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Controversial homes plan may be ‘called in’ for decision

A controversial decision by Chichester District Council (CDC) to give the go-ahead for 54 homes at Kirdford, which fly in the face of the village’s neighbourhood plan (KNP), could be called in by the secretary of state.

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Katy Bourne

Katy Bourne’s council tax increase plan agreed

A council tax increase of 7.8 per cent proposed by Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has been backed by a scrutiny group today (Friday January 19).

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Capita provide back-office functions for West Sussex County Council

Council insources Capita back office staff

Several back office functions outsourced by West Sussex County Council to a private company are set to be brought back in-house.

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Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council

County council proposing 4.95 per cent tax rise

The future of vital services will be at risk if government does not take a long term view on local authority funding was the warning issued by West Sussex County Council today as it announced a proposed 4.95 per cent increase in its share of the council tax.

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Southern remain bottom for customer satisfaction in an annual rail survey run by Which?

Southern remains bottom for customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction with Southern services is the lowest nationally for the third straight year, according to results from a new survey.

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The new �6m Enterprise Centre at western end of Terminus Road opens in February

Start-up business hub ready to launch in Chichester

A major leg-up for new businesses is about to launch.

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Southern train

Southern strike action cost taxpayer £22m in lost revenue

The £22million cost of Southern strike action to the taxpayer in lost revenue has been blamed on the ‘crazy nature’ of the rail operator’s contract put together by the Government.

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The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner SUS-160505-114741001

Bishop of Chichester joins House of Lords

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, becomes a member of the House of Lords today.

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An aerial view of Chichester Harbour, which is under increasing threat from homes. Picture by Paul Adams

Fears over Chichester Harbour ‘being targeted’ by developers

A stark warning has been issued over the threat new housing poses to the future of Chichester Harbour.

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SECAmb vehicle

Ambulance service ‘middle of the pack’ for new response standards

Sussex’s ambulance service is now in the ‘middle of the pack’ for response times nationally after new standards were introduced last year.

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Jonathan Ashworth, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary speaking about the failed Coperforma contract in the House of Commons (photo from Parliament.tv).

Calls for inquiry into patient transport payments ‘scandal’

A Parliamentary inquiry into payments to a failed private patient transport service provider in Sussex should be held, according to MPs and trade union officials.

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Tim Loughton, East Worthing and Shoreham MP, speaking in Westminster Hall on the need for families of the Shoreham Airshow crash victims to be able to access legal aid (photo from Parliament.tv).

Families of airshow crash victims ‘in a state of limbo’

Families of the Shoreham Airshow crash victims are in a ‘disgraceful’ state of limbo until the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decides if it will pursue criminal charges.

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A tent in Southgate, Chichester city centre

More support to help rough sleepers

A rough sleeper outreach worker to help homeless people across the Chichester district has been approved in a bid to improve a previously ‘fragmented’ service.

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DM171440a.jpg. Chichester council leader Tony Dignum described the funding for businesses as 'very positive news'

Support for district’s independent retailers

More than £200,000 to help independent high street retailers to improve their stores and attract new customers is set to be made available by Chichester District Council.

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MP Tim Farron

COUNTY NEWS: MP Tim Farron responds to news of fracking firm’s return to Sussex

The previous leader of the Liberal Democrats has responsed to the news that fracking firm Cuadrilla will return to Sussex to test for oil.

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Sussex Green MEP Keith Taylor. Picture: Derek Martin

COUNTY NEWS: Sussex Green MEP slams councillors for backing fracking firm’s return

Sussex Green MEP Keith Taylor has slammed councillors for backing a fracking firm’s return to Sussex to test an oil well.

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Southern train

Southern ‘nightmare’ could have been avoided by Government

The ‘nightmare’ experienced by Southern train passengers over the last three years could have been avoided by the Government, according to a new report from a Parliamentary body.

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Katy Bourne

Council tax rise to help protect 480 Sussex Police posts

An increase in Sussex Police’s share of council tax would help protect 480 officer and staff posts, according to the county’s police and crime commissioner.

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Sussex Green MEP Keith Taylor. Picture: Derek Martin

COUNTY NEWS: Sussex Green MEP calls on council to reject plans to test Sussex oil well

Sussex Green MEP Keith Taylor is calling on West Sussex councillors to heed the overwhelming calls from their constituents and reject plans to test an oil well.

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Housing sites plan set out for parishes

Housing sites plan set out for parishes

Housing numbers for parishes in Chichester district have been laid out in documents set to be presented to cabinet members next week.

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