Annual Parish Meeting report

It was wonderful to see people at the Annual Parish Meeting on the 27 April 2022.  Thank you for showing your support and interest in local matters.

Thank you to our County Councillor, Sarah Sharp and District Councillors, Simon Oakley and Chris Page who have updates on the work being done by themselves and the District and County Councils.

The Parish Council Chair, Joan Foster then gave a detailed presentation on the work undertaken by the Parish Council, with the support of local volunteers.  To get a flavour of what has happened in the village over the past few years please click on the presentation below.

Annual Parish Meeting Presentation

Hunston Bake-off Results

Chichester Canal Towpath Closure from 7 February 2022

Canal Trust funding success enables bank restoration to begin 200th anniversary year

The Chichester Ship Canal Trust, the volunteer-led, self-funded charity behind the canal, is celebrating as they’ve been able to secure 75% of the funding needed for the initial phase of the bank restoration programme. The fund-raising campaign began in autumn 2020, and thanks to individual donors, contributions from local councils, significant grants, as well as income generated by canal activities, this success means that work can begin.

Specialist contractors will restore the most critically-damaged section of the canal bank, which are the very foundations of the canal, underpinning the towpath used by so many people, keeping the waterway safe for all users, and managing water flow. The stretch to be completed first runs from approximately 300m south of the steps to the Canal Walk housing development towards Hunston for about 250m. The Trust are providing excavators, a tug and barge to help with the movement of materials.
The towpath will be closed for safety reasons to all canal users to ensure the contractors can work safely and as effectively and efficiently as possible. The towpath surface, which was resurfaced in 2021 with funding from Donnington Parish Council will be returned to its new high standard.

Mark Stoneham, Trustee, said, ‘We’re obviously thrilled with the funding position, and delighted we can start this work to celebrate our 200th anniversary year. We’ve seen during the pandemic how important the canal is for both physical and mental recreation, whether for dogwalkers, joggers or weekend walkers, and we appreciate that the closure of a very heavily used stretch of the towpath will impact on many local residents. However, it’s really important that this work is carried out safely and promptly, so that the towpath and waterway are safe for users now and into the future’.

The waterway will remain open for licenced paddlers and scheduled boat trips.
Mark continued, ‘The work is scheduled to be completed ahead of our 200th Anniversary Celebration Event on Saturday 9th April, in the Easter holidays, and we’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to the canal to mark this significant milestone’.
The Trust will continue to raise funds and apply for external funding to enable restoration to further stretches of the canal banks to be completed in the next few years.

The towpath will be closed 300m south of the steps to Canal Walk to Hunston, from 7 February for approximately 8 weeks, with an alternative route available via the A27. The closure has been approved by West Sussex County Council Public Rights of Way.

Catherine Cannon
Trustee and Vice Chair, Chichester Ship Canal Trust
Click here to help us raise £200,000 by our 200th birthday in 2022

Community Fibre Partnership update

In early 2021, Hunston Parish Council registered with the Community Fibre Partnership to establish to possibility of getting fibre to the premises for all properties within Hunston Village.

Unfortunately, having undertaken quite a few spot checks of the addresses within the quote developed by Open Reach. It appears that a large number of the premises are not eligible to benefit from funding as part of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. Whilst local Authorities in West Sussex top up the government scheme the terms and conditions are set by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). As part of the criteria premises can only benefit if they are considered a rural eligible premise and are not likely to be the beneficiaries of a commercial roll out as determined by a recent OFCOM review.

When entering a number of the premises on the DCMS Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website to check their eligibility the following message appears “This address is not eligible for a voucher. Gigabit-capable broadband is rolling out rapidly across the UK and this area is likely to be covered by network providers as part of their commercial rollout, without government support. The voucher scheme only operates in areas that are out of scope of the commercial rollout and therefore most in need of government support.”

This is clearly disappointing news for residents. Should anything change with the scheme then the Parish Council will be in touch.

Adult social care – the life you want to lead

news release

Ensuring a long-term, sustainable future for adult social care is vital for current and future generations for years to come.

West Sussex County Council would like to hear from residents about what a good life looks like for them and what they consider is important to achieve a fulfilling life. The Covid-19 pandemic in particular has caused many of us to reassess what is important to us and how we want to live our lives.

You can share your views by completing our survey at Your responses will help us develop adult social care services to best meet the needs and expectations of those we support, now and in the future.

We are particularly keen to hear from older people, people with autism, learning disabilities, sensory impairment, physical disabilities, mental health conditions, memory and cognition conditions including dementia, and particularly family and friend carers. We want to know what is important to people from all our communities and how we can support them to lead fulfilling lives.

We would also like to hear from organisations who support those with care needs about what they consider we need to continue doing and what we need to do differently.

Keith Hinkley, Executive Director of Adults and Health, said: “Now is a good time to take stock and see what we can do to make sure our adult social care service is designed to cope with future demand.

“We want to have an honest conversation about what people feel is important to them and how we can support our communities to find sustainable solutions so that residents can lead a good life.

