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Latest Information Regarding Covid-19 from Chichester District Council

Headlines

  • There will be a four week pause at step 3, until 19 July.
  • Relevant regulations will be extended until the end of Sunday 18 July.
  • The data will be continuously reviewed and assessed against the four tests.
  • An announcement on proceeding with this new date will happen no later than 12 July.
  • If the data is better than expected in a couple of weeks, the Government may be in a position to move to step 4 earlier than 19 July.

What you can and can’t do

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#if-youre-in-an-area-where-the-new-covid-19-variant-is-spreading

Life events

Large events

  • Another phase of events pilots will be run for large events, including to test certification.
  • This will see approximately 10-15 large events (some over multiple days) permitted post-21 June at higher capacities with attendees demonstrating Covid status.
  • The list of events will be published on GOV.UK

Residential visits

  • Guidance will be amended to allow out of school settings (eg Scouts, Girl Guides etc) to organise residential visits in ‘bubbles’ of up to 30 children.
  • This is an increase from the current limit of six or two households, and aligns with the current position for schools.

Vaccinations

  • A first vaccine dose will have been offered to all adults by w/c 19 July.
  • All over-40s who had their first dose by mid-May will be offered their second dose by w/c19 July.

Adult social care

  • Need to isolate after visits out or on an admission will be removed, as will the requirement for residents to isolate for 14 days after visits out (with the exception of overnight stays in hospital, or a visit which is deemed high risk by the care home).
  • Need to isolate following admission from the community will also be removed (subject to criteria specified in the guidance and as long as daily PHE testing protocol continues).
  • All residents can nominate an Essential Care Giver (ECG) for any purpose or care need (rather than only where the purpose or care need cannot easily be provided by care home staff), and permit visits from ECGs during periods of isolation.

Enhanced response

  • Additional support is to be introduced in key areas affected by high levels of the Delta variant, including Cheshire East; Cheshire West and Chester; Liverpool City Region; Warrington; Birmingham; and Blackpool. This follows the introduction of further support in Greater Manchester and Lancashire last week.
  • The support package aims to supress the spread of the Delta variant and break chains of transmission. This approach has been working in parts of London and in Bolton, stopping a rise in the number of cases.
Latest Information Regarding Covid-19 from Chichester District Council2021-06-16T07:22:49+01:00

Notice of Public Rights – Your Opportunity to View the Finances of the Parish Council

Notice of Public Rights of the Parish Council’s Annual Audit.

This is your opportunity to view the accounts of the Parish Council.

Below is the formal notice and information about contacting the Clerk, if you wish to view the finance file which includes the income and expenditure of the Parish Council for financial year 2020-21.

Please see the notice here.

 

 

Notice of Public Rights – Your Opportunity to View the Finances of the Parish Council2021-06-04T07:46:39+01:00

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The Councillors and Clerk of Easebourne Parish Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

Chichester Cathedral in West Street, Chichester is welcoming the laying of flowers near to the West Door.

An electronic Book of Condolence has also been made available by Chichester District Council, please find the link below:

https://www.chichester.gov.uk/condolencebook

An electronic national Book of Condolence is also available, please find the link below:

www.royal.uk

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh2021-04-09T18:27:42+01:00

Easebourne Park CLOSED on Tuesday 30th March 2021

Easebourne Park will be closed from 8am to 6pm on Tuesday 30th March for essential groundworks to aid surface drainage in the Park.

As many of you will be aware, the Park was rather muddy for much of the winter. This was due to surface compaction not allowing surface water to drain away, something the groundwork on Tuesday will alleviate.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but trust you will find the park less muddy on your future visits.

Easebourne Parish Council
Easebourne Park CLOSED on Tuesday 30th March 20212021-03-28T16:43:10+01:00

Update from Chichester District Council

This week has marked a really positive step forward in the journey towards the end of lockdown, with schools and colleges opening their doors again.

It has been wonderful to see children on their way to school in the morning, eager to see their friends again and resume face-to-face teaching. On Monday many pupils were greeted with balloons as they walked into their schools, which was a lovely celebratory touch. As a school governor, I know how hard our schools have been working in preparation for this week, from organising Covid testing to getting lesson plans in place and ensuring that the buildings are safe for everyone.

