Lavant Parish Council


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.



Coronavirus - Do you need support, or can you offer support?

Lavant Parish Council is working with Lavant Churches to enable support to those who need it during this challenging time. If you are self-isolating at home and need help with shopping, collecting medication, walking the dog or just need someone to talk to, then there is a dedicated phone number that you can call and an email address to use to let someone know you need support.


Telephone: 07823 474986


Please also look at the advice from Public Health England about staying at home (self-isolation)


If you are not self-isolating can you offer help to others in our Lavant community? Could you commit to calling an isolated person on a daily basis? Would you be prepared to put a card through the door of your neighbours to offer them your help with the support they might need? If you would like to join our team of helpers please call the number above. Your number will be added to a database for the duration of this situation.


Lavant residents are working together to ensure that nobody feels alone.

Latest News


08/04/2020 - CDC warns against bonfires during the Coronavirus outbreak


People are being urged not to light bonfires in the Chichester District in order to protect the health of others during the coronavirus crisis.


Since the beginning of the outbreak, Chichester District Council has seen an increase in reports of residents burning garden and general waste at their properties.


"Smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems, which people with virus symptoms may be experiencing," says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services." Please do not burn your garden waste, or any other waste, and be mindful of your neighbours and local community who may be spending time in their gardens during the lockdown.





"Our crews are working hard to keep our waste collection services running as normal, and while we are prioritising domestic waste (black bins) and recycling (burgundy bins), we are pleased to say that we are currently running a full green waste service as well.


"We will do all we can to collect everybody's waste, but there may be occasions when we can't reach everyone. If we have missed your bin, please keep hold of your waste and place your bin out on your next fortnightly collection day. If you have any excess waste as a result of a missed collection, you can put this in a bag and place it next to your bin.


"We recognise this isn't ideal but your support and cooperation is greatly appreciated at this challenging time.


"We will be doing our best to keep our Garden Recycling service going. However, we must treat domestic waste and recycling as the priority so it is possible that there may be disruption to Gardening Recycling rounds. If we are unable to collect your bin, please keep hold of it and present it on your next normal collection day.


"Perhaps also consider whether your green waste can be composted in the short term or maybe sticks, twigs and branches can be used to create an insect hotel. Regular cutting to top the grass may prevent the need for it to be collected. These measures can reduce your dependency on green waste collections for a short period of time enabling us to focus our resources on waste and recycling."


Residents who are affected by smoke from bonfires should report this to the council's Environmental Protection team and provide as much information as possible, such as an address; the time of the bonfire; an indication of the items being burnt; and the duration and frequency of the bonfire. People can report bonfires on the council's website at:

The council has various enforcement options for dealing with bonfires, including fixed penalty notices of £100 and nuisance abatement notices.


For the latest waste and recycling information and service updates, visit: and the council's Facebook and Twitter pages.


08/04/2020 - Council Tax Help for residents in the Chichester District


Chichester District Council is making people aware of all of the support that is available to help them pay their bills during this challenging time.


The council offers a number of discounts for council tax payers, including Council Tax Reduction, which is a means tested benefit and does not take account of outgoings. For people that are already claiming Council Tax Reduction, the Government has announced a Hardship Fund to support residents who are struggling financially.


Residents who are eligible for the support will have their award automatically credited to their council tax bill. Residents do not need to contact the council to receive this payment because they hold all of the relevant details to apply this discount automatically. Payments are estimated to be processed from mid to late April and will be done as quickly as possible. People who are eligible will receive a revised council tax bill, which will reflect the hardship fund that has been applied.





"The coronavirus outbreak has affected everyone, and we want to support people as much as we possibly can by making sure that they can access all the financial help available to them," says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Services and Revenues and Benefits at Chichester District Council.


"What's important to remember, is that if you are struggling to pay your bills, there is a range of ways in which we can help you. We would encourage anyone who is concerned about paying council tax due to the impact of the coronavirus, to please let us know as soon as possible.


"It may be that you have applied for Council Tax Reduction, but are still concerned about making payments. If so, we'd urge you to get in touch to discuss the other help that is available. Options could include paying in instalments over twelve months, or spreading instalments between June 2020 to March 2021, which may alleviate hardship for people that are struggling to make payments at the moment.


