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West Sussex County Council Election 2013

This election happened on the 2nd May, and elected the whole of the membership of West Sussex County Council (WSCC).  The Council is based at County Hall in Chichester and, as its name suggests, covers the whole of West Sussex.

WSCC has a different set of responsibilities from Arun District Council, these being broadly: highways and transport (except major trunk routes such as the A27 and A24), education, fire and rescue, social care including the elderly and children, libraries  and certain planning matters.  You can find more detail on this on their website at www.westsussex.gov.uk.  WSCC now has another major responsibility, which is to oversee and facilitate all the work necessary by themselves and other agencies to relieve and prevent flooding.

So you will understand from this that if you have a complaint about anything to do with the roads or pavements, or you are concerned about flood risk to your property, your County Councillor is the person you need to see. Similarly, anything to do with your children’s school or care of your elderly relative will be his/her domain, so it is important that you choose the right person when you vote.

 

THE CANDIDATES

We are not going to list all the candidates for the County as we are only concerned with Bognor Regis and the surrounding area. This area is divided up into 7 ‘wards,â€? each returning one Councillor.  Unfortunately we can’t show you the precise boundaries of each ward; even WSCC doesn’t do that on its website, although it does show a vague indication.  However, the names give a fairly good indication.  The wards and the candidates standing for election in each are as follows, with the number of votes they polled and the winner underlined:

NYETIMBER AND PAGHAM

Mike Coleman (Conservative). Victoria House, West Ashling Road, Hambrook. 1058

Tony Sutcliffe (UKIP). 36 Alleyne Way, Elmer Sands. 1503

Greg Burt (Liberal-Democrat). 26 Albert Terrace, High Street, Bognor Regis.  203

Pauline Nash (Labour). 12 Greenwood Avenue, Bognor Regis. 309

 

BOGNOR WEST AND ALDWICK

Ashvin Patel (Conservative). 4 Craigweil Lane, Aldwick. 1159  

Paul Wells (Liberal-Democrat). 20 Crimsham Road, Bognor Regis.  873

Janet Taylor (UKIP). 4 Greenlea Avenue, Bognor Regis.  968

Richard Dawson (Labour). 2 Cedar Close East, Aldwick.  186

 

BOGNOR EAST

David Edwards (Conservative). 32 Alfriston Close, Felpham.  322  

Francis Oppler (Liberal-Democrat). 39 Marshall Avenue, Bognor Regis.  763

Derek Ambler (UKIP). 11 Graham Road, Yapton.  733

Jan Cosgrove (Labour and Co-operative). 32 Longford Road, Bognor Regis.  351

 

BERSTED

Paul Dendle (Conservative). Budds Corner, 84 Burpham, Arundel.  462

Simon McDougall (Liberal-Democrat). 44 Mayfield Close, Bognor Regis.  526

Ann Rapnik (UKIP). 94 Stroud Green Drive, Bognor Regis.  1044

Roger Nash (Labour). 12 Greenwood Avenue, Bognor Regis.  512

 

FELPHAM

George Blampied (Conservative). 17 Wansford Way, Felpham.  926

Sandra Daniells (Independent). Tara, Sutherland Close, Bognor Regis.  660

Graham Jones (UKIP). 10 Manor Court, Manor Way, Elmer.  989

David Meagher (Liberal-Democrat). Personal details deleted by request.  90

Steve McConnell (Labour). 2 Leeward Road, Littlehampton.  154

 

MIDDLETON AND YAPTON

Hilary Flynn (Conservative). 57 Ley Road, Felpham.  1099

Joan Phillips (UKIP), 47 Southdean Close, Middleton-on-Sea.  1181

Conrad Meagher (Liberal-Democrat). Personal details deleted by request.  121

Gilbert Cockburn (Labour). 8 Elmer Close, Middleton-on-Sea.  268

 

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Derek Whittington (Conservative). 27 Spinney Walk, Barnham.  1176

Graham Draper (UKIP). Little Orchard, 60 Downview Road, Bartnham.  907

Steve White (Liberal-Democrat). 28 Farnhurst Road, Barnham.  338

John Mayes (Labour). 33 Osborne Way, Bognor Regis.  177

John Robinson (BNP). 6 Goodacres, Barnham.  57

 

NOTE: The candidates in purple were the only ones who attended a special CiViC pre-election public meeting to meet and discuss their policies with members and the public, although all were invited.  They all gave their commitment to press for the furtherance of the issues mentioned below.  The remainder were asked in writing for their similar commitment, and those who gave it are coloured blue.

 

You can now see from the above who your County Councillor is for the next four years, together with his/her address so that you can get in touch if you wish to.

 

THE ISSUES

The major issue for everybody in the Bognor Regis area is Flooding.  There was major flooding in June 2012 which cut off the town for a period and devastated hundreds of homes. The water table remains ominously high, and whenever it rains hard some areas flood again and large bodies of water spread across fields and roads.  WSCC is responsible for prevention of a repeat of this, and so far has done little except produce reports and clear a few ditches.

This not only remains a threat to those whose homes were flooded before, but every house and business occupier in the area has or will suffer increase in insurance premiums and excesses or possibly refused flood cover until the problem is solved.

It is widely accepted that a major contributory factor to this flooding has been the increase in housebuilding to the north of the town, causing faster surface water run-off, overloading the older drainage systems to the south â€?which were already only barely coping.  It is not accepted that the developersâ€?‘balancing pondsâ€?and ‘sustainable urban drainage systemsâ€?will make any significant difference to this. In fact, in some circumstances these can make the problem worse.

To make matters worse still, there are proposals for further massive housebuilding in the Westergate and Barnham area, also in the Shopwyke and Tangmere areas which will drain surface water towards Bognor Regis.

Because of all this CiViC is calling for an immediate pause in all housebuilding until the flooding problems have been solved to the satisfaction of the insurance industry �meaning that premiums are no longer loaded, excesses return to normal and flood cover is not refused. This must be pursued at County, District and Government levels.

The candidates in purple above, who attended a CiViC organised pre-election public meeting, all agreed to press for this if they are elected.  CiViC wrote to the remainder, and those who agreed are coloured blue.

 

Road damage and congestion is another issue of major concern. Roads in various parts of the area are badly damaged with a great many potholes, broken surfaces, cracks and minor subsidence.  WSCC is working on repairs, but these are progressing slowly and if previous years are any guide the repairs will not be completed before winter weather returns to create further damage.  There must be a greater sense of urgency to all this, otherwise we will continue with a never ending cycle of increasing road damage and failed repairs, bringing a third world ambience to the whole district. In addition, the white and yellow road markings in the town are faded and scruffy, which is inappropriate when regeneration is supposed to be taking place.

Congestion regularly occurs, with slow moving traffic and jams, notably at the A259/A27 junction at Chichester, the Royal Oak (the Pink Pub) at North Bersted and the Hotham Park and Butlins roundabouts.  It is not expected that the Relief Road will make any significant difference to this. Nothing is being done to solve these problems at present, even though proposals have been made for solutions. In addition, nothing is being done to solve the dangerous junction at Comet Corner in Middleton-on-Sea.

The candidates in purple above all agreed to press for the above matters to be dealt with promptly if they are elected and, as above, we asked the remainder if they will also commit to this. Those who committed to this as well are coloured blue.                                                                                                      Home