Lavant Parish Council


Lavant is a rural parish with an electorate of approximately 1600 in 750 households and at present a precept of £21,695. The parish is just north of Chichester on either side of the A286 Midhurst Road.


Further details of the component parts of this village and its facilities can be found in the Village Plan. The community is a vibrant one served well by its pubs, restaurants, schools, churches and above all, its Village Hall - The Lavant Memorial Hall. The closeness of Goodwood adds to the activities in the parish.


Lavant is to be found in a beautiful part of West Sussex and yet is within easy reach of major urban centres on the coast from Brighton to Southampton. The close proximity of Chichester means access to both mainline trains and buses with direct links to Gatwick Airport and London, Brighton and Portsmouth and also across country to the West, the Midlands and the North.


Parishioners can, of course, use the varied commercial, leisure and entertainment facilities of Chichester with ease. The coast is also very close to Bosham and the Chichester Harbour area, the Witterings, Selsey and Bognor Regis.








Latest News


05/02/2017 - Council thanks residents for significant rise in recycling


Chichester District Council is thanking residents for helping to increase the district's recycling rate from 39.9% to 43.3% in just six months!


The measurement was taken between March and September of last year.


The council launched a big recycling campaign last year, which was supported by Tesco, Waitrose, Budgens and the Co-op, as well as local media organisations and West Sussex County Council.




During Recycle Week 2016, councillors and officers visited supermarkets in Midhurst, Chichester and Selsey, answering questions on recycling and providing people with information. The council also created a new recycling leaflet, which aimed to make recycling easier and clearer and improved the recycling advice on its website.


The council has also increased its social media activity with helpful recycling advice and messages and created pull out recycling guides within every issue of its initiatives magazine which is delivered to every household and business, three times a year.


A new residents' recycling forum has also been created in order to gather ideas and feedback on how recycling could be made easier. This has already had a very positive effect, with residents making really useful feedback in relation to the campaign and other forthcoming activities.


"We want to say a massive thank you to all of our residents for increasing the amount that they are recycling. We also want to thank everyone who has supported this campaign so far, including our local supermarkets and local media organisations," says Cllr Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for Contract Services at Chichester District Council.


"We know that people are keen to recycle and that they understand its importance. However, regular reminders on what you can and can't recycle go a long way to reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill. Such a sharp increase in the amount of recycling collected shows that this approach appears to be working. As part of our communications campaign, we also relaunched our garden recycling scheme, which has been going from strength to strength and is adding to the amount that we are recycling.


"This is only the start. We now have an action plan for the year ahead, which is going to involve a number of further activities planned to help local residents recycle more and build upon the work already achieved. By 2020, all areas across the country are expected to be recycling 50% of all waste and so it is vital that we continue working together to reach and exceed this target," adds Roger.


In the next couple of months, selected areas will take part in a bin sticker trial, which aims to provide a prompt for residents, illustrating what they can and can't recycle. The council also hopes to repeat its partnership with local supermarkets during Recycle Week 2017.


"West Sussex County Council has estimated that we are currently throwing away £8 million of recyclable materials countywide and that up to 20% of waste in black bins in our own district could be recycled. This is money that could be invested in local services and so it's important that we all play our part. From the council's point of view, we want to make the process as simple as possible and to make sure that residents have all of the support and information that they need.


"It's the simple things that make a big difference, such as making sure items are separate - including removing lids and tops; not placing plastic bags in the recycling bin; and making sure that your recycling is clean and dry.


"We are all working together to try and increase the level of recycling in the district, and the great effort everyone has put in so far is really working. It is important to keep up this good work and make sure that we are not putting anything into our burgundy bins that can spoil the load, like food, wet items, nappies or plastic bags. Machines sort the recycling items at the Materials Recycling Facility at Ford and so it is really important that recyclable material is clean, dry and loose," adds Roger.


Residents can access more advice and support by visiting and


31/01/2017 - Have your say - Residents views on West Sussex Crime sought


Residents' views sought on West Sussex crime


A survey seeking the views of residents on crime in their local area starts this month.


Run by the Safer West Sussex Partnership, the aim of the survey is to seek the views of residents on their experience and perceptions of crime together with what is important to them in their local area.



Made up of organisations including West Sussex County Council, District and Borough Councils, Sussex Police and Probation services, the Safer West Sussex Partnership works to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, ensuring that West Sussex remains a safe place to live, work and visit.


The Partnership carries out an annual review to understand how national and local crime trends may be impacting on residents, and the survey will help inform that piece of work.


County Council Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing Christine Field said: "However safe a place is the perception of crime can have a big impact on a community so it's really important for us to understand residents' views, not only on their experience of crime but also their perception of crime.


This survey will help inform the Partnership's work in identifying communities and individuals who are vulnerable to crime. This will assist partner agencies to ensure that appropriate support, intervention and resources are provided to those who are most at risk of harm in West Sussex."


You can have your say by visiting: from Monday 9 January to Sunday 5 March.


