West Chiltington Parish Council January 2019

West Chiltington, West Sussex

We would like to wish all our residents a very Happy New Year.

It was great to see so many people at the Parish Council Meet and Greet event on Saturday 1st December. There was a lot of interest and some very positive feedback in the achievements of the past year and the planned projects for 2019.

This is proving to be a successful annual event where all residents can come and chat informally with their Parish Councillors.

If you missed this year’s event, remember that anyone is always welcome to attend the monthly meetings, at which there is the opportunity to speak, question or comment on local matters.

Ditch the Problem – Riparian Ownership

Keeping our watercourses well maintained benefits the whole community because it helps to prevent flooding of land and property. If you have a watercourse, ditch, stream, river or culvert on or next to your land you are known as a ‘riparian owner’. Riparian owners are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of watercourses on their land to ensure that they are not a flood risk to other people or property. Well maintained watercourses can significantly benefit the local community by reducing flood risk and creating habitats for wildlife. The riparian responsibilities for landowners under law are to:

  • Ensure the flow of water is not obstructed or polluted
  • Maintain the bottom and sides of the watercourse (including managing any trees and vegetation growing on the banks)
  • Remove any obstructions, such as rubbish, fallen branches or garden waste
  • Maintain any structures (such as trash screens, culverts, weirs and mill gates) on it.

More information and help can be found on www.westsussex.gov.uk/watershed or you can email
[email protected]

To contact us: Tel: 01798 817434 [email protected]    The Parish Office, Church Street, West Chiltington, RH20 2JW. Normally open Tue-Thu 10am–2pm. (Please phone before visiting). Website: wcpc.org.uk


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