Simon was born in St Richards, brought up in East Wittering, attended local schools and moved into Tangmere in 1986. After a career serving as a Merchant Naval Deck Officer, his time is devoted to local matters and interests.
Simon was elected to Tangmere Parish Council and as a District Councilor in 2011, then in 2013 to represent the Chichester East Division at West Sussex County Council. His focus has been on planning, highways, drainage and community issues.
He sits on both District and County Planning Committees, County’s Environment and Community Scrutiny Committee and WSCC’s Walking and Cycling Task Group. Simon is also the Chairman of our area's County Local Committee. His very high attendance rate at meetings, briefings and workshops keeps him informed of the full range of WSCC activities, and ensures our issues are raised.
Simon is a regular attendee of Oving Parish and City Council meetings and continues as a Tangmere Parish Councilor. His knowledge and experience of all three levels of Local Government enables him to be an effective advisor and advocate for residents, community groups, businesses and your Local Councils in facing the many challenges the world is bringing to us.
Simon is a keen cricket supporter, as Groundsman at Tangmere and is a qualified umpire. He campaigns for improved community and recreation facilities.
Simon has continued to provide advice and support to community groups across the Division. A keen supporter of community highway schemes, Simon’s worked with the City Council to make the safety and future needs case to install the Puffin crossings on Florence Road.
Simon has brought in additional parking controls to respond to residents calls for action on parking issues in Eastern parts of the City. These are also necessary to manage future pressures as the area’s population grows plus resolve safety and congestion issues. Simon is committed to ensuring these changes are monitored, reviewed and evolved in light of experience.
Drainage systems are necessary basic infrastructure which cannot be taken for granted. Simon has continued to secure and deliver Op Watershed funded works. He’s also made the case for much more work to restore and improve drainage, including on the A27. He also closely scrutinises Southern Water's plans and activities.
Simon has been constantly making the case for more investment in our roads which are, and will continue to be, essential to support our economy and general lives. He is continuously involved in pursuing maintenance issues, including pothole repairs and resurfacing, as well as working to install new bus shelters.
Our area will see major changes over the next decade. Simon’s knowledge and experience of the planning system makes him best placed to scrutinise applications and shape development. This ability will be needed to ensure the necessary infrastructure is secured and then delivered to support sustainable new homes.
Planning school places
Portfield and Tangmere Primary Academies are Good schools. Simon has ensured the “one village” school site has stayed in the plans for the Tangmere Strategic Development. His aim is that local places are available in good facilities, including for the growing community at Shopwyke.
Simon is committed to securing investment in new cycleways, including between Tangmere, Oving and Shopwyke, and he continues to progress the Oving Road and Westhampnett Road sustainable transport and highway improvement projects in the City. He constantly makes the case for major Government investment in the A27 at Chichester.
Climate change forecasts mean considerable challenges lie ahead to keep our homes dry and highways safe and clear. Simon is working on drainage projects across the Division, making the case for Operation Watershed to continue and that new development is properly drained. He continues to lobby for further A27 drainage improvements.
If you would like to raise an issue of concern, or help my campaign, please contact me:
Tel: 01234 951573 or Email: email@example.com