Update on progress from the Lib Dem Leader of Arun District Council


Arun Lib Dem and District Council Leader Cllr Dr James Walsh provides an update on the council's progress over the last 12-18 months.

The council's progress includes:

  • An increase in public satisfaction with Arun District Council in its annual survey (77% satisfaction for the last year, up from 64% under the previous administration)
  • Keeping the finances within budget for the current financial year, despite the pandemic
  • Changing the council to an all inclusive committee governance structure from next May, away from the closed cabinet system of the previous Conservative administrations
  • Delivering a £3.4m major public realm facelift for Littlehampton High Street & Beach Road
  • Ensuring a £1.2m revamp of the Place St Maur seafront-to-town link in Bognor Regis, including new water features, events space and new lighting
  • Saving and revitalising the Sunken Gardens in central Bognor Regis
  • Planning for a new disabled access to Bognor Regis beach
  • Delivering 90 new council homes within two years, up from the 30 delivered over the previous 10 years
  • Extending super fast fibre broadband to 130 sites across the district to enable greater business and domestic speeds
  • Alongside WSCC, using Section 106 developer contributions to deliver the Lyminster by-pass and A259 duelling at Littlehampton
  • Delivering a contract for Electric Vehicle charging points across Arun District Council car parks
  • Maintaining a superb refuse, recycling and green waste collection across Arun throughout the pandemic
  • Housing 50+ street homeless during the early pandemic, and rehousing the majority since then
  • Coordinating £30m of Business Support Grants including retail, hospitality and leisure, £1.5 m of Discretionary Grants to Local Businesses, and £680k of Council Tax hardship rent relief holidays to council small business tenants
  • Challenging central government over the previous administrations' unsatisfactory Local Plan and the increasingly unrealistic housing targets currently swamping our coastal strip
  • Creating a funded climate emergency response plan

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