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The Councillors and Clerk of Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.
As a mark of respect, the Union Flag will be flown at half-mast outside Holy Trinity, Plaistow for the duration of the period of official mourning.
A Book of Condolence will be opened in the Winterton Hall, Plaistow on Saturday 10th April. The Hall lobby will be open daily between the hours of 10am and 4pm, until Sunday 18th April. The community is invited to sign the Book of Condolence between these times; however, they are asked to use their own pen, due to Covid-19. Please wait outside the hall to allow anyone already signing the Book of Condolence time to finish. Please enter the lobby area alone, or with members of your household/support bubble. Please ahead to the most up-to-date Covid-19 social distancing rules and wear a face mask; hand sanitiser will be made available.
The community is respectfully asked to leave any floral and other tributes at the foot of the flagpole at Holy Trinity, Plaistow. Tributes left at any other location will be moved by designated representatives of the Parish Council and/or Church to the correct location.
10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021
Register to vote in the upcoming local elections
Residents of Chichester District are being reminded to register to vote in the run up to the West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 6 May 2021.
A by-election will also be taking place on 6 May to elect a new Councillor for the Chichester City Council West Ward.
To cast their vote in these elections, people must register to vote by midnight on 19 April. Registering can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Residents who are unable to go to the polling station, or who would prefer not to, can apply to vote by post. A link to download a postal vote application form can be found at www.chichester.gov.uk/howtovote, or you can request a form by calling 01243 521010. Voters can also apply to vote by proxy.
Application forms for postal and postal proxy votes, and changes to existing postal votes, must be received by 5pm on 20 April. Forms can be returned by email to: email@example.com, as long as they are signed and include the applicant’s date of birth.
Polling cards will be sent out to registered voters at the end of March, and people are being reminded to check their polling station on this card as it may have changed.
On election day, a number of extra precautions are being put into place to make sure that polling stations are safe and COVID-secure for voters and staff:
- Polling stations will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.
- Voters can bring their own pen or pencil, however, pencils will be provided and sanitised between uses.
- There will be a limit to the number of people in the polling station to maintain social distancing, so voters may need to queue.
- Voters must wear a face covering (unless medically exempt).
If you would prefer to vote by post or proxy, then it is important that you register to do this by 5pm on 20 April 2021.
For more information about the West Sussex County Council elections, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections, and the Chichester City Council by-election, please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/elections.
Grants scheme to offer extra support for local businesses
Small enterprises across the district will be able to boost their business thanks to a new grants scheme, which is being launched by Chichester District Council and which will open for applications on 12 April 2021.
Managed by the council’s Economic Development Team, the Enabling Grant Scheme will give small businesses in the Chichester District the opportunity to access funding that will help them to grow and develop.
There are three types of grants and businesses can apply for one of these options:
- Capital projects — a grant of up to £2,000 to help fund capital projects, such as the purchase of new equipment to improve productivity or to reach new markets (to be 50% match-funded by the business).
- Website and social media projects — funding of up to £1,500 to assist with the creation and development of a business website and/or social media channels (to be 50% match-funded by the business).
- Start-up awards — a fully-funded grant of up to £500 for start-up businesses (this does not need to be match funded).
“Supporting our businesses and improving the local economy are key priorities for us as a council,” says Victoria McKay, Divisional Manager for Property and Growth at Chichester District Council. “The Enabling Grants Scheme is another way in which we can help our district businesses grow and thrive, and we’d urge local businesses to find out more.
“We have a designated amount of Enabling Grant funding, which will be available to businesses in two rounds. The first round, which is set to benefit around 20 district businesses, will be open for applications from 12 April and will close at midnight on 2 May 2021.
“We have created some guidance notes to help businesses understand the types of projects that are eligible for funding and the information that needs to be provided with the application. These notes are now available to view here: www.chichester.gov.uk/enablinggrantscheme.
“Please make sure that you have read the guidance notes carefully before you apply, in particular the eligibility criteria and application process as these have changed since the last time the Enabling Grants Scheme was delivered. All valid applications will be evaluated by our Economic Development Officers and assessed against the guidance notes on our website. The decision process may take up to six weeks from the application closing date.
“The second round of funding will be available in the autumn and we will keep businesses updated on this.
“The scheme is separate to the range of coronavirus business support on offer, and we would urge any businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis, or are looking for financial support to aid their recovery from the pandemic, to visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinessupport and see if they are eligible for any of the Government grants available.”
Businesses in the Chichester District can now view the Enabling Grant Scheme guidance notes on the council’s website at: www.chichester.gov.uk/enablinggrantscheme and will be able to apply from 12 April. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is just one of the ways in which the council’s Economic Development Team can support local businesses. The team offer a range of different services, including a business contact scheme. For more information, visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/businesssupportandadvice
Government ‘Restart Grants’ scheme will help businesses reopen in Chichester District
A new Government grant is being launched in the Chichester District to support businesses as they get ready to reopen their doors following the national lockdown.
The Restart Grant scheme, which will open for applications on 6 April 2021, aims to help district businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
“This scheme offers a one-off grant of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail premises, and another of up to £18,000 for non-essential hospitality, leisure, personal care and gym premises,” explains Louise Rudziak, Director for Housing and Communities at Chichester District Council. “The amount of grant funding awarded is based on the rateable value and the type of business applying.
“If you own a business in the non-essential retail, hospitality,leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors,I would urge you to visit our website at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesannouncements to see whether you are eligible to apply for one of these grants.
“The scheme will be open to applications from 6 April until 30 June 2021, and our teams will be working incredibly hard to process the applications and issue grants as quickly as they can.”
Separate to the coronavirus business support on offer, Chichester District Council is launching an Enabling Grants scheme on 12 April, which aims to help small enterprises across the district to grow and develop. There are three types of grant – one is for capital projects; another is for website and social media projects; and the third is for start-up businesses. Any businesses interested in finding out more about this scheme can read the guidance notes in advance at: www.chichester.gov.uk/enablinggrantscheme
Businesses are urged to sign up to the council’s eBiz newsletter at www.chichester.gov.uk/businesssupportandadvice to receive updates on the support that is available to them, and notifications when support schemes open for applications.
Please find attached to this notice the Parish Council's response to the community consultation regarding the rural diversification plans at Crouchlands Farm.
The community has until Friday 26th March to make representations: https://www.dominiclawsonbespokeplanning.com/crouchlandsfarm2
Council providing further support to help economically vulnerable residents in Chichester District
Further support is being made available to help economically vulnerable people in the Chichester District to pay their council tax.
Last March, the council was issued with £699,000 of Government funding to help those experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19 to pay their council tax. As a result of having Government funds available, the council is providing extra support for the financial year 2021-22.
All eligible residents will have received a further £150 credited to their Council Tax bill, and residents in receipt of Council Tax Reduction with a balance of less than £150 for the year 2021-22 will have received the amount outstanding. Those in receipt of Council Tax Reduction with zero Council Tax to pay will not receive a payment.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this extra funding, so that we can continue to help those that are most in need in our district,” says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council. “If anyone is struggling I would urge them to get in touch for advice. You can also visit www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances for more information.
Post-16 Transport Policy
County Council asks for views each year about the Post-16 Transport Policy
Statement. The consultation aims to make sure the information in the
Policy Statement is up to date and complete.
The Policy Statement sets out the help that is available through the council, schools, colleges and transport operators for young people of sixth-form age and those who are 19+ with an Education Health and Care Plan to get to school or college.
A consultation is now open and available online here and runs until Friday 25 April 2021. All responses will be considered before the council’s Post-16 Transport Policy statement is published at the end of May.
Census Day was on Sunday 21st March; although many people had already completed their forms either online or on paper and submitted them in advance.
Field Officers begin working on 23rd March. They will be calling at houses who have not submitted a completed census form.
Field Officers will not be completing forms with householders - they will observe social distancing and never enter a house - however, they will be able to offer a wide range of support and advice, including arranging for replacement unique access codes, paper forms if they are needed and answering specific questions.
They will also be able to point
householders towards sources of help to actually complete the census with
people who are struggling to do so themselves.
In West Sussex, we are fortunate to have a range of resources:-
- West Sussex Libraries are currently offering a telephone completion service. People can ring 03302 223455 to book an appointment.
- They hope to offer an 'in person' service at 15 libraries from 12 April, but that depends on Covid-19 restrictions.
- Some libraries are offering access to computers now on a pre-booked basis. People can ring their local library to see whether the service is available. They wouldn't be able to get advice from library personnel, but it would be useful for someone who wants to fill in their census form online but, for example, has a temperamental wifi signal at home or their personal device isn't working.
- Full details can be found at: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/news/need-help-completing-the-census/.
- There's also the Census contact centre which can be contacted on 0800 141 2021.
- There's a lot of information at https://census.gov.uk/. There isn't a search function, but it is logically arranged and the guidance is very clear.
A key resource for those who are struggling will be friends, family, carers and support groups, all of which have been essential for the vulnerable in our communities over the last year.
Updated timetable for the Local Plan Review is agreed by Chichester District Council
An updated timetable and details on how the Local Plan Review will be prepared have been agreed by Chichester District Councillors.
The details have been published in the revised Local Development Scheme (LDS), a statutory document which provides a timetable and details of evidence base documents prepared for the Local Plan Review.
The decision was made at Chichester District Council’s Full Council meeting on Friday 12 March following a recommendation to approve by the council’s Cabinet.
The LDS covers the next three years and is published to help the local community and stakeholders keep up-to-date with the timescales for when various key planning policy documents will be produced. It includes a profile for each of the documents, and a timetable for their production, including dates for when the public will be consulted on them. The LDS also contains information on other documents, including Neighbourhood Plans and the Community Infrastructure Levy.
The documents being produced will form the evidence base for the Local Plan Review. These will be considered by the Planning Inspector when they review the plan at the Local Plan examination.
“The biggest issues affecting the Local Plan Review are around transport and the A27, and also the extra infrastructure needed for treating waste water,” says Councillor Susan Taylor, Cabinet Member for Planning at Chichester District Council. “I recently explained that although we have carried out huge amounts of work in preparation for the Local Plan Review, feasibility work will now need to be carried out into the Stockbridge Link Road, which would run from the Fishbourne roundabout to the Manhood Peninsula.
“The link road is a vital piece of infrastructure and our partners have agreed that the evidence points to the need for this if we are to meet the level of growth the Government expects, and that this approach is needed while we wait for a long term decision from the Government on the A27. The proposed link road would cross over land owned by West Sussex County Council, and in their role as local highways authority, they have now asked us to carry out a much more detailed assessment on this so that the full benefits and impacts can be understood. This would be one of several improvements required to the junctions along the A27.
