CDC grant funding for local businesses - launching soon
24 September 2021

Second round of grant funding for local businesses launching soon

Small enterprises across the district will be able to boost their business thanks to a second round of Enabling Grant funding from Chichester District Council.

The scheme will open for applications on Wednesday 22 September and follows the first round of funding, which launched in April this year.

Managed by the council’s Economic Development Team, the Enabling Grant Scheme will give small businesses in the Chichester District the opportunity to access funding that will help them to grow and develop.

There are three types of grants and businesses can apply for one of these options:

  • Capital projects — a grant of up to £2,000 to help fund capital projects, such as the purchase of new equipment to improve productivity or to reach new markets (with the council providing up to 50% of the project cost and the balance match funded by the business).
  • Website and social media projects — funding of up to £1,500 to assist with the creation and development of a business website and/or social media channels (with the council providing up to 50% of the project cost and the balance match funded by the business).
  • Start-up awards — a fully-funded grant of up to £500 for start-up businesses (this does not need to be match funded).

“We had a fantastic response from local businesses when we launched the first round of applications back in April, and we are delighted to be able to support even more businesses with this second pot of funding,” says Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council.

“We have created some guidance notes to help businesses understand the types of projects that are eligible and the information that needs to be provided with the application. These notes are available to view here: www.chichester.gov.uk/enablinggrantscheme.

“Please make sure that you have read the guidance notes carefully before you apply. All valid applications will be evaluated by our Economic Development Officers and assessed against the guidance notes on our website. The decision process may take up to six weeks from the application closing date.”

Businesses can find out more about the scheme and read the guidance notes at www.chichester.gov.uk/enablinggrantscheme. For more information, email business.support@chichester.gov.uk.

Applications open on Wednesday 22 September and will close on Wednesday 13 October.

This is just one of the ways in which the council’s Economic Development Team can support local businesses. The team offer a range of different services, including a business contact scheme. For more information, visit https://www.chichester.gov.uk/businesssupportandadvice

Safer Bus Stop Project
24 September 2021

**UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2021**

On 23rd June 2021, the Parish Council resolved to apply for the 2021/22 New Homes Bonus (NHB) grant funding from Chichester District Council (CDC) to continue the Safer Bus Stop Project (Phase One) of installing a shelter in Plaistow and an improved shelter and entrance rejuvenation at The Drive, Ifold. This was the Parish Council’s successful NHB application in 2020/21 (as detailed below). The Parish Council has three years to spend the grant funding and can apply for NHB funds in relation to the same project over multiple years.

On 15th September 2021, a special meeting of CDC's Grants and Concessions Panel considered the application and were supportive of the bid. Consequently, up to £2,158 will be available to Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council to be used in relation to this project. 

The letter is attached below. The Parish Council will sign the Agreement at its full meeting on 13th October. 


**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.

Temporary Closure Notice - PLAISTOW: Public Bridleway No. 636 (part)
24 September 2021

Temporary Closure Notice (Issue no. 29357) -PLAISTOW: Public Bridleway No. 636 (part)

Please be advised that a Temporary Closure notice has been issued by WSCC in respect of the above route. 

The closure continues to be necessary due to an unsafe bridge, however works to install the new bridge are hoping to commence week beginning 27th September 2021.

The route will continue to be closed from 1st October 2021 for 21 days, or until the works are completed.


The Drive, Ifold Bus Stop Revamp - VOLUNTEERS WANTED
15 September 2021


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 bespoke timber shelter will be built at a different location on the site. Some of the existing shelter materials will be retained to be reused. We are looking for volunteers who can help to dismantle the bus shelter, help with scrub clearance and, of course, plant up the area in the spring!

You don't need any skills/knowledge - just enthusiasm. 

If you would like to get involved please contact the Parish Council Clerk.

01403 871 652 |clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk

www.plaistowandifold.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!

South Downs National Park Newsletter
09 September 2021

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

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To read the Summer Planning edition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter, please see below

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

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WSCC - critical support to Afghan nationals
09 September 2021

West Sussex County Council gives critical support to Afghan nationals arriving in the UK

West Sussex County Council is providing critical support to Afghan nationals arriving in the UK from Afghanistan.

The council is committed to supporting the government’s Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy and ‘Operation Warm Welcome’.

The council is working closely with our District and Borough partners to identify suitable properties which can be used to provide long-term accommodation for Afghan families who have arrived in the UK.

We also encourage anyone who wishes to help those arriving from Afghanistan to visit our website where there are details of local and national organisations accepting financial and practical donations.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire & Rescue, said: “The situation in Afghanistan is one that requires a global response to help protect those involved from a very real threat of harm. Many people arriving into the UK on rescue flights from Afghanistan were unable to bring any luggage or personal items with them having been forced to flee their homes with little time to spare as the situation escalated.

“We are doing everything we can to support these families, many of whom bring with them skills, knowledge and experience of great value and I hope everyone across West Sussex will join us in welcoming and supporting those looking to settle here and rebuild their lives safely.”

Housing
As a council, we are working closely with our District and Borough partners to coordinate offers of housing support across the county.

If you have or know of anyone who has self-contained long-term accommodation available for rent for at least 12 months, please get in touch by emailing AfghanistanSupport@westsussex.gov.uk.

Donations
We know that people are keen to offer donations of clothes and toys. If you have such items in good condition, then please contact one of the volunteer organisations across West Sussex whose details are listed on our website.

West Sussex County Council is not able to accept or take these donations, so please do not send these items to us.

Anyone who wishes to donate money may want to consider giving to one of the national charities currently running Afghan appeals, such as the British Red Cross.

For the most up-to-date information on how you can help, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/AfghanistanSupport.

Plaistow & Ifold PCSO Report
09 September 2021

Police Community Support Officer

Attached is our Parish Report for January, February, March, April, May, June, July and August 2021.

In addition, the monthly rural crime team update can be viewed here


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)

WSCC: DUNGATE ROAD, PLAISTOW - TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION
24 August 2021

WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION

DUNGATE ROAD, PLAISTOW

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Dungate Road, Plaistow from junction with Shillinglee Road to junction with Fisher Lane is temporarily prohibited from 07/09/2021 at 10.00 until 07/09/2021 at 14.00

The restriction will be in place off peak only between 10.00 – 14.00

This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times

The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105

Any queries about the works please contact Balfour Beatty on 01243 642105

Dated 23 August 2021

Matt Davey

Director of Highways, Transport and Planning

WSCC - Have your say on plans to ‘get buses back better’
24 August 2021

Have your say on plans to ‘get buses back better’

If residents and visitors have opinions on how to improve bus services, West Sussex County Council would like to hear from them.

A bus service improvement plan is being developed by the council together with bus companies and other partners to explore ways to help sustain and improve bus travel in West Sussex.

The initiative is in line with the Government’s new National Bus Strategy - Bus Back Better - which has pledged £3 billion in funding across the country (outside London) to help deliver these plans.

Joy Dennis, the County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We really want to hear opinions on what would improve local bus services and what would make people use buses more. We are keen to hear from people of all ages who already use buses and those who do not.

“Your feedback will inform our approach to developing and improving local bus services for the future, so this is a great opportunity to have your say.”

To complete our online survey, go to http://yourvoice.westsussex.gov.uk/busbackbetter

Or call 01243 642105 or visit your local library to request a paper copy.

Businesses and other organisations can also have their say by completing the survey or emailing any comments to: transporthub@westsussex.gov.uk

The closing date for responses is 14 September 2021.

West Sussex Waste Prevention - Trend-Led Temptations
24 August 2021



Trend-Led Temptations

September is the start of the fashion year. We are bombarded with images and videos of beautiful items from the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris. Then only a fortnight later; over social media, magazines, billboards and in high-street stores, we see versions of these new catwalk styles. We will be shown what we should be wearing now in the form of street-style shots and looks, and even what we should be wearing in Spring and Summer of 2022!

As fun and vibrant and exciting as fashion can be, it may be time for you to think about your fashion consumption habits. Do you find yourself endlessly buying clothes and having nothing to wear? Do you find yourself only wearing items once? Are your clothes bobbling and breaking after one or two washes? Can you describe your personal style, or do you buy impulsively?

If these questions resonate, you need a fashion revolution! Buying less will save you money and mean you get use out of the items in your wardrobe; these items you will now love more as they will have been carefully selected. Reducing your fast fashion consumption will also help the planet, according to the 2019 Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, the fashion industry ties with the livestock industry as the third most polluting!

Here are the Waste Prevention Team’s top 5 tips to stop purchasing as much fast fashion:

1. Look through your wardrobe and find the items you feel most and least confident in. Now try and understand why you do or don’t feel confident and happy in them. Is it the colour? Is it the fit? Is it the casual or dressed-up style? Remember this and really consider if you will feel your best-self when you wear that new item you have your eye on.

2. When tidying your wardrobe face all your hanger’s hooks backwards. Then when you wear an item, replace it with the hanger hook facing the normal way. If you still have hangers facing backwards a year after your original tidy, it may be time to sell this item. Having clothes for years you don’t wear is a waste of space and could be given or sold to someone who will love it.

3. Learn how to fix items! All you need is a needle, a limited range of coloured threads and YouTube to be reattaching buttons and shortening sleeves!

4. If you love to treat yourself on payday, on a good day or on a bad day then delete shopping apps. This removes temptation, and if you do find yourself re-downloading the apps as least it will add thinking and considering time!

5. If you still need a style fix try shopping second-hand on websites and apps like eBay, Depop, Vinted and Facebook marketplace. You can also see fashion brand’s ethical credentials on the website https://goodonyou.eco/. Another tip is to find a generous friend with a similar body type to yourself and look through their clothes; especially if you need something special for a one-off event. You could organise clothes swaps with friends too.

We hope these tips help you on your journey to living with less and dressing how you truly want to!

For more information about breaking the fast fashion cycle visit fashionrevolution.org and follow us at @WSRecycles on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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Ditch the Disposables

Reuse rather than repeat buying is a great way to save waste, avoid plastic and save money. Although some things can be an upfront investment, many can be bought second-hand or made from things you have at home. See the list below for our favourite ways to ditch the disposables this Plastic Free July.

In the kitchen:

· Instead of cling film, put things in a reusable container or in a bowl with a plate on top. You can put the cut side of half an onion etc face down on a plate.

· Reusable baking sheet liners are easy to use in place of greaseproof paper or baking parchment – you’ll save on butter for greasing too.

· Instead of buying new storage jars, save jars you buy things in and reuse them. Or ask others for spares in sharing groups such as Freecycle, Freegle, OLIO or Nextdoor.

In the bathroom:

· Use a flannel or reusable make up wipes for face or body washing – you can buy these or make some from old towels.

· Cloth hankies – buy vintage (ebay, vintage shops, car boot sales) or make your own from old clothing. No need to sew – you can cut up old jersey T shirts and they won’t fray.

· Washable menstrual products – options include a menstrual cup, washable pads or period pants. You can even buy special period swimwear and exercise leggings with inbuilt protection. If you are handy with a sewing machine you can make your own pads.

On the go:

· If you often get takeaway coffee, take a reusable mug. And remember, disposable cups can be rinsed and put in your recycling bin at home in West Sussex!

· Remember your shopping bags.

· Take along some cutlery - no need for a special travel set - just take some from your kitchen drawer and wrap in a napkin / tea towel to keep them clean and safe.

For baby:

· Cloth nappies – even if you only use them part time it’s worth it. There are lots of preloved nappy groups on Facebook so you don’t need to spend big and can try different types. Or contact your local nappy library to try some for free (free 1 month trials available).

· Cloth baby wipes – again, even if you mainly only use them at home it still saves loads of waste. Wet as needed and wash with the nappies.

· Look for baby sales to find clothes and other baby things preowned (car boots are great for this).

Let us know how you cut your plastic consumption!

For additional information on recycling at home see www.westsussex.gov.uk/land-waste-and-housing/waste-and-recycling/ You can also email any questions, tips you have or advice you would like at Waste.Prevention@westsussex.gov.uk


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In Praise of Sustainable Packaging

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, so the saying goes. I must admit I am in awe of the humble egg box.

I was reminded of this when there was a recent shortage of these overlooked items of daily life. Eggs individually or on big trays are not very easy to deal with (especially on a bike!). But the egg box is designed so well – protecting fragile eggs for storing and transporting with minimum material. They are also made from recycled card which can be re-used, recycled again and even put in the compost where it safely breaks down (double check the information on the box).

Good design and environmentally friendly materials save natural resources and reduce pollution locally and globally, so whenever this happens it is well worth celebrating and supporting.

