WSCC and Sussex PCC elections

As things stand, elections are due to take place on 6 May 2021 to elect West Sussex County Councillors and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. If you are not registered to vote, you can do so by visiting Register to vote(Opens in a new window) by 19 April 2021. If you are unable to go to the polling station, or would prefer not to vote at your polling station, you can apply to vote by post. Simply download a postal vote application form(Opens in a new window)  or call the helpline on 01243 521010.

Application forms for postal votes and changes to existing postal votes must be received by 5pm on 20 April 2021. More information about the May elections can be found here: Current Elections 

It is expected that Bury Village Hall will be used as a polling station but this will be confirmed nearer the time.

Spotted a pothole?

West Sussex County Council report that more than 20,500 potholes were repaired in 2020 and are now inviting feedback on a new pothole reporting form being trialled to make it easier for the public to report potholes. If you spot a pothole which is a significant and immediate risk to public safety, it can be reported by phoning 01243 642105. For their press release and the link to the new reporting form, please see here.

Winter maintenance on our roads

During winter snow and ice conditions, gritting and snow clearance of the county’s trunk roads such as the A27, A23 and M23 is the responsibility of Highways England. West Sussex County Council’s Highways division’s role is to keep the county’s other key priority routes – A and B roads, plus other roads of local importance – safe and passable during bad weather.

WSCC’s Winter Service Network routes cover 1,690km of roads and include access to airports, major bus routes, police stations, ambulance stations, fire stations, A&E hospitals and large industrial establishments. WSCC do this using 20 gritters, to which they can attach snow ploughs when required. There are 19 routes that take around three hours each to complete.To see the roads WSCC would normally grit please see here. On the map, click on the truck icon (to the left of the All On tab) to see the routes.

It is not possible for West Sussex Highways to grit or clear snow from all other roads, footways or cycle ways so parishes such as Bury are provided with a number of roadside salt bins enabling residents to spread grit at strategic places such as inclines and junctions. There are two salt bins in Bury (one in Houghton Lane just down from The Square and the other at the top of The Street opposite Old London Road) and two in West Burton (one adjacent to the parish council board and the other at Hale Hill).

Waste/recycling sites winter timetable

WSCC have issued a reminder that all Waste/Recycling Sites are now operating a winter timetable. The revised schedule for our four nearest sites reads as follows:

Bognor Regis – Opening hours 9.00am to 4pm – closed Thursdays and Fridays (apparently not currently accepting soil and hardcore)

Billingshurst – Opening hours 9.00am to 4pm – closed Thursdays and Fridays

Chichester (Westhampnett) – Opening hours 9.00am to 4pm – closed Tuesday

Littlehampton – Opening hours 9.00am to 4pm – closed Tuesdays and Wednesday

Please remember to take evidence of West Sussex residency with you – e.g. a driving licence or current year’s council tax bill.

There is always a likelihood that Covid-19 restrictions may result in alterations to these arrangements. For more information please see here:

WSCC concessionary travel change

Please note that from the end of October, WSCC will no longer include a free Senior Railcard as an alternative to the Older Person’s Bus Pass. People will have until 31 October 2020 to apply for the free Senior Railcard option instead of the bus pass. There are no changes to the free Disabled Person’s Railcard alternative to the Disabled Person’s Bus Pass, which will remain as an option for anyone with a qualifying disability. For more details please see here.

A29 road closure

A reminder for residents travelling to and from Bognor, Chichester and beyond that WSCC are due to close the A29 Fairmile Bottom in the parishes of Madehurst and Houghton, from its northern junction with Madehurst Road to its southern junction with Madehurst Road from 7th to 12th September to allow tree surgery work to be carried out. This restriction will operate overnight only, between 8pm and 6am the following morning.