PCSO Reports & Rural Crime Team updates
08 August 2022

Police Community Support Officer

The monthly rural crime team update for July 2022 can be viewed here.


Below are the PCSO Parish Reports for January, February, March, April and May 2022.

If you would like to view the PCSO Reports for 2021, please contact the Parish Council: clerk@plaistowandifold.org.uk


If you wish to contact the Police, please ensure that you use the correct method:

999- for emergencies only(when a crime is in progress, or offenders are on the scene, or in the immediate area)

101- for non emergencies (when a crime has taken place, offenders are not actually at the scene, but may still be in the wider area)

Website- www.sussexpolice.uk follow the links to online reporting (the incident has finished, no one is around, but the Police still need to know it has happened)

Email- 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk (as for online reporting via the website detailed above)

WSCC - Heatwave advice
08 August 2022

WSCC - Heatwave advice
WSCC - Resilience and Emergencies Team 

Resilience and emergencies team

There is a 90 % probability of Heat-Health Alert criteria being met between 1200 on Tuesday 09 Aug and 1800 on Saturday 13 Aug in parts of England.

High pressure dominating this week, with fine and dry conditions across most of the country, prolonged sunny spells and light to moderate breezes. Temperatures rising from warm or very warm to locally hot in most regions, with a focus of the warmest weather in central-southern England. Headline max temperatures reaching mid 30's by Friday.

View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

Hot weather can affect your health.

The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this hot weather period please help make sure that they stay cool and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this hot spell.

Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors.

Also, please don’t forget about the animals in your care and view the top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather by using the RSPCA link below.

For more information go to:

Updated West Sussex Care Guide 2022/23 out now
08 August 2022

Updated West Sussex Care Guide 2022/23 out now

The West Sussex Care Guide is now available and provides a wide range of useful information that will enable people to make informed decisions with regard to their preparations for later life as well as maintain their independence.

‘Living well in your community: Your West Sussex Care Guide 2022/23’ outlines options and organisations which can support people with care needs to live well in their own homes.

It also offers details of services including domiciliary care, day services, extra care housing and residential care for when people need more help, as well as a comprehensive list of providers.

Councillor Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, said: “There are a considerable number of care options available to suit a wide variety of needs. Our care guide explains the different types on offer and is full of useful information about the many service providers in West Sussex. It is an excellent starting point for those who are thinking about care for the first time, either for themselves or a loved one, or if they are already accessing support but want to know what other options are available to meet their changing needs.

“The care guide reflects the feedback we have received from people, what they have told us is important to them and that most of them would like to continue to live in their own homes for as long as possible.

“That is why one of the key priorities of our adult social care strategy is to give residents the information they need to make decisions that can support their wish to stay independent, living the life they want to lead.”

You can view 'Living well in your community: your West Sussex Care Guide 2022/23' online as an interactive eBook and browse through it electronically.

Alternatively, you can request a printed copy by emailing socialcare@westsussex.gov.uk or calling 01243 642121.

Love your library -FREE ‘Discovery Day’ events
08 August 2022

Love your local library with FREE ‘Discovery Day’ events across West Sussex

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Starting this month, libraries across West Sussex will be holding free events to smash conventional library stereotypes and help people discover what libraries have to offer beyond books.

The ‘Love Your Local Library’ campaign aims to pull back the curtain on West Sussex libraries and let residents see the endless possibilities on offer.

From family-friendly toddler time to board games and author evenings, plus free ancestry history meetings and digital subscriptions, West Sussex County Council is emphasising that the library is a shared social space for all to enjoy.

There are five Discovery Days running throughout August and September which are absolutely free to attend:

  • Saturday 20 August at Crawley Library
  • Wednesday 24 August at Haywards Heath Library
  • Saturday 27 August at Worthing Library
  • Wednesday 31 August at Bognor Regis Library
  • Saturday 3 September at Horsham Library

All events will be running between 11am and 3pm and are open to everybody.

The first Discovery Day event taking place at Crawley Library will have a range of activities, including Bollywood dancing, a steel band, face painting, a visit from the local fire engine, sensory items and displays, free business development meetings, a cinema room and much more. Just turn up, relax and enjoy.

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire and Rescue, said: “There is a common misconception that libraries are silent spaces just for reading, but this couldn’t be further from the truth and our library staff and volunteers already do a lot to make sure visitors have a fun and enjoyable time; but our visitor numbers are not yet back to pre-pandemic levels.

“By holding these Discovery Days across the county, we would love everyone to come along, have some fun and be confident that the library is both a safe and sociable environment. Whether you’re a resident, just passing through, or you’re a fully fledged user of one of our libraries, we want you to come along, see beyond the books and expect the unexpected.”

All 36 West Sussex County Council owned libraries are free to join for those who live, work and study in the area. There are also plenty of digital options for members to enjoy 24/7, 365 days a year, choose from books, magazines, audiobooks, comics and newspapers to read and listen to on the go.

For the full list of where and when the free Discovery Days are being held, visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk/discoverydays.

Free summer holiday events for adults and children
26 July 2022

Stuck for free things to do this summer? 