I know that teachers and support staff will be making their pupils feel really welcome and will be working over and above to help them adjust and get back into the swing of school life after such a long time studying online, away from the classroom. I’d also like to pay tribute to all the parents who have had such a difficult task over the past few months, homeschooling their children while often working from home themselves, and to our teachers for running online lessons and also keeping the children of our key workers safe in school.

It’s also especially heartwarming to know that care home residents are now being allowed to see one regular, nominated visitor indoors. This contact is hugely important for both our elderly care home residents and their families and I hope that it will bring much comfort to all those concerned.

As part of the Step 1 easing, we can now leave our homes and meet outside with one friend not from our household. As the days lengthen this is a very welcome boost, but as the Government explained last month, lifting restrictions is going to be a very gradual process. It depends on us all continuing to play our part as the vaccine programme carries on being rolled out, so I urge everyone – including those of you, like me, who have had your vaccine – to follow the current guidance. As the adverts say, every space made, every weekend spent at home, every virtual call and every window that you open, all help to reduce infection rates.

Although the roadmap to the end of lockdown is in progress, the financial effects of the past year will be with us long term. If you are experiencing financial hardship then I appeal to you to contact us for advice. There is a lot of help available, and we want to reach out to people before their situation worsens and before people slide into debt or are faced with potential homelessness.

There are many different circumstances affecting people: for example you may have been furloughed, or made redundant, or your household may have suffered the loss of one or both incomes. This may have caused you to fall behind with your rent or mortgage for the first time. Or, you may be a landlord with a single property which acts as your retirement pension but you are currently not receiving any income and don’t know what to do. Our benefits team can offer advice and guidance about your options and where to go for further support.

If your earnings have changed because of the pandemic then you can check www.entitledto.co.uk which is a quick and easy benefits calculator which will tell you if you would be eligible to receive any benefits.

If you need help with your mortgage then we can advise you of the different government help available and options around payment holidays which are offered by mortgage and loan providers.

And if you are struggling with the cost of your council tax I encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss your account so that we can try and work out how we can help you.

We know that there are people in our district who may be struggling with the stress of changes to their financial situation, but help is there and I really urge you to contact us before things get more serious, so that we can provide help and advice. You can find out more information at www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances

As ever thank you for the part you are playing in the fight against Covid-19, each action we take will make a huge difference.

Best wishes,

Councillor Eileen Lintill

Leader, Chichester District Council

Update from Chichester District Council2021-03-09T19:27:30+00:00

9.30am -3.00pm on 11th March 2021 Use of Glaziers Lane – Prohibited

 WEST SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL 

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC REGULATION 

GLAZIERS LANE, EASEBOURNE 

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) Glaziers Lane, Easebourne from junction with Easebourne Street is temporarily prohibited from 11/03/21. 

The restriction will be in place off peak only between 09.30 – 15.00 

This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC 

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times 

The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site 

This restriction will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the start date given above 

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway please contact West Sussex County Council on 01243 642105 

Any queries about the works please contact Balfour Beatty on 01243 642105 

Dated 26 February 2021 

Matt Davey 

Director of Highways, Transport and Planning 

9.30am -3.00pm on 11th March 2021 Use of Glaziers Lane – Prohibited2021-02-27T16:02:52+00:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2021-02-26T19:55:30+00:00

Textiles and small electrical items to be recycled as part of trial collection scheme in Chichester District

Textiles and small electrical items to be recycled as part of trial collection scheme in Chichester District

Leading councillors have given the green light to start a trial kerbside collection scheme for textiles and small waste electrical and electronic items.

The eight-month pilot was approved by Chichester District Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday 2 February. The trial will start this summer, covering 75% of the population of Chichester District. Items such as old toasters, kettles and hairdryers will be collected in a separate reusable bag as part of the fortnightly recycling collection.

The trial has been funded by a £68,000 grant from West Sussex County Council, and will run until early 2022. After the results are reviewed and analysed, Cabinet councillors will be asked to decide whether or not the service should be made permanent across the whole district.

