Consultation Hub

Welcome to the West Sussex County Council Have Your Say Consultation Hub. This site will help you find and participate in consultations that interest you.  Recently updated consultations are displayed below. Alternatively, search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

30 hours Free Childcare (parent survey)

We Asked:

Parents for their views and experiences to help shape the operation and delivery of the extended free childcare. West Sussex County Council will introduce the 30 hours of extended free childcare for working parents of eligible 3 and 4 year olds from September 2017.

You Said:

• 88% said they ‘definitely would’, ‘very likely’ or ‘fairly likely’ use the additional hours.

• 45% would split their funding over more than one provider if their current provider can only deliver 15 hours.

• 46% would switch provider in order to use the full 30 hours.

• For parents who do not use any childcare – 25% would consider using formal childcare such as a nursery, pre-school or a childminder for their child if they could use 30 free hours of childcare.

• For parents currently in work, 56% would increase their work hours or look for another job if able to use the additional 15 free hours of childcare.

• 20% who are currently not working would look for work to become eligible for the additional 15 hours.

• For parents with another child 39% would start using formal childcare or increase the childcare used for other children.

We Did:

We shared the findings of this parent survey with West Sussex Early Years childcare providers who will be planning to deliver the extended free childcare. The implications from this survey are being considered against current sufficiency of childcare mapping and capital requirement assessments.

You can access the full summary report in the results section above.

Draft West Sussex Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016 - 2026

We Asked:

We asked whether you supported specific elements of our Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016-2026. 388 responses were received, including 27 from organisations such as walking groups, cycling groups, and parish councils. 

You Said:

92.5% supported the strategy objectives
81.2% supported our approach to infrastructure design and safety
82.2% supported our behavioural change activities (e.g. cycle training, promotion of sustainable travel)
74.5% supported our approach to identifying potential infrastructure improvements
74.2% supported our proposed action plan
42.3% told us they thought something was missing from the strategy

Several respondents provided helpful comments or expressed concerns. These covered a wide range of topics and are summarised in the consultation report above.

We Did:

The draft strategy has been updated in response to your comments. Amendments include:
• Clearly stating that any new infrastructure installed will be designed to cater for all non-motorised users, including wheelchair users, the elderly, people with mobility impairments, mobility scooter users, trike users, and cycles with trailers.
• Clarifying that all objectives have equal status (numbering does not reflect their importance).
• Making Objective 4 clearer, to illustrate how walking and cycling support economic development
• Linking with public transport
• Stating that we are also developing an asset management strategy that will ensure that roads, pavements and cycleways are safe and available for use and repaired at the most economically advantageous time
• Removed some of the superfluous technical information in Chapter 5
• Removed duplicate schemes from the list in the appendix. We have also changed the term ‘Rate No.’ to ‘Scheme ID’ as a number of respondents thought the ‘Rate No.’ reflected the scheme’s priority ranking.
• Providing examples of recent behavioural change initiatives and their results as an additional appendix to the strategy
• Providing information about segmentation tools that will help to inform funding bids as an additional appendix to the strategy

The next steps: The draft strategy was presented to the Environmental and Community Services Select Committee on Friday 8th July. Members agreed their support for the strategy and to recommend it for adoption by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport. Cabinet Member decision will follow in due course.

Proposals for changes to West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs)

We Asked:

We asked West Sussex residents for their views on the proposed changes to the Household waste recycling sites. The consultation ran from 16th May 2016 until 12th June 2016.




You Said:

 We received 4899 responses and comments from residents, Parish town Councils and District and Borough Councils and in terms of sufficiency, constitutes the largest number of consultation responses ever received by West Sussex County Council.

• The majority of respondents understood the necessity to achieve the required savings from our services but they wanted assurance that the site would be open at hours that suited their lifestyles

• Respondents expressed concern that the proposed changes to these services would result in an increase of fly-tipping across the County and an increase in traffic at each of the HWRSs

• Respondents supported the introduction of a charge to dispose of tyres

• From the responses received it was clear that there was some confusion regarding the types of materials that are determined by legislation as non-household waste. Respondents did not support charging to dispose of non-household waste.


We Did:

The Cabinet Member for Residents Services determined that changes to the HWRSs were essential in achieving the required savings in the department budget. Following consideration of the consultation responses and communication with District and Borough Councils the following changes of service will be introduced on the 1st October 2016:


  • There will be changes to the opening hours of all HWRSs and changes to the opening days of 8 out of 11 sites


  • Charges will be introduced on all HWRSs for the disposal of non-household waste materials and car and vans tyres. Sites will no longer accept LGV, tractor and mobile plant tyres.


  • The provision of most Mobile Household Waste Services in Chichester will cease by the 1st October except in Selsey and The Witterings which will be provided with these services on a fortnightly bases after the 1st October


You can also find full details of all the changes taking place at Household Waste Recycling Sites at


You can view the decision report here



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