Lavant is a rural parish with an electorate of approximately 1347 in 750 households and at present a precept of £27,420. The parish is just north of Chichester on either side of the A286 Midhurst Road.
Further details about the village can be found in the Lavant Neighbourhood Development Plan
The community is a vibrant one served well by its pubs, restaurants, schools, churches and village 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 at Bosham and the Chichester Harbour area, the Witterings, Selsey and Bognor Regis.
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Coronavirus - Lavant Support Group
Lavant Parish Council has been working with Lavant Churches to enable support to those who need it during this challenging time. As restrictions are slowly being lifted, and the number of contacts being made having reduced to zero over the most recent weeks, it has been agreed to withdraw the dedicated phone number and email contact points. However, if requirements demand it in the future, the local group will be put back into operation.
Please continue to look at the up-to-date advice from Public Health England about staying well and safe.
Thank you to everyone who offered to help support others whilst this group has been operating.
21/07/2020 - Dispose of your rubbish properly!
Members of the public are being urged to dispose of their litter and instant barbecues properly this summer as people head out to enjoy the sunshine.
Litter Enforcement Officers have been working with Chichester District Council's Environmental Protection Team to tackle littering and dog fouling offences across the district.
"Since lockdown restrictions began to be relaxed a few weeks ago, we've seen a huge increase in the amount of litter being left behind when people leave our parks, beaches and beauty spots, as well as an increase in roadside litter, particularly fast food packaging," says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council. "We know that the majority of people are responsible and many people have been in touch to say how upset they have been to see the amount of litter being left. I want to reassure residents that our teams are working as hard as they can to clear this litter, and our litter enforcement officers are focussing on hotspots and busy areas to assist with this, but the public also have a crucial role to play.
I would really urge everyone to think before they leave at the end of their visit. Please dispose of your rubbish properly or if bins are full then take your litter home with you and recycle as much of it as possible, and encourage others to do the same - do not leave it behind to ruin our beaches and countryside. What we have been seeing recently is completely unacceptable. Please remember that dropping litter is a crime and if caught, people will be given an on the spot fine of £100."
Disposable barbecues have also become an issue, with scorch marks found in the grass of public parks and spaces where people have put them directly on the grass. There have also been instances of barbecues being buried in the sand and shingle on the district's beaches and then left, or people simply leaving them while they are still hot which poses a serious danger to other beach users, particularly young children and animals.
People can find out more about the council's #AgainstLitter campaign and the work of the Litter Enforcement Officers at www.chichester.gov.uk/againstlitter
21/07/2020 - Dog Control Rules in Public Spaces - have your say!
There is an opportunity to give your views on dog control rules in public spaces within the Chichester District as part of a new public consultation.
As a council, CDC are currently reviewing the dog control rules that apply to public spaces within the Chichester District. Rules around dog fouling, dog exclusion areas, and areas in which a dog must be put on a lead when directed, are all outlined in a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). This is in place to help ensure everyone can enjoy our beautiful open spaces and beaches, and to help protect wildlife. We are proposing that the current Public Space Protection Order, which is due to end in October this year, continue for a further three years with a few minor changes.
You can find more information about the consultation on the CDC Let's Talk: Dogs in Public Spaces page, where you can also find Frequently Asked Questions providing background details associated with some of the questions, plus details of what is being proposed and how this differs slightly to the current rules.
21/07/2020 - Temporary Cycle Segregation Route - Chichester City Centre, various roads
NOTICE is hereby given that not less than seven days from the date of this Notice, West Sussex County Council intend to make an Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to:-
(i) prohibit motor vehicles from driving at a speed of more than 20mph on the following lengths of roads:
Broyle Road - between George Street and Churchside;
St Paul's Road - between St Paul's Gardens and Northgate;
Northgate - between Churchside and Oaklands Way;
Churchside - between St Paul's Road and Northgate;
Oaklands Way - between Northgate and New Park Road;
New Park Road - between Jubilee Road and Oaklands Way;
Spitalfield Lane - between Adelaide Road and Oaklands Way;
Avenue de Chartres - between Southgate and Westgate Fields;
Via Ravenna - from the Avenue de Chartres to the carpark;
A286 Orchard Street - from Westgate to the Records Office carpark;
(ii) create a temporary bus and cycle lane on the Avenue de Chartres between the Westgate Link roundabout and Tollhouse Close.
