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Highways maintenance legal dispute settled

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter


West Sussex County Council has settled a legal challenge with one of the unsuccessful bidders for its highways maintenance contract – but won’t say how much money, if any, it cost the taxpayer.

Last year, the council was preparing to award the contract to Ringway Infrastructure Services Ltd following what was described as "a successful procurement process".

Things were brought to a grinding halt with a High Court challenge from rival bidder Amey PLC.

A preliminary hearing was held at the end of April. At a recent meeting of the environment, communities and fire select committee, officers were asked for an update on the situation but no legal representative was present to give an answer.

When asked for details, a spokesman said: “The legal dispute between the council and one of the bidders in the previous highways service procurement has been settled by agreement.

“The terms of the agreement are commercially sensitive and cannot be disclosed at this time.”

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Consultation over plans to increase parking charges

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Northgate car park

Plans to increase some parking charges in Chichester will go out to public consultation after being given the nod by the district council.

A two-year freeze on pay and display charges was introduced in 2018 but some changes are proposed for April 2020, which could boost the council’s coffers by £320,000 by 2022.

The plans were discussed at a meeting of the cabinet.

If approved in January, there would be a 3% increase in charges at all pay and display car parks, while charges at two of the busiest – Little London and Baffins Lane— would rise from £1.50 per hour to £2 per hour.

A council spokesman said: “The aim of this is to encourage people to use the quieter car parks, so that usage is spread across all of the car parks. This will also help reduce congestion caused by cars queuing for spaces in these car parks and will assist with air quality.”

Season tickets in the city car parks would remain the same but in rural areas they would rise from £15 to £17.50 per month, and in Bosham from £17.50 to £20 per month.

Free evening parking would be unchanged.

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Replacement wheelchair-friendly minibuses for West Sussex

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Dozens of replacement wheelchair-accessible minibuses costing about £2m in total will soon be added to the West Sussex County Council fleet.

The minibuses, which will be used by adults services as well as for taking children to and from school, will replace older vehicles and will be paid for out of the council’s capital programme.

The 33 minibuses will be brought in during the 2020/21 financial year.

Councillors decide on preferred bypass route

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Bypass options

A 30-year bypass saga is moving towards its final chapter as a decision was made on the preferred route.

Two proposed routes had given support, denoted by colours red and magenta.

During a special meeting of the full Arun District Council on Thursday, the magenta route was the clear winner by 31 votes to five, with three abstentions. The crimson route received five votes.

Leader Dr James Walsh said: “We’re one huge step closer to having it delivered in two or three years’ time which will benefit the residents of Arundel, benefit residents of the whole of the Arun district and improve the south coast trunk road for millions of motorists every year.”

The magenta route would see around 4.4 miles (7.3km) of new dual carriageway to the south of the existing A27, from the Crossbush junction to just west of Yapton Lane.

It would include a new bridge over Binsted Rife, with around 3.7miles (6.1km) of the existing A27 being downgraded.

Highways England's consultation continues until 24 October.

Arun District Counciml will now work alongside West Sussex County Council, Arundel Town Council, Walberton Parish Council, Lyminster and Crossbush Parish Council and the South Downs National Park Authority to prepare a Local Impact Statement.

Council objects to 10,000 homes

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

The leader of Crawley council has said the authority does not support plans to build more than 10,000 homes west of Ifield.

Homes England, the government’s housing agency, wants to develop the site to include housing, schools and a relief road with work starting by 2022-23.

While the new homes would be adjacent to Crawley’s Ifield neighbourhood, the land is on Horsham council’s side of the boundary, meaning Horsham would be the decision-maker.

At a recent meeting, Crawley leader Peter Lamb said: “We do not support the application.”

However, Ken Glendinning, head of strategic land at Homes England, said: “The new neighbourhoods will create homes where they are most needed.”

Sunrise across Kent and Sussex

Guy Bell

The home counties were showered in sunlight this morning and photographers, amateur and professional, captured the red sky in all its glory.

Eastbourne's beach turned red and was snapped by B Fowler.

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Eastbourne covered by the red sky

Meanwhile, Eddie Mitchell captured the red sky above the iconic Worthing Wheel.

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Eddie Mitchell
Sunrise over Worthing
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The sky shone bright in Goring By Sea

@Msiggsy was able to take a picture of the stunning sky above Goring By Sea while Iain Gowers was able to do the same from his home in Hove.

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Ian Gowers
Ian Gowers captured this stunning view in Hove

Paddock Wood FC supporters were up early this morning to help show off the sunrise at the village's railway station.

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Paddock Wood FC Supporters
Paddock Wood's sky was a sight to behold at the break of dawn

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Tories win council seats in by-elections

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Two council by-elections in West Sussex have seen resounding victories for the Conservatives.

Residents in Tilgate and Three Bridges went to the polls on Thursday following the death of Charles Petts, who represented the wards at borough and county level respectively. He died in July, aged 52.

In Tilgate Maureen Mwagale took 57% of the vote, with the turnout at 29%.

Her win takes the make-up of the council back to 19 Labour and 17 Conservative, the same as it was before Mr Petts’ death.

In Three Bridges, borough councillor Brenda Burgess took the seat, with 52% of the vote.

The result makes no real difference to the county council which has a large Tory majority but things are very much on a knife-edge at borough level.