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District Dispatch column

This column is written every month to help give you an insight into the council and the work that we are doing on your behalf. It also appears in the Chichester Observer and the Midhurst and Petworth Observer. 

As a district council we cover an area of 303 square miles, including the City, Petworth, Midhurst and Selsey. We serve 115,000 people. You may not realise it, but you come into contact with our work every day. We provide more than 80 services over every 24 hour period. We empty your bins, check food hygiene standards, license taxis, clean your streets, look after the coastline, care for our parks and open spaces, and provide support and reassurance to the vulnerable. We handle your planning applications and run the off-street car parks.

To find out more about our work, we have a few videos on our Chichester District Council YouTube (opens new window) channel. 

We use resources wisely and make sure that we spend money on services that matter to you. We also work closely with our partners to ensure that you are receiving quality services that give value for money. We are doing this in a number of ways, from buying together to sharing services. We are always looking for new ways to deliver those services.

As a council we always welcome your views. You can do this in a number of ways, including communicating with us on our social sites, sending us a message on our website, or emailing publicrelations@chichester.gov.uk 

District Dispatch - 30 January 2024

If, like me, you're beginning to look ahead to all of the events and activities that you don't want to miss in 2024, you'll be pleased to hear that our team at The Novium Museum have an exciting year in store!

District Dispatch - 23 January 2024

We know that littering, fly tipping and dog fouling are a priority concern for our residents, and we completely agree.

District Dispatch - 16 January 2024

We're very proud of the vital work that our Community Wardens do to help people feel and keep safe in our communities.

District Dispatch - 9 January 2024

A priority for us as a council is to deliver a range of events each year — not only for the enjoyment of our local residents, but to also encourage people to visit, and spend, within the district.

District Dispatch - 2 January 2024

As we enter the New Year, many of us will be thinking about how we can improve our health and wellbeing.

District Dispatch - 26 December 2023

2023 has been a busy year for the council - with the elections in May seeing a new administration and a new group of councillors. As we reach the end of another year, it's good to look back and see what has been achieved, as well as look forward.

District Dispatch - 19 December 2023

As we approach Christmas, please check in on those who are living alone, or do not have any family. Christmas is meant to be a time of joy, but for many people it can be a very lonely time.

District Dispatch - 12 December 2023

Christmas is a time for spending happy hours with friends and family and getting involved in local festive celebrations. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to be in this position. As a council we are encouraging everyone to keep an eye out for anyone who might be alone or need some extra support.

District Dispatch - 5 December 2023

In a recent survey by the Arun & Chichester Food Partnership, residents said that they were keen to see more community growing projects in their local area.

District Dispatch - 28 November 2023

Every year, the British public loses billions of pounds to fraudsters. Fraud is when a person lies to you, or 'scams' you, to gain an advantage, such as taking your money or learning private information about you.

District Dispatch - 21 November 2023

I can't believe we're already counting down the days until Christmas! As we build up to another fantastic festive season in our district, I'd encourage everyone to shop locally wherever they can.

District Dispatch - 15 November 2023

I'd like to start by saying a huge thank you to all of our residents for helping us reuse and recycle more than 22,000 tonnes of waste last year. Our recycling rate was over 47% and we couldn't have done it without you!