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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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How to report issues to WSCC

The WSCC Love West Sussex app can be used to report potholes, graffiti, fly tipping, damaged pavements and many more. Simply send in your report using the WSCC free mobile app, a text or picture message. Love West Sussex will deal with your report and we will send you a message when it's complete.

http://love.westsussex.gov.uk/reports/home

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West Sussex County Council

Covid-19 - Latest Information

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April 2021
West Sussex County Council

16 April 2021

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'Be patient, be kind'. Simple things to keep West Sussex safe

Groups of sixSpring is in the air, lockdown restrictions are easing and communities across West Sussex are coming back to life.

We’re now in step two of the roadmap, which means we can return to non-essential shops, gyms, leisure centres, and hairdressers among other places.

We can meet outside in a group of up to six people or two households, including at outdoor cafés, restaurants, pubs and bars.

But please keep travel to a minimum and don’t let your guard down yet.

If you’re returning to the shops there are some simple things you can do to stay safe, as Neil Williamson from Arun District Council’s Environmental Health Team explains in our latest podcast:

“Be patient and be kind to other people. Yes, it might take a bit longer to get into the business, but queue outside, keep your space, have a nice time, be safe and look after yourself and others.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Follow the guidance at each location, and keep in mind the advice to ‘act like you have it.’

See the checklist of actionswe can all take to #KeepWestSussexSafe.

Stay up-to-date on latest case data in West Sussex.

Testing is simple, easy and accessible

To help protect our family, friends and communities, and keep us heading in the right direction on the roadmap, it’s vitally important to get tested regularly and self-isolate when required.

If you don’t have symptoms, make it your habit to get tested twice a week. Order tests to your home, collect locally or book a local supervised test. Collection points and test sites are available across West Sussex.

www.westsussex.gov.uk/communitytesting

If you develop any of the Covid-19 symptoms (fever, new persistent cough, or loss of taste or smell), you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test or call 119

See the links for details of support available if you need to self-isolate.

Find out more


Vaccination programme - next phase begins

why should i get my jabFrom this week, people aged 45 and over are now eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccination and are invited to book an appointment.

Across the country, we are moving to the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme after reaching the target to offer all those in phase 1 of the programme a vaccination.

If you are trying to book an appointment and there are no available slots please keep trying as more will become available over the coming weeks.

Everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 – those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers – has been offered a vaccine, meeting the government’s 15 April target.

This group accounts for 99% of all COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic, so by offering them the vaccine, the NHS is helping ensure the most vulnerable are protected from the virus. The significant milestone marks the beginning of phase 2 of the vaccination programme and people aged 45 to 49 across England can now book appointments through the NHS booking service. People in this age group can also wait to be contacted by their GP-led vaccination service.

The NHS is still urging people to continue to attend vaccination appointments and book their appointment as soon as it is their turn. It comes after the government updated the advice this week about who should receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccination.

As a detailed review takes place into reports of a very rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, it has been announced that it is preferable for people under the age of 30 with no underlying health conditions to be offered an alternative vaccine where possible once they are eligible.

People who have already received one vaccination are encouraged to attend their appointment for their second dose, and make sure they receive the full long-lasting protection.

The NHS says the benefits of the vaccination outweighs any risk and everyone should attend their appointment. If residents are affected by the updated position, they will have the opportunity to talk through the options when it comes to their vaccination appointment.

Read more about the latest update and what people should do.

Continue to follow government guidance after vaccination

Please remember that whilst having the full course of the vaccine will reduce the chance of suffering from COVID-19, you may still be at risk of catching it and spreading it to other people. Therefore, it is important that everyone continues to follow current government guidance to stay safe.

Find out more


Book of Condolence for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

county hall flag at half mastThe funeral of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will take place this Saturday (17 April) at 3pm in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. A national minute's silence will be held to coincide with the start of the funeral.

An online book of condolence is now open on Buckingham Palace’s website: www.royal.uk

Residents who do not have online access can send a message of condolence to the Chairman’s Office, Room 102, West Sussex County Council, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ.

