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

Groups in Easebourne Park

The Parish Council has had reports of large groups of teenagers gathering in the brand new Easebourne Park Roundhouse and the school car park at the end of last week, intimidating other Park visitors and leaving behind litter and cigarette ends.
Whilst the lockdown rules have been slightly eased and people can spend more time outside, social distancing is still crucial if we are to control Covid-19.  These incidents of failing to adhere to social distancing have been reported to the Police and we will be increasing the number of visits made by our security team as a result.

If you know any of those involved or see any future incidents of large groups, we would encourage you to report it immediately to our local security team, Protec, on 01730 810001. Their number can also be found on notices around the perimeter of the Park. They are based locally and can respond within minutes, 24/7. Please also follow up that report with an email if possible to parishclerk@easebourne.org
Not only is this not fair on everyone else who is observing social distancing to help stop the spread of Covid-19, but extra security patrols have a financial impact on the Parish and therefore reduce funds for what else we might be able to achieve in the Park.
Groups in Easebourne Park2020-05-17T11:46:27+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

Latest Government advice regarding parks

In the Government announcement yesterday there was a slight relaxation of the lockdown rules on exercising and the use of outdoor spaces. Rules do not appear to have been relaxed for those in the community who are over 70 years old.
The understanding of the Parish Council is that it is now acceptable to exercise more than once a day and also enjoy open spaces for longer periods of time, BUT only with members of your household OR a maximum of ONE other person, whilst strictly observing existing social distancing rules.
So it’s now possible to spend more time within Easebourne Park, however please note that there has been no lifting of the restriction on the use of play equipment and so this remains out of action until there is further advice from the Government.
Latest Government advice regarding parks2020-05-11T20:13:47+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