"The best way to do this is by emailing: . If you do not have online access, please call us on 01243 785166. Please note that due to high call volumes we recommend using our online services in the first instance wherever possible. This will keep essential lines free for those without access to the internet.


"Where possible, we are also asking customers to sign up for online letters and bills. To do this, simply go to and select the service that you need.


"Our 'My Account' service is available 27/7 and allows you to: manage payments, including setting up a direct debit; access council tax or business rates records; advise us of a change of address; view account details and recent bills; claim housing benefit or council tax reduction; report a change in your circumstances for housing benefit or council tax reduction, and; update personal details. Simply visit and select the service you need."


The council has created a range of new pages on its website with answers to frequently asked questions. This includes information about council tax help, benefit support, and business grants and rate discounts. For details of the support that is available, visit:


31/03/2020 - Vacancy for a Parish Councillor


Lavant Parish Council has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor which it can fill by co-option.


If you would like to help develop, protect and improve your local community for the future - why not join the Parish Council?


If you are interested please request an application form from


Dawn Salter - Clerk to the Parish Council

email -

tel - 07547 107124


Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 10th April 2020.


Signed: D A Salter

Clerk to the Parish Council


26/03/2020 - Our Clerk has a new phone number


With immediate effect, please use the following number to contact our Clerk.


07547 107124


The old number is no longer operative.


23/03/2020 - Lavant Memorial Hall - now closed


LMH is now closed with immediate effect until further notice.


They have advised that they will issue refunds or credits for cancelled bookings.


The situation will be kept under review and hall users will be advised when there is the prospect of re-opening.


Please see their website for further information at


23/03/2020 - Post Office in St Nicholas' church


We have been informed that the Post Office which usually comes to St Nic's church on a Monday morning will not be operational for the foreseeable future, as a result of the Coronavirus situation. We will advise when we know it is returning.


23/03/2020 - WSCC Closure of Household Waste Recycling Sites


All Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex are now closed until further notice due to the current Covid-19 situation.

This is to reinforce the need for social distancing, protecting staff and highway safety.

With high numbers of visits, the risks of spread are greater and we cannot encourage this risk or guarantee visitor or staff safety at the HWRSs. We will be looking at measures that can be taken to enable us to re-open the sites safely, but for the time being we have no choice but to close them entirely. We will issue guidance on disposal of excess waste, with the focus on vulnerable and elderly residents in the first instance. Thank you for your patience and understanding and please check the West Sussex Recycles website for updates and further information.


Household Collections - at the present time, household recycling and waste collections continue as normal across West Sussex, and we will be supporting our colleagues at the district and borough councils to enable these to continue, but would ask residents to be sensible about their waste production.

You can also find information about recycling and waste reduction on our website:


The Government has issued advice about disposing of rubbish should you have a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in your household. Used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be put into a rubbish bag. The bag should then be put into a second bag and tied securely. You should then wait 72 hours before putting it in your outside bin. You are able to dispose of other household waste as normal.

Please continue to check for details of any impact to County Council services. We would also advise you to check any information or updates given by your local district and borough council, as they operate your waste and recycling collections and will be able to advise of any disruption or changes.


20/03/2020 - Coronavirus - Chichester District Council update


The CDC customer service centre is currently still open, but CDC are discouraging people from coming in and instead want you to use online services at or if you do not have online access, then to call by phone to 01243 534734.


Support for vulnerable people


West Sussex County Council is the lead for the area's Vulnerable People's Plan, but CDC will be supporting them with this work. West Sussex County Council is creating local hubs for groups through their libraries. Those who want to offer support should email Another option is to contact Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester who can provide advice and guidance, and signpost people to volunteers in their area.


While the majority of people genuinely want to help, there are always some who will take advantage of a difficult situation. CDC want people to be on their guard against those who may offer services around shopping and other support who may not be as genuine as they seem. CDC advice would be to only take up offers of help from people you know, or from organisations that you are aware of and ask to check any ID. Please also pass this advice on to others who may be a target for unscrupulous individuals to make sure that we all protect each other during these difficult times.