Because of the current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions, people are being urged to please avoid gathering in public places: for example, rather than laying flowers in a public area, you may wish to display a floral tribute at home.

Find out more


Get help for your mental health

male mental health helpComing out of lockdown can be just as worrying for many people as when restrictions are in place.

Many of us may be worried about the impact COVID-19 has had on our finances, our health or our loved ones.

That’s why we’ll be sharing details of organisations who can offer health, wellbeing and emotional support via our social media channels in the coming weeks. You can also visit our website which contains links to many of these organisations.

The NHS Sussex Mental Healthline is also open 24-hours a day on 0800 0309 500 to provide listening support, advice, information. It is available to anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend and this includes carers and healthcare professionals.

The Preventing Suicide In Sussex website also has a comprehensive list of national and local organisations and charities which offer mental health advice and support for those who are suffering themselves, or people who are worried about others.

If COVID-19 has left you with worried about your finances and paying your bills, you can get free advice from Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice in West Sussex.

Find out more


Last chance to register to vote in May

voting slipLocal elections will take place on 6 May for West Sussex County Councillors and the next Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. In some areas, district and borough councillors and town and parish councillors are also being elected.

Residents must be registered to vote several weeks ahead of election day on Thursday 6 May. For anyone not already on the electoral register, the deadline to apply to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April.

Registering is easy and takes just five minutes online. It is particularly important for anyone who has recently turned 18 or has moved home to act to ensure they are registered to vote.

We will make sure that polling stations are safe to use and that you can be confident in the arrangements for voting in person, but, as part of the county council’s current drive to help Keep West Sussex Safe, residents are being encouraged to consider postal voting, rather than travelling to attend polling stations, to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Residents can apply for a postal vote by visiting the Electoral Commission website to download, print and fill in the postal vote application form. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. Postal votes can be temporary for these elections only and will be sent out in the run up to election day, with clear instructions on how to return them.

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Back to school update

teacher helpingIt’s back to school for children and young people on Monday – we hope families have enjoyed the Easter break!

The government has confirmed that face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary school and college classrooms and in communal areas as a precautionary measure when students return after Easter (unless students or staff are exempt for medical reasons). It is expected that from Monday 17 May, face coverings will no longer be required in secondary schools as part of Step 3 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown – this is yet to be confirmed and will follow a government review of the data nearer the time.

You can find all the latest on how COVID-19 is affecting West Sussex schools on our COVID-19 Education pages.

We know many children and young people are finding things especially difficult right now and help is available. On the school section you will find a page dedicated to support for children’s emotional wellbeing which includes videos, information and where young people can go to get help if they need it.

Find out more


ACT - Action Counters Terrorism

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We are proud to support Counter Terrorism Policing’s national vigilance campaign and are encouraging our staff and the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting any suspicious behaviour and activity as lockdown restrictions ease.

The police work around the clock to protect us all from those wishing to do us harm. But the cooperation between everyone in the community is also a powerful defence which is why it is so important that we all play our role.

If you see or hear anything that doesn’t feel right when you are out and about please report it, in an emergency call 999.

To report online and learn more about the signs to spot, visit Gov.uk/ACT.

#CommunitiesDefeatTerrorism.

Find out more


Could you become an Independent Visitor?

independent visitorsCould you take an active role in supporting our children? Independent Visitors are people who give up a little time to spend it with a child aged between 8 and 17 who are cared for by the County Council. The emphasis is very much on having fun and building an attachment, whether it’s spending a couple of hours going for a walk a month or doing another fun activity together, it all makes a difference to a child.

We are currently looking to recruit more Independent Visitors and are hosting two online information events on 21 and 23 April for people to find out more.

If you are interested in becoming an Independent Visitor please sign up for one of two sessions on Wednesday, 21 April at 7pm or Friday, 23 April at 11am at: http://ow.ly/3FDd30rCZL2

Find out more www.westsussex.gov.uk/independentvisitor or by emailing independent.visitors@westsussex.gov.uk

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County hall flag at half mastBook of Condolence for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

The funeral of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will take place this Saturday (17 April) at 3pm in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. A national minute's silence will be held to coincide with the start of the funeral.

