Open Letter – Concern about information dissemination in the light of the Covid 19 crisis

Dear Ms Shepherd and Ms Shaw,

Please find attached and below a letter from the three minor parties on Chichester District Council – Labour, Green and Local Alliance.

We would like to express our concerns that we are now 27* days into the Government’s lockdown due to Covid-19 and yet the County’s Hub details have still not been circulated by either Chichester District or West Sussex County Council through all doors to all households in Chichester District.

 We know that volunteer efforts from the Covid-19 Mutual Aid groups have ensured some dissemination of information through doors but we are not convinced such coverage is comprehensive.

 We appreciate all of the efforts that have gone into setting up the Hub and know that officers are working very hard. But we need to reach all areas of the District that are not covered by Residents’ Associations or active Parish Councils. We also need to cover flats or gated developments and hard to reach individuals who are not online or don’t have mobile phones.

We understand that efforts are being made to ensure that leaflets are circulated before the end of the month. We feel that this work is very urgent and must, if possible, be brought forward.

 Yours sincerely,

Cllr Kevin Hughes, Leader of the Labour Group

Cllr Sarah Lishman, Labour Group

Cllr Tim Johnson, Leader of Local Alliance

Cllr Donna Johnson, Local Alliance

Cllr Sarah Sharp, Leader of the Green Group

Cllr Heather Barrie, Green Group

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