Chichester District Council

Covid Vacination Update

18

June 2021

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17 June 2021

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This briefing is to keep you updatedon the evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) and the actions being taken in the district. It also includes general local updates.

Who does it affect?

· Residents and businesses within the district

· Chichester District Council staff and councillors

· Parish councils

· Community groups and charitable organisations

In this briefing

  • Latest update

Local news

· Service status

· Chichester District Council’s Customer Services Centre reopens next week

· NHS coronavirus vaccination service

· Chichester District Council by-election

· Time is running out to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme

· Support for those facing homelessness and landlord survey

· Help with housing payments and bills

· Have you shared your views in our ‘Let’s Talk: Air Quality’ consultation?

· Covid business grants — two weeks to go

· Boundary Commission constituency consultation

· Stay up to date

National news

· Update on coronavirus restrictions and guidance for care homes

· COVID-19 vaccine efficacy

· Safety in out-of-school settings

· Eviction protection extended for businesses

· Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK

· The R value and growth rate

· 100 Days Mission to Respond to Future Pandemic Threats report

· Tourism Recovery Plan

· EU transition updates

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Latest update

On Monday, the Prime Minister confirmed a four-week delay to Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap. This is due to concerns caused by the Delta variant and to allow for more people to receive their second dose of a coronavirus vaccine before further restrictions are eased. Step 3 restrictions remain in place, however the Government is removing the 30 person gathering limit for weddings, receptions and commemorative events, subject to social distancing guidelines, from 21 June. Also from this date, some further restrictions will be lifted for care home residents. More information can be found here:https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-at-coronavirus-press-conference-14-june-2021 andhere: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do. It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, however the data will be reviewed after two weeks in case the risks have reduced. The Government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed a week in advance.

More than 30 million people in the UK have now been vaccinated with a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with 79% of adults having now received a first dose. This week, the Health Secretary held a press conference to provide an update on the vaccination programme. He highlighted new data which shows that two doses of the vaccine are just as effective against hospital admission with the Delta variant, compared to the Alpha variant. He also confirmed that the Government will bring forward second doses of vaccines for over-40s and the clinically vulnerable groups to eight weeks after the first dose, and that the Government’s aim is to give every adult in this country a first vaccine dose by 19 July. The online vaccination booking system is now open to 23 and 24 year olds and details on booking a vaccine can be found below.



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 Customer Services Centre and East Pallant House will be reopening next Monday (21 June) and you can read more about this below.


Chichester District Council’s Customer Services Centre reopens next week

From Monday 21 June, our Customer Services Centre at East Pallant House will reopen to the public with a raft of new improvements. When the centre reopens, our Customer Service Officers will meet and greet customers to make sure that they can quickly access the services that they need. As part of this new approach, they will assist people who want to self-serve online at dedicated computer terminals. It is hoped that this will help customers to access council services online at http://www.chichester.gov.uk in the future, at a place and time that is most convenient to them. If a face-to-face appointment is needed, our friendly Customer Service team can arrange this.

In addition to these improvements, the council has also reviewed its opening times and will be open from 9am to 5pm each day, apart from Thursdays when opening times will be from 10am to 5pm, starting from 1 July 2021.

NHS coronavirus vaccination service

More than 1.8million vaccinations have now been delivered across Sussex. Our NHS colleagues have advised us that services are being extended to increase the number of places that people under 40 can go for their vaccination in West Sussex. The service at Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester is being extended so that it can offer the Pfizer vaccine (which is recommended for people aged under 40) as well as the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

To find out if you are currently eligible for a vaccine, please visit: https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/. People who are eligible can book their appointment by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/or calling 119. Everyone is encouraged to come forward for their second vaccination when they have an appointment as both doses give maximum protection against the virus. People are also being reminded to follow Government guidance around ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ once they’ve had their vaccination.