Take a look at what the County Council has on offer

If you’re staying local over the summer holidays and are looking for some inspiration of things to do, West Sussex County Council has lots going on across the county for all the family.

A number of the council’s services have organised free events for both adults and children, alongside regular events that run on a monthly basis throughout the year.

July

  • Saturday 9 July – Saturday 10 September: Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge. This exciting challenge runs throughout the summer holidays and is open to children and young people at all 36 West Sussex County Council libraries.
  • Thursday 28 July to Saturday 20 August: Transatlantic Ties travelling exhibition. Starting out at Horsham Library, this exhibition from West Sussex Record Office explores the historical links between West Sussex and the US dating back to the 18th century including the ‘Sussex Declaration’.

August

  • Monday 1 August: Medals and certificates will be ready to collect from your local library for anyone who has taken part and completed the Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Wednesday 3 August: Green Watch from Bognor Fire Station will be visiting Bognor Library between 3 and 4pm to show off some of the cool gadgets from their fire appliances as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Saturday 20 August: Libraries Discovery Day. Taking place at Crawley Library between 11am and 3pm, this is a chance for residents to come and discover everything their local library has to offer.
  • Saturday 20 August: Alongside the Crawley Library Discovery Day, Blue Watch from Crawley Fire Station will be visiting between 1.30pm and 3pm to show off some of the cool gadgets from their fire appliances as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Monday 22 August to Friday 9 September: Transatlantic Ties travelling exhibition arrives at Crawley Library for three weeks.
  • Wednesday 24 August: Libraries Discovery Day. Taking place at Haywards Heath Library between 11am and 3pm, this is the second of five Discovery Days across the county.
  • Saturday 27 August: Libraries Discovery Day. Taking place at Worthing Library between 11am and 3pm, this is the third of five Discovery Days across the county.
  • Tuesday 30 August: West Sussex Record Office’s Tuesday Talk. Starting at 7pm, this free online talk is called ‘Dialect and heritage: the West Sussex story’. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.
  • Wednesday 31 August: Libraries Discovery Day. Taking place at Bognor Regis Library between 11am and 3pm, this is the fourth of five Discovery Days across the county.
  • Saturday 3 September: Libraries Discovery Day. Taking place at Horsham Library between 11am and 3pm, this is the final Discovery Day.

Other events and handy links

West Sussex Libraries also hold a number of regular monthly events for both adults and children.
Adult sessions include Knit and Natter, friendly reading groups, Computer Buddy sessions and Relax with Colouring, whilst children’s sessions include rhyme time, toddler time, Saturday singalong and multi-sensory story magic. Further information can be found by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries and clicking on the ‘What’s on in libraries’ tab.

Families with children who are eligible for Free School Meals can also sign up for free summer holiday clubs to help keep their children entertained over the school break. Eligible families can now book places on the Family Information Service website.

If none of the events above take your fancy, but you like to get outside when the sun is shining, there is plenty to discover by visiting www.experiencewestsussex.com.

As West Sussex is one of the UK’s most diverse counties, encompassing hills, harbours, beach, farmland and market towns, the website allows you to search for places to walk, beaches to visit free to attend events and much more.

If you live in and around Crawley, Buchan Country Park is set in 170 acres of beautiful countryside and is an excellent place for walking, watching wildlife or enjoying a picnic. They also have a number of sculptures dotted around the park which families can have fun hunting for.

Want to leave the car at home and cycle somewhere different? The Cycle Journey Planner lets you plan your own cycling route, with turn-by-turn directions and maps. You can choose where you want to go, find out journey times, distances and how many calories you'll burn. You can also see an elevation profile showing how flat (or hilly) routes are.

Although the summer months can offer a lot of joy and happiness for many, they’re also a good time to stop, reflect and check in with how you and your family are feeling emotionally. For further advice and information on mental health and wellbeing, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/YourMindMatters.

Chichester District Council 

Our Novium Museum is running a variety of events and activities, from summer art workshops through to a family geology day.

All of the events available are listed at: www.thenovium.org/whatson 

The museum also has a number of fascinating exhibitions to visit this summer, including ‘The Art of Chichester: 60 Years of Creativity’; ‘200 years of Chichester’s Canal’; and ‘The Novium Museum at 10.’ Admission to the museum is free. 

For further ideas, it is worth visiting our events calendar at www.chichester.gov.uk/whatson which includes events from across the district. 

And don’t forget to refer to our ‘What’s On’ pages in our magazine ‘initiatives’, which has recently been delivered to all households.

CDC - Subsidised Tree Scheme now open
26 July 2022

 Chichester District Council Subsidised Tree Scheme is now open.

Everyone in the district, residents, landowners, farmers, community groups, business and other organisations, can apply for these trees, as long as the site is suitable. This scheme is funded by HM Treasury’s Shared Outcomes Fund, and covers 50% of the cost of the trees, with applicants contributing the remaining 50%. We have five different bundles available, depending on where the trees are being planted, plus a hedgerow bundle. Each bundle contains 10, 20 or 25 trees and people can apply for up to 20 bundles.

All the information, including the application form can be found on our website: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/treescheme 

CDC - new financial support service for residents
26 July 2022

Council to offer new all-round financial support service for residents


A new holistic service to support residents who are struggling with the cost of living is to be launched by Chichester District Council later this year.

