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 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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The application deadline for Reception or transfer to Junior school places is Monday 15 January 2018.


Apply online and find more information by visiting


If you are unable to apply online, you can request a form by phoning 03330 142 903 and ensure that the completed form is returned before the application deadline.


Your child is due to start Reception in September 2018 if their date of birth is between

1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014.




Are you, or someone you know, finding it difficult to visit the library? Do you know about West Sussex Libraries' Home Library Direct Service?


This free service is for anyone who is unable to access the library due to age, illness, disability, caring responsibilities or other reasons.


A volunteer will select your choice of books - including large print and audiobooks - deliver them to your home, and return them to the library. All of our volunteers are DBS checked.


You can also download items from our Digital Library 24/7 - eBooks, eComics, eMagazines and eAudio, without visiting the library.


If you would like this service or know anyone else who would benefit, please contact or visit your local library for an application form, or complete the online form here:


13/11/2017 - CDC to help small businesses with their business rates


New scheme to help small and medium sized businesses with their rates


Councillors will be asked to approve a scheme designed to help small and medium sized businesses with their rates over the next four years.

The council's Non-Domestic Rates Discretionary Scheme was recommended by the council's Cabinet, for approval at the Full Council meeting which will take place on Wednesday 21 November.

In March, the Government announced that it would make a discretionary fund of £300 million available from the 2017 - 2018 financial year to support those businesses facing an increase in their rates as a result of its 2017 revaluation.

Chichester District Council has received a total of £786,000 from the fund which will be used to help limit increases in business rates for eligible, occupied businesses that have a rateable value of £100,000 or less.

Amounts have been made available by the Government as follows:

2017 - 2018: £458,000;

2018 - 2019: £223,000;

2019 - 2020: £92,000; and

2020 - 2021: £13,000.


Businesses with a rateable value of £20,000 or less will have their increase limited to 4% for the financial year 2017 - 2018. Businesses with a rateable value of £100,000 or less will have their increase limited to 5%.

The scheme will complement the Government's Transitional Relief scheme put in place to help businesses adjust to any increases as a result of the revaluation.




"We understand that some businesses have been severely affected by the Government's revaluation," says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council. "We have 4,700 small and medium sized businesses across the district, of which 1,500 have experienced an increase in their business rates.

"We want to ensure that our share of the discretionary funding is used to help those that are in most need as a result of that revaluation process. Of the 1,500 businesses that have experienced an increase, approximately 1,200 will receive assistance from this scheme."

Business rates are set by the Government and values for the properties set by the national Valuation Office Agency. A special formula to work out the cost is set by the Government.

It is then the role of each local authority, including Chichester District Council, to administer this by sending the bills to businesses and collecting the rates on behalf of the Government. The money is then redistributed to councils by central government.


13/11/2017 - Flu vaccination and meals on wheels!


With the weather turning colder and winter approaching fast, the county council is highlighting some of the ways we can all help to stay well this winter.

If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination it is important that you take up this offer.

You are offered the vaccine for free if you are one of the groups of people who are most 'at risk' of catching the illness.

This is one of the most important things you can do to stay well and it may also help relieve pressure on the NHS this winter.

To find out if you're in an 'at risk' group speak to your local participating pharmacy or GP.

I also want to remind your readers about the fantastic meals on wheels service available in West Sussex.

Eating at least one hot nutritious meal a day is very important for our health and wellbeing, particularly in colder weather.

Some people, due to illness, frailty or a disability, may find it difficult or impossible to shop, cook or heat a frozen meal. The home-delivered hot meals service may be the answer.

The national award winning meals on wheels service in West Sussex is run on behalf of the County Council by apetito. Meals are delivered at lunchtimes between 11-2, up to seven days a week - including Christmas Day.

To find out more about meals on wheels or to sign up for the service call 01903 718893 or email


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01/11/2017 - Chichester Council introduces fines for dropping litter - including cigarette butts - from first offence


Council partnership aims to crack down on litter


A new council partnership that aims to crack down on litter and dog fouling in the Chichester District will begin in November.


Litter Enforcement Officers from East Hampshire District Council will be patrolling the district from 1 November as part of a trial scheme to reduce litter and dog fouling. Even if you pick up the litter or the cigarette end you will still be fined. BE WARNED!


Those caught dropping litter will receive an on-the-spot fine of £80, and this reduces to £60 if it is paid within 14 days. Those who do not clear up their dog's mess will receive an on-the-spot fine of £100, with this reducing to £75 if it is paid within 14 days.


If the fines are not paid and a case goes to court, the maximum penalty for littering is £2,500 and £1,000 for dog fouling.





Councillors at Chichester District Council have pledged to crack down on litter, fly tipping and dog fouling in response to an increase in incidents and concern from local residents.


"Litter, fly tipping and dog fouling all have a negative impact on our beautiful area and the public expect us to do something about it," says Councillor Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for Contract Services at Chichester District Council.


"As councillors, we regularly receive emails and phone calls from residents who are fed up of littering, dog fouling and fly tipping. We know that many people want to see tougher action against those who deliberately litter our district so, as well as continuing with enforcement action against fly tippers, we will be teaming up with East Hampshire District Council to take part in a litter enforcement trial, which will begin on 1 November. This is something that East Hampshire, Havant, and Arun District Councils have already introduced with great success.


"The trial will involve litter enforcement officers monitoring the city, towns, villages, parks and the seafront and fining those who are seen dropping litter or not clearing up their dog's mess. It has already had a very positive impact in our neighbouring district areas and it is hoped that it will now send a strong message to the small minority of people who continue to ruin the local environment.


"We want to stress that this is not about money. The fines are not intended to provide income for the council; they will just pay for the service. We will also be using a Local Authority company whose officers are fully trained and follow a different approach to the private services that have been used by other councils elsewhere in the country," adds Roger.


"Currently, we spend more than £1 million a year on clearing litter and fly tipping, but if people didn't drop or dump rubbish, we could spend a proportion of this money on other essential services. We've also seen an increase in littering on our roads and coastline, the number of fly tips reported, and the amount of hazardous waste we have had to remove. It's clear that we have to act.


"We want to prick the public conscience and develop a strong anti-litter culture in the district so that it becomes completely unacceptable to drop litter of any kind or dump rubbish. This is a concentrated effort and will involve a number of different methods. We want to engage with local communities and empower them to take positive, preventative action, as well as encouraging local businesses to get involved."


Other projects will encourage local businesses and communities to adopt an area to increase pride in their local surroundings, alongside local campaigns and community clean up days.


Remote cameras are also being used in fly tipping hotspots to catch offenders as part of a West Sussex Partnership project to crack down on fly tipping. The council dealt with almost 1000 cases last year and has pledged to continue to prosecute anyone caught fly tipping.


Finally, the council intends to improve its bin facilities and signage. This will include increasing awareness that if there isn't a red dog bin around that dog bags can be placed in any litter bin- and the importance of not dropping cigarette ends.


"By working together we can all make a difference to ensure our district remains beautiful for everyone who lives and visits here," Roger adds.




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25/10/2017 - Draft budget for Lavant Parish Council 2018 - 19


Lavant Parish Councillors have produced a draft budget for Lavant for the financial year 2018 - 19. If you have any comments please click


LPC Draft budget


11/10/2017 - DRAFT BYELAW FOR LAVANT PARISH - Have your say


Lavant Parish Council has updated its byelaws (governing do's and don't's on Parish Land - play area, village green, Hall car park).

To read the document and have your say, please click here Comments before November 10th 2017 please.


04/08/2017 - Is your child starting school in September 2018? Read on....


Apply online at

Applications can be made between 2 October 2017 and 15 January 2018

Special rules apply for house movers until 15 February 2018

The Information for Parents booklet will be available on our website from 2 October 2017

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.





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CDC plans new Southern Gateway Masterplan - have your say!


Draft Southern Gateway Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - Public Consultation: July - August 10th 2017


Chichester District Council has prepared a Draft Southern Gateway Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for consultation. This is being undertaken in accordance with Regulations 12 & 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.


The draft masterplan sets out a range of different land uses for a number of key development sites within the Southern Gateway area. It also provides design guidance for those sites. The proposals in the masterplan will provide opportunities to bring development forward, to coordinate that development and to improve the public realm, particularly in the area around the railway station, leading up to South Street and the main city centre shopping area.


The consultation period runs from 9.00am Thursday 29 June 2017 until Thursday 10 August 2017. Representations should arrive no later than 5.00pm on 10 August 2017. Anonymous comments or comments received outside these dates will not be accepted.