Chichester District Council by-election

A by-election to fill a councillor vacancy for our Chichester East ward is taking place next Thursday 24 June between 7am and 10pm. Covidsafety measures will be in place at polling stations and we ask that voters wear a face covering and keep a safe distance from other voters and staff. If you are voting in this election but are experiencing coronavirus symptoms or have been instructed to self-isolate, please do not go to your polling station — instead, please call our Elections team on: 01243 521010.

The polling stations for this election are: Chichester Children and Family Centre, St James Road; Swanfield Park Community Centre, Swanfield Drive; and The Bassil Shippam Centre, Tozer Way. More information about this election and the candidates can be found at: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/currentelections

Time is running out to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme

Over 5.6 million applications have now been made to the EU Settlement Scheme with less than two weeks to go before the 30 June deadline. We’re working with Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice to remind EU citizens living in the Chichester District that they need to apply for the scheme as soon as possible in order to protect their rights to healthcare, benefits and pensions. People can register for the scheme before 30 June by visiting http://www.gov.uk/eusettlementschemeand can access help and support by calling Arun Chichester Citizens Advice free on: 0808 2787969 (Mon to Fri 9am - 4:30pm). Access to interpreters is also available.


The Home Office has published a new guide for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens explaining how they can view and prove their immigration status, update their details, what they should expect when crossing the UK border, and how to get help accessing their immigration status. This can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/view-and-prove-your-immigration-status-evisa

Support for those facing homelessness and landlord survey

The end of furlough, a drop in casual vacancies, and an increase in unemployment — all of which are connected with the coronavirus pandemic — have put many tenants under financial pressure. Alongside other local authorities across West Sussex, we are taking a number of proactive steps to help those affected remain in their homes, which includes offering a range of advice and support to help those at risk.

As part of this, we are asking landlords and letting agents in our area to let us know how their tenants may have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Feedback from this county-wide survey will help us establish a detailed picture of the situation in the local area and prioritise support where it is needed. If you are a landlord or letting agent in the district, please help us by taking part in our quick survey at: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=162099449179

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 emailing housingadvice@chichester.gov.uk or calling 01243 534734.

Help with housing payments and bills
We know that there are people in our district who may be struggling with the stress of changes to their financial situation, but help is available and we would really urge you to contact us before things get more serious, so that we can provide help and advice. Residents can find more information and useful links at: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances, or contact our team by emailing benefits@chichester.gov.uk.

Have you shared your views in our ‘Let’s Talk: Air Quality’ consultation?

Today marks Clean Air Day, which aims to raise awareness about air pollution and provide information about making the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. We’ve been sharing information about the campaign on our social media channels and we’re also reminding people to share their views on our Air Quality Action Plan in our ‘Let’s Talk: Air Quality’ consultation before it closes on 28 June. Our revised Air Quality Action Plan sets out a number of ways in which we propose to continue improving air quality in our district, and we’re keen to hear your views. To have your say, please visit http://www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkairquality before midnight on 28 June 2021.

Covid business grants — two weeks to go
Has your business applied for a Government Covid support grant? The current grants will close on 30 June 2021, so if you own a business in the district, please check to see if you are eligible and apply by visiting:http://www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesannouncements.

Boundary Commission constituency consultation

Did you know that Parliamentary constituencies are set to change? The independent Boundary Commission is redrawing the map of constituencies in England with the aim of making the number of electors in them more equal. Changes to our constituency boundaries are being suggested as part of this process. You can find out more and leave your comments at: http://www.bcereviews.org.uk

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:

· the latest media releases,

· this week’s District Dispatch column,

· previous issues of our newsletter that you may have missed.



National news

Update on coronavirus restrictions and guidance for care homes

This week, the Government announced that people working in Care Quality Commission (CQC)-registered care homes will need to be fully COVID-19 vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine unless they have a medical exemption, from October. More details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/everyone-working-in-care-homes-to-be-fully-vaccinated-under-new-law-to-protect-residents.

On 14 June, the Government announced that care home residents will be able to spend more time with family and friends, including overnight stays away from care homes: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/care-home-residents-can-stay-overnight-as-visiting-restrictions-ease.From 21 June, people admitted to a care home from the community will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival and care home residents can now nominate an ‘Essential Care Giver’ to provide additional support during visits.

