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Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2020-07-03T19:08:00+01:00

Plans for protecting West Sussex residents from the spread of COVID-19 are published

Plans for protecting West Sussex residents from the spread of COVID-19 are published

Plans for how West Sussex will cope with any local outbreak of COVID-19 have been published by West Sussex County Council.

Every County and Unitary Council has been asked to publish its plans to deal with local pockets of the virus which may appear.

The West Sussex plan, which includes details about the public health response, what action businesses and members of the public might be asked to take, and how this will be communicated, can be found on our website.

Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health at West Sussex County Council, said: “COVID-19 has affected our way of life and everyday routine extensively. We have been asked to make unprecedented sacrifices in order to limit the spread of this virus and as national restrictions begin to lift, it is important for us to make sure that here in West Sussex we are able to monitor and manage any rise in cases locally.

“I know that a considerable number of people, as well as our businesses, are very keen to get back to a more normal life, but I also recognise that this will cause a certain amount of anxiety. We want to ensure that we get the balance right between keeping our residents safe and well while getting our economy back on track.”

To ensure the plan is delivering for residents, a Local Outbreak Engagement Board (LOEB) will be established as a sub-group of the County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB). This is chaired by Amanda Jupp and will report to the quarterly Health and Wellbeing Board, which is held in public. Dates and times of the meetings are available on our website.

Plans for protecting West Sussex residents from the spread of COVID-19 are published2020-07-03T07:48:11+01:00

Update from Chichester District Council

Thursday 2 July 2020

Issued by the Communications Team – publicrelations@chichester.gov.uk

www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.twitter.com/ChichesterDC

www.facebook.com/ChichesterDistrictCouncil

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

Who does it affect?

  • Residents and businesses within the district
  • Chichester District Council staff and councillors
  • Parish councils
  • Community groups and charitable organisations

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Stay alert
  • Service changes
  • Parks reopening
  • Litter in public places
  • Parking patrols boosted
  • Public toilets
  • Domestic waste and recycling collections
  • Parking offers
  • Meeting up with friends and family
  • Pubs and restaurants reopening
  • Stay safe, leave a space
  • Community hub
  • COVID-19 local outbreak plan
  • Legionella risks after lockdown
  • Keeping children safe online
  • Shielding reminder
  • Coronavirus statutory sick pay scheme
  • Stay in touch 

Latest update

This week the Prime Minister made a speech outlining how the Government would be bringing forward £5billion of funding for capital investment projects to support jobs and the economic recovery. Projects include:

  • hospital maintenance;
  • road network improvements;
  • school re-building and repairs;
  • digital upgrades and maintenance to some court buildings;
  • prison building maintenance and creating temporary prison places;
  • a series of local growth projects; and,
  • money to speed up investment in town centres and high streets.

You can find out more about the Prime Minister’s announcement at https://bit.ly/PMBuildSpeech

Stay alert
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. You can find more information on what you need to do at www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus and the very latest government advice is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Service changes

Please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/councilservicestatus for all the latest information.

Parks reopening

Our play parks will be open again by this weekend. Please make sure that you refer to the guidelines that we have placed at each site to make sure that you and your children stay safe.

Litter in public places

Our litter enforcement officers are patrolling busy areas and fining anyone who is caught littering. We have seen an increase in the amount of litter that is being generated, especially on our beaches and in our car parks. We want to assure you that our teams are working flat out to keep on top of this, but we ask that if you find a full bin, or you can’t find somewhere to place your rubbish, please take it home with you.

Even though we are regularly clearing up and emptying bins, the sheer volume of people using our car parks and beaches has meant that we have seen an increase in littering. We will be increasing our messaging from our Against Litter campaign, to remind people that they have a role to play in making sure that our district is kept beautiful. Find out more at www.chichester.gov.uk/againstlitter

Parking patrols boosted

We have boosted parking patrols, especially in our coastal areas, and we will continue to do this. We’ve also met with the West Wittering Estate who own and run West Wittering beach and car park to discuss concerns raised by local residents. They are gradually increasing parking capacity, and they are advising anyone who has not booked that they should not visit West Wittering beach. We have been issuing Penalty Charge Notices to anyone who parks illegally, and we are looking at other possible measures that could be taken. We are also working closely with West Sussex County Council, which is responsible for the roads, and the Police — who have the powers to deal with anti-social behaviour — to discuss what further action could be taken, especially when hot weather is expected.

