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 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.
Lavant Parish Council is still one councillor short!
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Do you think you could make a difference to your village? If you would like to represent your part of the village and be on the council please contact the Parish Clerk (01243 784142) and ask for an information pack before September 5th 2019.
Lavant Parish Council (LPC) is putting together its new 3-5 year plan
So that this plan truly reflects the aspirations and wishes across the whole of the Lavant community, the Council would like to know what residents would like to see figuring in the plan. Any project could be included from tea clubs to play areas, shops of facilities. The council is looking for new ideas that will have a positive impact on the lives of the residents of the Parish and be of some benefit. There are many grants available from outside funding sources that could help to make these dreams a reality.
Parish Councils do not usually have funds that they can spend on these types of projects, however, LPC will be receiving some funding from Chichester District Council (CDC) in mitigation of the development currently being built at Maddoxwood. The sum of money will not be huge (c£46,000) and it will only be a one-off payment, but it could be ear-marked for a project which will serve the Parish.
Please let the Council know what you think is important and where you would like to see the money spent. The largest project that the Council would like to see implemented in the near future is the refurbishment of the Playground, but other projects include a new footpath connecting East Lavant to Mid Lavant, and traffic calming measures.
LPC puts in requests annually to CDC and SDNPA for contributions to projects that are on the go, or that shortly will be implemented. The most recent LPC project, the Volunteer Hub, is now completed.
Please contact the Parish Clerk or speak to any councillor with any ideas you may have - however unusual they may seem!
A286 from Oldwick Meadows to Sheepwash Lane junction CLOSED 17th July
Road closed between 9am until 3.30pm
FORDWATER ROAD CLOSED 30th July/1-3 August
7.30am - 8pm from junction with Pook Lane to Kennel Hill Road for Qatar Festival
Access and emergency only
FORDWATER ROAD CLOSED 8th August 9.30am - 4pm roadworks
Closed between junction with Pook Lane and New Road
Diversion Pook Lane, Kennel Hill Road, New Road and vice versa
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11/06/2019 - Keep up-to-date with the latest on-line safety resources to protect you and your family
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27/05/2019 - Chichester District residents encouraged to record local wildlife sightings on new app
Residents and visitors of Chichester District are being encouraged to help provide vital information on local wildlife in the area by reporting sightings through a dedicated phone app and website.
Chichester District is home to a wide range of wildlife that lives across a variety of habitats including flower-rich meadows, ancient wooded areas, coastal sand dunes and shingle.
National data has shown that wildlife numbers are in decline. In order to understand where wildlife lives in Chichester District and how this changes over time, residents are being asked to report sightings of wildlife in their gardens, or out and about in the district.
It's easy to report any sightings of wildlife by visiting www.brc.ac.uk/irecord, or by downloading the iRecord app on to a smartphone. Records entered into the iRecord website are freely available to the public, so they can be used locally, and nationally. More information on using the website or app can be found by visiting www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/how-do-i, or by downloading the iRecord app on to a smartphone. Records entered into the iRecord website are freely available to the public, so they can be used locally, and nationally. More information on using the website or app can be found by visiting www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/how-do-i
It's easy to report any sightings of wildlife by visiting www.brc.ac.uk/irecord, or by downloading the iRecord app on to a smartphone. Records entered into the iRecord website are freely available to the public, so they can be used locally, and nationally. More information on using the website or app can be found by visiting www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/how-do-i
Data submitted using iRecord is one of many sources of data used by Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre to provide biodiversity data and information services to organisations across Sussex, including Chichester District Council. For more information on accessing local biodiversity data, please visit www.sxbrc.org.uk.
Alison Stevens, Divisional Manager for Environmental Protection: "Using the iRecord app or website is really easy, and therefore we hope as many people as possible can get involved in helping to record any sightings of wildlife in the district.
"Whether you spot a hedgehog in your garden or a water vole whilst you're out on a walk, recording the sighting will help us to understand the state of nature in our district.
"Protecting wildlife for future generations is extremely important to us, and any information gathered can be used to help us understand what steps we need to take to do this."
20/05/2019 - Residents encouraged to have their say on events in the Chichester District
People are being asked to give their views on which events they would like to see in the Chichester District as part of public consultation which goes live on Monday 27 May.
Chichester District Council is currently developing a new events strategy, which aims to provide a year round programme of events to entertain, educate and inspire residents and visitors across the district. To help shape this work, the council will be asking residents and businesses to say what events they would like to see in the district by taking part in a short survey.
The consultation starts on Monday 27 May and the deadline for responding is midnight on 29 July 2019.
People can give their views online at www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkevents. There is also a list of frequently asked questions to help put the survey into context and explain some of the terms used. Residents can request a paper copy of the questionnaire by emailing email@example.com
Questions include: how people feel about the number of events currently held in the district, what would encourage them to attend a particular event, and when and where people would like to see more events.
"We're delighted to have recently employed an Events Officer to shape and manage a new events strategy for the district, and we're really keen to find out what our residents and businesses want to see," says Laurence Foord, Divisional Manager for Communications, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council. "The Chichester Vision has identified that developing an events programme could bring significant benefits to the city, its residents, businesses and visitors, as well as the district as a whole."
