I want to assure you that we are doing a number of things to combat this. Our friendly street cleaning team work seven days a week working across the 303 square miles of the district. We've also recently taken on extra staff to help with this work. Unfortunately, they can't be everywhere at once and so we are asking everyone to play their part and either take their litter home and recycle it, or place it in one of our many bins. We're also putting out extra signage in litter hotspots to remind people of this. Our litter enforcement officers are also patrolling the district, concentrating on high footfall areas and other areas as directed, because dropping litter is a crime. You can find out more about our Against litter campaign and find out more about all of the things we are doing and how you can get involved.

As I mentioned last week, we have also produced some general advice with our partners on keeping safe in our district. It highlights the safety measures and guidance in place and explains which agency is responsible for what. You can find this at: Keeping safe when out and about. We hope that you find this information useful.

The next time you visit the beach, or take a dip in the water, you may also be interested to know that local bathing water is regularly monitored and our three main beaches have been classified as 'excellent'.  You can find out more here: Environment Agency - bathing water quality West Wittering, Bracklesham and East Beach in Selsey, have been awarded the Solent Water Quality Award in recognition of their consistently excellent water quality. In order to maintain this status there are things that we can all do. This includes making sure that dog owners clean up after their pets, so that their faeces don't get washed into local water courses and ultimately the sea, which affects bathing water quality.  It's also important that we are aware of what we are putting down drains - remembering that any waste entering them may go directly to the nearest stream, river, lake, canal, beach or bathing water - causing pollution and killing wildlife. Litter can also affect the water quality and so it's also important to take any litter home with you or place it in a bin. We have been working with our partners to raise awareness of these issues and take action in key hotspots. You can find out more here: Water quality.

If you plan to rediscover our beautiful district, it is definitely worth visiting The Great Sussex Way website The Great Sussex Way was formerly known as Visit Chichester. It has lots of information on great things to do, including trekking and walking; and sports and the outdoors.

Finally, I just want to remind you that the West Sussex County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections are taking place on Thursday 6 May between 7am and 10pm. On the same day, by-elections will be taking place elect a new councillor for Southbourne Parish Council and another for the Chichester City Council West Ward. Neighbourhood Plan Referendums will also be taking place in Boxgrove, Stedham with Iping and Selsey.

I want to assure you that we're working hard to make sure that all of our polling stations are COVID-secure for both voters and staff. Polling stations will be cleaned regularly throughout the day and there will be a limit to the number of people in the polling station to maintain social distancing, so voters may need to queue. Voters can bring their own pen or pencil. However, pencils will be provided and sanitised between uses.

We just ask that you follow the guidance given to you on arrival and wear a face covering (unless medically exempt). Your polling station will be listed on your poll card, but you can also find it by visiting Where do I vote? You can find out more details on the elections by visiting Current elections .

Best Wishes

Diane Shepherd

Chief Executive of Chichester District Council