Public toilets

All of our public conveniences remain open and are being cleaned regularly. Please remember to maintain social distancing when using our parks and toilets.

Domestic waste and recycling collections

We are continuing to empty your bins as usual, including household waste, recycling, green recycling and trade waste. The teams have been working hard to make sure that all services are running.

Parking offers

Don’t forget that if you are paying to park in Chichester District Council car parks you can select two hours and get a third free if you use the MiPermit app over the next three months. We are also offering free parking at Avenue de Chartres car park on Saturdays and Sundays for the next three months. Find out more atwww.chichester.gov.uk/parking

Meeting up with friends and family

From Saturday, two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures – updated guidance on social distancing can be found at https://bit.ly/SDUpdated
Where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, this will be reduced to a distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.

Pubs and restaurants reopening

This weekend, many pubs and restaurants across the district will be reopening. We have written to all of them offering advice and guidance, especially around licensing and planning as the Government has indicated that restrictions in these areas could be eased this month, to help them get back on their feet.

However, we do ask that everyone makes sure that they plan ahead because many pubs and restaurants will be working to a strict ‘bookings only’ policy to limit numbers. Please make sure that you follow social distancing guidance at all times and avoid large gatherings or congregating outside licensed premises.

Stay safe, leave a space

It is vital that we all observe social distancing rules as part of our fight against coronavirus. We’ve produced signage which is being displayed across the district, reminding people that they must stay safe and leave a space. We’re currently working on another project which will further expand on this work and we’ve also produced a video with our local businesses to welcome shoppers back to our High Streets at www.chichester.gov.uk/supportlocal

While our Civil Enforcement Officers, Foreshore Officers and Community Wardens have all been closely monitoring social distancing and offering advice, they do not have any powers to enforce these measures.

 

Community hub

We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council and its Community Hub which is there to support the most vulnerable residents in our communities. We have been supporting the hub by collecting and delivering food, supporting volunteers, calling people to check that they are okay.

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.

COVID-19 local outbreak plan

We have been working very closely with West Sussex County Council and our other partners to create a Covid-19 Local Outbreak Plan. The plan works hand-in-hand with the test and trace system, providing a strategy on how we will reduce the spread of the virus if infections start to increase locally. If we see a local spike in coronavirus cases, the plan will ensure a speedy response to contain the virus and prevent it from spreading further. This could range from making sure that infected individuals self-isolate, to locking down a specific local setting or even introducing a wider local lockdown where we will all need to follow this agreed plan.

Legionella risks after lockdown

Our Health Protection Team is reminding local businesses and voluntary groups that they must legally consider the potential for hazardous bacteria if their water system has been fully or partially closed during the lockdown period. If premises have been closed, or operating at reduced capacity, there is an increased risk of Legionella, which grows in water systems that have not been flushed through regularly, and where water has stagnated.

Those premises currently preparing to reopen can find information and advice at www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34084/Council-urges-premises-to-carry-out-post-lockdown-Legionella-checks?fbclid=IwAR2CdZ8IkfD_RGsH5FCZdv4ixAWOgtwHKhi3I4KhZc-uBYIK6ymgTvZ1GXs as well as helpful links at www.chichester.gov.uk/foodguidance.

