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Exciting regeneration project to be debated by council

An exciting project which aims to regenerate the south eastern area of Chichester, will be debated by councillors at Chichester District Council on Monday 19 June.
Councillors will decide whether to approve plans to carry out public consultation on a masterplan that has been developed for the principal and historic southern approach to the city. If approved, the council will be encouraging residents and businesses to have their say from 29 June for six weeks.
The project aims to transform the area, which is considered the key point of access and arrival to the city. It provides the opportunity to create a vibrant new quarter, linking the city centre with the canal basin, public transport hubs and pedestrian, cycle and leisure routes. This would improve the look and feel of the area, as well as bringing huge economic benefits to the area.
The masterplan illustrates how the area would deliver new homes, business space, and tourism and leisure facilities. It would also improve transport links, providing more emphasis on cycling, walking and public transport; and regenerate the area, making first impressions count when people arrive in the city.
The area includes: the law courts and bus station; bus depot and Basin Road car park; Royal Mail sorting office and depot; land at the police station and former high school; land at Chichester Station; and Government offices.
  • The law courts and bus station
The proposals suggest that this area is used for purposes that reinforce the character of this part of Chichester. This could include a new hotel to support the visitor and tourism offer in the city, with possibly a café, bar and restaurant on the ground floor to support the evening and night time economy. It also suggests that the Crown Court could be suitable as an arts or entertainment venue. There is potential for residential accommodation on the upper floors. This could provide market housing, affordable or starter homes or in the form of apartments, student accommodation or residential care provision.
  • The bus depot and Basin Road car park
This combined site provides a significant opportunity for redevelopment. The focus could be to deliver residential accommodation with a mix of town houses and apartments for a mix of needs. There would be the potential for market and affordable housing including starter homes, student housing, or a residential care home.
  • Royal Mail sorting office and depot
This site offers significant potential because it overlooks the canal basin to the south. This offers an opportunity to introduce a café / bar / restaurant facing onto the Canal Basin and residential accommodation above, with further residential or small scale office and business uses facing into Basin Road to the east. Alternatively, a further option could include high quality headquarters with the aim of attracting a business to relocate to Chichester.
  • Land at the police station and former high school
This area could be used to provide a new residential quarter that provides a wide range of housing in terms of types and sizes.
  • Land at Chichester Station
Options could include apartments or student accommodation, commercial floor space and additional car parking. Proposals to enhance pedestrian, cycle and public transport accessibility around the station have also been put forward.
  • Government offices
The site could be suitable for retail and café / bar uses at ground floor level, with offices and / or residential accommodation above.
The Southern Gateway ties in with work already carried out on the Chichester Vision, which sets out how the public would like the city to evolve over the next 20 years. The top three things that people highlighted were to: reduce traffic in the centre of Chichester; support independent businesses; and create a better night time economy. The Southern Gateway masterplan will help towards realising these ambitions.
As part of the masterplan two transport options to reduce the dominance of the one-way gyratory have been developed by consultants. These are:
Option 1
  • Restrict vehicle access to the Stockbridge Road level crossing to buses and emergency vehicles and improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Realign Basin Road and create a new junction on Stockbridge Road.
  • Modify the Southgate Gyratory to reduce the width and number of lanes in order to improve pedestrian access.
Option 2
  • Restrict vehicle access to the Stockbridge Road level crossing to buses and emergency vehicles and improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Realign Basin Road and create a new junction on Stockbridge Road;
  • Remove the Southgate gyratory and replace it by extending Avenue de Chartres to connect with Basin Road.
While vehicles would still be able to access the area, road space would be reprioritised to promote sustainable transport and improve the route between the railway station and South Street. In both options the existing bus station would be replaced with a new bus and taxi interchange, located immediately north and south of the railway station and level crossing.  Extra coach parking space would also be created in Avenue de Chartres.
“This is a major project, and will take several years to complete, helping to bring homes, jobs and improved facilities for residents,” says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. “The Southern Gateway project is about enhancing this important entrance point to the city and improving connectivity to a number of facilities and landmarks including the railway station, canal basin and the rest of the city centre.
“At the moment this area is dominated by traffic, and we know from the Chichester Vision that the number one thing that people want is to see less traffic in this area and for access to be improved for cyclists, walkers and those who use public transport.
“There are several sites which are being freed up for other uses. Now is the perfect opportunity to look at how we can make better use of these buildings and land so we really want to hear people’s views on the options.
“We understand that these proposals will potentially involve significant changes to the area and we will be working closely with all of those who live and work there. This is about getting everyone’s views and then deciding on the best option for the area.”
The council is working with a number of organisations, including the Homes and Communities Agency, to secure funding and land.
To see the council report and associated documents, including maps of the area, please go to  and look for Cabinet under ‘meetings agendas and minutes’.

