Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Arun Tax Payers pay for Cllr Opplers election promise

Bognor Sea Front.











The name Pavilion Park may be a mystery for 
many Arun residents, It was a development that 
consultation was committed to by the previous 
Conservative administration in Bognor Regis.

Over £300,000 was put aside and consultants 
engaged to take consultation forward, the price 
was high because the consultation was feeding 
into a future planning application and to go ahead 
it had to be proved that there was public support 
to move forward.

The election in May changed everything, The Lib 
Dem’s campaigned on stopping Pavilion Park in 
their election and also claim that they did surveys 
to glean public opinion, no facts or figures have 
been produced on this claim.

Immediately on being elected and forming the 
coalition, the LibDems made the decision to cancel 
the project behind closed doors, the only issue was 
the £329,000 that had been already committed to 
the consultation.

On a recent slightly farcical Cabinet meeting 
Francis Oppler claimed that he knew the opinion of 
the residents of Bognor because he had done a 
survey, he refuses to share this information with the 
public or other Councillors.


I have have no opinion on the project, I don’t know 
what the majority of Greater Bognor thinks regarding 
the project, but feel as taxpayers have already paid 
for the the consultation that the consultation should 
still go ahead or be modified to take into effect other 
options.  EG the last thing we want is to waste the 
£329k, we might as well get some value from it.

The Lib Dem’s have steadfastly refused this, all Aruns 
Tax Payers have paid for this consultation, so all Aruns 
tax payers have an opinion on the LibDems decision 

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Conservatives landmark motion to ensure Aruns Housing is Green


The Conservative group put a motion to Full 
Council last night which was ground breaking, 
we agreed to an amendment to that motion as
a compromise to get the motion through,

The motion was Initiated councillor Paul
Dendle and Seconded by Shaun Gunner. 

Cllr Paul Dendle the Conservative 
spokesperson on the economy said  "This 
transforms the Councils position on New 
Houses and also gives a means to 
re-engineer  existing housing."

Aruns leader Terry Chapman says "The devil 
will be in the detail, but we will work 
to ensure that the motion  is implemented in 
a value for money fashion, ensuring  the 
residents of Arun get the best value."

The motion says the following:-

This Council supports the principle of 
developing supplementary planning guidance 
to improve the level of sustainability of all 
developments in comparison to the current 
position.

Officers are asked to prepare a report for the 
consideration of the Planning Policy Sub 
Committee on how this might be achieved 
including reference to the following, and the 
likely costs and benefits thereof. 

Guidance on renewable energy (both passive 
& active) for individual homes.


Improved standards for insulation, heat 
recovery and water usage.


Guidance for community renewable energy 
schemes.


Guidance on designs for waste/recycling 
storage facilities.


Guidance on the planting of woodland which 
can be both a mitigating and resilience action 
in terms of carbon sequestration and reducing 
the rate of surface water run - off and thereby 
reducing the flooding impact of severe rainfall.


Improved and more rigorous standards for the 
prevention of flooding.

The Sub Committee is also asked to make 
recommendations as to whether Arun DC should 
look at declaring a Climate Change Emergency 
and the implications of creating a framework for 
moving towards a Carbon Neutral District and 
whether the Council should consider engaging 
the services of an energy agency to provide 
community retrofit advice and support and 
explore the potential retro-fitting of solar panels 
on all appropriate Council assets.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Conservatives call for Pagham flooding protection to continue


Pagham Coastal problems.

















The Conservatives on Arun District Council have 
warned not to abandon coastal defences following 
comments from the Liberal Democrats which apparently
did not contradict an officer when he said that we may
not defend parts of the coast .

In a worrying sign, When it came to protecting the coast, 
Roger Spencer engineering services manager warned: 
“We can’t keep on building higher and stronger walls. We’ve got to change our ethos in how we defend the coast.
declared “It may be the case that we don’t 
defend certain parts of the coast.” Arun Conservatives, 
who have worked hard on Arun’s coastal defences over 
decades, in particular in Pagham, urgently call on the 
Liberal Democrats to explain what their plans mean for 
residents.

In recent years, the Conservative have worked on Pagham 
to protect homes as part of Arun’s coastal defence programme. 
However, the Liberal Democrats have indicated that they aren’t 
willing to defend homes and businesses on the front-line of 
our coast.

