Singleton and Charlton Parish Council

Planning Meeting to discuss the Planning Application for The Old School House


August 2020

Singleton and Charlton Parish Council

Planning Meeting

To discuss Planning Application 20/01068 & 20/01069

The Old School House

To be held on

Wednesday 12th August 2020



This will be a Virtual Meeting

If you would like to join this meeting please contact the Clerk


01243 811810


Chichester District Council

Coronavirus Update


August 2020

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Issued by the Communications Team –

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

Who does it affect?

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

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Service changes
  • COVID-19 Recovery plan approved
  • District Dispatch – Economic Recovery
  • Council boosts tourism sector with £150,000 investment
  • Free pavement licences to help restaurants and cafes
  • ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme restaurant finder and reimbursement
  • Parking offers
  • We’re here to help – advice on accessing our services
  • Project to increase short stay homeless accommodation reaches key milestone
  • Council tax hardship scheme expanded to help more financially vulnerable residents
  • The Novium Museum shortlisted for national award for lockdown activities
  • Help us in our fight ‘Against Litter’
  • Have your say on dog control rules in the Chichester District
  • Beach goers urged to follow foreshores safety guidelines this summer
  • Chichester Wellbeing launch online Move it and Lose it workshops
  • Face covering mandatory in additional public spaces
  • Free downloadable posters for businesses
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Getting Tested
  • Coronavirus FAQ on what the public can and can’t do
  • Better Health Campaign

Latest update

The Government’s new ‘Eat out to Help out’ scheme has started this month, to support restaurants, cafes, hotels and pubs. Please see further details below.

The Government paused shielding from 1 August, but this could change if the transmission of COVID-19 in the community starts to rise significantly. You can find more information here

On Saturday 1 August, the government had hoped to reopen a number of higher risk settings that had remained closed in England. The Prime Minister confirmed that these changes are being postponed for at least a fortnight.

This means that, until 15 August at the earliest:

· casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed. Indoor performances will not resume.

· pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place.

· wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines.

The government will also extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings where the public are likely to come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.

The government now recommends face coverings are worn in these settings, and this will become enforceable in law from 8 August.

People are being urged to stay alert, follow social distancing advice, wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and wash their hands regularly. More information can be found

Service changes

All of our services are currently running as normal, but you can visit: for all the latest information.

COVID-19 Recovery Plan approved

Preventing homelessness, providing more community grants and helping to support the arts and tourism industry are some of the immediate key aims of a COVID recovery plan that have been set out for the Chichester District. Over the next year, the council will focus on four key recovery areas: community and housing; economic; planning, health and environmental protection; and organisational. You can find out more here

District Dispatch – Economic Recovery

Over the next few weeks, our cabinet members are explaining each recovery area in more detail through district dispatch. You can read more about this here

Last week, Cllr Roy Briscoe focused on the community recovery, - highlighting on how we are supporting our communities and voluntary sector, including new grant funding.

This week, Cllr Martyn Bell explains our plans for the economic recovery in the district, including how have been working with business groups and associations, parish, town and city councils, West Sussex County Council and Chichester BID to identify the support needed in each of our locations. He also explains about how the council will shortly be setting up a £250,000 grant fund to help eligible businesses with their recovery plans. You can read more here:

Council boosts tourism sector with £150,000 investment

A major-long term investment to boost jobs and the economy in the tourism sector has been agreed by the council.

We have trebled our annual funding to £150,000 as part of a five year plan to support Visit Chichester following the coronavirus pandemic. This will enable Visit Chichester – which supports holiday accommodation, venues, museums, gardens, retail outlets, the arts, the festival theatre and the cathedral – to pioneer new approaches to attracting people to the region. Find out more here

Free pavement licences to help eligible businesses

Chichester District Council has announced that it will issue free temporary pavement licences to eligible hospitality businesses.

Short-term pavement licences are being issued to help pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, snack bars, coffee shops and ice cream parlours, which have been closed for months during the coronavirus lockdown. To apply or find out more about this please

‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme restaurant finder and reimbursement

Please support our local restaurants, cafes, pubs and hotels by using the ‘Eat Out to Help Out Scheme’ this month. The offer can be used Monday to Wednesday throughout August and offers every diner a 50% discount of up to £10 per head on their meal, in any participating food service establishment. HMRC has launched an online tool for the public to find restaurants that are registered for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. The restaurant finder tool shows results within a 5-mile radius of a postcode.