Packaging plays a big part in our lives – with its convenience but also its wastefulness. It is an international and global issue with local and global consequences. Each day, un-recyclable and un-compostable waste packaging floods into our county, some is useful for health and hygiene products, but much is unsustainable over-packaging, using materials such as expanded polystyrene and single-use plastics.

As residents and visitors to West Sussex we need to reject these kinds of materials and their over-use. You can also look at our Zero-Waste or plastic free alternatives on @WSRecycles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If everyone rejected one piece of unneeded plastic or packaging everyday the world would change very quickly.

If we can seek out the less wasteful designs, materials and systems, re-use and recycle when we can, then we can play an important part in looking after our lovely planet.

So, I pay tribute to my packaging hero – the egg box!

Adam Swain works with the Waste Prevention Team of West Sussex County Council

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 tips you have or advice you would like!

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Ever wondered what to do with your Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)?Find out below in February's Newsletter(scroll to the very end to download notice).

You can watch the Mia recycles series of short videos here. These short videos help West Sussex residents understand how they should be recycling and cut the confusion around which items can and can’t be recycled.

To find out more information about recycling and waste prevention in West Sussex, please visit the WSCC website here.


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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!


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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

Loxwood Clay Pit - Parish Council's objection
20 August 2021

Loxwood Clay Pit - Parish Council's objection

Please see below Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council's letter of objection in respect of the Loxwood Clay Pit planning application currently being considered by West Sussex County Council (WSCC):

  • WSCC/030/21 | Pallinghurst Woods, Loxwood Road, Loxwood, West Sussex RH14 0RW | An application for planning permission for a clay quarry and construction materials recycling facility (CMRF) for CD&E wastes including the use of an existing access from Loxwood Road, the extraction and exportation of clay and restoration using suitable recovered materials from the CMRF to nature conservation interest including woodland, waterbodies and wetland habitat

To view the application, please click on the application number above.

The deadline to submit your support for or objection to the application is 30th August 2021. Objection criteria can be found here.


There are 3 ways to comment: online, by email or by post.

You will need to declare your name and address to make your comment valid.

Online: https://westsussex.planning-register.co.uk/Planning/Display/WSCC/030/21 Just click “Comment on this application” button and add objections using the online form.

Email: planning.applications@westsussex.gov.uk include your name, address, email and the planning application reference number in the subject of the email.

Letter, by post to: County Planning, West Sussex County Council, County Hall, Chichester, PO19 1RH include your name, address and the planning application reference number in the subject of the letter.

Council commits to supporting Afghan refugees
19 August 2021

Council commits to supporting Afghan refugees

Chichester District Council has pledged support for the Government’s planned programme to house refugees from Afghanistan.

“No one can fail to be moved by the desperate plight of the Afghan people or the scenes of many fleeing the current situation that we’ve seen on our televisions,” says Councillor Alan Sutton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Communications, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council.

“As a council, we are committed to playing our part to support the Government’s emerging plan, which aims to help those most in need, particularly women, girls and those who have been helping British operations in Afghanistan. In the same way that we have helped Syrian families to settle in the Chichester District, we are fully committed to supporting the national effort to help the most vulnerable Afghan people to resettle in the UK, in any way that we can.

“We understand that the Government is looking to resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees in the UK over a number of years, with 5,000 in the first year. This is in addition to the current Afghan Locally Employed scheme, which works to relocate at-risk Afghan workers who have supported coalition troops. We’re proud to say that Chichester District Council was one of the first districts to have housed a family under the Locally Employed scheme, and that we are looking at housing more people in the near future.

“In our area, West Sussex County Council will lead on managing any scheme to resettle Afghan refugees in the county, and we are committed to supporting this effort by providing annual funding. Our main role would be to identify suitable housing that can be used as part of the scheme, as we have already done under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme, which has successfully housed a number of Syrian families in the Chichester District over the last few years.

“We will know more as the Government’s programme is developed, but any plans to resettle Afghan refugees in our area will follow a similar process to the Syrian Scheme, with the Home Office coordinating rehoming centrally as part of a national initiative.”

Solar panel scheme relaunches in the Chichester District
19 August 2021

Solar panel scheme relaunches in the Chichester District


A successful scheme to help district homeowners and both small and medium-sized businesses to purchase high quality solar panels at a competitive price is relaunching this month.

“Following the great success of last year’s ‘Solar Together’ scheme, we are thrilled to be working alongside West Sussex County Council and iChoosr once again to offer Chichester District businesses and residents the opportunity to access affordable solar panels and batteries,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services. “Solar panels are a great way to reduce your carbon emissions while at the same time reducing your energy bill.

“The council will be contacting households that are thought to be suitable for this group-buying scheme by letter from mid-September, inviting them to take part. However, anyone who is interested in joining the scheme can register their interest by visiting www.solartogether.co.uk/chichester/home from 23 August until 28 September 2021. It is free to register, and there is no obligation to proceed with an installation.”

The scheme works as follows:

  1. Registration:The homeowner registers their interest in the scheme for free at:www.solartogether.co.uk/chichester/home. They provide information about their roof, such as its size.
  2. Auction:A supplier ‘auction’ will be held on 28 September, when approved solar suppliers will bid to supply solar panels to all of the households who have registered their interest, with the most competitive bid winning.

The group-buying scheme provides an economy of scale, so the more people that register, the better the deal should be for each household.

  1. Personal recommendation:From the start of October, those who have signed up will be emailed a personal recommendation and quote. This is based on the roof details given during registration, and will be provided by the supplier whose bid offered the best value for money at the end of the auction.
  1. Decision: Those who have signed up to the scheme will then need to decide if they want to accept the recommendation and quote. There is no obligation to continue. They will have until 26 November to decide.
  2. Installation: If the recommendation and quote is accepted, the winning supplier will be in contact to survey the roof and set an installation date.

Telephone and email support will be available throughout the process.

Cllr Plant adds: “Solar Together follows highly successful schemes run across the country in the past few years, which have delivered over 3,700 installations and an impressive 61,000 tonnes of avoided lifetime carbon emissions.

“We all have a very important part to play in helping to combat climate change. Encouraging people to consider improving their homes with green, energy-efficient solutions like solar panels is a key part of our Climate Change Emergency Action Plan. The plan sets out all the work we are doing to tackle climate change, including how we, as a council, will continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the work that we do, and how we can bring individuals and organisations together to help them reduce their emissions too.

“Schemes like Solar Together Sussex will be crucial on our journey to achieving not only our own targets but also the national climate emergency target of zero net carbon by 2050.”

For more information about Solar Together Sussex, please visit: www.solartogether.co.uk/chichester/home

Check your voter registration details!
18 August 2021

Residents in the Chichester District urged to check their voter registration details

Chichester District Council is reminding people to check that their electoral registration details are up to date to ensure they can continue to have their say in future elections.

Each year, the council checks the electoral register to make sure that any resident who is eligible to vote can do so — this is called the annual canvass. The council’s Elections Team will soon be in touch with everyone on the register to make sure that all the details held are correct. As part of this process, they will be sending a mixture of letter and email notifications to registered voters this month. When residents receive this, they are urged to carefully check all of the details and let the council know if there are any changes they need to make by following the instructions.

Email notifications will only be sent to people who have previously given the council their email address for electoral services updates. The email will be sent from a Government email system and the sender address will appear as: ‘Chichester Electoral Services [chichester.electoral.services@notifications.service.gov.uk]’ in the ‘from’ section.

Residents are being reassured that the emails sent are not requesting or collecting data by email. Instead, recipients will be given security codes to enable them to log on to a secure web page, hosted by Civica Express Household Response Service, where they can then confirm or amend any household details. By using email notifications, the council can help to make the annual canvass process quicker and easier for residents and have a more positive impact on the environment by reducing the use of paper.

Don’t worry if you miss or don’t receive the email. If the council don’t hear from you, they will send a letter confirming who is eligible to vote in your household based on the information they have and you can then change the details if they need updating.

Residents who aren’t signed up to receive electoral information by email will receive a letter in the normal way soon.

For more information, please visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/annualcanvass

BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT...10 Days left!
31 July 2021

There are 10 days remaining in the 2021 Big Butterfly Count and the charity Butterfly Conservation really wants to put the western Low Weald “on-the-map”. It is such a lovely landscape for butterflies and home to the rare Wood White butterfly.

All of the species on the attached sheet could be found in the area (see below). Please take 15 minutes to count the butterflies near you, wherever you are. …and do more counts if you like!

It is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend 15 minutes!

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The national BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT starts today. https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/

To mark the launch in our area, this evening’s Meridian TV weather forecast will be broadcast live from Butterfly Conservation's Oaken Wood nature reserve in Chiddingfold Forest.

Please do take part in the count this year. It really is the perfect way to spend 15 minutes. The Western Low Weald is not just special for the incredibly rare Wood White butterfly; it is home to lots more beautiful butterflies and fascinating moths. I hope you will find 15 minutes in your day some time in the coming weeks to count your butterflies and submit the result via the webpage or free app. Even if you see none, that information is important too. Please do give it a try.

WSCC Transport Plan 2022-2036 consultation
28 July 2021

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) recently published its Draft West Sussex Transport Plan (WSTP) 2022-2036 for public consultation. 

The consultation period commenced on Friday 16th July and ends on Friday 8th October 2021.

WSCC seeks as much feedback as possible, to help shape the plan and ensure it meets everyone's needs.

Please see the attached consultation flyer, which has all the information required to take part.

CDC - Local Plan Review Newsletter
19 July 2021

‘Local Plan Review Newsletter’ – Issue 5

Planning for our future – Housing

Housing need and the delivery of affordable housing is a huge issue for the Chichester District and a key part of the Local Plan Review. Around 1,500 households with a connection to the district – such as people who have been brought up here or who are a key worker in the district – are waiting for a home in our area. Around 40% of these have urgent housing needs.

These people are our children, grandchildren, local nurses and other key workers. They are important people who we rely on and want to keep close by. There’s a high demand for housing and our young people are finding it difficult to get on the property ladder as first time buyers or renters. We want those who grow up here to have the option to stay here and important key workers to be able to afford to work here – and so we need to make sure that there are homes of the right prices, size and type.

Unfortunately, there is limited Government funding available for affordable housing. This is why the Local Plan is so important, because it requires developers to deliver a proportion of affordable homes that are suitable for local families and young people who have a local connection. This is also vital because we also need to attract people to work here, in our hospitals, schools and other essential services. This is why our planning powers are so important.

Over the past year, nearly 200 affordable homes have been provided in the district, including at Graylingwell, Shopwhyke and Southbourne. This includes delivering shared ownership and affordable rental properties. Our housing policy, under the current Local Plan, means that we can make sure that up to 30% of all housing on all larger developments is affordable and that this is ring fenced for those with a local connection. By far, the majority of affordable homes are provided through this route, and this is why the Local Plan is so vital.

Under the Local Plan Review process, we are also testing options to see how we can increase and improve affordable housing provision through updated policies which will be consulted on at the draft plan stage scheduled for spring 2022. We’ll keep you updated on this important work.

The Government has also recently introduced a new scheme called First Homes. This new scheme means that a First Home must be discounted by a minimum of 30% against the market value. After the discount has been applied, the first sale must be at a price no higher than £250,000. ‘First Homes’ will be protected to ensure that restrictions are place on the property at each future sale to make sure that the home continues to be affordable to future buyers. These homes will also account for 25% of all affordable housing units delivered by developers through planning obligations moving forward. The Local Plan Review policy approach for affordable housing delivery will reflect the Government’s latest policy approach for First Homes.

We also work closely with housing associations and Community Land Trusts to deliver affordable housing and have invested nearly £1 million into these projects over the past year. This includes social rented homes in Bracklesham, Midhurst and Chichester.

On top of this, we are investing over £2 million pounds into expanding our short stay temporary accommodation for those who are homeless. This project has been moving forward throughout the pandemic and we hope that the seventeen new flats will be available early next year. You can see the progress that we are making here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtCjqpqo04c

There are also people who don’t quite fit the national system of income support. Every day, we make discretionary housing payments to prevent hardship and homelessness. This vital support enables people to afford housing in the private and social housing sector. To find out more about this particular work, please visit https://www.chichester.gov.uk/housing

Making best use of Brownfield Land

Many people may not be aware that the council has a Brownfield Land Register. The council is required to prepare, maintain and publish a register of brownfield (previously developed) land appropriate for residential development. This helps us to maximise and prioritise the use of this type of land for residential development, before we consider Greenfield sites. This is in line with national policy and also helps to provide certainty for developers and communities to encourage investment in local areas.

The most recent register and national criteria applied to include sites on the register can be found here: http://www.chichester.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=34512.

This register is being constantly updated and we can accept new sites at any time, but it would assist us if these are submitted as soon as possible so that they can be taken account of at the earliest opportunity.

