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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 - 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.

District Dispatch - 14 December 2022

Recently, you may have become aware of the heart-breaking death of Awaab Ishak, through the reporting of the recent inquest into this tragedy.

District Dispatch - 8 December 2022

As you know, a top priority for us is to support local businesses, and as part of this we have launched a pop-up shop scheme to help entrepreneurs and small businesses to trade in a high street location without the commitment or cost of a longer-term lease.

District Dispatch - 1 December 2022

As the weather starts to get colder and the nights darker, it's important that we all look out for vulnerable neighbours, family and friends.

District Dispatch - 23 November 2022

I'm really pleased to let you know that last week we launched our free smartphone Chichester District Council app.

District Dispatch - 16 November 2022

As you know, we have created a 'Supporting You' campaign in response to rising goods and energy prices, inflation, and cost of living pressures.

District Dispatch - 10 November 2022

Every year, the British public loses billions of pounds to fraudsters.

District Dispatch - 3 November 2022

I am delighted to announce that as part of our Supporting You campaign, our new Supporting You team is now in place.

District Dispatch - 27 October 2022

This week I wanted to let you know about a fantastic scheme that we are investing in to help support businesses across the district.

District Dispatch - 20 October 2022

Housing is a huge issue for the district. Nearly 2,000 households with a local connection - such as people who have been brought up here or who are a key worker in the district - are on the housing register.

District Dispatch - 21 September 2022

The state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday was one of the biggest single ceremonial events staged in Britain since World War Two and was a fitting tribute to a Queen, whose commitment to her role and country is unrivalled.