Or visit one of the following libraries from Monday 23 January to Friday 28 January to complete a shorter version of the survey:


- Bognor Regis

- Burgess Hill

- Chichester

- Crawley

- East Grinstead

- Haywards Heath

- Horsham

- Shoreham by Sea

- Worthing



31/01/2017 - Time to comment on ideas for bringing growth and investment to the city of Chichester


People in Chichester will soon be able to have their say on the draft Chichester Vision which aims to enhance the city and attract inward investment and stimulate economic growth.

A six-week consultation will start on Monday 6th February in which members of the public will be able to contribute their own ideas, comments and suggestions for how they would like to see the city evolve over the next 20 years.



The draft contains a wealth of ideas that have been put forward by groups and organisations across the city. The aim is to help Chichester capitalise on its heritage and culture while also adapting to better meet the needs of residents, workers, students and visitors.


"This is a real opportunity for people in Chichester to shape the future of their city and help it grasp opportunities, adapt to meet challenges, and make the most of its heritage and culture," says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. "Chichester has a proud history which has been characterised by change. This is a chance for people to steer change over the next 20 years.


"The Vision is all about boosting the economy. Having a Vision will guide future economic and planning policy for the city. It will also guide how future budgets and resources are allocated, encourage inward investment and unlock other funding opportunities to ensure the economic vitality of Chichester.


"We want everyone whether they are a resident, worker, student or visitor to be ambitious for the city and feel it is theirs. We know that people want it to be an attractive place which is easy to get around. We also know that people want the city to attract better jobs, make the most of our talented student population and be a must-see destination for visitors. I strongly urge people across Chichester to get involved in the Vision and put forward their suggestions and comments."


As part of the Chichester Vision a wide range of research has already been carried out. This has included face-to-face interviews with residents, workers and visitors and an audit of the city's character and condition, ease of access, physical assets and diversity of the local economy. A retail trends study has also been undertaken as well as a study by the University of Chichester into students' usage and satisfaction with the city and its facilities. In addition a number of participation workshops have been held with representatives of community and business organisations to gather ideas.


The Chichester Vision examines a wide range of issues including:


reducing traffic;

enabling people to get around the city more easily;

making the most of the city's cultural assets;

enhancing the street scene;

marketing and promoting the city;

making the most of the 15,000 student population;

shopping facilities;

developing digital technology; and

growing businesses in Chichester.


The consultation will run from 30 January until 12 March. People can get involved by completing the consultation online at


The council will also be holding some public exhibitions. The first will take place on Thursday 2 February at The Assembly Rooms in The Council House, North Street, Chichester. Dates at Chichester College and the University of Chichester will also be organised, dates to be confirmed in due course.


Paper copies will also be available to read at the main Chichester District Council offices at East Pallant House, The Novium Museum, Chichester City Council and Chichester Library.


All comments, views and feedback will be considered and the final version of the Chichester Vision will then be formally adopted by Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council, Chichester City Council, Chichester BID (Business Improvement District) and partner organisations and businesses.







10/01/2017 - Neighbourhood Plan - your final public consultation


The Lavant Neighbourhood Plan has now been submitted to South Downs National Park Authority for the next stage of the approval process. SDNPA will now hold a 6 week public consultation, and this is your last chance to pass comment on the plan.


Click here to see the full details of how you can view the documents and how to make comments.


21/11/2016 - Preparing for winter weather


During the winter, weather can be harsh and unpredictable. Chichester District Council is encouraging residents to make sure that they are prepared for any bad weather that might occur over the coming months.


The council has put together key advice, information and contact details on, to help residents prepare.



The council is issuing the following tips for residents on preparing for bad weather:

Clearing snow and ice yourself - the 'snow code' - there's no law stopping people from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside their house or from public spaces. If you have cleared it carefully, it's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path. Remember, people walking on snow and ice have the responsibility to be careful themselves.

Clear the snow or ice early in the day - it's easier to move fresh, loose snow in the morning. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall, to stop it refreezing overnight.

Make sure your car is roadworthy and check screen wash levels and make sure the windscreen wipers and tyres are in good condition.

In the winter months, flooding is also a common occurrence throughout the district. You can sign up to receive free flood alerts and flood warnings from the Environment Agency direct from your telephone, mobile, email or fax, from the agency. To register call 0345 988 1188 or visit

If you live in a home that is at risk of flooding, you may be eligible to join the Flood Re scheme, a joint government and insurance industry initiative which helps keep insurance affordable for people with homes at risk of flooding. For more information visit


"This winter we are asking all residents to take precautions and prepare for any bad weather that may occur," Says Cllr Carol Purnell, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment. "We especially urge people to think about friends, family and neighbours who may be vulnerable or live alone, especially the elderly."


Was your child born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013?


Starting School - September 2017? Important information read on!


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Starting School - September 2017


The application process for children due to start school in September 2017 will begin on Monday 3 October 2016. West Sussex County Council no longer sends individual letters to parents but is advertising the application arrangements as widely as possible and it is in this connection that I now write to you.