The Department of Health and Social Care has also updated the guidance for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/overview-of-adult-social-care-guidance-on-coronavirus-covid-19.

COVID-19 vaccine efficacy

Public Health England has published its latest weekly surveillance report showing that the Covid-19 vaccinationprogramme prevented 14,000 deaths in those aged 60 and older in England up to 30 May. Analysis also suggests that at least 42,000 hospitalisations were prevented in those aged 65 and older in England in the same time period. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-vaccine-surveillance-report-published.

Safety in out-of-school settings

The Department for Education has updated the protective measures guidance for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak


Eviction protection extended for businesses

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced that the existing measures to protect commercial tenants from eviction will be extended to 25 March 2022: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eviction-protection-extended-for-businesses-most-in-need. The Government also announced that it has extended temporary insolvency measures to support businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 variants identified in UK

Public Health England is publishing weekly updates on the number of confirmed new cases of variants of concern and variants under investigation in the UK. The latest data shows that cases of the Delta variant have risen by 29,892 to 42,323. More information 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 Government has published the latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of COVID-19 in England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-r-value-and-growth-rate. The R value in England is currently between 1.2 and 1.4 meaning that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 14 other people. The growth rate in England is currently between 3% and 6% meaning that the number of new infections is growing by between 3% and 6% every day.


100 Days Mission to Respond to Future Pandemic Threats report

On 12 June, the Government published a report to the G7 group of nations on making diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines available within 100 days of a pandemic threat being identified.The report recommends that theinternational community should aim for the following interventions to be available in the first 100 days of the World Health Organization declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.The announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/100-days-mission-to-respond-to-future-pandemic-threats


Tourism Recovery Plan

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has published its Tourism Recovery Plan, which sets out the role that the UK Government will play in supporting the tourism sector’s recovery from COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tourism-recovery-plan. The Government also announced that later this year it will launch a new rail pass for ‘staycationers’ to help make it easier for domestic tourists to get around the country. In autumn, the National Lottery will also launch a £10 million voucher scheme to encourage trips beyond the peak summer season, with players having the chance to claim vouchers to redeem at tourist attractions across the UK between September 2021 and March 2022.

EU Transition updates

This month, the Government published an overview of what the UK-EU free trade deal means in practice now the UK has left the EU. This can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/summary-the-uks-new-relationship-with-the-eu.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


Earlier this year, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster announced a £20 million small and medium sized businesses (SME) Brexit Support Fund to support SMEs to adjust to new customs, rules of origin, and VAT rules when trading with the EU. SMEs who trade only with the EU, and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes, will be encouraged to apply for grants of up to £2,000 to pay for practical support, including training and professional advice, to ensure they can continue trading effectively with the EU. The Fund will help businesses to prepare for the implementation of import controls which come into effect from July 2021 and will close on 30 June or earlier if all funding is allocated before this date. More information can be found at:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-20-million-sme-brexit-support-fund

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District Dispatch

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June 2021

The past 15 months have been some of the most challenging any of us have ever faced. I am so proud of our communities, staff, councillors and partners in the way that they have responded to the pandemic. Everyone has supported one another, whether that’s offering to pick up someone’s shopping, volunteering at the vaccination centres, or supporting our amazing local businesses.

As well as working with our partners on the emergency response, we created four recovery groups last year. These groups identified the actions that we needed to take to support our communities and housing; the local economy; planning, health and environmental protection; and our own organisation. I’m really proud to say that the majority of actions identified have already been delivered.

The list of achievements is considerable. Over the past year, we have issued well over £70 million of grants to businesses, community groups and those residents who are struggling financially. Due to the speed at which we issued our business grants, we also qualified for a further £1.1 million, which is also being distributed.