Restaurant finder tool:

HRMC has also published guidance for registered establishments on how to claim the reimbursement for discounts given to diners with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. Guidance:

Parking offers

Don’t forget, that if you are paying to park in Chichester District Council car parks, you can select two hours and get a third free if you use the Mipermit app until 7 September. You can find out about the app at

Using MiPermit means you won’t need to use the parking machines, providing you with a cash-free option, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Plus, you can also extend your parking using the app, if you need more time while shopping. We are also offering free parking at Avenue de Chartres car park every weekend until 7 September. You can find out more here

We’re here to help – advice on accessing our services

Although our offices are currently closed to the public due to Covid-19, we are still here to help.

  • Our services can be accessed anytime, anywhere
  • If you can’t find what you are looking for, you can email us
  • You can also reach us on the phone between 9am and 5pm weekdays on 01243 785166.
  • If you need to contact us out of working hours (after 5pm weekdays and throughout the weekend) and it’s an emergency, please call us on 01243 785339.
  • If you need an emergency face to face appointment, please call us on 01243 785166 and we will arrange for you to be seen by a member of our staff.
  • If you need to buy a visitor’s car parking permit, please call us on 01243 534500 so that we can take payment and send this to you through the post.
  • If you want to watch one of our public meetings, you can now do this by
  • If you want to access help from the Citizens’ Advice Bureau please or call them on 0800 144 8444 between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

Thank you for your continued patience and support during this time.

Project to increase short stay homeless accommodation reaches key milestone

The next stage of a project to increase the amount of much-needed short stay accommodation for people facing homelessness in the Chichester District has reached another important milestone. Councillors have reviewed the project proposals to redevelop one of its properties, which will provide an additional 17 flats for people who are homeless, and have given the go ahead to proceed to the next stage. It is anticipated that work will start on site this year. You can find out more here

Council tax hardship scheme expanded to help more financially vulnerable residents

Leading councillors have agreed to expand a scheme to those who are struggling to pay their council tax in the Chichester District. The scheme has now been expanded to cover pension-age recipients of Council Tax Reduction and all council tax payers that are financially vulnerable as a result of the pandemic. You can find out more here

The Novium Museum shortlisted for national award for lockdown activities

Chichester’s award winning Novium Museum has been recognised by Kids in Museum for its Virtual Roman Week festival, receiving praise for providing engaging interactive online activities for families to enjoy during lockdown. You can find out more here The museum and Chichester Tourist Information Centre is now open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am until 4pm. You can find out more and book by visiting

Help us in our fight ‘Against Litter’

Members of the public are being urged to dispose of their litter and instant barbecues properly this summer as people head out to enjoy the sunshine. Litter Enforcement Officers have been working with Chichester District Council’s Environmental Protection Team to tackle littering and dog fouling offences across the district. Find out more here You can also find out more about how you can get involved in our ‘Against Litter’ campaign

Have your say on dog control rules in the Chichester District

Chichester District Council is reviewing the rules for dogs in public spaces and is asking people to give their views in a new public consultation. You can respond until midnight on 14 August 2020. Find out more here

Beach goers urged to follow foreshores safety guidelines this summer

The council is reminding people to follow its Foreshores Code of Conduct and maintain social distancing to ensure that everyone can enjoy the district’s beaches safely this summer. Find out more here

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Employers should be aware that changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have been made.

What employers need to do from 1 August:

· From 1 August 2020 the scheme will no longer fund employers’ National Insurance (NI) and pension contributions. Employers will have to make these payments from their own resources for all employees, whether furloughed or not.

HMRC also published guidance on 28 July outlining what employers who have claimed too much, or not enough, from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme need to do.


Information has also been published on the penalties for not telling HMRC about Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant overpayments.

Coronavirus FAQ on what the public can and can’t do

The Cabinet Office FAQ outlining what the public can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak was updated at the weekend to reflect the latest government guidance. A section has also been added on looking after grandchildren.