“We are also working with Southern Water on the issues around the capacity of waste water treatment infrastructure and whether this can be expanded to serve new growth.
“As I’ve said before, these are extremely complex issues and require extra detailed work to be carried out before the review can be finalised. This is reflected in the timetable that has been set out in the revised Local Development Scheme.
“As well as publishing the documents on our website, we will of course keep people updated on a regular basis through our Local Plan Review email newsletter, which you can sign up to by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/localplannewsletter”
The Local Development Scheme can be viewed by going to: www.chichester.gov.uk/planningpolicy
Spring into action with exciting activities for kids at West Sussex Libraries this Easter
With the children spending a lot more time at home over the past year, parents may have exhausted all possible forms of entertainment and be struggling for ideas to keep them amused over the Easter holidays.
But fear not, as West Sussex Libraries has a wealth of activities planned to help children have fun (and learn) at the same time.
Over the holiday, the library service will be providing kids (and their families) with a new and exciting blend of virtual and face-to-face activities which will be available online each Tuesday and Thursday covering the following themes:
- Growing - Tuesday 6 April
- Fun with food - Thursday 8 April
- Fit & Strong - Tuesday 13 April
- Cooking and ingredients - Thursday 15 April
There are competitions and challenges based on some favourite stories about food and growing, as well as ‘science in your kitchen’ experiments to try at home.
For anyone not online, local libraries will have all the activities available bagged up and ready to collect from the door.
Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “West Sussex Libraries are always at the heart of the community, supporting residents in a number of ways. This Easter, they are supporting our Education and Skills team by providing fun food-related activities to help keep children entertained over the break.
“The mixture of online, digital and physical activities have been created to complement the work being done by Education and Skills, who are supporting the Government’s Holiday Activity and Food Programme.
“Primarily, these are fun activities for all the family to enjoy – the key aim of our Library Service. But they will also help children learn more about the importance of food for their growing minds and bodies.”
UK Harvest, the Chichester based food rescue charity, will also be supporting the holiday programme.
Liz Woodsell, Chief Operating Officer at UK Harvest said: “We are thrilled to be working with the team at West Sussex Libraries in helping to deliver the Government’s Holiday Activity and Food Programme. We will be promoting the issues of healthy eating, avoiding food waste and growing your own vegetables to support the library activities. Our team of volunteers will also have a pop-up presence outside a number of the county’s libraries during the Easter holidays with activity sheets, recipes, ideas and giveaways.”
More information on locations will be posted on the UK Harvest website www.ukharvest.org.uk or on the library social media accounts closer to the time via Facebook: www.facebook.com/WestSussexLibraries and Twitter: @WSCCLibraries.
The holiday activities are open to all whether or not you are a member, but joining the library is free for everyone.
For more information on the Easter holidays programme at West Sussex Libraries, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/holidayactivity for more details.
Chichester District residents to benefit from free grants for energy efficient home improvements
Chichester District Council has successfully bid for funding to extend the Government’s Green Home Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme in the Chichester District, along with other local authorities in West Sussex.
This means that eligible homeowners in the district, including park home owners, could receive fully-funded support of up to £10,000 for energy efficiency improvements in their homes. Also as part of the scheme, private and social landlords will be able to access up to £5,000 with a one-third contribution.
Residents can apply for this funding if they have a household income of less than £30,000 and their home has a low energy efficiency. The funding can be used for a range of improvements and low carbon heating measures, including:
- solid wall insulation;
- loft insulation;
- first-time energy efficient double glazing;
- first-time gas central heating and air-source heat pumps; and,
- smart heating controls.
“We are delighted that this funding has been extended as this will enable even more of our residents to make their homes warmer and to save money on their energy bills,” says Councillor Alan Sutton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Communications, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council.
“If you think your home would benefit from energy efficient improvements, and you meet the eligibility criteria, I would encourage you to apply for this financial support. The grants are available on a first come first served basis so make sure you apply early to ensure your home is ready for autumn.
“If you’re unsure about your eligibility or have any questions about the scheme, you can contact Warmer Homes on 0800 038 5737 or visit their website at www.warmerhomes.org.uk to find out more and to apply.
“We know that having a warm home is important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing and we offer a number of schemes to help those in fuel poverty who cannot afford to heat their homes. If you are not eligible for the Green Home Grant or need additional support, the council’s dedicated Home Energy Advisors can offer free advice to help you reduce your energy bills and suggest other schemes you may be eligible for. They can also help homeowners and landlords identify where improvements can be made to their properties through a free Covid-safe home assessment. You can find out more about our Home Energy Service by visiting: https://chichester.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/topics/healthy-home/wellbeing-home.”
The Green Home Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme is available for applications until 30 September 2021. People can find out more about the scheme and apply for a grant at www.warmerhomes.org.uk
Work starts soon on major
Horsham highway improvement project
As part of West Sussex County Council’s ongoing commitment to improving traffic capacity on the highway, major improvement work starts soon at the A24 Robin Hood roundabout junction in Horsham.
The project will start on 6 April, subject to factors such as severe weather. In the first stage there will be lane closures on the A24 so that street lighting and traffic signal ducts can be installed, followed by night-time closures between the Great Daux and Farthings Hill roundabouts: this is so temporary traffic management measures can be introduced.
Details on this and future stages will be available on the project page at www.westsussex.gov.uk/a24-robin-hood-junction. Residents and other road users can also subscribe to regular email updates by emailing email@example.com
A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the works but please bear in mind this project will lead to long-term improvements.
“We are liaising with the project team working on Legal and General’s nearby Land North of Horsham project to try to minimise the impact on traffic in the area as much as possible.”
The Robin Hood junction improvements include:
· widening the A24 northbound, from two lanes to three
· widening the A24 southbound, from two lanes to four
· widening the exit from Warnham Road on to the roundabout
· traffic signal control on the A24 approaches and on the Warnham Road, with traffic signal control on the roundabout
· provision of a signalised 'Toucan' crossing across the Northbound exit of the A24 (towards A24 Great Daux)
· improved footway and cycleway connection, Warnham Road to Robin Hood Lane and the Public Right of Way.
Benefits of the scheme include:
· providing increased road capacity at the junction to allow for increased traffic due to local developments and through traffic;
· the provision of traffic lights with sensors, which adjust signal timings according to queuing levels to help ease congestion – these will be on signalled approaches (not Robin Hood Lane) and will help manage flows in the peak and off-peak periods;
· new crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists linking Warnham Park and the Public Right of Way with Warnham Road via new Toucan crossings.
The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-Autumn 2021.
WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL
TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION
EBERNOE ROAD, BALLS CROSS
NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Ebernoe Road, Balls Cross from junction with Balls Cross Road to junction with Streels Lane is temporarily prohibited from 25/03/2021 at 09.30 until 25/03/2021 at 15.00
The restriction will be in place off peak only between 09.30 – 15.00
This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC
Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times
The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site
This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above
Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105
Any queries about the works please contact Balfour Beatty on 01243 642105
Dated 17 March 2021
Director of Highways, Transport and Planning
Community Speed Watch in Plaistow
Do you live in Plaistow? Would you like to be a part of the Community Speed Watch (CSW) initiative which has been set up in the parish?
The Parish’s CSW initiative is organised and run independently from the Parish Council; nevertheless, the Council is keen to invigorate support and participation in a CSW team in Plaistow.
The CSW team wish to expand into Plaistow but need volunteers to help set it up!
Can you help?
The Ifold team is active along Plaistow Road. Trained volunteers report speeding drivers to the police with the aim of educating them to slow down. Since March 2020, the group have managed a very impressive 28 roadside sessions which has resulted in 528 letters being sent to speeding drivers!
If you would like to become a trained volunteer and can give an hour or so of your time each month to help fight the adverse impact excessive speed has on those who live in the parish that would be greatly appreciated.
For more information, or to volunteer please contact the Clerk
01403 871 652 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ifold has a project to implement superfast gigabit fibre broadband (FTTP) via Openreach's Community Fibre Partnership. Funding is provided by Gov.uk Dept for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) through their Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme.
For more information, please see the attached flyer and visit the following web page or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ifold.broadband.project
As you are aware, the Government will start to lift some restrictions from Monday 8th March, as part of the first step on its road map to a route back to a more normal life. The full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary
Please see the attached graphic for step one, so that you can easily understand the changes.
£5 council tax rise plus use of reserves is agreed to protect vital services across Chichester District
Chichester District Councillors have agreed to increase the average council tax bill by £5 for a Band D property and use reserves for the first time in years in order to protect vital services across the district.
The decision was made at Chichester District Council’s Full Council meeting on Tuesday 2 March, where a £5 (3%) rise was agreed. This means that the average Band D council tax payer will pay just over £3 a week for the 80 plus services provided by the council – 47 pence a day.
“Like many other organisations, our council’s finances have been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” explains Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council. “During this time we have been working hard to adapt and review what we are doing in order to support our communities, so that we could minimise the financial impact on our residents.
“Over the past year we have delivered significant amounts of support to people across the district. This has included supporting vulnerable residents and keeping them safe to issuing grants to businesses and working to reduce homelessness.
“Council tax is just one of a number of ways in which we fund the services in our district. Fees and charges also help pay for services but these have been badly hit over the past year as a result of the pandemic. While we have managed to access some financial support from the Government to ease the pressure, we’ve also had to dip into council reserves and will be using just over £2 million this year to plug the gap – this is the first time that we have had to do this for many years.
“Councils have a legal duty to deliver a balanced budget which is why we have had to use reserves this time. As part of our Corona Virus Recovery Plan we have put in place a series of measures that will return us to a balanced financial position without the use of reserves over the medium term. This includes further savings and introducing other ways of generating income.
“We are keeping council tax as low as we can, and we still remain one of the lowest charging authorities in the country, but we need to ensure that vital services continue and that we are providing support to those people in our communities who need it the most.
“We are also maintaining our council tax support scheme so that those who are most vulnerable in our communities will not receive any increase.”
Chichester District Council provides more than 80 different services across the district including. During the pandemic, as well as continuing to provide its normal day-to-day services, including collecting waste and recycling and determining planning applications it has carried out a wide range of work to support people and businesses:
• Reducing rough sleeping, accessing funding for additional rough sleeper accommodation and providing wider support.
• Starting work on a project to provide 17 extra flats for people who are homeless and working to increase short-stay accommodation.
• Identifying and addressing gaps in volunteer provision.
• Supporting West Sussex County Council’s Community Hub.
• Supporting more than 100 people with essential shopping and medication deliveries.
