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Where to go for help

It can be confusing for people to find out where to get help because of the various layers of government.

Midhurst Town Council is the first and closest tier of local government to the town's 4,914 (2011) residents. Its fifteen members are elected by the public and serve a four year term. The Councillors are unpaid and give their time and expertise to ensure that the local area is represented and its views made known to the other authorities. Projects and services carried out by the Town Council include:

  • management of the cemetery
  • management of the recreation area and skate park
  • street flower displays
  • christmas street party
  • christmas lights
  • public seating around the town
  • production of the Midhurst Matters newsletter
  • providing some of the town's street lighting
  • provision of information centre in red telephone box in North Street
  • MADhurst Carnival procession

Chichester District Council provides services for 115,000 (mid-2014 est.) people in an area that stretches from Midhurst to Westbourne in the west, Bury in the east, Loxwood in the north, and Selsey in the south. Its responsibilities include waste collection, planning and building control, leisure, sport and tourism, licensing, car parking, and public safety, and collecting council tax on behalf of the County and Parish Councils.

West Sussex County Council provides services for 808,900 (mid-2014 est.) people in an area, which stretches from Emsworth to Shoreham with its northern boundary stretching from Haslemere to East Grinstead. It is responsible for these Community Services (Community Safety, Sustainable Development, Library Service, Record Office, Registration Service, Trading Standards), Fire & Rescue Service, Infrastructure (Environment & Heritage, Highways, Planning), Resources & Performance (Business Management, Communications, Major Projects) and Waste Management.