At this week’s Full Council meeting, Councillors approved an investment of £300,000 to deliver the new initiative, which will initially be run as a two-year pilot, with a review after six months.

The new ‘one-stop shop’ service will be delivered by a specialist team of trained advisors who will be able to extensively support people with a range of issues by understanding their individual situation. The team will help people access support through the council, such as financial help to pay bills, help with housing, and health and wellbeing support.

The service will also help people access help from partner organisations, such as Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice, Arun and Chichester Food Partnership and the Community Hub, for debt and energy advice, food support and employment.

“With the spiralling cost of living, the number of households needing help and support is continuing to grow,” says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council. “Whether someone is struggling to pay bills, feels isolated, or is concerned about rising energy costs, the council and its partners are here to help.

“A top priority for us is to make sure that people can easily access the support that is available to them. That is why we are creating a specialist team to help residents tackle a range of difficult and challenging issues at once so that we can help make the process as easy and stress-free as possible for them. This initiative will help our officers to be able to provide the level of all-around support that people need, and a helping hand through this process.

“This new service will also form part of the council’s Supporting You campaign, which is due to be launched in September in partnership with the Chichester Observer and Midhurst and Petworth Observer. The campaign aims to highlight the range of support available from both the council and its partner organisations. If you haven’t already, make sure you take a look at our designated web page: www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances, where you can find a ‘Supporting You’ leaflet, that highlights a number of different schemes that may help you.”

The new holistic support service is due to be launched later this year.

For advice and help with finances, please visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances

Funding will help support refugees from Ukraine
26 July 2022

Funding will help support refugees from Ukraine

Councillors at Chichester District Council have agreed to passport government funding from the Homes for Ukraine scheme to Voluntary Action Arun Chichester (VAAC) and Sanctuary in Chichester, to strengthen the support offered to Ukrainian guests who are living in the district.

The funding will enable these voluntary organisations to further develop and strengthen their response to those living in the district who have been affected by the war in Ukraine.

West Sussex County Council is administering the Homes for Ukraine scheme in the county and receives £10,500 per guest from the government to cover education, social care, and other costs. Up to £150,000 of this funding will be issued to district and borough councils to fund community support.

Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Culture said, “We’ve had an overwhelming response from residents in the district, many of whom have generously welcomed many Ukrainian individuals and families into their homes.

“Our communities are renowned for being incredibly supportive. Recently, this has been evident through both the pandemic and through their response to helping those who have been affected by the war in Ukraine. We would like to thank all of those who have played their part and gone above and beyond to help those who need support.

“As a council we’ve been supporting West Sussex County Council by undertaking home inspections prior to guests arriving, as well as helping Ukrainian families and individuals integrate into local communities. We have also been ensuring our guests receive any council administered benefits and supporting any homeless applications, should the relationship break down between a sponsor and a guest.”

“Voluntary organisations are already working with refugees in the district and the Homes for Ukraine scheme will have a significant impact on demand for their services. This additional funding will enable us to ensure our Ukrainian guests continue to feel supported and welcomed into our community by ensuring they have access to a variety of support and services to help them settle into their new way of life here in the Chichester District.”

The ‘Homes for Ukraine scheme’ allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the UK. Individual sponsors are asked to provide homes, or a spare room rent free, for as long as they are able, with a minimum stay of 6 months. Ukrainians arriving in the UK under this scheme are granted 3 years leave to remain, with entitlement to work, and access benefits and public services.

For further information on supporting Ukraine refugees please visit:www.chichester.gov.uk/supportingukrainerefugees

Gatwick - Northern Runway Project - Public Consultation
26 July 2022

Gatwick - Northern Runway Project - Public Consultation

Letter from Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick


Good Morning,

When we shared our Northern Runway Project proposals during the public consultation in autumn last year,we wanted to hearfrom people and interested groups on our plans to bring our existing Northern Runway into regular use alongside our Main Runway. We were very grateful to receive feedback and together with our on-going design and assessment work, this has resulted in some updates to our proposals.

In particular, having listened to feedback on our road improvement proposals, we have revisited our previous designs and considered new possibilities to strike a balance between the needs of local non-airport and airport traffic as well as potential environmental effects. Before taking our plans forward, we are keen to hear your feedback on our updated proposals. We are therefore starting a focused statutory public consultation today on our updated highway design which will run for just over six weeks, until 11:59pm on Wednesday 27 July 2022.

The revised plans for the roads around the airport include proposals to:

  • Significantly redesign the original plan for the North Terminal junction
  • Add a new lane westbound over the Brighton main rail line
  • Add a third lane to the A23 approaching Longbridge roundabout

We would encourage you to participate in our Summer 2022 Consultation and all materials are available at gatwickairport.com/futureplans along with details on how to respond.

Following feedback from our previous consultation, we have refined our proposals for car parking, hotels and offices, the airfield, water management, carbon, and noise. We have also continued to develop plans for reducing the potential environmental effects of the Northern Runway Project. These updates are also on our website.

