Crackdown – a system that enables anyone to report anti-social driving and abandoned vehicles, either online or by phone

Anti-social driving can be driving that is careless, deliberately aggressive or dangerous. If you see this type of behaviour it is important that you report it, so it can be dealt with in the most appropriate way.

Operation Crackdown is a joint initiative supported by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP), Sussex Police and all local authorities in the county. It was first launched in 2002 as a way of reporting abandoned vehicles in Sussex, and was expanded in 2007 to cover anti-social driving reports.

The system for reporting anti-social driving has now been made simpler, to encourage members of the public to easily and quickly report this type of incident and users can now keep track of the progress of their case with a specific reference number provided.

Incidents can be reported, either via www.operationcrackdown.org, or by calling 01243 64 22 22, for those who don’t have access to the internet.

Members of the public who are reporting incidents must remember, where possible, the registration number of the vehicle, the make, model and the colour, so the police can identify the vehicle concerned and make contact with the offender.

Every report received through Operation Crackdown is viewed and a decision is made against a set criteria on how best to deal with it. In the majority of cases a letter of advice is sent to the driver or rider, but a report to Operation Crackdown can also lead to arrest and possible conviction, depending on the seriousness of the offence”.

Free activity sessions for over 65’s

If you’re over 65 and have always wanted to try a new activity then here’s your chance – for free!

Chichester Get Active is a new activity scheme for people over 65 from Chichester Wellbeing. It provides support to help people find their ideal activity and includes a voucher to try that activity once for free.

Dozens of local sport and activity providers across the Chichester area, from bowls to swimming, are offering people their first session free for an activity of their choice. More than 200 activities are available.

“If you’re over 65, would like to get a bit more active or take up a new activity then this if for you!

“Many people are put off getting active because they think it will be too strenuous, they haven’t exercised for some time, or perhaps they don’t know where to go. We hope Chichester Get Active will help people find something they’ll enjoy, start at their own pace and then continue to enjoy.”

To register please contact Chichester Wellbeing, online here http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1581396-J9TnSCD14Z or call freephone 0808 172 9472.

The little book of BIG scams

Every year, the British public loses billions of pounds to scammers who bombard us with online, mail, door to door and telephone scams. Prevention through awareness is therefore a vital strand in combating scammers.

Please take the time to read through this booklet via the link below which has excellent advice regarding all kinds of scamming and fraud:

‘The Little Book of Big Scams’

Get ready for winter

West Sussex County Council has issued advice for residents getting ready for winter. To view the poster click here or to access the website directly click on the link below.
www.westsussex.gov.uk/getreadyforwinter

New Councillors

Two residents have recently come forward to join the Parish Council.

Leon New joined the Council in September 2013.  Leon lives in Little Boultons and has been a resident in the village for many years.

Stuart Solliss joined the Council on the 6th November 2013.   Stuart and his family have been in the village now for a number of years. He has a keen interest in flooding and road safety issues.

Councillor Vacancy

The Parish Council is sorry to announce that after 6 1/2 years service Dianne Bonthrone has sadly stepped down from the Parish Council.  The Council will miss her wit and wisdom at Parish Council meetings.

This means that there is now another vacancy on the Parish Council. If anyone can spare some time to get involved in what is happening in the village then do please contact the Clerk or any of the existing Councillors and find out how to get involved.