Funding boost for Chichester groups

SEVERAL organisations, charities and community groups are to benefit from a funding boost thanks to West Sussex County Council’s South Chichester County Local Committee.

The committee agreed the following grants at its recent meeting held at the Selsey Centre, Manor Road, Selsey:

Action for Deafness/Deafplus - £1,500 towards advertising costs for an Outreach Volunteer project.

Chichester Harbour & Selsey Sea Cadets - £1,500 towards the purchase of boats and boat equipment.

TS Sturdy, the Chichester Division of the Nautical Training Corps - £1,500 for the purchase of kit for the group’s band.

Compton Parish Recreation Ground Committee - £1,200 match-funding for replacement synthetic surface and netting for the recreation ground.

Local History group, The Selsey Society - £379 for the purchase of a specialist projector.

4SIGHT charity, which supports people with sight loss - £250 towards production costs for LEARN4SIGHT educational packs.

Committee Chairman, Mike Hall, said: “The committee has been really pleased to be able to provide a total of £28,000 in Community Initiative Funding to local groups during this current financial year. I know many local people will benefit greatly from the opportunities this latest round of grants will bring.”

The committee also agreed that the following highway related schemes should be prioritised for 2013/14:

The introduction of a 20mph speed limit within Chichester City, on residential roads and roads with schools fronting them, subject to public consultation.

The introduction of 20mph speed limits within various settlements across the South Chichester County Local Committee Area (including Prinsted, Southbourne and Birdham) subject to public consultation.

Birdham Improvement Package – measures to support Birdham Primary School and a reduced speed limit to 20 mph (on certain roads north of the Birdham Straight).

Bus Stop Improvements in Chichester City.

Route Safety Scheme – Eartham Lane (A285) to Duncton Hill.

School Safety Zones at Rumboldswhyke Infants School and West Dean Primary School.

New Footway on B2145 Chichester Road (eastside), south of the roundabout junction with Manor Road, Selsey.

Footway Improvement – Blackboy Lane/ Clay Lane.

Cycle Link between Winterbourne Road and Graylingwell.

The committee also agreed that studies should be carried out into possible restrictions for Heavy Goods Vehicles and improvements around the Spitalfield Lane/Douglas Martin Road/College Lane area of the city.