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Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2020-06-13T06:49:07+01:00

Message from Eileen Lintill, Leader of Chichester District Council

At the start of the lockdown, I said that when we start to recover from this crisis, we would all have a role to play in supporting our local businesses. As the Government starts to release further restrictions under its recovery plan, we are now at that point. As long as the Government’s key tests are met and businesses have made their premises ‘COVID-19 Secure’, our High Streets will start to reopen from Monday 15 June.

It is for this reason, that we are asking everyone to get behind their local businesses and to ‘think local’ every time they want to buy something. We are proud to have launched a campaign, in association with the Chichester Observer and Midhurst and Petworth Observer, to encourage everyone to support their local businesses. In this week’s paper, you will find a poster that you can cut out and place in your window to show your support. You can also download this from our website www.chichester.gov.uk/supportlocal Our web pages also provide more information about the support we are offering businesses and how you can keep yourself safe while out and about. This includes looking out for the Government’s ‘COVID-19 Secure’ posters in High Street windows, which show that the business has completed a risk assessment and put in the necessary measures to ensure social distancing.

Chichester Farmers’ Market returned last Friday. Due to social distancing requirements, it has been temporarily moved into the Cattle Market car park. I’m pleased to say that it was a huge success. People respected the systems we had introduced and thanks to your support, many of the traders were sold out by the time the market finished at 2pm! This is great news and is a very positive sign to those shops that are about to reopen. The Wednesday and Saturday markets are also returning and for the time-being they will also be both located in the Cattle Market car park.

Our Economic Development team has been finding out which businesses intend to reopen and they have been offering support. We’ve shared free downloadable social distancing signage designs with anyone who wants to download it. This week, you will also see social distancing signage appearing in our towns and city. In the first instance, due to the rapidly changing landscape, we are introducing temporary signage. We are then planning more long-term signage that reflects individual towns and the city as we move forward into the summer months, when people have started to get used to the social distancing requirements and when most businesses will be open.At every step, we are involving our local partners in this work. We’re also in the process of expanding our High Street Recovery group, to involve a range of retailers, local partners and council members. This will look at how we support our High Streets and local businesses moving forward.

We’ve also introduced some parking incentives in our car parks. Charges will resume in council-owned car parks on 8 June, however, there will be a number of new initiatives in place. The council will continue to offer free car parking for NHS and social care workers in Northgate car park, Chichester – which is close to St Richard’s Hospital – until April 2021, while other incentives being introduced include:

·         free parking for everyone at the Avenue De Chartres car park every Saturday and Sunday; and

·         one hour’s free parking for everyone when selecting two hours’ using the MiPermit app.

Both these incentives will be in place for three months and will then be reviewed. To find out more, please see www.chichester.gov.uk/latestnews

Last week, we also launched the next stage of the business rate grant scheme. £1.8 million of government funding is now available to support small businesses in the Chichester District, which were previously outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme. This additional funding is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs. Anyone who feels that they may qualify for this new funding can apply by visiting www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesmarch2020.

Finally, I want to thank everyone for their ongoing commitment and support throughout this time. We are very lucky to live in such a community focused area and we should be really proud of how our communities have come together to support those who need help the most. We now need to take this same approach when supporting our local businesses and join together to help them to recover and thrive.

Best Wishes

Cllr Eileen Lintill

Leader of Chichester District Council

 

Message from Eileen Lintill, Leader of Chichester District Council2020-06-13T06:44:38+01:00

Chichester District Council Meetings to be Streamed Live

Residents will be able to keep up-to-date with major Chichester District Council decisions when its public meetings start to be streamed live online this week.

Meetings were cancelled in March as a result of the coronavirus restrictions. A major upgrade has now been completed to online meeting software which will allow members of the public to watch planning meetings, Cabinet and Full Council meetings as they happen.

The first meeting to be conducted this way will be Full Council on Tuesday 19 May.

Members of the public can access meetings by visitinghttp://chichester.nucast.live/  where they will wait in a virtual ‘meeting room’ for a few moments before being admitted.

As well as watching them live, members of the public can also listen back to audio recordings of the meetings which can be accessed via the council’s website. These are available shortly after the meeting has finished.

Members of the public who would like to speak at a planning committee meeting need to register online at www.chichester.gov.uk/speakerform  by 5pm the day before the meeting is due to take place. Participants will be asked if they would like to provide a statement to be read out or whether they would prefer to address the committee virtually.

Anyone wishing to speak at any other public meeting is asked to contactdemocraticservices@chichester.gov.uk with their name, address and contact telephone number at least two working days before the meeting.

Dates, papers and links to audio recordings for Chichester District Council meetings can be found at https://chichester.moderngov.co.uk/Meetings

 

 

Chichester District Council Meetings to be Streamed Live2020-05-18T19:03:49+01:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2020-05-16T07:33:16+01:00

West Sussex County Council – Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse

There is #NoExcuseForAbuse – support for victims of domestic abuse now available 7 days a week

Since the start of ‘lockdown’, West Sussex County Council’s WORTH Domestic Abuse Service has seen a 24% increase in reports of domestic abuse compared to this time last year.