If you know of sites that would be suitable, then we would advise you to encourage the landowner or agent to contact us as soon as they can. We are keen for any agent or landowner to put forward sites and this can be done by visiting: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/29787/Brownfield-land-register.

Do you have questions about the Local Plan?

Planning can sometimes be incredibly complex and confusing, and so we asked the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, Cllr Susan Taylor, to answer some of your key questions about the Chichester Local Plan. You can watch Cllr. Taylor answering these questions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_FK-HuiAoo

In our last email newsletter, we also covered more of the common questions people are asking about the plan process and addressed some of the myths and misinformation surrounding this. If you missed it, you can find the Q&As here: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/35502/Chichester-Local-Plan-Review-update-22-June-2021.

You can read all of our newsletters here: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/localplannewsletter

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Public Consultation - West Sussex Transport Plan
19 July 2021

West Sussex Transport Plan - have your say

People are being urged to have their say on the future shape of transport in West Sussex.

The West Sussex Transport Plan (WSTP) is being reviewed to set out the County Council’s approach to managing and investing in the transport network from 2022 to 2036.

Joy Dennis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “This is such an important subject because transport is part of almost every aspect of our lives, including how we work, socialise, access education and health services.

“We must plan for our future needs, promote healthy and sustainable transport choices, help protect and enhance our beautiful county, and address the urgent need to reduce transport emissions.”

In autumn, 2020, people were asked about their key transport issues and priorities through the WSTP review survey. Respondents expressed a range of concerns such as impacts on the environment, congestion, road safety, rat-running, lack of cycling infrastructure, rural accessibility and the impacts of planned development.

This information has been used to develop the draft West Sussex Transport Plan, which will set out how the County Council intends to address challenges including:

  • transport emissions and climate change
  • a growing and ageing population
  • rural isolation
  • public health and wellbeing
  • congestion
  • road safety

The Draft Plan has been published for consultation from 16 July 2021 to 8 October 2021; it is available to view at www.westsussex.gov.uk/wstpconsultation along with background information about the plan.

The County Council is also hosting two webinars to introduce the Draft Plan and officers will be available to respond to questions. These will be on 22 July, 10am to 11.30am, and on 8 September, 2pm to 3.30pm, via Microsoft Teams. If you would like to attend one of these webinars, please email ltp@westsussex.gov.uk.

Anyone without internet access, or wanting more information about the consultation, can phone 01243 642105, leaving your name, telephone number/ email address and interest (for example, whether you are a resident, business owner, transport operator and so on) or email ltp@westsussex.gov.uk.

Adoption of the new plan is expected in early 2022.

Covid-19: Walk-in vaccination centers
16 July 2021

From Monday this week, Westgate Leisure Centre vaccination service is now offering walk in vaccinations every single day.


The vaccination centre has hundreds of appointments each day and is now offering them as walk in, so you don’t need a booked appointment.


The aim is that people will come with friends and family, and it will be as easy as possible without having to make an appointment in advance.


The centres are open 08.30-19.00 every day of the week, offering 1st and 2nd doses for Pfizer and 2nd doses for AstraZeneca. 


You just need to be 18 or over for your first dose, and at 8 weeks since your first vaccine to receive your second.


More than 30 walk in sessions are happening across our communities this weekend. Even the big vaccination centres are now doing walk in sessions.


This includes:

Friday 16 July 2021

  • 08.30-19.00 – Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester
    For all adults, Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses and AstraZeneca 2nd doses. The centre will close periodically for 30 minute staff breaks.
  • 08.30-19.00 – Crawley Hospital, Crawley
    For all adults, 2nd doses only, AstraZeneca
  • 8.30-13.30 - Apple Tree Centre Hindu Temple, Ifield Avenue, Crawley RH11 0LF
    For all adults, 1st dose only, Pfizer
  • 08.30-18.30 – Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN
    For all adults, 1st doses only, Pfizer
  • 8.00-12.00 – Charmandean Centre, Worthing
    For 18-39 year olds, 1st and 2nd doses (2nd dose after 8 weeks), Pfizer
  • 12.30-16.00 – Charmandean Centre, Worthing For 40+ year olds, 1st and 2nd doses (2nd dose after 8 weeks), AstraZeneca


Saturday 17 July 2021

  • 8.00-12.00 – Bognor Health Centre, West Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1UT
    For all adults, 1st and 2nd doses (2nd dose after 8 weeks), Pfizer
  • 12.30-14.30 – Bognor Health Centre, West Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1UT
    For all adults, 1st and 2nd doses (2nd dose after 8 weeks), AstraZeneca
  • 8.30-19.00 – Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester
    For all adults, Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses and AstraZeneca 2nd doses. The centre will close periodically for 30 minute staff breaks.
  • 8.30-13.30 - Apple Tree Centre Hindu Temple, Ifield Avenue, Crawley RH11 0LF
    For all adults, 1st dose only, Pfizer
  • 08.30-19.00 – Crawley Hospital, Crawley
    For all adults, 2nd doses only, AstraZeneca
  • 9.00-13.00 – Crawley Chemists, Cross Keys House, Crawley
    For all adults, 2nd doses only, AstraZeneca
  • 10.00-16.00 – Chequer Mead Theatre, De La Warr Rd, East Grinstead RH19 3BS
    For all adults, 1st doses only, Pfizer
  • 08.30-18.30 – Clair Hall, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath RH16 3DN
    For all adults, 1st doses only, Pfizer
  • 8.00 – 16.00 – Charmandean Centre, Worthing
    For 18-39 year olds, 1st and 2nd doses (2nd dose after 8 weeks), Pfizer
  • 12.00-14.00 – South Street Square, Worthing
    For all adults, 1st and 2nd doses, Pfizer

Sunday 18 July 2021

  • 8.00-12.00 – Bognor Health Centre, West Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1UT
    For all adults, 1st and 2nd doses (2nd dose after 8 weeks), Pfizer
  • 8.30-19.00 – Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester
    For all adults, Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses and AstraZeneca 2nd doses. The centre will close periodically for 30 minute staff breaks.
  • 08.30-19.00 – Crawley Hospital, Crawley
    For all adults, 2nd doses only, AstraZeneca

Monday 19 July 2021

  • 8.30-19.00 – Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester
    For all adults, Pfizer 1st and 2nd doses and AstraZeneca 2nd doses. The centre will close periodically for 30 minute staff breaks.
  • 08.30-19.00 – Crawley Hospital, Crawley
    For all adults, 2nd doses only, AstraZeneca
  • 9.00-13.00 – Crawley Chemists, Cross Keys House, Crawley
  • For all adults, 2nd doses only, AstraZeneca

There's no need to book for these sessions, simply turn up with some ID and your NHS number if you know it.

There's a full list of all the walk-in sessions on our website of where you can go over the coming days.

NEW trial kerbside collection for textiles and small electrical items
15 July 2021

Get ready to recycle more with Chichester District Council’s new trial collection services

Chichester District Council is launching two free kerbside collection schemes this month to help residents in the trial area to recycle even more.

One scheme will collect unwanted textiles and broken or unneeded small electrical items, and another will collect used coffee pods. The twelve month trials will cover approximately 75% of households in the Chichester District.

“We are always keen to make recycling easier for our residents and to help improve recycling rates in our area, so we are delighted to begin these trial schemes,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment at Chichester District Council. “With climate change at the forefront of residents’ minds, these new services are just a couple of ways in which we are working hard to enable residents to make a positive difference to their local environment.

“Our dedicated collection crews are due to start monthly collections for both services at the end of the month. If you’re in the trial area for our textile and small electrical recycling service, you will receive a pack from us through your door. This will include two dedicated recycling bags that need to be used to keep the textiles and small electricals separate and to help our crews identify the collection — a blue bag for textiles and a pink bag for small electrical items — as well as a leaflet with everything you need to know about the service and how it works.

“You can find out whether you are included in the trial by using our quick postcode checker: www.chichester.gov.uk/textileandelectricalrecycling. If we collect from your area, you can also use this link to check your collection day, which may be different to your normal bin collection day.

“While we are only able to trial this service in 75% of the district, once the trial is complete we will be looking to see if these schemes can be rolled out and made permanent across the whole of the district. This would increase the area’s recycling levels by up to 2.5%.”

It is expected that the Government will look to introduce new legislation requiring all waste collection authorities to introduce separate collections for textiles and small waste electrical items by 2025. By running this trial, which is being funded by West Sussex County Council, Chichester District Council aims to get ahead in time for these changes.

Cllr Plant adds: “We’re also excited to introduce a free coffee pod recycling service in partnership with Podback. Households in the trial area will receive a leaflet explaining how they can participate in the scheme, which will enable them to recycle both plastic and aluminium pods once a month using separate collection bags provided by Podback.

“Residents can find out more and check whether they are eligible for the scheme at www.podback.org. If they are, they can register with the service and Podback will send them everything they need to start recycling their used coffee pods. Residents within the trial area should check their collection day online — www.chichester.gov.uk/podback — as this may be different to their normal bin collection.”

Chichester District Council already collects a wide range of materials for recycling, such as: foil; pots, tubs and trays; glass; cartons; aerosol cans; plastic bottles; cans; and, paper and card. These two new trials will further expand on this and enable residents to prevent even more going to waste.

More information and a range of Frequently Ask Questions about the textiles and small electrical collection trial can be found at: www.chichester.gov.uk/textileandelectricalrecycling

Further details about the coffee pod collection trial can be found by visiting: www.chichester.gov.uk/podback.

People can also email the council’s Waste and Recycling team at wasteandrecycling@chichester.gov.uk or call 01243 534619, and find further recycling tips at: www.chichester.gov.uk/recyclingadvice

Temporary closure of Shillinglee Park Road
25 June 2021

Temporary closure of Shillinglee Park Road, Plaistow, 12th July 2021 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that from the date specified below, West Sussex County Council has temporarily closed to all traffic Shillinglee Park Road, Plaistow, in the Chichester District under Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, on Shillinglee Park Road from outside Garden Cottage Farm. 

The temporary closure is scheduled to commence on 12th July 2021 for up to 5 days (it is estimated to be completed on 14th July 2021) and is required for the safety of the public and workforce while BT undertakes to lay 123m duct. The restriction will be in place day-time only from 08:00 until 18:00. 

An alternative route will be signed on site but please visit https://one.network/?tm=121774373 for more details. 

Access for emergency service vehicles and pedestrians will be maintained at all times during the closure. 

For information regarding this closure please contact BT on 02476642814 who will able to assist with scope of these works.

Covid Vaccine Passport Scam
23 June 2021

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH have been made aware of a Covid Vaccine Passport scam email going around that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “Digital Coronavirus Passports”. Please see the attached document.

Clicking on the link within the email takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details (for an admin fee)

The website has since been taken down, but please be alive to similar scams.

To reiterate, your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119.

More information can be found on the Government website.

Please note that any Phishing scams can be reported to SERS (Suspicious Email Reporting Service): report@phishing.gov.uk


West Sussex Unwrapped Live: South Downs National Park
08 June 2021

Next Wednesday is Sussex Day (16 June) and West Sussex Record Office and Screen Archive South East will be hosting an exciting free online event at 7pm called West Sussex Unwrapped Live: South Downs National Park.

This virtual event is a special opportunity to get up close and personal with unique documents and film footage telling the story of the magnificent South Downs National Park and to hear from the archivists and curators who care for these collections.

Viewers will be able to experience:

  • detailed drawings by famous landscape designer Humphrey Repton,
  • find out how the Downs has been used for hiking, camping and more,
  • follow actress and author Nancy Price’s campaign to protect this unique landscape,
  • see Land Girls bringing in the wheat harvest,
  • view what is probably the oldest surviving film of West Sussex,
  • and go on a journey to see how the South Downs has developed and changed over the centuries.

West Sussex Unwrapped Live starts at 7pm on Wednesday 16 June 2021 and will last for around one hour. It will be held via Zoom and bookings can be made through Eventbrite by searching for ‘West Sussex Unwrapped’.

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire and Rescue, said: “The onset of the pandemic may have stopped people attending the Record Office, but the team didn’t let that stop them from bringing the Record Office to the public with West Sussex Unwrapped.

“Now in its second series, West Sussex Unwrapped has allowed people across West Sussex and beyond to explore the historical, celebratory, nostalgic and quirky sides of our fantastic county. I’m really excited for the live event on Sussex Day as it will allow both the Record Office and Screen Archive South East to bring the history of West Sussex to life. It will also showcase what they do best - share their love of history and the archives with others.”

Speaking on the night will be Frank Gray, Director of Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton, and Jennifer Mason, Assistant County Archivist (Collections Management) at West Sussex Record Office.

