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.
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.
30/06/2020 - CAUTION - SCAM Alert - local advertising flyers
Please take care when responding to advertising flyers that get pushed through your front door.
Recently there has been an instance where local Lavant residents have asked an advertiser to come and do some work, but then been charged ridiculously large sums out of all proportion to the job undertaken. In this particular instance it was someone offering hedge cutting services who advertised using an orange flyer showing a man up a tree and details of possibly bogus qualifications - they are now being investigated by the Police and Trading Standards authority. This type of con artist are often particularly interested in elderly or vulnerable people who they seem to think are easy targets - all they are interested in is your money.
So please be very cautious and take some sensible precautions before agreeing for anyone to do work for you. Ask for references, check them out on Checkatrade or get a family member to check them out and always get a written estimate/quote. Don't pay in cash unless you choose to and if you do always get a proper receipt with their business details on.
Treat all cold callers at your door, as well as through your door, with suspicion. You can never be too careful and sadly not everyone is as honest as you might wish.
15/05/2020 - Mobile Post Office - new temporary service for Lavant
As you all know the weekly Post Office service at St Nic's had to stop when the church was closed due to Covid-19. Over recent weeks the PO has been making arrangements for a mobile PO van to visit a number of different locations. They are pleased to announce the following new arrangements for Lavant, that will continue until further notice:
New Location: The Car Park, Lavant Memorial Hall, Pook Lane, East Lavant, PO18 0AH
The change will take effect from: Friday 15 May 2020
New opening times: Friday 10:30 - 12:00
If you have any comments, please get in touch with the Post Office (see contact details below)
24/06/2020 - F4955NR 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, and you will now see large LED signs advising of the works at the top of Sheepwash Lane and near the Pook Lane roundabout.
Works start on Monday 29th June to complete the previously suspended works on Lavant Road and 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
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 will re-open on Saturday 4th July
The Churchmead Playground will be opening again officially on Saturday 4th July. 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.
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