Better Health campaign

Public Health England has launched the Better Health campaign to support people to live healthier lives and reduce their risk of serious illness, including COVID-19.

The campaign – unveiled as part of the government’s new Obesity Strategy – encourages adults to introduce changes that will help them work towards a healthier weight, with a suite of free tools and apps supporting people to eat better, drink less alcohol and get active. This includes a new app for the free 12-week NHS Weight Loss Plan, helping people make healthier food choices and learn skills to prevent weight gain.


Chichester District Council

District Despatch


August 2020

District Dispatch

This week’s District Dispatch comes from Cllr Martyn Bell, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council. You can find his article below.

Supporting our local businesses and helping the economy to recover is a key priority within the council’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

Since the start of this crisis, supporting businesses across the district has been a top priority. We have issued over £37 million of government business grants; offered business advice; helped with grant applications; helped businesses prepare for the government’s requirements; provided social distancing signage; and launched a ‘support local’ campaign.

Now that businesses are reopening, we are offering parking incentives, including free car parking in our Avenue de Chartres car park in Chichester at the weekends and a free hour when you buy two hours on the MiPermit car parking app in any of our car parks until 7 September. This is one of the many actions we have introduced to encourage people to return to our High Streets.

From the very beginning, we have been working with business groups and associations, our parish, town and city councils, West Sussex County Council and Chichester BID to identify the support needed in each of our locations. Our officers immediately set up a High Street Task Group at the start of the crisis. This group has looked at areas such as the relaxation of planning and licensing restrictions; social distancing measures; health and safety advice; and business support and grants – to make sure that our towns and city were ready and open for business when the restrictions were eased. Right from the beginning, we have tailored our approach to each town and the city to match their specific requirements. Last week, we agreed to offer free temporary pavement licences to eligible hospitality businesses to help them recover from being closed for months under lockdown. This a crucial time for the hospitality industry and we want to do everything we can to help.

Alongside this, we are continuing to work with our partners in our towns and city on their Vision projects. We have one for each area which focuses on the specific needs for each area. We are working with our partners to revise the action plans, but it is definitely full steam ahead with this important work.

We recognise that funding is still an issue for many businesses during this recovery phase, so we are setting up a £250,000 grant fund to help eligible businesses with their recovery plans. Alongside this, we are relaunching our enabling grants scheme later this year.

Tourism accounts for £470 million within the local economy and 14% of all jobs. As a council we have agreed to treble our funding to Visit Chichester to £150,000 and we hope that this will give the tourism sector the boost it needs. This will help to protect local jobs, and will have a positive impact on other sectors that support the tourism industry.

We have also agreed a plan on how we can boost the arts sector. As well as continuing to support Chichester Festival Theatre and the Pallant House Gallery with grants up until 2022, we have agreed to jointly commission an economic and social value impact study, with the costs shared between the three organisations. We will be approaching the Weald and Downland Living Museum and Fishbourne Roman Palace to see if they would also like to take part in this work.

Our local leisure services have a big role to play to help us look after our physical and mental wellbeing. Many people have found things very challenging during lockdown and so it’s great to see these services back up and running. We have been working very closely with our partners Everyone Active over the past few months to help them reopen our leisure centres and we will continue to support them through this recovery phase.

Our area has so many great events and we want to build on this. Goodwood has already adapted their offer by introducing events such as the Secret Cinema, where people watch the films from their cars. It’s these new ideas that we need to focus on. We are also working with Chichester Festival Theatre and New Park to have a drive in cinema at Northgate; and, we’re looking at performances and events in Oaklands Park. You can be assured that keeping our residents and visitors safe, is at the heart of everything we consider and do.

We’re continuing to move forward with exciting developments and projects that will support our local economy and create business accommodation and jobs. These include the Southern Gateway Project, the redevelop of our St James’ Industrial Estate; our Ravenna Point business accommodation; and, our business accommodation at the Enterprise Centre. All of these projects pay a vital role in supporting businesses by providing accommodation to suit their needs and help them to grow.

