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Chichester District Council - Latest Government Update
Latest Government update
Today, the Government announced that the coronavirus measures under Plan B in England will be lifted.This is because scientists believe that the Omicron wave has peaked nationally. The latest changes are listed below.
16 and 17 year olds can now book a booster dose online. Parents and guardians of people at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 between 12 to 15 years old, or those living with people at higher risk, will also be contacted to book a booster.
You can stop self-isolating at the start of day 6 if you get 2 negative rapid lateral flow test results on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature. Tests must be at least 24 hours apart. If either test is positive, wait 24 hours before testing again.
You are no longer asked to work from home if you can.
Staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges will not be required to wear a face covering in classrooms.
You will not be required to wear a face covering, including in communal areas of schools, but you should continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
You’ll no longer need to show your NHS COVID Pass at venues and events by law.
Further advice can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Chichester District Council - District Dispatch
what has been a very difficult and challenging two years, I’m pleased to say
that we have plenty to look forward to in the district in 2022.
We are working with a range of partners to mark a momentous year of culture in the district in 2022 and to celebrate the multiple milestones of some of its cultural organisations.
Culture Spark will offer an exciting season of events, performances, live entertainment and community projects. We will be celebrating 60 years of Chichester Festival Theatre; 40 years of Pallant House Gallery; 30 years of Chichester Cinema at New Park’s International Film Festival; 10 years of the Novium Museum and the Festival of Chichester; and even more impressively, 200 years of the Canal Trust! All of these organisations will be holding their own exciting events as part of the season to mark this special year.
Inspired by the anniversaries, Culture Spark will also bring together a wide variety of community groups, individuals, the university, colleges and schools to celebrate the district’s rich cultural offering. The full programme will be announced later this spring, but you can visit: www.thegreatsussexway.org/culture-spark-2022 for more information.
Not only do we have this to look forward to, but we also have the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which is set to be the country’s ‘biggest ever’ celebration — as it takes over a bumper bank holiday weekend this year. The event, marking her Majesty’s 70 years as reigning monarch, will take place from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June 2022. Thursday and Friday are the official bank holidays – with the first date replacing the usual spring bank holiday, which is normally on the final Monday in May.
There are many ways you can get involved, including street parties; the Big Jubilee Lunch; Beacon lighting; and the Queen’s Green Canopy project, which is encouraging people to plant trees. If you want to plan a Street Party, it is well worth visiting: www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party#what-sort-of-events-does-this-guidance-apply-to which will provide you with guidance on how to do this.
We hope to have a small grants pot to help our communities commemorate the Platinum Jubilee. Parish Councils will be able to apply for grants of up to £250 to pay for lasting tributes such as tree planting, street furniture and equipment for celebrations that can be reused. The scheme should be confirmed by the end of January.
I’m also pleased to tell you that after the success of our Cross, Market & More event last year, we plan to arrange three further events this year. One of these will be combined with our Summer Street Party, which we will be holding on a weekend this year, in direct response to your feedback. The Cross, Market & More event was held in Chichester's North Street and East Street in November and was designed to promote the city as a destination and showcase the work of the best local designers and producers – many of whom are regular traders of Petworth Pop-Up. You may remember that we also teamed up with Chichester and Brinsbury Colleges to offer students an opportunity to sell their products in the Traders of Tomorrow stalls. We’ll let you know as soon as the dates are confirmed.
This is part of our drive to boost the local economy, showcase the district, and attract more headline events. The district is renowned for its events — such as Goodwood — and we want to build on this as we hopefully start to recover from the pandemic. It is also in direct response to feedback from residents who want to see more music, food, arts and cultural events.
We’re hoping that 2022 will bring a spark of excitement to the district and mark the start of more positive and happy times. I look forward to telling you more about all of these activities over the coming months.
Cllr Eileen Lintill
Leader of Chichester District Council
Chichester Canal 200th Anniversary Celebrations
Chichester Canal celebrates 200th anniversary!
The Chichester Ship Canal is 200 years old in 2022! The formal opening of the canal was held on 9th April 1822, and happily, 9th April 2022 falls on a Saturday, the first weekend of the school Easter Holidays. The perfect date for a celebration. Or in this case, not just one celebration, but an entire season of celebratory events. The Chichester Ship Canal Trust, the volunteer led, self-funded, charity behind the canal, is planning a season of anniversary events to help people discover more about the unique heritage and different ways to explore the canal.
