Twitter feed on council work

County Hall (North), Horsham S12081819a -photo by Steve Cobb
County Hall (North), Horsham S12081819a -photo by Steve Cobb

COUNCIL services covering villages to the west of Horsham will be broadcast minute-by-minute today when Chichester District Council uses Twitter to show the public the work being done over a 12-hour period.

From 6am to 6pm the council, which serves Bury, Fittleworth, Wisborough Green, Kirdford, Ifold, Loxwood, Plaistow and Alfold, will highlight all the work it does on its twitter feed @ChichesterDC using the hash tag #cdc12.

Cabinet member for finance Tricia Tull (Con, Sidlesham) said: “Many people think that councils only operate from 9am until 5pm, when in fact, the truth is very different.

“We have people on-call 24 hours a day ready to deal with emergencies and issues that arise throughout the night.

“Our Chichester Careline service operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year and our refuse workers are out at 6am collecting rubbish.

“Our leisure centres also operate seven days a week.

“Many people will also be surprised to know that a Band D taxpayer pays us £2.56 a week, which is less than the majority of items in your weekly shop. For this we deliver over 80 services.

“This is a chance to give people a snapshot of what we deal with on a daily basis.”

Chichester District Council delivers services from collecting waste and recycling to licensing pubs, to providing leisure centres, to planning.

Mrs Tull added: “The range of services is vast – we can even MOT your car at our depot in Westhampnett.

“We want to encourage people to follow us @ChichesterDC to get an idea of what we deal with on an average day.”

Frontline services will not be disrupted throughout the day and no money has been spent on the project, which is being provided by free software and staff goodwill.

Some of the posts will also be shared on the council’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/chichesterdistrictcouncil and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/chichesterdcouncil