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


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.


03/01/2017 - Alan Dickenson - Chair of LPC 2011-2013


Alan died peacefully at home in the early hours of Sunday morning 18th December. He joined the Council in May 2011 and, despite his protestations, was elected Chairman. Over two years he willingly gave his time, energy and expertise to the service of our village. It was not an easy time for either the village or the Council involving the "rise and fall" of the village shop, a village plan which never quite got off the ground, occupation of our football field by travellers and the very real threat of a Wimpey development on the daffodil field. Alan's qualities of pragmatism and a generosity of spirit enabled differences to be resolved without rancour.


Alan loved his garden, his village and most of all his family - to Julie and the family we express our deep sympathy for your loss.


During recent years Alan has supported local organisations with his expertise, including LVAA. He is a sad loss to our community. The funeral service is at Chichester Crematorium on 12th January at 12:30pm. No flowers, but donations if possible to St Wilfrid's Hospice.


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."


04/11/2016 - Grants scheme will provide a boost to small businesses


Small businesses across Chichester District will be able to head onwards and upwards thanks to a new grants scheme which starts on 1 December. More than £83,000 will be available to Chichester District thanks to a partnership between district and borough councils in West Sussex which has secured a £500,000 grants pot for small businesses across the county.




The district's new Enabling Grants Scheme was approved by Chichester District Council's Cabinet and will run until September 2017 or before if the funding is used up.


The scheme will enable small businesses to apply for funding for capital projects or to help with apprenticeship training. The scheme will offer a simple way for businesses to access match funding of up to £2,000 for capital projects or up to £1,500 for apprenticeship training. Examples of capital projects could include an extractor system for a pub kitchen, developing a new website or providing equipment for a new member of staff.


Managed by the council's Economic Development Team, the availability of these new small grants should give small businesses the confidence to try something new and enhance the entrepreneurial culture across the district.


Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council, says: "A similar scheme that we ran in the past was extremely popular and benefitted more than 350 companies across the district, so we hope businesses will be keen to apply.


"One of our priorities as a council is to improve and support the local economy by promoting commercial activity and business growth. A large proportion of the district's firms are classed as small businesses and for them, small grants can have a huge effect and be a real catalyst for growth. We hope these grants will provide a welcome boost."


The grant fund will start on 1 December, full application details will be placed on the council's website later this month. In the meantime, small businesses can find out more by calling 01243 534669, emailing or visiting



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12/10/2016 - West Sussex Superfast Broadband vouchers for Businesses


Are you a business struggling with slow broadband speeds?



You are invited to find out more about the West Sussex Superfast Broadband Connection Voucher scheme and application process at:


The Studio at The Capitol, Horsham RH12 1RG from 9.30am on Wednesday 19th October 2016


An Agenda and directions to the venue are attached. At the event you will also hear a case study on Knepp Castle, who were successful in applying for a previous grant and used a hybrid of solutions to achieve superfast broadband across the estate. Afterwards, you are invited to join a site visit to Knepp Castle to see the solution first hand.


To reserve a place, please email to confirm you are attending the workshop and the site visit.





West Sussex businesses that do not have access to superfast broadband and are not included in any commercial or publicly-funded rollout may be eligible to apply for a Superfast Broadband Connection Voucher up to the value of £3000 towards the capital costs to achieve speeds of greater than 30Mbps. Groups of eligible businesses in a building or common location will each need to submit an individual application but can pool their vouchers to fund a joint solution. The scheme is not open to residential applicants but home-based businesses meeting the criteria can apply.


The scheme is funded by the Coast to Capital LEP from their 'Growth is Digital' priority, West Sussex County Council is the delivery body.


Information and an application form can be found at: http//



Sandra Grant

West Sussex Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme


M: 07713508478


The deadline for applications to the West Sussex Connection Voucher scheme is midnight 1 February 2017 *or until all the funding is allocated


Meet the project team and find out more on 19 October at The Capitol, Horsham. Email for details.


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


Chichester in Partnership bulletin


Find out what's going on in Chichester!






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


VAAC Funding Fair, 12th October 2016, 10am - 3pm, University of Chichester (Bognor Campus.)

Morning Market Place - 10am - 1pm; Come and chat to the funders in our market place. Both nationaland local funders attending.

Afternoon Workshops - 1.15pm - 3pm; Introduction to Major Donor Fundraising, Writing a Case forSupport and Social Media Fundraising. Read more here

Volunteer Now! Introduction to Volunteering workshop, 16th September 2016 at Chichester Canal Centre, 10.00 - 11.30. Book your FREE place: 01243 864220 or or just drop-in - read more here

Apprenticeships jobs Fair - 9th September 2016

With an Apprenticeship you can gain qualifications whilst working and earning. Please remind any of your job seeking clients or students to come along to meet the employers and training providers Drop in for expert advice: Chichester District Council, Committee rooms, Chichester, 9th September 2-4pm.