Events will run through the spring and summer and will feature a historical talk by local author and historian Alan Green at the West Sussex County Record Office, a year-long curated exhibition at The Novium, hosted boat trips along the canal, a photography competition, a pub quiz, the installation of a new sign to mark the location of the famous view painted by JMW Turner, family-friendly activities through the school holidays, a guided walk with the Friends of the Old Ford to Hunston Canal, and an art partnership with a contemporary art group ARTEL.
Catherine Cannon, Trustee, said, ‘Recognising the canal’s position at the heart of the cultural, leisure and heritage sector in Chichester City, the Trust is really pleased to be a host venue for Chichester District Council’s ‘Culture Spark’ opening Event, and a partner host for Chichester University and the Fringe performers through the summer’.
The Trust will further mark 20 years of formation in September 2022, which coincides with Heritage Open Days.
One date not to be missed is the flagship ‘200th Anniversary Celebration Event’ on Saturday 9th April 2022. Alison Golt, 200th Project Team, said, ‘We’re inviting the community to the Basin, where the event will begin at 11am with short speeches including by the High Sheriff of West Sussex, followed by a gunfire salute from the Fort Cumberland Guard. The Trust is hosting a day of live music, stalls, food, entertainment, children’s activities, water-based displays including the 1950’s vintage tugs, canoe club and model boats, and land-based exhibitions which will feature knitted bunting, volunteer stories and our heritage centre display. The day will culminate in a flotilla along the canal arriving at the basin at 3pm, to be welcomed by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chichester’.
West Sussex County Council - District Round Up
Local Covid-19 and vaccination update
Current Covid-19 rates remain very high across West Sussex. The latest figures show there were more than 11,800 cases across West Sussex in one week (31 December – 6 January).
Find out the latest Covid-19 rates in your area by visiting our data dashboard.
Face coverings remain compulsory in many indoor settings so if you’re popping to the shops, wear a face covering. Click here for a full list of indoor settings where face coverings are required.
In a temporary change to government guidance, if you get a positive rapid lateral flow result you will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must still self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result.
You should continue to report positive rapid lateral flow results on the GOV.UK website.
Please do not leave your place of isolation to collect a testing kit. We recommend that you order a kit for delivery to your home, or ask a friend, relative, or carer to collect a kit on your behalf.
Demand for testing kits is high so please keep trying if you’re unable to get kits first time. Click here for details on how to pick up or order a free lateral flow test kit.
There are some exceptions to the revised approach, which mean you may still need to take a PCR test. These can be found on the government website.
We continue to work closely with our local NHS colleagues to support the vaccination programme.
Everyone aged 12 and above is now eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccination. You can find walk-in and bookable Covid-19 vaccination centres across West Sussex.
From Friday there will be a ‘week of walk-in’ clinics with even more opportunities for people to receive their vaccinations.
Walk-in sessions include a clinic at:
Details of all the latest walk-in services are available on the Sussex Health & Care Partnership website.
If you have previously missed a vaccination appointment because of having Covid-19 your rescheduled date for vaccination must be at least 28 days since you received a positive test if you are aged 18 or above, or 12 weeks since a positive test if you are aged under 18.
You can book free travel to and from your Covid-19 vaccination appointment, if you have no other means to get there, by calling Sussex Health & Care Partnership’s travel co-ordinator on 01444 275008.
Discover a rewarding new career as a foster carer
The new year can be a time to reflect and think about a new direction. A career as a foster carer could bring you huge job satisfaction and the chance to use your skills to make a difference to a child’s life.
We’re always looking for local people to foster with us and give children the safe and loving home they deserve. You’ll receive thorough training, ongoing support and become part of a large network of friendly foster carers in West Sussex.
You’ll receive a financial package of between £250 to £510 per week, depending on the age of the child and your skill level.
Visit our website below to find out more or call us on 0330 222 7775.
Our next online information evening takes place on Thursday 20 January. Come along to hear from our fostering team and ask them questions. Book now.
Could you play a crucial role in a child's life?
Do you have a few hours a month to be there for a child in care?
In West Sussex, Independent Visitors play a crucial role in the life of a child in care, aged eight to 17, by offering friendship and fun through regular outings and activities.
Join us for one of our online information events this January to find out how you could join the volunteers.
