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Bonfires

A message from Chichester District Council

We are urging residents not to light bonfires during the coronavirus crisis to protect the health of others. Smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems which people with virus symptoms may be experiencing. People are also likely to want to enjoy their gardens during the virus lockdown. Please be mindful of your neighbours and fellow community members and do not burn any waste under any circumstances.

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Bonfires2020-04-06T19:08:08+01:00

A message from Eileen Lintill, Leader of Chichester District Council

Last week, it was very touching to see people come out of their homes across the country to clap for our carers. Coming together to support one another in times such as this is what makes our country great. We are particularly lucky in our district that we have such strong communities and networks that are helping to support family, friends and neighbours through this crisis. I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who is playing a role in this.

As a council, we are working in partnership with West Sussex County Council, which has developed a Community Hub to support the most vulnerable residents in our communities. You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help, or if you want to volunteer your services in these difficult times. This will be available seven days a week and staff will be on hand to respond to enquiries from 8am-8pm. The team will be contacting the most vulnerable to tell them how to get help. The best way to contact the hub is online; if you have access go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/covid19communityhub. A dedicated telephone helpline is also available for residents who are unable to go online: 033 022 27980. We are trying to keep the resources available through the hub for those who are most vulnerable, so if you do have support in place already, such as from family or friends, then please continue to use their support.

We also want to assure you that we are also doing everything we can to help rough sleepers during the current crisis. We are especially conscious that rough sleepers face particular health risks and so we have offered all known rough sleepers accommodation.  The majority have taken up the council’s offer and are now in accommodation. However, there are a small number of long term rough sleepers who continue to refuse all help. In these cases we provide advice and guidance around the need for self-isolation and signpost to the support that is available. We will continue to support rough sleepers once they are in accommodation by ensuring that they have a phone, food supplies and are in regular contact with a key worker. Support will also be available through Stonepillow day centres in Chichester and Bognor, which are providing food and access to other services. It is worth noting that in order to meet social distancing guidance; the centres are limited to a certain number of people at any one time. We are supporting this work by providing staff to assist Stonepillow at the Chichester Hub. I also want to thank Sainsburys who have donated food to Stonepillow, Four Streets and Heart, all of whom are continuing to provide fantastic support to those who need it the most at this difficult time. Thank you to all of you.

We are also working tirelessly to support those who are most affected by this crisis. This includes assisting those who are at risk of being made homeless, those who are unable to pay their rent, those who are concerned about being able to pay their council tax and of course supporting our local businesses. Our Economic Development Team has spoken to over 200 businesses offering support and guidance. We’ve also been sending details out about the business rate relief and grant schemes, as well as directing people to all of the other Government business support that is available. Our Revenue and Benefits team has also sent communications out to all of those who are eligible for business rate relief.

The government has also announced a Hardship Fund to support those residents who are financially struggling. Residents who are eligible for the support will have their award automatically credited to their Council Tax bill. Residents do not need to contact us to receive this payment because we have all of the relevant details. The benefits team will be processing these payments as quickly as possible and currently estimates that this will be done during April.

What you can be assured of is that we are doing everything we can to support those who need our help during this very difficult time.

We are doing all we can to continue to collect your waste and recycling as usual, but there may be times where this may be affected. If this is the case, please place your bin out on your next fortnightly collection day. At the moment, our priority is to collect household rubbish and household recycling. Please also keep a close look at our website www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus or follow our social media pages on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on all of our services.

I also want to let you know that Cllr Susan Taylor, Deputy Leader of Chichester District Council, and I have written to the Secretary of State and have lobbied our MP, to ask for a delay to the Local Plan. It is important that our focus is supporting our local communities right now and we hope that they will take this into consideration. I will update you when we have more information.

I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and support through these unprecedented times. I can assure you that our teams are working tirelessly to support our local communities. To keep up to date with the latest updates from the council, please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus

Thank you again for playing your part in this crisis, by staying at home and following the Government’s guidance. Together we will get through this.

Best wishes

Cllr Eileen Lintill

Leader of Chichester District Council

A message from Eileen Lintill, Leader of Chichester District Council2020-04-02T09:26:12+01:00

St Marys Church information

In line with Government guidance local churches are now closed for worship but they are keeping connected to their congregations through online presence.
The Parish Magazine was also unable to be delivered but has been put online and the next edition will also now be online.
If you want to see what’s happening in St Mary’s Church Easebourne, click on the link below to the priory parishes website.

http://www.thepriorychurches.co.uk/

St Marys Church information2020-04-01T14:00:53+01:00

Easebourne Park Community Shelter project status

At this present time we have sadly had to shut down the build project for our brand new Community shelter. However, we’re working closely with our local contractor, Artizans of Wood to see if it’s possible to continue the build project in the near future, providing that those involved can do so safely and comply with strict Government instructions.