The Draft Southern Gateway SPD, together with relevant background information, can be viewed at the Council Offices at East Pallant House and Chichester Library, or on the Council website at


All responses will be publicly available, and identifiable by name and organisation (where applicable). Please note that any other personal information provided will be processed by Chichester District Council in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

How to make a representation


Comment on the document using our online consultation website:


Alternatively, you can email us directly at or write to us at: Planning Policy, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TY

Forthcoming Events


27/11/2017 - Chichester’s free Christmas "Park and Ride" returns


Christmas has come early for shoppers searching for those all-important gifts in Chichester. The free Park and Ride is back again this year, providing quick and easy transport for residents and visitors in the city centre to make Christmas shopping a breeze.


The service is supported by Chichester College and means that residents and visitors can spend more time looking for presents rather than parking spaces in the run-up to Christmas.


The Park and Ride service has already started!


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

Eastgate (opposite the Cattle Market car park)

Northgate (the lay-by in Oaklands); and

Chichester Cathedral.


The dates and times for the 2017 Park and Ride are as follows:





Date Time



Saturday 2 December 8am until 6pm


Sunday 3 December 9.30am until 5.30pm


Saturday 9 December 8am until 6pm


Sunday 10 December 9.30am until 5.30pm


Saturday 16 December 8am until 6pm


Sunday 17 December 9.30am until 5.30pm


Wednesday 20 December 8.30am until 6pm


Thursday 21 December 8.30am until 6pm


Friday 22 December 8.30am until 6pm


Saturday 23 December 8am until 6pm


Sunday 24 December 9.30am until 5.30pm





Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council, says: "We're delighted that the free Park and Ride service is returning for Christmas 2017. It has proved to be very popular in the past and we hope that this year will be no different.


"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.

Chichester is a popular shopping destination at Christmas so the Park and Ride service provides residents and visitors with a more convenient and less stressful alternative to using their car. With a dedicated bus service every 15 minutes, shoppers and families can benefit from a quick and reliable journey avoiding congestion. An increase in visitors to the city centre also provides a welcome boost for traders in the run-up to Christmas."


27/11/2017 - Green light is given for regeneration of Chichester’s Southern Gateway


The biggest regeneration project that Chichester has seen for decades has been given the go ahead by Chichester District councillors.


They approved the Southern Gateway Masterplan and accompanying delivery plan, which will see the southern area of Chichester transformed into a vibrant and attractive new quarter. The area which will feature:


new homes;

business and retail space;

leisure and tourism facilities;

improved transport links and a focus on cycling, walking, public transport and

public space enhancement and landscaping.


The 30-acre brownfield site includes several parcels of land: the bus station and garage; Basin Road car park; the law courts; Chichester Police Station; part of the former high school; and the Royal Mail depot buildings.


A key feature of the transformation will involve helping to reduce the dominance of traffic in this part of the city with the aim of better connecting the city centre to the canal basin and public transport hubs.


This will be achieved by limiting vehicle access across Stockbridge Road to buses and improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.


Basin Road will also be realigned to create a new junction on Stockbridge Road while pedestrian access around the Southgate Gyratory will improved by carrying out work to reduce the width and number of lanes.





"The Southern Gateway is the flagship scheme for the Chichester Vision," says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. "The Vision is looking across the next 20 years to see how the city centre can be enhanced, while at the same time protecting our heritage.


"As part of the Chichester Vision, people said they wanted to reduce traffic in the city and create a more diverse evening culture. The Southern Gateway will help to meet these ambitions. We are aiming to help boost local jobs and the economy and we hope the gateway project will attract high growth, high value sectors such as finance, digital, pharmaceutical and creative industries.


"The idea is to make the area look more attractive and welcoming to people arriving in the city and make the canal basin feel more integral to the city centre.


"It's going to take time to deliver this project but it's a very exciting time and we hope the first sites will be released into the scheme by March next year. We are then aiming for the first planning application to be submitted late 2018, with work starting in June 2019. We will keep members of the public informed and people will have the opportunity to provide more input in the run up to selecting a developer, and when the planning application is submitted."


A masterplan takes an overview of a development area and sets out the general principles for how that area should be developed and the range of uses that are acceptable. As the scheme takes shape, detailed planning applications will be submitted and the public will have the opportunity to have their say.


"By drawing up a masterplan, the site will be developed in a strategic rather than piecemeal way," adds Cllr Dignum. "Because the landowners are working together with council input, the project will also help attract public funding."


People can keep in touch by looking in the council's residents' magazine initiatives, looking out for updates on the council's Facebook and Twitter pages as well as signing up for the council's email newsletter at and checking its website.

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