Public Consultations


Opinions sought on draft West Sussex Rights of Way Management Plan


People’s opinions are being sought on the County Council’s draft Rights of Way Management Plan for 2018 to 2028.

Anyone with an interest in accessing the countryside is encouraged to express their views.

Deborah Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We want to hear people’s opinions, whether they are someone who simply enjoys rural walks, or are a landowner or another stakeholder. All responses will be considered and the document will be amended as appropriate before publication in 2018.”

The County Council manages more than 4,000km, or 2,500 miles, of Public Rights of Way, such as footpaths, bridleways and byways. The draft plan sets out its approach to managing the network, as well as signposting how improvements can be achieved over the next 10 years.

The Council’s vision for Public Rights of Way is: “to enable people to enjoy the countryside on foot, by bicycle and by horse, for health, recreation and to access services, while recognising the need to balance this with the interests of those who live and work in the countryside and the management of special landscapes”.

You can take part in the consultation at:

The closing date is 31 January, 2018.

Paper copies are available to view at all West Sussex libraries:
and the main county council offices:

If you need this information in an alternative format, please email: or telephone 01243 777620.

The Council published its first Rights of Way Improvement Plan in 2007 and, as directed by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, is reviewing it for the next ten years through consultation with the public and wider stakeholders.

The new draft plan has been called the West Sussex Rights of Way Management Plan to bring more weight and focus to the management of the existing Public Rights of Way network.


WSCC Consultation on School Admission Arrangements 2019/2020 

As the admission authority for community and voluntary controlled schools, West Sussex County Council would like to obtain your views on its proposed admission arrangements for children who will be starting or transferring schools in September 2019. 


This is your opportunity to respond to the scheme of coordination, proposed changes to admission arrangements and published admission numbers (PANs).

Consultation can be found here



Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched a county-wide consultation to ask the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex.  If you can spare a few moments then please complete a short survey, which can be found here.


 BR library Communal Garden poster

BR library Community Garden Consultation and poster 



 The Town Council are undertaking a survey of usage of the Town Hall and the part it plays in the community.  Please print out and fill in this survey and drop it off in the Town Hall. There is a collection box in the entrance lobby. 

You can also fill in the questionnaire online here Thank you



Consultation on the proposed expansion of primary and secondary schools in West Sussex from September 2019

West Sussex is served by a large number of highly-regarded schools. The County Council has been closely monitoring the number of children to make sure schools can meet the demand for places. We have received evidence of further growth in the number of children. This is in part due to an increase in the birth rate and also in response to migration and house building.

This booklet explains the proposals of local schools to expand to cater for the extra numbers. WSCC, in its role as commissioner of school places, is working in partnership with the schools co-ordinating this consultation exercise.

Initial consultation runs until 28 November 2017 and we would welcome your views. This is followed by a representation period where statutory notices are published. This is planned for January 2018, with a final decision on expansions to be taken in mid-February 2018.

I urge you to read this document and write to us with your views. We will pass these to the schools for further consideration. Your opinions are important to us and will influence how and where school places are provided.

Richard Burrett Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

 Consultation Information here 

or online  here

Consultation on Hothamton regeneration plans


Consultation event on the 13th October, at the Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Bognor Regis.  where proposals for the new park at the Hothamton Car Park site will be exhibited

The proposal, which forms part of Arun District Council’s wider regeneration aspirations for Bognor Regis, is to create an exciting new park, similar to a tree lined continental market square. A location for all seasons where people will be drawn to relax, exercise, reflect, play, shop, browse, eat or be entertained – something to suit all ages and every mood.

The existing car parking will be replaced with flexible parking spaces within soft landscaping as the site is transformed, creating better linkages with the town centre and seafront.

Council officers and the consultancy team will be on hand at the exhibition to answer questions and discuss the thinking behind the plans which can also be found on the links below…/come-and-have-your-say-on-new-ho…/



A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation. ends 16th October 2017


Public Consultation on Post-16 Transport Charges


West Sussex County Council is consulting on proposals to increase the transport charges made to Post-16 students.

The majority of West Sussex students will not see any changes to their travel arrangements.

The proposed increase will affect 325 students where the County Council arranges their transport for example by coach, rail, minibus or taxi. These students currently pay £427 per year towards the cost of their transport.

The proposal is to raise this to £600 per year to bring the cost in line with the cost of contract coach places and the price of an equivalent journey on public transport. It also brings the cost in line with the amount students in most other counties pay.

Students with special educational needs and disabilities who do not pay transport charges because of low family income will not be affected by the proposed changes.

We would appreciate your help in promoting the consultation wherever appropriate. Further information and the online questionnaire is available at:

Any additional comments or suggestions can be emailed to

The closing date for comments is Thursday, 19 October 2017.




Highways England will be hosting a number of A27 Arundel bypass public consultation events - see here for further details. 

West Sussex  County Council is proposing to make changes to the way we deliver adult social care. As part of this process a survey has been issued to gain people’s views on the proposals in advance of the Leader’s decision on the operating model which will be taken later this year.  


The survey is intended for people who use our services, their families and carers, voluntary and community organisations and all local people who have an interest in adult social care. The survey can be accessed at the following link:

WSCC Supporting Lives, Connecting People Survey 

The survey is running until Friday 11 August and should take only around 5-10 minutes to complete. A press release has been issued and can be found at the following link:

Press Release - Help us shape how we deliver Adult Social Care

WSCC, ADC and University of Chichester are working with Hemingway Design to develop a ‘place brand’ for Bognor Regis. To help shape the approach, we welcome your views and ask you to complete the short online survey that will inform the place brand. Please pass it on too – friends, relatives, colleagues, businesses, resident and community groups will all want to join in.

Have your say – your thoughts and perceptions of Bognor Regis will inform the Bognor Regis ‘place brand’

Bognor Regis is entering a phase of real opportunity with significant investment into an Engineering and Digital Technology Park at the University of Chichester, a WSCC funded creative digital hub at Bognor Regis train station, and enhancements to the seafront and town centre.

To support and reinforce this investment, a comprehensive marketing campaign is being developed by internationally-renowned design agency Hemingway Design, who have been commissioned to create this campaign and to help turn around the fortunes of the town and give it a new identity.

Working in partnership with Arun District Council and the University of Chichester, our aim is to change negative perceptions of the resort and relaunch it as one of the UK’s leading destinations.

To kick off the project, the views of those who live, work and visit Bognor Regis are being sought to help shape the future of the town.

All views are welcome so, to have your say, or to find out more about the campaign, please go here and let us know your thoughts.



 Local Plan

NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical

Commissioning Group survey 


The NHS has improved significantly over the years with more advanced and high-cost treatments becoming available which support patients to live longer and dramatically improve their quality of life. This is good news, but also increases demand for health services. It means that some tough decisions about health priorities must be taken.


NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group want to ensure that people have a chance to give their views on the challenges they face and the changes they're looking at making.

Help them reach as many people as possible and encourage them to complete the OurNHS survey. Available online: or request paper copies by emailing: