West Sussex County Council

Covid-19 - Latest Information

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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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Town and Parish News

Issue 24

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April 2021

Information from West Sussex County Council

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Issue 28 | April 2021


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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Chichester District Council

Covid Vacination Briefing

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April 2021

  • 15 April 2021

    Issued by the Communications Teampublicrelations@chichester.gov.uk

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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

    Local news

    • Service status
    • Online Book of Condolence for the Duke of Edinburgh
    • Support Local campaign
    • Customer Service centre
    • Business Enabling Grant Scheme
    • Chichester markets
    • Keeping safe across our district
    • ‘Restart Grant’ and ‘Additional Restrictions Grant’ schemes for businesses
    • Support for the vulnerable
    • HeartSmart walks are back!
    • Great Sussex Way competition
    • Stay up-to-date

    National news

    • New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week
    • Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships
    • Providing unpaid care
    • Safe use of multi-purpose community facilities
    • Working safely during coronavirus
    • Moving home
    • Visiting arrangements in care homes
    • Share this newsletter with a friend

    Latest update

    This week, the Government announced that all over-45s would start being offered their first Covid jab, after the target for offering all over-50s and those in high-risk groups their first dose was met early. England also joined Scotland and Wales in offering the first doses of the Moderna vaccine, the latest vaccine to be administered in the UK.

    As more businesses including non-essential retail were allowed to open again from Monday, The Prime Minister urged people to continue being cautious when out and about in order to keep infection rates down.

    As a reminder, the Rule of 6 is back, which means that outdoor gatherings must be limited to six people or two households. You also must not socialise indoors with anyone that you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.

    You should also continue to work from home and minimise domestic travel where you can. Face coverings should continue to be worn in secondary school and college classrooms when students return after the Easter break, unless exempt:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/face-coverings-in-schools-and-colleges-to-remain-in-place

    For more information on which businesses are open and who you can meet, please see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

    Local News

    Service status

    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

    Our leisure centres, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, have now reopened their doors for certain activities. For more information, visit:https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/westgate-leisure-centre/

    Our Novium Museum and Tourist Information Centre are still closed during the current restrictions. However, they are proposing to reopen their doors on 18 May subject to step three of the Government’s plan to ease coronavirus restrictions. Please visithttps://www.thenovium.org/for updates.

    Online Book of Condolence for the Duke of Edinburgh

    We have created an online book of condolence on our website in memory of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. You can access this at:www.chichester.gov.uk/condolencebook

    There is also a national online book of condolence where people can leave a message for the Royal Family, which you can find at:https://www.royal.uk/condolence

    The Royal Family has announced that the funeral of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh will take place on Saturday 17 April at 3pm. The funeral service will begin with a national minute’s silence in memory of the Duke. The service will be televised so that people can watch from home. You can find out more at https://www.royal.uk/funeral-duke-edinburgh-0

    Due to the current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions, we are urging people to avoid gathering in public places to lay flowers. The Royal Family has also asked that members of the public consider making a donation to charity instead of leaving floral tributes.

    Support Local Campaign

    Our district has a fantastic range of businesses, many of them offering unique products that you can’t buy elsewhere. To help support them, we have relaunched our Support Local campaign in association with the Observer series and our partners. The campaign encourages everyone to ‘Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local’ wherever they can in order to help businesses back onto their feet following lockdown. Please find out more at:www.chichester.gov.uk/supportlocal

    As part of the campaign we are also reminding people of the importance of keeping safe and following Government guidelines so that we can continue protecting each other against the virus. We ask that people observe social distancing, wear a face covering when required, and regularly wash or sanitise their hands when visiting our high streets and local businesses.

    Our Covid Ambassadors are on hand in the high streets to greet people as they visit shops and businesses, helping to control queues and encouraging social distancing. They can also be seen in tourist hotspots and areas of high footfall.

    Customer Service Centre

    Our priority is to keep staff and customers safe and so we are asking people wherever possible to access our services in the first instance atwww.chichester.gov.uk which is available 24 hours a day, or by email or phone. You can find a list of helpful email addresses athttps://www.chichester.gov.uk/councilservicestatus and you can call us on 01243 785166. We are currently adapting and improving our customer service area at East Pallant House site and we will provide a further update on this very soon.

