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.
2019 Election Year for Parish Councillors
Are you passionate about your village?
Are you concerned about your local area?
Do you want to represent the views and interests of local residents?
Do you want to help the vulnerable people in your community?
Do you want to improve the quality of life and the local environment in your village?
Do you want to contribute your business or personal skills and expertise to the community?
Are you passionate about services provided to your community?
If yes then you can stand for election as a Parish Councillor in May 2019.
All the current Parish councillors will retire from office in May 2019. ANY person who has resided in or worked full-time in the area of Lavant (or within 3 miles of it) for the preceding 12 months (ie from April 2018) can stand for election to the Parish Council.
What does a Parish Councillor do?
So many things! Parish councillors are the ears, eyes and mouths of their residents. They listen to their residents and present their views to the council and work together to find solutions and innovations; either by working together within the village or by petitioning for action outside the community at District or County level. They are also responsible for the more mundane but necessary tasks of supplying litter bins; street lighting in certain areas; cutting back overgrown hedgerows and controlling the flooding in the village. They can also provide leisure activities for the young and social interaction for the excluded.
If you think you might be interested please contact the Parish Clerk to find out more, (or pop into St Nick's church on a Monday or Wednesday morning to talk to the clerk).
Road Closure Downs Road, West Stoke 11th February 2019
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Please be advised that West Sussex County Council has received a request for Temporary Traffic Regulation as follows:
Road Name Stoke Road West Stoke
Closed between the junction of Downs Road to Southbrook Road with works taking place between Southwood Farm Cottages to the junction with Downs Road.
Install new sub duct and cable and clear any blockages
Proposed start date/Time Date: 04/03/19 Time: 07:00
Proposed End date/Time Date: 08/03/19 Time: 19:00
The restriction will be effective 24 hours
Diversion route (if applicable) Downs Road, West Stoke Road, A286, Lavant Road, Old Broyle Road, Funtington Road, B2178 and vice versa
04/02/2019 - Bus loads of sugar removed from county's school dinners!
School dinners across West Sussex now contain 2.5kg less sugar per child a year than they did just four years ago - and the proof is not just in the pudding.
The latest menu for children to choose from now includes just 5g of sugar a day on average, down 73% on meals served up in 2014 when the average school dinner contained 18.5g of sugar.
West Sussex County Council's Catering Services Team has been working closely with Public Health specialists since the end of 2014 in a targeted effort to reduce the amount of sugar in primary school meals.
The West Sussex Sugar Reduction Programme has been run at no extra cost in collaboration with Chartwells, the county council's main primary school meals provider. In total, the amount of sugar that has been removed from meals over a school year is the equivalent weight of more than five double decker buses.
But crucially, the toughest critics - a team of pupil taste testers - have given the healthier meals the thumbs up, proving that there's no need to compromise on taste and meal enjoyment when shelving the sugar.
Around 30,000 meals a day are served up in schools right across the county to children from Reception age up to Year 6. This was seen to be a great opportunity to make some small changes to meals that could yield large health gains for West Sussex children.
Menus were re-engineered, new recipes were developed, and portion sizes were revised, allowing changes to be made without compromising on food choices, and crucially maintaining the requirements of the School Food Plan Standards.
The reduction comes as Public Health England release startling new figures showing that children across the country are eating twice as much sugar as they should be.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said: "We all know that eating too much sugar can lead to weight gain and related health and dental problems. Ensuring our school dinners are low in sugar is an easy way to make sure our children are getting the right balance they need. For some children, their school dinner is their main meal of the day, so it is vital that it is nutritious.
"I am very proud that we have been able to go the extra mile to ensure our school meals remain nourishing, without compromising on taste."
Picture shows year 6 pupil Ralph with 2.5kg of sugar - the equivalent amount removed form his annual school dinners.
- Children in England are eating an extra 2,800 sugar cubes a year, that's more than double the recommended guidelines.
- That's 8 sugar cubes too many each day, 56 too many each week and around 2,800 too many every year. That's equivalent to 312 cans of sugary cola each year or 469 higher-sugar yoghurts or 562 chocolate bars.
