New Covid support schemes launched to help businesses
15 January 2021

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.

Are you helping a Neighbour? Updated Community Guide
15 January 2021

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 

South Downs National Park Newsletter
15 January 2021

To read the January edition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter, please click here

To read the December edition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter, please click here

To read the November edition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter, please click here

To read the October edition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter, please click here

To read the September edition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter, please click here

To read the August edition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter, please click here

To read the July edition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter, please click here. In particular, this edition has an amazing butterfly section!

If you would like to sign up to receive the newsletter directly, please visit www.southdowns.gov.uk/join-the-newsletter/





CDC - inspections on supermarkets to make sure they are Covid-Secure
15 January 2021

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.”

More information on the Government’s guidance can be found at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus

Alert - Coronavirus Vaccination SCAMS
11 January 2021


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 report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

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.

Plaistow & Ifold PCSO Report
10 December 2020

Police Community Support Officer

Attached is our Parish Report for November 2020.


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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk (as for online reporting via the website detailed above)

Warmer Homes
01 December 2020

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:

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 jwilliamson@chichester.gov.uk. Energy Assessments will have to meet the latest Covid-19 rules.

PARISH LITTER PICK - A BIG THANK YOU!!
26 November 2020

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

Margaret Hibbard

Wendy & Stuart Lockwood, and Peggy the Staffie!

Nicky & Paul Millard

Rupert Nathan 

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
26 November 2020

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.

Crouchland Farm - Emptying Lagoon 2
24 November 2020

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

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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.

Christmas Recycling
16 November 2020

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.

Local Business Grant from CDC
16 November 2020

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 business.support@chichester.gov.uk 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 Drive, Ifold Bus Stop Revamp - VOLUNTEERS WANTED
10 November 2020

VOLUNTEERS WANTED

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 |clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk

www.plaistowandifold.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

Scheme to help low income families pay council tax continues
03 November 2020

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 benefits@chichester.gov.uk or by calling 01243 534509.”

West Sussex Waste Prevention Article
29 October 2020


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/

Email Waste.Prevention@westsussex.gov.uk 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!

https://wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/Citizen_responses_to_the_Covid-19_lockdown_0.pdf

Safer Bus Stop Project
21 October 2020

**UPDATE**

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 tiled roof.

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.

Message from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service - Fireworks Night
20 October 2020

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.

Do you walk your dog in the South Downs National Park?
15 October 2020

Calling 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: heathlands@southdowns.gov.uk

Many thanks for your help

Gritting of the School Bus Route Confirmed
14 October 2020

gritter driving out of depot

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 months.

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.

CDC Test and Trace self-isolation support scheme
12 October 2020

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.

Recipients must:

*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 benefits@chichester.gov.ukor calling 01243 534509.

Neighbourhood Watch Alert
08 October 2020

Free Webinars about Staying Safe Online

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Free Webinars about Staying Safe Online

Get Online week takes place from 19 - 23 October. To help support this event, Staying Safe Online are offering FREE webinars that provide advice and tips on how to protect yourself and others online. These webinars are available on Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st October and can be booked via Eventbrite - please click the relevant link below.

19 October 10:30-12:00 book via Eventbrite
21 October 13:00-14:30 book via Eventbrite

In addition, on Tuesday 3 November, our partners Get Safe Online are offering three FREE webinar sessions aimed at parents/carers, entitled Staying Safe Online, Children’s Digital World - the good, the bad and the in between. These can be booked via Eventbrite. The webinars will cover the following:

  • Children’s online habits
  • The risks and dangers children face online
  • How you can support your child and report any concerns.


3 November 10:00-11:00 book via Eventbrite
3 November 13:00-14:00 book via Eventbrite
3 November 18.00-19:00 book via Eventbrite

These are FREE training sessions offering invaluable online safety tips and advice.



Chichester District Council Dispatch
07 October 2020

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

District Dispatch

Cllr Eileen Lintill, Leader of Chichester District Council

Starting School - September 2021
01 October 2020

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 3 - Midhurst & Petworth Observer article
24 September 2020

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. 


https://www.midhurstandpetworth.co.uk/news/politics/lagoon-crouchland-farm-potential-environmental-disaster-waiting-happen-2982655?fbclid=IwAR0rSVHV7e_6RU4M0tVxhEJGkMGwEossKNIPpyFK-dycBQCRvGK6Lxa20hI

Please view the above link to read the full article published in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer. 

New NHS COVID-19 App launches today!
24 September 2020

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.

More information about the app is available on the GOV.UK website.

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.

Climate Change Action Plan - Public Consultation
24 September 2020

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 letstalk@chichester.gov.uk

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

Save Our South Coast Alliance
23 September 2020

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.

www.sosca.org.uk





WSCC News Release - Do you need to register your baby?
21 September 2020

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.

Planning Application - 20/01225/FUL | Oxencroft Ifold Bridge Lane Ifold Loxwood RH14 0UJ
09 September 2020

https://publicaccess.chichester.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=QAKGTKERJES00&activeTab=summary

Dear friends,

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: clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk


Community Speed Watch
01 September 2020

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:

https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/wsi/watch-schemes-initiatives/speedwatch/community-speedwatch/

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 - clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk

Reverend Pauline Lucas
12 February 2020

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.