We’ve worked tirelessly with rough sleepers and due to the hard work of our outreach team the amount of rough sleepers in the city has reduced from 32 in 2019 to 3 in 2021. We were also awarded a £324k grant to assist with ongoing support for rough sleepers and provided funding to StonePillow to purchase a property for move-on accommodation and the construction of four additional rooms at the lodge. Our ‘Make your change count’ campaign was launched to discourage residents from giving money directly to rough sleepers and instead to divert this money to local charities who can offer ongoing support. During the pandemic, we have also been moving ahead with the development of our short stay accommodation for households who find themselves homeless. This is needed more than ever and is due to open next year.

Supporting local businesses has been, and continues to be, a key priority for us. As well as issuing millions of pounds in grants and support, we have been supporting our high streets and local businesses in many other ways. Training, retail support grants, support for the self-employed and micro businesses, and working with the Observer series on a campaign to support local, are just a few of the actions we have taken. We’ve also advised businesses how they can make their premises Covid-secure, and offered reassurance to visitors through our Covid Ambassadors. We’ve got lots planned for the months and years ahead, including the launch of Invest Chichester; preparing for events to return to the district when restrictions ease; celebrating our cultural offering through a series of events next year; continuing to provide high quality business accommodation; and attracting businesses to relocate here.

Climate change, health, and planning for the future of our area are other priorities we have been focusing on. While some of our officers have been directly responding to the crisis, others have been busy progressing vital work such as the Local Plan Review. Huge amounts of work has been carried out on this, including in relation to employment and horticultural development, to make sure that future planning policies are capable of supporting economic recovery.

Financially, the pandemic has hit councils hard too. We’ve completed the first round of an efficiency review and are currently on track to achieve £932k of savings in 2021-22. Our target is to save £2 million across the next three years, but things are changing all of the time, and this may well need to be increased. We’ve also been developing our website and making it even easier for people to access our services online.

What you can be assured of is that we will continue to support you every step of the way.

Best Wishes

Diane Shepherd

Chief Executive at Chichester District Council

Chichester District Council

Latest Covid Update From The Government

16

June 2021

Headlines

  • There will be a four week pause at step 3, until 19 July.
  • Relevant regulations will be extended until the end of Sunday 18 July.
  • The data will be continuously reviewed and assessed against the four tests.
  • An announcement on proceeding with this new date will happen no later than 12 July.
  • If the data is better than expected in a couple of weeks, the Government may be in a position to move to step 4 earlier than 19 July.

What you can and can’t do

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#if-youre-in-an-area-where-the-new-covid-19-variant-is-spreading

Life events

Large events

  • Another phase of events pilots will be run for large events, including to test certification.
  • This will see approximately 10-15 large events (some over multiple days) permitted post-21 June at higher capacities with attendees demonstrating Covid status.
  • The list of events will be published on GOV.UK

Residential visits

  • Guidance will be amended to allow out of school settings (eg Scouts, Girl Guides etc) to organise residential visits in ‘bubbles’ of up to 30 children.
  • This is an increase from the current limit of six or two households, and aligns with the current position for schools.

Vaccinations

  • A first vaccine dose will have been offered to all adults by w/c 19 July.
  • All over-40s who had their first dose by mid-May will be offered their second dose by w/c19 July.

Adult social care

  • Need to isolate after visits out or on an admission will be removed, as will the requirement for residents to isolate for 14 days after visits out (with the exception of overnight stays in hospital, or a visit which is deemed high risk by the care home).
  • Need to isolate following admission from the community will also be removed (subject to criteria specified in the guidance and as long as daily PHE testing protocol continues).
  • All residents can nominate an Essential Care Giver (ECG) for any purpose or care need (rather than only where the purpose or care need cannot easily be provided by care home staff), and permit visits from ECGs during periods of isolation.

Enhanced response

  • Additional support is to be introduced in key areas affected by high levels of the Delta variant, including Cheshire East; Cheshire West and Chester; Liverpool City Region; Warrington; Birmingham; and Blackpool. This follows the introduction of further support in Greater Manchester and Lancashire last week.
  • The support package aims to supress the spread of the Delta variant and break chains of transmission. This approach has been working in parts of London and in Bolton, stopping a rise in the number of cases.