    Business Enabling Grant Scheme

    This week our Enabling Grant Scheme went live to help small businesses in the district to access funding that will help them to grow and develop.

    The scheme is separate to the range of coronavirus support on offer and offers three types of grant - one is for capital projects; another is for website and social media projects; and the third is for start-up businesses.

    To find out more please visit:www.chichester.gov.uk/enablinggrantscheme

    The scheme is separate to the range of coronavirus support on offer, and we would urge any businesses that have been affected by the pandemic to visit:www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport to see if they are eligible for a Government Covid-19 grant.

    Chichester markets

    This Friday, the Chichester Farmers’ Market will make a safe return to the city centre and the Wednesday and Saturday general markets will also be back in the city centre, in line with Government guidelines. The Farmers’ Market will take place in East Street between 7am and 2pm. Find out more at:www.chichester.gov.uk/farmersmarket

    Keeping safe across our district

    We have put together some general advice on keeping safe if you are out and about in our beautiful district. It highlights the safety measures and guidance in place and explains which agency is responsible for what. It covers facilities such as toilets and car parks; roads and cycle lanes; coastal locations; our high streets and in the community; and litter.

    We often receive lots of questions on these topics, especially when visitor numbers increase within the area, and so we hope that people will find this useful. Find out more atwww.chichester.gov.uk/travelguidance

    ‘Restart Grant’ and ‘Additional Restrictions Grant’ schemes

    The Government’s Restart Grant scheme is now open for applications. These grants aim to support businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors to reopen safely as restrictions are lifted. The scheme offers a one-off grant of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail premises, and another of up to £18,000 for non-essential hospitality, leisure, personal care and gym premises. Please visit our website to find out if you are eligible and to apply:https://www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesannouncements.

    An Additional Restrictions Grant is also now live, which will help businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic but which aren’t eligible for the Restart Grants scheme. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible and to apply:https://www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesannouncements

    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 athttps://www.westsussex.gov.uk/covid19communityhub

    HeartSmart Walks are back!

    Our HeartSmart walks are now back up and running in-line with Government guidelines and led by trained volunteer walk leaders. We aim to show you routes, encourage you to keep your heart healthy, and help you meet other people you might like to walk with. There is a full programme of walks available throughout the district with routes of differing lengths, ranging from a circumnavigation of Priory Park and gentle coastal strolls to longer walks on the South Downs. The full programme can be found at www.chichester.gov.uk/heartsmart along with details of how to book. For more information or for assistance with booking a walk, please call 01243 521041 or email info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk

    Great Sussex Way Competition

    Over the month of April, Great Sussex Way (formerly Visit Chichester) is hosting a competition to learn about your perfect weekend get-away and there are some exciting prizes on offer. We have so many beautiful places and wonderful attractions to boast of in the Chichester District, that you’ll be spoilt for choice! For more details, visit: www.thegreatsussexway.org.The competition will run for the whole of April, closing at midnight on the 30th.

    Stay up to date

    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:

    • More information about our campaign to help support local businesses and encourage people to 'Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local',
    • This week’s District Dispatch column from our Chief Executive, and
    • Previous issues of our newsletter that you may have missed.



    National news

    New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week

    On 9 April, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) launched a major public information campaign encouraging people to get into the habit of using lateral flow tests twice a week.

    Everyone in England is able to access free, regular rapid coronavirus testing delivered through:

    · a home ordering service

    · workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home

    · community testing

    · collection at a local test site

    · testing on-site at schools and colleges

    · collection from participating pharmacies

    The campaign will run across TV, radio, press, digital, and social media.

