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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

VE Day Stay at Home Party!

A date for your diary!

The new 8th May Bank Holiday created to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day might not turn out like anyone was expecting, with all scheduled events cancelled due to Covid-19, but we can still have a Picnic at home!

 

VE Day Stay at Home Party!2020-04-17T14:57:02+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

West Sussex County Council Response to Covid-19

Protecting the most vulnerable has been at the heart of West Sussex County Council’s response to Covid-19.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 staff across the County Council have worked really hard to support residents.

The council’s Cabinet will meet on April 22 to receive a formal update on the County’s response. The Cabinet will be holding a virtual formal meeting, in line with new Government Regulations, as councillors aren’t currently able to meet in person.

They will hear that following the Government’s official lock-down the council, in partnership with district and borough councils, launched community hubs across the county to make sure those people who are vulnerable, or have been made vulnerable by Covid-19, get the support, supplies and help they need.

Social care staff across the council have been working in hospitals and people’s homes supporting residents with social care and health needs.

Hospital discharge hubs have been set up to manage how people are moving through hospitals and care settings and where beds and support are required. This has been set up in partnership with local NHS organisations. As new patients become ready for discharge, teams are working hard to ensure that they can leave hospital as quickly and safely as possible.

Cabinet will be updated on the economic impact of the virus in West Sussex. A briefing will show that large scale job losses and long closures to business are having a significant impact but plans are in place to support the economy as and when the country starts to move into recovery.

The Cabinet will also receive an update on improvements to the Fire and Rescue Service and details of how improvements to Children’s Services continue despite the challenges of Covid-19. This means the county’s most vulnerable children continue to get the support they need.

Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council said: “This virus has caused such significant disruption to our country both in people’s lives as they struggle to cope with isolation, illness and , for some, losing loved ones. It has also meant many people have not being able to rely on their usual networks of support and help, leaving them vulnerable. That is where we have done all we can to step in and support our residents. We know this is a worrying and difficult time for every single one of us but we hope we can be there for our residents throughout. I want to use this opportunity to pay testament to our dedicated and committed staff who have gone way above and beyond to do everything possible to support our communities. I am confident that West Sussex along with the rest of the country will bounce back stronger than ever from these difficult circumstances but in the meantime I reiterate the plea to stay safe, stay inside and take care.”

The full briefing paper on West Sussex’s response to Covid-19 can be found here. Additional updates will be given on the day due to the fast-moving nature of the situation.

All the councillors and officers are attending via an online conference call, so the public aren’t able to physically attend the meeting. However the meeting is being audio webcast so that the public can listen to the meeting and hear the discussion. You can access the webcast on the day here.

The agenda and papers for the meeting will be published in the usual way, via the County Council website

Our community hubs operate across the county. Wherever you live you can contact the West Sussex hub at www.westsussex.gov.uk/covid19communityhub or call 033 022 27980 from 8am -8pm, 7 days a week. However in some areas there are specific websites:

If you can contact us online please do, that way we can keep the phone lines free for those people who have no other option.

 

West Sussex County Council Response to Covid-192020-04-15T08:44:40+01:00

Message from Eileen Lintill, Leader of Chichester District Council

Since the coronavirus crisis began, people from across our district have been pulling together and demonstrating a real sense of community, and that’s something we should all be incredibly proud of. Unfortunately, at times such as this, we also see a rise in the exploitation of vulnerable people, and the unease, uncertainty and anxiety that many of us are feeling at this time. This is why we are encouraging people to be on their guard. Thankfully, the majority of the support that is in place across the district is delivered by established community and support groups, but we all need to be cautious, especially with online, email and phone scams. We have included advice and guidance on this topic within our new community guide, which can be found at www.chichester.gov.uk/helpyourneighbour. This also includes important telephone numbers, email address and web addresses for key organisations and support groups across the district. We are hoping that this will provide extra support and reassurance to both residents and community groups at this difficult time.

Over the bank holiday weekend, our staff and senior leadership team were out supporting our local communities, including working at Stonepillow preparing food for the homeless and helping to empty people’s bins. They reported that people in Selsey were out clapping our refuse crews, leaving messages of support and even supplying them with chocolates! This really does mean a lot and our crews have been really touched by the level of support they have received – so thank you.