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Festival of Speed - Air Displays & Firework Displays

15

June 2021

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

1545-1600 Air Display - The Blades (propeller aerobatic aircraft)

1745-1810 Air Display - Red Arrows

Please allow 10 minutes either side of these times in case of any delays or set backs on the day.


West Sussex County Council

Covid-19 - Latest Information

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June 2021

11 June 2021

Coronavirus keep west sussex safe


Covid-19 update

We are seeing an increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases across the county in most age groups and all local areas. Variations in rates are to be expected and measures are in place to respond to specific incidents as they are identified.

You can check infection rates in your area through our Data Dashboardand if you use the postcode tool under the 'cases in your local area' section, more detail about cases in that area will appear. Please help share the link to other people who may not receive this eNewsletter so they can check rates in their local area too, or you can see our daily dashboard updates on our social media.

Data dashboard showing the covid figures published on 11 june in west sussex. in the seven days to 5 june there were 227 new confirmed cases.

Everyone should continue to follow the sensible measures in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, such as handwashing, physically distancing, wearing face coverings, fresh air, getting regularly tested, and vaccinations.

Do you test regularly for Covid-19?

You should take a regular test if you:

  • leave home to work, volunteer or provide care
  • have children attending school
  • are visiting someone or attending an appointment in a hospital setting
  • if you’re meeting up with friends outdoors, for a drink, a picnic, a walk, or to exercise.

We're asking all residents to take part in a survey to understand how you feel about asymptomatic testing and to find out how often you're using symptom-free tests. Take part hereand give us your valuable feedback.

Please remember, it’s important to get tested regularly if you don’t have symptoms. Anyone without symptoms of coronavirus should visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/communitytesting where free packs of rapid lateral flow test kits can be ordered and delivered direct to your home.

Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate immediately and book a free PCR test hereor call 119.

Remember to book and attend your vaccination appointment as soon as you are eligible and follow the guidance even after you’ve had your vaccination.

West Sussex County Council’s Public Health team is working closely with health service colleagues and partners, such as District and Borough Councils, across the county to provide support to their local communities to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and save lives. This includes reviewing Covid-19 data daily, providing infection prevention and control advice, and implementing additional prevention measures where required.

It is important that we all keep doing our part to prevent the spread of this virus and help #KeepWestSussexSafe.

Find out more


Vaccination update

why should i get vaccineThe NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme has now started inviting remaining adults for their Covid-19 jabs.

The last group of adults have begun to be called forward, with around three million people across the country aged between 25 and 29 getting invited to book their first dose. Read more here.

In West Sussex, services are being extended to increase the places where people under 40 can go for their vaccination. The vaccination service at Chichester’s Westgate Leisure Centre is being extended so that it can offer the Pfizer vaccine (which is recommended for people aged under 40) as well as the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Appointments are expected to be made available from next week and will be through the national booking service either online or by calling 119.

NHS England has now also confirmed that appointments for a second vaccine will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people in the top nine priority groupswho have yet to receive their second dose. This includes those aged 50 and over, those clinically vulnerable and unpaid carers. Read more here.

Everyone is encouraged to come forward for their second vaccination when they have an appointment. Both doses give you the maximum protection against the virus.

vaccination quiet timeA dedicated ‘Quiet Covid-19 Vaccination Session’ for people in West Sussex requiring their first dose Covid-19 vaccination is now available.

The session is taking place on Sunday 27 June, 9am – 2pm at the Hindu Temple, Apple Tree Centre, Crawley, RH11 0LF.

This 'Quiet Session' is being offered to people living in Sussex who are currently eligible for the vaccine who may need more time for their appointment, or who have extra access needs where a quieter and calmer environment would help support them to receive their vaccination.

People can also book their carer in at the same time if they need their first vaccination dose too.

Information on how to book, together with useful easy read documents, and how to access free transport if required, can all be found here.

Please don’t forget to follow government guidance around ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ once you’ve had your vaccination.

For more information about the Sussex vaccination programme visit their website via the link below.