09/07/2020 - Temporary Post Office - moving back to St Nic's
Please be aware that the temporary mobile Post Office service that is being parked at the Memorial Hall will visit there for the last time on Friday 17th July.
After that date it will revert to St Nicholas' church, which re-opens on Monday 20th July.
See attached poster.
24/06/2020 - Road Closure - Pook Lane - Water Network Reinforcement
Portsmouth Water has notified local residents that it intends to restart the planned works on Lavant Road and Pook Lane, 2-way traffic lights will be in operation for one month whilst the works are completed.
Pook Lane will be closed between the junction with Sheepwash Lane and the junction with the A286 Lavant Road for 5 months, starting on 6th July.
Please be assured that the workers will be operating strict safeguarding measures in line with Public Health England guidance and as key workers they will be social distancing where ever practicably possible.
Portsmouth Water aim to reduce the number of disruptions to customer supplies during this time however regrettably, for customers whose properties are adjacant (or nearby) to the water main which is being replaced, it is likely that your water supply will be interrupted. In this event they will notify you 48 hours in advance and keep the interruption as short as possible.
If there is a particular difficulty with which Portsmouth Water may be able to help, please contact them on 023 9206 4605 or email them at M.Renewals@portsmouthwater.co.uk or Natalie.Huckle@portsmouthwater.co.uk
20/08/2020 - Road Closure - West Stoke Road
NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) West Stoke Road, Lavant from junction with A286 to junction with Hunters Race is temporarily prohibited from 20/08/2020 at 09.30 until 20/08/2020 at 15.00
The restriction will be in place off peak only between 09.30 - 15.00
This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC
Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times
The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site
This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above
Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105. Any queries about the works please contact Balfour Beatty on 01243 642105
Dated 31 July 2020
Director of Highways, Transport and Planning
LPC is still open for business
During this unprecedented public health situation (Coronavirus / Covid19), our Clerk is working from home. Our office at Lavant Memorial Hall will not be open for public visits as previously. If you need to contact the Clerk, please call her on the telephone or email her. Our councillor contact details can be found on our Councillor page. These arrangements will continue for as long as necessary.
Please also note that with effect from 14th April, and for as long as is necessary, the monthly Parish Council meetings will be held via a closed remote video conferencing link. This is permitted under the terms of the Coronavirus Act that was enacted on 26th March 2020. This does mean that members of the public will not be able to attend and/or be heard in the usual way. The agenda will be published in the normal manner and any questions or points that you may wish to raise as a member of the public should be submitted to the Clerk in writing 24 hours before the meeting starts.
Churchmead Playground is open again
In line with government and local authority guidance for playgrounds, current social distancing and good hygiene habits should be observed to try to minimise the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus. Notices have been put up to remind everyone of what we all need to do!
You will see that one of each pair of swings has been removed to facilitate social distancing, and benches marked with guides for where to sit. Please cooperate with the guidance given and help keep our playground safe for everyone to use. The Parish Council cannot guarantee that the playground will be virus free, so anyone choosing to use the playground does so at their own risk.
Witnessed a crime?
If you've witnessed or been the victim of crime, please report it here. It will help Sussex Police to bring the offender to justice and make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else. Just answer a few quick questions on this webpage to find out the best way to get in touch. The kind of information you provide plays a huge part in how Sussex Police plan their policing.
Click here to go straight to the Sussex Police - How to Report a Crime webpage
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