As a service to your local community we would invite you to advertise the starting school application window in your Parish Magazine, on your website or by whatever means you normally use to communicate with your residents.


I have attached to this email a poster and leaflet giving details of the application process. The key points are:


Apply online at


Applications can be made between 3 October 2016 and 15 January 2017


Special rules apply for house movers until 23 March 2017


The Information for Parents booklet is available on our website


Further information is available by ringing 03330 142 903



Applications made after the closing date cannot be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school. We would therefore be grateful if you could help actively encourage all parents to apply by the closing date.


If you have any questions regarding the process please do not hesitate to contact me.


In advance, please accept our thanks for your assistance and co-operation.


Kind regards





Richard Godsmark - Pupil Entitlement: Senior Admissions Officer

Care, Wellbeing & Education Directorate, Education & Skills

West Sussex County Council

Location: Pupil Admissions Team, 3rd Floor, County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH

Internal: 24062 - External: 0330 222 4062 E-mail:

Forthcoming Events


31/01/2017 - Chichester in Partnership


Welcome to the e-bulletin for Chichester in Partnership.

If you have anything you want to put in the bulletin the deadline for input is the 3rd Thursday of every month

Events/ Training


Chichester in Partnership - Symposium of Partners, 3rd March, 10-1, Pimlott Building, Chichester Festival Theatre.

In partnership with Chichester Festival theatre, we are holding an exciting showcase event for our partners. This event will be a platform for projects and partners that successfully work towards our objectives. Our objectives are:

Getting people into work

Helping people with mental health needs

Tackling financial exclusion

Dementia Friendly

Helping our neighbourhoods


This event is for frontline staff to learn about what is going on locally, so we would like to encourage you to give some time to your staff to come along and see the event and meet the partners. The event is open house so you can come along anytime between 10 -1.






If you would like to have a stand at this event and can link your work to our priorities please contact Amy Loaring by the 3rd February 2017



An invitation to learn life-saving skills

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is inviting all Chichester residents to a free CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) familiarisation session. For more information click here



It can wait

Sussex drivers are urged to remember that "It Can Wait" when it comes to using a mobile phone while driving. For more information click here

Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) is launching It Can Wait, a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of in-car distractions from your mobile phone.


Sussex PCC Katy Bourne backs national campaign to protect older people from financial abuse. For more information click here

Katy Bourne, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, has joined Action on Elder Abuse in urging older people and their families to learn how to spot the signs of financial abuse and elder exploitation.For more information click here


Dementia Friendly Projects

Come along and join in with other Spring 2017 Dementia friendly workshops

Explore the positive benefits of dance of your physicality and well being with our Mindful Movements workshop. Sessions are led by an experienced dance and movement specialist.

Term dates:

8,22 February

8, 22 March

10.30 -11.30


Come along to Creative responses to share your own tales and create new ones using simple and practical drama exercise all in a relaxed and creative atmosphere

Terms dates

15 February

1, 15, 29 March



Join us after the sessions for tea, coffee and biscuits. Projects open to all, no prior experience necessary. All workshops will take place at Dementia Support, Tangmere, PO20 2FP. To book please call Learning , Education and participation team on 01243784437 or visit


Chichester Wellbeing

In February we are supporting Healthy Hearts month with the British Heart Foundation, we will be holding three Heart Smart walks specifically for Healthy Hearts month. These will be on Monday 6th February in Selsey, Monday 20th February in Midhurst and Monday 27th February in Chichester. They are all suitable for beginners and last approximately 30 minutes.

For more detail check the walks programme.


Our Weightloss Workshops started again in mid-January and will continue for 12 weeks until April. They are being held in Chichester on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Midhurst on Wednesdays and at Selsey on Thursdays. These cost £2.50 a session to subsidise the cost of the room. Additionally we are holding two free pre diabetes workshops on 6th and 24th February, this is for people who are confirmed by their GP as pre diabetic. The workshops will provide information and advice about type 2 diabetes. To book a place please call x1041 or email



If you have any news articles/ Press releases that you want included in this newswire and on our website please use the contact details below.

Alternatively if you would like to be added to the circulation list for this newswire, or if you no longer wish to receive it, please contact:

Amy Loaring, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TY, Tel: 01243 534726, email:



31/01/2017 - Taster Day for Volunteer Learning Assistants at RSPB Pagham


Over 2500 school children from West Sussex Schools visit the nature reserves each year as part of organised school trips

RSPB are looking to recruit Volunteer Learning Assistants to help with Schools on Reserves programme which aims to give children the chance to get close to nature and to be part of this exciting journey of discovery.


They are keen to grow their team and have volunteers who can assist and support the Learning Team with making sure the children get the most out of their visit


They are offering the opportunity to discover more about the role at the Volunteer Taster Day on Thursday 16th February. The event will be at RSPB Pagham Harbour, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. The day will include a demonstration of a primary and secondary school session, a family activity, and the chance to speak with existing volunteers.


Click here for more information

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