How did it manage to sneak in closing Greyfriars and their marriage services without some consultation with the public?
Remember us? The people they are supposed to serve!
The first we knew of it was when my eldest daughter, who had been looking forward to her wedding next year, went in to book it and was told she couldn’t unless she got married before July, there were no alternatives offered except in the small column of your paper stating we could use the Council House or Edes House.
I checked out the prices and just a basic wedding service only – excluding the registrar’s fees – is £546.48 as opposed to £170.
What are the councillors thinking of?
They must have known the lease was coming to an end.
Why did they sell Fernleigh?
It would have made a perfect alternative.
What are couples in Chichester and the surrounding area supposed to do?
Go to Worthing, Portsmouth or Crawley?
If the council has its way we will be one big housing estate with no infrastructure to support it.
The closing of the registry office will also affect businesses in North Street, (one of which I work in) and we will certainly notice a difference.
Not that the councillors will worry.
They are quite happy to take our money in council and business taxes.
Where does it all go?
What do we actually get in return?
Not a lot in Chichester.
Longdale Avenue, Chichester