• Holding weekly welfare chats with vulnerable residents.
• Issuing more than £47 million in business rate and discretionary grants.
• Employing Covid Information Officers and Covid Ambassadors to offer support to businesses so that they are COVID-Secure for staff and customers.
• Helping businesses adapt the way they work during the pandemic.
• Providing social distancing signage.
• Providing £500,000 for grant schemes to help eligible businesses and community groups with their recovery plans.
• Issuing free pavement licences to eligible hospitality businesses.
• Extending our £699,000 Council Tax hardship fund to support those who need extra help.
• Continuing to support Chichester Festival Theatre and Pallant House Gallery.
• Commissioning an economic and social value impact study with the district’s arts organisations.
• Trebling our funding to Visit Chichester to £150,000 to help boost the tourism sector post-pandemic.
• Moving forward with the redevelopment of our St James’ Industrial Estate to help boost economic growth.
• Supporting businesses to convert easily to take-away only and allowing overnight deliveries for food and essential products.
• Addressing complaints around social distancing and COVID regulations.
• Making sure that people are well informed of the support that is available.
Chichester District Council collects all of the council tax, but only keeps around a 9% share of this. The other 91% is then distributed to West Sussex County Council, The Police and Crime Commissioner, and parish councils.
Each of these public service providers makes decisions about its council tax increases independently, and will finalise their amounts for the next financial year in the coming weeks.
Billingshurst Community Transport (BCT) actively supports residents within the parish. This service enables registered passengers to undertake trips to medical appointments, Day Centres, shops, leisure and other non-urgent appointments. The journeys are carried out by our group of dedicated volunteer drivers who are DBS checked.
At present BCT provides support for over 300 passengers. This gives them the freedom to attend various appointments and places which they may have difficulty accessing. The scheme has a wheelchair accessible vehicle, which makes transferring to and from the vehicle easier for our less mobile clients.
In order to benefit from this community service you will need to register. To do so, simply phone 01403 787696 between the hours of 9.30am - 11.00am Monday to Friday.
We ask for a small yearly subscription of £5.00. Our fares are set from each village to each destination. Local journeys of up to 5 miles are set at £4.00. For medical appointments you are able to take a companion who is able to travel free of charge.
Billingshurst Community Transport is always looking for volunteer drivers. If you would like to give something back to the local community and have time available Graeme Acraman, the scheme’s Manager, would like to hear from you. Simply, phone 01403 787696 and Lynne will explain what is involved in being a volunteer and how the scheme works overall.
Graeme and the Billingshurst Community Transport team look forward to hearing from you. They are based locally at the Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre in Roman Way Billingshurst RH14 9QW.
Registered Charity Number: 1101884
Police Community Support Officer
Attached is our Parish Report for January & February 2021.
If you wish to contact the Police, please ensure that you use the correct method:
999 - for emergencies only (when a crime is in progress, or offenders are on the scene, or in the immediate area)
101 - for non emergencies (when a crime has taken place, offenders are not actually at the scene, but may still be in the wider area)
Website - www.sussexpolice.uk follow the links to online reporting (the incident has finished, no one is around, but the Police still need to know it has happened)
Email - email@example.com (as for online reporting via the website detailed above)
Be part of our firefighting team – we want you!
The ‘hottest’ job in West Sussex is about to open for recruitment.
Recruitment for firefighters at West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service opens on Friday 5 March at 12pm.
The service is looking to attract a varied pool of potential applicants and pick the best candidates from all backgrounds and walks of life.
New wholetime firefighters are being recruited. Wholetime firefighters are permanently based at and respond from a fire station.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, said: “Firefighting is a fantastic career and we will offer training that is second to none.
“On paper I might not have looked like an obvious candidate, but the fire service took me on the strength of who they believed I could be.
“The role of the firefighter is ever-changing, and our new recruits will learn a host of skills. Yes, you will be putting out fires and cutting people out of cars, but we are also looking for people who can communicate vital safety messages and form important relationships in their community. We are looking for people who can stop these emergencies from happening by connecting with people and reducing their risk.”
A live question and answer session will also run to give people thinking of applying the chance to put their questions to current firefighters.
Sabrina added: “We have worked hard to remove historic barriers that might have stopped people from thinking about applying and we want to attract more women and people of different races and backgrounds to realise the fire service is a great place to work.
“We are looking to create a diverse workforce and we are asking people who haven’t considered becoming a firefighter to consider it now.”
For more information see www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire
Census Support Service in West Sussex Libraries
West Sussex Libraries are part of the national Census Support Service. Library staff can help support residents who live in Adur, Worthing, Arun and Chichester areas to complete their census forms online.
Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council is in the Chichester area :0)
As libraries are currently not open for browsing or computer use, we can complete the form online for residents over the phone. To book an appointment with one of our staff, who are all trained Census Support Advisors, phone 0330 222 3455 Monday to Friday between 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Food Rescue in West Sussex
Did you know, in West Sussex food waste makes up 40% of the average household residual bin?
The West Sussex Waste Prevention Team are working with the food partnerships across the county to encourage our residents to share their surplus food, in order to help those in food poverty and prevent this terrible wastage.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic’s beginning in March 2020 there has been significant changes to food behaviours in the UK which have been unfortunate for many. Sustain UK estimates that 8.4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty, with BAME, disabled and older people worst affected. Pre-lockdown, in 2019-20, a record high of nearly 2m people in the UK used a food bank, according to the Trussell Trust. The numbers are estimated to have increased hugely due to the pandemic, hence why redistributing food would help residents in West Sussex. Below are some of the services available to you for redistributing food in the county:
OLIO… OLIO connects neighbours with each other, and local food businesses so surplus food can be shared and not thrown away. All users need to do is simply snap a photo of their spare items and add it to the app. Neighbours who live nearby can see if anything takes their fancy, and if so request it! Everything on OLIO is always offered for free and can be picked up Covid-safe. Food is shared when it is nearing its sell-by date, is spare home-grown vegetables, or when residents are going away and will not use it. OLIO was created to try and prevent food waste and help the global issue of climate change, as food waste is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. The app has been used in over 50 countries and shared over 1.6 million items between neighbours!
Community Fridges…these are refrigerators located in a public space which enable food to be shared within a community. Spare food is dropped off here by community members of small businesses to be rescued and shared amongst those who need it. The Fare Divide Community Group (faredivide.org.uk) have set up community fridges in Littlehampton and Horsham, where perishable items are free for collection by community members. They also run outreach pop-up community fridges in East Preston, Angmering and Rustington.
The team do not want a certain food at certain times, just generally lots of food on an ongoing basis for people in the community in need of it. They would appreciate any donations.
Food Banks…often community organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life. They normally provide people with a food parcel of three days' nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food. There are many foodbanks spread across the county which accept donations including: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, pasta sauce, lentils, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea or coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk, and fruit juice. You can also donate by adding additional items to your in-store food shop and leaving these items in the donation trolley located near the exit.
To find out more on how you can reduce food waste and help others see @wsrecycles on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
Chichester District Council's
Local Plan Review Newsletter – Issue 1
Chichester District Council (CDC) is currently working on the Local Plan Review. This will set out our vision for the future of the district’s economy; it will plan for transport and housing needs; it will look at how we can improve the lives of children and young people; it will consider the area’s environmental needs; it will support our health and wellbeing; and will ensure that we continue to have a rich arts and cultural environment.
The plan, which will cover all of the areas in the district that do not fall within the South Downs National Park, will help to manage and shape development and provide much needed housing in our area over the next 15 years. It will also help to protect the important environmental and historic qualities of the area, while addressing the district’s future housing and employment development needs.
This is the first of a series of regular updates to keep you informed of our progress and to explain the areas of work that we are currently focusing on. It will also highlight how you can have your say throughout the process.
What will the Local Plan Review cover?
The Local Plan Review covers a wide variety of topics and so we have created the themes below to help people better understand the work that the plan covers.
· Living and housing
· Environment and greenspace
· Getting around and transport
· Health and wellbeing
· Local community
· Education and learning
· Arts, Culture and Heritage
· Facilities and services
Why do we need a local plan?
A Local Plan gives us the opportunity to create a better future for everyone. As jobs are created, earnings are increased, productivity is raised, living standards are improved, aspiration and skills are increased, the housing needs of local people are met, and better quality of services and facilities for those living in and visiting our area are provided. This is needed more than ever in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has impacted on the district’s economy, travel patterns and usage, as well as everyone’s health and social wellbeing. The plan offers us the opportunity to become more resilient and to create a fairer, healthier, safer and greener district.
What progress have we made?
Even though the council has been responding to the current pandemic, the Local Plan Review has continued to be a top priority. We have been looking at all sorts of issues, including retail and the future of our High Streets; wildlife corridors to link the South Downs National Park with the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; climate change; and much more. However, two of the key themes that we are currently focusing on are roads and waste water.
In order to meet the Government’s housing targets, we need to make sure that the right roads and facilities are in place. We have carried out huge amounts of work, looking at where housing could possibly go and what new roads or improvements would be needed. This is a complex process because it requires us to carry out detailed assessments, accounting for all sorts of things, from the environmental impact to local economic needs.
This work, which has involved transport specialists, has identified that we need a series of improvements on the junctions on the A27, including a link road from the Fishbourne roundabout, to the Manhood Peninsula. Highways England has told us that the options we are suggesting will meet the additional pressure from future housing.
West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has also agreed that the link road would be necessary if we are to meet the level of growth the Government expects. Our partners have agreed that this approach is needed while we wait for a long term decision from the Government on the A27.
We know that some people have said that these proposals are being withheld from communities. This is not true. The improvements to the A27 are contained in a transport study, which was part of the Preferred Approach consultation on the Local Plan in December 2018, and has been on our website since then. Further work, to assess whether there is any alternative option to a link road is currently being finalised and the intention is that it will be on our website in a few weeks.
The proposed link road would cross over land owned by WSCC and in their role as local highways authority, they have now asked us to carry out a much more detailed assessment on this so that the full benefits and impacts can be understood. Completing this work will take some time and will affect the current Local Plan timetable. This is a vital piece of evidence for the Planning Inspector who will review the plan, to consider whether it is acceptable for adoption.
Waste water update
Waste water has long been a problem in the South of the district. We have been lobbying Southern Water to explain what improvements will be required for some time. However, due to the dissatisfaction from our councillors about the progress made by Southern Water, we raised an official complaint with the Water Services Regulation Authority, Ofwat, which oversees all waste water providers and is able to hold them to account.
Since then, we have recently been holding constructive meetings with Southern Water and the Environment Agency to look at what can be achieved.