Keeping children safe onlineAdvice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been updated and can be found atwww.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online

Shielding reminder

Millions of people shielding from coronavirus will be able to spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July. You can find out more information at www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-to-ease-guidance-for-over-2-million-shielding

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The guidance for employers on whether they can use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related statutory sick pay has been updated to include Information about employees who have transferred under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Stay in touch

Make sure you stay in touch with our daily updates on:

www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.facebook.com/ChichesterDistrictCouncil

www.twitter.com/ChichesterDC

www.instagram.com/ChichesterDC

www.linkedin.com/company/chichesterdc

You can also now sign up for our e-newsletters at www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts

Update from Chichester District Council2020-07-03T19:08:35+01:00

Select and Collect service coming to a West Sussex Library near you

Libraries in West Sussex are introducing a phased reintroduction of services from Monday 6 July, starting with a ‘Select and Collect’ service.

The service will allow residents to collect books from the front doors of all 36 West Sussex County Council owned libraries without the need to enter the building.

People will be able to reserve specific titles in the usual way online or by phoning their local library. In addition, people who may not know exactly what they want to borrow, will be able to ask for a more general selection of books chosen by a member of the West Sussex Library team.

Customers can complete a short online form or phone their local library giving them some basic information so that appropriate books can be selected.

People will also be able to pick up existing reservations made before Monday 23 March.

When items are available, the library service will let customers know and arrange a time for the items to be collected.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the West Sussex Library Service has done their utmost to make sure that they offer all library users an alternative service to tide them over until lockdown restrictions were eased.

“Now, they are taking their first step back to a ‘new normal’ by offering this fantastic ‘Select and Collect’ service. We hope that this will get our regular library users comfortable with heading back into their local library when they re-open fully at a later date. It will also allow library users to see some of their regular library staff and have a chat or talk through any worries or concerns they may have about using the libraries at this current time.

“Whatever you plan to do, the staff at all of our libraries are looking forward to welcoming you back.”

Browsing inside the library is not yet available and all libraries will be operating with reduced hours for the foreseeable future.

Once the ‘Select and Collect’ service has been trialled, the next priority is to restore customer access to IT whilst still enabling staff to work safely.

For anyone who cannot visit the library and would like to borrow a selection of stock or request specific items, the Essential Delivery Service, which was set up when libraries closed towards the end of March, will still be available.

There are currently no overdue charges for outstanding items, so please do not worry if you are unable to return your books at this stage.

To take advantage of the ‘Select and Collect’ service, visit arena.westsussex.gov.uk/web/arena/staff-select and fill out the short online form.

Select and Collect service coming to a West Sussex Library near you2020-06-30T09:34:30+01:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2020-06-26T22:50:57+01:00

Update from Public Rights of Way, West Sussex County Council

Please note WSCC has suspended the 15 month Inspection and Maintenance Cycle, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, and is currently only taking action on Public Rights of Way where reported issues require work to ensure public safety on the network. Should any enquiries received not be of this nature it will be logged so it can be prioritised and addressed in the future when normal working practices are resumed. We are currently reviewing when we can re-start inspections in line with government guidance and ask you for your patience in dealing with issues that arise. It is also important to note that our summer clearance programme for surface vegetation has now begun on selected paths and is running between the 1st June and mid-August.

  • At this time it is important to remind people that public footpaths are for use by the public on foot only and cycling on these routes is a trespass against the landowner. This unlawful use risks conflict on the paths themselves and considerable challenges for people trying to keep the necessary 2m apart whilst enjoying the countryside.
  • It is also important to note that landowners are responsible for any side vegetation encroaching onto the path and any structures on the PROW network, such as stiles and gates. If appropriate to do so please contact the landowner, if known, directly to make them aware of the issue but if not you can continue to report such issues by following the link below.

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/land-waste-and-housing/public-paths-and-the-countryside/public-rights-of-way/report-a-problem-with-a-right-of-way/#report-a-problem

  • A final reminder is the need to ensure good hygiene when using the PROW network including regular hand washing along with social distancing in line with government advice.
Update from Public Rights of Way, West Sussex County Council2020-06-21T09:22:54+01:00

Update from Chichester District Council

 

Wednesday 18 June 2020

Issued by the Communications Team – publicrelations@chichester.gov.uk

www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.twitter.com/ChichesterDC

www.facebook.com/ChichesterDistrictCouncil

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

Who does it affect?