Gillian has been an Independent Visitor since 2019. She said: "It’s humbling to see the difference you can make. It’s not a huge commitment, you’re encouraged to meet up once a month but you can see the difference it makes is huge."
If this sounds like something you'd like to do please join us for one of our informal online information sessions:
Register today to receive joining information.
Questions? Contact Independent.Visitors@westsussex.gov.uk or visit the website below.
Make a difference by working in care
Every day you could make someone’s life that little bit easier.
Knowing that you make a difference to their day provides a real sense of achievement that’s difficult to experience in any other role.
Proud to Care West Sussex, a county council initiative, can help you find and apply for a variety of jobs in adult social care across West Sussex and find out what it’s really like to work in care.
We offer a personal online matching service to help you find the ideal role for you. We’ll match your skills, background, and availability with local care vacancies.
We will also support and guide you throughout the recruitment process, from help with your CV to best practice in interviews.
Job opportunities for social workers
We’re currently recruiting for a variety of exciting positions in children’s services.
Our transformation journey is well underway, and our new leadership team has created a culture of kindness and working together.
If you or someone you know is a social worker looking for a new position, join us now and be part of the change that’s putting children and families first.
- Families with children due to start at primary or infant school this September are reminded to apply before the deadline of midnight this Saturday, 15 January 2022.
- Work starts soon to reduce a 50mph speed limit to 40mph on stretches of the A24 Findon Road and Findon Bypass – all to improve road safety.
There’s still time to take part in West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service's Community Risk Management Plan public consultation which contains six proposals setting out the direction of the service over the next four years.
The consultation closes on Friday 21 January 2022 and you can take part here.
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South Downs National Park - Centurion Way
At a Meeting of the SDNPA today, the Budget for 2022-23 was discussed at length. Due to uncertainty with regard to the future DEFRA Grant Funding to the Park Authority, currently £10.46 million, the Authority is reviewing its budget spending for the coming 3 years. One project where further funding is unlikely to be spent is the extension of the Centurion Way north towards Cocking. Unless external funding can be realised from elsewhere such as Sustrans, no further work can be carried out. The majority of the survey and investigative has been completed by the Park Officers leaving the mechanics and physical aspects of the project which, of course, are the extremely costly elements, to be implemented.
The SDNPA fully realise this will be a huge disappointment to users of the existing CW from Chichester to West Dean, but with financial restraints as they are, many caused by this current pandemic, any further expenditure by the Park Authority is out of the question. As another example of financial concern, increases in staffing costs are due to rise, essentially to retain in place existing staff, and next April’s rise in National Insurance contributions, are set to add £70K and £66K respectively to the costs of running the SDNP. And with no likelihood of increased Government/ DEFRA Funding for the foreseeable future, it will be a bumpy road ahead!
CDC Member of the SDNPA.
Chichester District Council - Waste and recycling collection dates over the Christmas period
Waste and recycling collection dates over the Christmas period
Residents in the Chichester District are being advised that most of their waste and recycling collection dates will remain unchanged over the festive period.
General waste and recycling collections over Christmas will take place on the normal scheduled collection days. However, the Garden Recycling Service will pause on Friday 17 December and will start again on Monday 3 January 2022.
There will also be some slight changes to the clinical waste collections — all affected residents will be contacted directly.
General waste and recycling collections over Christmas and New Year are as follows:
Normal Collection Day
New Year week 1
13 Dec 2021
20 Dec 2021
27 Dec 2021
3 Jan 2022
28 Dec 2021
4 Jan 2022
15 Dec 2021
22 Dec 2021
29 Dec 2021
5 Jan 2022
16 Dec 2021
23 Dec 2021
30 Dec 2021
6 Jan 2022
17 Dec 2021
24 Dec 2021
31 Dec 2021
7 Jan 2022
Residents can download and print out their own personalised waste, recycling and garden recycling collection dates by visiting: www.chichester.gov.uk/wastecollectioncalendar
Any extra waste from the holiday period will be picked up by collection crews on the first collection after Christmas. If residents have any extra recycling, they need to ensure that it is kept dry in a loosely tied black sack and placed next to their recycling bin on the day of collection. Please remember to flatten and fold down cardboard, and ensure the lid can close. Recycling needs to be clean, dry and loose, so close the lid to stop rain getting in. All polystyrene foam and polythene wrapping film should be removed and placed in the waste bin as this cannot be recycled.