    Announcement:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-urges-public-to-get-tested-twice-a-week

    Home ordering service:
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/

    Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships

    Guidance for people planning to get married or form a civil partnership in England has been updated to reflect changes in the national lockdown rules. You can find out more at:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-small-marriages-and-civil-partnerships

    Providing unpaid care

    Guidance has been updated for anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member who cannot cope without their support. The update reflects changes to the national lockdown rules and includes guidance for young carers and young adult carers who provide care for someone due to them having a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, mental health condition or an addiction. Find out more at:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care

    Safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

    Guidance has been updated for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities to reflect changes to national lockdown rules. For more information visit:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities

    Working safely during coronavirus

    The working safely guidance for close contact, hospitality and non-essential services has been updated. You can find out more at:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/updates

    Moving home

    If you are moving home in England, then Government guidance around this has been updated to reflect changes in the national lockdown rules. You can find out more at:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

    Visiting arrangements in care homes

    The Department of Health and Social Care updated the guidance on visiting arrangements in care homes to reflect that, from 12 April, each care home resident can name up to two people who can come for regular indoor visits: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/visiting-care-homes-during-coronavirus. This also includes updates to Information on essential care givers and new information on visits involving children and young people aged under 18.

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Chichester District Council

District Dispatch

13

April 2021

I want to start by saying how we were all deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh last Friday. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time.

A national online book of condolence has been created where people can leave a message for the Royal Family, which you can find here:https://www.royal.uk/condolence We have also created an online book of condolence on our website, which can be found here:www.chichester.gov.uk/condolencebook

Due to the current COVID-19 guidance and restrictions, we are urging people to avoid gathering in public places to lay flowers. The Royal Family has also asked that members of the public consider making a donation to charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Today (12 April), we moved into step two of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, meaning that all non-essential retail, outdoor hospitality, gyms, hairdressers and salons, and outdoor attractions can now reopen their doors.

It’s been great to see our fantastic high streets in Chichester, East Wittering, Midhurst, Petworth and Selsey back in business. From one-way systems, to ensuring the correct signage and hygiene measures are available, our businesses have been putting a wide range of measures in place to keep both customers and staff safe within their premises.

We are incredibly lucky to have such a fantastic range of businesses in our district, many of which offer unique products that you can’t buy anywhere else. To help support them, we have relaunched our Support Local campaign in association with the Observer series and our partners. The campaign encourages everyone to ‘Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local’ wherever they can in order to help businesses back onto their feet following lockdown. You can find out more at:www.chichester.gov.uk/supportlocal

The campaign is also reminding people of the importance of keeping safe and following Government guidelines so that we can continue protecting each other against the virus. We ask that people observe social distancing, wear a face covering when required, and regularly wash or sanitise their hands when visiting our high streets and local businesses. Our Covid Ambassadors are on hand in the high streets to greet people as they visit shops and businesses, helping to control queues and encouraging social distancing. They can also be seen in tourist hotspots and areas of high footfall.

Our Support Local campaign is just one of the ways in which we have been supporting local businesses. Our Revenues and Benefits team have been working incredibly hard to deliver a series of Government grants to ensure that businesses have access to financial support. To date, £15.6m has been issued in Government grants to district businesses.

If you’re a local business, I would encourage you to take a look at our website to see whether you are eligible for the Government’s new Restart Grant scheme, which is now open for applications. These grants aim to support businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors to reopen safely as restrictions are lifted. The scheme offers a one-off grant of up to £6,000 for non-essential retail premises, and another of up to £18,000 for non-essential hospitality, leisure, personal care and gym premises. An Additional Restrictions Grant also went live to help businesses that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic but which aren’t eligible for a Restart Grant. Please visit our website to find details of all the available grants and to apply:www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesannouncements

Also this week, our Enabling Grant scheme went live to help small businesses in the district to access funding that will help them to grow and develop. The scheme is separate to the range of coronavirus support on offer and offers three types of grant - one is for capital projects; another is for website and social media projects; and the third is for start-up businesses. If you are interested in finding out more please visit:www.chichester.gov.uk/enablinggrantscheme

As well as the reopening of non-essential retail, this week sees the safe return of Chichester’s Wednesday market and Farmers’ Market to the city centre. In line with the Government’s plan to carefully ease restrictions, the markets can now resume in their normal location and I know that both traders and shoppers have been delighted to see the markets return safely to the high street. Don’t miss Friday’s Farmers’ Market in East Street between 7am and 2pm. Find out more at: www.chichester.gov.uk/farmersmarket

Finally, I just wanted to remind you that we have put together some wider advice on keeping safe if you are out and about in our beautiful district. It highlights the safety measures and guidance in place and explains which agency is responsible for what. It covers facilities such as toilets and car parks; roads and cycle lanes; coastal locations; our high streets and in the community; and litter. This can be found here:www.chichester.gov.uk/travelguidance

Please take care and keep safe.