The event will be introduced by Wendy Walker, West Sussex County Archivist and there will be an opportunity to ask questions via the chat box after the event.

Dr Frank Gray said: “It is a pleasure to be collaborating with West Sussex Record Office on a live version of West Sussex Unwrapped for Sussex Day. Series one and two have been packed with a variety of interesting films, pictures and blog posts that cover everything from railways to rural traditions.

“To celebrate Sussex Day, we have specially prepared a compilation that provides a grand tour of the National Park. It features panoramic views of the Downs, Land Girls bringing in the wheat harvest and concludes with probably the oldest surviving film of West Sussex. We can’t wait for people to see it and to interact with viewers on the day through the live Q&A session at the end.”

The event will be recorded and will be shared on West Sussex Record Office’s brand-new YouTube channel which will be launched in the days following the talk.

To catch up on series one and two, visit www.westsussexrecordofficeblog.com/westsussexunwrapped20.

Meet your local County Councillor
04 June 2021

Talk with us – and meet your local County Councillor

This June and July, West Sussex residents will have the opportunity to meet their local County Councillors and ask any questions they have on county council-related business.

The sessions will be run virtually from 8pm to 8.30pm on the following days:

  • Monday 14 June: Crawley
  • Thursday 17 June: Chichester district
  • Monday 21 June: Arun
  • Tuesday 22 June: Mid Sussex
  • Tuesday 29 June: Adur and Worthing
  • Thursday 1 July: Horsham district

Please email talkwithus@westsussex.gov.uk if you would like to attend your local session and you will be sent the joining details. Anyone who would like to ask a question is requested to email it to the same email address at least two days before the planned session. If you attend the session you can then put your question in person as well as hearing other questions and how they are answered. Having the questions in advance will help ensure questions can be fully answered in the meeting.

Anyone who isn’t able to attend the sessions, but would still like to ask a question, can also email and officers will ensure you get a response.

Footpath closures around Lagoon 3 - update
02 June 2021

Public Rights of Way around Lagoon 3
Updated situation  – May 2021 - from WSCC

Footpath closures 

The reason for the closure of the footpaths can be simply stated as a safeguarding measure to protect members of the public from the possibility of an noxious gas leaking from a nearby lagoon; or even the failure of the lagoon itself.

The starting point, which led to the closure of the paths, is the development of the lagoon without planning permission and its use in association with an unauthorised business at the farm. Formal enforcement action was taken in respect of both matters and the decision of the Council to take that action was upheld in the decision of the Planning Inspectorate. The appeal process focused on the operational development and the use being conducted on the land. It did not consider what waste and fluids may have been discharged to the lagoon.

Therefore, subsequent to the appeal process, officers from controlling authorities and those in control of the land began to realise that the operational requirements of removing the lagoon and its contents from the land may be more complex than first envisaged and that the whole process would take longer than that stated in the notices issued by the planning authority. In addition, monitoring of the site gave rise to concerns that the lagoon presented a potential environmental hazard which could be dangerous to persons in close proximity to it.

Until the site has been cleared to the satisfaction of the controlling authorities, namely the Council and the Environment Agency, it is considered inappropriate and irresponsible to open the footpath network which immediately adjoins the Site. For this reason, there is no plan to seek an alternative route and there is no obligation to make an alternative route available.

A recent multi-agency risk assessment concluded ‘no significant change’ to the situation regarding the lagoon and associated risk and therefore, with regret, the closures will remain in place until such time that the opening of the nearby Public Rights of Way is deemed safe.

West Sussex County Council has therefore extended the current closure and the Public Rights of Way will be considered at each subsequent risk assessment at the site. WSCC is not engaged in any of the technical matters relating to the safety of the lagoon at Crouchlands Farm and its enforcement, which is being led by Chichester District Council.

Changes to parking arrangements for health and social care workers
29 May 2021

Changes to parking arrangements for health and social care workers

In line with Government guidance, a free national parking concession given to health and social care workers throughout the last year will be coming to an end in most parts of West Sussex on 21 June 2021.

The Covid-19 parking pass, based on an agreement between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has enabled free on and off-street parking for those on duty as an NHS staff member, health or social care worker, or NHS Volunteer Responder.

The passes were originally intended for temporary use during the Covid-19 emergency response period, which has proven to be longer than anticipated.

The increase in mobility as lockdown restrictions are eased is expected to result in an increase in demand for parking at many locations in West Sussex and so it is no longer sustainable to continue to allow free parking for these workers.

It is recommended that the majority of workers in West Sussex who are using a Covid-19 parking pass, either in a council-owned car park or on-street, should plan alternative parking arrangements from 21 June. Information on the potential alternatives, including off-street car park season tickets and on-street permits, is available on the parking pages of the relevant District and Borough Council websites (Arun, Chichester, Crawley, Horsham, Mid Sussex and Worthing/Adur).

There is one exception in Chichester, where some new on-street parking restrictions are being introduced in early June. Because of the introduction of new restrictions, the Covid-19 parking pass will continue to be accepted on-street in Chichester until the 1 July. Please note, however, that the pass will not be accepted in any District Council owned car parks after 21 June.

Those still using a Covid-19 parking pass after 21 June , or 1 July for those parking in Chichester, will be liable to receive a Penalty Charge Notice.

The Government has now edited its own web page which refers to the Covid-19 critical care worker parking pass and this can be viewed online.

Volunteers' Week 1-7 June
29 May 2021


Volunteers' week logo 2021

Volunteers’ Week starts next Tuesday, and West Sussex County Council is celebrating by recognising the contribution of the more than 900 volunteers who give their time to deliver services and support to vulnerable people across the county.

Running from 1-7 June, Volunteers’ Week is an annual event that says thank you to volunteers who give their spare time to help others.

This past year has been extremely challenging with Covid-19 and due to the pandemic, many volunteer opportunities offered by the County Council had to be put on hold.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire and Rescue, said: “Over the past year, volunteers have been an essential part of the pandemic response, with many more people coming forward to help in their communities, alongside those who were already volunteering. Some people who usually volunteer have also found themselves suddenly unable to continue, or having to volunteer in different ways, so it has been a time of constant change and evolution for many of our dedicated and hardworking individuals.

“This Volunteers’ Week, we simply want to say a huge thank you to everyone that volunteers for the County Council. We are also asking that if you get the opportunity, please share a thank you with every volunteer who makes such an invaluable contribution to people’s lives in West Sussex - we are so grateful to them all.”

In March this year, the council also took the opportunity to survey their volunteers to get views and feedback to help them continue to provide a wide range of meaningful volunteering opportunities that offer a positive and fulfilling experience.

The survey received more than 300 responses which highlighted the following:

  • Nearly 80% of volunteers have been involved with the council for over three years; with nearly 50% of those having volunteered at the council for five years or more.
  • 96% of respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with their volunteer experience.
  • The top two reasons given for volunteering with the County Council were ‘to make a difference in their local community’ and ‘for a sense of personal satisfaction and achievement’.
  • They also said that the recognition they valued the most was a thank you.

If you’re interested in giving your free time to help and support people and services within the county, there are a variety of volunteering opportunities available at the council.

These include working with young carers or young offenders, becoming a community volunteer or a tree warden, volunteering with the Fire and Rescue Service, Library Service or with the waste prevention team.

Whilst some of these opportunities aren’t currently available due to lockdown measures, some will be recruiting over the coming months.

For more stories about the amazing volunteers at the council, follow @CommunitiesWSCC on Twitter or if you’re interested in volunteering for the council, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/volunteering, or email volunteering@westsussex.gov.uk


Let's SCRAP Fly Tipping
29 May 2021

Organisations across West Sussex are uniting in their effort to tackle the illegal dumping of waste this spring.

West Sussex County Council, the district and borough councils in West Sussex, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are launching the Let’s SCRAP Fly tipping initiative to tackle fly tipping across the county.

The initiative aims to reduce fly tipping and advise residents how they can avoid inadvertently contributing to the problem, by following the SCRAP code. This encourages residents to: Suspect waste carriers, Check they are licenced, Refuse unexpected offers to waste disposal, Ask how the waste will be disposed of and obtain Paperwork.

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land or in water, and can cause problems to local councils, land owners, the public, and the environment. As a criminal offence, it is punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months' imprisonment if convicted in a magistrates' court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to five years' imprisonment if convicted in a crown court.

Whilst large scale fly tipping is usually perpetrated by rogue traders and criminals, householders can avoid unwittingly contributing to fly tipping by ensuring they use a reputable company or local trader with a waste carrier’s licence, when employing someone to remove their waste.

Area Environment Manager Michael Turner from the Environment Agency said: “We all have a part to play in preventing our rubbish from being illegally dumped, buried or burnt. And we want to make sure that when people have rubbish to get rid of, they have the right information to help them make the right choice rather than break the law. Following the SCRAP code, such as checking that you are handing your rubbish to a licenced carrier, will ensure your waste doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

“Fly tipping and organised waste crime is blighting our communities and environment. Waste criminals undercut legitimate businesses by offering to get rid of your rubbish at prices too good to be true. Everyone has a duty to ensure their rubbish is disposed of legally and safely.”

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “Fly tipping is both a criminal and an anti-social offence and there is no excuse for it.

“We are committed to tackling this issue and I am pleased to announce the launch of the Let’s SCRAP Fly tipping initiative in West Sussex, in partnership with the district and borough councils, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union, the Police and Crime Commissioner and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

“As well as spoiling the natural environment and costing tax-payers’ money to clear up, fly tipped waste is incredibly dangerous to wildlife and animals. Consuming waste is likely to be fatal to animals and birds. It is so important that we tackle this problem and ensure that all waste is disposed of correctly.”

The district and borough councils operate the kerbside collections in West Sussex, and collect general household waste, recycling, garden waste and in some area textiles and small electrical items. Larger items and those not suitable for kerbside collection can be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Sites. More information about different types of waste is available here: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/land-waste-and-housing/waste-and-recycling/recycling-and-waste-prevention-in-west-sussex/recycling-a-z/

Residents can find out more about Let’s SCRAP Fly Tipping here: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/flytipping

Do you look after someone? Find out how to get support in West Sussex
24 May 2021

Do you look after someone? Find out how you can get support in West Sussex

Over 100,000 people are thought to be regularly caring for a friend or family member in West Sussex; so this Carers Week, running from 7 – 13 June, it’s more important than ever to raise awareness and shine a spotlight on the information and services available to family and friend carers across the county.

Backed by West Sussex County Council, the NHS and West Sussex charity, Carers Support West Sussex, there’s plenty on offer to help those looking after friends and family.

With more than 29,000 carers currently registered in West Sussex, including young carers, young adult carers and adult carers, this is still only a fraction of the estimated number of family and friend carers believed to be living in West Sussex. Carers Support West Sussex are urging those not yet registered to sign up to access the support they may require now or in the future.

This year, family and friend carers are continuing to face new challenges because of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support.

As part of Carers Week, Carers Support West Sussex has put together a programme of carer focused workshops, where attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn something new or improve knowledge;
  • Virtually meet others in a similar situation and have a chance to socialise;
  • Have a break from caring roles.

A majority of these are online classes, but if you are able, there are also picnics taking place at Parham House in Pulborough, Swanbourne Lake in Arundel and a coastal walk starting in Ferring. To find out more, visit https://www.carerssupport.org.uk/carers-week.

Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults Services at West Sussex County Council, said: “Carers Week is a really important time in the calendar as it is a great way of reminding all of our family and friend carers here in West Sussex that there is help and support available for them whatever situation they may find themselves in.

“Caring is such a huge responsibility and many carers spend so much time looking after someone else, that they forget to take some time for themselves, which is where Carers Support West Sussex can prove invaluable as they run carer groups, a Carer Response Line, help carers access free counselling and provide funds so that carers can do something for themselves, amongst many other things.”

Sonia Mangan, Chief Executive at Carers Support West Sussex also said “This year’s Carers Week theme is ‘Making Caring Visible and Valued across West Sussex’ and we aim to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges family and friend carers face and recognise the contributions they make to families and our local community.

“Across England and Wales carers save the UK economy more than £150 billion every year, and with the pandemic seeing more individuals taking on a family and friend caring role, we need to make sure that these people get exactly what they need to stay well whilst caring for someone else.”

For anyone that can’t attend the workshops, there is still plenty that Carers Support can offer you after the week has finished, including a free Carers Discount Card, which gives family and friend carers in the county a range of exclusive offers and discounts.

The aim of the scheme is to promote the health and well-being of carers whilst alleviating some of the financial strain that is often placed upon them by their role.

To find out more and for further information about the great work that Carers Support West Sussex do for family and friend carers across the county, visit www.carerssupport.org.uk/.

