Chichester District Council
West Sussex County Council
23 September 2021
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Welcome to the September edition of our email newsletter. These updates are issued every month with the latest news and events in our area, details of schemes and projects that will benefit our residents and businesses, as well as national and local coronavirus updates.
In this roundup
· The Chichester vaccination service is relocating
· Supporting Afghan refugees
· Help with council tax payments
· Business Enabling Grants reopen for applications
· Great Big Green Week
· Interested in solar panels? Solar Together scheme open until 28 September
· Funding to help faith groups support communities
· Packed programme of autumn events at The Novium Museum
· October half term space-themed sleepover
· Stonepillow’s Big Sleep Out
· Chichester Wellbeing returns to face-to-face appointments
· Accessing Chichester District Council services
· EU Transition updates
· Other local news
· Autumn and winter Covid-19 plan
· Update on plans for autumn boosters
· Vaccinations in schools for 12-15 year olds
· JCVI advice on third vaccine dose
· Shielding programme ends for most vulnerable
· Updates to Covid-19 guidance
· Weekly reports, R value and growth rate
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vaccination service is relocating
We’re really pleased to be able to continue supporting the national vaccination effort and ensure that people in and around Chichester can access a centrally located service in the city. If you haven’t had your first or second vaccination, you can book online at:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/, call 119, or attend a walk in clinic. More information about the relocation can be found at:www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/news/Chichesters-COVID-19-vaccination-service-is-moving/494960
The Covid testing site will continue to be located in Northgate car park. People with Covid symptoms should book appointments at the test centre by going to:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
In our area, West Sussex County Council will lead on managing the scheme and we will be supporting this effort by providing annual funding and by helping to identify suitable housing. We have created a dedicated web page with information about the scheme and our role within this, which you can find here: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/supportingafghanrefugees, and further information from the Government can be found at:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/afghan-citizens-resettlement-scheme.
If you’re interested in offering support, the Government has set up a special portal for people to offer housing, fostering or donations:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/afghanistan-housing-portal-offers-of-supportand locally, we have Sanctuary in Chichester, which is already supporting refugee families:https://sanctuaryinchichester.org/
Help with council tax payments
We’re keen to remind residents that there is a range of support available to help financially vulnerable people in the district to pay their council tax. We’d urge anyone on a low income to first apply for Council Tax Reduction at:https://www.chichester.gov.uk/counciltaxreduction. It’s important to point out that people receiving Universal Credit are not automatically signed up for this. If you apply for this benefit and are still worried about paying your bill, or if you are already receiving this support, you can apply for extra support through the Discretionary Council Tax Reduction scheme by visiting:https://www.chichester.gov.uk/benefitforms#dhp.
If you are unsure of what to do or what you are eligible for, please contact our team by email:firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call us on 01243 534509, although please be aware that when lines are busy you may have to wait longer than usual. We’d urge anyone who is worried about their finances to contact us so that we can explain all of the different ways that we can help. We also have a web page dedicated to highlighting a range of financial support on offer:http://www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances
Business Enabling Grants
reopen for applications
Great Big Green
You may also want to check out the Milland Green Fair this Sunday 26 September. Cllr Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for the Environment, and our Climate Change Officer will be there and are looking forward to meeting you! Find out more about the event at: https://greatbiggreenweek.com/events/milland-green-fair/
Funding to help
faith groups support communities
of autumn events at The Novium Museum
This Saturday (25
September, 10.30-14.30), pop along to the Farming Fun Day, which celebrates
harvest and explores where our food comes from, with kids activities and craft
sessions. Admission and craft activities are free, but
flowerpot decorating must be booked in advance:https://www.thenovium.org/article/35369/Farming-Fun-Day-.
October half term
Accessing Chichester District Council services
Using our website continues to be the safest, quickest and most convenient way of accessing our services, including settling council tax or business rates bills, applying for parking permits, and signing up to services such as bulky waste collections or the Garden Recycling scheme. You can access all of these services and many more at: http://www.chichester.gov.uk. If you can’t find what you’re looking for online, our friendly customer services team can help, and you can call them on:01243 785166. If you need to visit our Customer Services Centre at East Pallant House, please continue to wear a face covering, unless exempt.
