Lavant Parish Council


Lavant is a rural parish with an electorate of approximately 1347 in 750 households and at present a precept of £27,420. The parish is just north of Chichester on either side of the A286 Midhurst Road.


Further details about the village can be found in the Lavant Neighbourhood Plan

The community is a vibrant one served well by its pubs, restaurants, schools, churches and village hall. The closeness of Goodwood adds to the activities in the parish.


Lavant is to be found in a beautiful part of West Sussex and yet is within easy reach of major urban centres on the coast from Brighton to Southampton. The close proximity of Chichester means access to both mainline trains and buses with direct links to Gatwick Airport and London, Brighton and Portsmouth and also across country to the West, the Midlands and the North.


Parishioners can, of course, use the varied commercial, leisure and entertainment facilities of Chichester with ease. The coast is also very close at Bosham and the Chichester Harbour area, the Witterings, Selsey and Bognor Regis.


Goodwood Festival of Speed



Road Closures and Speed restrictions


New Road, Kennel Hill, Strettington Lane, Claypit Lane, Pook Lane & Lower Road


Goodwood Festival of Speed


From 29th June until 10th July 2019


The restriction will be effective


Speed restrictions:


24hrs a day from 29/06/2019 at 00:01 until 10/07/2019 at 12:00


Road closures:


Daily between 06:00-21:00 from 04/07/2019 to 07/07/2019


Access arrangements


Pedestrian, residential and emergency access will be maintained


The application is currently being processed and you will be advised further when details are confirmed






Latest News


20/05/2019 - Residents encouraged to have their say on events in the Chichester District


People are being asked to give their views on which events they would like to see in the Chichester District as part of public consultation which goes live on Monday 27 May.


Chichester District Council is currently developing a new events strategy, which aims to provide a year round programme of events to entertain, educate and inspire residents and visitors across the district. To help shape this work, the council will be asking residents and businesses to say what events they would like to see in the district by taking part in a short survey.


The consultation starts on Monday 27 May and the deadline for responding is midnight on 29 July 2019.







People can give their views online at There is also a list of frequently asked questions to help put the survey into context and explain some of the terms used. Residents can request a paper copy of the questionnaire by emailing


Questions include: how people feel about the number of events currently held in the district, what would encourage them to attend a particular event, and when and where people would like to see more events.


"We're delighted to have recently employed an Events Officer to shape and manage a new events strategy for the district, and we're really keen to find out what our residents and businesses want to see," says Laurence Foord, Divisional Manager for Communications, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council. "The Chichester Vision has identified that developing an events programme could bring significant benefits to the city, its residents, businesses and visitors, as well as the district as a whole."


People who would like to get involved with more consultations and surveys in the future can also join Chichester District Council's Let's Talk Panel. By signing up, they will be automatically notified of any consultations by email, and can decide whether or not they want to take part. People can join by visiting

Forthcoming Events


20/05/2019 - Roman Week returns to celebrate Chichester’s vibrant Roman History at half-term


The award winning Chichester Roman Week is back this May half term for its fourth year and is set to be bigger and better than ever.


Last year's event was an amazing success, welcoming thousands of visitors and winning coveted awards. Most recently, the event was Highly Commended in the category of Limited Budget Project of the Year at the prestigious Museums & Heritage Awards held in London on the 15 May 2019.


Fresh off the back of this award success, Roman Week returns this Saturday 25 May and runs until Friday 31 May 2019, and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Roman Week 2019 is packed with lots of events across the city and surrounding areas. This exciting programme offers something for everyone to enjoy, including a spectacular Roman re-enactment in Priory Park, Chichester, on Tuesday 28 May between 11am and 4pm. This showstopper event, which includes military and gladiator shows, will bring the Roman period to life, giving visitors the chance to find out how Roman soldiers and civilians fought and lived during this fascinating period of British history.




Another key highlight of the week is that Chichester District Council's own archaeologist, James Kenny, with volunteers from the Chichester and District Archaeology Society, will be returning to Priory Park looking to uncover more of the park's Roman secrets. Already uncovered are the well preserved remains of a Roman bath-house, which was probably occupied by one of the city's wealthiest citizens, and the team are now looking to make connections between this bath suite and the house that it served. Residents and visitors will be able to watch the dig in action during the week, and on Saturday 1 June the team will hold a special day for the public. This will include a series of talks at 10am, 12 midday, 2pm and 4pm, to put the work into context and explain what has been found.


James Kenny says: "We're really excited to be returning to Priory Park this year to discover more of its Roman secrets. We have already found some remarkable and truly unique remains buried beneath the ground, all of which indicate that the person or people who lived there were affluent and of high status. This time around, we hope for more exciting finds."


Other events on offer during this year's Roman Week include talks, walks, guided tours, family activities and workshops. Visitors can also immerse themselves in their Roman heritage through the eye of a lens at The Novium Museum's blockbuster exhibition, Hollywood Rome: Reel Life in the Ancient World. This visually stunning exhibition will run until 8 September, featuring costumes, props and posters from big name modern Roman epics, such as Gladiator, Centurion, and Ben Hur.


Stephanie Thorndyke, Manager of the Novium Museum and Tourist Information Centre, says: "We are over the moon that Roman Week has just been honoured with such a highly regarded commendation in the Museums and Heritage Awards 2019. It is already a firm favourite in the district's events calendar, and we are delighted to say that this year's event is set to be bigger and better than ever. It's so important for people to have the opportunity to be involved in the history of their city, and we hope that this year's programme of exciting and educational events will bring visitors of all ages into the district to learn more about our unique and fascinating past."


Bignor Roman Villa, Chichester Library, Fishbourne Roman Palace, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester Harbour Conservancy and Butser Ancient Farm will also be running events throughout the week.


For a full programme of events, visit The Novium Museum's website

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