  • Residents and businesses within the district
  • Chichester District Council staff and councillors
  • Parish councils
  • Community groups and charitable organisations

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Service changes
  • Remember social distancing
  • Extra downloadable signage for businesses
  • Small business funding being distributed in district
  • Chichester Farmers’ Market this Friday
  • Refuse, recycling, parks and toilets
  • Community hub
  • Waste crime
  • Fitness classes in parks
  • Excellent bathing water status
  • Consultation on draft interim housing policy statement now live
  • Armed Forces Day – 27 June
  • Sign up to our email newsletter
  • Fernhurst Centre receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
  • NHS Test and Trace scam
  • Travel guidance for employees
  • High street support resources
  • Support bubble guidance
  • Test and Trace workplace guidance
  • Psychological first aid training

Latest update

At last night’s Downing Street press briefing the Prime Minister announced a breakthrough by British scientists conducting a coronavirus treatment trial. Using Dexamethasone was shown to reduce deaths among patients on ventilators and on oxygen. The drug is a cheap and already widely-available steroid, which the UK’s chief medical officers have said should be used with immediate effect.

Mr Johnson said that the chances of dying from Covid-19 have been greatly reduced by this treatment and that he was proud of the team of scientists who had conducted the trials. He also thanked the thousands of patients in the UK who volunteered for the trials.

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. You can find more information on what you need to do atwww.chichester.goc.uk/coronavirus and the very latest government advice is available athttps://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Service changes

Please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/councilservicestatus for the latest information.

Remember social distancing

As more non-essential shops continue to re-open following the lockdown, please remember to follow the social distancing guidance when you are out and about and keep a two-metre distance from others.  If you are using public transport or visiting a hospital, then don’t forget that it is now mandatory for most people to wear a face covering or mask to protect both yourself and others from risk of infection.  You should also keep a face mask in your bag and wear it whenever you are in an enclosed public space where you are more likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as a shop.

Please also remember that basic hygiene and hand washing practices are the most effective way to help prevent spread of infection. Make sure you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with hot water and soap before you go out and then again when you return. Use the hand sanitisers provided when you are out and about, or take your own with you.

Extra downloadable signage for businesses

This week as part of our Support Your Local Business campaign, we will be providing some extra downloadable signage which businesses can use in their premises. As part of this campaign we have also been compiling some business case studies from across the district which we will be showcasing on our website pages and social media channels. In addition, we are also currently working on a special video which should be available in the coming days. Please share any of our Support Local posts on our social media channels and help spread the message that our high streets are open and doing as much as possible to keep customers and workers safe. We are asking everyone to get behind their local businesses and to ‘think local’ every time they want to buy something or use a service and the Chichester Observer and Midhurst Observer are helping support the campaign.

www.chichester.gov.uk/supportlocal

Small business funding being distributed in district

We have been busy distributing the latest financial support being made available to small businesses. The deadline for applications was 14 June 2020. Applications continue to be processed and further funding will continue to be issued over the next week. 

Chichester Farmers’ Market this Friday

A reminder that Chichester Farmers’ Market will be back this Friday 19 June, in its new temporary location in the Cattle Market car park. More stallholders are expected and please remember that social distancing measures will be in place. The market runs from 9am until 2pm. For more information please seehttps://www.chichester.gov.uk/aboutfarmersmarket

Refuse, recycling, parks and toilets

We are continuing to empty your bins as usual, including household waste, recycling, green recycling and trade waste. The teams have been working hard to make sure that all services are running. Our parks, gardens and public toilets remain well maintained and open. Please remember to maintain social distancing when using our parks and toilets. 

Community hub

We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council and its Community Hub which is there to support the most vulnerable residents in our communities. We have been supporting the hub by collecting and delivering food, supporting volunteers, calling people to check that they are okay.

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.

Waste crime

We are continuing to urge households to play their part in preventing waste crime during the coronavirus pandemic.

