Annual Parish Assembly

Please join us at your Annual Parish Assembly to have your say on the topics to be discusssed which include The Local Plan Review, Road Safety and Flooding.  Jubilee Hall this evening Thursday, 16th May 2024, starting at 7pm in the main hall.

2024 01 14 – Ash dieback programme works

Oving Parish Council have been notified by West Sussex County Council of the following planned works:

“We are writing to update you on our ash dieback programme of works due to take place on the A259 Colworth Lane To Colworth Lane.

Works are scheduled to commence Thursday 25th January – Monday 29th January 2024.  All works will take place between 09:30 – 15:30, weekdays only, under 2-way lights.

Please be advised that although road space is booked, any unforeseeable events could potentially affect our booking.

These works will involve the removal of ash trees suffering from Ash Dieback, in the location marked below, on the eastern side of the highway, between the road and the layby.”

2024 01 14 Ash dieback map

2024 01 14 Ash dieback map











For full details see the notice: 2024 01 14 – Ash dieback notice – Parish council comms – ADB works A259.

2023 10 12 – Supplementary Planning Document on the A27 Chichester Bypass Mitigation

Supplementary Planning Document on the A27 Chichester Bypass Mitigation

Chichester District Council is consulting residents on how to fund improvements to the A27 to support increases in traffic.  See

The Proposal

National Highways has advised that to cope with the cumulative impact on the A27 of current and future development in the south of the district, improvements (mitigation measures) are needed to the Fishbourne and Bognor roundabouts. The estimated cost is £43.3 million.

In the absence of funding by central government, local funding of highways is found from contributions by developers. The District Council is holding £16.25 million secured from earlier developments. The balance of £27 million would be provided from new developments within the Local Plan in the period up to 2039 amounting to 3551 dwellings. The baseline for new development would be set at January 2023.

The average contribution from each dwelling, an increase on the rate set by the 2016 Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), would be £7623 on a sliding scale of £3,849 for a single bedroom to £12,197 for a four- bedroom dwelling.

Under the 2016 SPD, developer contributions varied between £1374 and £5914 per dwelling depending on how far the scheme was from the A27 bypass.

Under the proposed mitigation plan (see there would be a priority route through each roundabout with feeder arms controlled by traffic lights. The work would take several years to complete.

Additionally, under the new SPD, to reduce car- based trips and relieve pressure on the highway, a Traffic and Infrastructure Management Group will develop measures to improve sustainable modes of transport such as buses and cycle routes.

 Alternatives considered

  1. Rely on the 2016 SPD.

But this wouldn’t provide sufficient funding for the improvements to be made and would result in worse congestion not only on the A27 but on the highway network feeding it.

  1. Wait until the new Local Plan is adopted before revising the 2016 SPD.

But as there is a cap on new development from January 2023, the delay would entail a further increase in developer contributions on homes permitted under the new Local Plan, to meet the shortfall.

What the Parish Council thinks

The Oving Parish Planning Committee meets on Thursday October 26 at 18:45 to determine its response.

2023 05 05 – New Bus Service approved through Oving Parish!


Residents and visitors to West Sussex will soon benefit from a new bus route between Chichester and Littlehampton as part of the West Sussex Bus Service Improvement Plan.

The new 500 service will be run by Stagecoach South and will commence in July 2023 initially for 2 years. The route will run between Chichester, Shopwhyke, Tangmere, Fontwell, Barnham, Yapton and Littlehampton. Buses will run every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and hourly on Sundays and into the evening.

The service will provide express services linking up towns and villages including:

  • Littlehampton (rail link)
  • Climping (south)
  • Ford
  • Yapton
  • Barnham (rail link)
  • Eastergate
  • Fontwell
  • Tangmere
  • Shopwyke
  • East Chichester
  • Chichester (rail link)

For more information:

Contract awarded

Decision – Delivery of Bus Services Enhanced Partnership Schemes – contract award for the 55X bus service OKD66 (22/23) (


Chichester Sustainable Transport Corridors

Proposed walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure improvements

West Sussex County Council are working to improve walking, cycling and public transport networks across West Sussex. By encouraging more walking and cycling, particularly for shorter journeys such as trips to education, and improving public transport, we can help to create safer, more pleasant places in which to live, work and do business.

Underpinning our approach to improving the transport network within the county is the West Sussex Transport Plan 2022 – 2036 (opens in new window)(External link). It sets out how the County Council intends to address a number of challenges, including climate change, congestion, public health and road safety. It also identifies priorities for the Chichester area.

Two potential improvement schemes in Chichester are being developed as part of our Strategic Transport Investment Programme (STIP). The schemes are:

  • A286 Oaklands Way Cycle Scheme
  • A285 Chichester to Tangmere Sustainable Transport Corridor

These schemes were identified as they have the potential to provide off-road cycle facilities on routes that connect key education, employment, public transport, services and development sites. The schemes also have the potential to support routes identified by Chichester District Council in the Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan (opens in new window)(External link). The A285 corridor scheme could also provide improved bus priority.

We’re now seeking initial views on the types of improvements needed in these locations. The comments we receive will help inform the development of more detailed proposals and enable us to seek future funding opportunities.

In response to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, the County Council introduced a temporary ‘pop-up’ cycle lane along the A286 between Northgate Gyratory and New Park Road roundabout. We have listened to the feedback received about that scheme and intend to develop solutions that respond to the concerns raised at that time.

The initial engagement period will close on Sunday 30 April 2023 at 23:59.

To find out more and how to provide feedback, visit the link below:

Chichester Sustainable Transport Corridors | Your Voice West Sussex

Chichester District Council – Local Plan Review consultation

The consultation period for the Local Plan Review consultation runs from 3rd Feb 2023 to 17th Mar 2023.

This will be on the agenda for the 23rd February Oving Parish Council planning meeting to agree a response from Oving Parish Council.

View and comment on the emerging Local Plan: Chichester District Council


Chichester District Council – Supporting You Campaign

Chichester District Council “Supporting You” Campaign

Many people are finding things tough at the moment due to current cost of living pressures. Chichester District Council have launched a new ‘Supporting You’ campaign to highlight the range of help that you can access.

Find out more about the support that’s available to you.

To read more about the campaign have a look at this news article: New Supporting You Team Launches

Testing the Waters – draft plan and policies shared for review and feedback

Oving Neighbourhood Plan logo

The Oving Neighbourhood Plan Steering group are pleased to announce the start of a Testing the Waters phase.

This provides the community with the opportunity to view the draft policies and visuals, to ask questions and provide feedback, either online or at open days.

Look out for a leaflet coming through your door soon, banners on the roadside, and social media campaigns.

To find out more about the open days, the policies, and to provide feedback, please visit the Testing the Waters page on the Neighbourhood Plan site.