WSCC - review of the West Sussex Transport Plan
20 May 2021

West Sussex County Council are reviewing the West Sussex Transport Plan (WSTP) to update the County Council’s approach to investment in, and management of, the transport network for the period of 2022-2036. Transport affects every aspect of our lives including how we work, socialise, access education and health services. We must plan for our future transport needs in order to protect and enhance our beautiful and prosperous county.

In Autumn 2020 we asked interested people about their key transport issues and priorities through the WSTP review survey. A summary of the feedback received can be viewed in the report below.

This information is being used to develop the draft West Sussex Transport Plan which will set out how the County Council intends to address challenges including:

  • a growing and ageing population
  • transport emissions
  • rural isolation
  • public health and wellbeing
  • congestion
  • road safety.

The draft West Sussex Transport Plan is now being published for consultation (summer 2021) and adoption of the new plan is expected in early 2022. The consultation documents can be viewed on this link West Sussex Transport Plan consultation

For further information regarding this consultation, please email ltp@westsussex.gov.uk or phone 01243 642105 - leaving your name, email address and interest (for example whether you are a resident, business owner, transport operator and so on).

WSCC - Key appointments to be made
18 May 2021

Key appointments to be made at West Sussex County Council this week

Key appointments such as the Chairman of West Sussex County Council, Vice-Chairman and Leader will be made at the first meeting of the Full Council on Friday 21 May.

The Leader of the Council will also announce their Cabinet Members for the coming term and appointments to all the committees will be made at the County Council’s Annual Meeting. There will be no other business on the agenda.

The Full Council is the first meeting of the 70 elected members, 32 of whom are new Councillors, following the local elections last Thursday 6 May.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at County Hall, Chichester. Only a limited number of Councillors will be attending in person due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements. The other Councillors will join the meeting virtually.

Residents and other interested parties will be able to watch the meeting live via the County Council website. There will also be a reduced capacity public gallery available to anyone wishing to attend and view the meeting in person. Admission is by ticket only, bookable in advance by emailing: democratic.services@westsussex.gov.uk

Details of Covid-19 safety measures in place at County Hall will be provided to anyone booking to attend in person.

Public Consultation - air quality action plan for the Chichester District
17 May 2021

Residents encouraged to have their say on air quality action plan for the Chichester District

Chichester District Council is updating its revised Air Quality Action Plan and is asking for people to share their views in a new public consultation running from Monday 17 May until 28 June 2021.

The draft plan sets out a range of proposed actions to continue improving air quality in the district, and at a meeting this month, the council’s Cabinet approved the plan to go out to public consultation.

Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council, says: “There are many factors that contribute to the quality of the air we breathe, but as a council we are committed to doing all that we reasonably can to make our area a cleaner, safer and healthier place.”

“The Chichester District is a beautiful place to live, work and visit and we are fortunate that our air quality is generally very good. However, there are a small number of places that are adversely affected by air pollution and we are working to help tackle this issue through a number of schemes and projects associated with our Air Quality Action Plan.

“When an area is identified as having poor air quality (i.e. it doesn't meet the National Air Quality Standards), it is declared as an 'Air Quality Management Area'. For each of these areas, a plan must be put in place setting out a number of different actions that can be taken to improve air quality in this area — this is called an Air Quality Action Plan. Since the introduction of our first plan in 2008, each of our five-years plans has been successful in introducing schemes that have had a positive impact on air quality in the district.

“It’s now time for the plan to be reviewed and updated. The proposal includes recommendations to continue some of the successful projects from the previous plan, and also identifies new actions that could be taken if additional funding can be secured.

“Because air quality has been steadily improving, it also means that we're in the fortunate position of being able to recommend that Chichester's Orchard Street and Stockbridge A27 roundabout no longer need to be considered Air Quality Management Areas. This is also set out in the proposed draft plan.

“We’re really keen to hear people’s views on our suggestions and this consultation is a chance for residents, business owners, organisations and visitors to share their thoughts. I would urge everyone to take part in the survey, which only takes between 5 and 10 minutes. Your voice matters and the feedback you give us will help us to shape our final plan.”

The consultation will go live on Monday 17 May and people can get involved and have their say on the plan and its proposals by visiting: www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkairquality. The deadline for responding is midnight on 28 June.

On the consultation web page, people can: view the council’s draft Revised Air Quality Action Plan and all of the information and data that has informed the proposals; have their say via an easy-to-complete survey; and read a range of frequently asked questions to help put the survey into context and 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 information will be used to inform the final revised Air Quality Action Plan, which will then be considered by the council’s Environment Panel in September 2021 and by Cabinet in November 2021.

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

Roman Week returns to celebrate Chichester’s rich Roman heritage
13 May 2021

Roman Week returns to celebrate Chichester’s rich Roman heritage

The award-winning Chichester Roman Week is back this May half term, celebrating Chichester’s vibrant Roman history with a packed programme of district-wide events.

Led by The Novium Museum and taking place from Monday 31 May until Saturday 5 June, this year’s Chichester Roman Week is set to deliver a range of exciting events across the city and surrounding areas to entertain visitors of all ages.

Supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the week launches with a newly commissioned immersive theatre experience at The Novium Museum. ‘The Ministry of Time’ takes place on Monday 31 May and will guide guests through an interactive journey around the museum. The first production of its kind to take place at the museum, visitors will encounter Roman history coming to life as they work together with the show’s characters to save the day!

Other events on offer during the week include talks, guided tours, family activities, trails and workshops delivered by The Novium Museum and a range of cultural organisations across the District.

Cllr Roy Briscoe, Cabinet member for Community Services and Culture at Chichester District Council, says: “Roman Week is an established highlight in the district’s events calendar, and we are so pleased to be able to bring such a fantastic range of events back into Chichester City Centre and across the district again this year.

“As coronavirus restrictions begin to ease, it is wonderful to be able to hold these in-person events once again, following what has been a tough year for so many. All of our events will take place within Government guidelines and we thank our visitors for complying with our safety and social distancing measures. We hope that the programme of exciting and educational events taking place throughout the week will encourage visitors of all ages into the district to learn more about our unique and fascinating past.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chichester Roman Week 2020 was delivered virtually, which was recognised nationally in the Kids in Museums ‘Family Friendly Award From Home’, where the festival was shortlisted in the ‘Best Social Media Activity’ category.

Although most events will be delivered in person this year, a number of virtual events are included in the programme, including a Roman Food Virtual Talk with Caroline Nicolay, an Archaeology Interpreter and Living Historian specialising in ancient food. Caroline will present the changes in diet and culinary habits brought to Britain by the Roman conquest.

Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex Libraries, Pallant House Gallery, Butser Ancient Farm, Chichester Cathedral, Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex Record Office, and Chichester Harbour Conservancy will also be running events throughout the week.

Chichester Roman Week 2021 will take place within Government guidelines relating to Covid-19 at the time of each event. For more information, and for a full programme of events, visit www.thenovium.org/romanweek. Due to covid-secure measures in place, capacity at each event is strictly limited and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

The Novium Museum will reopen to visitors on Tuesday 18 May in line with Government guidelines and online booking is now open. Admission is free of charge, with donations gratefully accepted. For more information, and to book, visit www.thenovium.org/visit.

EU Citizens urged to apply to the EU settlement scheme to protect their rights
11 May 2021

EU Citizens urged to apply to the EU settlement scheme to protect their rights

Chichester District Council and Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice have joined forces to remind people that if they are an EU citizen living in the UK they need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 in order to protect their rights.

“We really would urge any EU citizens living in the Chichester District to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme as soon as they possible can. This is about protecting their rights to healthcare, benefits and pensions – and so it is vitally important that they do this before the 30 June deadline,” says Cllr Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Culture at Chichester District Council.

“It’s really simple to do. Anyone who wants to apply just needs to visit www.gov.uk/eusettlementscheme or they can contact our colleagues at Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice who are also available to offer help. We also would urge employers and landlords to also share this information with anyone who this may affect.”

Following the UK's departure from the European Union (BREXIT) all EU, EEA and Swiss nationals, including children, who were living in the UK on 31 December must apply for secure immigration status through the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme, by the 30 June 2021. Anyone that fails to register will lose their right to live, work, study in the UK, as well as access NHS services, and benefit entitlements in the UK.

Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice are concerned that some of the most vulnerable, including children, disabled, vulnerable adults and older people are at risk of slipping through the net. Groups most at risk include;

  • those who cannot prove their residence - e.g. victims of domestic abuse, homeless, unemployed.
  • those who have limited digital skills or no digital access.
  • people with language and literacy barriers.
  • those who do not realise they need to apply – e.g children of EU nationals, migrants and refugees who gained EU citizenship.
  • those who lack capacity.
  • European spouses of British nationals.

Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice and Chichester District Council are urging all landlords and employers, including employment and letting agencies, to make sure that they inform their employees and tenants of the need to apply.

“If you are a landlord or employer and you rent your premises to, or employ, an EU, EEA or Swiss national, and they were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, it is vital that you inform them that they - and their children - must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to protect their existing rights in the UK,” says Luca Badioli, CEO of Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice.

Anyone who requires help and assistance with their application to the EU Settlement Scheme before 30 June 2021 can call Arun Chichester Citizens Advice, FREE on 0808 2787969 (Mon to Fri 9am - 4:30pm). Access to interpreters is also available.

The Duke of Edinburgh 1921 – 2021
09 April 2021

The Councillors and Clerk of Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

As a mark of respect, the Union Flag will be flown at half-mast outside Holy Trinity, Plaistow for the duration of the period of official mourning.

A Book of Condolence will be opened in the Winterton Hall, Plaistow on Saturday 10th April. The Hall lobby will be open daily between the hours of 10am and 4pm, until Sunday 18th April. The community is invited to sign the Book of Condolence between these times; however, they are asked to use their own pen, due to Covid-19. Please wait outside the hall to allow anyone already signing the Book of Condolence time to finish. Please enter the lobby area alone, or with members of your household/support bubble. Please ahead to the most up-to-date Covid-19 social distancing rules and wear a face mask; hand sanitiser will be made available.

There are also online books of condolence on both the Royal Family’s website, https://www.royal.uk/ or via Chichester District Council’s website, https://www.chichester.gov.uk/condolencebook.

The community is respectfully asked to leave any floral and other tributes at the foot of the flagpole at Holy Trinity, Plaistow. Tributes left at any other location will be moved by designated representatives of the Parish Council and/or Church to the correct location.

10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021

Waste Prevention - what can you do? Compost!
01 April 2021

This month’s article (below) is all about composting. A great way to reduce your waste, and as a West Sussex resident you get subsidised prices on compost bins from getcomposting.com!

Register to vote in the upcoming local elections
01 April 2021

Register to vote in the upcoming local elections

Residents of Chichester District are being reminded to register to vote in the run up to the West Sussex County Council and Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 6 May 2021.

A by-election will also be taking place on 6 May to elect a new Councillor for the Chichester City Council West Ward.

To cast their vote in these elections, people must register to vote by midnight on 19 April. Registering can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Residents who are unable to go to the polling station, or who would prefer not to, can apply to vote by post. A link to download a postal vote application form can be found at www.chichester.gov.uk/howtovote, or you can request a form by calling 01243 521010. Voters can also apply to vote by proxy.

Application forms for postal and postal proxy votes, and changes to existing postal votes, must be received by 5pm on 20 April. Forms can be returned by email to: elections@chichester.gov.uk, as long as they are signed and include the applicant’s date of birth.

Polling cards will be sent out to registered voters at the end of March, and people are being reminded to check their polling station on this card as it may have changed.

On election day, a number of extra precautions are being put into place to make sure that polling stations are safe and COVID-secure for voters and staff:

  • Polling stations will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.
  • Voters can bring their own pen or pencil, however, pencils will be provided and sanitised between uses.
  • There will be a limit to the number of people in the polling station to maintain social distancing, so voters may need to queue.
  • Voters must wear a face covering (unless medically exempt).

If you would prefer to vote by post or proxy, then it is important that you register to do this by 5pm on 20 April 2021.

For more information about the West Sussex County Council elections, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner elections, and the Chichester City Council by-election, please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/elections.

Grants scheme to offer extra support for local businesses
01 April 2021

Grants scheme to offer extra support for local businesses

Small enterprises across the district will be able to boost their business thanks to a new grants scheme, which is being launched by Chichester District Council and which will open for applications on 12 April 2021.

Managed by the council’s Economic Development Team, the Enabling Grant Scheme will give small businesses in the Chichester District the opportunity to access funding that will help them to grow and develop.

There are three types of grants and businesses can apply for one of these options:

  • Capital projects — a grant of up to £2,000 to help fund capital projects, such as the purchase of new equipment to improve productivity or to reach new markets (to be 50% match-funded by the business).
  • Website and social media projects — funding of up to £1,500 to assist with the creation and development of a business website and/or social media channels (to be 50% match-funded by the business).
  • Start-up awards — a fully-funded grant of up to £500 for start-up businesses (this does not need to be match funded).