Best Wishes

Diane Shepherd

Chief Executive at Chichester District Council

The Valley Diary

March 2021

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March 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

West Sussex

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March 2021

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18 March 2021

Issued by the Communications Teampublicrelations@chichester.gov.uk

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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

Local news

  • Service status
  • Vaccination programme in the Chichester District
  • Help with financial support
  • Business grants update
  • Grants for energy efficient home improvements
  • The Census is here — local support
  • Places available on Chichester Wellbeing’s weight management course
  • Stay up-to-date with other council news

National news

  • Coronavirus testing for homecare workers
  • Businesses encouraged to register for workplace testing
  • New analysis of lateral flow tests
  • Extensions to residential and commercial evictions ban
  • UK transition news and support fund
  • Share this newsletter with a friend

Latest update
Last week, the first step in the Government’s plan to ease coronavirus restrictions in England saw the return of over seven million children to schools and colleges. The Education Secretary has commented on this step and given an update on rapid testing in secondary schools and colleges:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-of-students-back-in-class.

The next stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown is due on 29 March. This will depend on whether conditions relating to the vaccine rollout, hospitalisations, infection rates and new variants are all still being met. Full details of the plans can be found atwww.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021#LDNSE.Everyone is being encouraged to continue to follow the current national restrictions in place, as well as remembering measures such as handwashing, social distancing and wearing face coverings. Thank you for doing your bit to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Yesterday, the Health Secretary gave a statement in which he provided an update on shielding and confirmed that more than 25 million people in the UK have received a first dose of coronavirus vaccine: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/health-and-social-care-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-17-march-2021.The Government has also published a ‘frequently asked questions’ document in which Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, answers a range of questions about the vaccination programme. You can find this here:https://healthmedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/03/12/covid19vaccines-faqs/. The Government also publishes the latest vaccination data here: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/. We have included a local vaccination programme update below.


Local News


Service status

The majority of our services are currently operating as usual. Our leisure centres, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, are currently closed during the national lockdown, however the current indication from the Government is that leisure centres will be able to reopen for some activities from 12 April. This is just an indication at this stage and is subject to certain Government tests being met, but we will keep everyone updated on this. For more information, visit:https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/westgate-leisure-centre/

Our Novium Museum and Tourist Information Centre are also closed during the current restrictions, however people can enjoy a virtual visit of the museum at https://www.thenovium.org/virtualmuseum.

In line with the national guidance, our sports pitches are due to be available to hire from 29 March. An update on all of our services can be found athttps://www.chichester.gov.uk/councilservicestatus


Vaccination programme in the Chichester District
The vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength, with three quarters of a million vaccinations having now been given across Sussex. The NHS are now inviting those aged 55 or over who haven’t yet been vaccinated, to book their jab at https://nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119. Those clinically extremely vulnerable, those with underlying health conditions, and unpaid carers are also currently eligible for the vaccine, and you can find our more here:https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/. We will continue to share updates from the NHS as we receive them, and these can all be found on our website athttps://www.chichester.gov.uk/covidresidentsupport.

It’s worth noting that the NHS is sending texts to some people to invite them to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. These may come from a local NHS service, or from ‘NHSvaccine’. Remember the NHS will never ask for copies of your personal documents to book an appointment. When you have received your vaccination, please continue to follow the Government guidance.