Find out more


Sussex Day: safely celebrating our county's past, present and future

Sussex day collageThe past, present and future of our county are once again being celebrated next week on Sussex Day – 16 June.

Here are some ways you can celebrate the Day:

Remember to celebrate Sussex Day safely by following the hands, face, space and fresh air guidance, as well as current national restrictions.

For more information on Sussex Day please click on the link below.

Find out more


Talk with Us - meet your local county councillor

online meeting'Talk With Us' sessions are running this month and next, giving you the opportunity to meet your local county councillors and ask any questions you have on county council-related matters.

The sessions will be run virtually from 8pm to 8.30pm on the following days:

  • Monday 14 June: Crawley
  • Thursday 17 June: Chichester district
  • Monday 21 June: Arun
  • Tuesday 22 June: Mid Sussex
  • Tuesday 29 June: Adur and Worthing
  • Thursday 1 July: Horsham district.

Email talkwithus@westsussex.gov.uk if you would like to attend your local session and you will be sent the joining details.

If you would like to ask a question please email it to the same email address at least two days before the planned session. If you attend the session you can then put the question in person as well as hearing other questions and how they are answered.

Having the questions in advance will help ensure they can be fully answered in the meeting. If you're unable to attend the sessions, but would still like to ask a question, email it in to the same address and officers will ensure you get a response.

Find out more


Introducing your new county council

county council chamberFollowing the elections last month, you can now see who your local county councillor is, along with their contact details, their photo and the area of West Sussex they represent on our website.

You can also use the search function to find your local county councillor, local district and borough council, and town or parish council.

Find out more


Keep calm - get an alarm!

keep calm get an alarmLast year West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended over 300 house fires.

Therefore, during Home Safety Week, which runs from 14 – 20 June, the service is urging all residents to make sure they have working smoke alarms fitted in their homes, and to ensure their loved ones have them too.

This also coincides with the service’s #KeepCalmGetAnAlarm campaign, which was created as a sad result of the service attending three fatal fires in a two-week period, where smoke alarms were not present.

Find out more


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Information from West Sussex County Council

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Issue 30 | June 2021


The sussex millionMarking the million

More than one million people across Sussex have now received their Covid-19 vaccination.

Click here to read and watch more.

To help inform your residents, you can find up to date details of who’s now eligible, how to book and updates on the Sussex vaccination programme here.

Make your residents aware that if they have no way to get to their appointment, they can book free transport for a Covid-safe journey. They will need to book their appointment first, then visit here to find details of how to book transport.

We’d also like to hear your views on symptom-free Covid-19 testing in West Sussex. Are you using the tests or not?

Please complete this short, anonymous survey. The answers will help us to better understand, manage and prioritise our resources as we work to #KeepWestSussexSafe.

Please also share this survey with your contacts.

View the latest local Covid-19 case data here.


Our council planOur Council Plan and county councillor contacts

West Sussex County Council Leader Paul Marshall has set out his priorities for the next four years.

The priorities are captured in Our Council Plan, the corporate plan for 2021 to 2025, and the budget. The plan covers everything from education to highways, community support to the fire service, and provides stability across the organisation.

Within the wide-reaching strategy, the main four priorities are:

  • keeping people safe from vulnerable situations
  • creating a sustainable and prosperous economy
  • helping people and communities to fulfil their potential
  • making the best use of resources.

View the full list of Cabinet, Chairman and Vice Chairman appointments here and photos and contact details of all county councillors here.


Sussex day collageSussex Day: safely celebrating our county's past, present and future

The past, present and future of our county are once again being celebrated on Sussex Day – 16 June.

Spread the word among your residents about ways they can celebrate the Day, including

Please also remind parishioners to celebrate Sussex Day safely by following the hands, face, space and fresh air guidance, as well as current national restrictions.


feedbackSend us your views on County Local Committees

All Town and Parish Councils are invited to comment on a proposal to replace County Local Committees (CLCs).

This proposal is due to be considered by the Governance Committee on 28 June.

