Public show strong support for the Chichester Vision

Reducing traffic, supporting independent businesses and creating a more diverse evening culture are all top of the public's wish list when they were asked to comment on the draft Chichester Vision.

The Chichester Vision will set out how people would like the city to evolve over the next 20 years. It brings together a wealth of ideas that have been put forward by individuals, groups and organisations across the city. The aim is to help Chichester attract inward investment and stimulate economic growth by making the most of its heritage and culture while also adapting to better meet the needs of residents, workers, students and visitors.

Around 500 responses were received during the six week public consultation which began in February. All the comments have been reviewed and the draft Chichester Vision has been updated to take account of any new ideas and issues raised during the consultation.

The latest version of the Chichester Vision will be discussed at the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee which meets on Tuesday 13 June. It will then be discussed by the Cabinet before it is expected to be formally adopted at the Full Council meeting on 25 July. It is anticipated that the Vision will also be adopted by West Sussex County Council, Chichester City Council, Chichester BID (Business Improvement District) and partner organisations and businesses.

"We received a very positive response to the public consultation and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to provide their comments or who visited one of the public exhibitions that we held around the city," says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. "The consultation showed that more than three quarters of people who responded agreed with the overarching Vision statement, with people's comments mirroring the ambitions and initiatives included under the different themes.

"When we asked what do people love about Chichester the top three things were shopping, places to eat and drink and pedestrianised streets. These were closely followed by parks and gardens, the theatre, Chichester Cathedral and the environment. This shows that there is a lot which is already good about Chichester and the Vision aims to enhance this to make the city even better. It is clear that supporting independent businesses, creating a better night time economy and reducing traffic are the things that people would most like to see achieved in their city in the future.

"The Vision is about making sure we enrich the lives of residents, workers and visitors. It will guide future economic and planning policy for the city and also influence how future budgets and resources are allocated. This will encourage inward investment and unlock other funding opportunities to ensure the economic vitality of Chichester."

The draft text for the updated Chichester Vision document and accompanying documents are available to view here

Date of release: 6 June 2017

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