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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Road works Downs Road, West Stoke - 2nd March


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Latest News


23/02/2018 - People encouraged to comment on ideas for helping dog walkers protect migrating birds in Chichester Harbour


Dog lovers in Chichester District are backing a new project aimed at ensuring owners can walk their animals while also protecting Chichester Harbour's internationally important migrating birds.


The project is being led by Chichester District Council with support from Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the National Trust. The idea is to create a network of exciting dog activity areas outside the harbour, providing fun and fitness for owners and their dog.


Features could include, dog tunnels, weaves, jumps, balance equipment and hopefully dog ponds that can be used all year round, especially in winter, which will hopefully reduce the disturbance to our visiting winter wading birds.


Members of the public are being asked for their ideas as part of a public consultation which ends on Friday 31 March. People can comment at




Councillor John Connor, Cabinet Member for Environment Services at Chichester District Council, says: "We know that people love their dogs and want to walk them along Chichester Harbour. However, research indicates that during the winter period, when dogs are off the lead and enjoying themselves, they can unintentionally disturb the winter migrating birds that feed on the ground in the harbour. These birds are internationally protected, and need to build up enough energy to fly back to their summer breeding grounds.


"When a dog comes along, the birds will naturally fear a predator and either stop feeding or fly away to escape. Unfortunately these disturbances harm the birds because they use all their energy flying away when they need to be on the ground feeding and conserving energy - it can take a bird a whole day to refuel the energy lost.


"The result is that they are not gaining enough weight to survive the summer migration. The combination of the short daylight hours in winter plus the fact that many of these birds feed at low tide mean that feeding time is limited, so it is vital that disturbances are kept to a minimum. Unfortunately the cumulative impact has a serious effect."


Chichester District Council wants to enthuse dog walkers about the importance of the harbour and how everyone can make a difference by ensuring dogs are kept close to their owners.


A special card highlighting the important role dog walkers can play has been produced and will be distributed at key points in the harbour. A number of ideas are currently being considered for the network of stimulating dog activities.


Richard Austin, AONB Manager for Chichester Harbour Conservancy, says: "We believe that everyone can enjoy the harbour while also helping protect these important birds - which are what make it such a special and world-important site.


"We want to work with dog owners and educate people about being considerate and keeping animals under control. We believe dogs, humans and birds can all co-exist, and we hope that by creating some special areas close to the harbour which are attractive to both dogs and their owners, we can achieve this balance. We look forward to meeting dog owners at the various events we will be attending over the summer and hearing their ideas."


Chichester District Council is a member of the Bird Aware Solent, a partnership of coastal local councils and conservation bodies from Selsey to the New Forest. The aim is to help people enjoy the coast without disturbing the thousands of birds that over winter there.


16/02/2018 - Protect yourself against fraud - talk at St Nicholas Wed 4th April 2.30pm. ALL WELCOME


The local police will be giving a talk on how to protect yourself from fraud - including internet and door-to-door scams.

All residents are invited to come. For further information contact the Parish Council.




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:


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


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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


Lavant Village Fete and Fun Dog Show - Saturday 16th June 2018


Put the date in your diary now for this year's village Fete. From 2pm on the Village Green and in the Memorial Hall.


Loads of fun for all the family: live music, pony rides, fun dog show, bouncy castle, games, competitions and stalls, BBQ, beer tent, teas. Don't forget the Grand Prize Draw. All in aid of local organisations.


08/01/2018 - Discover all the campaigns and actions that WSCC are currently engaged in....


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22/01/2018 - New Green Gym boosts residents’ wellbeing in the Chichester District


Residents in Chichester District who are looking to improve their physical and mental wellbeing while making a difference to their local environment are being encouraged to join a Green Gym at a local beauty spot.


The Chichester Green Gym takes place at Brandy Hole Copse and is run by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) with funding from Chichester District Council. The sessions run every Tuesday from 11am until 2pm and are free to attend. The Green Gym provides a friendly atmosphere for people of all abilities to work on conservation tasks at their own pace in the fresh air.