A full A-Z of what can and can’t be recycled can be found here: www.westsussex.gov.uk/land-waste-and-housing/waste-and-recycling/recycling-and-waste-prevention-in-west-sussex/a-to-z-of-recycling
Residents can also dispose of their real Christmas trees using the St Wilfrid’s Hospice charity collection scheme again this year. People can arrange to have their tree collected from their home in January by a volunteer in return for a donation to the hospice. For more information about this scheme, and to book a tree collection, visit: https://stwh.co.uk/support-us/events/christmastrees or call: 01243 755199.
“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,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council. “We have put together some tips for residents about which items can and cannot be recycled. These can be found in the winter issue of Initiatives magazine and on our social media channels.
“Following the success of the tree collection scheme over the last couple of years, 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.
“If you are not signed up to our Garden Recycling Service, this is a great way to ensure that your Christmas tree is recycled whilst helping to raise vital funds for the hospice charity.”
Singleton and Charlton Parish Council - Meeting Dates 2022
Singleton and Charlton Parish Council
Meeting Dates for 2022
All Meetings are held in Singleton Village Hall at 7pm
Full Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 19th January 2022
Full Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 16th March 2022
Full Annual Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 18th May 2022
And Annual Parish Meeting
Full Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 20th July 2022
Full Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 21st September 2022
Full Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 16th November 2022
Singleton and Charlton Parish Council - Traffic Calming Presentation
Further to the Public Forum held on the 4th September 2021, below is the link to the Traffic Calming Presentation.
SDNP CIL Grant
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West Sussex County Council
Singleton and Charlton Parish Council
VACANCY FOR COUNCILLOR
PARISH COUNCIL OF SINGLETON AND CHARLTON
1. THERE IS ONE VACANCY ON THE ABOVE PARISH COUNCIL DUE TO THE RESIGNATION OF CLLR PHILIP AUSTIN.
2. A BY-ELECTION TO FILL THE VACANCY WILL BE HELD, IF WITHIN 14 DAYS (not counting Saturdays, Sundays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or Bank Holidays) FROM THE DATE BELOW, TEN (10) ELECTORS FOR THE PARISH WARD (in which the vacancy has occurred) OR PARISH (whichever applies) GIVE WRITTEN NOTICE TO REQUEST THAT THE VACANCY BE FILLED BY ELECTION TO THE RETURNING OFFICER, CHICHESTER DISTRICT COUNCIL, EAST PALLANT HOUSE, 1 EAST PALLANT, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX, PO19 1TY (Telephone 01243 785166).
3. THE NOTICE MUST BE GIVEN IN WRITING OR ON A FORM OBTAINABLE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE RETURNING OFFICER AND MUST INCLUDE THE ELECTORAL NUMBERS OF ALL ELECTORS REQUESTING THE FILLING OF THE VACANCY BY THE ELECTION PROCESS.
4. IF NO SUCH NOTICE IS GIVEN WITHIN THE TIME ALLOWED, THE PARISH COUNCIL WILL FILL THE VACANCY BY CO-OPTION.
DATED: 15/07/2021 SIGNED:
Clerk to the Parish Council
ADDRESS: Riverside, Singleton, PO18 0HA
Chichester District Council
15 July 2021
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This briefing is to keep you updatedon the evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) and the actions being taken in the district. It also includes general local updates.
Who does it affect?
· Residents and businesses within the district
· Chichester District Council staff and councillors
· Parish councils
· Community groups and charitable organisations
In this briefing
- Latest update
· Service status
· NHS coronavirus vaccination service
· Help with housing payments and bills
· EU Settlement Scheme support
· Support for the vulnerable
· Residents get ready to recycle more with new collection schemes trial
· Thousands of free trees available for planting in the Chichester District
· The Summer Street Party is back
· Wellbalanced workshops in Chichester and Selsey
· Census Quality Survey and scams
· Covid-19 restrictions: what you can and cannot do
· International travel from amber countries
· Guidance on protecting clinically extremely vulnerable people
· Working safely guidance from Step 4
· Covid-19 infection rates three times lower for double vaccinated people
· Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness in clinical risk groups
· Rapid lateral flow testing study results
· Weekly Covid-19 reports
· The R value and growth rate
· EU Transition update
As we’re sure you will have heard, the Prime Minister announced this week that we will move to Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap on Monday 19 July. This will see an end to most legal Covid-19 restrictions, removing social distancing and social contact restrictions and enabling remaining businesses to reopen. It is important to remember that Covid-19 has not gone away, so please remember the actions you can continue to take to keep yourselves and others safe. The Government has issued guidance on this, including recommending that people continue to wear face coverings in crowded areas, such as busy public transport. We have included more on this in our ‘national news’ section below, and you can find out what will change and what you should do to protect yourselves and others by visiting: https:www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-summer-2021-roadmap/coronavirus-how-to-stay-safe-and-help-prevent-the-spread#keeping-yourself-and-others-safe
Regular testing can identify Covid-19 where symptoms are not present and can help you protect yourself and others. You can visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/communitytesting or https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests to order packs of free rapid lateral flow test kits. Anyone with symptoms should continue to self-isolate immediately and book a free PCR test by visiting: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19or calling 119.