People who would like to get involved with more consultations and surveys in the future can also join Chichester District Council's Let's Talk Panel. By signing up, they will be automatically notified of any consultations by email, and can decide whether or not they want to take part. People can join by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkpanel
Do you really know what your child does when they’re online? Protect your children!
Do you really know what your child does when they're online?
For our children and young people, the internet is a wonderful place where they can explore, learn new things, communicate, be entertained and much more, with their curiosity and appetite for new content evolving and growing as they do. At Get Safe Online, we embrace these benefits, but equally, we know that it can be a challenging and potentially hazardous experience.
Do you know how long they're spending online, what content they're viewing or who they're chatting with? Are you concerned that they could be bullied, befriended by the wrong kind of people or even being persuaded to commit criminal offences? Or even that it could be your child who's the abuser or budding cybercriminal? (After all, everyone is somebody's child).
Ironically, the fact that many of our young people have a greater knowledge of technology than we do doesn't make them more aware of the day-to-day risks they face online. That's why we've put together some expert tips to help you keep them safe and more aware of these dangers.
Have regular conversations with your child about the good and not-so-good things about the internet in language appropriate to their age. Get them to show you what they're doing and try it out for yourself. Gain a better understanding of new online technologies and trends. Don't shy away from discussing potential issues, but don't make it scary. Keep it general so as not to get your child curious about specific sites. Check your facts beforehand.
- Set boundaries and rules from a young age, such as how much time they can spend online for a healthy balance. Draw up an agreement, with your child's input, to give them a degree of ownership. Set an example by using your own mobile devices responsibly and at the right time.
- Chat with friends, family and other parents about how they help their children to progress and keep safe online. Swap experiences and tips. Agree with other parents on sleepover rules.
- Use parental control software and apps on computers, mobile devices and games consoles, privacy features on social networking sites, and the safety options on search engines. Opt into your ISP's family filters. But use these controls only in conjunction with guidance and advice, as children may be able to get around the tech.
- Tell your child that not everybody they meet online is who they appear to be, whether they're on social media, chatrooms, games or YouTube. Be aware that changes in behaviour or moods may be a sign of some kind of online abuse. Find out how to use social networks' reporting buttons and show your children.
- Explain and encourage safe searching.
- Check lower age limits of social networking, picture sharing, gaming and other sites and apps. Download apps only from recognised sources such as App Store and Google Play. Add your own email address when setting up accounts for your child.
- Keep yourself up to date with new game and social media trends, especially those with negative publicity because they may be violent, encourage gambling or leave the way open for grooming.
- Use a family email address when signing up for apps so that you can keep a watchful eye.
- Be aware of the rise in children's live streaming of themselves and the potential dangers. There is also a danger of children randomly being exposed to inappropriate content on video streaming sites such as YouTube and STEAM.
- Talk to your children about oversharing: do they really need to share personal details and events in their posts, profiles and chats? Could it have negative consequences? Look at what you share yourself … could it embarrass or endanger your children now or in the future?
- However well you know your child, ask yourself if they could be carrying out some kind of negative online activity that harms others, even if they do not realise this. Include this thought in your conversations with them, but don't accuse. There are some great careers and pastimes your tech-savvy child can turn their hand to.
For more age related advice, visit www.getsafeonline.org/safeguarding-children
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HELP TO CLAIM UNIVERSAL CREDIT
Through Help to Claim at Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice we can provide people with advice on how to apply for Universal Credit and support them through the application process. The support provided will vary depending on individual need, but might include things such as: helping someone gather evidence of their housing or childcare costs; ensuring people know that Alternative Payment Arrangements are available; and offering advice on what to expect at a work coach appointment and how to prepare for it.
Locally the service is available in all three of our Centres - Bognor Regis, Chichester and Littlehampton between 10am and 4.30pm.
In addition to this full support is available through our free phone line and web chat from 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday -
Phone: 0800 144 8 444
Web chat: citizensadvice.org.uk/helptoclaim
New initiatives aim to help the High Street
A package of support is being introduced by Chichester District Council to help support local retailers, as part of its commitment to support the High Street.
A new events' programme; a bid to the Government's High Streets Fund; improved planning guidance; marketing training; enabling grants and a shop front grant programme; are all part of a package of support that the council has started to deliver.
"We recently met with local retailers in Chichester to ask what support they wanted to see. What was interesting is that they felt an events and activity programme would really support their businesses and help bring the city to life. We were really pleased to tell them that this is something that we were already working on for the district," said Cllr Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Finance, Growth and Regeneration at Chichester District Council.
"We understand how challenging it is for businesses in the current climate and we want to support them in whatever way we can. We have recently appointed an Events Officer, who is devising an event strategy for the district, which will hopefully attract more people into the city and our towns. Alongside this, we have been delivering marketing training to local retailers and issuing shop front grants to help people further develop their businesses. This has already started to have an impact. We have also run a successful enabling grant programme for small businesses across the district and we will be relaunching it this summer. We also understand that we need to improve the signage and maps around the city and this is a top priority. Chichester Business Improvement District (BID) has already employed a specialist who has reviewed the signage around the city and all partners are currently reviewing this.