Men’s Shed Displays their NEW Model Railway Layout

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On Saturday 22nd April the new model railway, built by some members of the Southbourne Men’s Shed railway group, made its first public appearance after several frantic hours making sure everything was presentable. The layout, named, Duffield Lane, marked a first step for the group and it was very well received when displayed along with several other excellent layouts at Merstham Village Hall, near Redhill, Surrey.

Depicting a run down chalk quarry the main trains were made up of small engines with strings of equally small skip wagons carrying chalk. The scenery consisted two tracks running through a quarry, which was partly flooded and has a large ‘puddle’ overgrown with weeds, a store shed and an old loading facility, much dismantled and due for demolition. Trains enter and leave through the four tunnels, running to and from the offstage processing plant and other pits. Above the quarry, the narrow track to Pit Cottage is overgrown but still carries traffic close to the edge of a cliff.

The exhibition was opened by the TV personality Nicholas Owen who presented each layout owner with a commemorative plaque.

The railway group are looking for new members and anyone interested can contact the Southbourne Men’s Shed via or just call in weekday mornings between 09:30 and 12:30pm (except Wednesday) at The Old School, New Road, Southbourne, Emsworth. PO10 8JX

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Southbourne Parish Council – New Homes Bonus Grant 2017/18

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Southbourne Parish Council has £10,862 New Homes Bonus grant available through Chichester District Council to use for small projects in 2017/18. The Council welcomes the views of residents about potential projects that will benefit the Parish as a whole and that could be delivered by the Council in this financial year.

If you have an idea or ideas that you think would be suitable, please write to: The Clerk to the Council, Southbourne Parish Council, The Village Hall, First Avenue, Southbourne, PO10 8HN or e mail  by no later than 23 June 2017. The Parish Council will consider the proposals put forward at its meeting on 11 July 2017. The preferred project(s) will then be submitted to Chichester District Council by the end of July and it is expected that the funding of the application(s) will be known in September 2017.

Historic treasures return to Uppark in time for new visitor season

South front of the house from the meadow with white flowers at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex.

Visitors to the National Trust’s Uppark can enjoy historic treasures that have recently returned to the Georgian mansion, in time for the spring season.

An exotic late 17th-century commode is back on view in the Red Drawing Room. The commode had suffered badly from cracks along the front panels, flaking lacquer, and damage to the corners, and required specialist conservation work, which took five months to complete.

One of two matching commodes – the second of which awaits similar treatment – it is an important feature at Uppark. It was commissioned in 1765 by Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh, who was a shareholder in the East India Company, and brought to the house in 1747.

The commodes were originally decorated with sap from native Chinese lacquer trees, and due to their popularity in Britain’s grand country homes, European furniture makers began designing their own recreations. The commodes were bought to be used as sideboards and they would hold a prominent position in the rooms due to their decorative appearance.

The current conservation project may not have been the first time they have been repaired. It is thought that Lady Meade-Fetherstonhaugh, or her team, carried out some conservation work on the commodes’ surfaces in the 1930s; after remnants of 1930s wax polish were recently found on the commodes surface.

From the information and pictures provided, visitors will be able to see the improvements made to the restored commode, which will hopefully extend its lifespan by a significant amount, and mean that it can remain on display at Uppark for many more centuries to come.

Another triumph for Uppark is the return of Sir Harry’s portrait – ‘playboy’ son of Sir Matthew. Renowned for his exquisite and lavish entertaining, Sir Harry caused scandal amongst his peers at the age of 70, by marrying his 20 year old dairy maid. His portrait has been on show at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, from which it returned recently and is due to be rehung on the 28th April.

Now that Uppark is fully open for its 2017 season, this is the perfect time to explore the treasures inside, and discover their fascinating stories.

Much of the ongoing care of Uppark’s precious collections is carried out by volunteers, without whom it would be impossible to keep Uppark open to the public. If you are interested in finding out more about the many volunteering opportunities on offer, please contact us. Before you know it, you could be leading tours through Uppark’s magnificent show rooms and telling stories about the real-life servants who lived here. You could be out in the sun planting bulbs with the friendly gardens team, or chatting with visitors as you work in our gift shop.