- Too much sugar is bad for children's health as it can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can't see. This fat can cause weight gain and serious diseases like type 2 diabetes, which people are getting younger than ever before, and heart disease and some cancers.
- Too much sugar can also cause painful tooth decay and every 10 minutes, a child (in England) has a tooth removed in hospital.
- Sugary drinks, confectionery, biscuits, cakes, desserts, higher-sugar breakfast cereals and higher-sugar yoghurts are all contributing to too much sugar in our children's diets.
- How much is too much? The maximum daily amounts of added sugar are:
4-6 years: 5 cubes (19 grams)
7-10 years: - 6 cubes (24 grams)
11+ years: - 7 cubes (30 grams)
More information can be found on the Change4Life website.
04/02/2019 - West Sussex Fire and Rescue to use joint mobilising system with Surrey
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is to move to a joint 999 mobilising system with Surrey Fire & Rescue Service.
The decision was made by the Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities today (1 February).
Command and mobilising systems are used to dispatch fire and rescue service resources to emergency incidents.
The decision follows a full assessment of the options available for alternative mobilising systems with other fire and rescue services.
The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service system has a proven track record for reliability, has the capacity to handle additional call volume and demonstrates good value for money.
Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: "The safety of residents in West Sussex is an absolute priority and that's why it's important we have a fire service that can mobilise quickly and effectively.
"We have taken a thorough and in-depth look at the options available and the one we are proposing is tried and tested, while offering good value for money."
The aim is to migrate to the new system by mid-February 2020.
The decision is subject to a seven day call-in period.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.
30/01/2019 - Last Chance to have your say on future development in Chichester District
Residents and businesses are being reminded to have their say on the Local Plan Review before consultation ends on Thursday 7 February.
The consultation is asking people for their views about how and where development needs such as housing, employment and retail should be met and managed in Chichester District over the next 15 years. The document sets out the council's proposed planning strategy for the period up to 2035.
The Local Plan does not include areas within the South Downs National Park. These areas are subject to a separate plan undertaken by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).
Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council says: "This consultation is extremely important as the Local Plan affects where we live, work and relax, where new shops and community facilities are built and it also protects our historic buildings and the natural environment. It is crucial that as many people as possible comment on the draft plan so that councillors are informed of public views before they consider any changes to the plan."
People can view and comment on the draft plan at www.chichester.gov.uk/localplanreview
This link features all the documents, information and a series of frequently asked questions and answers www.chichester.gov.uk/localplanreview
Reference copies of the draft plan are also available to view at:
Chichester Library: Tower Street, Chichester
Selsey Library: School Lane, Selsey
Southbourne Library: First Avenue, Southbourne
Chichester District Council offices: East Pallant House, Chichester, and
South Downs National Park Authority: South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst.
30/01/2019 - WSCC will continue to fund fire prevention and business resilience services after all
West Sussex County Council cabinet members have agreed to continue to fund fire intervention and prevention services and business resilience services.
At a meeting on Tuesday, it was agreed to give more time to look for alternative funding and sponsorship options to deliver these services in the future. It means proposed savings of £400,000 for fire prevention and £100,000 for business resilience services no longer form part of the budget decisions for 2019-2020.
Louise Goldsmith, the Leader of West Sussex County Council, added: "This has always been a very difficult area for us to look at, especially as we see the value of these preventative projects.
"We have listened to feedback from the public and our select committee and I'm delighted we've been able to find funding to give more time to develop business and sponsorship opportunities so these services can continue after 2020."
The 2019-2020 revenue budget goes before Full Council on 15 February for final approval.
22/01/2019 - PPP Taking Care will further enhance Careline service
Chichester Careline will benefit from significant investment and further expand its presence in the telecare market after it was agreed that PPP Taking Care should take over the service.
Chichester Careline, which is currently provided by Chichester District Council, is a 24 hour service which allows people to live independently by providing support and assistance through the use of technology known as telecare. The technology links up to a monitoring centre, which is operated by trained staff who will answer calls from its customers 24 hours a day, every day of the year. This provides reassurance both to the individual and their family.
