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08 April 2020 - CDC warns against bonfires during the Coronavirus outbreak


People are being urged not to light bonfires in the Chichester District in order to protect the health of others during the coronavirus crisis.


Since the beginning of the outbreak, Chichester District Council has seen an increase in reports of residents burning garden and general waste at their properties.


"Smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems, which people with virus symptoms may be experiencing," says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services." Please do not burn your garden waste, or any other waste, and be mindful of your neighbours and local community who may be spending time in their gardens during the lockdown.




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08 April 2020 - Council Tax Help for residents in the Chichester District


Chichester District Council is making people aware of all of the support that is available to help them pay their bills during this challenging time.


The council offers a number of discounts for council tax payers, including Council Tax Reduction, which is a means tested benefit and does not take account of outgoings. For people that are already claiming Council Tax Reduction, the Government has announced a Hardship Fund to support residents who are struggling financially.


Residents who are eligible for the support will have their award automatically credited to their council tax bill. Residents do not need to contact the council to receive this payment because they hold all of the relevant details to apply this discount automatically. Payments are estimated to be processed from mid to late April and will be done as quickly as possible. People who are eligible will receive a revised council tax bill, which will reflect the hardship fund that has been applied.



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31 March 2020 - Vacancy for a Parish Councillor


Lavant Parish Council has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor which it can fill by co-option.


If you would like to help develop, protect and improve your local community for the future - why not join the Parish Council?


If you are interested please request an application form from


Dawn Salter - Clerk to the Parish Council

email -

tel - 07547 107124


Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 10th April 2020.


Signed: D A Salter

Clerk to the Parish Council


26 March 2020 - Our Clerk has a new phone number


With immediate effect, please use the following number to contact our Clerk.


07547 107124


The old number is no longer operative.


23 March 2020 - Lavant Memorial Hall - now closed


LMH is now closed with immediate effect until further notice.


They have advised that they will issue refunds or credits for cancelled bookings.


The situation will be kept under review and hall users will be advised when there is the prospect of re-opening.


Please see their website for further information at


23 March 2020 - Post Office in St Nicholas' church


We have been informed that the Post Office which usually comes to St Nic's church on a Monday morning will not be operational for the foreseeable future, as a result of the Coronavirus situation. We will advise when we know it is returning.


23 March 2020 - WSCC Closure of Household Waste Recycling Sites


All Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex are now closed until further notice due to the current Covid-19 situation.

This is to reinforce the need for social distancing, protecting staff and highway safety.

With high numbers of visits, the risks of spread are greater and we cannot encourage this risk or guarantee visitor or staff safety at the HWRSs. We will be looking at measures that can be taken to enable us to re-open the sites safely, but for the time being we have no choice but to close them entirely. We will issue guidance on disposal of excess waste, with the focus on vulnerable and elderly residents in the first instance. Thank you for your patience and understanding and please check the West Sussex Recycles website for updates and further information.


Household Collections - at the present time, household recycling and waste collections continue as normal across West Sussex, and we will be supporting our colleagues at the district and borough councils to enable these to continue, but would ask residents to be sensible about their waste production.

You can also find information about recycling and waste reduction on our website:


The Government has issued advice about disposing of rubbish should you have a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in your household. Used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be put into a rubbish bag. The bag should then be put into a second bag and tied securely. You should then wait 72 hours before putting it in your outside bin. You are able to dispose of other household waste as normal.

Please continue to check for details of any impact to County Council services. We would also advise you to check any information or updates given by your local district and borough council, as they operate your waste and recycling collections and will be able to advise of any disruption or changes.


20 March 2020 - Coronavirus - Chichester District Council update


The CDC customer service centre is currently still open, but CDC are discouraging people from coming in and instead want you to use online services at or if you do not have online access, then to call by phone to 01243 534734.


Support for vulnerable people


West Sussex County Council is the lead for the area's Vulnerable People's Plan, but CDC will be supporting them with this work. West Sussex County Council is creating local hubs for groups through their libraries. Those who want to offer support should email Another option is to contact Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester who can provide advice and guidance, and signpost people to volunteers in their area.


While the majority of people genuinely want to help, there are always some who will take advantage of a difficult situation. CDC want people to be on their guard against those who may offer services around shopping and other support who may not be as genuine as they seem. CDC advice would be to only take up offers of help from people you know, or from organisations that you are aware of and ask to check any ID. Please also pass this advice on to others who may be a target for unscrupulous individuals to make sure that we all protect each other during these difficult times.


Issues that are currently being addressed include food poverty, social isolation, financial poverty, ways to prevent fraud against the vulnerable and mental health.


From a housing perspective, CDC are especially looking at support to rough sleepers and those who find themselves homeless.


More information will follow on this shortly and will be available at


Waste and Recycling Services


CDC services are currently running as normal. If this changes, they will make people aware through our social media sites, website and the media.


CDC will also be issuing guidance on what people need to do with their waste if they are self-isolating. Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.




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NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of (and parking on) BrandyHole Lane, Chichester from junction with Broyle Road to junction with St Pauls Road is temporarily prohibited from 17/03/20 at 09:30 until 17/03/20 at 15:00.


Road Closed signs will be in place either side of the closure at the nearest appropriate junctions.


The restriction will be in place day-time only between 09:30 - 15:00.


This closure is necessary to allow Chichester District Council Contract Services tocut back roadside vegetation and overhanging trees.




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05 March 2020 - Coronavirus - WSCC advice


WSCC have issued advice about the current Coronavirus situation. If you have any questions, it is a useful source of information.


You can help prevent the spread of germs and infection by following Public Health England advice:


Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue and wash your hands.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.


Check out the WSCC website for more information at Coronavirus - Everything you Need to Know

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