Dementia-Friendly Tea Dance at Chichester Cathedral

Following the success of last year's popular event Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership host a second dementia-friendly Tea Dance at Chichester Cathedral's Vicar's Hall on Saturday 10 September.

For one afternoon the Vicar's Hall at Chichester Cathedral will be transformed into a quintessential dance hall. A live band will get everyone onto the floor with classic hits from the 20s, 30s and 40s, and freshly-baked scones will be served the traditional way with jam and cream.

Earlier this year Chichester Cultural Learning Partnership organised the hugely successful Living Well with Dementia Festival of arts events. Over the course of six weeks 351 people attended 38 events and the tea dance is the perfect opportunity for organisers and participants to come together and celebrate all that Chichester now has to offer for those living with dementia.

The occasion also marks the launch of Chichester Dementia Alliance, a forum of local charities, care providers and other businesses who are working to achieve a fully dementia-friendly Chichester, where people living with dementia, their families and carers can live as happily and independently as possible.

The Tea Dance takes place in the Vicar's Hall at Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 10 September from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Tickets cost £5 including refreshments. To book telephone 01243 813595 or email Tickets can also be purchased at the Cloister Shop.



Highways England's A27 Chichester improvement consultation underway

Highways England has begun its public consultation on the A27 Chichester bypass improvement scheme. The consultation is open until Thursday, 22 September 2016. For more information click here


Free day of Wellbeing MOTs open to employers to help their staff

Businesses across Chichester District are being encouraged to help employees improve their health and lifestyle by offering a day of free Wellbeing MOTs. For more information click here




SPRING video

Swanfield Park Residents Involvement Neighbourhood Group (SPRING) have made a video (see link) that describes the on-gong development work that has been taking place at the Swanfield Centre and surrounding area. The video clearly illustrates how a variety of organisations, including CDC and the residents working together has enabled a local community to take back ownership of their local area and improve the environment in which they live. It is testament to the residents' hard work and unfailing enthusiasm. It just goes to show what can be achieved when people come together with a shared vision and the willingness to work together.


New Falls Prevention Service

Chichester Wellbeing has commissioned a new community falls prevention service. The aim of the service is to improve the strength, balance and stability of people that are at risk of falling or fearful of falling and promoting independence in later life.

Chichester District has a growing ageing population; the 65+ age population is projected to have risen significantly to 45,153 in 20 years' time, an increase of around 14,700 more people in this age group

People aged 65 and older have the highest risk of falling, and 35% of Chichester District residents aged 65+ may be expected to fall each year

Falls and fall related injuries carry a huge cost both to the NHS and to the individuals, their family and their carers. 11million people in the UK are 65years or older and one third of these will fall each year costing the NHS over £1.7billion annually and the project is a local response to this challenge

Evidence shows that older adults (65 years and over) who are at risk of falls should incorporate physical activity to improve balance and coordination on at least 2 days a week

The service is:

a sixteen week rolling programme of strength and balance classes designed in line with NICE Guidance recommendations.

for eligible people aged over 65 years living in the Chichester District who are assessed as being at a low-medium risk of falling;

rolling out from September 2016 run from three fully accessible community venues, in Selsey, Chichester City centre and in the north of the district;

Free of Charge and will include an information session looking at the range of topics relating to falls prevention.

Participants will be required to provide a completed referral form from their GP or a Secondary Care Professional in order to take part but more information is available from Chichester Wellbeing Team 01243 521041 or email


Chichester in Partnership Core Group Meeting - 6th September 2016, 2pm, Chichester District Council, Committee Room 1

All core group meetings are open for the wider partnership to attend as observers.

Agenda items are:

Choose Work Project

VAAC Flourishing or Floundering Report

Access to services report

Community Assessment tool

Annual Partnership Event 2017



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Youngsters inspired by Tim Peake can plot space adventures as part of writing competition


Primary school children across the South are being challenged to fire up their imaginations and write about their dream space job for a competition aimed at inspiring them to follow in the footsteps of astronaut Tim Peake.



This year, The Novium Museum's annual writing competition will encourage children aged 7 to 11 to write about their 'Dream Space Job'. Ten wonderful wordsmiths will win a themed sleepover for their class as part of the Tim Peake exhibition, which will open to the public on 15 December 2016. The sleepovers have been funded by a grant from the UK Space Agency.


Children from Tim's former primary school in Westbourne were the first to hear about the news on Tuesday 18 October when museum staff visited their assembly to announce the competition and tell them all about the new exhibition.


To win a space sleepover for their class, children need to write about a space related job which they would like to do and why. It could be a story, a rap, or even a play, but it mustn't be any longer than one side of A4. Entries need to be received by Friday 25 November. The winners will be announced on Friday 9 December.


Steven Potter, Headteacher of Westbourne Primary School, says: "I see this competition as a huge inspiration for children in our school and beyond. Tim's exploits in space show that you can do anything you want to as long as you put in as much hard work and enthusiasm as possible."