On 16 August, the rules on self-isolating as a contact will change for people who are fully vaccinated and for under 18s. It’s great to hear that more than 80 million vaccines have now been given in the UK. Every adult in England has been offered at least one dose and the programme is accelerating further, with all adults able to reduce their vaccine dose interval from twelve to eight weeks. You can find links to book or change your vaccination below.
The majority of our services are currently operating as usual, and an update on all of our services can be found at:https://www.chichester.gov.uk/councilservicestatus.
NHS coronavirus vaccination service
Anyone over the age of 18 can book their jab and everyone is now able to have their second vaccine eight weeks after their first. The vaccine is free, quick and easy, and you can arrange it today by visiting: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination or calling: 119. Through the online booking system, you can see where available appointments are available and the recommended vaccine type for you.
You can also visit a walk-in session with no appointment needed. A number of walk-in sessions are taking place at the Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester, with the next one tomorrow (16 July) between 08.30 and 19.00. You can find a list of walk-in sessions across the county here: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme — this page is being regularly updated so if you miss a session, keep looking to see if new sessions in your area are added. Please continue to follow Government guidance once you’ve been vaccinated.
Help with housing payments and bills
The coronavirus outbreak has affected everyone and many people are experiencing financial difficulties as a result, but help is available and we are urging residents to contact us before things get more serious, so that we can provide support and advice. People can find more information and useful links at: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances, which is a dedicated web page highlighting the financial support on offer, including: help with paying rent, help accessing support if you are eligible for the self-isolation support scheme, and for a referral for help with food, energy bills and essentials. Or you can contact our team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
EU Settlement Scheme support
As we mentioned last week, the Government has updated the guidance for EU Settlement Scheme applicants in or outside the UK who have been affected by restrictions during the pandemic: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-eu-settlement-scheme-guidance-for-applicants. The update confirms that the deadline to apply was 30 June 2021 for most people, however members of the public can still apply if:
· they have a later deadline — for example, they are joining a family member in the UK who was living in the UK by 31 December 2020, or
· they have ‘reasonable grounds’ for being unable to apply by 30 June 2021 — for example they are suffering from an illness or the victim of domestic abuse
If this applies to you, or someone you know, you can find more help and information here: https://www.gov.uk/help-eu-settlement-scheme. You can also access support from Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice by calling free on: 0808 2787969 (Mon to Fri 9am - 4:30pm). Access to interpreters is also available.