There are some easy steps you can take to take to avoid unwittingly contributing to waste crime:

·  check the people taking away your rubbish are registered waste carriers. Ideally they should have a copy of their registration documents on them; ask to see these. You can check their licence number at environment.data.gov.uk/public-register, or call 03708 506506 and the Environment Agency can check for you

·  get a written receipt/transfer note showing their contact details, a description of your waste and details of where they are taking it

·  note down the make, colour and registration number of the vehicle that’s taking your waste away.

Find out more information about our fly tipping campaign here: https://chichester.gov.uk/flytipping

Fitness classes in parks

Fitness instructors and personal trainers that hold one-to-one sessions and group exercise classes in parks and green spaces are being reminded that they must have a licence from us. Our Sport and Leisure team issue licences to those wishing to use parks for personal training or group fitness sessions. This is to ensure public safety by checking that fitness operators hold appropriate qualifications and insurance as well as protecting the parks and the public’s access to them. Licences can be issued for an instructor and up to five attendees. People are also being reminded that they must observe social distancing in our parks by keeping two metres apart from anyone they don’t live with and washing their hands as soon as they get home. To apply for a licence please seewww.chichester.gov.uk/outdoorfitnessclasses

Excellent bathing water status

Bathing waters at all three EU designated bathing beaches within the Chichester District have been classified as ‘Excellent’ – the highest classification possible. Recent results show that bathing waters at Bracklesham Bay, West Wittering, and Selsey meet the Bathing Water Directive’s strict water quality standards based on bacteria levels. This places them among the best beaches in the country for water quality. These three beaches have upheld ‘Excellent’ classification since 1995, 1998, and 2018 respectively. Find out more athttps://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34099/Chichester-District-bathing-waters-rated-among-the-best-in-England

Consultation on draft interim housing policy statement now live

You are invited to give your views on Chichester District Council’s draft interim housing policy statement. This is being brought forward to guide development in the Local Plan area until the Local Plan Review is adopted. The statement draws together adopted and emerging Local Plan policies to outline the types of new residential development that the council would support for the area. This will help potential applicants to understand the sorts of proposals that would be considered appropriate. This policy does not include areas within the South Downs National Park. These areas are subject to a separate plan undertaken by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA). Find out more at www.chichester.gov.uk/interimpolicystatement

Armed Forces Day – 27 June

Saturday 27 June will be the twelfth annual Armed Forces Day and the first to be marked virtually.  Events are being held around the country and the week leading up to Armed Forces Day will be used to highlight different elements of the UK military. We will be raising our Armed Forces Flag to mark the day. For more information seehttps://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/?utm_source=GCSL_SEL&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=ArmedForcesDay

Fernhurst Centre receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Huge congratulations to the Fernhurst Centre, which has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is testament to the hard work by centre manager, Pauline Colcutt and her fantastic team of volunteers. The centre offers a wide range of courses and events for the local community.  Please send them your warm wishes by emailing ferncent@gmail.com or leaving a post on their Facebook page.

Sign up to our email newsletter

Please encourage people to sign up to our email newsletter service at www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts Anyone who signs up, will receive a copy of this newsletter on a weekly basis, sent directly to their chosen email account.

Travel guidance for employees

To support businesses with employees returning to work from Monday 15 June, the Department for Transport has developed resources for employers. It sets out steps employers can take to help provide a safe return to work for employees on the transport network, including encouraging active travel and travel outside peak hours. You can find the details at https://bit.ly/DfTGuidance

High street support resources

The High Streets Task Force has announced new training, expert advice and online resources for high streets in England. The High Streets Task Force will provide access to cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the Government’s efforts to get shops back in business safely.

This support is open to organisations involved with high streets and will include free access to online training programmes, webinars, data and intelligence on topics including recovery planning and coordination, public space and place marketing.

You can access the resources at https://bit.ly/NewSupportHighStreets

NHS Test and Trace scam circulating

Action Fraud have issued advice to the public about possible Test and Trace scams.

Contact tracers will only call you from the following number:  0300 013 5000.

