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 

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.