During the consultation period there will be opportunities to attend a virtual briefing or to book a telephone surgery appointment to speak to technical experts about the proposals and help inform responses to the consultation. These are available to be booked immediately by contacting info@gatwickfutureplans.com.

Stewart Wingate
CEO

Improvements to textiles, small electrical and coffee pod recycling trial
19 July 2022

Improvements made to textiles, small electricals and coffee pod recycling trial

Chichester District Council is introducing improvements to its textiles, small electricals, and coffee pod collection trial, which will enable residents in the trial area to book their free kerbside collection online from Monday 18 July.

The trial, which was launched in July 2021 and covers 75% of the district, offers residents a convenient way to recycle their unwanted textiles, broken small electrical items, and used coffee pods. Following feedback from residents and a review of the trial so far, the council is changing the way it collects items so that people in the trial area can book a free collection quickly and easily online. The frequency of collections has also increased from monthly to fortnightly.

Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council, says: “We’re really pleased with the results of the trial so far, which has significantly reduced the amount of material being thrown away as general waste in the district. Over the past year, the council has completed over 4,400 collections and recycled over 11 tonnes of material!

“Throughout the trial we’ve listened carefully to residents’ feedback and we are pleased to be introducing bookable collections, which will make for a better and more efficient service. From 18 July, if you’re in the trial area, you will need to book a collection whenever you have textiles, small electricals, or coffee pods that need collecting. You can check if you are in the trial area at any time and book a collection for textiles and small electricals from 18 July at: www.chichester.gov.uk/textileandelectricalrecyclingand for coffee pods at: www.chichester.gov.uk/podback

“Residents in the trial area no longer need to request a special bag to recycle their textiles and small electricals. Items should be tied up securely in a standard plastic carrier bag, keeping textiles and small electricals separate.

“The aim is to continue to monitor and review how the trial is running with a view to seeing if it could be expanded and rolled out to the whole of the district, and we will keep everyone updated on this.”

The council is working in partnership with Podback to deliver the coffee pod collection element of the trial. Improvements to this service mean that coffee pod users in the trial area can now sign up for a one-off collection or for regular fortnightly collections without the need to book each time they need a collection. Because plastic and aluminium pods must be kept separate and distinguishable, people will still need to request bags through the Podback website to use this service.

Rick Hindley, Executive Director of Podback, says: “Chichester was one of the first local authorities to introduce Podback when we launched in 2021, and we have been delighted with residents’ enthusiasm for the service over the past year. Podback’s mission is to ensure every coffee pod enjoyed is recycled. The plastic and aluminium from the pods we have collected so far have been recycled into new products like garden benches and plastic bottles, while the coffee grounds have been used to create soil improver and renewable energy. We hope that the changes Chichester District Council is making will make it even easier for people to recycle their pods at home”.

More information and a range of frequently asked questions about the textiles and small electrical collection trial can be found at: www.chichester.gov.uk/textileandelectricalrecycling. Further details about the coffee pod collection trial can be found by visiting: www.chichester.gov.uk/podback.

South Downs National Park Newsletter
19 July 2022

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2021

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To read the Summer Planning edition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter, please see below

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To read the Julyedition of the South Downs National Park Newsletter, please click here. In particular, this edition has an amazing butterfly section!

If you would like to sign up to receive the newsletter directly, please visit www.southdowns.gov.uk/join-the-newsletter/

Plaistow pond railings to be painted
18 July 2022

On Sunday 24th July, the Plaistow Village Trust will be paining the railings along Loxwood Road, by the pond.

For safety reasons, Loxwood Road will be closed between 10am - 2pm, (please see attached notice). 

A diversion will be in place along The Street and Common House Lane. 


Inspirational carbon-cutting stories shared by West Sussex businesses to help other enterprises
15 July 2022

Inspirational carbon-cutting stories shared by West Sussex businesses to help other enterprises


West Sussex enterprises are leading the way with carbon-cutting initiatives – and have now told their inspirational stories on camera to help other businesses.

The County Council, in collaboration with all seven district and borough councils in West Sussex, has produced the Low Carbon Business video series so business leaders can hear from other Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) about their carbon-reduction journeys.

Deborah Urquhart, chair of the West Sussex (Councils’) Joint Climate Change Board, said: “With raised awareness on climate change, there’s an increased need for businesses to act if they are to remain competitive.

“Climate change is everyone’s ‘business’ ­and smaller businesses have a vital role to play in reducing collective carbon emissions. 99.6 per cent of West Sussex business are MSMEs, however recent research has found that more than 75 per cent of UK MSMEs do not have carbon reduction plans in place.

“Collaboration and shared learning are key and we have been working with a group of exemplar businesses who are leading the way with cutting their carbon emissions. They have worked with us to identify the best ways to support MSMEs to make changes and realise the business benefits of doing so, which include winning new contracts, satisfying their supply chains’ needs, attracting new talent, accelerating innovation and cutting ongoing running costs.”

The films feature businesses from across a wide range of sectors including tourism, agriculture, transport and logistics, retail, wholesale, construction and manufacturing. Here’s just a taste of the films’ content:

• Laker Builders Merchant, Crawley: Construction is arguably one of the most difficult sectors to decarbonise. Laker have completed a series Scope 1 emission upgrade to their business and are working hard to make low-carbon products a default choice for their customers. This is a story about a business that has decided to take sensible, incremental steps to make a big difference and influence the construction supply chain and trade for the better.