In order to deliver the Local Plan, we need more waste water capacity. Southern Water has agreed to work with us jointly on identifying improvements that need to be made. Over the coming months, we will be developing a clear plan that will set out what is needed and how it will be achieved.
Why do we need to deliver these solutions?
Although we are not responsible for roads or waste water, these issues need to be resolved so that the infrastructure can be delivered to support the development needs of the plan. It is vital that we work with our partners to explore all options and ensure that we have the evidence to demonstrate the outcomes of our investigations. This is important, because when the Local Plan Review is submitted to the Planning Inspector to be formally examined, we have to show that we have done everything we can to consider all of the available options. If our evidence shows that certain things are not possible, as long as we have the evidence, the Inspector will take this into consideration when reviewing the targets that we have been set by Government.
How long will all of this take?
We are currently reviewing our timetable to take account of the additional evidence that is required. This will be considered by the council on 2 March 2021.
How will the district be protected from speculative development in the meantime?
Every planning application is considered by the council. As part of this process, we often have to consult with Southern Water, West Sussex County Council, the Environment Agency, Natural England, and Highways England. If any of these organisations highlight significant problems that cannot be overcome, then the application would be refused.
In addition to this, we have introduced an Interim Housing Policy Statement. This is part of our rule book for planning applications and this considers other factors, such as the protection of strategic wildlife corridors and Environment Agency advice on flooding. This approach gives us the best possible position to manage planning applications until the Local Plan Review is agreed.
We appreciate that some people have called for the council to demand a moratorium on planning applications. Even if we could delay investment in homes and jobs, under law, developers have the right to submit planning applications which must be determined within agreed timescales. If not, they have a right of appeal to Planning Inspectors and we may even be found to have acted unreasonably, with applicants’ appeal costs awarded against us.
How can I find out more?
People can find out more about the work we are doing on our website at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/localplanreview
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Sussex Police & Crime
Commissioner Katy Bourne, in partnership with the Association of Police &
Crime Commissioners (APCC), has launched today (19 February) a national survey,
designed to understand public perception of dog theft, enforcement and the
prosecution of offenders.
The Home Secretary is currently reviewing the issue of pet theft, and what future enforcement may look like with potentially tougher penalties for perpetrators.
The responses to this survey will help inform the discussions that PCCs will have on this issue nationally, and allow police forces to better understand the public's views on this crime and how they might improve their response to those concerns.
Demand for dogs as pets has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The cost of some puppies, on Pets4Homes, is currently as high as £3,000, making them a valuable commodity to criminals.
According to Dog Lost, the UK's largest lost and found dog service, it is estimated thefts have risen by 250 per cent, with criminal gangs involved.
PCC Bourne says: “I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents’ views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets."
"I hope that the results of this survey will give the Government the evidence it needs to take more robust action against perpetrators."
The 60-second survey will be open until 17:00 on Friday 12th March. Make sure to have your say today: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogtheft
On 10th February, a Member of the Public asked the Parish Council to seek an update regarding the works being undertaken to Lagoon 2 at Crouchlands Farm, particularly in relation to the volume of clay being transported to the lagoon site and possible destruction of Nightingale territory. The following response has been received from Artemis Land and Agriculture Ltd:
"The earth that is being brought up is being used to shore up the banks,
following all the rain last week, so we can finalise the restoration works on
Lagoon 2, prior to landscaping and replanting, hopefully in the spring.
With regards to the nightingales; [we are] aware of the
territories – please see the extract below from our ecology report, conducted
by The Ecology Coop:
During the survey the territories of at least three nightingales were identified. These were primarily centered on an area of scrub between two lagoons towards the western end of the site, a farm track leading towards these lagoons and a bridleway towards the western end of the site.
This is the area between Lagoons 1 and 2. The only area adjacent to the wood by Lagoon 2 that has been cleared are the original banks/bund that were cleared of the fence, deadwood and brambles to enable safe access during the ongoing remediation works. None of the habitat referred to has been cleared. In due course that whole area of Lagoon 2 will be given over to habitat creation as part of our broader biodiversity strategy to enhance the natural capital of the farm."
The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is consulting on an amended draft Parking Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (full title – Guidance on Parking for Residential and Non-Residential Development) and a Consultation Statement.
The SDNPA would like to hear your views on these documents. Have your say on their website here.
This Technical Advice Note (TAN) has been produced by the South Downs National Park to help guide applicants and agents when applying for planning permission for camping and glamping tourism accommodation. This document should be read alongside policies in the South Downs Local Plan (SDLP) and the Partnership Management Plan (PMP).
On adoption the TAN will be a material consideration that will be taken into account by decision makers at the Authority and the host authorities. when determining planning applications for camping and glamping.
Textiles and small electrical items to be recycled as part of trial collection scheme in Chichester District
Leading Councillors at Chichester District Council have given the green light to start a trial kerbside collection scheme for textiles and small waste electrical and electronic items.
The eight-month pilot was approved by CDC's Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday 2 February. The trial will start this summer, covering 75% of the population of Chichester District. Items such as old toasters, kettles and hairdryers will be collected in a separate reusable bag as part of the fortnightly recycling collection.
The trial has been funded by a £68,000 grant from West Sussex County Council, and will run until early 2022. After the results are reviewed and analysed, Cabinet Councillors will be asked to decide whether or not the service should be made permanent across the whole district.
Analysis carried out three years ago by West Sussex County Council found that the county’s black waste contained approximately 4.4% of textiles and 0.9% of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). A permanent scheme could increase the district’s recycling levels by up to 2.5%.
“We are always keen to do more to help improve recycling rates and we are delighted to announce this trial scheme,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment at Chichester District Council. “With the environment and climate change at the forefront of residents’ minds, we want to do all that we can to enable residents to make a positive difference.
“We already collect a wide range of materials for recycling such as foil; pots, tubs and trays; glass; cartons and aerosol cans as well as plastic bottles, cans, paper and card. This new trial will further expand on this and enable residents to prevent even more of their waste from going to landfill.
“We are expecting the Government to introduce new legislation requiring all waste collection authorities to introduce separate collections for textiles and small WEEE by 2025. By running a trial now we will be getting prepared and ahead of the game in time for these changes.”
Full details of how the scheme will work will be released nearer the time and will be placed on CDC's website.
Residents can find further recycling tips at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/recyclingadvice
During these difficult times, many people are supporting their communities through schemes such as Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council's LCAV Scheme. Sometimes this support includes regular befriending phone calls.
Conversations involving bereavement and loss are difficult. Therefore, the As You Are Centre are running a number of webinars on bereavement and loss awareness which are open to anyone who is engaging with people as a key part of their role, including as a volunteer or in their community.
The sessions are FREE to access, and will help you develop knowledge, skills and understanding around loss and bereavement. When we know someone has been bereaved it can be difficult to know what to say; these online sessions will share theory and understanding around loss and bereavement that can help make difficult conversations a little easier.
The webinars have been funded by West Sussex County Council Public Health, as part of Compassionate Communities West Sussex.
Children and Young People:
St Wilfrid’s Hospice are also running webinars on bereavement, loss and change during Covid-19 specifically for schools, and organisations working with children and young people. For more information, including dates and how to book, please go to their website https://stwh.co.uk/education.
Please view the attached flyer below for more information, including the dates of the webinars and how to book a place.
Sussex Police have launched a new enforcement unit to track
and catch dangerous and wanted criminals using the Sussex road network to
commit crime. For further details please refer to the attached report.
Ever wondered what to do with your Waste Electrical and
Electronic Equipment (WEEE)? Find out below in February's Newsletter (scroll to the very end to download notice).
You can watch the Mia recycles series of short videos here. These short videos help West Sussex residents understand how they should be recycling and cut the confusion around which items can and can’t be recycled.
To find out more information about recycling and waste prevention in West Sussex, please visit the WSCC website here.
November Article -When recycling at home, keep it
Clean, Dry and Loose
Recycling is easy. We can recycle lots of items by placing them in our recycling bin at home. They will be sorted and separated at the Ford Materials Recycling Facility (MRF), it is then baled up and transported to re-processors for manufacturing into new goods and products. Items you can place in your recycling bin include paper and magazines, card, glass jars and bottles, plastic bottles, tubs and trays (including black plastic tubs and trays), metal cans and aerosols, foil (aluminium foil and foil containers) and cartons (including cartons used for juice, soup and milk as well as other cardboard cartons). All you need to make sure is that the items are Clean, Dry and Loose.
CLEAN - free from
food and drink leftovers, a quick rinse normally does the job.
DRY - keep your recycling bin lid shut and don’t leave cardboard outside of the bin to get soggy.
LOOSE – not in plastic bags, these get caught in our sorting machine and cause delays.
We ask that your recycling is kept clean as items that have left over food or drink in them can ruin the quality of other items in your recycling bin. This can then in turn spoil the recycling in the recycling lorries and at the materials recycling facility (MRF). Items that are covered with leftover food and drink cannot be recycled.
We ask that your recycling is kept dry, as when wet any paper and cardboard will become soggy and cannot be recycled. Glass will also stick to the wet paper and cardboard resulting in these items not being recycled. Also, during the process at the MRF wet paper and cardboard will stick to the machinery, clogging up the system and resulting in breakdowns and extra expenses.
Many of us are spending more time at home, so it’s a great opportunity to take a few moments to see what we are throwing away. Can we reduce it? Swap to reusable products? (We can also begin to see what we are regularly throwing in our residual waste bin. Is there anything you throw away regularly that you could swap out?) The West Sussex Waste Prevention team members have swapped cotton pads for reusable face pads that can be washed alongside clothing. All team members have completely stopped purchasing water bottles and hot drinks in paper or plastic cups. Being able to physically see what we throw away really helps us understand what we consume. Small changes make big impacts if we all work together!
So, before you buy it think; do you need it? Do you need to spend money on it? Then, before you throw think; it is it recycling? Have a look in your bins and see if everything is in a right place and that your recycling is always Clean, Dry and Loose.
For additional information on recycling at home see our videos on how Mia Recycles https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/mia-recycles/
with any questions, tips you have or advice you would like!
October Article - Food Waste and Covid-19
The last few weeks and months have been filled with questions and lessons: How do you make a face-mask? How to keep a harmonious atmosphere when locked in with family? How to make banana bread? How to use leftovers?