“Please take our survey and share it with others so that we can hear from as many people as possible.”

To help us develop our service to meet the changing needs of our communities in West Sussex, we want feedback from everyone who uses our services, their families, care providers, family and friend carers and those who may require social care support in the future.

Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, Amanda Jupp, said: “I do hope that everyone will use this opportunity to engage directly with residents and our partners about the future of adult social care, as we want to put people and communities at the heart of everything we do.

“Quality of life is important for everyone and therefore it is vital that we involve people of different ages, experiences and backgrounds. What we learn from this engagement will help us develop our services to support people to live more healthily, happily and in ways that work best for them.”

Iyadh Daoud, Chair of the Minorities Health and Social Care Group and member of our Customer and Carer Group, is also keen to encourage people to get involved.

He added: “I would urge anyone who has experience of using adult social care services, or who may need them in the future, to give their views when asked.

“The customer and carer voice is vital to ensure that future services are developed to support the particular needs of residents of our diverse communities.”

Please help us shape the future of adult social care by taking our survey at and sharing your views on what is important to you.

Take part before the closing date of 8 November to share your views.

Plans are also being developed to host workshops with organisations and community groups who play an active role in the lives of many vulnerable and older residents, so that their valuable input can be captured.

Anyone with queries or who would like the survey in another format, such as hard copy, easyread or large print, can get in touch with us at or by calling 01243 642121.

For further information please contact the news desk on 0330 222 8090 or email .

For urgent out-of-hours enquiries please call 07767 098415.


Starting School in September 2022

WS110M Starting School Poster 2022 v1

Hunston Neighbourhood Plan

Time for you to have your say! 

Our Neighbourhood Plan is out for consultation until 9 September 2021. It represents nearly two years work by the Parish Council. It’s a lot of paper – 1.5 cm thick! 

 Chichester District Council told us to prepare our Plan for 200 new houses in the village. We held meetings and surveys and residents voted overwhelmingly for the houses to be built on the three sites, south of the village after Oakview. 

 If development has to happen, we want it to meet the highest sustainability standards, provide affordable housing, bungalows and low-level housing. It will need to be flood resilient. 

 The Plan covers our vision for the future of Hunston, including cycle-ways, more pedestrian crossings and wider footways. We want to preserve and enhance the existing wildlife corridors and biodiversity.  

 We want Hunston to retain its shops and pub and to provide effective support for the elderly.  

The Plan is made up of: 

  • The Submission Plan 
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Hunston Neighbourhood Plan 
  • Views and Vistas Assessment 
  • Locally Identified Buildings or Structures of Character
  • Basic Conditions Statement 
  • Consultation Statement 


WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! We have sets of papers available in the annexe or you can view it online: 

There is a response form you can download there or you can email direct to: 

 If you email you need to give your address etc. Then you need to say whether you support or oppose the report and if you have any recommendations/modifications 

OR, you can drop a handwritten comment into the Annexe and we will scan it in for you. 



Thank you 

Joan Foster 

Chair, Hunston Parish Council 25 August 2021  

Public Notice Re-road Closure


Temporary closure of B2145 St Leodegars Way To Foxbridge Drive,
Hunston, 17th August 2021

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from the date specified below, West Sussex County Council has temporarily closed to all traffic B2145 St Leodegars Way To Foxbridge Drive, Hunston, in the Chichester District under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, on B2145 St Leodegars Way To Foxbridge Drive outside Merrileas The temporary closure is scheduled to commence on 17th August 2021 for up to 5 days (It is estimated to be completed on 18th August 2021) and is required for the safety of the public and workforce while Southern Water undertakes a Night Road Closure to repair a frame and Cover in the carriageway. Closure points – Pagham Road roundabout and junction of B2145 and B2201

The restriction will be in place overnight only from 20:00 until 06:00

An alternative route will be signed on site but please visit
for more details.

Access for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure.

For information regarding this closure please contact Southern Water 07525277694 who will able to assit with scope of these works.

Dated: 21st June 2021

Matt Davey

Director of Highways, Transport and Planning

West Sussex County Council

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ADVANCED WARNING – Road Closure 10 – 15 May 2021

Programme date: 10th – 15th May 2021
Extent: Carriageway resurfacing of Selsey Road from Cherry Tree Close to The Ridgeway Nursery.
Approach: Plane out the existing road surface to a depth of up to 100mm and reinstatement of the carriageway with new surfacing material; replacement of road markings.
Traffic Management: This section of Selsey Road will be closed to all through traffic while resurfacing operations take place – A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) to be implemented to enable the closure of the carriageway.
The Parish Council has spoken to the Highways Team and has received reassurances that the Contractors are aware of the potential issues of people needing to travel during the hours of 8pm to 6am they will be as helpful as they can in minimising any possible delays for residents.
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Annual Parish Meeting



The Annual Parish Meeting for HUNSTON will be held online via Zoom on Thursday 6 May 2021 at 6.30 pm.

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