As we’re sure you can appreciate, there are a considerable number of factors involved and under no circumstances will we put anyone at risk, but if we can find a solution that will enable work to continue then it will be something we can all look forward to using when the current rules are relaxed.

We will post more information here and on Facebook as soon as it is known.

Easebourne Park Community Shelter project status2020-03-26T15:24:32+00:00

Update from Midhurst Angels

We have received the attached update from the Midhurst Angels as to where you can source various food essentials, drinks and takeaway meals in the area. We will post again as and when there are further updates.

Update from Midhurst Angels2020-03-25T15:17:22+00:00

Latest update from Chichester District Council

Coronavirus: latest update

 24 March 2020

Time: 17.00

This briefing is to keep you updated on the evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) and the actions being taken in the district. This information can be shared widely. 

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Our response
  • Service update
  • Free parking
  • How to contact us

Latest update

The Prime Minister announced last night (23 March) that the country is now locked down. All non-essential shops are now to close, with only food stores, hardware shops, chemists, petrol stations and newsagents allowed to open.

  • People are allowed out once a day to exercise – such as a run, walk or bike ride – but they must do this by themselves or with people from their household.
  • They must only shop for essential items and do this as infrequently as possible
  • They can leave for any medical need – including going out for medication and medical appointments
  • Workers who are unable to work from home are allowed to travel – but the Government is expecting most people to stay at home.
  • Gatherings of more than two people in public are banned, unless they are members of your own household.
  • Social events, weddings and baptisms cannot go ahead – but funerals can

Our response – Chichester District Council

We are working around the clock with our public sector partners to support our residents and businesses. Our focus will be on the most vulnerable – those who can’t go out to do their shopping and who don’t have family and friends who can help; those who can’t afford to pay their bills; and those who do not have a roof over their heads. This is in addition to running vital services, such as collecting household waste and supporting local businesses.

What you can be sure of is that, along with our public sector partners, we are here to help and support you at this really difficult time.

Thank you to all of those who are helping to tackle this massive challenge.

Service changes

Information on the status of our services can be found at www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus

Update on council staffing

Most staff are now working from home, and those who are out working in our community have been given clear guidance and support.

A wide range of information and guides has and will continued to be shared with council staff about working from home and maintaining business continuity in these challenging times

Council Tax help

If anyone is concerned about being able to pay council tax bills due to the impact of the coronavirus, please let us know as soon as possible. The best way is to visit www.chichester.gov.uk/counciltax, or contact by email revenues@chichester.gov.uk  If you do not have online access, please call us on 01243 785166. Please note that due to high call volumes we recommend using our online services in the first instance wherever possible.

Support for businesses

The government has announced a package of support for businesses and residents to help them through these difficult times. Our teams have been busy identifying those that are eligible for business rate support and we are in the process of writing to them. Further support is also on its way for both businesses and those residents who are struggling – and as soon as we have the details from the government we will respond immediately.

Supporting the vulnerable

We’ve also been working in partnership with West Sussex County Council, which is setting up a volunteer hub, that will be up and running this week. There will be a dedicated phone line, which will be announced as soon as possible. Alternatively, people can email volunteering@westsussex.gov.uk if they want to offer help; or, communities@westsussex.gov.uk if they want to find out or let us know what community activity is in place. What’s critical at times like this is that we are working together to support our most vulnerable. Please support family members and neighbours by making sure that they have the food and medication they need. This means that we can focus our efforts on supporting those who are alone and don’t have anyone. By working together we can make sure that the vulnerable in our communities are safe and supported. What’s vital is that we all join together to support one another. Please phone friends and neighbours who live alone and give them access to that vital lifeline that they need. Support family members with food parcels and messages of support. Please encourage older family members who can’t get out not to panic.

Chichester Foodbank

We are also working closely with the Chichester Food Bank. They are currently offering an appointment service to those who need their help. This is so that they can make sure that social distancing measures are in place. They can be contacted at info@chichesterdistrict.foodbank.org.uk or on 01243 773687.