Issues that are currently being addressed include food poverty, social isolation, financial poverty, ways to prevent fraud against the vulnerable and mental health.


From a housing perspective, CDC are especially looking at support to rough sleepers and those who find themselves homeless.


More information will follow on this shortly and will be available at


Waste and Recycling Services


CDC services are currently running as normal. If this changes, they will make people aware through our social media sites, website and the media.


CDC will also be issuing guidance on what people need to do with their waste if they are self-isolating. Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.





Support for those who are struggling financially


The Government has announced a number of measures that are in place to support employees, benefit claimants and businesses, which are listed in the following link


The Government has also announced that it will be creating a hardship fund for those who are struggling financially. CDC are currently waiting for the guidance on this, which they hope will be out this week. As soon as CDC receive this information they will be communicating this with everyone. The council also has a number of schemes to help residents and businesses. You may find the following links helpful:


CDC are currently producing a list of support and where people can access it. This will be placed on the CDC website at

Support for businesses


The Government has announced a package of support for businesses and CDC are waiting for further guidance on how this money will be distributed. CDC are currently pulling together information, including how businesses can access help. Those businesses that are eligible for business rate relief are being contacted.


CDC are currently producing more information on this. This will be placed on the CDC website at .





05/03/2020 - Coronavirus - WSCC advice


WSCC have issued advice about the current Coronavirus situation. If you have any questions, it is a useful source of information.


You can help prevent the spread of germs and infection by following Public Health England advice:


Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue and wash your hands.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.


Check out the WSCC website for more information at Coronavirus - Everything you Need to Know


26/02/2020 - Additional Support in the event of a Power Cut if you need it


UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of Sussex, London and the South East, and fix power cuts. Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks does the same in some areas towards the West of the County. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.


By registering with your distributor you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.


Apply to join their Priority Services Register. It's quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.


Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to plan ahead and sign up to their appropriate Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail or visit

Forthcoming Events


25/03/2020 - Covid-19 update - F4955NR Pook Lane Network Reinforcement


In line with government guidelines, Portsmouth Water has taken the difficult decision to suspend planned works and focus our efforts on the reactive elements of our business to ensure a continued clean water supply to our customers.


This means that we are now in the process of demobilising the network reinforcement works in Lavant Road and will not be proceeding to the Pook Lane section of works at this time. Our operatives will be removing signs and barriers after backfilling and reinstating all excavations. We would ask that everyone respect social distancing and refrain from approaching our operatives whilst they complete this work. Water supply will remain unaffected during this time.


The network reinforcement works remain necessary and we will be working with the local council and highways authority to plan them again when the risk of covid-19 has passed. We will keep you updated as we know more.


If possible, it would help us if you could post information to this effect on your website. We will also be contacting local residents separately.


Thanks for your continued support and patience. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any disruption or inconvenience caused by our decision. Further information can be found on our website or via our call centre - and 02392499888


14/04/2020 - Annual Electors' Meeting - CANCELLED


In light of the current Coronavirus situation the Parish Council has cancelled the annual Electors' Meeting on Tuesday 14th April, at 7pm in St Nicholas' church.





29/04/2020 - Public Notice - Temporary Traffic Regulation Order - Hunters Race 29th April


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) Hunters Race, Lavant from junction with Old Broyle Road to West Stoke Road is temporarily prohibited from 09:30 29/04/2020 until 15:00 29/04/2020.


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 06 April 2020

Matt Davey

Director of Highways, Transport and Planning


29/04/2020 - Public Notice - Temporary Traffic Regulation Order - West Stoke Road - 29th April


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 Hunters Race to junction with Downs Road is temporarily prohibited from 29/04/2020 at 09.30 until 29/04/2020 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 06 April 2020

Matt Davey

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 closed during the Coronavirus outbreak

Please be aware that, following government advice, the local village playground is closed. The toddler area gate has been fastened shut and notices have been placed at the entrance, at the top of the main tarmac path and near the top of the steps by the slide. Safety tape will be put across these open entrances very shortly. Parents should not allow their children to play on the equipment as the Parish Council cannot guarantee that it is virus free. Social distancing rules should be maintained if you walk through the playground. You should not linger in the playground under any circumstances. The playground will remain closed until government advice changes.


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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