Support for the vulnerable
We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council to support those who are most at risk. You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help in these difficult times. If you have support in place, please continue to use it. You can contact the Community Hub on 033 022 27980 or online at: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/covid19communityhub
Residents get ready to recycle more with new collection schemes trial
We’re pleased to say that this month we will be starting two free kerbside collection services as part of a trial to help residents recycle even more. One scheme will collect unwanted textiles and broken or unneeded small electrical items, and another will collect used coffee pods in partnership with Podback. The twelve month trial will cover approximately 75% of households in the Chichester 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. To find out if your area is included within the textiles and small electricals trial, and if so, what your collection date will be, visit: http://www.chichester.gov.uk/textileandelectricalrecycling, where you will also find more information about how the service works. To find out whether you are in the trial area for the used coffee pod collection service, visit: http://www.podback.org, where you can also sign up if you are eligible, and to find out more about this service, visit: http://www.chichester.gov.uk/podback
Thousands of free trees available for planting in the Chichester District
From Monday 19 July, people will be able to apply for free trees as part of our Tree Chichester District scheme, which aims to increase tree planting across the district. The scheme, which is funded by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is open to everyone in the district, including schools, community groups, landowners, businesses and residents to help with their tree planting projects. Trees will be supplied in bundles of 10 or 20, but not as individual trees, and applicants will receive different bundles to suit the location and soil type of the area in which they plan to plant them. People can find more information about the scheme, along with guidance notes for anyone interested in applying for free trees, at:http://www.chichester.gov.uk/treescheme
The Summer Street Party is back
Save the date! Our popular Summer Street Party is returning to Chichester this August with a wealth of family and children’s entertainment, performance and music, and delicious local food vendors, as well as in-store activities and special offers from many of Chichester’s high-street businesses. Taking place on 26 August, from 3pm to 7pm, the event is a great way to experience everything Chichester has to offer. You can find out more and keep updated by following our social media channels, which you can find linksto at the end of this newsletter. Don’t forget to check out our online What’s On calendar, which includes details about a range of other events taking place across our district this summer:https://www.chichester.gov.uk/whatson
Wellbalanced workshops in
Chichester and Selsey
Chichester Wellbeing’s ‘Wellbalanced for Wellbeing’ workshops have now returned to group classes (although virtual options are still available) at Chichester’s Swanfield Centre on Tuesday afternoons, and The Selsey Centre on Tuesday mornings. These workshops offer advice, support and exercises for people aged 65 and over who have recently experienced a fall, feel unsteady on their feet, or are worried that they, or their loved ones, may fall in the future. Developed with qualified instructors, the sessions give important advice about what people should do if they experience a fall, and offer access to a range of gentle exercise programmes led by instructors qualified in falls prevention, helping people to get back on their feet and feeling confident again. These courses are delivered by our partner Active House Solutions and more information is available at:https://wellbalancedprogramme.co.uk. Alternatively, you can call: 01444 657099 or email:email@example.com
Census Quality Survey and scams
The Census Quality Survey is happening now. This is a voluntary telephone survey that helps the Office for National Statistics to work out the accuracy of the information collected during the Census. As part of this, a certain number of households will receive a letter asking them to take part and explaining what to do next. You can find out more about this here: https://census.gov.uk/about-the-census/about-the-census-quality-survey/
Please be aware that Census scams are still in operation, and that the Office for National Statistics will:
- never contact someone by text in relation to the census unless you’ve texted them — their responses will come from: 86677
- never issue a fine by text, phone call, email or social media
- never ask you for your national insurance number, passwords, bank account details, or your credit or debit card numbers
Scam text messages can be forwarded to: 7726 and scam emails to:firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found here: https://www.census.gov.uk/your-data-and-security/how-we-will-contact-or-visit-you
Covid-19 restrictions: what you can and cannot do
This week, the Cabinet Office updated the guidance on Covid-19 restrictions to reflect the move to step four of the roadmap on 19 July: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do. The guidance sets out the key protections the Government is keeping in place, including:
- encouraging people to test when they have symptoms,
- carrying out targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk,
- encouraging people to isolate when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace, and
- keeping border quarantine in place for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
International travel from amber countries
The Secretary of State for Transport has announced that guidance on international travel between amber list countries and England will change on 19 July:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/quarantine-free-travel-to-resume-on-19-july-for-fully-vaccinated-passengers-returning-from-amber-list-countries. From 4am on this date, arrivals who have been fully vaccinated with an NHS administered vaccine in the UK, and are returning to England from amber list counties, will no longer need to quarantine. Passengers will need to provide proof of their vaccination status to carriers in advance of travel and will still be required to complete a pre-departure test before arrival, alongside a PCR test on or before day two after arrival.
The recommendation for people not to travel to amber list countries will also be removed from 19 July and children under the age of 18 will be exempt from quarantine on returning to England from amber countries.
Guidance on protecting clinically extremely vulnerable people
The Government has published new guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19. The guidance will come into effect on 19 July and is for everyone in England who has been identified by the NHS or through the Covid-19 population risk assessment as being clinically extremely vulnerable.
The guidance advises clinically extremely vulnerable people, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. However, it also notes that they may wish to think particularly carefully about additional precautions they might wish to continue to take. It sets out a number of suggested measures, including on socialising, vaccination, work and travel.
