The Aviva Community Fund offers the opportunity to bid for funds to supports local projects and I have submitted a bid to help us put a new kitchen in the village hall.
Success depends on getting votes to support our project so below is a link to our bid. You do have to register but please stick with it, it doesn’t take long. You can then read our bid and choose to allocate all or some votes to our project.
We have 28 days to collect as many votes as possible so please can I ask you to support us. Please could you also share this email and link with as many of your friends and family as possible and ask them to do the same. It doesn’t appear to matter where the votes come from as long as we collect lots and lots!
Oving Parish resident and artist Sue England is once again opening her Colworth studio doors to visitors as part of the Chichester Art Trail, taking place over the first two weekends in May. Sue is one of 155 artists taking part at 120 venues over the whole of the Chichester area.
Sue’s work can also be seen on show as one of the 58 artists shortlisted from 3000 entries for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. The exhibition is currently touring the UK. To read more about Sue’s work, click here.
To read more about the Chichester Art Trail, click here.
Saturday 31st April, Sunday 1st May & Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2016 – 10:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday 7th May & Sunday 8th May – 10:30am – 5:30pm
CURRENT STATUS (January 2016)
- Oving Parish Council (OPC) has been aware of the proposed improvements to the A27 Chichester Bypass for some years. Previous studies and reports have been studied with interest. The Government has agreed in principal that funding of £60 to £90 million will be made available to make these improvements.
- Highways England (HE) engaged consultants Mott MacDonald to come up with proposal. OPC is aware that they have recently started consulting stakeholders who have then been sworn to secrecy. OPC has not yet been consulted.
- In January 2016 the Observer newspapers and Spirit FM leaked details of the seven options for improvements for the A27 being considered by Mott MacDonald. Small maps of all 7 options with “thumbnails” for each junction can be viewed on either the Chichester Observer or Spirit FM websites. HE has advised that these are only drafts that may change before they go for public consultation in March 2016.
- Options 1, 2, 2a and 3 are for the various improvements to the existing A27 Chichester Bypass that curves south of the city from the Portfield roundabout to the Fishbourne roundabout. Options 4 and 5 show two possible routes for a new northern bypass. Option 6 is for a new stretch of road that avoids the Portfield and Bognor Road roundabouts before re-joining the existing bypass before the Whyke roundabout. There are then improvements to the remaining junctions to the Fishbourne roundabout.
- Option 6 is the one that concerns Oving Parish the most. It arcs south from a new junction with the A285 Petworth road in the corner of the parish of Tangmere. It then has flyovers over Tangmere Road, Drayton Lane and the Railway line before descending to a new roundabout on the A259 Bognor Road just before the existing Bognor Road roundabout. The access link back onto the existing A27 Chichester Bypass goes through a small corner of the parish of Runcton. It looks like there may be raised dual carriageways above mainly agricultural land through the northern part of Oving Parish. This will be visually intrusive for much of its route. It will also be noisy and will pollute the air for many of our residents. It is likely to be the most expensive option but will need to be fought against for our residents.
- The cheapest options are either of the new northern bypasses; it is always easier, cheaper and faster to build a new road than it is to modify all the junctions on the existing A27 Chichester Bypass. The construction work at these junctions would cause even further disruption than currently but would not solve the problem.
- The A27 Chichester Bypass is now used by about 60% local traffic – although figures as high as 80% has been claimed. The remaining 40% (or 20% depending on your preference) is through traffic. With the inevitable increase in new housing developments included in the adopted Chichester Local Plan, the number of local users will only increase. If Chichester is to survive, most of these will have to use or cross the bypass to get into the city.
- If our LOLA campaign fails to prevent the closure of the Oving Traffic Lights (see other report on this website) then residents from a large catchment area south of the bypass will be adversely affected. This will include those who currently work in Chichester, go to St Richards Hospital, medical and dental practices or shopping etc. Many of our residents are already choosing to go to Bognor Regis to shop as it is less congested and parking is easier and cheaper or to Barnham to catch a train.
- The OPC has not yet fully discussed the A27 options, but has agreed to form a Working Group to evaluate them and liaise with those in surrounding parishes who are concerned about the numerous traffic issues south of the city. This will be done mainly in the first consultation period starting in March 2016. Anyone who is interested and concerned would be welcome to volunteer to help this Working Group. Please contact the undersigned.
- Our initial thoughts are that, for some of the reasons outlined above, it may be necessary to support one of the new northern bypass options to take the majority of the through traffic. In addition, it is likely that one of the improvement options will become essential to the existing Chichester Bypass to handle the increased traffic. Eventually, ownership and responsibility for the existing bypass will presumably pass to West Sussex Highways.
For more information or to volunteer please contact:
Sjoerd Schuyleman, Chairman Oving Parish Council
Home: 01243 780733
If you have an Oving Community Event that you would like to appear on this website, please contact us with all the relevant information and some images to accompany your entry.
Inter-County Nursing & Care Services are a local company providing care in the community who are taking part in the McMillan coffee morning to raise awareness and funds for McMillan.
If you would like to attend the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Event it is being held on behalf of McMillan on 22nd September 2015 from 10.30-12.30 at the address below. All money raised helps McMillan be there for someone affected by cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
Inter-County Nursing & Care Services Ltd.
Unit D Madam Green Business Centre
West Sussex PO20 2DD
A tea party for the elderly and their friends will be held in the Jubilee Hall on the 18th June from 2:30pm – 4pm.
Refreshments willl be provided to assist with all the talking we hope will take place!
Please reply to Liz Smith on 01243 780733 if you would like to come or can help us on the day.