Lavant Parish Council


Lavant is a rural parish with an electorate of approximately 1600 in 750 households and at present a precept of £21,695. The parish is just north of Chichester on either side of the A286 Midhurst Road.


Further details of the component parts of this village and its facilities can be found in the Village Plan. The community is a vibrant one served well by its pubs, restaurants, schools, churches and above all, its Village Hall - The Lavant Memorial 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 to Bosham and the Chichester Harbour area, the Witterings, Selsey and Bognor Regis.





Glorious Goodwood Road Closures

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Lavant Road Closures for 5 mile mid-summer Road Race Wed 21st June 2017


Wednesday 21 June 2017 from 7.20pm-9.00pm.


Sheepwash Lane from the top, south east to its junction with Pook Lane.

Pook Lane from the top at the mini-roundabout, north east to its junction with Fordwater Road.

Fordwater Road to its junction with New Road.

New Road (the Lavant straight) to the roundabout junction with Claypit Lane .



East Dean Lane Closure 11th Sept for 3 days

Please be advised that West Sussex County Council has received a request for Temporary Traffic Regulation as follows:


Road Name East Dean Lane

Village / Town / Parish East Dean, South Chichester

Specific Location Whole Road

Type of TTR 14.2 Road Closure

Reason for TTR Remedial works to Iron works after Carriageway Surface Dressing

Proposed start date 11/09/2017

Proposed duration 3 days, 24 hours

Diversion route (if applicable) Droke Lane, A285, Selhurst Park Road, Race Course Road, Trundel Hill, Town Lane, A286, Cobblers Road to the Grove, Charlton Road.

Access arrangements Gateman insitu to ensure that access is available.

Applicant name James White on behalf of Balfour Beatty WSCC

Applicant contact tel number 01243642105



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Latest News


23/06/2017 - Missing Marvin - have you seen him?


Have you seen Marvin missing from Pook Lane/St Mary's Church



07/06/2017 - Public show strong support for the Chichester Vision


Reducing traffic, supporting independent businesses and creating a more diverse evening culture are all top of the public's wish list when they were asked to comment on the draft Chichester Vision.


The Chichester Vision will set out how people would like the city to evolve over the next 20 years. It brings together a wealth of ideas that have been put forward by individuals, groups and organisations across the city. The aim is to help Chichester attract inward investment and stimulate economic growth by making the most of its heritage and culture while also adapting to better meet the needs of residents, workers, students and visitors.



Around 500 responses were received during the six week public consultation which began in February. All the comments have been reviewed and the draft Chichester Vision has been updated to take account of any new ideas and issues raised during the consultation.


The latest version of the Chichester Vision will be discussed at the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee which meets on Tuesday 13 June. It will then be discussed by the Cabinet before it is expected to be formally adopted at the Full Council meeting on 25 July. It is anticipated that the Vision will also be adopted by West Sussex County Council, Chichester City Council, Chichester BID (Business Improvement District) and partner organisations and businesses.


"We received a very positive response to the public consultation and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to provide their comments or who visited one of the public exhibitions that we held around the city," says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. "The consultation showed that more than three quarters of people who responded agreed with the overarching Vision statement, with people's comments mirroring the ambitions and initiatives included under the different themes.


"When we asked what do people love about Chichester the top three things were shopping, places to eat and drink and pedestrianised streets. These were closely followed by parks and gardens, the theatre, Chichester Cathedral and the environment. This shows that there is a lot which is already good about Chichester and the Vision aims to enhance this to make the city even better. It is clear that supporting independent businesses, creating a better night time economy and reducing traffic are the things that people would most like to see achieved in their city in the future.


"The Vision is about making sure we enrich the lives of residents, workers and visitors. It will guide future economic and planning policy for the city and also influence how future budgets and resources are allocated. This will encourage inward investment and unlock other funding opportunities to ensure the economic vitality of Chichester."


The draft text for the updated Chichester Vision document and accompanying documents are available to view at


30/05/2017 - Website offers Safe Space for victims of crime in Sussex


If you've been a victim or witness of crime, an online directory of local specialist support services offers a one-stop shop to help you find all the information you need at your fingertips.


The site, developed by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, can also help to demystify the process for people when they may be at their most vulnerable, offering information about different types of crime as well as details of what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system.





The site was built in close consultation with local services to meet victims' needs, whatever stage they have reached in their recovery. Whether you've reported it to the police or not, Safe:Space Sussex can provide a secure environment where people who may be feeling unsafe can find out what local help and support is available to them.


Sussex PCC Katy Bourne, who is responsible for commissioning services for victims of crime in the county, says: "Since it was launched almost 18 months ago, this website has become a trusted, go-to place for anyone who needs advice.


"You can either type your postcode into the site's search facility to find out more about support available locally or you can select a specific crime type - such as hate crime, stalking or anti-social behaviour - and visit a page featuring frequently asked questions as well as live links and contact details for support groups.