"All of these projects are key actions identified under the Chichester Vision project," adds Tony.
"The vision is based on feedback from local residents and businesses. We asked how they wanted to see their city develop over the next 20 years and are now in the process of delivering some of the key projects that they asked for. Along with our partners, we have already secured millions of pounds to support regeneration projects such as the Southern Gateway project; and have also bid for funding from the High Streets Fund.
"We understand that people are concerned about the High Street and this is why we are taking action. Many people believe that we own the shops; are responsible for setting business rates; setting rental rates; and, deciding who goes in which shop, but we have no control over any of these issues. Instead, we are identifying ways we can help and support local businesses during the current economic climate. This is why supporting local businesses is a key theme of the vision. It's also worth noting that Chichester is doing comparatively better than some towns and cities. Empty units do fill relatively quickly and the city is still regarded as an attractive city for businesses to set up in. The shop vacancy rate nationally is running at 11.5%, while in Chichester it is 8.2%.
"As a council we also run a business contact programme, where our Economic Development Officers directly support local businesses across the district, and this works really well. Those who work with us feel supported and they know that when we can't help, we can often signpost them to someone else who can.
"We also want to encourage local residents to buy locally wherever possible - this also makes a massive difference. We have some amazing businesses and we can all play our role in supporting them."
The Chichester Vision was adopted in July 2017. This is a vision for the city over the next 20 years and is central to the city's economic and planning policies. This will develop Chichester as a vibrant and attractive commercial and cultural location, and help to create substantial economic growth and new jobs. The vision aims to protect the city's history and heritage, while enhancing its future vitality as the cultural capital of West Sussex; a place of learning, and an entrepreneurial retail and business centre.
Vision partners include: Chichester District Council; West Sussex County Council; Chichester City Council; Chichester Business Improvement District; Chichester College; Chichester University; and key tourism destinations.
Anyone who runs their own business in the district, or are looking to start a new business, can call the council's Economic Development team for advice and support on a range of areas. For more information please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/business, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01243 534669.
03/07/2019 - New retained firefighters welcomed to West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
New retained firefighters welcomed to West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
A video of the new recruits can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id738bL5axc
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has welcomed nine new retained (on-call) firefighters to its ranks following an intensive two week training programme.
Having been put through their paces in the yard at Worthing Fire Station they welcomed family and friends to a Pass Out Parade on Friday, June 21.
They will now join the crews at a number of fire stations across the county to provide on-call support. Many of the new recruits have full-time jobs elsewhere in their communities. Living or working in close proximity the station, they can be paged at any time of the day to respond to an emergency situation.
Among the new recruits was Kerrie Sutton who works for Sanctuary Housing Association. She will be joining the crew at Lancing Fire Station.
She said: "It is always something I wanted to do when I was younger, but life took a different direction for me so it wasn't something I was able to do.
"I saw an advert in a local parish newspaper and I thought, well why not? I am just going to go for it and here I am.
"I love being part of something, and I feel like I am part of a family and a community. You only live once so you may as well give it a go!"
The course marked a return to West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service for Chris Relf, who will be joining the ranks of East Wittering Fire Station in addition to his day job at West Sussex Alternative Provisions College in North Mundham having previously served at Bosham Fire Station.
He said: "The best thing is the camaraderie, we are all in it together. Having done it before I would definitely advise anyone to give it a go. Everyone looks out for each other and you get to do some really, really interesting things."
For professional detail car valeter Lucy Stout, joining the fire service was also something she had dreamed of doing, but didn't feel she had enough self-confidence to see through. After putting in the hard work, she is now joining the crew at Haywards Heath.
She said: "I knew if I didn't believe in myself I wouldn't get there, so I believed in myself and here I am!
"It is literally the best thing I have ever done, everyone is really friendly and they all want to help you out - they want you to pass. The hose running was hard, but it was fun and there was a lot of encouragement from the team."
Galo David Choez Loor is the newest recruit to join Chichester Fire Station. Living and working in the city at a coffee shop, he was keen to explore something new.
He said: "I love helping people, that was one of my main incentives for doing this.
"I would encourage anyone who wants to become an on call firefighter to do so, it is a hard course but it is really rewarding, and it gives you real skills for life, you study and work with people from different backgrounds so you get to meet a lot of different people."
Presenting the new recruits with their certificates at Worthing Fire Station was West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service's Area Manager for Response, Jon Simpson. He said: "It was a real privilege to welcome nine new on-call firefighters to West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.
"Feedback from the lead instructors was really excellent following their two week intensive course.
"We wish them all the very best of luck and know that they are going to make a real difference to the communities they will serve. I would like to thank all of the instructors who have worked extremely hard to train and support our new firefighters."
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is currently recruiting retained firefighters across the county.
For more information visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire and click on 'Fire & Rescue Recruitment'.
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