Analysis carried out three years ago by West Sussex County Council found that the county’s black waste contained approximately 4.4% of textiles and 0.9% of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). A permanent scheme could increase the district’s recycling levels by up to 2.5%.

“We are always keen to do more to help improve recycling rates and we are delighted to announce this trial scheme,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment at Chichester District Council. “With the environment and climate change at the forefront of residents’ minds, we want to do all that we can to enable residents to make a positive difference.

“We already collect a wide range of materials for recycling such as foil; pots, tubs and trays; glass; cartons and aerosol cans as well as plastic bottles, cans, paper and card. This new trial will further expand on this and enable residents to prevent even more of their waste from going to landfill.

“We are expecting the Government to introduce new legislation requiring all waste collection authorities to introduce separate collections for textiles and small WEEE by 2025. By running a trial now we will be getting prepared and ahead of the game in time for these changes.”

Full details of how the scheme will work will be released nearer the time and will be placed on the council’s website.

Residents can find further recycling tips at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/recyclingadvice

 

 

Textiles and small electrical items to be recycled as part of trial collection scheme in Chichester District2021-02-03T17:11:35+00:00

NHS Vaccination Programme update

NHS Vaccination Programme update

As you are aware, we are having regular meetings with our NHS colleagues on the progress of the vaccination programme in the Chichester District. Please find the key points that were covered in this week’s meeting below.

Vaccinations for the over 80s

As of Friday 29 January 2021:

  • 90.4% of the over 80s in the North of the district had received their first dose of the vaccine – which amounts to over 7,500 vaccinations.
  • 75% of the over 80s in the South of the district had received the first dose of the vaccine – which amounts to over 6,600 vaccinations. Excellent progress has been made considering the GP-led centres in the South of the district have only been running for two weeks.

Our NHS colleagues are currently on course to meet the targets set by Government. By the end of the weekend, these figures will have increased significantly because of the appointments that are due to take place over the next few days.

If you are over 80 and have yet to be contacted, do not worry, you will be contacted by your local GP-led vaccination service.

Vaccination deliveries

These occur twice a week at each GP-led vaccination site. This is co-ordinated nationally by NHS England. The sites then determine their opening hours and days. In some cases, although it may appear that a site is only open on certain days further vaccinations may also be taking place in additional clinics. This all depends on the delivery that is sent through.

The good news is that the vast majority of people are turning up for their vaccinations and all sites are also referring to their reserve lists when this doesn’t happen.

Some people have asked why some large sites seem to have unlimited supplies, while others receive smaller amounts. Although it may appear this way, the volume sent to each site is based on their capacity and needs. We have been assured that there are no issues on supplies for the district.

Vaccination sites

Conversations are ongoing about introducing a high volume site in the centre of Chichester. Our NHS colleagues are exploring a number of sites, and the final decision will be agreed with NHS England. They believe that they are very close to resolving this and are hopeful that a decision will be made on this over the next week. If given the go-ahead, they believe that a central site can be opened rapidly.

The NHS has to ensure there are the staff requirements for the site and this is one of most important elements being agreed.

When identifying suitable sites, the NHS has to meet certain criteria. This includes: digital access, flooring, floor space, the potential flow of people in and out of the site, availability of parking, location in terms of traffic building up and space for staff. They also need to consider the volume of vaccinations that can take place at a centre.

National booking system

If you are aged over 70, you may receive a letter from the national booking system inviting you to attend one of the large vaccination sites within 60 miles of your home, or one of the approved pharmacies (in our case, this is in Midhurst).

It’s really important to note that you do not have to accept this invitation, and you can wait for your GP-led vaccination centre to contact you.

This is an extra opportunity to access the vaccine, providing you with the option of accessing your vaccination quicker if you want to. If you decide to ignore the letter, there is no need to worry as you will still be contacted by your local GP-led vaccination centre.

Sheltered housing

Our NHS colleagues have been contacting residents in sheltered accommodation to see if they can travel to one of the GP-led vaccination centres for their vaccination. However, if they can’t manage to get to one of the centres, then one of the NHS roving teams will come out to them directly.

 

 

NHS Vaccination Programme update2021-01-29T17:44:23+00:00
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