We have also been busy supporting businesses, including contacting those who are eligible for government assistance to make them aware of the support that is available. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a number of support measures, including grants for businesses in receipt of ‘Small Business Rate Relief’ and ‘Rural Rate Relief’, as well as financial help for the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in premises with a rateable value below £51,000. We’re encouraging businesses within these categories to apply for financial support on our website at www.chichester.gov.uk/businessratesmarch2020 We have already started issuing grants, but we want to make sure that all of those businesses that are eligible make sure that they get their application in as soon as possible. In total, we will receive and issue up to £37 million in government grant funding for businesses in the Chichester District. We are also keen to make businesses aware that we have received reports of scams that claim to be linked to the government grant scheme. They may tell you that there is a problem with your account details and direct you to a website that isn’t genuine or they may offer to help you to access funding for a small fee. Please be aware that these grants can only be issued by us and that a fee will never be payable. If you need any help, please contact us directly by emailing taxation@chichester.gov.uk

Although our priority is to focus on our critical services and to support you through this crisis, we have also been moving forward with some of our other key projects as well. This includes continuing to work closely with our Chichester MP, Gillian Keegan, and West Sussex County Council, to try and secure funding for the funding for the A27. Following a meeting with Highways England, I’m pleased to tell you that the A27 Chichester Bypass major improvement scheme is included in a list of projects to be developed for possible future funding. Highways England has said that £300 million is available for preparatory work into 32 possible schemes nationwide – although only some of these will be included in its next Road Investment Strategy for the 2025-30 period (RIS3). This is great news and a very positive step, but we will be one of many authorities competing for funding and so we will need to make a very good business case for a major A27 scheme. I must stress that nothing is guaranteed, and at the moment, it’s too early to say what any scheme will look like, but we will be writing to Highways England to ask for an open and transparent process to take place for all our residents, workers and businesses. In considering the options, we will also be asking Highways England to set out its reasons clearly and provide evidence for any deliverable and non-deliverable options.

Finally, I would like to thank you for continuing to follow the government’s advice to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives. This is the one way we can all play our part in this crisis. To all of those on the front line – our remarkable NHS colleagues, our council staff, carers, supermarket workers, delivery drivers, chemists and more – we will never be able to thank you enough.

Please stay safe.

Best Wishes

Cllr Eileen Lintill

Leader of Chichester District Council

 

Message from Eileen Lintill, Leader of Chichester District Council2020-04-15T08:45:53+01:00

Help the West Sussex Record Office document these unprecedented times

West Sussex Record Office has closed its doors for the first time in over 70 years because of coronavirus (COVID-19), but their great work continues, and they need residents’ help.

The team are inviting residents across the county to record a diary that will be kept alongside other pandemic related records. These will then be catalogued, stored, and ultimately available to the public for research.
All residents need to do is document their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, including how it is affecting them, their family and friends and the local community. It can also include new experiences, thoughts and feelings.

The diary can be recorded on paper or on a phone and be done as an individual, part of a family project within the same household, a creative outlet or simply as a daily record.

Screen Archive South East, who are already partnered with the Record Office and look after all the moving image archives for the region, will be supporting to archive the video diary footage.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “The current situation is an extraordinary one and something the majority of us will never have experienced before. The West Sussex Record Office is in a privileged position to be able to document what is going on right now, but some of this can’t be done without help from West Sussex residents, who are in a unique position to provide personal insight at this difficult time.

“Please let the Record Office have your experiences of what it is like living under the new government guidance and let us know how it is affecting your day-to-day lives, what you are doing to cope and how your daily routine has adapted. We want people to be as open and honest as possible and record how they are feeling so that future generations have an insight into what happened at the start of this new decade.”

If people don’t want to participate in a diary, the Record Office would also like help in collecting other material that residents might come across such as:

  • Leaflets/flyers/posters from councils and other organisations about the pandemic
  • Material from local business relating to closures or changes to how they operate
  • Advice from local organisations about hygiene, social distancing and self-isolation
  • Information about community efforts to help vulnerable and isolated persons
  • Information from local schools regarding closures and home-schooling
If you’re interested in finding out how you can support this Record Office initiative, please visit www.westsussexrecordofficeblog.com/2020/03/31 and for the latest government advice on coronavirus and how it affects West Sussex, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus
Help the West Sussex Record Office document these unprecedented times2020-04-08T23:39:50+01:00