“Supporting our businesses and improving the local economy are key priorities for us as a council,” says Victoria McKay, Divisional Manager for Property and Growth at Chichester District Council. “The Enabling Grants Scheme is another way in which we can help our district businesses grow and thrive, and we’d urge local businesses to find out more.

“We have a designated amount of Enabling Grant funding, which will be available to businesses in two rounds. The first round, which is set to benefit around 20 district businesses, will be open for applications from 12 April and will close at midnight on 2 May 2021.

“We have created some guidance notes to help businesses understand the types of projects that are eligible for funding and the information that needs to be provided with the application. These notes are now available to view here: www.chichester.gov.uk/enablinggrantscheme.

“Please make sure that you have read the guidance notes carefully before you apply, in particular the eligibility criteria and application process as these have changed since the last time the Enabling Grants Scheme was delivered. All valid applications will be evaluated by our Economic Development Officers and assessed against the guidance notes on our website. The decision process may take up to six weeks from the application closing date.

“The second round of funding will be available in the autumn and we will keep businesses updated on this.

“The scheme is separate to the range of coronavirus business support on offer, and we would urge any businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus crisis, or are looking for financial support to aid their recovery from the pandemic, to visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinessupport and see if they are eligible for any of the Government grants available.”

Businesses in the Chichester District can now view the Enabling Grant Scheme guidance notes on the council’s website at: www.chichester.gov.uk/enablinggrantscheme and will be able to apply from 12 April. For more information, email business.support@chichester.gov.uk.

This is just one of the ways in which the council’s Economic Development Team can support local businesses. The team offer a range of different services, including a business contact scheme. For more information, visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/businesssupportandadvice

‘Restart Grants’ scheme will help businesses reopen in Chichester District
01 April 2021

Government ‘Restart Grants’ scheme will help businesses reopen in Chichester District

A new Government grant is being launched in the Chichester District to support businesses as they get ready to reopen their doors following the national lockdown.

The Restart Grant scheme, which will open for applications on 6 April 2021, aims to help district businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors to reopen safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

“This scheme offers a one-off grant of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail premises, and another of up to £18,000 for non-essential hospitality, leisure, personal care and gym premises,” explains Louise Rudziak, Director for Housing and Communities at Chichester District Council. “The amount of grant funding awarded is based on the rateable value and the type of business applying.

“If you own a business in the non-essential retail, hospitality,leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors,I would urge you to visit our website at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesannouncements to see whether you are eligible to apply for one of these grants.

“The scheme will be open to applications from 6 April until 30 June 2021, and our teams will be working incredibly hard to process the applications and issue grants as quickly as they can.”

Separate to the coronavirus business support on offer, Chichester District Council is launching an Enabling Grants scheme on 12 April, which aims to help small enterprises across the district to grow and develop. There are three types of grant – one is for capital projects; another is for website and social media projects; and the third is for start-up businesses. Any businesses interested in finding out more about this scheme can read the guidance notes in advance at: www.chichester.gov.uk/enablinggrantscheme

Businesses are urged to sign up to the council’s eBiz newsletter at www.chichester.gov.uk/businesssupportandadvice to receive updates on the support that is available to them, and notifications when support schemes open for applications.

Parish Council's response to Crouchlands Farm community consultation
25 March 2021

Please find attached to this notice the Parish Council's response to the community consultation regarding the rural diversification plans at Crouchlands Farm.

The community has until Friday 26th March to make representations: https://www.dominiclawsonbespokeplanning.com/crouchlandsfarm2



Council Tax Support
23 March 2021

Council providing further support to help economically vulnerable residents in Chichester District

Further support is being made available to help economically vulnerable people in the Chichester District to pay their council tax.

Last March, the council was issued with £699,000 of Government funding to help those experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19 to pay their council tax. As a result of having Government funds available, the council is providing extra support for the financial year 2021-22.

All eligible residents will have received a further £150 credited to their Council Tax bill, and residents in receipt of Council Tax Reduction with a balance of less than £150 for the year 2021-22 will have received the amount outstanding. Those in receipt of Council Tax Reduction with zero Council Tax to pay will not receive a payment.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this extra funding, so that we can continue to help those that are most in need in our district,” says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council. “If anyone is struggling I would urge them to get in touch for advice. You can also visit www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances for more information.

Post-16 Transport Policy
22 March 2021

Post-16 Transport Policy

West Sussex County Council asks for views each year about the Post-16 Transport Policy Statement. The consultation aims to make sure the information in the Policy Statement is up to date and complete.

The Policy Statement sets out the help that is available through the council, schools, colleges and transport operators for young people of sixth-form age and those who are 19+ with an Education Health and Care Plan to get to school or college.

A consultation is now open and available online here and runs until Friday 25 April 2021. All responses will be considered before the council’s Post-16 Transport Policy statement is published at the end of May.

CENSUS 2021
22 March 2021

CENSUS 2021

Census Day was on Sunday 21st March; although many people had already completed their forms either online or on paper and submitted them in advance.

Field Officers begin working on 23rd March. They will be calling at houses who have not submitted a completed census form.

Field Officers will not be completing forms with householders - they will observe social distancing and never enter a house - however, they will be able to offer a wide range of support and advice, including arranging for replacement unique access codes, paper forms if they are needed and answering specific questions. 

They will also be able to point householders towards sources of help to actually complete the census with people who are struggling to do so themselves.

In West Sussex, we are fortunate to have a range of resources:-

  • West Sussex Libraries are currently offering a telephone completion service. People can ring 03302 223455 to book an appointment.
  • They hope to offer an 'in person' service at 15 libraries from 12 April, but that depends on Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Some libraries are offering access to computers now on a pre-booked basis. People can ring their local library to see whether the service is available. They wouldn't be able to get advice from library personnel, but it would be useful for someone who wants to fill in their census form online but, for example, has a temperamental wifi signal at home or their personal device isn't working.
  • Full details can be found at: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/news/need-help-completing-the-census/.
  • There's also the Census contact centre which can be contacted on 0800 141 2021.
  • There's a lot of information at https://census.gov.uk/. There isn't a search function, but it is logically arranged and the guidance is very clear. 

A key resource for those who are struggling will be friends, family, carers and support groups, all of which have been essential for the vulnerable in our communities over the last year. 

Updated timetable for the Local Plan Review
18 March 2021

Updated timetable for the Local Plan Review is agreed by Chichester District Council

An updated timetable and details on how the Local Plan Review will be prepared have been agreed by Chichester District Councillors.

The details have been published in the revised Local Development Scheme (LDS), a statutory document which provides a timetable and details of evidence base documents prepared for the Local Plan Review.

The decision was made at Chichester District Council’s Full Council meeting on Friday 12 March following a recommendation to approve by the council’s Cabinet.

The LDS covers the next three years and is published to help the local community and stakeholders keep up-to-date with the timescales for when various key planning policy documents will be produced. It includes a profile for each of the documents, and a timetable for their production, including dates for when the public will be consulted on them. The LDS also contains information on other documents, including Neighbourhood Plans and the Community Infrastructure Levy.

The documents being produced will form the evidence base for the Local Plan Review. These will be considered by the Planning Inspector when they review the plan at the Local Plan examination.

“The biggest issues affecting the Local Plan Review are around transport and the A27, and also the extra infrastructure needed for treating waste water,” says Councillor Susan Taylor, Cabinet Member for Planning at Chichester District Council. “I recently explained that although we have carried out huge amounts of work in preparation for the Local Plan Review, feasibility work will now need to be carried out into the Stockbridge Link Road, which would run from the Fishbourne roundabout to the Manhood Peninsula.

“The link road is a vital piece of infrastructure and our partners have agreed that the evidence points to the need for this if we are to meet the level of growth the Government expects, and that this approach is needed while we wait for a long term decision from the Government on the A27. The proposed link road would cross over land owned by West Sussex County Council, and in their role as local highways authority, they have now asked us to carry out a much more detailed assessment on this so that the full benefits and impacts can be understood. This would be one of several improvements required to the junctions along the A27.

“We are also working with Southern Water on the issues around the capacity of waste water treatment infrastructure and whether this can be expanded to serve new growth.

“As I’ve said before, these are extremely complex issues and require extra detailed work to be carried out before the review can be finalised. This is reflected in the timetable that has been set out in the revised Local Development Scheme.

“As well as publishing the documents on our website, we will of course keep people updated on a regular basis through our Local Plan Review email newsletter, which you can sign up to by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/localplannewsletter

The Local Development Scheme can be viewed by going to: www.chichester.gov.uk/planningpolicy

Easter activities for kids at West Sussex Libraries
18 March 2021

Spring into action with exciting activities for kids at West Sussex Libraries this Easter

With the children spending a lot more time at home over the past year, parents may have exhausted all possible forms of entertainment and be struggling for ideas to keep them amused over the Easter holidays.

But fear not, as West Sussex Libraries has a wealth of activities planned to help children have fun (and learn) at the same time.

Over the holiday, the library service will be providing kids (and their families) with a new and exciting blend of virtual and face-to-face activities which will be available online each Tuesday and Thursday covering the following themes:

  • Growing - Tuesday 6 April
  • Fun with food - Thursday 8 April
  • Fit & Strong - Tuesday 13 April
  • Cooking and ingredients - Thursday 15 April

There are competitions and challenges based on some favourite stories about food and growing, as well as ‘science in your kitchen’ experiments to try at home.

For anyone not online, local libraries will have all the activities available bagged up and ready to collect from the door.

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “West Sussex Libraries are always at the heart of the community, supporting residents in a number of ways. This Easter, they are supporting our Education and Skills team by providing fun food-related activities to help keep children entertained over the break.

“The mixture of online, digital and physical activities have been created to complement the work being done by Education and Skills, who are supporting the Government’s Holiday Activity and Food Programme.

“Primarily, these are fun activities for all the family to enjoy – the key aim of our Library Service. But they will also help children learn more about the importance of food for their growing minds and bodies.”

UK Harvest, the Chichester based food rescue charity, will also be supporting the holiday programme.

Liz Woodsell, Chief Operating Officer at UK Harvest said: “We are thrilled to be working with the team at West Sussex Libraries in helping to deliver the Government’s Holiday Activity and Food Programme. We will be promoting the issues of healthy eating, avoiding food waste and growing your own vegetables to support the library activities. Our team of volunteers will also have a pop-up presence outside a number of the county’s libraries during the Easter holidays with activity sheets, recipes, ideas and giveaways.”

More information on locations will be posted on the UK Harvest website www.ukharvest.org.uk or on the library social media accounts closer to the time via Facebook: www.facebook.com/WestSussexLibraries and Twitter: @WSCCLibraries.

The holiday activities are open to all whether or not you are a member, but joining the library is free for everyone.

For more information on the Easter holidays programme at West Sussex Libraries, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/holidayactivity for more details.

CDC - free grants for energy efficient home improvements
18 March 2021

Chichester District residents to benefit from free grants for energy efficient home improvements

Chichester District Council has successfully bid for funding to extend the Government’s Green Home Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme in the Chichester District, along with other local authorities in West Sussex.

This means that eligible homeowners in the district, including park home owners, could receive fully-funded support of up to £10,000 for energy efficiency improvements in their homes. Also as part of the scheme, private and social landlords will be able to access up to £5,000 with a one-third contribution.

Residents can apply for this funding if they have a household income of less than £30,000 and their home has a low energy efficiency. The funding can be used for a range of improvements and low carbon heating measures, including:

  • solid wall insulation;
  • loft insulation;
  • first-time energy efficient double glazing;
  • first-time gas central heating and air-source heat pumps; and,
  • smart heating controls.

“We are delighted that this funding has been extended as this will enable even more of our residents to make their homes warmer and to save money on their energy bills,” says Councillor Alan Sutton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Communications, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council.

“If you think your home would benefit from energy efficient improvements, and you meet the eligibility criteria, I would encourage you to apply for this financial support. The grants are available on a first come first served basis so make sure you apply early to ensure your home is ready for autumn.

“If you’re unsure about your eligibility or have any questions about the scheme, you can contact Warmer Homes on 0800 038 5737 or visit their website at www.warmerhomes.org.uk to find out more and to apply.

“We know that having a warm home is important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing and we offer a number of schemes to help those in fuel poverty who cannot afford to heat their homes. If you are not eligible for the Green Home Grant or need additional support, the council’s dedicated Home Energy Advisors can offer free advice to help you reduce your energy bills and suggest other schemes you may be eligible for. They can also help homeowners and landlords identify where improvements can be made to their properties through a free Covid-safe home assessment. You can find out more about our Home Energy Service by visiting: https://chichester.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/topics/healthy-home/wellbeing-home.”