Housing, homelessness and rough sleepers

We want to assure you that we are also doing everything we can to help rough sleepers during the current crisis. We are especially conscious that rough sleepers face particular health risks and so we have identified a variety of short term accommodation options for all of the known rough sleepers in Chichester. A very small number of people may refuse this, and in these cases we will provide advice and guidance around the need for self-isolation and signpost to the support that is available. We will continue to support rough sleepers once they are in accommodation by ensuring that they have a phone and are in regular contact with a key worker. Support will also be available through Stonepillow day centres in Chichester and Bognor, which are offering access to food and other services. It is worth noting that in order to meet social distancing guidance, the centres are limited to a certain number of people at any one time. We are supporting this work by providing staff to assist Stonepillow at the Chichester Hub.

Please remember that our teams are also here to support residents if they are at risk of being made homeless, or they are unable to pay their rent.

Waste and recycling collections

We are trying as hard as we can to keep waste and recycling collections running as normal but due to staff shortages, we need to prioritise domestic waste (black bins) and waste that will decompose (garden waste). We will endeavour to collect your recycling on your normal collection day but this is likely to become increasingly difficult.

Please put all of your bins out for collection on your normal day, and place them at the roadside for ease of collection. In all cases, please leave your bin out for collection all day as our crews may be arriving later than usual. If we cannot collect your recycling, please keep hold of this while alternative arrangements are considered. Thank you very much for your co-operation and help with this.

Due to the scale of this unprecedented problem we are unable receive reports of missed bins either online or by phone. If your bin has been missed, please leave it out for collection on your next normal collection day and keep an eye out for updates on this page, and on our website at www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus

Free parking for NHS staff

We have also been in touch with our local NHS colleagues to say that their staff can use one of our Chichester car parks for free. We are in awe of them and we hope this helps them in a small way.

Free parking for essential services for the next three weeks

We are also suspending parking charges in all of our car parks across the district for the next three weeks to support essential services.

Contacting us and accessing information

As a council, we have dedicated web pages at www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus  to support residents and businesses with information on our critical services – from council tax, to business support, to volunteering, to homelessness. These pages also provide you with updates on the status of our services, including waste and recycling collections. This information is being updated daily. We are also providing regular updates on our social media pages www.twitter.com/ChichesterDC and www.facebook.com/ChichesterDistrictCouncil

We realise not everyone has access to a computer. If you do not have online access and are struggling to cope with bills; become homeless, or are worried about your business, please call us on 01243 785166.

 

We ask just one thing of you. Please bear with us. Although it might take some time to get through to us on the phone, or it might take a little longer to pick up your rubbish – we will help you.

 

Website: www.chichester.gov.uk

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ChichesterDC

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChichesterDistrictCouncil

 

Latest update from Chichester District Council2020-03-31T18:06:07+01:00

Easebourne Park Play Equipment CLOSED

IMPORTANT NEWS 

COVID-19 Government Direction

The UK Government guidance published 23rd March 2020 in relation to “stopping public gatherings” and closing “non-essential public spaces” states that whilst parks can remain open, “communal places within parks, such as playgrounds”, must closeTherefore until further notice, ALL Easebourne Park play equipment must no longer be used.

If you continue to use the Park for exercise, please practice strict social distancing rules.

Easebourne Park Play Equipment CLOSED2020-03-31T18:06:16+01:00

Week 3 of the Community Shelter build!

As we enter the 3rd week of the build for our new Community Shelter being built by the super talented and local Artizans of Wood, the roof is really starting to take shape! Once completed, the roof will be covered in sedum to help it blend into our beautiful surroundings.

With the ground drying out nicely, next on site will be our local groundworks contractor ACS to lay an extension to the existing perimeter path to lead to and around the shelter. At the same time they will install pads for 2 new, square picnic benches. Our other local partner, Playsafe Playgrounds will then install our fully accessible see-saw and a brand new notice board that can be jointly used by the Parish Council and you, our community!

Despite the extremely challenging times we are all living in at the moment, our contractors are doing an amazing job to keep the projects running and completely so when we can all get outside again there are there for us to enjoy!

Week 3 of the Community Shelter build!2020-03-23T15:40:55+00:00

Our shelter is getting a roof!

We thought you’d like to see the latest addition to the Community Shelter in Easebourne Park – it’s started to get it’s roof, which when it’s finished will be a completely living sedum roof, blending in beautifully with our National Park surroundings!

We’re hugely grateful for the super talented team from local business Artizans of Wood for ploughing ahead with construction in these challenging times.

 

Our shelter is getting a roof!2020-03-20T18:42:30+00:00