West Sussex County Councillors

The County Council is the authority that governs West Sussex. The council is responsible for public services such as education, transport, strategic planning, emergency services, social services, public safety, the fire service and waste disposal. There are 70 elected councillors, of which 56 are currently Conservative. The Liberal Democrats form the official opposition on the Council.

There are nine Liberal Democrat councillors on West Sussex County Council. The three Arun Lib Dem councillors (out of a possible 13) on West Sussex County Council are:


Dr James Walsh

Littlehampton East Division

James has been a member of West Sussex County Council since 1985 and is a past Chairman Social Services and Deputy Leader. James was a full Member of the EU Committee of the Regions for SE England from 1998 to 2002. He is a past Member and Chair of the Sussex Police Authority and a member and past Chair of Littlehampton Harbour Board.

Littlehampton Town Council - Beach ward - Term ends 2023
Arun District Council - Beach ward - Term ends 2023
West Sussex County Council - Littlehampton East Division - Term ends 2021


Francis Oppler

Bognor Regis East Division

Francis was first elected as a Councillor in 1989, since then he has had the privilege to serve twice as Bognor Regis town mayor. He is currently a Councillor on Arun District and West Sussex County Councils. Francis has always represented Orchard Ward and Bognor Regis East.

Francis has been involved in many campaigns over the years. Recently he has been involved in campaigning against the thousands of houses being built in Bersted and Pagham, believing that Bognor Regis has already taken the 'lions share' of development and that the town cannot cope with thousands more houses.

Together with other Liberal Democrat Councillors, Francis is involved in the campaign to save the Sunken Gardens from being destroyed and replaced with a strip of grass. 

Arun District Council - Orchard ward - Term ends 2023
West Sussex County Council - Bognor Regis East Division - Term ends 2021

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Daniel Purchase

Rustington Division

Daniel is an experienced local campaigner, and in his professional life he trains volunteers in how to campaign in their communities. Daniel also runs a small marketing consultancy, specialising in helping Sussex small businesses and organisations to get their message across. Daniel is passionate about his local community. He is a former youth leader in St. John's Ambulance and a Trustee and co-founder of Friends of Mombasa Children.

Arun District Council - Beach ward - Term ends 2023
West Sussex County Council - Rustington Division - Term ends 2021