Alternatively if you are already feeling fit and would like to be more involved in Lavant, the Lavant Volunteers meet every Tuesday morning to carry out work in Lavant village. Anyone can apply and all are welcome! Contact Councillor Adrian Blades for more information.







TCV is a community volunteering charity which aims to bring people together through conservation work in their communities. TCV has created Green Gyms across the country to inspire people to improve their health and the environment at the same time. The Green Gym is run by experienced volunteers who provide the skills and equipment needed to help residents tackle physical jobs in the outdoors.


Brandy Hole Copse is an area of ancient woodland and is also the first Local Nature Reserve in the Chichester area. Every week a group of around eight volunteers meet at the copse for the Green Gym. The session starts with gentle warm up exercises in preparation for the physical tasks. Volunteers then take part in a range of conservation activities such as cutting back vegetation to allow more light into the woodland, creating a better environment for flowers and fungi to grow, and helping to reinstate the coppice. There is the opportunity to chat with other volunteers over a hot drink and the session ends with a cool down to minimise the risk of injury.


Evidence has shown that these low impact activities are beneficial for building and maintaining good fitness levels. Studies have also shown that spending time outside with other people at the Green Gym can improve volunteers' mental wellbeing and self-esteem. The Green Gym is looking to take referrals from the mental health charity MIND, and from GPs to provide an alternative to medication for people suffering from mental health issues.


"The feedback from volunteers who have taken part in The Green Gym at Brandy Hole Copse so far has been excellent," says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council. "I would encourage residents living in the area to come along, meet their neighbours and make a difference to their local environment.


"We hope that the Green Gym at Brandy Hole Copse will continue to be successful and will inspire the creation of other Green Gyms across the district. We will be working with the Green Spaces team at Chichester District Council to identify other areas which could benefit from conservation work."


To find out more about the Green Gym at Brandy Hole Copse, residents can contact The Conservation Volunteers on 02380 402593 or visit


22/01/2018 - Priory Park Centenary Celebrations


Improvement works have been carried out to Priory Park in Chichester ahead of this year's centenary celebrations. (See read more)


"We are very much looking forward to the Friends' programme of events to mark the park's centenary. We are also grateful to Natures Way Foods which has just come on board as the park sponsor - so a double celebration for Priory Park this year!"


Stephanie Jones, Business Insight and Communications Manager of Natures Way Foods, says: "We are pleased to be sponsoring Priory Park as it offers so many opportunities for people to come together and be part of their community. As a local company we know how important educating our young people is and we also recognise how vital it is for people to keep active, whatever their age. Parks offer a unique environment in which to do this."


For the centenary celebrations, a wide range of activities will be taking place through the year. In September, there will be a nine-day festival of activities which will mark 100 years to the day since the 7th Duke of Richmond gave the park to the people of Chichester, to honour those who had died in the First World War.


The first event takes place on April 24 and will be a talk about the park's history, called Priory Park 100: Romans, Roundheads and the Rolling Stones. The September programme will involve a wide range of activities to reflect the history and uses of the park over the years and include:


a historical re-enactment of the1642 siege of Chichester

a parachute jump

a vintage hockey match

poppy display

art and craft display

vintage game of bowls

a celebrity cricket match

display of classic Rolls-Royce cars

sky watching with South Downs Planetarium, and

the biggest Teddy Bear's picnic


Friends Chairman, Councillor Richard Plowman, says: "We are very pleased that our idea for the new railings has been completed. It really sets the park off well and is in good time for our Priory Park 100 celebrations.


"Generations of residents and visitors to the city have made Priory Park their own through a variety of activities and events that have taken place within its walls. We hope that our vibrant programme of events will offer something for everyone and as well as celebrating the park's history, will play their part in creating memories for the future."


People can find more information about the exciting programme of events at



The work has involved installing new railings which replace an old wooden fence which had deteriorated. The idea of new railings was raised several years ago by the Friends of Priory Park, a voluntary group set up to promote, conserve and protect the park.


The work has been funded with money from developer contributions known as Section 106. Historic England has also been involved in the planning stages of the project. The work has been completed ahead of the park's exciting centenary celebrations which are being organised by the Friends.


Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council, says: "As well as improving park security, the railings are also aesthetically pleasing and fit in with the heritage surroundings. Although some hard pruning has been carried out to allow the work to take place, the gaps in the vegetation will disappear over the coming seasons, aided by some extra plants.



29/01/2018 - Chichester in Partnership bulletin


Events/ Training


Time to talk Day - Thursday 1st February


Coastal West Sussex Mind are launching a campaign to get people talking about stigma and mental health on Time to Talk Day, Thursday 1st February.

Please help us by getting involved with any or all of these activities. We'd like you to also share this email as far and wide as you can to colleagues, friends and family.

The idea is simple and based on a popular pastime; painting pebbles. You might choose to also hide them for people to find. For our campaign we want you to add our community anti-stigma and awareness message to the pebbles and share an image and message on social media.



Being influencers and supporters


Paint a pebble/pebbles and on the back put #timetotalk and #westsussexrocks. We will be circulating # stickers if you would like any for the reverse of the pebbles

Take a photo of your painted pebble and post with a comment on social media, tagging #westsussexrocks and #timetotalk

Show your support of our campaign by liking, sharing and commenting on our Facebook page. You can do this even if you don't post your own pebble picture. The key messages are:

It is time to talk about mental health to help end stigma

People feel less alone when we break the stony silence of stigma

Many pebbles make a shoreline, many people make a movement

Share our campaign messaging with some of the images we've created- you can download them here. Or, simply share, or repost from our pages to your network

Not everyone has social media accounts, but that's no problem - either ask a friend who does, or take a photo and we can post your picture / message for you



For those who are getting involved by hiding pebbles, let people know which area you are hiding them in. Always hide them in a safe place for example on the beach, beach area, park or, with permission, in a shop.


If you would like any more information, please email us on or call us on 01903 277 000. We hope you can join us.




Learn top online safety tips at upcoming events. For more information click here


Those concerned about staying safe online are urged to come along to one of West Sussex County Council's upcoming internet safety events.




Fundraiser Network Meeting - How your volunteers can help you fundraise, Thursday, February 8, 20189:30 AM - 12:30 PM GMT For more information click here


Getting Volunteers to help you fundraise. Thinking outside the box. We will be looking at what volunteers know and what they can do for you. Some examples can be social media, marketing, bid writing, community fundraising and time. Come along and join us at our monthly network with likeminded individuals, and: Share experiences of fundraising, Find out about funding sources Learn new skills, Get 1:1 support. FREE to our members and partner organisations

£20 a session for non members




General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Training

Thursday 15th February 2018, 9.30am - 12.30pm Bersted Green Learning Centre

Join us to hear about the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation coming into force in May 2018. This training will help explain the provisions organisations require to comply with GDPR. To book a place register at / 01243 840305

£5 - for voluntary organisations

£25 - for statutory sector or non voluntary sector






Chichester Festival Theatre Buddies


The CFT Buddies scheme supports those who don't feel able or comfortable attending a performance on their own. The scheme will provide a volunteer companion for audience members who may not have the necessary support to enable them to enjoy a theatre visit. This scheme would benefit:

- Elderly and socially isolated patrons

- Individuals with learning difficulties or are on the autistic spectrum

- Individuals with physical, eyesight and hearing difficulties

If you would like to register interest for a CFT buddy, please call the

Box Office on 01243 781312 or email and hearing




Chichester Wellbeing


The latest HeartSmart walk programme February to May 2018 is now available and can be downloaded here Paper copies of the programme are available from Chichester District Council, The Novium, your local Library or GP Surgery.




Our WellBalanced course will be running in Midhurst in February, this is a workshop for over 65's who feel unsteady on their feet and have lost confidence with their balance. For more information or to book a place please call us on 01243 521041 or email us on






More than £300,000 pledged to support small businesses and retailers across Chichester District. For more information click here

Leading councillors have approved a package of support worth more than £300,000 to help small businesses and retailers across Chichester District, as well as bolster a scheme which helps people to find work.




Let us help you celebrate your apprenticeship success. For more information click here


Calling all West Sussex apprentices! Let us help you celebrate your apprenticeship success at a Graduation Ceremony at Chichester Cathedral.

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