An online book of condolence is now open on Buckingham Palace’s website.

For your residents who do not have online access, please make them aware they can send a message of condolence to the Chairman’s Office, Room 102, West Sussex County Council, County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ.

Because of the current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions, people are being urged to please avoid gathering in public places: for example, rather than laying flowers in a public area, they may wish to display a floral tribute at home.


groups of sixCOVID-19 update

We are now in Stage 2 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

This means all non-essential shops, indoor leisure facilities (gyms) and personal care premises can now reopen.

Groups of six people or two households can now meet outside, including in outdoor hospitality areas at cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars.

Restrictions are easing, but we can’t ease up yet because the virus hasn’t gone away.

As new changes came in to place on Monday, we all need to keep doing our part to prevent the spread of this virus. Listen to Neil Williamson, Environmental Health Team Manager at Arun District Council talk about the importance of keeping safe as shops reopen as well as what we need to remember when we go out - Be patient, be kind. Be sure to look after yourself and others.

https://soundcloud.com/wscc-podcast/neil-williamson

Residents who choose to return to the shops, restaurants, high streets and outdoor venues, are asked to please plan ahead, keep travel to a minimum, be patient, give themselves time, and consider the needs of others.

Residents should follow the guidance at each location, and keep in mind the advice to ‘act like you have it,’ remember hands, face, space, fresh air, and keep West Sussex safe:

  • Hands – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and ideally warm running water often, and as soon as you get home. Use hand sanitiser or gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and you will meet people you do not normally meet.
  • Space – stay at least two metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.
  • Fresh air – letting in air by opening a window can disperse COVID-19 particles, while fresh air outdoors dilutes the virus and you have more space to physically distance.

Symptom-free COVID-19 test kits that can be used at home are now available.

Home testing is now available to everyone in England as part of a government drive to encourage everyone who does not have coronavirus symptoms to get tested twice a week. Visit westsussex.gov.uk for information on how to access tests.

If you test positive you must self-isolate immediately, along with everyone in your household. As soon as possible, you should also book a follow-up PCR test.

If you take a PCR test within two days of the positive rapid test result, and the PCR result is negative, you will no longer be required to self-isolate.

If you test negative this does not completely rule out infection with COVID-19, as there can be false negative results. To protect yourself and others, you must continue to follow the current restrictions in place and remember: hands, face, space, fresh air.

Please remember we also have updates to the images we use across our social channels as well as posters. Please share this information with friends, family and people in your community who might not otherwise see it.

Thank you for your support and let’s continue to do all we can. Stop the spread of coronavirus. Act like you have it. #KeepWestSussexSafe


why should i get my jabVaccination Programme – next phase begins

From this week, people aged 45 and over are now eligible to receive their vaccination and will be invited to book an appointment.

Across the country, we are moving to the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme after reaching the target to offer all those in phase 1 of the programme a vaccination. Everybody in cohorts 1 to 9 – those aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers – have been offered a vaccine, meeting the government’s 15 April target.

This group accounts for 99% of all COVID-19 deaths during the pandemic, so by offering them the vaccine, the NHS is helping ensure the most vulnerable are protected from the virus. Now, in addition to the groups above, people aged 45 to 49 across England can also now book appointments through the NHS booking service.

If you know people who are trying to book an appointment and there are currently no available slots on the national website or after calling 119, please encourage them to keep trying as more will become available over the coming weeks. Alternatively they can wait to be contacted by their local GP-led vaccination service.

The NHS is urging everyone eligible, especially those in the first groups, to book an appointment as soon as possible.

People are also being advised to attend their booked appointments, unless they are advised to rearrange due to the latest guidance on the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccination.

As a detailed review takes place into reports of a very rare blood clotting problem affecting a small number of people who have had the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, it has been announced that it is preferable for people under the age of 30 with no underlying health conditions to be offered an alternative vaccine where possible once they are eligible.

People under the age of 30 with a booked appointment will have had their vaccination cancelled and asked to rebook so they can receive an alternative.