The Green Home Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme is available for applications until 30 September 2021. People can find out more about the scheme and apply for a grant at www.warmerhomes.org.uk

Major Horsham highway improvement project
18 March 2021

Work starts soon on major Horsham highway improvement project

As part of West Sussex County Council’s ongoing commitment to improving traffic capacity on the highway, major improvement work starts soon at the A24 Robin Hood roundabout junction in Horsham.

The project will start on 6 April, subject to factors such as severe weather. In the first stage there will be lane closures on the A24 so that street lighting and traffic signal ducts can be installed, followed by night-time closures between the Great Daux and Farthings Hill roundabouts: this is so temporary traffic management measures can be introduced.

Details on this and future stages will be available on the project page at www.westsussex.gov.uk/a24-robin-hood-junction. Residents and other road users can also subscribe to regular email updates by emailing robinhoodroundabout@landbuild.co.uk

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the works but please bear in mind this project will lead to long-term improvements.

“We are liaising with the project team working on Legal and General’s nearby Land North of Horsham project to try to minimise the impact on traffic in the area as much as possible.”

The Robin Hood junction improvements include:

· widening the A24 northbound, from two lanes to three

· widening the A24 southbound, from two lanes to four

· widening the exit from Warnham Road on to the roundabout

· traffic signal control on the A24 approaches and on the Warnham Road, with traffic signal control on the roundabout

· provision of a signalised 'Toucan' crossing across the Northbound exit of the A24 (towards A24 Great Daux)

· improved footway and cycleway connection, Warnham Road to Robin Hood Lane and the Public Right of Way.

Benefits of the scheme include:

· providing increased road capacity at the junction to allow for increased traffic due to local developments and through traffic;

· the provision of traffic lights with sensors, which adjust signal timings according to queuing levels to help ease congestion – these will be on signalled approaches (not Robin Hood Lane) and will help manage flows in the peak and off-peak periods;

· new crossing facilities for pedestrians and cyclists linking Warnham Park and the Public Right of Way with Warnham Road via new Toucan crossings.

The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-Autumn 2021.

Local Road Closure - Ebernoe Road, Balls Cross
17 March 2021

WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION

EBERNOE ROAD, BALLS CROSS

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) Ebernoe Road, Balls Cross from junction with Balls Cross Road to junction with Streels Lane is temporarily prohibited from 25/03/2021 at 09.30 until 25/03/2021 at 15.00

The restriction will be in place off peak only between 09.30 – 15.00

This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times

The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105

Any queries about the works please contact Balfour Beatty on 01243 642105

Dated 17 March 2021

Matt Davey

Director of Highways, Transport and Planning

Community Speed Watch in Plaistow
15 March 2021

Community Speed Watch in Plaistow

Do you live in Plaistow? Would you like to be a part of the Community Speed Watch (CSW) initiative which has been set up in the parish?

The Parish’s CSW initiative is organised and run independently from the Parish Council; nevertheless, the Council is keen to invigorate support and participation in a CSW team in Plaistow.

The CSW team wish to expand into Plaistow but need volunteers to help set it up!

Can you help?

The Ifold team is active along Plaistow Road. Trained volunteers report speeding drivers to the police with the aim of educating them to slow down. Since March 2020, the group have managed a very impressive 28 roadside sessions which has resulted in 528 letters being sent to speeding drivers!

If you would like to become a trained volunteer and can give an hour or so of your time each month to help fight the adverse impact excessive speed has on those who live in the parish that would be greatly appreciated.

For more information, or to volunteer please contact the Clerk

01403 871 652 | clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk

UPGRADING IFOLD TO SUPERFAST BROADBAND
15 March 2021

Ifold has a project to implement superfast gigabit fibre broadband (FTTP) via Openreach's Community Fibre Partnership. Funding is provided by Gov.uk Dept for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) through their Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme.

For more information, please see the attached flyer and visit the following web page or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ifold.broadband.project


Road map out of lockdown - Step 1
08 March 2021

As you are aware, the Government will start to lift some restrictions from Monday 8th March, as part of the first step on its road map to a route back to a more normal life. The full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary 

Please see the attached graphic for step one, so that you can easily understand the changes. 

CDC - £5 council tax rise plus use of reserves
05 March 2021

£5 council tax rise plus use of reserves is agreed to protect vital services across Chichester District

Chichester District Councillors have agreed to increase the average council tax bill by £5 for a Band D property and use reserves for the first time in years in order to protect vital services across the district.

The decision was made at Chichester District Council’s Full Council meeting on Tuesday 2 March, where a £5 (3%) rise was agreed. This means that the average Band D council tax payer will pay just over £3 a week for the 80 plus services provided by the council – 47 pence a day.

“Like many other organisations, our council’s finances have been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” explains Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council. “During this time we have been working hard to adapt and review what we are doing in order to support our communities, so that we could minimise the financial impact on our residents.

“Over the past year we have delivered significant amounts of support to people across the district. This has included supporting vulnerable residents and keeping them safe to issuing grants to businesses and working to reduce homelessness.

“Council tax is just one of a number of ways in which we fund the services in our district. Fees and charges also help pay for services but these have been badly hit over the past year as a result of the pandemic. While we have managed to access some financial support from the Government to ease the pressure, we’ve also had to dip into council reserves and will be using just over £2 million this year to plug the gap – this is the first time that we have had to do this for many years.

“Councils have a legal duty to deliver a balanced budget which is why we have had to use reserves this time. As part of our Corona Virus Recovery Plan we have put in place a series of measures that will return us to a balanced financial position without the use of reserves over the medium term. This includes further savings and introducing other ways of generating income.

“We are keeping council tax as low as we can, and we still remain one of the lowest charging authorities in the country, but we need to ensure that vital services continue and that we are providing support to those people in our communities who need it the most.

“We are also maintaining our council tax support scheme so that those who are most vulnerable in our communities will not receive any increase.”

Chichester District Council provides more than 80 different services across the district including. During the pandemic, as well as continuing to provide its normal day-to-day services, including collecting waste and recycling and determining planning applications it has carried out a wide range of work to support people and businesses:

• Reducing rough sleeping, accessing funding for additional rough sleeper accommodation and providing wider support.

• Starting work on a project to provide 17 extra flats for people who are homeless and working to increase short-stay accommodation.

• Identifying and addressing gaps in volunteer provision.

• Supporting West Sussex County Council’s Community Hub.

• Supporting more than 100 people with essential shopping and medication deliveries.

• Holding weekly welfare chats with vulnerable residents.

• Issuing more than £47 million in business rate and discretionary grants.

• Employing Covid Information Officers and Covid Ambassadors to offer support to businesses so that they are COVID-Secure for staff and customers.

• Helping businesses adapt the way they work during the pandemic.

• Providing social distancing signage.

• Providing £500,000 for grant schemes to help eligible businesses and community groups with their recovery plans.

• Issuing free pavement licences to eligible hospitality businesses.

• Extending our £699,000 Council Tax hardship fund to support those who need extra help.

• Continuing to support Chichester Festival Theatre and Pallant House Gallery.

• Commissioning an economic and social value impact study with the district’s arts organisations.

• Trebling our funding to Visit Chichester to £150,000 to help boost the tourism sector post-pandemic.

• Moving forward with the redevelopment of our St James’ Industrial Estate to help boost economic growth.

• Supporting businesses to convert easily to take-away only and allowing overnight deliveries for food and essential products.

• Addressing complaints around social distancing and COVID regulations.

• Making sure that people are well informed of the support that is available.

Chichester District Council collects all of the council tax, but only keeps around a 9% share of this. The other 91% is then distributed to West Sussex County Council, The Police and Crime Commissioner, and parish councils.

Each of these public service providers makes decisions about its council tax increases independently, and will finalise their amounts for the next financial year in the coming weeks.

Billingshurst Community Transport
05 March 2021

Billingshurst Community Transport (BCT) actively supports residents within the parish. This service enables registered passengers to undertake trips to medical appointments, Day Centres, shops, leisure and other non-urgent appointments. The journeys are carried out by our group of dedicated volunteer drivers who are DBS checked.

At present BCT provides support for over 300 passengers. This gives them the freedom to attend various appointments and places which they may have difficulty accessing. The scheme has a wheelchair accessible vehicle, which makes transferring to and from the vehicle easier for our less mobile clients.

In order to benefit from this community service you will need to register. To do so, simply phone 01403 787696 between the hours of 9.30am - 11.00am Monday to Friday.

We ask for a small yearly subscription of £5.00. Our fares are set from each village to each destination. Local journeys of up to 5 miles are set at £4.00. For medical appointments you are able to take a companion who is able to travel free of charge.

Billingshurst Community Transport is always looking for volunteer drivers. If you would like to give something back to the local community and have time available Graeme Acraman, the scheme’s Manager, would like to hear from you. Simply, phone 01403 787696 and Lynne will explain what is involved in being a volunteer and how the scheme works overall.

Graeme and the Billingshurst Community Transport team look forward to hearing from you. They are based locally at the Billingshurst Community & Conference Centre in Roman Way Billingshurst RH14 9QW.

Registered Charity Number: 1101884

www.billingshurstcommunitytransport.org

Be part of our firefighting team – we want you!
02 March 2021

Be part of our firefighting team – we want you!

WSFRS recruitment

The ‘hottest’ job in West Sussex is about to open for recruitment.

Recruitment for firefighters at West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service opens on Friday 5 March at 12pm.

The service is looking to attract a varied pool of potential applicants and pick the best candidates from all backgrounds and walks of life.

New wholetime firefighters are being recruited. Wholetime firefighters are permanently based at and respond from a fire station.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, said: “Firefighting is a fantastic career and we will offer training that is second to none.

“On paper I might not have looked like an obvious candidate, but the fire service took me on the strength of who they believed I could be.

“The role of the firefighter is ever-changing, and our new recruits will learn a host of skills. Yes, you will be putting out fires and cutting people out of cars, but we are also looking for people who can communicate vital safety messages and form important relationships in their community. We are looking for people who can stop these emergencies from happening by connecting with people and reducing their risk.”

A live question and answer session will also run to give people thinking of applying the chance to put their questions to current firefighters.

Sabrina added: “We have worked hard to remove historic barriers that might have stopped people from thinking about applying and we want to attract more women and people of different races and backgrounds to realise the fire service is a great place to work.

“We are looking to create a diverse workforce and we are asking people who haven’t considered becoming a firefighter to consider it now.”

For more information see www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire

Census Support Service in West Sussex Libraries
01 March 2021

Census Support Service in West Sussex Libraries

West Sussex Libraries are part of the national Census Support Service. Library staff can help support residents who live in Adur, Worthing, Arun and Chichester areas to complete their census forms online.

Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council is in the Chichester area :0)

As libraries are currently not open for browsing or computer use, we can complete the form online for residents over the phone. To book an appointment with one of our staff, who are all trained Census Support Advisors, phone 0330 222 3455 Monday to Friday between 10.00am – 4.00pm.



Food Rescue in West Sussex
01 March 2021

Food Rescue in West Sussex

Did you know, in West Sussex food waste makes up 40% of the average household residual bin?

The West Sussex Waste Prevention Team are working with the food partnerships across the county to encourage our residents to share their surplus food, in order to help those in food poverty and prevent this terrible wastage.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic’s beginning in March 2020 there has been significant changes to food behaviours in the UK which have been unfortunate for many. Sustain UK estimates that 8.4 million people in the UK are living in food poverty, with BAME, disabled and older people worst affected. Pre-lockdown, in 2019-20, a record high of nearly 2m people in the UK used a food bank, according to the Trussell Trust. The numbers are estimated to have increased hugely due to the pandemic, hence why redistributing food would help residents in West Sussex. Below are some of the services available to you for redistributing food in the county:

OLIO OLIO connects neighbours with each other, and local food businesses so surplus food can be shared and not thrown away. All users need to do is simply snap a photo of their spare items and add it to the app. Neighbours who live nearby can see if anything takes their fancy, and if so request it! Everything on OLIO is always offered for free and can be picked up Covid-safe. Food is shared when it is nearing its sell-by date, is spare home-grown vegetables, or when residents are going away and will not use it. OLIO was created to try and prevent food waste and help the global issue of climate change, as food waste is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. The app has been used in over 50 countries and shared over 1.6 million items between neighbours!

Community Fridges…these are refrigerators located in a public space which enable food to be shared within a community. Spare food is dropped off here by community members of small businesses to be rescued and shared amongst those who need it. The Fare Divide Community Group (faredivide.org.uk) have set up community fridges in Littlehampton and Horsham, where perishable items are free for collection by community members. They also run outreach pop-up community fridges in East Preston, Angmering and Rustington.