Help with financial support
The coronavirus outbreak has affected everyone and many people are experiencing financial difficulties as a result, but we are here to help. From help to pay a Council Tax bill to support for people struggling to meet their rent payments, there are a number of ways in which we can help people who are struggling to pay their bills during this difficult time. Residents can find more information and useful links athttps://www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances, or contact our team by emailingbenefits@chichester.gov.uk

If you receive financial support from us and your income has changed as a result of the coronavirus crisis, don’t forget to let us know as you may be entitled to more support. You can update your details here: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/29353/Change-of-circumstances.

Anyone who is concerned that they may lose their home as a result of not being able to meet their rent or mortgage payments can contact our Housing Advice Team by emailinghousingadvice@chichester.gov.uk or calling 01243 534734.

Business grants update
If your business has been affected by coronavirus, we’d urge you to check whether you are eligible for any of the Government grants available, and apply, here:https://www.chichester.gov.uk/covidbusinesssupport

The Government has confirmed that the Local Restrictions Support Grant deadline has been extended until the end of March 2021 for business that have been required to close during the current national lockdown, and haven’t yet applied. There is also a grant scheme for businesses that have not been required to close but that are still affected by the current national lockdown.

Further Government business rate grants, ‘restart grants’, are due to take effect from 1 April 2021. We are waiting for further guidance but as soon as we can, we will update our website athttps://www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesannouncementswith more information.


Grants for energy efficient home improvements
We’re pleased to tell you that the council has successfully bid to extend the Government’s Green Home Grant Local Authority Delivery scheme in the Chichester District. This means that eligible homeowners, including park home owners, will receive fully-funded support of up to £10,000 for energy efficiency improvements in their homes. Residents can apply for this funding if they have a household income of less than £30,000 and their home has low energy efficiency.

The funding can be used for a range of improvements and low carbon heating measures, including solid wall insulation; loft insulation; first-time energy efficient double glazing; first-time gas central heating and air-source heat pumps; and, smart heating controls. Private and social landlords will be able to access up to £5,000 with a one-third contribution. Find out more and apply for a grant at https://www.warmerhomes.org.ukor call 0800 038 5737. For advice on how to reduce your energy bills, visit:https://www.chichester.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/topics/healthy-home/wellbeing-home.


The Census is here — local support
This weekend is Census Weekend. Run by the Office for National Statistics, the census is a once-in-a-decade survey that helps all kinds of organisations — from local authorities to charities — to plan and provide the services we all need.

If you haven’t already, you will soon receive a letter with a unique code enabling you to complete your form online. You can go to https://www.census.gov.uk or ring 0800 141 2021 to request a paper form if you need one. In our area, West Sussex Libraries are able to help people complete their census forms. To access this support, you can book an appointment by phone on 0330 222 3455 or visithttps://www.westsussex.gov.uk/news/need-help-completing-the-census

If you have questions about the census, there is anonline help hubhttps://census.gov.uk/help — as well as a national Census Support Centre: 0800 141 2021, where you can also get help with completing your form.

Places available on Chichester Wellbeing’s weight management course
Chichester Wellbeing’s free weight management and exercise course, Weigh Better Life, returns from the week commencing 19 April for 12 weeks. Weigh Better Life takes a holistic approach to weight loss, exercise and general wellbeing to ensure lasting changes for life. The course is aimed at sustainable weight loss and exercise habits, rather than a diet, and the approach is rooted in nutrition and science and delivered by a trained nutritionist. The course is FREE for residents of Chichester District with a BMI of between 25 and 40, and spaces are limited. You can find out more about the course, in this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeJvOPBrecM. To secure a place, email:info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk

Stay up to date with other council news

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:

  • news on how we’ll be offering extra support to help improve property standards and reduce excess cold in the district;
  • information about how we will be applying for grant funding to help protect coastal homes as part of the council’s Beach Management Plan;
  • the announcement that the Chichester Community Development Trust will be creating a health and wellbeing hub thanks to funding released by Chichester District Council;
  • an update on how the Season of Culture 2022 partnership project to celebrate arts and culture across the district is moving ahead with the appointment of a dedicated project manager;
  • this week’s District Dispatch column from the Leader, and
  • previous issues of our newsletter that you may have missed.