If you do not wish to talk over the phone you can ask the NHS Test and Trace service to send you an email or text message instead, inviting you to log into the web-based service. All text messages or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number.

Action Fraud is advising people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

NHS Test and Trace will not call from a premium number or ask for information such as passwords, bank account or social media details, and will not ask you to buy anything or download any software. For more information see https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/nhs-test-and-trace-scams

‘Better Business for All’ toolkit

The Sussex Chamber of Commerce has placed the ‘Better Business For All’ toolkit on its website homepage and includes a wide range of resources for businesses to help them re-open safely. Find out more at https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

Support bubble guidance 

Single adult households can now form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance setting out how the public can see people that they do not live with while protecting themselves and others from coronavirus. The guidance outlines key principles the public should follow when outside their home and also provides advice on a range of issues when meeting outdoors. Find out more at https://bit.ly/SupportBubble.

Test and Trace workplace guidance

The guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers has been updated.

If there is more than one case of coronavirus associated with a workplace, employers should contact their local health protection team to report the suspected outbreak. A link to a tool that identifies the relevant local health protection team has been included in the guidance. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance

Psychological first aid training

Front line staff and volunteers at the forefront of the coronavirus response across England are now able to access a new Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course.

This free online course teaches responders how to give practical and emotional support on issues such as job worries, bereavement or isolation to those affected by coronavirus. Frontline responders can access the training materials for free through the Future Learn website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-first-aid-covid-19/

Stay in touch

Make sure you stay in touch with our daily updates on:

www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.facebook.com/ChichesterDistrictCouncil

www.twitter.com/ChichesterDC

www.instagram.com/ChichesterDC

https://www.linkedin.com/company/chichesterdc

You can also now sign up for our email newsletters at www.chichester.gov.uk/newsalerts

Update from Chichester District Council2020-06-19T07:44:31+01:00

Update on available registration services in West Sussex

Even with the updated guidance and minimal easing of lockdown announced by government, there are still restrictions in place for registering births and deaths across West Sussex.

The West Sussex County Council Registration Service currently has the following guidance in place for residents.

Registering a birth

Birth registration appointments are on hold as the current legislation from The General Register Office only allows face to face appointments.

However, parents are able to make a claim for child benefit or universal credit, prior to the birth being registered.

Until the service is able to reinstate birth registration, they understand that individuals will not be able to register births within the normal 42 day period.

Registering a death

If residents need to register a death in West Sussex, they are required to do this within five days, and all registrations are now taking place by telephone.

To book an appointment, please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/register or call 01243 642122 for assistance.

Individuals will then be contacted by an experienced registrar who will guide them through the whole process by telephone and help to complete the registration.

If individuals have been given the Medical Cause of Death Certificate provided by the doctor, please drop it in to one of the following registration offices, as soon as possible: Crawley, Chichester, Haywards Heath or Worthing – this must be done before the time of your appointment.

For the most up-to-date information on the current situation of services being run by the County Council, please visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus
Update on available registration services in West Sussex2020-06-19T07:34:16+01:00

Libraries Update

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Libraries Update – 16 June 2020

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The return of book returns!

Selection of booksHave you got library books piling up at home? We have good news for you… At the following exclusive times you will be able to return any borrowed items (be it books, audiobooks or even School Project Loan boxes, if you’re a teacher) to the door of your local West Sussex library*:

  • Saturday 20 June, 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • Tuesday 23 June, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Thursday 25 June 10.00am – 12.00pm

Don’t worry if you can’t make any of these slots – there will continue to be no charges on any items that have not been returned during this time. It also doesn’t matter if your books were borrowed from a different library to the one you return them to, or if someone else drops them off on your behalf.

If you have items that you’re keen to return outside of the times listed, we have large letter boxes available at Billingshurst, Bognor Regis, Crawley, East Grinstead, Goring, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Petworth, Southwick, Steyning and Witterings.

*Please note Midhurst Library will not be able to accept returns on Saturday 20 June.