As a result, enhancements have been made to services, support and provisions to ensure they’re able to meet this new level of demand whilst the country is in lockdown.

With this additional support, the WORTH service is now available seven days a week to support anyone who needs help:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm on 0330 222 8181
  • Weekends including Bank Holidays, 9am-5pm on 07834 968539
There is also a list of other support and resources available on the county council’s website for victims of domestic abuse and friends and family members who may want to help, but don’t know how. These include:
  • Local support for people being abused
  • Things you can do if you’re in an abusive relationship
  • The signs of an abusive relationship
  • Information for friends and family of people being abused
  • National support for people who are experiencing abuse
Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “Now, more than ever, it is important to make sure that any victim of domestic abuse doesn’t feel like they have to go through their situation alone. There is help out there and the WORTH team are dedicated to do whatever they can to help those individuals get out of their abusive situations in a safe manner.

“It is also really important to remember that domestic abuse doesn’t see gender, race, sexual orientation or ethnicity. It can happen to anyone at any time and in these strange times that we find ourselves in, I want to say loud and clear that there is #NoExcuseForAbuse.”

A male survivor of domestic abuse, who received support from WORTH services, said: “Domestic abuse happens to men – I know, because it happened to me.  The first person I spoke to at WORTH was a man and that actually helped me to feel less awkward about the situation, I was believed. Men need to know that if they are going through domestic abuse, they can get help, and that there is nothing to feel embarrassed about.”

If you or someone you know needs any help or support, you can visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/domesticabuse or call the WORTH Domestic Abuse Service directly.

West Sussex County Council – Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse2020-05-14T08:06:42+01:00

Re-opening of Household Waste Recycling Sites

County Council confirms how and when Household Waste Recycling Sites will reopen

Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) across West Sussex will reopen from Monday 11th May, the County Council has confirmed.

Final preparations to reopen the sites are being completed this week, taking into account the latest government advice, which was issued today (Tuesday).

If you are thinking of taking a trip to one of the HWRSs there are several things you need to consider.

Before planning your journey you should:

  • Consider whether your journey is essential. You should only visit a HWRSs if your waste or recycling is not suitable to be picked up in your kerbside collection and presents a risk of injury or harm to health. If it doesn’t, please safely store your items at home for now or make other legal arrangements for it to be removed.
  • Note emergency laws on essential travel still apply and these essential reasons provide the only “reasonable excuse” for travel – the fact that sites are open does not.
  • Check our opening hours. Sites will be running their usual summer opening days and hours. (Please note our Shoreham site is closed on Mondays. Other sites may close on other days.) Please check when your local site is open at www.westsussexrecycles.org before leaving home.
  • Consider whether you need to come straight away Sites may be busy in the first few days and at weekends, if you can wait a little longer it may mean a shorter waiting time.

Before visiting a site please note:

  • Only garden waste and residual waste will be accepted. Garden waste means green waste such as grass cuttings and hedge trimmings. Residual waste is other waste that presents a risk of injury or harm to health and will be landfilled. We hope to be able to accept other items soon. Please continue to use your household collections for recycling and general waste.
  • Only cars will be allowed on site. Trailers and large vehicles such as vans and pickups will not be allowed access at this time.

Once at the sites there will be certain measures in place for the safety of visitors and staff:

  • The number of vehicles accessing the sites will be restricted. Visitors should prepare for delays at sites and should delay their visit to avoid the first couple of weeks if possible.
  • Social distancing barriers will be in place. Visitors will be directed into enclosed bays to dispose of their waste.
  • Only one person will be allowed to get out of a vehicle. Please travel to the sites alone if possible. If other people travel to the site with you, they must remain in the vehicle.
  • Site staff will not be able to help unload your waste and recycling. Please do not bring anything that you cannot safely remove from your car on your own.
  • Abuse or aggression to site staff will not be tolerated and could result in sites being closed again.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The health and protection of residents and our staff is our absolute priority. We know the closure of our recycling sites has been inconvenient for many and we know there will be a lot of people who will now want to visit the sites as soon as they reopen.

“However, I would ask people to consider whether their journey is absolutely essential. If you can store your waste and recycling without risking injury, health, or harm, then please do so.

“We are expecting the sites to be busy when they reopen and social distancing measures will mean fewer cars can access the site at any one time, so users should plan for significant delays and long queues, which could affect the road network.

“In order to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe we have had to restrict the service we can offer and therefore the types of waste we can accept. We hope to be able to expand this in the coming weeks and we thank everyone for their patience.”

Follow @WSRecycles on social media or sign up for our e-newsletter at www.wastepreventionwestsussex.co.uk to receive the latest information as it becomes available.