The change, which will be introduced from 1 March 2019, will enable Careline to expand the services it offers to its customers. Chichester District Council developed the agreement with PPP Taking Care to attract much needed investment and enable Careline to further expand its work in the telecare market.
"We are very proud of our Careline service and the difference it makes to its customers. Over the past few years we have been looking at ways to build on the outstanding work that is delivered by the service," says Cllr Eileen Lintill, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council.
"Careline operates in a highly competitive and rapidly changing market. Technological advancements and opportunities - as well as the growing needs and expectations of our customers - mean that significant investment is required. We have worked alongside PPP Taking Care for some time and so we are very confident that they are the right company to take Careline forward to build on what the service has already achieved.
"Careline is highly thought of because it has touched the lives of so many people through the vital support it delivers. This decision will protect and further enhance this special service for years to come and access the investment that the service needs and deserves.
"What is important to stress is that the service our customers receive will not change. The cost will stay the same and they will continue to be assisted by the same 'Careline team', based in Chichester. Our customers will also be able to access additional services at no extra cost providing them with even greater peace of mind."
PPP Taking Care is part of AXA PPP healthcare. PPP Taking Care also manages Age UK's personal alarm service, which supports over 50,000 people in the UK. They believe that everyone should have the support to remain independent and live life well in their own home.
"We are honoured that Chichester District Council has entrusted this important service to us. We recognise that Chichester Careline is one of the best telecare services in the country and we look forward to working with their great team to continue to build on the excellent work that has been achieved to date. We are also looking forward to supporting Careline's customers and investing in other services so that we can provide even more support for them," says Richard Turner, Managing Director, PPP Taking Care.
Over the past 35 years, Chichester Careline has assisted over one million people to live safely and independently in their own homes. It was one of the first monitoring centres in the country dedicated to providing people with telecare services and it supports people across the country.
18/01/2019 - Audio recording of Chichester District Council meetings to continue
The audio recording of key council, cabinet and committee meetings is to continue after Chichester District Council's cabinet agreed to continue the scheme in 2019 and beyond.
The system allows the recording and publishing of council, cabinet, Planning Committee, Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and Corporate Governance and Audit Committee meetings online.
"The audio recording of key meetings is great for local democracy and allows local people to listen to meetings at a time that suits them," says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services at Chichester District Council.
"This means that democracy is accessible for everyone, including people who may find it hard to attend council meetings in person. It also provides many benefits to staff; saving officer time required to hand record minutes, which without this system would have to be a lot more detailed."
The audio recording system has been through significant testing and improvements since its pilot began in January 2016, and is now a permanent facility for the public.
Recordings of meetings can be found online by visiting the page for the relevant meeting at www.chichester.gov.uk/committees and following the link to meetings agendas and minutes.
28/11/2018 - Chichester’s Local Plan Review approved for public consultation
A review of housing provision in Chichester District over the next 15 years has been approved for a public consultation.
At their meeting on Tuesday November 20, Chichester District councillors gave the go ahead for the Local Plan Review: Preferred Approach document to go out to public consultation for eight weeks, starting on 13 December 2018.
The document sets out the council's proposed planning strategy for the period up to 2035, including the amount and location of proposed development.
The Local Plan does not include areas within the South Downs National Park. These areas are subject to a separate plan undertaken by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).
Members of the public will be able to view documents and information at www.chichester.gov.uk/localplanreview from 13 December.
The consultation will take place over an extended period to take account of Christmas and New Year, and will end on 7 February 2019.
"The amount of housing required is determined by central Government, not by Chichester District Council," explains Councillor Susan Taylor, Cabinet Member for Planning Services at Chichester District Council. "If we fail to plan for the required number, development will take place anyway, but in unplanned locations and probably with less infrastructure being provided.
"This consultation is an opportunity for all residents to have a look at the proposals in detail and provide their comments. As well as commenting online, we are also organising a series of public consultation events across the district where residents can come along and speak to our officers, ask questions and find out more about what is planned. We will publicise these once all the dates and venues are confirmed, but they will start in January."
In addition to those sites already included in the 2015 Local Plan and not yet completed, a number of other key sites and housing numbers have been identified as follows:
East of Chichester: minimum 600 dwellings.