Anyone who has already received one vaccination, irrespective of age, will continue to receive the same vaccine they had for their first dose unless there was a severe reaction. People are encouraged to attend their appointment for their second dose, and make sure they receive the full long-lasting protection.

The NHS says the benefits of the vaccination, outweighs any risk and everyone should attend their appointment. If residents are affected by the updated position, they will have the opportunity to talk through the options when it comes to their vaccination appointment.

Read more about the latest update and what people should do.

Continue to follow government guidance after vaccination

Please help remind everyone that whilst having the full course of the vaccine will reduce the chance of people suffering from COVID-19, they may still be at risk of catching it and spreading it to other people. Therefore, it is important that everyone continues to follow current government guidance to stay safe.

Find out more about the Sussex vaccination programme here.


independent volunteersCould you support a child?

Could you or any of your residents take an active role in supporting our children? Independent Visitors are people who give up a little time to spend it with a child aged between 8 and 17 who are cared for by the County Council. The emphasis is very much on having fun and building an attachment, whether it’s spending a couple of hours going for a walk each month or doing another fun activity together, it all makes a difference to a child.

We are currently looking to recruit more Independent Visitors and are hosting two online information events on 21 and 23 April for people to find out more.

Anyone interested in becoming an Independent Visitor can sign up for one of two sessions on Wednesday, 21 April at 7pm or Friday, 23 April at 11am at: http://ow.ly/3FDd30rCZL2

Find out more about the scheme hereor email independent.visitors@westsussex.gov.uk


computer use masked in librariesLibraries are now open for browsing

West Sussex Libraries are now welcoming residents back through their doors for browsing and booked IT sessions.

To help residents and staff stay safe, COVID-secure measures are in place in all 36 West Sussex libraries. When visiting, residents need to wear a face covering, use hand sanitiser and follow the floor markings.

A limited pre-bookable IT service is also available in all libraries. The one-hour sessions need to be booked in advance, either by phoning or visiting your local library.


Book to recycle logo'Book to Recycle' update

Please make your residents aware that a booking system is now operating at six Household Waste Recycling Sites in West Sussex – Bognor Regis, Crawley, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham-By-Sea and Worthing.

The objective of the scheme is to provide fair access to as many residents as possible in any given week, in a way that's safe for staff and visitors, and avoids disruption to local residents, businesses and the highway network.

Some sites have experienced a surge in visitors at the start of booking slots. Residents are being reminded that they can arrive at any time during their booking slot, they do not need to arrive at the start. So if they book for 10:30am – 11:00am, they may arrive at any point in this period. Residents are also reminded that while the majority of sites have 30 minute booking slots, the length of booking slot is different at Bognor Regis and Shoreham, where slots are 15 minutes each.

Residents can book a slot up to 14 days in advance and must book at least one day before you intend to visit the site.

To give feedback on the trial, please email: wastes.servicescontracts@westsussex.gov.uk

More information about the scheme and to book a visit.


Keep calm get an alarmNew #KeepCalmGetAnAlarm launched

A new smoke alarm campaign has been launched by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, encouraging residents to fit their homes with working alarms and linked detectors.

The campaign – which runs until mid-May – comes as a sad result of the fire service attending four fatal fires between December and March this year.

We would really appreciate it if you could help share the message with your communities – particularly those who live in rural areas. We have created a toolkit of resources full of resources, including graphics, social media posts and an article for you to use. Please note: the toolkit is best accessed through Google Chrome.

If you have any questions regarding the campaign, please contact us.


Eastergate school 1970Local school steps back in time

April's edition of West Sussex Unwrapped explores 185 years of Eastergate School. The blog features archival school records from the collection, such as log books and admission registers. These fascinating documents reveal untold stories of Eastergate’s pupils and teachers, and traces the important changes in education throughout the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Accompanying the blog is wonderful film footage of the modernised school in 1970 from Screen Archive South East.

West Sussex Unwrapped is a joint initiative between West Sussex Record Office and Screen Archive South East and offers viewers a mix of films, photos, documents and facts on a range of West Sussex topics.


Keeping in touch

Please share the information in this newsletter widely within your communities.

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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