Singleton and Charlton Parish Council
Singleton and Charlton Parish Council
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
Chichester District Council
Tuesday 4 August 2020
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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?
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 herehttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
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:
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 atwww.gov.uk/coronavirus
All of our services are currently running as normal, but you can visit:https://www.chichester.gov.uk/councilservicestatus 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 herehttps://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34286/Council-sets-out-its-key-priorities-in-COVID-recovery-plan-for-Chichester-District
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 https://www.chichester.gov.uk/districtdispatch
Last week, Cllr Roy Briscoe focused on the community recovery, https://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34311/District-Dispatch---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: https://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34322/Business-recovery-plans
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 herehttps://www.chichester.gov.uk/article/34280/Council-boosts-tourism-sector-with-150000-investment
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 visitwww.chichester.gov.uk/pavementlicences
‘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: https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/eat-out-to-help-out/find-a-restaurant/
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:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-money-back-through-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme
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 https://www.mipermit.com/
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 https://www.chichester.gov.uk/parking
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.
Thank you for your continued patience and support during this time.
Chichester District Council
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 localwww.chichester.gov.uk/supportlocal
Cllr Martyn Bell
Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council
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