National news

Coronavirus testing for homecare workers

The Government has updated the guidance setting out how homecare agencies in England can order regular tests for their homecare (domiciliary care) staff:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-homecare-workers. The update includes a guide to registering test kits for homecare workers. For more information, homecare agencies can sign up to Department for Health and Social Care’s webinars:https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1405251&tp_key=79f1786e36

Businesses encouraged to register for workplace testing

Over 48,000 businesses have now registered their interest in the Government’s free workplace testing programme, which uses rapid lateral flow tests that can give a result in 30 minutes. Businesses are encouraged to register by 31 March, even if they’re not yet open or are not able to start using the tests straight away. Businesses can register athttps://www.gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests

New analysis of lateral flow tests

The Government has published new analysis showing that lateral flow tests have a specificity – a measure of how good the test is at detecting true negative cases – of at least 99.9% when used in the community:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lateral-flow-device-specificity-in-phase-4-post-marketing-surveillance. NHS Test and Trace has conducted the analysis of rapid testing using data from community testing, rapid testing in educational settings and asymptomatic test sites.


Extensions to residential and commercial evictions ban

The Government has announced an extension to the ban on bailiff enforced evictions for residential tenants, in all but the most serious circumstances, until at least 31 May:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-support-for-commercial-and-residential-tenants. The requirement for landlords to provide six-month notice periods to residential tenants before they evict will also be extended until at least 31 May. The Government has also confirmed that the ban on commercial evictions will be extended for a further three months to 30 June.

In line with this, the Government has updated the guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/understanding-the-possession-action-process-guidance-for-landlords-and-tenants

UK transition news and support fund

Smaller businesses can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/20-million-sme-brexit-support-fund-opens-for-applications.Small and medium sized businesses that trade solely with the EU, and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes, are encouraged to apply for the grants. To be eligible, businesses must import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU, or move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Separately, the Government has set out a new timetable for introducing import border control processes:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-focuses-on-recovery-from-covid-with-new-timeline-for-border-control-processes-on-import-of-goods. It will now introduce full border control processes on 1 January 2022, six months later than originally planned, to provide businesses with further time to prepare for changes at the border and minimise disruption.


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South Downs National Park

South Downs News

15

March 2021

March 2021

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WORK AND PLAY IN YOUR NATIONAL PARK

THIS MONTH:

  • Inspired by nature Find out how hundreds of families have been enjoying nature-based activities on their doorstep over the past year – and many have now picked up environmental awards.
  • Happy South DownsThe National Park continues to provide a much-needed uplift and, as lockdown is due to ease over the coming months, find out the little things you can doto keep nature happy.
  • Celestial beautyFind out the winners of the National Park’s first astrophotography competition.
  • Got 100 seconds? Learn about the stunning film shining a light on our varied National Park landscapes.

As always please send your comments and ideas to newsletter@southdowns.gov.uk

Click here to read a PDF version of South Downs News

Families across the region enjoy reconnecting with nature

Bird-spotting in your garden, hunting for lichens, identifying trees, and learning birdsongs have been among the activities enjoyed by hundreds of families over the past year as they connected with our beautiful natural world.

Since the start of the pandemic, the National Park Authority has been running an innovative scheme where families can pick up an award for completing 25 hours of nature-based activities.

Spearheaded by the National Park Authority’s Families Outreach Officer, Siân Jones, families across Hampshire and Sussex have enjoyed rediscovering the wonders of nature on their doorstep. Over the past 8 months, 36 families have achieved the award and over 320 families have used the initiative as inspiration for one-off nature-based activities. Find out more.

Enjoying happy times – and helping nature to happily flourish!

Those happy moments and memories in the South Downs are something we all cherish.

Whether it’s going for a walk with loved ones and taking in the views, meeting up with a friend for a picnic, or just going for a stroll with your dog, the National Park has that remarkable ability to make you feel good.

So, as the lockdown restrictions begin to ease in a phased way over the coming months, we’ll be asking people to make the most of re-connecting with this beautiful natural space, while also helping to keep nature happy.