For more information on days out at Uppark, and on volunteering, visit or call 01730 825415.


SIR HARRY FETHERSTONHAUGH by Pompeo Batoni (1708-87) at Uppark. 54x39 1/2 in. Signed and dated 1776 (Rome). Photographed in September 1994. Credit: Uppark, The Fetherstonhaugh Collection (accepted in lieu of tax by H. M. Treasury and allocated to The National Trust in 1990).

SIR HARRY FETHERSTONHAUGH by Pompeo Batoni (1708-87) at Uppark. 54×39 1/2 in. Signed and dated 1776 (Rome). Photographed in September 1994. Credit: Uppark, The Fetherstonhaugh Collection (accepted in lieu of tax by H. M. Treasury and allocated to The National Trust in 1990).

Life in Miniature exhibition this season at Uppark

South front of the house from the meadow with white flowers at Uppark House and Garden, West Sussex.

This year, the famous Dolls’ house is the inspiration for an exhibit that explores the fascinating world of all things miniature. Join us as we shine a light on our collection, bring the dolls’ house to life, and hear the role that the dolls’ house played in life at Uppark with a themed programme of events, from talks and trails to children’s activities.

Dating from between 1735 and 1740 the dolls’ house at Uppark has been described as one of the two most important British dolls’ houses that have survived from that era. Despite its age, the house has never been remodelled and is in good condition as it was mainly used by the ladies of the house rather than the children.

This exhibit you can investigate both the miniature world, as well as the life-size version of the servants’ quarters and grand house.

The attention to detail in the magnificent house is superb, with real silver tea sets, four poster beds and silk dresses for the ladies. The beautiful material of the gentleman’s coat is contrasted with the simple designs of the servants’, as well as the silver of the tea sets against the pewter plates in the downstairs kitchen. This gives us an insight into what life was like for the servants and how this compared to the life of higher status ladies and gentleman of the house.

4 March to 3 September, 11am-4.30pm, normal admission applies. Please see or call 01730 825415 for more details.


As a conservation charity it is important to highlight these inspiring details, as they are the result of considerate preservation over the years. A lot of which is done by volunteers who make the day to day running of Uppark possible. Volunteering at Uppark can include showing tours around the house, planting bulbs in the garden or helping in the shop, and it is all of those who contribute with so much passion that make your experience so special.

Search for Chichester burglary suspect

Sussex Police
Sussex Police are searching for a suspected burglar, seen climbing over the garden wall of a house in Chichester.
At about 6.15pm on Tuesday (21 March) a man was seen by a neighbour to be climbing over the garden wall of a house in South Bank, Chichester, from the canal towpath which links the A27 and Canal Wharf.
He is described as white, in his thirties, about 5’7″, slim, wearing dark clothing and a striped yellow and brown beanie hat.
It was later discovered that the house had been broken into and a quantity of jewellery had been stolen.
Anyone who knows who this man is or saw anything in that area early in the evening, is asked to email quoting serial 1225 of 21/03.

Bungalow burgled in Southbourne

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a bungalow in Goodwood Court, Southbourne, near Emsworth, at 5.30pm on Tuesday (21 March).
Offenders entered the rear garden before forcing entry through a window and stealing a quantity of jewellery.
If you were in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious please let us know by calling 101 quoting serial 1128 of 21/03.

Arrest summary
Between the 22nd – 29th March more than 22 people were arrested from across the Chichester district. Offences included theft, assault Police, damage, dangerous driving, fail to stop for police and drink driving.

Crime summary

Chichester and surrounding area
Salthill Road, Chichester – Break to van where small window has been smashed. Offender has then opened larger window to gain entry. Nothing reported stolen. Occurred overnight into 22nd March. Ref 0607 of 22/03.

Ferndale Road, Chichester – Between 6.45pm – 7.30pm on 24th March, entry was gained to detached property through insecure conservatory door. Jewellery reported stolen from master bedroom. Ref 1315 of 24/03.

John Lewis, Portfield Way, Chichester – At 10.50pm, 24th March, a large window was smashed and entry gained with Apple electronics targeted. Ref 1548 of 24/03.

Newlands Lane, Chichester – Break to garage and theft of an old Irish Village pump. Occurred between 18th – 28th March. Ref 0576 of 28/03.

