West Wittering

Your Parish Councillors


The following people serve on the Parish Council:

Mr Bob Hutton


Bob Hutton retired from his post as CEO of a national charity based in Surrey in 2011. He was a Magistrate for 23 years and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to the community.

Bob Hutton served previously for 17 years on WWPC and returned in May 2015 after a 4 year absence whilst undertaking another community project on behalf of the Woodger Trust. He has held the post of Vice Chair and Chair and currently serves as Vice Chairman.

Working Party membership: Ex officio Member of all working parties.

Mr Bob Hutton

Mrs Jean Barrett

Vice Chairman

Jean Barrett has been a resident of West Wittering since 1995 and is involved in several local societies in the area on a voluntary basis. Interested in maintaining the rural nature of the village and encouraging tourism on a sustainable level for the benefit of local businesses.

Before retirement in 2004, Jean worked for the local Primary Care Trust based on the St Richard’s Hospital site as an administrative assistant, producing layout for leaflets and information booklets for use in GP practices within the Western Sussex area, as well as organising meetings and stop smoking sessions.

Joined the Parish Council in January 2013.  Appointed to Vice-Chair May 2019.

Working Party membership 2019/20: Ex officio Member of all working parties.

Representative on Chichester District Association of Local Councils, Sussex and Surrey Association of Local Councils, WitteringsTwinning Association, Witterings Medical Centre PPG, West Wittering Memorial Hall Trustee.

Mrs Jean Barrett

Mr Bill Buckland

I was born in West Wittering in 1942 and went to local school in 1946/47. My family lived in West Wittering since the 1800’s. I am retired from operating a local bus and coach company and have been a West Wittering Parish Councillor for thirty years. I always endeavour to have community's best interest at heart and would like to continue to do so with their support.

Working Party membership 2018/19; Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, Footpaths and Open Spaces, Sportsfield management and Millennium Meadow, Tree Warden, Shore Rd Improvements, Manhood Peninsula Partnership, South Chichester CLC

Mr Keith Martin

Resident of West Wittering since 1994 with a life long association with the village, Keith Martin is a qualified physicist who has spent much of his career in aviation and project finance.

Keith Martin was a core member of the team that created the Village Design Statement in 2006, was elected a Parish Councillor in 2007 and is a past chairman of the Parish Council. He represents the Chichester District Association of Local Councils on the Chichester Harbour Conservancy Advisory Committee. He is a member of Chichester Harbour Conservancy and chairs their Planning Committee.

Working Party membership for 2019/20 : Finance, IT/Communications /Web site and Snowhill. Representative on: South Chichester CLC, Chichester District Association of Local Councils, Peninsula Community Forum, East Head Coastal Issues Advisory Group and the Parish Church liaison.

Mr Keith Martin

Mrs Nicolette Pike

  • I am a solicitor with particular experience in planning.
  • I have been a resident in the village for the past 10 years and have family living in the village.
  • I have been a frequent visitor to the beach since childhood having grown up in the local area.
  • I am particularly interested in the natural environment and concerned to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.
Mrs Nicolette Pike

Mr Hemal Patel


Hemal Patel was co-opted to the Council in March 2016.

Hemal’s association with West Wittering came from a family day out in the summer of 2006 when he discovered the local shop was up for sale. The opportunity was too good to turn down and he has remained in the village since. His family moved to West Wittering from Wallington permanently in July 2009. Hemal and his wife are well known in the village as they are hands on owners of their versatile shop. They have organised several local charity events and supported community events.

His background is in sales in a number of branded companies, most recently with a well known ice cream company. He brings a wealth of commercial experience to WWPC.

Hemal’s aspiration is to see West Wittering retain its individuality whilst developing sustainable tourism. He would like to see cycling and walking facilities enhanced without drastically changing the appearance of the village.

Working Party membership:for 2018/19  IT/Communications,/Website,  

Mr Hemal Patel

Mr Steve Debeger


I am married to Marion and we have a son and daughter, and three lovely grandchildren.

My introduction to West Wittering was many years ago as a boy when I regularly came down with my family to spend a day on the beach, an event that became the annual pilgrimage for the wider and extended family

Marion and I loved the area so much we bought a holiday home on Redlands Park where we spent 18 wonderful years and where our children grew up.

We moved down in 2005 from our previous home in Middlesex and both our son and daughter live close by in the village.

My interest in joining the Parish Council is to help ensure that the lovely surroundings in which we are fortunate to live remain as it is and not spoilt by inconsiderate development. The wishes of the local community should be the priority consideration in any representations by the Parish council.

Mrs Bridget Wright


Mrs Lesley Handford