The team do not want a certain food at certain times, just generally lots of food on an ongoing basis for people in the community in need of it. They would appreciate any donations.

Food Banks…often community organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life. They normally provide people with a food parcel of three days' nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food. There are many foodbanks spread across the county which accept donations including: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, pasta sauce, lentils, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea or coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk, and fruit juice. You can also donate by adding additional items to your in-store food shop and leaving these items in the donation trolley located near the exit.

To find out more on how you can reduce food waste and help others see @wsrecycles on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

CDC - Local Plan Review Newsletter – Issue 1
01 March 2021

Chichester District Council's

Local Plan Review Newsletter – Issue 1

Chichester District Council (CDC) is currently working on the Local Plan Review. This will set out our vision for the future of the district’s economy; it will plan for transport and housing needs; it will look at how we can improve the lives of children and young people; it will consider the area’s environmental needs; it will support our health and wellbeing; and will ensure that we continue to have a rich arts and cultural environment.

The plan, which will cover all of the areas in the district that do not fall within the South Downs National Park, will help to manage and shape development and provide much needed housing in our area over the next 15 years. It will also help to protect the important environmental and historic qualities of the area, while addressing the district’s future housing and employment development needs.

This is the first of a series of regular updates to keep you informed of our progress and to explain the areas of work that we are currently focusing on. It will also highlight how you can have your say throughout the process.

What will the Local Plan Review cover?

The Local Plan Review covers a wide variety of topics and so we have created the themes below to help people better understand the work that the plan covers.

· Living and housing

· Economy

· Environment and greenspace

· Getting around and transport

· Health and wellbeing

· Local community

· Education and learning

· Arts, Culture and Heritage

· Facilities and services

Why do we need a local plan?

A Local Plan gives us the opportunity to create a better future for everyone. As jobs are created, earnings are increased, productivity is raised, living standards are improved, aspiration and skills are increased, the housing needs of local people are met, and better quality of services and facilities for those living in and visiting our area are provided. This is needed more than ever in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has impacted on the district’s economy, travel patterns and usage, as well as everyone’s health and social wellbeing. The plan offers us the opportunity to become more resilient and to create a fairer, healthier, safer and greener district.

What progress have we made?

Even though the council has been responding to the current pandemic, the Local Plan Review has continued to be a top priority. We have been looking at all sorts of issues, including retail and the future of our High Streets; wildlife corridors to link the South Downs National Park with the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; climate change; and much more. However, two of the key themes that we are currently focusing on are roads and waste water.

Roads update

In order to meet the Government’s housing targets, we need to make sure that the right roads and facilities are in place. We have carried out huge amounts of work, looking at where housing could possibly go and what new roads or improvements would be needed. This is a complex process because it requires us to carry out detailed assessments, accounting for all sorts of things, from the environmental impact to local economic needs.

This work, which has involved transport specialists, has identified that we need a series of improvements on the junctions on the A27, including a link road from the Fishbourne roundabout, to the Manhood Peninsula. Highways England has told us that the options we are suggesting will meet the additional pressure from future housing.

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has also agreed that the link road would be necessary if we are to meet the level of growth the Government expects. Our partners have agreed that this approach is needed while we wait for a long term decision from the Government on the A27.

We know that some people have said that these proposals are being withheld from communities. This is not true. The improvements to the A27 are contained in a transport study, which was part of the Preferred Approach consultation on the Local Plan in December 2018, and has been on our website since then. Further work, to assess whether there is any alternative option to a link road is currently being finalised and the intention is that it will be on our website in a few weeks.

The proposed link road would cross over land owned by WSCC and in their role as local highways authority, they have now asked us to carry out a much more detailed assessment on this so that the full benefits and impacts can be understood. Completing this work will take some time and will affect the current Local Plan timetable. This is a vital piece of evidence for the Planning Inspector who will review the plan, to consider whether it is acceptable for adoption.

Waste water update

Waste water has long been a problem in the South of the district. We have been lobbying Southern Water to explain what improvements will be required for some time. However, due to the dissatisfaction from our councillors about the progress made by Southern Water, we raised an official complaint with the Water Services Regulation Authority, Ofwat, which oversees all waste water providers and is able to hold them to account.

Since then, we have recently been holding constructive meetings with Southern Water and the Environment Agency to look at what can be achieved.

In order to deliver the Local Plan, we need more waste water capacity. Southern Water has agreed to work with us jointly on identifying improvements that need to be made. Over the coming months, we will be developing a clear plan that will set out what is needed and how it will be achieved.

Why do we need to deliver these solutions?

Although we are not responsible for roads or waste water, these issues need to be resolved so that the infrastructure can be delivered to support the development needs of the plan. It is vital that we work with our partners to explore all options and ensure that we have the evidence to demonstrate the outcomes of our investigations. This is important, because when the Local Plan Review is submitted to the Planning Inspector to be formally examined, we have to show that we have done everything we can to consider all of the available options. If our evidence shows that certain things are not possible, as long as we have the evidence, the Inspector will take this into consideration when reviewing the targets that we have been set by Government.

How long will all of this take?

We are currently reviewing our timetable to take account of the additional evidence that is required. This will be considered by the council on 2 March 2021.

How will the district be protected from speculative development in the meantime?

Every planning application is considered by the council. As part of this process, we often have to consult with Southern Water, West Sussex County Council, the Environment Agency, Natural England, and Highways England. If any of these organisations highlight significant problems that cannot be overcome, then the application would be refused.

In addition to this, we have introduced an Interim Housing Policy Statement. This is part of our rule book for planning applications and this considers other factors, such as the protection of strategic wildlife corridors and Environment Agency advice on flooding. This approach gives us the best possible position to manage planning applications until the Local Plan Review is agreed.

We appreciate that some people have called for the council to demand a moratorium on planning applications. Even if we could delay investment in homes and jobs, under law, developers have the right to submit planning applications which must be determined within agreed timescales. If not, they have a right of appeal to Planning Inspectors and we may even be found to have acted unreasonably, with applicants’ appeal costs awarded against us.

How can I find out more?

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The census is now live
28 February 2021

The census is now live and you should receive your letters very soon to enable you to complete the census. 

A considerable amount of additional information and material can be found here on the designated census web page. 

Your views on dog thefts
19 February 2021

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, in partnership with the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC), has launched today (19 February) a national survey, designed to understand public perception of dog theft, enforcement and the prosecution of offenders.

The Home Secretary is currently reviewing the issue of pet theft, and what future enforcement may look like with potentially tougher penalties for perpetrators.

The responses to this survey will help inform the discussions that PCCs will have on this issue nationally, and allow police forces to better understand the public's views on this crime and how they might improve their response to those concerns.

Demand for dogs as pets has increased during the coronavirus pandemic. The cost of some puppies, on Pets4Homes, is currently as high as £3,000, making them a valuable commodity to criminals.

According to Dog Lost, the UK's largest lost and found dog service, it is estimated thefts have risen by 250 per cent, with criminal gangs involved.

PCC Bourne says: “I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents’ views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets."

"I hope that the results of this survey will give the Government the evidence it needs to take more robust action against perpetrators."

The 60-second survey will be open until 17:00 on Friday 12th March. Make sure to have your say today: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogtheft

Lagoon 2
17 February 2021

On 10th February, a Member of the Public asked the Parish Council to seek an update regarding the works being undertaken to Lagoon 2 at Crouchlands Farm, particularly in relation to the volume of clay being transported to the lagoon site and possible destruction of Nightingale territory. The following response has been received from Artemis Land and Agriculture Ltd:


"The earth that is being brought up is being used to shore up the banks, following all the rain last week, so we can finalise the restoration works on Lagoon 2, prior to landscaping and replanting, hopefully in the spring.

With regards to the nightingales; [we are] aware of the territories – please see the extract below from our ecology report, conducted by The Ecology Coop:

During the survey the territories of at least three nightingales were identified. These were primarily centered on an area of scrub between two lagoons towards the western end of the site, a farm track leading towards these lagoons and a bridleway towards the western end of the site.

This is the area between Lagoons 1 and 2. The only area adjacent to the wood by Lagoon 2 that has been cleared are the original banks/bund that were cleared of the fence, deadwood and brambles to enable safe access during the ongoing remediation works. None of the habitat referred to has been cleared. In due course that whole area of Lagoon 2 will be given over to habitat creation as part of our broader biodiversity strategy to enhance the natural capital of the farm."

South Downs National Park - Parking Consultation
15 February 2021

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is consulting on an amended draft Parking Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (full title – Guidance on Parking for Residential and Non-Residential Development) and a Consultation Statement.

The SDNPA would like to hear your views on these documents. Have your say on their website here.

South Downs National Park - Camping & Glamping Technical Advice Notes
15 February 2021

This Technical Advice Note (TAN) has been produced by the South Downs National Park to help guide applicants and agents when applying for planning permission for camping and glamping tourism accommodation. This document should be read alongside policies in the South Downs Local Plan (SDLP) and the Partnership Management Plan (PMP).

On adoption the TAN will be a material consideration that will be taken into account by decision makers at the Authority and the host authorities. when determining planning applications for camping and glamping.

Trial kerbside collection of textiles and small electrical items
03 February 2021

Textiles and small electrical items to be recycled as part of trial collection scheme in Chichester District

Leading Councillors at Chichester District Council have given the green light to start a trial kerbside collection scheme for textiles and small waste electrical and electronic items.

The eight-month pilot was approved by CDC's Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday 2 February. The trial will start this summer, covering 75% of the population of Chichester District. Items such as old toasters, kettles and hairdryers will be collected in a separate reusable bag as part of the fortnightly recycling collection.

The trial has been funded by a £68,000 grant from West Sussex County Council, and will run until early 2022. After the results are reviewed and analysed, Cabinet Councillors will be asked to decide whether or not the service should be made permanent across the whole district.

Analysis carried out three years ago by West Sussex County Council found that the county’s black waste contained approximately 4.4% of textiles and 0.9% of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). A permanent scheme could increase the district’s recycling levels by up to 2.5%.

“We are always keen to do more to help improve recycling rates and we are delighted to announce this trial scheme,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment at Chichester District Council. “With the environment and climate change at the forefront of residents’ minds, we want to do all that we can to enable residents to make a positive difference.

“We already collect a wide range of materials for recycling such as foil; pots, tubs and trays; glass; cartons and aerosol cans as well as plastic bottles, cans, paper and card. This new trial will further expand on this and enable residents to prevent even more of their waste from going to landfill.

“We are expecting the Government to introduce new legislation requiring all waste collection authorities to introduce separate collections for textiles and small WEEE by 2025. By running a trial now we will be getting prepared and ahead of the game in time for these changes.”

Full details of how the scheme will work will be released nearer the time and will be placed on CDC's website.

Residents can find further recycling tips at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/recyclingadvice

FREE webinars on bereavement and loss awareness
02 February 2021

During these difficult times, many people are supporting their communities through schemes such as Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council's LCAV Scheme. Sometimes this support includes regular befriending phone calls.

Conversations involving bereavement and loss are difficult. Therefore, the As You Are Centre are running a number of webinars on bereavement and loss awareness which are open to anyone who is engaging with people as a key part of their role, including as a volunteer or in their community.

The sessions are FREE to access, and will help you develop knowledge, skills and understanding around loss and bereavement. When we know someone has been bereaved it can be difficult to know what to say; these online sessions will share theory and understanding around loss and bereavement that can help make difficult conversations a little easier.

The webinars have been funded by West Sussex County Council Public Health, as part of Compassionate Communities West Sussex.

Children and Young People:

St Wilfrid’s Hospice are also running webinars on bereavement, loss and change during Covid-19 specifically for schools, and organisations working with children and young people. For more information, including dates and how to book, please go to their website https://stwh.co.uk/education.

Please view the attached flyer below for more information, including the dates of the webinars and how to book a place. 

Sussex Police - Introducing the new Specialist Enforcement Unit
26 January 2021

Sussex Police have launched a new enforcement unit to track and catch dangerous and wanted criminals using the Sussex road network to commit crime. For further details please refer to the attached report.

Lady Hope Playpark, Plaistow Renovation Works
25 January 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Lady Hope Playpark in Plaistow will be undergoing an upgrade in March 2021.

The playpark will be closed to the public during the works, which are likely to take the whole of March to complete. However, the aim is to re-open the upgraded playpark in time for the Easter holidays! Exact dates will be confirmed nearer the time.

Please visit the designated Lady Hope Playpark page of our website for further details, including the exciting new design!

New Covid support schemes launched to help 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 

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.

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.

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.”

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

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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.