• The Adelphi Group of Companies is an award-winning manufacturer of packaging machinery and equipment. Its eco-friendly production facility, in Haywards Heath, includes solar panels, an evaporative cooling system, air source heat pump and rainwater harvesting facilities. The film explains how the Group’s inclusive and sustainability-focussed culture has recently led to another new eco initiative – an innovative idea from the production floor to replace plastic foam packaging with a plant-based, biodegradable alternative.

• HISBE (‘How It Should Be’) Supermarket, Worthing, is proud to be a ‘rebel‘ food retailer that provides green alternatives and stands for “better food and farming”. The supermarket is lowering carbon emissions through reducing waste, sourcing local food and offering hundreds of products without packaging.

To view the films, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHySOrgNym2znyXr3Edxp4o_GbeDhrttD

Deborah added: “There is work to do to support businesses, but there are promising signs of an increase in business spend on sustainability-related activities. The ingenuity and agility of smaller businesses will help the transformation to a greener West Sussex. Decarbonisation is a fast-moving picture but there is already a wealth of support for MSMEs, including grant funding which we are helping to signpost people to through our Business West Sussex website pages.”

Businesses can find out about local and national support available to move towards net zero by visiting: www.westsussex.gov.uk/greenbusiness

Plaistow: Public Bridleway No. 637 (part) – Temporary Closure Notice (Issue no. 37955)
12 July 2022

Plaistow: Public Bridleway No. 637 (part) – Temporary Closure Notice (Issue no. 37955)

Please see attached a copy of the Temporary Closure notice in respect of the above route. The closure is necessary to protect public safety while cable installation works are undertaken.

The route will be closed effective from 12th July 2022 for 21 days until 1st August 2022, and may be followed by a short further closure.

Should you have any queries regarding the closure please contact WSCC's Public Rights of Way Officer within the Highways Operations Team:

West Sussex County Council, 1st floor Northleigh, Tower Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1RH

Phone: ext. 25868 (internal), 01243 777620 (external)
lysiane.dallen@westsussex.gov.uk

www.westsussex.gov.uk/prow

Census results — revealing the population changes in the Chichester District
08 July 2022

The census results are in — revealing the population changes in the Chichester District


The first results of the 2021 Census have been released this week by the Office for National Statistics, providing a glimpse of how Chichester District’s population has changed over the past decade.

The population size of the district has increased by 9.1%, from around 113,800 in 2011 to 124,100 in 2021. This is higher than the overall increase for England (6.6%), where the population grew by nearly 3.5 million to 56,489,800 and higher than the increase for the Southeast (7.5%).

Nearby areas like Horsham and Arun have seen their populations increase by around 11.8% and 10.2%, while others such as Waverly saw an increase of 5.5% and Havant saw smaller growth (2.9%).

Chichester District ranked 190th for total population out of 309 local authority areas in England, moving up four places in a decade. The results also show that the district is the least densely populated of the South East's 64 local authority areas.


The results also show that within the district there has been an increase of 20.8% in people aged 65 years and over; an increase of 5.7% in people aged 15 to 64 years; and, an increase of 3.6% in children aged under 15 years.

“These initial Census results provide a fascinating insight into how the population of the Chichester District has changed over the past 10 years,” says Councillor Alan Sutton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Communications, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council.


“The results are hugely important because they will help to inform decisions and shape what future services will be needed in the future.”


For more information about how the population of the district has changed and the first set of results from the Census 2021, visit:

www.ons.gov.uk/visualisations/censuspopulationchange/E07000225/


These population results are the first in a series of Census 2021 data being released over the next two years. From October until the end of the year, further summaries will be released including data on demography, migration, ethnicity, religion, UK armed forces veterans, education, health, the labour market, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


For more information, please visit:www.ons.gov.uk/census/censustransformationprogramme/census2021outputs/releaseplans

Woodland Trust - Ancient Tree Inventory
08 July 2022

Woodland Trust - Ancient Tree Inventory


The Woodland Trust has established a database called the Ancient Tree Inventory (ATI), which maps the oldest and most important trees in the UK. 

The ATI is crowdsourced, and depends on members of the public submitting information on the trees they feel are noteworthy to increase the size of the database and help protect our valuable tree heritage. There are already more than 180,000 trees listed, but there are tens of thousands more to add.

Plaistow and Ifold Parish have some trees already listed, including 'Old Man Cecil', the Sessile Oak dated from around 1650 on Plaistow Village Green.

More information on the Ancient Tree Inventory, including how to search the database for notable and ancient trees local to you, along with guides to recording and submitting an entry to it can be found at https://ati.woodlandtrust.org.uk/.

Thousands of subsidised trees available for planting in the Chichester District
08 July 2022

Thousands of subsidised trees available for planting in the Chichester District

People will be able to apply for subsidised trees to plant in their communities from Monday 11 July, as part of a Chichester District Council initiative to increase tree planting across the district.