These questions have been searched by so many and every person has learnt something new. The positives that have come out of this tough situation are how we have all learnt to adapt and be creative. Many of us have created some of the best (and worst) meals during lock down, using tins that have been hidden for months. According to Wrap’s study on how consumer’s food habits have altered during Covid-19, we have learnt great lessons. Many people have begun freezing ingredients and whole meals so they don’t go out of date and can be used another time. Others have started making shopping lists consistently for the first time. Some are saving leftovers they never normally would and are getting creative with when to reuse them. Reducing everyone’s ability to shop and the possibility of product shortages has made us think differently about wasting things.
This has resulted in 36% of people in the UK stating they are throwing away less food. 36% is around 1 in 3 people who are saving money, helping the environment and stopping to think about food as something we should value more than what we currently do.
What the Waste Prevention Team have found most shocking on reflection is the amount of times per week the team would buy food. These food shops could have been the main shop, top-up shops, lunchtime meal deals when forgetting lunch, or, snack runs for an impromptu film night. Purchasing food around 4-5 times a week, not including possible restaurant visits. This wasn’t uncommon. We rush around, knowing we will be able to buy food whenever and wherever we are. This change has made us think. Wrap’s study also found frequency of shopping has decreased substantially, while the amount of food purchased per shop has increased. The food purchased has been more carefully considered, and thanks to creating a shopping list everything has been remembered!
So, going forward we have challenged ourselves to keep our new good habits. Like 47% of people surveyed, the Team will check in cupboards before shopping. Like 37% of people they will see if new fun meals can be created using random ingredients that would otherwise go to waste.
Our main goal though is to buy food less and only buy the food we need! This will save money, save the planet and save precious time.
What changes have you made in lock down? What changes will you be keeping?
Email: Waste.Prevention@westsussex.gov.uk with any tips you have, or advice you would like!
We are pleased to announce that the Lady Hope Playpark in Plaistow will be undergoing an upgrade in March 2021.
The playpark will be closed to the public during the works, which are likely to take the whole of March to complete. However, the aim is to re-open the upgraded playpark in time for the Easter holidays! Exact dates will be confirmed nearer the time.
Please visit the designated Lady Hope Playpark page of our website for further details, including the exciting new design!
New Covid support schemes launched to help district businesses during lockdown
New Government schemes have been launched in the Chichester District to help businesses that have been affected by the current Coronavirus lockdown.
“A new top-up grant scheme is now live for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that have been required to close during the current national restrictions, and a further scheme offers financial help to businesses that don’t meet the criteria for this grant but that are still impacted by the current coronavirus restrictions,”explains Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council.
“If you own a business in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, and are required to close,I would urge you to visit our web pages as soon as you can to see whether you are eligible for two new schemes: the Closed Business Lockdown Payment, which is a one-off top up grant worth up to £9,000, and a support grant called the Local Restriction Grant (Closed Addendum: 5 January onwards). Details on the eligibility criteria and how to apply for these schemes is available at: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.
“We also want to make other types of businesses aware that support is available through the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme. This is for businesses that have not been required to close but are still being affected by the current national lockdown. You can find out more and apply here: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.
“In addition, a range of other business support schemes are still open to help district businesses that were affected by the second national lockdown in November 2020 and last year’s local tier restrictions. Businesses can find details on all the available Government schemes, and apply, at: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.
“Our teams are continuing to work incredibly hard to ensure that all grants are paid out to businesses as quickly as possible. They are also on hand to help businesses identify which scheme, or schemes, they can apply for.”
Chichester District Council is also still issuing its business recovery grants. More information can be found at www.chichester.gov.uk/covidrecoverygrants
Businesses are urged to sign up to the council’s eBiz newsletter at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/business to receive updates on the support that is available to them, and notifications when support schemes open for applications.
Chichester District Council has updated its Community Guide! The aim of the Community Guide is to inform and assist people, and to ensure their safety as well as the safety of any people they may be supporting during the ongoing pandemic. The Guide includes key information, contacts, and guidance all in one place.
The Guide can also be downloaded from CDC's website at: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/covidresidentsupport
Council is carrying out inspections on supermarkets to make sure that they are Covid-Secure
Regular inspections are being carried out by Chichester District Council officers in supermarkets and other essential businesses to make sure that they are Covid-Secure.
Inspections focus on cleaning procedures; face covering compliance; signage; social distancing and other procedures, to help drive down coronavirus infection rates and keep the district’s residents and workers safe.
Supermarkets and essential businesses that are open during the lock down are inspected because they are some of the few remaining places where people from different households are allowed to be in the same area, and being indoors, it is particularly important that the Covid restrictions are correctly followed.
Covid Ambassadors and Community Wardens are also patrolling the district to provide advice and guidance and to make sure that residents and businesses are following the restrictions that are in place.
“These are really challenging times and so it is vital that we all do all that we can to drive down infection rates,” says Cllr Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for the Environment at Chichester District Council.
“Although we are currently in a national lock down, everyone still has to go out for essential items from supermarkets and other businesses that are still open. Due to this, our focus is to carry out regular inspections to make sure that these businesses are providing Covid-Secure environments for both residents and workers.
“Our officers have been helping businesses since the start of the pandemic, by offering advice and making sure that they meet Covid-secure standards. They have also been regularly visiting businesses and responding to concerns raised by the public. We hope these actions will offer further reassurance to both our residents and businesses that the appropriate safety measures are being taken.
“It’s vital that we all play our part by staying at home, other than leaving the house for essential reasons. By doing this we will protect the NHS and save lives.”
As of 7 January 2021,
Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been
sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity
to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on
a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input
personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very
similar to the real NHS website.
Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”
How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.
The NHS will never:
- ask for your bank account or card details
- ask for your PIN or banking passwords
- arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
- ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills
If you receive a call you believe to be
fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received,
forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Make sure your home is ready for winter with Warmer Homes, our fully funded home energy efficiency service
Is your home prepared for the colder months? Are you on a low income and worried about living in a cold home this winter? Our free Warmer Homes service is here to help you.
We provide a free energy assessment of your home and help with accessing grant funding for any energy efficiency improvements identified.
The service called Warmer Homes is free, and we've already helped many residents in the Chichester District Council area.
Warmer Homes can help provide grant funding for:
- First-time gas central heating and heat pumps
- Wall insulation, such as solid wall insulation
- Loft insulation
- Smart Heating Controls
- Energy efficient double glazing, doors and much more!
You can qualify in lots of ways. To see if you're eligible, we look at things like your income, your household situation and how energy efficient your home is.
Get in contact today to see how we can help you.
To check your eligibility and book a free assessment:
- Call 0800 038 5737 (free)
- Go to www.warmerhomes.org.uk and apply online
If you are not eligible under this scheme, or would like further information on the home energy services Chichester District Council has to offer, please contact the Council’s Wellbeing service on 01243 521 041 or email Jo Williamson email@example.com. Energy Assessments will have to meet the latest Covid-19 rules.
PARISH LITTER PICK - A BIG THANK YOU!!
Although, due to Covid-19, we were unable to have a group litter pick this Autumn, several volunteers in the Parish have kindly been out and about in their own spare time picking up the rubbish. Between us we have managed to pick all the routes normally cleared in the Parish.
THANK YOU to:
Sara & Geoff Burrell
Ali & Alan Dorman
Wendy & Stuart Lockwood, and Peggy the Staffie!
Nicky & Paul Millard
Jackie & Chris Smith
In excess of 30 bags were collected and some volunteers went beyond the call of duty and actually separated the bottles, cans etc, washed them, and put them in their own recycling bin!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED.
Hopefully, the Spring litter pick can be a group event again.
Local support for NHS Test
& Trace launches across Sussex
A new service has just gone live to support the national NHS Test and Trace system.
Working from West Sussex County Council’s COVID-19 Community Hub, the service will take on responsibility for contacting individuals across East and West Sussex who have received a positive COVID-19 test result, but were unable to be contacted by the national NHS Test and Trace team within 48 hours.
Contact will be made to these individuals via text, phone or email.
The local service will also be on hand to:
- Provide advice regarding positive test results and requirement to self-isolate;
- Collect details of the individuals’ contacts during their infectious period and enter them into the national NHS Test and Trace system for the national team to get in contact with;
- Offer additional support as required, including the wide range of help and advice available from the Community Hub service.
The service will operate between 8am-8pm seven days a week, including public and bank holidays.
Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “Our COVID-19 Community Hub was set-up to support our most vulnerable residents when the pandemic started. The extension of our service to now include support for the national NHS Test and Trace system is another example of how we are doing all we can to keep residents safe and our case numbers down.
“We are also really pleased that our team is supporting our neighbouring county, East Sussex, with their local Test and Trace calls. This strong partnership working highlights how important it is that councils continue to work together to keep residents safe during this challenging time.”
Keith Glazier, leader of East Sussex County Council said: “The ability to trace everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is vital in our fight against the virus. We are pleased to be working with West Sussex County Council to deliver a local service which will be invaluable in helping us to increase the effectiveness of the national system.
“We know that many people are often reluctant to answer a phone call from a national number they don’t recognise, and hope a call from a local East Sussex phone number will result in more people being made aware of a positive test result and taking the necessary action to protect others in our community.
“Our residents are doing a fantastic job in following the guidance and keeping themselves and others safe, and we must continue to work together and do everything possible to stop the spread of the virus and bring the pandemic under control.”
Residents in West Sussex who need to be contacted by the Community Hub will receive a text, call or email from one of the below:
- Text: COVID TRACE
- Phone: 01243 642153
- Email: West Sussex County Council Local COVID Tracing Partnership
The Community Hub will then ask individuals for the following details:
- Their name, date of birth and postcode;
- If they live with other people;
- Any places they've been recently, such as a workplace or school;
- Names and contact details of any people they were in close contact with within the 48 hours before their symptoms started (if they know these details).
The Community Hub will NOT:
- Ask for bank details or payments;
- Ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media;
- Ask residents to set up a password or PIN number over the phone;
- Ask residents to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087.
For further details about the local test and trace system, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/localtracingpartnership.
Update from Artemis Land and Agriculture:
We continue to make good progress with regards to our emptying of Lagoon 2 and the reclamation of that area prior to landscaping and replanting.
Harpers Environmental has now completed the emptying phase, with the waste going to an offsite treatment plant for processing, and so the multiple lorry movements have now finished. Our environmental contractors are now stabilising the very last remaining material using lime, which is the approved environmental method, and have begun back-filling the lagoon and temporarily re-landscaping the area as we develop the longer term habitat creation plan. We now have just the one tanker on site to take away any rainwater and the top water released as the last remaining material settles out and we stabilise it. This is no more than two trips a day and, as a single tanker, this is not escorted.
The Public Rights of Way in that area remain closed under the WSCC closure notice and we have also erected additional barriers, whilst we are undertaking the final phase; as the lime is corrosive and can burn if it gets onto the skin. I would therefore implore villagers to please adhere to the closure notices.