Most decision-making by CLCs has gone and this means we can look at ways to improve arrangements for councillors to be involved in a more informal session with a focus on community connections and in particular the 'talk with us' public-facing element of the CLC.

The proposal therefore is to replace CLCs with informal local area forums on a district/borough area basis to be trialled for one year. These local area forums will not be decision-making, but local members will still be involved in the allocation of traffic regulation orders (TROs) through different procedures.

We’d like to hear your views on this proposal. We’d also welcome thoughts on any opportunities to connect these forums with existing community engagement activities you already undertake.

Please send comments to monique.smart@westsussex.gov.uk by Tuesday 15 June 2021.

A summary of all responses received will then be included in the report to the Governance Committee.

Talk with Us - and meet county councillors

Please note also that Talk With Us sessions are taking place where residents and yourselves have the opportunity to meet local county councillors and ask any questions they have on county council-related business.

The sessions will be run virtually from 8pm to 8.30pm on the following days:

  • Monday 14 June: Crawley
  • Thursday 17 June: Chichester district
  • Monday 21 June: Arun
  • Tuesday 22 June: Mid Sussex
  • Tuesday 29 June: Adur and Worthing
  • Thursday 1 July: Horsham district

Email talkwithus@westsussex.gov.uk to attend a local session and joining details will be sent through. Anyone who would like to ask a question is requested to email it to the same email address at least two days before the planned session. If they attend the session they can then put the question in person as well as hearing other questions and how they are answered. Having the questions in advance will help ensure they can be fully answered in the meeting.

Anyone who isn’t able to attend the sessions, but would still like to ask a question, can also email and officers will ensure they get a response.


CRVGive bees a chance!

You may have noticed pollinator-friendly road verges starting to appear across West Sussex as part of a pilot project to increase the biodiversity of plants and wildflowers - crucial habitats for bees, moths, and butterflies.

Community road verges (CRVs) are identified, and often looked after, by local communities interested in caring for pollinators.

CRVs are limited to one mow per year, herbicides are not used, and grass is collected in these areas to reduce soil fertility and enable wildflowers to compete against dominant grasses.

Communities are beginning to monitor and track biodiversity changes in these areas to understand the impact CRVs might have on pollinators.

We will be reviewing the success of the pilot project over the coming months. Requests for the next phase, if we extend the programme, can be sent to: active.communities@westsussex.gov.uk

Find out more hereand you can also read about what else we’re doing to help pollinators.


HAF fundingDeadline extended

The deadline for applications to provide food and activities to West Sussex schoolchildren in the summer and Christmas holidays has been extended to 15 June 2021.

If your town or parish council is interested in taking part in the government’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme, or you know of holiday clubs, groups and organisations who would, please let them know about the extended deadline.

Register your interest here and we will be in touch.


Lost woodsHelp save the lost woods of Sussex

Lost Woods of the Low Weald and Downs is a partnership project made possible by players of the National Lottery.

Please spend five to 10 minutes completing this online survey, which will help connect local communities in the Lost Woods area and identify the needs and opportunities to improve the lives of local people.

Action in Rural Sussex is facilitating community activities to bring to life forgotten areas of woodland in Sussex and protect them for the future. This will create better habitat for our local wildlife, make our woodlands more resilient and help fight the dual threat of the climate and biodiversity crises.


Support for family and friends carers

A reminder that this week is Carers’ Week – there’s information here about the week and how family and friend carers can get support.

Carers week


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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Singleton and Charlton Parish Council

Annual Audit Public Notice

02

June 2021

The Valley Diary

May 2021

29

May 2021

Please see file attached.

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council

Vacacies for Two Councillors

05

May 2021

VACANCY FOR COUNCILLOR

PARISH COUNCIL OF

Singleton & Charlton

1. THERE ARE TWO VACANCIES ON THE ABOVE PARISH COUNCIL DUE TO THE RESIGNATIONS OF CLLR MCDONALD AND CLLR TAYLOR.

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: 05/05/2021 SIGNED:

Clerk to the Parish Council

ADDRESS: Riverside, Singleton, PO18 0HA

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