We all can play our part in helping our local economy recover by supporting our local businesses as much as we possibly can. The Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme has started this week, with many of our local businesses taking part. So this summer, please keep safe and support

Best Wishes

Cllr Martyn Bell

Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council

The Valley Diary

August 2020


August 2020

Town and Parish News

Issue 16


August 2020


Issue 17 | August 2020

Keep west sussex safeNew! Launch of our 'Keep West Sussex Safe' communications toolkit

We have launched a COVID-19 community communications toolkit for you to use to help us spread the word about our recently launched ‘Keep West Sussex Safe’ campaign. The campaign aims to encourage residents, businesses and communities to stay alert and follow the latest government guidelines to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in West Sussex and therefore reduce the need for local lockdown restrictions.

The toolkit contains advice, key messages, social media posts, a digital poster and information about materials available. You can access the toolkit on our dedicated COVID-19 website section.

Please use the toolkit and share it with fellow councillors, local community groups and organisations. If you need any further information about the toolkit or the campaign materials please email Thank you for your support as we try to do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus in West Sussex.

Visit the community communications toolkit online.

pandemic surveyResidents have their say on Covid-19

We had a record breaking 17,455 responses from West Sussex residents to our coronavirus pandemic survey. All the responses have now been collated and analysed and the details can be found here.Discover residents views on how they coped and what they did during lockdown, their health, education, connection to the community, and much more. Please get in touch if you would like any insights specific to your location:

A259 schemeWork restarts on A259 scheme

Essential preparation work will restart on 10 August ahead of a major improvement scheme to widen single-lane stretches of the A259 into dual carriageway in Angmering and Littlehampton. Preparation work was paused while a public inquiry into a Compulsory Purchase Order was held and a decision published. The Secretary of State confirmed the council had satisfactorily responded to objections raised, so the scheme can now progress. More details here.

Photo shows Top: The current single carriageway in Worthing Road, Littlehampton, west of Olliver Acre. Bottom: An illustration/visualisation of Worthing Road, Littlehampton, west of Olliver Acre, widened to dual carriageway, with shared footway/cycle path and a new crossing.

fire open daySave the date! Fire Service Virtual Open Day

Every year, fire stations across the county hold Open Days for the local community to attend. However, due to the pandemic we can’t hold fire station open days in the way we normally would, so West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is holding a Virtual Open Day on Facebook on 15 August.

The online event will give members of the public home fire safety advice, behind-the-scenes tours of the service and will provide a great day of entertainment during the summer holidays.

Keep an eye on the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Facebook page for more updates and please share the message far and wide with your communities.

cyclewayWork starts on cycleways

Construction started this week on the first of seven temporary cycleway schemes in West Sussex. The Chichester scheme will connect the Spitalfield Lane hospital area with the city’s railway station, creating a 2km-long 'keyworker corridor' for safe cycling. The route will also link to the central retail area and other major employment sites, such as the University of Chichester. The work is likely to take about a fortnight to complete. More information here Image: An illustrative example of the style of improvement which will be used in West Sussex (Old Shoreham Road, Hove). Photo credit: Darren Cool Images.

hands and worldRising to the challenge of climate change

A strategy which seizes a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to adapt to the challenges of climate change has been agreed by the County Council’s Cabinet. The ten-year Climate Change Strategy sets out five commitments: reducing carbon emissions; increasing resilience to a changing climate; sourcing and using resources responsibly; supporting and growing the green economy and embedding these commitments into decision making. We also want to work with others and help inspire them to make changes where we can. You can read the strategy here. Further information on our delivery plan and how you can get involved will be available shortly.

campaignsOur latest communication campaigns

Take a look at three of our latest communication campaigns:

Feel free to share these links, and the information contained within, to help keep your residents updated and informed.

Consultation hub

WSCCHave your say on local issues that affect you

Have your say on matters that affect you and your local communities - and get your residents to do the same - by visiting our Have Your Say Consultation Hub. From major road schemes and Joint Area Action Plans, to premises licence applications and safeguarding in our schools; we want to hear your residents' views to help shape future policy and decisions.

Go to the Have Your Say Consultation Hub for details of all of our current consultations.

Your voice Your Voice: The People's Panel

Alternatively, encourage your residents to join Your Voice: The People's Panelwhere they'll be regularly consulted about a number of important local issues. Once registered they'll receive links to surveys, reports and outcomes and occasionally links to other public surveys.

Find out more information and subscribe here.

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