…but when are libraries actually reopening?

Person putting books into a box outside the libraryCurrent Government restrictions mean that our libraries will not be open before 4 July.

However, reopening libraries safely, assuming social distancing and infection control is still in place, will be a complex process. It is unlikely that all libraries will be fully open to customers immediately following 4 July, but we are working continuously to expand our online offer alongside planning a phased reintroduction of library services.

We’ll be sure to keep you informed throughout the process and we very much look forward to the day when we can welcome you into our libraries again. If you have any queries about this, please don’t hesitate to email us.


Let’s celebrate Sussex Day

Past Pictures excerptToday is Sussex Day (Tuesday 16 June), so why not explore the story of our county? There are thousands of West Sussex Past Pictures available to browse right now, from the 1640s to the 21st century!

This vast collection includes photos of rural life, downland views, seaside scenes of fishermen and bathing machines, life during both world wars and the changing face of the high street in our local towns and villages.

Prefer to learn about Sussex through the written word? Just head to the homepage of the RBdigital app or website and scroll down until you find our special Celebrate Sussex eBook list. From here you can download or reserve (‘hold’) individual titles, or add them to your wishlist.


Can you haiflu?

Haiflu logo#haiflu is an online project calling on people to share their experiences of Lockdown in the form of haiku and photographs. These are then turned into powerful short films.

The organisers of National Poetry Day have invited libraries to get involved! There will be a special film produced on Sunday 21 June using a range of #haiflu that have come from libraries. If you would like to contribute, simply email us a recent landscape photograph (without people in it) and/or your own haiku (of 5, 7, 5 syllables), along with your name and local library.

We’ll be posting some of your work on our social media (Twitter and Facebook) next week, and we hope at least one entry from West Sussex may appear in the national film!


Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Bamboozle the panda from the Silly SquadHave you joined Silly Squad yet? The Summer Reading Challenge has been launched online this year so that everyone can get started early. Find out more, including how to sign up and take part.

Families can choose to read anything they like as part of the challenge, including from our range of eBooks for children. From the homepage of the RBdigital app or website, scroll down until you find the Children’s eBooks carousel – then start browsing and downloading! If you prefer to listen to your stories, we have lots of eAudiobooks to enjoy as well. Titles from the eLibrary are free to download – all you need is your library card.

So – what will your Silly Squad challenge be? How many books can you read? Will it be one… or 99?!


Helping you with basic digital needs

Staring at a tabletHave you got a neighbour or relative who is stumped by Skype? Exhausted by emails? Obstructed by online shopping?

Perhaps they haven’t got around to reading or listening to books from our free eLibrary yet because they aren’t confident in setting up the app on their smartphone, tablet or computer?

Please let them know they can call our special Remote Digital Support helpline on 0330 222 3455, Monday – Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm, to be paired up with a library volunteer who will offer support for a basic digital need.

Whatever the issue, you can also email us. Our brilliant Digital Volunteers are ready and waiting to help you – or someone you know!


West Sussex Unwrapped

Kids on a crowded beachJoin West Sussex Record Office and Screen Archive South East in an exciting new venture, West Sussex Unwrapped, which explores history and heritage across the county.

Launching today to mark Sussex Day, there will be a weekly series of films, photographs, blogs, posters, folk songs, postcards and rare documents to discover over the next 10 weeks. A new episode will be available every Tuesday from 12.00pm beginning today, with the final one on 18 August.

The first video focuses on an exciting day trip to Littlehampton – where children and grown-ups from a Sunday School in Three Bridges hit the beach in woollen swimwear, licking ice creams with soggy wafers and being enchanted by the delights of Punch and Judy!

Follow the fun every week on these channels:


Keep in touch with us

Looking at a tablet back viewYour local library may be closed temporarily, but we’re all still here for you.

As well as these newsletters, we’re sharing useful resources and updates throughout the week on our social media pages:

Twitter: @WSCCLibraries and Facebook: WestSussexLibraries

Have you got any questions or suggestions? You can also contact us by email.

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