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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 - 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!

District Dispatch - 8 November 2023

Remembrance Sunday is a national opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of all those what have defended our freedoms and protected our way of life.

District Dispatch - 31 October 2023

As we move into November and the start of the tree planting season, I'm really pleased to tell you that our 'Tree Chichester District' scheme is being extended.

District Dispatch - 25 October 2023

As the temperature starts to drop as we head towards the winter months, it's important as ever to ensure that you are not at risk of health issues by poor conditions in your home.

District Dispatch - 10 October 2023

As we are all more than aware, our weather is becoming more unsettled across the whole of the year.

District Dispatch - 3 October 2023

Even though summer is now over, I'm pleased to say that there are still plenty of events and activities to keep you busy between now and Christmas.

District Dispatch - 26 September 2023

You may be unaware that as a council we run a Choose Work service. This is a fantastic service that supports residents who are currently out of work and who live in the district. Our dedicated team offer individual support and advice to assist with personal and professional development.

District Dispatch - 19 September 2023

Housing is a huge issue for the district. Around 2,000 households with a connection to the district — such as people who have been brought up here or who are a key worker in the district — are waiting for a home in our area. Around 48% of these have urgent housing needs.

District Dispatch - 14 September 2023

If you've ever thought about building your own home here in our district then our housing team would like to hear from you.

District Dispatch - 5 September 2023

It may feel a little early to be thinking about making our homes warm for the winter, but it can really pay to plan ahead, especially given the changing climate and the current economic climate.

District Dispatch - 31 August 2023

If you haven't been to Midhurst for a while, then September is going to be a wonderful time to visit. I'm delighted that Chichester District Council is funding a series of free family events every Saturday of the month, which are being delivered in collaboration with Midhurst Town Council and the Midhurst Town Team.