A genuine mistake

I am writing to correct a fact in my letter – I made the following comment: “He (Paul Dendle) was a member of the Arun District Council that adopted the 2003 Local Plan that gave Bersted 756 houses”.

This, I accept, is not the case and is a genuine mistake on my part and not a deliberate attempt to muddy the waters, although he was a member of the council by the time the legal action took place to quash the site six allocation at that time.

I sincerely apologise for my comments and, like Mr Dendle, I look forward to a positive contest based on the issues.

I have, for the record, also emailed Mr Dendle, who confirmed he was happy to accept my apology.

While writing, the issues at the pumping station have moved on rapidly.

Southern Water has recently carried out a full investigation into the site and identified an issue with the alarm system which will be rectified shortly.

This will allow the pumping station to raise an alarm sooner, which will ensure engineers are dispatched quickly to deal with any issues.

I also understand they have confirmed upgrading works have been programmed from this year’s capital works funds.

They have formally requested these works are brought forward to an early date and will advise the actual date as soon as they receive confirmation from their capital works team.

This is excellent news for Bersted residents who have suffered so much in the past.

The Shripney flooding meeting I have promised to call is likely to be in March combined with the regular surgery meeting.

Simon McDougall

West Sussex County councillor

Bersted Division