Winterfest 2017

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New life church in Emsworth hosted yet another successful youth camp on their complex. This time saw the return of Winterfest 2017, a 3-day festival seeing 150 plus youth across the weekend. Those attending got the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and build stronger fruitful friendships.


Winterfest saw the inclusion of team games on the Sunday afternoon in a series of competitive events, all specializing in different themes such as art activities, mind games and sporting events meaning there was something for everyone to excel in. All of this built solid relationships working and communicating well as a team, which was also expressed during times of serving together over the weekend. During a short victorious award ceremony, the team with the most points was revealed with them being crowned overall winners of Winterfest 2017, other prizes such as star girl and boy were also given out to celebrate individuals’ successes. This year saw the boys and girls take part in separate day trip activities, with the boys roughing it by going paintballing and the girls getting to experience ice skating, followed by swimming at Guildford Spectrum Centre. Fun was had by all who attended, “Winterfest 2017 really opened my eyes as to what God has planned for my life. It was an epic and I can’t wait for the next one” said Laura who took part in the festivities. With the fun fueled, energetic activities also comes the main reason Revive UK youth host these annual events and that is to empower the next generation through encountering and having a relationship with God. ‘Nudging’ them to all He has intended for them.


To finish the weekend on a high note, T-shirts were given out with the ‘Summer Camp 2017’ logo on to promote the next big youth camp on New Life’s agenda. Summer Camp is a 5-day festival held within the complex where the youth sleep in tents on the church fields and chill around the campfire, getting the full camping experience. This year the camp starts Wednesday 26th July to Monday 31st July. You can book your place on this event online and at reception (on one of two Sunday services, or Friday youth service) from April 2nd.


The youth is a strong element in the culture of New Life Church. A team of dedicated and hardworking youth leaders take time out to volunteer their help towards making these camps, and Friday youth events a success each time. They are passionate about raising up the youth, encouraging them to be leaders within their communities, using their areas of gifting to spread the good news. Revive UK youth meet every Friday (7pm-9pm) in the main complex during term time for both social and live music events. Find out more at


By Shannon Barker

Support in a Power Cut

Sussex Police

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24 hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.

More information can be found online at www.ukpowernetworks/priority and it’s quick to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends, particularly those who are not online and who meet the criteria, you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However,  a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the on-line registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Service Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible, to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. The link is below. We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.

Sidlesham’s new Outdoor Gym with grateful thanks to Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

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Following a request from the Parish Council in 2015, Sidlesham Community Association stepped up to the mark to help in raising funds for Outdoor Gym Equipment on the Memorial Playing Field for use by Sidlesham residents and the wider Manhood Peninsula to encourage the health and wellbeing of the community. Following a village survey by Sidlesham Parish Council to ascertain the need for this community project the Council set aside £4,100 towards the £13,000+ needed for HAGS sports equipment. Sidlesham Parish Council already had rights of suitable land given to the Parish for recreation purposes via a Deed of Covenant dated 1956 between the Minister of Agriculture Fisheries and Food and the Parish of Sidlesham.  Although a suitable site was available next to the Children’s Playground on the Council Memorial Playing Field, the project stalled as the Council’s efforts to acquire further grants were unsuccessful.


As a registered charitable incorporated organisation, Sidlesham Community Association, were eligible to apply to Tesco Bags of Help Scheme for the balance required to complete the project and were absolutely delighted to be nominated by Tesco to receive £8,000 for this long awaited community plan. Installation is now complete and the gym was formally opened on 25th February when a plaque was unveiled by staff from Tesco and Groundwork. Sidlesham Community Association and Sidlesham Parish Councillors were in attendance as well as representatives from Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council to thank Tesco and Groundwork for their Bags of Help Scheme who were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition.


The eight pieces of sturdy outdoor gym equipment were specifically selected to encourage a wide range of users from all age groups – teenagers, parents supervising their children using the adjacent playground and not forgetting senior citizens and the disabled who may need more static exercise due to walking difficulties and thus promoting fitness and exercise and combating obesity as constantly repeated by Government and health advisors in the media.

This superb new community asset, installed by co-operation between the Parish Council and

Sidlesham Community Association with major funding by Tesco is free for all to use on an easily accessible site with good parking facilities and brings together our community through exercise and wellbeing and will be maintained for future use by the Parish Council.


