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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 

District Dispatch - 3 May 2023

The Chichester District and Parish Elections will take place on Thursday (4 May). Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm.

District Dispatch - 26 April 2023

Not only are we getting closer to the elections — which will be held on Thursday 4 May — but that same week will also mark King Charles III's coronation on Saturday 6 May, with celebrations taking place all weekend.

District Dispatch - 23 March 2023

Before I start this week's District Dispatch column, I want to introduce myself. My name is Diane, and I am the Chief Executive of Chichester District Council.

District Dispatch - 14 March 2023

£1 million of funding from the Government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is being spent on a variety of projects across the district, with the hope that more funding is on its way.

District Dispatch - 8 March 2023

I'm pleased to say that our first ever electric refuse vehicle will soon be doing the rounds. The 26-tonne vehicle was delivered to our depot at the end of February and will form part of the council's commitment to reducing its carbon emissions.

District Dispatch - 1 March 2023

Next month, we will be issuing the annual council tax bills to residents across the district. We know that for people on low incomes, paying council tax on top of the cost of living can be a struggle.

District Dispatch - 23 February 2023

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone affected by the devastating earthquake that struck southern Turkey, devastating parts of Turkey and Syria.

District Dispatch - 15 February 2023

You may remember, a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we were organising a laser extravaganza light show, which will be set to music, at the Chichester Canal Basin on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February.

District Dispatch - 8 February 2023

Last week, I explained that our councillors have agreed to move to the next stage of consultation on Chichester's Local Plan.

District Dispatch - 1 February 2023

Last week, our councillors agreed to move to the next stage of consultation on Chichester's Local Plan.

District Dispatch - 25 January 2023

You may remember that last year we launched Culture Spark, which provided a year of events, live entertainment and community projects to celebrate the rich and diverse range of cultural and heritage experiences in the district.

District Dispatch - 21 December 2022

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.