This is all part of the council’s Tree Chichester District scheme, which has already seen 12,118 trees planted across the district since it was launched in January 2021. The new subsidised tree scheme aims to expand on this work by helping residents, landowners, farmers, community groups, schools, businesses, and charities, to access 12,000 trees to plant in their communities later this year.


The scheme is funded by HM Treasury’s Shared Outcomes Fund and aims to test different ways to increase tree cover in rural and urban areas. The funding this year will cover 50% of the cost of the trees applied for as part of the subsidised scheme, with applicants contributing the remaining 50%.

“We are delighted to be running this scheme to support groups and individuals with their tree planting projects and help increase tree cover in our district,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services at Chichester District Council.

“To apply for the scheme, you will need to ensure you have the space available to plant the trees, the site is suitable for planting, and that you have someone responsible for planting and maintaining them. The trees can be planted on your own land, or on land owned by someone else, as long as you have the landowner’s permission.

“The trees will be supplied in bundles of 10, 20 or 25, but not as individual trees. Different trees suit different conditions and so we have specially selected bundles of trees tailored to specific areas and soil type.

“The cost to the applicant ranges from £13.71 to £22.47 per bundle, depending on the types of trees you need for your area. You will also be able to purchase biodegradable guards and stakes, also subsidised at 50%, to help protect your trees. More detailed costings and information about the trees that are available, as well as a step-by-step guide to applying, can be found in our guidance notes at www.chichester.gov.uk/treescheme

“While it’s not possible to apply for individual trees through this scheme, people can apply as part of a residents’ association or group of neighbours and divide the bundle of trees between different sites. Our dedicated Tree Project Officer can also provide guidance on accessing funding and sourcing trees through a range of organisations that may be suitable for smaller projects.”

The Tree Chichester District scheme has already supported 115 tree planting projects across the district. These include three mini urban forests planted in Chichester, Midhurst and Selsey and working with landowners and farmers to help them plant trees on their land.

Penny adds: “The scheme is a key part of our work to protect and enhance our local environment and is an integral part of our Climate Emergency Action Plan, which you can find out more about at: www.chichester.gov.uk/climatechange

“While increasing tree cover is important, we would also encourage people to keep and nurture existing trees that are safe and healthy. Trees are a precious natural asset and, as a natural carbon sink, are a vital part of the fight against climate change. Trees also create habitats for wildlife, improve biodiversity, and aid wildlife corridors.”

Applications for the subsidised tree scheme will open for everyone in the district from Monday 11 July at www.chichester.gov.uk/treescheme

All applications will be assessed to ensure they meet the criteria, which is designed to ensure the trees thrive, and trees will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Applications will close on Friday 9 September, or when all the available trees have been allocated.

People can find more information about the scheme, along with guidance notes, at www.chichester.gov.uk/treescheme People can alsocontact the council’s dedicated Tree Project Officer by emailing treescheme@chichester.gov.uk or calling 01243 521161.

Electric vehicle charging points to launch in West Sussex
24 June 2022

Thousands of new electric vehicle charging points to launch in West Sussex


The largest-ever local authority roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in the UK was launched on Monday (20 June) in West Sussex.

West Sussex County Council, Adur and Worthing Councils, Arun District Council, Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council and Mid Sussex District Council signed a contract last year with Connected Kerb, one of the country's leading providers of EV charging infrastructure solutions, to install and maintain thousands of charging points across the county.

The ground-breaking project will deliver transformational improvements to EV provision in the region, providing better access to charging facilities, particularly to those without off-street parking. Residents will be consulted over where they want the charging points located.

Councillors, alongside Connected Kerb representatives, gathered at Hazelgrove Road Car Park, Haywards Heath, on Monday to mark the roll-out, which will take place over the next decade.

Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “This is a milestone moment for the county as these chargepoints are the first of many to be installed across West Sussex, servicing residents’ electric vehicle charging needs.

“They offer people without off-street parking convenient and reliable charging as they will be sited both within car parks and on-street.

“We know that some residents have hesitated to make the switch to electric vehicles because of a lack of public chargepoints: we hope this launch will encourage them to reconsider, make the change and, in turn, have a positive impact on carbon emissions and air quality.

“I’m looking forward to working alongside Connected Kerb and our district and borough council partners to deliver the network of West Sussex chargepoints.”

Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb, said: “We are looking forward to starting work on this game-changing project for electric vehicles in West Sussex. The challenge of scale is very real – no other council has undertaken this number of charging points in a single roll-out – but we are committed to ensuring that EV becomes accessible, sustainable and affordable for every EV user in the county. Furthermore, we hope it will encourage further EV uptake as we move towards 2030 and the ban on sales of new diesel and petrol vehicles.”

Get Safe Online West Sussex Digital Ambassadors
24 June 2022

The Community Safety & Wellbeing Service, West Sussex County Council, invite you to see the attached leaflet regarding West Sussex Get Safe Online Digital Ambassadors. 

WSCC have 24 amazing volunteers with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to help others be safe online. They are able to offer a range of support for residents and communities including attending community events, groups and offering 1:1 sessions.