All being well, we hope to complete the clearance and back-filling of Lagoon 2 by Christmas.
I am most grateful to the village for their forbearance whilst we had the multiple lorry movements.
With kind regards,
Anthony Fairbanks Weston TD DL | Chairman
Previous update (September, 23rd 2020)
Artemis Land and Agriculture began emptying and disposing of the content of Lagoon 2 in August. There are about 6 lorries/12 movements per day. The lorry route taken is right out of the main entrance to Crouchland Farm, then left into Foxbridge Lane and then right into Plaistow Road heading east on route to the waste processing plant in south London.
The Parish Council has been liaising with both WSCCs Highways Department and Artemis to ensure road safety remains a central focus. Signage, the use of convoy vehicles, verge vegetation management and road condition surveys have been implemented.
The attached letters have been sent to the Parish Council and are published here, with Artemis’ consent, to provide an update to the Community.
Residents across Chichester District encouraged to recycle as much as they can this Christmas
Chichester District Council is reminding residents of the many ways that they can recycle their waste to help reduce their environmental impact this Christmas.
Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council, says: “Over Christmas we tend to generate more waste than usual and so we are keen to help residents recycle as much as possible at this time of year.
“When you’re unwrapping your presents this Christmas, remember that cardboard boxes and packaging, wrapping paper and empty tubes, Christmas cards and envelopes, can all be recycled.
“The packaging from many of our favourite Christmas food and drink products such as plastic confectionery tubs and meat trays, foil mince pie cases, glass bottles and jars, and empty chocolate advent calendars, can also be placed in your burgundy bin.
“So that we can recycle as much as possible, you can help us by making sure your recycling is:
- Clean – free from food and drink leftovers (a quick rinse will do).
- Dry – keep your recycling bin lid shut (soggy paper and cardboard can’t be recycled and can clog up the machinery when sorted).
- Loose – not tied up in plastic bags.
“We also want to make people aware of some of the items that unfortunately cannot be recycled. These include: polystyrene, shiny or metallic wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, and plastic film and wrapping. If you need to dispose of any of these items, please make sure they go in your black waste bin or re-use them where possible.”
Residents can dispose of their real Christmas trees using the St Wilfrid’s Hospice charity collection scheme again this year, which will run from Wednesday 6 – Tuesday 26 January 2021.
“Following the success of the scheme last year, we are really pleased to be joining forces with St Wilfrid’s Hospice again to recycle as many Christmas trees as we can, while also supporting a fantastic cause,” adds Cllr Plant. “If you are not signed up to our Garden Recycling Service, this is a great way to ensure your Christmas tree is recycled whilst supporting the hospice charity.
“If you buy a real tree this year, once you have finished with it, please sign up for the St Wilfrid’s pick-up service and make a donation to their charity – their team of volunteers will collect your tree and we will ensure it is recycled! You will be helping to raise vital funds for a charity very close to our hearts and making sure that your tree is recycled.”
People can find out more about this scheme by visiting stwh.co.uk/support-us/events/christmastrees or calling 01243 755 184.
There will also be some slight changes to waste and recycling collections over the Christmas period. Residents can download and print out their own personalised collection calendar at http://www.chichester.gov.uk/wastecollectioncalendar
The Garden Recycling Service will stop over Christmas and New Year from Friday 18 December and will start again on Monday 4 January 2021. Residents who are signed up to this service can use it to recycle their real Christmas tree.
Residents can find more information and recycling advice in the winter issue of Initiatives magazine. Useful hints and tips about waste reduction and recycling will also be shared on the council’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChichesterDistrictCouncil and on Twitter @ChichesterDC, throughout December.
Businesses that have had to close due to national restrictions can apply for a grant under the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme
Local businesses that have had to close due to the national coronavirus restrictions are being invited by Chichester District Council to apply for a one off grant payment.
Local Restrictions Support Grants are available for any business that has to close during the current national restrictions period from 5 November – 2 December 2020.
There are three rates of grant payments, ranging from £1,334 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or lower; £2,000 for businesses with a rateable value over £15,000, but less than £51,000; and £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above.
Pubs and restaurants that are closed, but continue to operate by offering a takeaway only service, are also eligible to apply.
Businesses are encouraged to apply for assistance at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesnovember2020.
Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Services and Revenues and Benefits at Chichester District Council, said: “This has been a tough year for businesses and we want to make sure that all businesses that are eligible for this support receive the help they are entitled to as quickly as possible.
“Businesses that were open prior to the current national coronavirus restrictions but have now been forced to close, in line with the current government restrictions, are eligible and will receive one of three rates of payment, depending on their rateable value.
“Businesses are now able to apply by following a simple process on our website at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesnovember2020. We’ve also provided the very latest support and information for businesses on this page. We are also working as fast as we can to set up the government’s discretionary grant scheme. As soon as this is ready, it will appear on the same web page.
“I’d also like to mention that the council’s Economic Development team is also on hand to help throughout the period of national coronavirus restrictions and beyond, making sure that businesses are aware of all the help that is available. Businesses can get in touch with them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01243 534669.”
The council has created a range of pages on its website with answers to frequently asked questions. For information about the range of support available for businesses, visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport.
Businesses can also keep up to date by signing up the council’s free email newsletter, EBiz: www.chichester.gov.uk/ebizsignup and the council’s general email newsletter: www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts. Both newsletters offer a great way to receive updates on the latest Government guidance and help during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Parish Council is working with Ifold Estates Ltd to revamp The Drive, Ifold bus stop area. After all, it’s currently an unsightly derelict mess! However, with the guidance of Butterfly Conservation and support of Natural Gardens the aim is to turn it into a bio-diverse conservation heaven for our rare Wood White butterfly and other minibeasts.
How can you help with the project?
As part of this project and the Parish Council’s ongoing Safer Bus Stop initiative the current bus shelter on the site will be carefully dismantled and a new one built at a different location on the site. Some of the shelter material will be retained to be reused. We are looking for volunteers who can help to dismantle the bus shelter and help with scrub clearance and planting.
If you would like to get involved and/or find out how this project will be ‘Covid Secure’ please contact the Parish Council Clerk.
07798 631 410 |email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!
Scheme will continue to help Chichester District residents on low incomes pay their council tax
A scheme which supports low income residents across Chichester District to pay their council tax has been renewed.
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2021 – 2022 was agreed by Chichester District Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday 3 November 2020.
Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on our residents, and has resulted in a loss of income for some households in our district. If you are struggling to meet the cost of your Council Tax I would really urge you to consider making an application for a reduction as it will make a huge difference.
“Council Tax Reduction is a means tested benefit and does not take into account your outgoings. If you have claimed other benefits such as Universal Credit it is important to remember to make an application for this support directly to us, this will ensure that you don’t miss out on support that you may be entitled to. You can find out more on our website at www.chichester.gov.uk/myaccount”
The council also runs an additional discretionary council tax reduction scheme which runs alongside the main scheme. This year a new discretionary category was introduced to specifically support people whose incomes have reduced as a result of the pandemic.
All working age recipients of the Local Council Tax Reduction scheme will have received up to an additional £150 in Council Tax Reduction for this financial year. This extra support will continue for all working age applicants of Council Tax Reduction for the rest of the financial year, or as long as the funding lasts. The discretionary element was also extended to include people who are not working age, or not in receipt of the main scheme.
Support is available to anyone who is on a low income who has suffered financial hardship as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic. People can find out more or make a claim by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/benefitforms
Cllr Wilding adds: “If you are at all concerned about meeting the cost of your council tax or you need some further information or advice then do please contact us. The easiest way to do this is by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01243 534509.”
The Parish Council is pleased to confirm that the Chichester District Council's Grants and Concession Panel was supportive of its application to the New Homes Bonus (Parish Allocations) and up to £3,924.72 will be available to Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council to build the two bus shelters. The confirmation letter, Agreement and application can be found below, attached to this notice.
This notice will be updated with details of the project as it progresses.
**ORIGINAL NOTICE (Sept)**
Residents of Plaistow village, who use the
local bus service regularly, have written to Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council asking
that a bus shelter and seating be provided on the grass verge next to the
telephone kiosk outside the Sun Inn.
One of the Parish Council’s ongoing projects is to provide safer bus stops throughout the Parish to increase the use of the school and other public bus services. The sites identified for Phase One (1) of the project have been specifically identified by residents as local priorities.
Plaistow village does not currently benefit from any bus shelters whatsoever. The bus to Horsham services the village four (4) times per week and is frequently used by between six (6) and eight (8) elderly residents (80 years or older). The bus uses the Sun Inn car park to pick up and drop off passengers. The only available bench seating is situated on the opposite side of the road from where residents board and alight the bus.
The provision of a bus shelter in Plaistow will enhance the well-being of elderly residents, as it will offer sheltered seating from inclement weather on the correct side of the road. Users of this bus service have been identified by the Parish Council as in greatest need of support, due to age and their reliance on public transport to access vital services which cannot be met within the village itself. Consequently, the Parish Council is prioritising this shelter in Phase One (1) of the wider Safer Bus Stop Project.
Although the designated bus stop is on the opposite side of the road, the bus in fact uses the Sun Inn car park to pull in off the highway, therefore the shelter will be situated near to where the bus stops. This will offer the greatest support to users, as they will not have to cross the road on a blind bend and dangerous junction. The shelter and car park benefit from an existing pathway (there is also a salt bin at the location to ensure the pathway and shelter are not hazardous during the winter months). This element of Phase One (1) dovetails with the Parish Council’s recent adoption (July 2020) of the BT telephone kiosk, also at the location. The community has requested that it is converted into a book exchange, which will be implemented and managed by the Plaistow Village Trust.
The centre of Plaistow village is in a conservation area; therefore,
the shelter has been designed, free of charge, by a local chartered surveyor
who specialises in historic and conservation buildings. The shelter has been
sympathetically designed to emulate the local style and surrounding buildings,
incorporating feather edge weather board, green oak bracing, and plain clay
As part of the Parish wide Safer Bus Stop Project, the Parish Council intends to update existing shelters, or install new ones which are all of the same style and design, in keeping with the rural visual amenity and aesthetic of the Parish, to provide community homogeneity without compromising on safety and functionality.
The grass verge identified as the most suitable location for the shelter is owned by the National Trust (NT). The Parish Council is currently working with the NT and a Lease Agreement has been drafted. The Parish Council is also working with the Local Planning Authority and has been advised that it can take advantage of Permitted Development Rights conferred by Part 12 Class A of the Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015. WSCC’s Highways Department have assessed the site and deem it safe and suitable for a shelter to be located.