Councillor Corina Hall had worked on this project for five years, collating views from other Councils who had installed such equipment, obtaining brochures and ascertaining maintenance charges. When the project was finally agreed by Parish Councillors in May 2015 the next step was to find funding, which was no easy task.  Several Parish Councillors organised a French Evening in the village and raised a further £500 and one local resident donated £100.  Numerous grants were applied for without success before The Tesco Bags of Help Scheme came to the attention of Sidlesham Community Association.


In September 2016 Tesco replied that Sidlesham Community Association’s application had been nominated to receive one of three large grants, but even the smallest of the grants £8,000 was sufficient to pay for the majority of the equipment.  With a balance of only £1,000 required to complete the project, the Parish Council applied again to Chichester District Council for the balance which this time was agreed.   HAGS  (the suppliers) had provided a quote as far back as 2012 but they kindly maintained their price quote.


Sidlesham Community Association and Sidlesham Parish Council hope that this gift to our community will improve the health and wellbeing of all and are very grateful to Tesco for their grant.

Richard Hall, Chairman of Sidlesham Community Association


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The A259 Corridor

Bosham Hedge


Last year two public meetings including more than one hundred residents were organised by the Bosham Association. They drew many comments about improvements needed along the A259 corridor and to the residential roads north of it.  One of the proposals was the renovation of the old field hedge along the A259 from the Swan roundabout to Highgrove Farm, particularly beside Broadbridge Drive and Penwarden Way.

Many of those present said that the hedges and verges are ill-maintained and that at crucial points there is no easy or safe way through to the bus stops, shops, Post Office and doctors’ surgery. This is especially true for those with small children and pushchairs or wheelchairs. There is great support for improvements from the Parish Council and WSCC. They are drawing up plans to establish two solid but porous pathways through the hedge at key points this year. In time these may link with a safer crossing over the main road.

The aim is also to improve this vital wildlife highway by clearing out old concrete posts and rusty wire; by laying some branches to create denser cover for birds and small mammals; by removing some decaying undergrowth to replace it with native plants that will offer winter berries and nuts for the birds and small mammals; and by infilling some gaps with flowering trees like crab apple, rowan, blackthorn, etc. to give us all an attractive display in Spring and food for bees and other insects.

There is also a plan to ensure the whole hedge is dense enough to protect us from the carcinogens in the dust thrown up by the increasing traffic and also from noise and light pollution from the road. It is planned to enhance the whole hedge with attractive and useful bushes such as dog rose, spindleberry, juniper, etc. The WSCC community volunteers are interested to help us with the heavy work on the hedge. This cannot be tackled until after the bird-nesting period, so their work would be scheduled for September, so please plan to join in.

This is not just a project for those of us north of the A259. This road is the first approach to all parts of the village so any enhancement is to the advantage of us all … especially if eventually we can look at improvements to the Swan roundabout.  We hope that everyone who cares about Bosham will wish to be involved – with practical help, advice or with a donation. If the Highgrove development goes ahead, a major renovation like this will help us show the developers how they also can contribute to the environment by continuing the hedge along their frontage too.

        So are you willing to help?

Unless we have volunteers – whether to plant bulbs and bushes, move branches, identify wild flowers or make tea for those who do, none of the money or WSCC volunteers will be forthcoming.  Let’s prove our commitment to our community.

We should like to plan a family street party in the summer holidays to study plants, trees, birds, animals and insects with local children…and adults. Experts on each subject will be on hand; there will be competitions and a picnic to enjoy together. Tea and squash makers needed!!

Some people have already offered to buy a larger tree in memory of a loved one. Each will have a copper label with the donor’s name and the tree species on it. You may not have the strength or time to move earth or plant bulbs but perhaps you’d like to make a donation for trees or bulbs.

Spring bulbs and flowers catch everyone’s eye and gladden our hearts. The hope is to create a bank along each side of the bottom of the hedge to plant primroses and spring bulbs there and some summer wild flowers like foxgloves, oxeye daisies and red and white campion – food for the bees and our eyes. We could have a major planting festival in late September – what about a pig roast on Penwarden Way; a local celebrity to bless the endeavour; a skittle alley for fun or whatever you suggest?

          If you have not already given us your name, address, email and ‘phone number, please let us know as soon as possible and especially if you can offer some help. Join in and let’s leave a mark on Bosham/Broadbridge that our children will still be enjoying in 50 years’ time.

         Please email your details & offers of help to :- or Or drop a note to me at 21, Gifford Road, Bosham, PO18 8LD.


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