Re-opening of Household Waste Recycling Sites2020-05-05T22:00:45+01:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2020-05-04T19:25:50+01:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2020-04-24T19:47:50+01:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

As we enter a further stage of lockdown we wanted to give a reminder of where you can find the latest information and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.It is so important that we all continue to stay at home wherever possible and do not meet others, even friends or family. Remember you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

We should all make sure we:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash our hands as soon as we get home

With the majority of us spending prolonged periods of time at home, taking care of your mind as well as your body has never been more important. The Every Mind Matters website from the NHS has guidance, tips and advice on looking after your mental health and wellbeing at this challenging time.

If you are unsure about the advice then take a look at the government website for guidance on what you can and cannot do. There is also a really helpful blog from Public Health England which is regularly updated to answer many frequently asked questions.

There are steps we can all take to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please follow the NHS advice and:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Please also visit our dedicated webpage where you can find updates on our services and how they are being impacted in light of the current situation, as well as lots of other links to useful sources of information for residents and businesses.

 

Support and local advice

Could you benefit from emotional support, guidance and a listening ear? If so, Carers Support West Sussex are on hand to help during these uncertain times.

They are available via email, phone or online where they can offer you a friendly and informal chat. You do not need to be in a caring role to benefit from this service.

Phone: 0300 028 8888
Email: info@carerssupport.org.uk
Website and online chat: www.carerssupport.org.uk

Response line opening times: Monday, Tuesday , Thursday  & Friday  9am – 5pm, Wednesday  9am-7pm, Saturday  10am-12pm.

 

Urgent appeal for specialist equipment

NRS Healthcare runs the county’s specialist rehab equipment service on behalf of the council and the local NHS.

People in West Sussex who are no longer using key items of specialist community equipment are being asked to return them as soon as possible to help the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

Items urgently needed include; specialist hospital-style beds, mattresses, hoists, commodes.

Any unused equipment currently on loan can be returned if no longer needed.  To arrange a collection please phone NRS Healthcare on 0345 127 2931 or email enquiries@westsussex.nrs-uk.net

All collection drivers will follow strict social distancing measures.

 

Update from West Sussex County Council2020-04-18T09:10:42+01:00

£37 million in COVID-19 grants issued to local businesses in the Chichester District 

Local businesses will receive more than £37 million in council grant payments aimed at supporting them through the COVID-19 crisis.

In the first two weeks, Chichester District Council has issued over £23 million in grants to 1,900 businesses through the Small Business Grant Scheme and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality grant scheme launched by the Government.

Through the Small Business Grant Scheme, a one-off grant of £10,000 is available to businesses currently eligible for small business rate relief, rural rate relief or tapered relief to help them meet ongoing business costs, whereas the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality grant provides a payment of either £10,000 or £25,000 to eligible businesses to help meet ongoing costs.

Businesses are encouraged to apply for assistance atwww.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesmarch2020

“These are unprecedented times and we want to make sure that each and every business that’s eligible for this support receives the help they are entitled to as quickly as possible”, says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Services and Revenues and Benefits at Chichester District Council.  “We only need a few details to get payment made and so the sooner we receive these details, the sooner we can get the grants paid, so please get your forms in as soon as you can. We have been contacting eligible businesses to make them aware, but we also need people to help us spread the word. For more information and to submit your details please visit www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesmarch2020

“A number of businesses will receive support through the increase of Expanded Retail Rate Relief, including pubs. This will assist around 1,000 businesses in our district, with a total rates reduction of £27million in this financial year. The Government has also introduced 100% business rates relief for day nurseries registered on Ofsted’s early years register. This will assist 18 nurseries in the district and reduce their combined rates bill by £250,000. There is no need for businesses to apply for these reductions and amending bills showing the full reduction have now been issued.

“In addition to this work, the council’s Economic Development team has been helping hundreds of businesses, making sure that they are aware of how to access all of the help that is available. This includes how to access grants; help under the coronavirus job retention scheme; and, assistance for the self-employed.”

All applications received before 4 April will be paid into the nominated bank accounts from Friday 17 April onwards. Businesses that applied before 4 April but haven’t heard from the council by 21 April are encouraged to get in touch with the council by emailing taxation@chichester.gov.uk

Businesses are also being warned of scams, which target businesses that could be eligible for grant support. These scams may ask for account details, direct businesses to websites that are not genuine, or offer help for a small fee. These grants can only be issued by councils and so businesses are being encouraged to visitwww.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesmarch2020 or emailtaxation@chichester.gov.uk

The council has created a range of new pages on its website with answers to frequently asked questions. For information about the range of support available for businesses, visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/businesssupport.

 Businesses can also keep up to date by signing up the council’s free email newsletter, EBiz: www.chichester.gov.uk/ebizsignup. EBiz is compiled by the Economic Development Team and is a great way to receive updates on the latest Government guidance and help during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

 

 

£37 million in COVID-19 grants issued to local businesses in the Chichester District 2020-04-17T12:20:31+01:00