The shelter will be built by WSCC’s Communities & Public Protection Directorate volunteer scheme. This specialist team of trained volunteers support communities who wish to undertake locally identified community led projects. The Parish Council will encourage members of the community to join the team and help build this and other shelters in due course. The building material will be responsibly source from local independent businesses. The team have built other bespoke bus shelters within West Sussex and specifically in conservation areas (Rogate, Easebourne and Findon Valley).
The Parish Council organises two (2) community litter-pick/maintenance days each year. The bus shelter will be cleaned as part of these established community events. Any issues arising at other times will be addressed, as necessary. The shelter will be insured by the Parish Council.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of this project, please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk, Catherine.
Additionally, if you would like to make representations to Councillors, you are invited to join the full Parish Council meeting at 7:30pm on Wednesday 9th September via Zoom. Please refer to the meeting agenda published on the Parish Council website, or public notice board outside the Winterton Hall for more information. Alternatively, please email the Clerk before 4pm on 9th September, if you wish for any written representation to be read out at the meeting in your absence.
To view the shelter design and location plan, please click on the two 'Download Notice' buttons below.
Show some respect this Fireworks Night
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents in West Sussex to keep safe this bonfire and fireworks season.
With many organised events cancelled, emergency services are preparing for a busier night than usual as people celebrate in their own gardens.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is asking everyone to show RESPECT this Bonfire Night.
Respect the Firework
Nicki Peddle, Head of Prevention, said: “Whilst most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause real misery. Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code.”
The Firework Code:
· Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm
· Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
· Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
· Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
· Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
· Never return to a firework once it has been lit
· Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
· Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
· Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
· Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
Respect the Emergency Services
With the impact of COVID-19, we are asking people not to take risks, putting additional pressures on our emergency services.
Injuries can be prevented by following the Firework Code. If you do suffer a burn, ensure you:
· Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.
· After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film or a clean plastic bag.
· Call 999 if necessary. Always seek medical advice for a baby or child that has been burned.
Respect your neighbours (and animals!)
Fireworks can frighten people and animals. The elderly and children are frequently scared and intimidated by firework noise. After all, fireworks are explosives. Tell your neighbours if you’re a planning on letting off fireworks and avoid purchasing really noisy ones. Please be considerate when having a firework party and make sure the noise is over by 11pm.
You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:
· Bonfire Night (05.11.2020), when the cut off is midnight
· New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am
We want to remind people that you must be over 18 to purchase fireworks and that it is illegal to set off or throw fireworks (including sparklers) in the street or other public places.
You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to 6 months for selling or using fireworks illegally. You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90.
Fireworks can also cause a great deal of distress to animals. We are supporting RSPCA’s ‘Bang Out Of Order’ campaign, encouraging the responsible use of fireworks and the adoption of tighter regulations concerning their use.
on all dog walkers to help with a survey on dog walking behaviour in the
heathlands of the South Downs National Park.
The survey on dog walking behaviour is aimed at those who walk dogs in the South Downs National Park including dog owners, as well as those who walk dogs for others, such as dog walking professionals.
The survey is voluntary and your opinions and experiences will be very valuable. The questionnaire takes on average no more than 10 minutes and does not ask for personally identifiable data.
Please click here to take the survey before 13 November.
The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is seeking information on dog walking behaviour in the heathlands of the South Downs National Park as part of the National Lottery Heritage Funded Heathlands Reunited project. SDNPA has commissioned independent research consultancy, Collingwood Environmental Planning, to undertake the survey on this topic.
The National Park Authority is promoting a campaign (‘Take the Lead’) to encourage responsible dog walking on heathlands and other habitats. This survey of dog walking behaviours is a follow up to one that was undertaken in 2018 and will allow us to assess the success of the campaign.
The survey results will be used to inform project activities aimed at conserving and improving heathlands sites and will contribute to a report.
The SDNPA is really keen to hear from as many dog walkers as possible!
If you have any queries about this survey, please contact: email@example.com
Many thanks for your help
West Sussex County Council's Highways Department has confirmed that its gritting routes remain unchanged from 2019/20. This means the school bus route will be included in their gritting schedule. The gritting routes can be found here.
Highways have confirmed that they are ready for winter. Operational staff have been busy
preparing and calibrating the fleet of 20 vehicles (19 operational and 1
spare) used for gritting in preparation for any ice or snow over the coming
They have 8,000 tonnes of grit (salt) in storage, ready to be spread across West Sussex, following the council’s winter service policy. They monitor road temperatures carefully and when icy roads are likely, they send the gritters out to treat carriageways as a precaution. Out of a network of approximately 4,000 km, they grit 1,690 km of road, this is their Winter Service Network (approx 42%).
In the event of snow, Highways prioritise the ‘Resilient Network’ which are the main roads needed to keep the county moving. The winter season for gritting runs from 1st October and finishes on 30th April. Between these dates, gritters were mobilised 39 times last year, spreading a total of 3900 tonnes of grit.
The last couple of winters have been particularly mild, falling below the rolling average of 45 outings per season. This is compared to 2017/18 when 65 outings were undertaken in response to 'The Beast From the East'.
Parishes, Town Councils, District and Boroughs and community groups play a key role in local gritting and supporting local community resilience. WSCC have over 800 salt bins across the county. They are currently topping up more than 100 salt bins and delivering 1 tonne Hippo bags of salt to help with this effort.
Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council have nine (9) salt bins throughout the Parish area and is currently updating its Winter Plan. If you live close to a salt bin and would like to volunteer to be formally called upon to spread the salt, if the weather gets particularly bad, please contact the Clerk.
More information on WSCC's winter gritting and snow clearing is available on their website. In the event of severe weather, they will keep people updated on any road closures via their one.network page and Twitter. WSCC publish their decisions about treatment of the network on Twitter @WSHighways and have made a video of last year's service operations which is available on YouTube.
Chichester District Council launches Test and Trace self-isolation support scheme
Chichester District Council is making residents aware that they may be eligible for financial support if they have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace — either due to a positive Covid-19 test, or having been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
Chichester District residents on a low income who have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace since 28 September, and who meet the eligibility criteria, will qualify for a standard support payment of £500.
To help stop the spread of coronavirus, people across England are now required by law to self-isolate if they test positive for the virus, or if they are instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.
To help those on low incomes to self-isolate and to encourage people to get tested if they have symptoms, the Government has announced a new package of support. Those who are eligible for this support must meet all of the following criteria.
*Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after 28 September, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive;
*Be employed or self-employed;
*Be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result; and
*Be in receipt of at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income Based Employment and Support Allowance, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit, and/or Pension Credit.
Chichester District Council will be processing applications and issuing these payments on behalf of the Government.
“Now more than ever,we want to support people as much as we possibly can by making sure that they can access all the financial help available to them,” says Cllr. Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Services and Revenues and Benefits at Chichester District Council.
“The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme is designed to help residents who need to self-isolate but who would otherwise struggle financially to do so. When self-isolating, people must not go to work, school or any other public spaces, and this can impact on people financially if they cannot work from home and won’t be paid for the period of time they need to isolate.
“To claim, you must have a notification from the NHS Test and Trace service asking you to self-isolate. You must be in-work, unable to work from home and receive at least one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Employment Support Allowance, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit or Pension Credit.
“I’d encourage district residents who have to self-isolate to check the criteria at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and, if you think you may be eligible, to apply on our website at: www.chichester.gov.uk/testandtracepayments
“Residents who don’t receive one of the qualifying benefits, may be eligible for financial support from the council’s discretionary fund, which aims to help residents who are not eligible for the Test and Trace Isolation Payment Scheme but who are on a low income and will suffer financial hardship as a result of having to self-isolate. Residents in this situation should fill in the same form at: www.chichester.gov.uk/testandtracepayments
“To continue to protect our loved ones, it’s critically important that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms, those who have tested positive, or those who have been notified that they are a close contact, self-isolate straight away. Please continue to play your part in keeping the Chichester District safe by self-isolating when you need to.”
Applications need to be made within 14 days of receiving the notification from Test and Trace, and claims can be backdated to 28 September.
Residents will need to provide the following information to make an application:
- A notification from NHS Test and Trace asking you to self-isolate;
- Proof of receipt of one of the qualifying benefits;
- National insurance number;
- A bank statement (dated in the last two months); and
- Proof of employment, or (if you are self-employed) evidence of self-assessment returns, trading income and proof that your business delivers services which cannot be undertaken without social contact.
To apply and for more information, please visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/testandtracepayments
If you don’t have access to the internet or if you need help making a claim, please contact the council’s Revenues and Benefits team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org calling 01243 534509.
Free Webinars about Staying Safe Online
Last week, the Government launched its Green Homes Grant scheme. This will give over 600,000 homeowners in England up to £5,000 to pay part of the cost of energy saving measures like adding insulation or installing a low carbon heat system. Those on low incomes may be eligible for up to £10,000 — covering 100% of the cost of the improvements. It’s really easy to apply, you just need to answer a few simple questions on the Simple Energy Advice website www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/green-homes-grant/questionnaire or you can call 0800 444202. If you are interested, then please look into this as soon as you can because you must redeem the voucher and ensure improvements are completed by 31 March 2021. The finer details can be found here www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme
Chichester District Council launched a £500,000 discretionary grants scheme in August to help local community groups and businesses recover from the impact of the pandemic, as part of its COVID-19 recovery plan. Many businesses and community groups have already benefited from this support. However, CDC have now extended the deadline for applications until 23 October. This could be earlier if all of the funds are allocated. CDC are urging community groups and businesses to apply as soon as possible, to make sure that they access this help. You can find out more by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/covidrecoverygrants
CDC are backing the Government’s ‘Here for Culture’ campaign. Living in the Chichester District, we are lucky to be able to visit so many wonderful arts, culture and heritage organisations. From stately homes, to museums, gardens, galleries and theatres, there is something for everyone. Our local arts and heritage organisations need your support more than ever. They have all been working hard to make their premises safe, ready to welcome you back. Many of these organisations are charities, so there are lots of ways you can support them, from making a simple donation to enjoying their cafes and gift shops. You can find out more about places to visit around the district at www.visitchichester.org or look out for our posts on our social media channels. We will also be including a feature on this within the next issue of our initiatives magazine, which will be out next month, when we will be asking you to Shop Local, Visit Local and Support Local.
