This page shows results of consultations we have run over the last two years. Full details of all consultations are available on request - please get in touch if you have any questions.

If you would like to view our live surveys and consultations from partner organisations please visit our Let's Talk surveys webpage and if you never want to miss an opportunity to have your say sign up to our Let's Talk Panel.
 

Initiatives magazine feedback survey - 2018

We asked:

What you think about initiatives magazine, how we can improve it and how you use it.

You said:

  • 140 responses were received, an increase of 50.5% from a similar survey in 2015

  • 82% of respondents read every issue of initiatives and 91.5% feel it is informative

  • Many feel the magazine is effective and valuable in its current form but there were several suggestions as to how the magazine could be improved

  • 76.3% of respondents use initiatives magazine to find news from Chichester District Council

  • Some respondents felt there should be a telephone number to call for each section, because signposting to the website for more information can be isolating for those without internet access

We did:

We are taking into account all comments and suggestions for improvement. We want to make sure initiatives magazine is valuable for everyone, whether you have access to the internet or not.

You can find out more about initiatives magazine by visiting our initiatives magazine web page..

Council Tax Reduction scheme survey - 2018

We asked:

What you thought of the changes we suggested about the Council Tax Reduction scheme for the following financial year - 2019/20

You said:

  • 107 responses were received over the 8 week consultation period
  • Most respondents (7 in 10) pay council tax to Chichester District Council but do not receive council tax reduction.
  • 86.9% of respondents agree that council tax reduction and Housing Benefit claims should start on the same day

  • 3 quarters of respondents agree that the existing banded scheme should be expanded to include all working age claims

  • Over 4 in 5 respondents said they would support not changing Council Tax Reduction entitlement if a claimant's income increases or decreases by a small amount

There were high levels of uncertainty around most questions. This is likely due to the complex nature of the subject of this consultation.

We did:

We changed some parts of the Council Tax Reduction scheme for 2019/20. But the questions we asked about the future of the scheme (beyond 2019/20) were not clear enough. So we did not introduce these changes but instead decided to ask your opinions again, closer to the time. Making sure we explain clearly and include enough detail so you understand what we're suggesting and can feel confident giving your views.

You can find out more about our current Council Tax Reduction scheme by visiting our Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction web page.

Community Warden feedback survey - 2018

We asked:

You to tell us about your experience with our Community Wardens

You said:

  • 182 people shared their views on our Community Warden service and 78.1% felt that the wardens' presence had made a positive impact in their area.
  • At least 7 in 10 respondents said they always find the Community Wardens to be helpful, friendly, approachable and courteous.
  • Most choose to contact a warden because other services or agencies (e.g. the police) are not readily available and aren't always the most appropriate to contact about low level matters such as minor anti-social behaviour.
  • Most respondents (67.8%) feel the wardens should be awarded more powers. The most popular were dog fouling (96.6%) and litter enforcement (94.9%).

We did:

We appreciated your feedback and kind words about our Community Wardens and the work they do in the area. After looking through the positive responses we agreed that the Community Wardens play a very important role in their communities and we renewed the service for another 3 years.

You can find out more about our Community Wardens by visiting their page on our website: Community Wardens webpage

Southern Gateway masterplan consultation - 2017

We asked:

What you thought of the masterplan for the Southern Gateway area and what it proposed

You said:

  • 350 people shared their views on the Southern Gateway masterplan.
  • There were a significant number of comments suggesting a bridge over the railway and the alternative 'Freeflow' masterplan may have had an influence on the volume of these comments.
  • 88.2% agreed that the Southern Gateway area could be improved.
  • Level crossings, traffic, community buildings and cycle routes were common themes throughout the consultation.
  • 54.7% of respondents support the masterplan in principle.

We did:

We listened to your views, including those about alternative solutions to the level crossings, but we could only include options that we know we can follow through with in the masterplan. What's in the masterplan was based on evidence from studies that were done by experts. The masterplan was debated and approved in November 2017.

You can find out more about the Southern Gateway masterplan and the regeneration of the area by visiting our Southern Gateway web page

Council Tax Reduction scheme consultation - 2017

We asked:

What you thought of the changes we proposed to the Council Tax Reduction scheme for the following financial year - 2018/19

You said:

  • The annual survey about proposed changes to the Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme received 71 responses.
  • A banded scheme was proposed which would take into account the number of people (including children) living in a property as well as their income and calculate a percentage reduction for their council tax. Overall, the banded scheme was preferred by respondents.
  • If the banded scheme were to be adopted there is a risk that the scheme will not protect those in vulnerable circumstances. A solution to this could be to set up a discretionary hardship fund which is more flexible to those in difficult circumstances. 8 in 10 agreed that the hardship fund was a good idea.

We did:

We took your views into account and the banded scheme was approved by our councillors in November 2017.

To find out more about the current Council Tax Reduction scheme please visit our Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction web page.

General market trial consultation - 2017

We asked:

How you felt the trial of the general market was going. The market had been running on Wednesdays in the city centre on a trial basis for 6 months when we asked what you thought of it.

You said:

  • Businesses are not satisfied with the market as it currently stands.
  • There are some issues with quality, position and presentation that need to be addressed before the city centre businesses will see a significant benefit to having the market in this location.
  • Residents, although much more positive about the Wednesday market in the precinct, also agreed position, presentation and quality of goods could be improved, but there were quite a few comments saying that the market livens up the city centre.
  • The traders are very much in favour of the market in the city centre location which is likely to be due to the increase in their sales in this location.

We did:

We discussed the market trial at two separate meetings and decided that with a few changes the market would be a success so the contract was agreed for another 2 years.

You can find out more about the general market on our General markets web page.

Proposed Public Space Protection Order: Control of Dogs consultation - 2017

We asked:

What you thought of the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) that we proposed which covered dog fouling, making sure dogs aren't aggravating protected wildlife by keeping them on a lead in certain situations and areas, and also about where dogs should never be allowed to go

You said:

  • The majority of respondents (over 83%) agreed that dog owners should have to pick up after their dogs in places like footpaths, playing fields and cemeteries.
  • 64.8% of respondents (105) agreed that the dogs on leads by direction part of the order should apply to Fishbourne Channel.
  • 9 in 10 respondents agreed that dogs should not be allowed in children's play areas all year round.

We did:

We introduced the PSPO after seeing the level of support we received in the questionnaire. It is now fully in place.

You can find out more about the approved Public Space Protection Order on our Dog advice and information web page.

Chichester Vision consultation - 2017

We asked:

What you thought of our draft Chichester Vision document which was designed as a blueprint for the future of Chichester City centre

You said:

  • Over two thirds of respondents agreed with the over-arching Vision statement and there was agreement across the board for the individual statements and aims throughout the survey. However, in the open comments respondents said the over-arching Vision statement was too vague and did not want to commit without enough information.
  • After making some changes in response to the results of the consultation, the Chichester Vision document has now been adopted.

We did:

We made some changes to the Vision after reading your views about it. We then presented the document to our councillors who decided to approve it - so the Chichester Vision has now been adopted.

You can find out more about the Chichester Vision on our City and town visions web page.