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This website provides information about the activities of the Parish Council in the villages of Singleton and Charlton - pretty villages situated in the Lavant Valley, a few miles north of Chichester in West Sussex.

All of our councillors are volunteers and are committed to representing their community. They:

  • give views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish
  • undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents
  • work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish
  • alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken
  • help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities

We want to work closely with our community and encourage residents to get in touch with us and attend meetings. Please get in touch and join our mailing list, mailchimp

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Chichester District Council

District Despatch


December 2020
Chichester District Council

District Dispatch –Why the Local Plan is vital in protecting our area

Over the past couple of weeks, I have read with interest the articles claiming that we must ‘delay the local plan,’ and I felt I needed to respond to explain why this is the worst thing we could do.

There is one thing all of us have in common – we all want to protect our district for years to come and retain its character and beauty. The only way we can achieve this is by having a Local Plan, because it is the only way we can control development – and this is why it is so important we continue to progress with this important piece of work.

The message from Government has never been clearer – progress your plan or risk losing local control over the plan. The Secretary of State has powers to intervene in the production of the Plan, where he considers that a local planning authority is failing to prepare, revise or adopt a Plan. I’m sure that you will agree that we must not reach this point and it is vital that we keep this control locally.

You may also remember that we have already strongly requested an extension of time in which to prepare our plan from the Government, pointing out the unique character of the area and the challenging environmental constraints we face. We have also made strong representations to the Government about the proposed changes to the planning system. Unfortunately, as things stand, no extension has been given to us and we wait to see with interest how the Government proceeds with its proposals for the future planning system.

In one of the articles written it suggested that a moratorium must be imposed on all new large housing developments. This isn’t possible. Even if we could delay investment in homes and jobs, under the 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 would be likely to be found to have acted unreasonably, with applicants appeal costs awarded against us.

Now, let us focus on what the Local Plan can deliver. Firstly, it is a chance for us all come together to protect our area and take control of how we want our district to look in the future. The issues raised by the Harbour Trust and its campaign – nitrates, sewerage capacity and roads infrastructure - require long term thinking that a Local Plan provides.

But the Plan is not just about housing. There are proposals for jobs – something that is more vital than ever – wildlife corridors and other environmental improvements. These all need the Plan to proceed.

The Plan gives us the chance to take control and to make sure that we access the infrastructure we so desperately need. Without the Plan, we will not be able to access the funding for this. This type of funding pays for roads, schools, medical facilities, community facilities, parks and more.

By progressing with the Plan, we are testing the evidence to see whether we can deliver our identified development needs in a way which will have weight with Government Planning Inspectors. This will strengthen our case with Developers, Planning Inspectors and the Government, when considering development proposals and making the case for investment in our area, which is vital for the future of our children and grandchildren.

Unfortunately, planning issues are never simple. To get through them, we need to work together, look at the evidence and build a plan that will protect our local plan area while delivering much needed jobs, housing and infrastructure.Your views and involvement are at the heart of this – which is why we consult with you regularly throughout the whole process. We are aware that concerns have been raised that decisions around the A27 are being taken in secret. You can be absolutely assured that this is not the case. Any proposals that are part of the Chichester Local Plan will be fully consulted on with both our partners and our communities.

What you can be sure of is that our priority is to get the very best outcome for our district, our residents and our businesses – and with your help, I believe that we can achieve this.

Best Wishes,

Cllr Susan Taylor

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning at Chichester District Council

Town and Parish News

Issue 16


December 2020
Town and Parish News

Information from West Sussex County Council


Issue 21 | December 2020

New Tier 2 'High Alert' rules now in place

West Sussex has been placed in Tier 2. Please help us get the message out about the new tier-2 rules by sharing the following within your community messaging groups (e.g. Whatsapp, Facebook, emails etc.)

The new restrictions include:

  • Mixing indoors only with people in the same household or bubble
  • Sticking to the rule of six outdoors (including private gardens)
  • COVID-secure businesses can re-open
  • Spectators will be allowed to watch sport, with a maximum crowd capacity outdoors of 50% of the capacity of the stadium or 2,000 people, whichever is smaller. Indoors, the maximum capacity is 1,000
  • Indoor entertainment venues, such as cinemas, casinos and bowling alleys, can open, but must close at 11pm
  • Everyone who can work from home should do so.