Working safely guidance from Step 4
The Government has published guidance on working safely during
Covid-19 as part of step four of the roadmap:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19. This guidance reflects the measures different types of workplaces
should follow from 19 July, and has been published to inform planning and
business operations. It includes a number of guides which cover a range of
different types of work including construction, shops, restaurants and offices.
Organisations may need to use more than one of these guides as they think
through what they need to do to keep people safe.
Guidance for events and attractions has also been published as part of this update.https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19/events-and-attractions
Covid-19 infection rates three times lower for double vaccinated people
The interim findings of a study released earlier this month show that Covid-19 infection rates for double-vaccinated under-65s are three times lower than in unvaccinated under-65s. The prevalence of infection in under-65s who had received two doses of vaccine was 0.35% compared with 1.15% among those who had not received any, demonstrating the importance of vaccination. More information about this study can be found here:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/latest-react-1-study-findings-show-covid-19-infection-rates-three-times-lower-for-double-vaccinated-people
Covid-19 vaccine effectiveness in clinical risk groups
Public Health England has published the results of a study which has found that Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective in clinical risk groups. The study found that the vaccines used in the UK were as effective at preventing symptomatic disease in the majority of people with underlying health conditions as the rest of the population. More details of the findings can be found at:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-vaccines-highly-effective-in-clinical-risk-groups
Rapid lateral flow testing study results
The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that findings from three studies have confirmed the effectiveness of Covid-19 rapid, lateral flow tests:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asymptomatic-testing-backed-by-new-research-studies. The three research papers analysed the use of rapid tests in a variety of scenarios, including against variants of concern. The studies found the accuracy of tests remains high whether the tests are performed by an experienced or inexperienced user.
Weekly Covid-19 reports
The Government continues to publish weekly national influenza and coronavirus reports, the latest of which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/weekly-national-flu-and-covid-19-surveillance-reports-published. Updates on the number of cases of variants of concern are also published weekly and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/confirmed-cases-of-covid-19-variants-identified-in-uk.
The R value and growth rate
The R value in England is currently between 1.2 and 1.5. This means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 15 other people. The growth rate in England is currently between 3% and 7% meaning that the number of new infections is growing by between 3% and 7% every day. More information can be found here:
EU Transition update
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced that the Movement Assistance Scheme has been extended until the end of December 2023 and expanded to offer greater support for traders: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-boost-support-for-northern-ireland-agri-food-traders. The Movement Assistance Scheme helps traders by covering certain certification costs incurred when moving agri-food products from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
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· the latest media releases, including the news that a further £50,000 has been approved by the council for a new district-wide celebration of culture in 2022, more details about the council’s new recycling collection trials, and further details about the exciting plans for this year’s Summer Street Party.
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Thursday – 8th July
1600-1615 Air Display - The Blades (propeller aerobatic aircraft)
2210-2230 Goodwood House Fireworks Display
Friday – 9th July
1200 -1225 Air Display - Red Arrows
Saturday – 10th July
1200 -1225 Air Display - Red Arrows
1600-1615 Air Display - The Blades (propeller aerobatic aircraft)
2240-2255 Goodwood House Fireworks Display
Sunday – 11th July
11.50 Air Display - Red Arrows
1545-1600 Air Display - The Blades (propeller aerobatic aircraft)
10 minutes either side of these times in case of any delays or set backs on the
Consultation on West Dean Estate Plan
Have your say on your local Whole Estate Plan
LUC (Land Use Consultants -https://landuse.co.uk) has been appointed to assess the process and development of Whole Estate Plans (WEPs) forthe South Downs National Park Authority(SDNPA).
For further information about WEPs, please visit:
Tounderstand the impact that the West Dean Estate plan has had on the people who live and work on (or near) the Estate, we are inviting you to take part in a short online survey. This will take no more than 5 - 10 minutes of your time.
The survey will run for 6 weeks from Monday 8th February - Sunday 21st March.
The communities local to the West Dean Estate are likely to have been consulted during the production of the plans and we would like to understand if and how you were included in the consultation, and how effective you felt this process was.
Your feedback on your experience will help us to assess the impact and challenges of the current process, and will inform any recommendations for future changes in approach.
We look forward to hearing your feedback.
To complete the survey, please visit the below website which will be live from
Monday 8th February - Sunday 21st March.
If you have any queries regarding this evaluation, please contact Verity Roberts:
Principal Landscape Manager, LUC