EU Transition updates
The Government has also set out a new timetable for introducing full import controls for goods being imported from the EU to the UK. Full customs declarations and controls will be introduced on 1 January 2022, although safety and security declarations will now not be required until 1 July 2022:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-pragmatic-new-timetable-for-introducing-border-controls
The Government continues to offer businesses a range of webinars and videos about trading with the EU:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/organisations-that-trade-with-the-eu-webinars-calendar. Businesses can also use the Brexit Checker tool, which provides a personalised list of the most up to date actions that businesses need to take:https://www.gov.uk/transition
Keep up-to-date on all the latest council news by visiting our Latest News page:https://www.chichester.gov.uk/latestnews. Here, you can find the latest media releases, including:
· news that work has started to install an outdoor power supply in Chichester’s Priory Park, which is hoped will help support the delivery of future events in the park;
· information about how our Community Wardens have partnered with a local charity to support vulnerable people in our district; and
· and the announcement that our next wave of pop up shops are opening this week in Chichester’s Crane Street.
On this page, you’ll also find this week’s District Dispatch column, and previous issues of our newsletter that you may have missed.
It’s important that we all continue to take simple steps to protect ourselves and each other, such as remembering good hygiene practices, wearing a face covering in crowded places, giving each other space, enjoying the fresh air, and getting double vaccinated against the virus.
As we’ve mentioned in our ‘local updates’ section above, the vaccination service at Westgate Leisure Centre is relocating to Northgate car park in Chichester this Saturday 25 September. Vaccinations will continue at the leisure centre until 3pm on 24 September and the new purpose built vaccination centre in Northgate car park will then open for appointments and walk ins from 8.30am on Saturday. Please see above for more information.
People are also reminded to take regular coronavirus tests, which can be ordered for free athttps://www.westsussex.gov.uk/communitytesting or https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests. If you test positive, or have symptoms, you should self-isolate and get a PCR test. If you haven’t taken a lateral flow test before, or you’d rather not do it yourself, you can have one at a local pharmacy, where trained staff will be able to help you — to find a list of participating pharmacies, visit:https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/findatestcenter.html
Autumn and winter Covid-19 plan
People do not need to contact the NHS to arrange their booster vaccine as they will be contacted when they become eligible — either by call or text from their local GP-led site or through an invite from the National Booking Service. Read more at:https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/phase-3/
Vaccinations in schools for 12-15 year olds
the Government’s announcement this week, it has been confirmed that all
children aged 12-15 years old will be offered one dose of the Pfizer Covid-19
vaccine at their school. This will be offered and given by trained NHS staff in
the same way vaccines for flu are administered at school. The Government
accepted advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers in expanding the
vaccine programme for healthy 12–15 year olds. Previously this age group could
only be vaccinated if they were especially vulnerable to infection or live with
someone who is. Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by
vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination, and the NHS is due to
provide further information for families shortly.
JCVI advice on third vaccine dose
The Health Secretary has accepted the recommendations from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to offer a third vaccine dose to people aged 12 and over with severely weakened immune systems following data from trials of those who are immunosuppressed:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/health-secretary-and-dcmo-statements-on-jcvi-advice-on-third-jabs. He also confirmed that the NHS will contact people as soon as possible to discuss their needs and arrange an appointment for a third dose where clinically appropriate.
Shielding programme ends for
The working safely guidance for several sectors has also been updated to include changes to sections on face coverings and working from home, in line with the autumn and winter plan:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19/updates.
Weekly reports, R value and growth rate
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 latest R value and growth rate can be found here:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-r-value-and-growth-rate
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Town and Parish News
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.
Chichester District Council
Last week, I mentioned that we were moving forward with a whole range of housing initiatives and promised to use a future district dispatch to update you further.
Over the past year, our Rough Sleeper Outreach Team has been working hard to help people turn their lives around and access specialist support and new opportunities. Working with our local homeless charities — Four Streets, HEART and Stonepillow — the team is working on a number of projects that are having a positive difference on both the individuals concerned and the wider community.
You may remember that last year, we launched our Make Your Change Count campaign, which encourages people to support these charities, rather than give directly to people on the street. I’m pleased to say that this has been having a positive impact. Local charities are reporting an increase in donations, as well as more volunteers keen to help them in their work. By diverting your donations to these important charities, you are enabling them to support new rough sleepers off the street; prevent ex-rough sleepers returning to the street; and, prevent vulnerably housed people becoming homeless. It also means that rough sleepers can access the right help to transform their lives.