The Novium Museum has been awarded a ‘Travellers Choice 2020’ award on TripAdvisor. This is awarded when venues receive great reviews and are ranked within the top 10% of venues nationally. They have enjoyed welcoming lots of visitors since reopening. They have also extended their ‘Mystery Warrior – The North Bersted Man’ exhibition until 17 April 2021, which is not to be missed! Please book in advance and make sure that you wear a face covering during your visit. You can find out more about the safety measures that the museum has introduced and book your visit at www.thenovium.org/reopening. The museum has revised its opening hours for the winter season and is now open from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 3pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.
Finally, please continue to play your part in keeping the Chichester District safe. Cases of coronavirus in our area are still very low in comparison with other areas of the country, but cases are increasing nationally. As things stand, the current alert level in West Sussex is yellow. This is because cases have increased compared to previous weeks and so we all need to be more vigilant. We need to continue to follow Government guidance by maintaining social distancing, wearing face coverings where advised, limiting contact between households and following the ‘rule of six’. You can find out the latest figures for our area by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-and-information/covid-19-alert-level-weekly-data-and-outbreak-control-plan/
Also, anyone who is eligible is encouraged to take up the free flu vaccine this winter. Those suffering with both coronavirus and flu are more at risk of severe illness and so it’s really important you take up the vaccine, particularly if you are in a high risk group.
To keep up to date with the latest guidance and local updates, please sign up to our email newsletter at www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts
Cllr Eileen Lintill, Leader of Chichester District Council
The application process for children due to start school in September
2021 will begin on Monday 5 October 2020. We
The key points are:
- Apply online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions
- Applications can be made and will be considered as on time, between 5 October 2020 and 15 January 2021
- Special rules apply for house movers until 12 February 2021
- Further information for parents is available on our website now
- Staff are available to support on 03330 142 903
Applications made after the closing date cannot be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school.
Lagoon at Crouchland Farm a ‘potential environmental disaster waiting to happen'
The owners of a lagoon dubbed ‘a potential environmental disaster waiting to happen’ could be prosecuted if they fail to clear it by May.
Please view the above link to read the full article published in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer.
The new NHS COVID-19 app launches today. It allows you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, and check into venues by simply scanning a QR code.
WSCC is encouraging all residents to download the new app to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in West Sussex.
Some of our businesses, such as restaurants and pubs, will be legally required to display a QR code poster for you to scan. This means that if you visit the venue and later test positive for coronavirus, other app users who were there at the same time may be sent an alert, if necessary.
The app does this while protecting your anonymity. Nobody, including the Government, will know who or where a particular user is. Instead, your postcode district (the first part of your postcode) helps the app work out where the virus is spreading.
Without a vaccine or treatment, we all need to do everything we can to help stop the spread of coronavirus in our county. The new app is an important part of the Government’s programme. By downloading and using the app, you’ll be helping to protect those around you – friends, family, colleagues and local communities.
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced new guidelines to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. Please ensure you are following the rules – you can remind yourself of the very latest guidance online.
Finally, a reminder that our community hub service is still running for elderly and vulnerable residents who may need extra support during this difficult time. If you, or someone you know needs extra help please visit our community hub page.
WSCC thanks you for your continued support.
Residents encouraged to have their say on climate change action plan for the Chichester District
Chichester District Council has developed an action plan to help tackle climate change in the area and is asking for people to share their views in a new public consultation running from Friday 25 September until 6 November.
At a meeting in September, the council’s Cabinet approved the draft Climate Emergency Detailed Action Plan to go out to public consultation. Some of the actions included in the council’s Climate Emergency Detailed Action Plan, are to:
- Deliver measurable carbon reduction in new developments and through the council’s own operations
- Source funding for reduced carbon initiatives
- Promote lifestyle changes, such as energy reduction and using renewable energy sources
- Develop local plans for reducing food waste
- Identify opportunities for increased tree planting, and
- Promote sustainable transport.
The consultation will also ask
people for their thoughts on the suggestions included in the plan, including
different ways in which the council proposes to engage with residents around
combatting climate change over the coming months. This includes a Citizens’
Jury, which will be asked to make recommendations to the council; working
groups made up of different organisations to help develop greenhouse gas
mitigation projects; and a public behaviour change campaign.
The consultation will go live on 25 September and people can get involved and have their say on the plan and its proposals by visiting: www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkclimatechange.
“We all have a very important part to play in helping to combat the climate emergency, both locally and globally,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment at Chichester District Council.
“In January, the council took a key step forward in the fight against climate change by officially adopting a Climate Emergency Initial Action Plan, which set out a carbon reduction target of 10% year-on-year until 2025 for the Chichester District. We have now developed this plan, which outlines ways in which the we, as a council, can reduce emissions in the work that we do, as well as what we can do to help individuals and other organisations across the district to reduce their emissions too.
“As a council, we are already doing significant amounts of work to reduce our carbon footprint and make our buildings a lot greener. For example we are using solar panels on the roof of our offices at East Pallant House to generate hot water and electricity, and we are also investigating installing more electricity-generating panels on our other buildings. We are developing new policies through the Local Plan Review to set standards for sustainable construction, energy efficiency and water usage in new developments across the district. Part of this work includes policies for sustainable drainage, flooding and wildlife corridors.
“Our plan looks to develop this work, to ensure that we are doing all we can to do our bit in the fight against climate change. However, the council’s emissions are just a small part of the district's emissions as a whole, and this is where the crucial second section of our plan comes in, setting out ways in which we can bring people and organisations together to help them reduce emissions in their homes, their workplaces, and in other aspects of their lives.
“This consultation is a chance for people — residents, business owners, organisations and visitors — to share their thoughts on our suggestions, and I would urge everyone to take part. It takes 5-10 minutes to complete our survey and we’re keen to hear a wide range of views from as many people as possible.”
People can have their say in this consultation from Friday 25 September on www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkclimatechange and the deadline for responding is midnight on 6 November.
On the consultation webpage, people can: view the council’s Climate Emergency Detailed Action Plan; have their say via an easy-to-complete survey; read a range of frequently asked questions to help put the survey into context; and find a glossary to explain some of the terms used. People can request a paper copy of the questionnaire by emailing email@example.com
Once all the results have been analysed, the updated action plan will be heard by the council’s Environment Panel on Tuesday 17 November 2020.
People who would like to get involved with more consultations and surveys in the future can also join Chichester District Council’s Let’s Talk Panel. By signing up, they will be automatically notified of any consultations by email, and can decide whether or not they want to take part. People can join by visiting: www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkpanel
Please find attached a letter from the Chair of Save Our South Coast Alliance (SOSCA) explaining the situation that Chichester is facing from the latest Government Planning Policy. SOSCA are aware that there are many people who are concerned about all these developments, but feel unable to make their voice heard. As a result they have put together a ‘flyer’ (attached below) which they hope sets the scene clearly and loudly. SOSCA have asked the Parish Council to pass this on to the community and encourage people to act by contacting our MP, Gillian Keegan - contact details can be found via the 'Useful Links' page; please see Contact Us on the top navigation bar for the drop-down menu.
Over 400 babies born during pandemic still to be registered
Parents are being reminded to register the births of their babies, after registrations were put on hold during the coronavirus lockdown.
When birth registrations restarted, West Sussex County Council’s Registration Service originally only took bookings from parents whose babies were born in February, March and April of this year.
Now, the Registration Service is accepting birth appointments for all babies, but there are still some parents, whose babies were born earlier this year, who have not booked an appointment.
Currently, there are over 400 babies born during lockdown who have still not been registered, alongside more than 500 babies who have been born in the last six weeks.
The appointments system is currently very busy with slots booked up a few weeks in advance at some locations, so parents are encouraged to book their baby’s birth registration as soon as possible.
Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “In England, the law requires you to register a birth within 42 days, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government put birth registrations on hold, which meant the Registration Service here in West Sussex was unable to register births for a number of months.
“In June, when birth registrations started again, the service was in a position where they needed to register over 2,000 births. They have done a fantastic job of catching up, but there are still over 400 births from lockdown that are still to be registered and we urge those parents who haven’t booked an appointment to go online and book one as soon as possible.”
If you or someone you know needs to register a birth, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/registerabirth to find out more and book an appointment online.
Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council has written 3 OBJECTION letters to Chichester District Council in relation to Planning Application 20/01225/FUL | Oxencroft, Ifold Bridge Lane, Ifold, Loxwood, RH14 0UJ .
The Planning and Open Spaces Committee contains Councillors from Durfold Wood, Ifold, Plaistow and Shillinglee. Members unanimously OBJECTED to all aspects of the Planning Application.
Should the Application go to Committee at Chichester District Council (CDC), which is the Local Planning Authority for our Parish, both of our local District Councillors will speak on behalf of the community in OBJECTION.
Further, the Parish Council works closely with Ifold Estates Ltd who have also OBJECTED in writing.
Ultimately the decision making process lies solely with the Local Planning Authority (CDC) and not the Parish Council.
For further information on this Planning Application, please follow the above link to the CDC website where you can view all letters of objection, including those from the Parish Council. Additionally, you can contact the Parish Council Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Speed Watch in Ifold
You may have recently spotted the local Community Speedwatch (CSW) volunteers out on the Plaistow Road through Ifold.
CSW is a national initiative where, in partnership with the police, trained members of communities use detection devices to monitor local vehicle speeds.
The volunteers report drivers exceeding the speed limit to the police with the aim of educating drivers to slow down.
If the data proves a driver is ignoring repeated warnings, the police can prosecute them. Data is used from all CSW teams in Sussex. The aim is to:
- reduce death and injury on the roads
- improve the quality of life for local communities
- reduce the speed of vehicles to the speed limit
- increase public awareness of inappropriate speed
For further information please visit:
Ifold's new 30 MPH speed limit is now established. There are no pavements along Plaistow Road and so pedestrians, including children, are at greater risk. This CSW initiative is supported by Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council, although it is being organised and run independently from the Council. Together with lowering the speed limit to 30 MPH and installing Speed Indicator Devices (coming in October 2020), the Parish Council is addressing the concerns of the community regarding speeding traffic in Ifold. It is hoped road users will be more considerate of the village communities they drive through and the adverse impact excessive speed has on those who live in this Parish and elsewhere.
New CSW volunteers are always welcome. If you can give an hour or so of your time each month to help that would be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact the Clerk who will put you in touch with the Ifold CSW scheme's organisers - email@example.com
Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council were very saddened to hear about the passing of the Reverend Pauline Lucas.
Pauline was Vicar at St John the Baptist Church, Kirdford and Holy Trinity Church, Plaistow.
We would like to pass our deepest condolences to Stephen and family.
Pauline was the epitome of the word “Christian” and was open and caring to anyone in need.
She was a very kind and thoughtful person, very active in the community and there are many accolades to her for her care, work and diligence.
She will be very sadly missed.