Any questions please get in touch via DigitalAmbassadors@westsussex.gov.uk

Setting it in stone: time capsule to bridge the ages at ancient monument
24 June 2022

Setting it in stone: time capsule to bridge the ages at ancient monument


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Above picture caption: Pictured on the slipway beside the ancient bridge are (from left) Michael Taylor, the County Council’s Engineering Project Manager, business owner Helen Johnson with the capsule, and Richard Finn, Director of Principal Contractor Landbuild


A time capsule has been sealed into the Old Swan Bridge in Pulborough – one of ten Scheduled Ancient Monuments owned and maintained by West Sussex County Council.

The idea came from businesswoman Helen Johnson and found support from Michael Taylor, the County Council Engineering Project Manager overseeing essential maintenance at the footbridge.

Helen, who owns The Cornstore Emporium antiques, gifts and tearoom business nearby, explained: “I suppose everyone was talking about the historic Platinum Jubilee and my husband, Adrian, was saying how interesting it would be if an artefact was found in the bridge. We’re surrounded by antiques at the emporium, which must have triggered us to think a time capsule would be something nice for people to open in years to come.

“I spoke to Michael and asked if there was any chance of putting a small capsule into the bridge’s structure. I heard about the opening of a Blue Peter time capsule, the contents of which did not survive well, so I bought a purpose-built capsule online.”

Michael said: “We are strengthening the northernmost arch and Helen approached us to ask if she could place a time capsule within the fill over the arch for somebody to find in many years to come.

“We saw this as a good opportunity for community engagement and gave her the go-ahead to start putting things together. The timing worked well because Helen had time to gather the items that she wanted to put in the capsule before we needed to fill the excavation of the arch."

Contents of the stainless steel cylinder time capsule include a Platinum Jubilee souvenir newspaper, some coins from an earlier jubilee, plus a note with current local information.

Work on the footbridge, which spans the River Arun and links Pulborough and Coldwaltham, started in April after Historic England gave the go-ahead.

Michael explained: “Following the strengthening works we will be undertaking masonry repair and replacement works to the whole structure to ensure that this impressive structure lasts for years to come.

“The footbridge is currently closed to the public while the strengthening works take place but is scheduled to reopen in approximately two weeks as the mason does not require the bridge to be closed to complete his work.”

The project is due to finish in August, subject to unknown factors, such as severe weather.

Richard Finn, Director of Principal Contractor Landbuild, said: “ We are always more than happy to support local ventures such as these and were happy to assist Helen with the installation of the capsule.”

Most of Old Swan Bridge was built in the 18th century, replacing an old wooden structure. The fourth arch span (southernmost arch) was added in 1834.

The nine other Scheduled Ancient Monuments owned and maintained by the County Council are:

  1. Woolbeding Bridge, Woolbeding with Redford
  2. Trotton Bridge, Trotton with Chithurst
  3. Iping Bridge, Stedham with Iping
  4. Habin Bridge, Rogate
  5. Durford Bridge, Rogate/Harting (river is boundary)
  6. Fittleworth Mill Bridge, Fittleworth
  7. Fittleworth River Bridge, Fittleworth
  8. Stopham Bridge, Stopham/Pulborough (river is boundary)
  9. Greatham Bridge, Parham
#WestSussBus – air your views on local bus services
19 June 2022



#WestSussBus – air your views on local bus services


#WestSussBus – the online engagement page about local buses – is now live and will be around for at least the next year. It’s been set up for you to tell us your experiences, comments and ideas about local buses, and to help decide where improvements are needed.

Anyone can post suggestions, ideas and comments on #WestSussBus. You can also celebrate what’s good about local buses and point out what doesn’t quite work.

One of our first areas of interest is to find out your top-five priorities for improving bus services in West Sussex.

#WestSussBus is more than a survey - there are opportunities for debates, being creative with your ideas and making videos to explain how things really are on the buses that you use. You can also send us your ‘bus journal’ - a diary-style contribution building up over time a more complete picture of your experiences as a bus passenger.

If you don’t currently travel by bus, you can still take part by letting us know what improvement to local services would encourage you to ride on the buses.

Most bus services in West Sussex are run commercially, without funding or control from the County Council. However, some routes receive a subsidy from the council to help them run. Later this year the County Council will form an ‘Enhanced Partnership’ with local bus companies which will see us working together much more closely to improve services.

Visit the West Sussex County Council ‘Your Voice Engagement Hub’ to take part in #WestSussBus - https://yourvoice.westsussex.gov.uk/westsussbus

You can also sign up to the #WestSussBus e-newsletter on the engagement hub and contact #WestSussBus with any questions or suggestions at westsussbus@westsussex.gov.uk

Home-Start Chichester & District - Volunteers Wanted
15 June 2022



Are you a parent or have full time parenting experience? Could you offer a local family your practical and emotional support?


Home-Start Chichester & District is a voluntary organisation that offers support & friendship to families with young children throughout Chichester District. Volunteers are trained and supported to offer valuable personalised support to families in the families own homes, enabling them to give their children the best start in life. Volunteers also support families in our three Family Groups.


JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM

Our next volunteer training course will start on Tuesday 13th September 2022.

The course will take place one morning a week from 9.30am-1pm (excluding school half term) in Chichester for 7 weeks.