This year, inspired by Tim's adventures, children at the school designed a space rocket which was brought to life by an ex pupil who works at a local precision engineering firm. The design was transformed into the finished sculpture which now stands proudly in the school.


The Tim Peake Exhibition will follow Tim's astronomical adventure - from growing up in Chichester to becoming the first British European Space Agency astronaut. The exhibition is being backed by Tim himself and his family including father Nigel Peake who is the exhibition's co-curator.


"I'm delighted that this imaginative project will help to continue Tim's mission message about the importance of science and space, especially to young people," says Nigel.


The UK Space Agency has provided funding for the exhibition as part of the 2016 Principia Mission Grant Scheme. The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres Programme 'Destination Space' is also backing the exhibition, which will also explore careers in space in order to inspire young people to follow in Tim's footsteps.


Cllr Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council says: "One of the aims of the exhibition ties in with Tim's mission to encourage interest in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and we hope that this writing competition will really spark youngsters' creativity and also their curiosity about all the different careers connected to space."


Cathy Hakes, Manager of The Novium Museum and Tourist Information Centre, can't wait to launch the exhibition: "This is a fantastic opportunity for schools across the South to get involved and win a space themed sleepover at the museum as part of the Tim Peake Exhibition. We are really looking forward to starting to receive children's stories - I am sure there will be some wonderful ideas out there."


For more information and to find out how to enter see


For further information, please contact Clare Hawkin, PR Officer on

01243 534537.


21/11/2016 - Festive fun this Christmas at The Novium Museum


People of all ages will find lots of festive things to do over Christmas at The Novium Museum in Chichester.


As well as visiting the exhibitions, including the brand new Tim Peake exhibition from Thursday 15 December, shoppers and visitors can also enjoy a coffee and browse the shop for Christmas gifts.


From Friday 2 December children will be able to write to Father Christmas. Every letter with an address will receive a reply.



Children will also be able to meet Father Christmas in his colourful grotto on Saturday 3, 10 and 17 December. It costs £5 per child and includes a gift.


Throughout December, there will be a Christmas stocking trial and the chance to write a wish on a star then hang it on the museum's Christmas tree.


The museum's brand new Tim Peake exhibition will be launching Thursday 15 December. The exhibition will allow visitors to embark on a space journey that follows Tim Peake's astronomical adventure - from growing up in Chichester to becoming the first British European Space Agency astronaut.

The exhibition has Tim's official backing and his father, Nigel Peake, has been directly involved in curating the exhibition.


The museum's regular collections will also be available for all to enjoy including 'Murray or None', the Roman baths, the Roman gallery, the Bosham head and the Chilgrove Mosaic.


"We are really excited to welcome people to The Novium Museum this Christmas," says Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council. "As well as lots of events and activities, we will also be launching our brand new Tim Peake exhibition, which we know everyone is excited to see."


For more information call 01243 775888 or see


21/11/2016 - South Chichester Local Committee Meeting


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29/11/2016 - Chichester’s free Christmas Park and Ride returns


There's an early Christmas present once again for shoppers heading to Chichester for some festive shopping. The popular free park and ride scheme is back for its fifth year, ready to whisk residents and visitors into the city centre in stress-free style.



Since beginning in 2012, the scheme has encouraged thousands of shoppers to stay in the city, giving the local economy a welcome boost.


The shuttle service starts on Thursday 24 November to coincide with the city's lights switch-on event.


The route starts from Chichester College car park and then continues into the city centre with drop-off and pick-up points from the following locations:


Eastgate (opposite the Cattle Market car park);

Northgate (the lay-by in Oakland's); and

Chichester Cathedral.


On 24 November the service will run every 15 minutes 4.30pm until 8.30pm. It will then operate 8am - 6pm every Saturday, plus 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December. The Sunday service will run 9.30am until 5.30pm.


Dates for the 2016 Park and Ride are as follows:

Saturday 3 December;

Sunday 4 December;

Saturday 10 December;

Sunday 11 December;

Saturday 17 December;

Sunday 18 December;

Monday 19 December;

Tuesday 20 December;

Wednesday 21 December;

Thursday 22 December;

Friday 23 December; and

Saturday 24 December.

Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council, says: "We're delighted that the free park and ride service is returning for Christmas 2016.


"If you've used the service before you will know the benefits of parking at the Park and Ride facility at Chichester College and then continuing the rest of your journey into the city centre by public transport.


"The service offers a convenient and less stressful alternative to the car. With a dedicated bus every 15 minutes, shoppers and families can benefit from a quick and reliable journey into the city centre avoiding congestion. This service also provides a welcome boost for traders in the run-up to Christmas."


The initiative is being organised and funded by Chichester District Council, and supported by Chichester College.


For more information call 01243 534500, email or see




For further information, please contact Jack Ives, PR Assistant at Chichester District Council on 01243 521032

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