Southern Gateway: minimum 350 dwellings.
Land south west of Chichester: minimum of 100 dwellings and employment development.
Land at Highgrove Farm, Bosham: minimum of 250 dwellings.
Land at North Park Farm, Selsey: minimum of 250 dwellings.
Land west of Tangmere: minimum of 1,300 dwellings (an additional 300 dwellings above the allocation in the adopted local plan).
A minimum of 2,500 homes would be provided on new strategic sites through Neighbourhood Plans:
Chidham and Hambrook parish: minimum of 500 dwellings.
East Wittering Parish: minimum of 350 dwellings.
Fishbourne Parish: minimum of 250 dwellings.
Hunston Parish: minimum of 200 dwellings.
Southbourne Parish: minimum of 1,250 dwellings.
The plan also sets out a number of smaller parish housing requirements where there is no strategic allocation. It is anticipated that the land will be identified in neighbourhood plans for those parishes.
The plan proposes significant provision for new employment floor space. This would equate to more than 230,000 square metres for the period up to 2035. Around 2.4 hectares of employment land would be provided on land at Chichester Business Park, Tangmere.
The council has commissioned a transport study to look at the impact development will have on the road network. The study will suggest measures to mitigate this impact. This will be available alongside the Local Plan Review: Preferred Approach. This includes proposed works to junctions on the A27 Chichester Bypass. These proposed works are a different and separate set of proposals from those that have previously been the subject of consultation by Highways England and discussion by the Build A Better A27 group. These latter proposals dealt with wider traffic and congestion issues rather than solely mitigating the impact of development within the Local Plan Review.
30/01/2019 - Chichester District emotional wellbeing project rolled out in secondary schools
Local teenagers will benefit from a wellbeing project which teaches them skills to look after their emotional and mental health, thanks to the support of local company, Natures Way Foods.
Since October 2017, Natures Way Foods has been working with Chichester District Council's Youth Engagement team to deliver the successful Five Ways to Wellbeing project in local primary schools. This year the project is being offered to secondary school pupils for the first time.
The growth of the project follows a successful pilot with a group of young carers of the same age group, which took place last year. All of the young people who took part reported that they learnt new strategies they can use in their daily lives.
The project asks young people to focus on five positive actions they can incorporate into their daily lives as individuals and also as part of their communities.
The five actions are:
Connect: encouraging children to strengthen and broaden their range of relationships and social networks. It encourages them to spend time with their friends and family whilst staying safe on the internet.
Be active: stresses that being active is for people of all ages and does not need to be intense physical activity, you just need to raise your heartbeat and have fun.
h4>Keep learning: learning can be taken out of the classroom, skills and ideas can be learnt everywhere.
Take notice: asks children to take time to stop, become aware of their surroundings and listen to their thoughts and feelings about them.
Give: focuses on how giving and receiving acts of kindness, whether small or large, can make people feel happier and more satisfied about life.
The workshops are fun, but also a thought provoking way to build confidence, improve positivity and self-esteem. Activities such as brain aerobics help improve memory, further brain function, and concentration. Songs and dances improve co-ordination, team-work, and powerful relaxation. The sessions also touch on internet safety and include a snack and chat session to explore healthy new tastes.
The project has been running for three years in the district's primary schools and so far has reached more than 1,100 children across 16 schools.
"We are so pleased with the great results of this programme and the positive impact it's having on young people's lives," says Stephanie Jones, Business Insight and Communications Manager at Natures Way Foods. "When we first partnered with the CDC Five Ways to Wellbeing team we talked about expanding to the local secondary schools and it's great to see that this is happening."
Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council says: "I am very pleased that we are continuing to work with Natures Way Foods on this important project and that we are now able to offer it to older children in the district. Five Ways to Wellbeing shows children some essential ways to help them look after their emotional wellbeing both now and as they progress in their lives. Today's young people experience a variety of pressure, more than ever before, and as a society we are much more aware of how this affects our young people's wellbeing. Five Ways is about helping children learn how to approach life in general so that they can keep well."
04/02/2019 - Are you passionate about your countryside? Will you help?
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