Please familiarise yourself with the full list of new restrictions by visiting the GOV.UK website.

The very latest COVID-19 information for West Sussex, including data about incidence rates, is always available on our website.

Immunisation job opportunities

The NHS is looking for people who can help deliver the biggest ever immunisation programme that Sussex has ever seen.

They're looking for trained vaccinators and people who they can safely train to be vaccinators. This includes people who can work as flexibly as possible, including evenings and weekends.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) also need people who can support the programme, including administrators, front-of-house staff, drivers and operations managers.

If you can help, please look at the job opportunities being advertised on the SCFT website, where you can also apply.

Reminder: the Brexit transition period ends this month

The UK has left the EU and on Thursday 31 December the transition period will end. There will be a guaranteed set of changes and opportunities from this date, which residents and business owners need to prepare for.

The dedicated UK Brexit Transition Hub is the key place to go for information on how to prepare and it includes an easy-to-use tool so everyone can check what steps they need to take now.

We encourage you to signpost your local residents to the Hub, reminding them that Time is Running Out, and that they should Act Now.

Deadline approaches to take part in our Climate Conversation

Our lives have changed in unprecedented ways this year.

For the first time in a generation, millions of us have started working from home, stopped travelling abroad and socialised far more online.

The West Sussex Climate Conversation is a surveyto find out how these changes as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions have affected our response to climate change.

If you haven’t already, please alert your residents that they have until this Sunday (6 December) to take part.

Support local businesses

Help to back local businesses in the run-up to Christmas by letting your residents know about the #ShopSussex campaign.

The initiative has many online gift ideas and the chance to buy vouchers for unusual local experiences. Experience West Sussex is responding to calls from businesses for meaningful, practical support and #ShopSussex is free for businesses to use this year.

Some of our district and borough council partners have also launched Christmas campaigns to help local businesses including Chichester and Mid Sussex.

'Wilding' our roadside verges

We are beginning to work with local communities to create less manicured roadside verges in a process known as 'wilding'. These verges will attract pollinators and encourage wildflowers.

This is part of the ‘Improving Local Places and Places’ initiative, empowering neighbourhoods to focus on local needs and priorities.

Anyone interested in ‘wilding’ the verges in their neighbourhood, through ‘Improving Local Places and Places’, or taking part in other local priority activities should contact

Find out about the role of a county councillor

Ahead of the next election in May 2021 the County Council has been hosting a series of events for people to find out more about the role of a County Councillor.

The final event is aimed at those who have decided to stand for election or have been selected by a political party to stand and will be taking place virtually on 23 February 2020 from 6pm.

Those wishing to attend will need to register in advance via this link. You can find out more about the role from our ‘Be a Councillor’ website.

If you have any questions regarding this virtual event please contact Amanda Drinkwater in Democratic Services:

New Year project funding on offer to community groups

Applications to the County Council's Community Initiative Fund (CIF) are now being accepted to support the delivery of local projects across the county from February and March 2021. The deadline to upload a project idea to West Sussex Crowd and submit a crowdfunding pitch is Monday 8 February 2021.

The process for submitting applications to the Micro Fund and crowdfunding pitches, via West Sussex Crowd, still applies.

Please help us to remind groups that CIF funding will continue to be awarded remotely, should the spring round of County Local Committees (CLCs) not be held in person.

For information regarding Micro Fund application deadlines email:

Views wanted on creating 'healthy and sustainable places'

We’d like to hear your views on new plans to make West Sussex a more healthy and sustainable place.

The ‘Creating Healthy and Sustainable Places: A Framework for West Sussex’ is a new policy for developers, investors, planners, service providers and decision makers which maximises opportunities to create healthy and sustainable places across the county.

Residents and stakeholders are being asked to look at this framework and take part in the consultation which runs until 11 January 2021.

Find out more

Keeping in touch

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For daily updates, residents can follow us on social media @WSCCNews and @WestSussexCC.

We are also now on nextdoor, the app designed with communities in mind. Your residents can follow the link and join the conversation.

Thank you for your support. Keep safe.

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