For more information:

t: 01243 773477

e: admin@home-startchichester.org.uk

w: www.home-startchichester.org.uk

Rent or buy affordable homes in new Loxwood development
14 June 2022

Rare opportunity to rent or buy affordable homes in new Loxwood development

Residents in the Chichester District are being offered a rare opportunity to secure an affordable new home in Loxwood, West Sussex.

Housing provider Stonewater has built 50 high-quality, affordable and energy efficient houses and flats at Pond Copse Lane, off Guildford Road, in the rural village of Loxwood.

It is anticipated that the homes will be available from September, either for rent, or to buy through one of the government’s home ownership schemes and interested residents are encouraged to register their interest early.

Of these, 30 are affordable rental properties that will be allocated through the council’s housing register. Two one-bedroom flats, four two-bedroom flats, 14 two-bedroom houses, seven three-bedroom houses and three four-bedroom houses are available and applicants with a local connection to the Parish of Loxwood will be given priority for affordable rental properties.

Thirteen three-bedroom houses are also available for shared ownership. Shared ownership is a scheme which offers aspiring homeowners the chance to buy a share of their home and pay subsidised rent on the remaining share. There is the option to buy a larger share later – also known as staircasing – and the rent will reduce proportionally. Through staircasing, residents can eventually own all of their home.

In addition, seven rent to buy properties are available, including four two-bedroom houses, one three-bedroom house and two four-bedroom houses. Rent to buy is a government scheme designed to ease the transition from renting to buying a home by providing subsidised rent. It provides working households with the opportunity to save for a deposit to go on and purchase a house in the future.

“Helping people to get on the housing ladder and access affordable housing is a top priority for us,” says Councillor Alan Sutton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Communications, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council.

“This new development will provide much needed affordable housing and we want to make sure that local people are aware of this one-off opportunity to live in the beautiful village of Loxwood.

“Residents wanting to apply for the rental properties must first sign up to the council’s housing register before they can apply for a home to rent. Once accepted, applicants will be able to browse and bid for housing, such as the homes at Loxwood. For residents wanting to buy a home the government offers a range of options, including the help to buy shared ownership scheme which helps people get onto the property ladder.”

The Pond Copse Lane development has been built with a range of energy efficiency innovations. The homes are fitted with energy-efficient air-source heat pumps which will help cut residents’ energy bills and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 37 per cent.

The completed development will also feature landscaped communal open space, a play area and wildlife friendly features such as bat boxes, martin nest boxes and swift nest cups.

Pond Copse Lane is also one of five developments that will feature public art designed by the winners of its first national competition – the George Blunden Public Art Prize – for new and existing residents to enjoy.

The picturesque village of Loxwood is a thriving local community which offers a range of shops and amenities as well as a local primary school. The nearest train station is located six miles away in Billingshurst and there is a good bus service running regularly between the neighbouring towns and villages. The village of Cranleigh and towns Haslemere, Horsham and Guildford are within easy reach.

Marie Riordan, Director of Development (South and Central) at Stonewater, added: “We’re proud to be providing these much-needed energy efficient affordable homes at Pond Copse Lane. This new development is giving local people, whether they are aspiring homeowners or individuals and families looking for an affordable rented flat or house, an opportunity to have a place that they can call home.”

For further information on buying a home in the Pond Copse development and to register interest please contact:

Debbie Mancey, Phillip Mann Estate Agent

Tel: 01273 517517 Email: newhaven@phillipmann.com

To apply for the council’s housing register or to find housing to buy please visit:

www.chichester.gov.uk/findingahome

For government information about owning your own home visit:

www.ownyourhome.gov.uk/

CDC - Have you received your energy bill rebate?
14 June 2022

Have you received your energy bill rebate?


30,000 households have received their energy bill rebate

Over £4 million has been issued in total, to nearly 30,000 households in the Chichester District, as part of the government’s energy rebate scheme.

Of the 34,050 qualifying households, 29,183 have been issued with their payments. Chichester District Council is now urging the 4,867 households that have yet to claim their £150 energy rebate to come forward.

Most householders in Council Tax band A to D properties qualify for this rebate. If someone doesn’t know which band their property is in, they can find it on their latest council tax bill or check it by visiting: www.gov.uk/council-tax-bands

“Our staff have worked tirelessly to issue these payments as quickly and efficiently as they can,” says Cllr Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council.

“As we speak, a further 2,500 letters are being issued offering further reminders for this money to be claimed. Our staff understand how important this support is to residents and have gone above and beyond to issue these payments as quickly as possible and to get the message out.

“It’s really easy to apply and can all be done online at: www.chichester.gov.uk/energybillsrebate2022

“Those who live in households in council tax bands E-H and currently access benefits are also encouraged to apply for support under the council’s discretionary energy rebate scheme.”

The energy rebate scheme has been introduced by the government in response to the significant increase in energy prices. Over the past year, the price of gas alone has quadrupled. Whilst the problem is global, the effect is being felt by millions of households in the UK.

More information on the schemes available can be found at www.chichester.gov.uk/energybillsrebate2022

Nature-friendly road verges help pollinators across West Sussex
02 June 2022