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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 - 19 April 2022

Making sure our residents feel safe is a top priority for the council and its partners.

District Dispatch - 12 April 2022

We are all more than aware of rising energy bills and the impact that this is having on our monthly outgoings. As countries around the world come out of Covid-19 lockdowns, surging demand for energy has meant energy prices have increased. Over the past year, the price of gas alone has quadrupled. Whilst the problem is global, the effect is being felt by millions of households here in the UK.

District Dispatch - 6 April 2022

It's hard to believe that we are already in April and fast approaching Easter! There's lots going on, and many things for us to look forward to. I especially enjoyed attending the Culture Spark launch event last week.

District Dispatch - 29 March 2022

The pandemic and the rise in the cost of living has impacted on all of us in many ways. This is why it is more important than ever that people are aware of the support that is available to them. Whether someone is struggling to pay bills, feels isolated; or is concerned about rising energy costs, the council and its partners are here to help.

District Dispatch - 17 March 2022

Last week, we met as a council to agree the budget for the year ahead. This is quite a complex task, because we look at the income we are generating from services we charge for; funding from government; and your council tax. All of these elements form our budget for the year.

District Dispatch - 01 March 2022

As I am sure you are aware, last Thursday the Government removed the remaining coronavirus restrictions in England.

District Dispatch - 23 February 2022

As we head towards Spring we have a lot to look forward to. In particular, excitement is starting to build as we approach the launch of Culture Spark.

District Dispatch 17 February 2022

Rising energy costs are a huge concern to us all. This is why we are delivering a number of initiatives to make sure that people continue to keep warm and well.

District Dispatch - 09 February 2022

I'm really pleased to tell you that grant funding, which has helped boost economic growth and create new job opportunities, has been confirmed for another year.

District Dispatch - 24 January 2022

England's Plan B coronavirus measures are to end from Thursday, with mandatory face coverings in public places and Covid-19 passports no longer required. The advice for people to work from home has also already been dropped.

District Dispatch - 18 January 2022

After what has been a very difficult and challenging two years, I'm pleased to say that we have plenty to look forward to in the district in 2022.

District Dispatch - 11 January 2022

We know how challenging it has been for our local businesses since the new Omicron variant appeared and so we are pleased to tell you that further support is now available.