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.

Plaistow & Ifold PCSO Report
20 October 2020

Police Community Support Officer

Attached is our Parish Report for September 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)

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.

South Downs National Park Newsletter
13 October 2020

The October edition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter is now available below.

To read the September 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 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

West Sussex Waste Prevention Article
05 October 2020


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

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





Crouchland Farm - Emptying Lagoon 2
23 September 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.

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.