Fire-hit Westhampnett site opening soon for green waste only



The fire-hit Westhampnett Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) will be open for residents to dispose of their green waste only from Thursday (18 April).

A blaze broke out in the main building at the centre involving more than 500 tonnes of household waste on 2 April and was extinguished on 9 April. However, the area where green waste is deposited was unaffected by the fire, enabling Viridor to re-open this part of the site.

Steve Read, the county council’s Director of Environment and Public Protection, said: “I’m pleased we will be able to offer residents this green waste disposal facility from Thursday and would like to thank everyone again for their patience and cooperation at this difficult time.

“Safety has to be our top priority and a structural engineer visited the site on Friday (12 April) to assess the damage to the main building there – the waste transfer station – and we await the outcome of this initial inspection.

“Until the extent of the damage to the building and concrete surround is known, we do not know which other parts of the site have been affected, and will therefore require works.

“We have to ensure it’s safe for both staff and the public, as well as ensuring compliance with all legislation and permits to allow the site to open.

“Once this is known, we will work with Viridor to develop a long-term plan for rebuilding the site.”

From Thursday, the Westhampnett site will be open for the disposal of green waste only, seven days a week from 9am-6pm.

Residents needing to dispose of other materials are advised to visit Bognor or Littlehampton HWRSs. Bognor and Littlehampton will remain open seven days a week until further notice. Please note these sites do NOT accept trailers or over-height vehicles (2.2m height restriction). Also, these sites do NOT accept plasterboard or asbestos.

The nearest trailer and over-height facility is Worthing HWRS or an alternative HWRS which accepts trailers is Billingshurst HWRS.

The alternate weekly (Thursday) service at the Witterings and Selsey is available and this service will accept trailers with the relevant permit.

HWRSs that accept asbestos are Burgess Hill, Crawley and Worthing. HWRSs that accept plasterboard are Billingshurst, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Shoreham and Worthing.

Please see our website 
for further details and updates.

The Mulberries Fund Raising Event

PAGHAM                                            Saturday 11 May

The Mulberries present a 50s – 80s Night with Freeway at the Pagham Village Hall, Pagham Road, Pagham at 7.30 pm.

Tickets in advance £8-00 on 01243 697593                                                             

Bring your own food and drink.        

Proceeds to local charities.        

Wheelchair access

RSPB Events for May 2019

CHICHESTER                                     Thursday 23 May

Short AGM followed by an Illustrated Talk by Sue Watson on ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ to the RSPB Chichester Local Group at The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester at 7.30 pm.

Entrance members £2-50/visitors £5-00                01243 262833                   wheelchair access


EARNLEY                                           Saturday 25 May

Bird Walk on west side of Medmerry with Rob Yarham of the Chichester Local Group from 10.00 am until early afternoon. Meet at end of Clappers Lane, Grid Ref: SZ817968 at 10.00 am                          01243 262833



Notice Of Uncontested Election

Election of Parish Councillors for Earnley Parish Council on 2nd May 2019 

The number of candidates is the same as the number of vacancies to be filled and they will all be declared to be elected as unopposed and it will not be necessary to hold an election for your Parish, they will take office on Tuesday, 7 May 2019.

  • Robert Carey 
  • Keith Martin
  • Sandy Simpson 
  • John Stant 
  • John Williams 

West Sussex County Council – Preventing Falls Slipper Swap

Preventing Falls

We’re hosting a free Slipper Swap throughout the month of March in our bid to help reduce the number of falls and serious injuries.

Residents who feel they are at risk of falling are being invited to trade in their old slippers for a brand new pair, free of charge.

Ill-fitting slippers, or those which are beyond their best, pose a real risk of causing a nasty fall. Anyone who feels they may be at risk of falling is invited to come along to their local event where they will be able to find out more information on how to keep themselves safe.

These events have been organised to coincide with activities that are being held in West Sussex libraries throughout March, in support of Wellbeing Month.

There has already been a lot of interest in this new initiative and we are actively looking at more ways to reach other communities. 

In addition, we’re also encouraging residents to try out our simple ‘Super Six’ exercises to stay steady, reduce falls and prevent serious injury.  

Further information can be found on our website.


EBERNHOE                                         Sunday 3 March

Conservation –  Downland Management on The Furze with Alan Walker of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers.  Meet at 10.00 am

01243 825091 or 07593 090509

SELSEY                                                 Sunday 17 March

Conservation – Wetland Management with Scott Robertson of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers on The Manhood Peninsula. 

Meet at 10.00 am. 01243 552113 or 07815 021331

LAVINGTON                                         Sunday 31 March

Conservation – Heathland Management with Richard Wilson of the Chichester Conservation Volunteers on Lavington Common. 

Meet at 10.00 am. 01243 528056


CHICHESTER                       Tuesday 26 March

Illustrated Talks by Clare Blencowe on the ‘Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre’ to the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Friends Meeting House, Priory Road, Chichester at 7.30 pm

Entrance members £3-00/visitors £4                        01243 262833                    wheelchair access

Next Steps for A27 Agreed

news release

PR 14370

For Immediate Release

30 January 2019

Next steps for A27 Chichester agreed

Gillian Keegan, MP for Chichester, Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council, and Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, met last week to discuss how to respond to the disappointing letter received from Highways England.

The letter rejected both ‘Build A Better A27’ (BABA27) concept options for the A27 Chichester, including the preferred mitigated northern route supported by both councils.

Both councils confirmed their policy position on supporting both the mitigated northern route and the mitigated southern route with the MP.

Commenting after the meeting, Louise Goldsmith said: “It was a very positive discussion and we all agreed on the importance of securing Government support for a sustainable long term solution for the A27 that has the support of the community.

“We are still awaiting further information from Highways England regarding their reasons for turning down the BABA27 schemes and we have asked for a copy of their consultant’s findings.”

Tony Dignum added: “Improvements to the A27 are absolutely vital for this area, and I am committed to working with the community, the county council and our MP to help achieve the best possible solution for our residents.”

It was agreed that Gillian Keegan would urgently seek a meeting with Jesse Norman MP, Minister of State for the Department for Transport, to ask for funding from the Government’s next Roads Investment Strategy programme (RIS2: which covers the period 2020-2025) to undertake further technical work based on the policies of both councils to improve the A27 Chichester.

This could then form the basis for public consultation on the options and lead to future funding for a major Highways England scheme. Ends

Fraud Alert

HM Revenue and Customs Alert

What you need to know
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.


RSPB & Sussex Wildlife Trust Events – February

RSPB Events for FEBRUARY 2019


NORTH MUNDHAM                        Sunday 10 February

Morning Bird Walk around Chichester Gravel Pits with Carol Griffiths of the RSPB Chichester Local Group. 

Meet in School Lane, Map Ref: SU873029 at 10.00 am                      01243 262833


CHICHESTER                                       Thursday 28 February

Illustrated Talk by Peter Holden on “Birds Without Borders” to the RSPB Chichester Local Group at The Pallant Suite, Masonic Hall, South Pallant, Chichester at 7.30 pm

Entrance members £2-50/visitors £5-00                

01243 262833                    wheelchair access


CHICHESTER                       Tuesday 27 February

Illustrated Talk by Jenny Etienne on ‘Belize’ to the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Friends Meeting House, Priory Road, Chichester at 7.30 pm

Entrance Members £3-00/Visitors £4-00                

01243 262833                    wheelchair access