Cllr Shaun Gunner, Conservative spokesman for Technical 
Services, whose portfolio includes coastal defences, 
said “I think many residents will be deeply concerned by 
the lack of Liberal Democrats’ support for Pagham. 
Our coast is an integral part of our economy, our culture and our 
way of life, and the Liberal Democrats are not saying they will
 defend it. 

What does that mean for residents? Should residents in Pagham 
expect that their council won’t protect their homes? 
What about our beaches and businesses? I think there are 
big questions to answer about what this council’s approach 
is to safeguarding people’s homes and livelihoods.”

The Conservative Group on Arun District Council urgently 
call on the Liberal Democrats to clarify what this means for 
residents.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Aruns Conservative Group won the popular vote

At the Annual Council meeting of Arun
District the Arun Conservative group set 
out its priorities for the forthcoming year.

The Conservatives are keeping faith with 
the 35,361 people who voted for them in 
the local elections, 10,000 more votes 
than the Liberal Democrats and more than 
25,000 votes above the Independent candidates 
who stood on diverse manifestos.

In the Annual Council they re-affirmed their 
manifesto pledges which include;

1 Provision of Local Homes for Local people, 
particularly young people from the District

2)  Continuing to create local employment 
opportunities so that the sons and daughters of 
Arun can live, work and thrive in this beautiful 
part of the Country close to their families and 
friends. This will be aided by the new Arun 
business hub, created under the previous 
Conservative led Council, which is already 
giving support to 200 local businesses.

3) Working to ensure that prudent financial 
management continues under the 
Liberal Democrat/Independent coalition 
to make sure that Taxpayers hard earned money 
is protected. Currently the Arun share of Council 
tax is only £3.50 per week. If the Council’s 
carefully husbanded reserves are squandered 
on ill thought out schemes the result will be 
above inflation rises in Council Tax.

4) Maintain the weekly refuse collections and 
 ensure the Council continues to improve its 
recycling performance and thus protect the 
local environment.

5) Ensure Parks and Green Spaces are protected 
and maintained. Additionally to continue to work 
with partners, such as the Arun Biodiversity 
Forum with whom !,000 broadleaf trees have 
been planted.

6) Protect and support the Local Plan to ensure 
there is no opportunistic building by developers. 
If the Local plan is opened then it will result 
in more, not less, housebuilding putting the 
Districts green fields under more threat.

Terry Chapman commented ,” The Lib Dem’s 
achievements at the election were notable but 
they didn’t win the popular vote, the 
Conservatives out-polled them”. In opposition it 
will be our duty to scrutinise proposals from 
them and their Independent coalition partners 
to ensure that future policies continue to be in 
the best interests of all Arun residents not just 
individual wards or narrow sectional interests. 
He continued, “they have the most seats, 
but not the most votes, they should  consider 
this seriously when governing.”

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Aruns Conservative Group appoints it’s Front Bench Spokespeople

   



The Arun Conservative group has announced 
its frontbench spokespeople in time for 
Tomorrow's Full Council

They are:

Spokesperson for Corporate Affairs Terry Chapman

Spokesperson for the Economy.  Paul Dendle

Spokesperson for Residential Jacky Pendleton

Spokesperson for Community & Well Being. Mike Clayden

Spokesperson for Planning.  John Charles

Spokesperson for Neighbourhood services  Vicky Rhodes

Spokesperson for Technical Services Shaun Gunner

Conservative Leader Terry Chapman Commented  

“We have appointed a team of very talented
individuals to hold the Executive to account 
and serve the best interests of Arun’s 
residents”.



Sunday, 12 May 2019

Arun Conservative Group elects a new leader

The Arun Conservative group has moved 
quickly to elect a new leader after the recent 
local elections. Terry Chapman (East Preston 
ward) was elected the new leader with Mike 
Clayden remaining as Deputy Leader. Arun 
District is now a Council with no overall 
control, the Lib Dems hold 22 seats, Conservative  
Party 21, Independents 8,Green party 2 and the 
Labour party 1.


Terry Chapman Commented  “ Whilst we were 
disappointed at the recent results,we fully 
understand why this happened and are committed 
to holding any new administration to account”  
“Our mission is to work hard for residents and 
represent their concerns, We have left Arun in a 
strong financial position and will continue to 
scrutinise any decisions that might threaten that”

Terry Chapman.

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