Small things that take little effort can make a big difference, says Allison Thorpe, Access and Recreation Lead for the National Park.

Find out the little things we can all do to help nature

The view from above...a unique tour of National Parks – in 100 seconds!

Have you ever wondered how National Parks might look from a birds-eye view hovering 100ft up?

Well, the kaleidoscope of landscapes, from forest to farmland, mountains to rivers, have been dramatically captured on film by National Geographic Explorer and Guerilla Geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison during his one-man navigation of all of the UK’s 15 National Parks.

The resulting footage is “UK National Parks in 100 Seconds” – a unique snapshot of the variety of National Parks and the impact of humans on these living and working landscapes. The film was shot by drone film-maker Jack Smith and narrated by former Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews and seeks to explore whether perception of protected landscapes meets the reality. Find out what Daniel thought of his trek across the South Downs.

What do Britain's National Parks really look like?

Oh the joys of spring!

A blanket of blue blooms in the woods is surely one of the greatest sights of spring.

And, after a long winter that is now starting to ebb away, the joy of spring has been captured beautifully in this winning photograph of the South Downs National Park. Learn more about the story behind this amazing image.

Celebrating diverse voices and talent

A new creative writing bursary is being launched for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse writers whose work aims to explore the landscape, wildlife and heritage of the National Park.

‘Shifting the Gaze’ will offer 15 bursaries of £500 to writers to fund time researching and developing new writing projects that focus on the beautiful South Downs landscape. Find out more.

Our chalk streams teeming with life

Chalk streams are home to some incredible fauna and flora and a new project aims to raise awareness of these globally-significant habitats. Sophie Evingar, from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, gives an update.

Prestigious design awards return

The Sussex Heritage Trust’s annual awards have been launched, with a call for new entries for the prestigious architectural and landscape scheme. Find out more about this National Park-backed scheme.

Children to help design revamped wildlife garden

Aspiring young designers and naturalists are being invited to submit ideas for a new feature in a revamped nature space.

The South Downs National Park Trust is helping to support the development of Rolls Royce’s wildlife garden. Learn more.

Pollinators and people get helping hand from grants

Creating a new nature hub, bringing a “lost village” back to life and surveying important buried archaeological remains are among the exciting projects to benefit from a National Park fund. Learn more about the funding boost.

A toad-ally brilliant community effort!

A village has rallied round to help save the local population of toads that embark on a treacherous migration every year. Elaina Whittaker-Slark, Lead Ranger for the Western Downs in Hampshire, reveals more.

The celestial beauty of our dark skies

A mesmerising shot of the Milky Way over an Iron Age hillfort and a crab venturing out for a night-time forage are among the stars of the South Downs National Park’s astrophotography competition.

More than 150 entries were received for the National Park’s first cosmic photography contest and a judging panel has now chosen the winners across three categories.

Be prepared to be in awe of the winning and highly-commended images!

Vote for your favourite in the People's Choice

Caring for the majestic birds of heaths

March sees the start of ground-nesting bird season when an array of avian species make their homes on the ground. Olivia French is an Engagement Officer for the Heathlands Reunited project and shares four of her favourite bird species – and offers tips on how we can all help protect them!

Eastbourne schoolgirl Clare Hampshire interviews South Downs farmer Henry Brown and discovers the ins and outs of a working sheep farm - and the importance of dog walkers having their pooches on leads around livestock. Find out more about the making of this lovely film here.

Consultation on West Dean Estate Plan

Consultation on West Dean Estate Plan

30

January 2021

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:

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning-policy/whole-estate-plans/

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SDNPA_WholeEstatePlan_Evaluation

If you have any queries regarding this evaluation, please contact Verity Roberts:

Verity Roberts

Principal Landscape Manager, LUC

Verity.Roberts@landuse.co.uk

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council

Home Insurance - Environment Agency River Lavant Lavant Flood Classification

18

November 2020

I you are having difficulty with property insurance in our area, concerning flood levels classification, the Environment Agency have given the following email for you to get help, 
ssdenquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council

Guidance for protecting your property with CCTV

24

July 2020