We are also delivering a range of initiatives to assist those who need our help the most. This month, we are installing a number of lockers in a discreet location in Chichester for rough sleepers and other vulnerably housed people. This will enable rough sleepers to attend job interviews and other important appointments, without the worry of bringing all of their belongings with them, or leaving them in exposed locations. This will also enable those in insecure accommodation to leave their belongings in a safe place. We have also applied for Government funding as part of the Rough Sleeper initiative and have arrangements in place to accommodate any rise in the number of rough sleepers during the winter months.
I’m also pleased to tell you that we have teamed up with the University of Chichester to offer a resilience course for rough sleepers who have been housed. This aims to help build clients’ confidence and empower them using a range of methods, including team building tasks. The first one will take place this month. Another partnership is with Everyone Active, who has devised a 12-week programme which focuses on personal training and personal wellbeing. It aims to help former rough sleepers who have secured long-term accommodation to improve bother their physical health and their self-confidence.
We’ve also successfully bid for a number of Government grants to support further projects, including a programme which will prevent ex-offenders becoming homeless and provide the support they need to secure settled accommodation. This money has also been used to help Stonepillow recruit four staff and help pay for Hicks House, which Stonepillow opened in July. This has provided an additional six units of accommodation and will offer self-contained flats for rough sleepers on the first stage of their journey to independent living.
Earlier this year, we also started to build our new short stay accommodation for those who are facing homelessness in the district. The first stage is now complete, with three refurbished flats now ready to use in the existing building. The new flats are also coming along really well, with the roof tiles being laid and solar panels installed. All of this work is due to be completed early next year.
Finally, I just want to say a huge thank you to those who work and volunteer for Stonepillow, HEART and The Four Streets Project. The work you all do is incredible and we are very proud to work with you to support the most vulnerable. To find out more about how to support them, please visit:www.chichester.gov.uk/makeyourchangecount
Cllr Eileen Lintill
Leader of Chichester District Council
Goodwood Revival & Members Meeting
Please find detailed below the aircraft displays and firework displays taking place in September and October.
Goodwood Revival Meeting - Air Displays (World War II aircraft only)
Thursday 16th September 1800 – 1815 Goodwood Park
Thursday 16th September 1815 – 1830 Goodwood Motor Circuit
Friday 17th September 0800 – 0810 Goodwood Motor Circuit
Saturday 18th September 0815 – 0825 Goodwood Motor Circuit
Saturday 18th September 1905 – 1915 Goodwood Motor Circuit
Sunday 19th September 0815 – 0825 Goodwood Motor Circuit
Members Meeting - Fireworks
Saturday 16th October approx. 2100 Goodwood Motor Airfield
House Function – Fireworks
Friday 29th October around 2030/2100 Goodwood House
Goodwood - Revival
16th September 1700Hrs Single Spitfire displaying over parkland to the east of Goodwood House
1800Hrs Single Spitfire displaying over the Aerodrome
17th September 0745Hrs Up to 3 single engine Spitfires/Mustang displaying at the Aerodrome
18th September 0745Hrs Up to 3 single engine Spitfires/Mustang displaying at the Aerodrome
19th September 0745Hrs Up to 3 single engine Spitfires/Mustang displaying at the Aerodrome
Please note that there are no jet aircraft displays at Goodwood Revival. All of the above displays have been approved by the CAA in line with our usual procedures and a maximum display period
is 15 minutes. The only variable here is the weather, so some of the above timings may slip out of necessity.
All of the visiting traffic during the three event days is helicopter only, which arrives and departs on the main runway (RWY14-32) but exceptionally, there may be some helicopter traffic that
arrives on RWY06 and departs from RWY24. Runway 06-24 is closed to fixed wing traffic until the 30th September and RWY10-28 will be closed until later in October. The helicopter parking area
is west of the main runway and in line with our changed procedures from 2019, helicopter ground running will be limited to reduce any noise impact. These procedures worked well in 2019, to
the extent that we had no adverse community comment about ground running noise from helicopters.
Helicopter pleasure flying will operate from an area to the south east/west of the main runway.
The Valley Diary
Please see file attached.
South Downs National Park
SDNP CIL Grant
Please see attached document.
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
Issued by the Communications Team—email@example.com
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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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