"It really doesn't matter whether you have reported a crime to the police or if an offence has happened in the past, you can still find help and support at the click of a button."


For more information, please visit


11/05/2017 - Lavant Neighbourhood Development Plan Final Version for Referendum


The LNDP has jumped through all the hoops and will now go forward to public referendum. (Date to be announced.)

To read the final document click here


A growing number of residents Tell Us Once


Around 5,800 recently bereaved West Sussex residents used a service last year which helps alleviate some of the strain when a loved one dies.


Used for more than two thirds of all registered deaths in the county, the free Tell Us Once service notifies multiple government and council agencies about a recorded death from a single point of contact.


Residents in West Sussex also have access to a more unique service via the Coroner's team.



County Council Cabinet Member for Stronger, Safer Communities, Debbie Kennard, said: "When the cause of death is unknown then it is referred to our Coroner but this can take a bit longer to process. In the past this meant that when a death is 'registered' it was too late to use the Tell Us Once service.


"But with around 3,000 deaths referred to the Coroner each year, the team decided to take matters into their own hands and register the deceased's details onto the Tell Us Once website so families can use it straightaway.


"We are one of the few local authorities that offer this special service and it has already made a difference. It can help make a stressful situation that little bit easier."


The Tell Us Once resource notifies organisations including the HMRC, DVLA and council services through the Department of Work and Pensions with a single phone call or online registration.


Last year, in 2016/17, there were 8,730 deaths in the county and 5,845 used the Tell Us Once Service.


The Tell Us Once Service then went on to notify individual County Council services - a total of 9,500 notifications across libraries, adult social services, Blue Badge services and concessionary travel. This meant 9,500 fewer times that residents have had to contact individual County Council departments plus even more contacts avoided with other organisations including Council Tax and Identity and Passport Services.


Debbie Kennard said: "I'm pleased to see so many people in West Sussex continuing to use the service nearly two years after it was first launched here.


"We want to relieve our residents' minds of worry at a sensitive time when their thoughts should be with loved ones."


For more information, please visit and search 'Tell Us Once'.

Forthcoming Events


Remarkable Roman Discovery to be unearthed


One of the most remarkable Roman discoveries found in the centre of a thriving city, will be uncovered at the end of May.


The remains of three Roman buildings will be uncovered for the first time in Chichester's Priory Park, after surviving over 1,600 years in its city centre.


Visitors and residents will be able to watch the dig take place between Saturday 27 and Monday 29 May 2017. James Kenny, archaeologist at Chichester District Council, will then hold a series of talks on Wednesday 31 May in the park to reveal the findings. The event has been organised in order to tie in with the city's Roman Week ( , which will offer a variety of activities and events to celebrate the city's Roman heritage.



This year, archaeologists were stunned to find the footings of three almost complete Roman buildings. The discovery was made using ground penetrating radar equipment and was confirmed following a very small dig carried out by Chichester District Council's archaeologist and members of the local archaeological society.


Scans appear to show two large masonry houses, which would now be the equivalent to Chichester's grand Pallant House Gallery building, and would have been owned by someone of great importance. The third building is of great interest because of its unusual shape.


"This discovery is very exciting and is of national historical importance," says Cllr Susan Taylor, Cabinet Member for Planning at Chichester District Council.


"We know that this has created a lot of interest and local residents are intrigued by what has been discovered on their doorstep and so we are excited to give people the opportunity to visit the site and see the discoveries.


"Chichester's rich Roman history already attracts people from far and wide, due to its city walls and Roman Bath House, which is located in our Novium Museum. We hope that these further discoveries will encourage even more people to visit our beautiful city."


James Kenny, Chichester District Council's archaeologist was stunned by the discovery and is excited to uncover the secrets that are buried in the park.


"What's remarkable about this discovery is that it has survived over 1,000 years in a currently occupied city. This is because they are under a park that has never been built on," says James.


"It's almost unique to see Roman houses survive in this type of setting and to be so complete.


"The location marks what may have been one of the more affluent parts of the Roman Town, with these houses being the equivalent to a property worth millions of pounds in today's society. The two houses have walls surrounding complete rooms, which may be set around a courtyard or atrium. There is also a deep masonry building with a rounded end. We are intrigued to find out what this building is. It could be a cellar, part of a bath house, or something even more exciting. We can't wait to find out.


"These are definitely going to be some of the best surviving Roman remains that have been uncovered in a city environment."


James believes that the houses were originally located on a street, but that this hasn't survived because of the World War Two reservoir that was built in the park. The scans reveal that another Roman street ran further east under Priory Park, but this will not be uncovered.


"We are just going to focus our attention on the area south of The Guildhall building that is located in the park. We're very lucky, because this is an area that is not regularly used and so we can carry out a dig to uncover the buildings that we have found. This is sure to unlock even more buried secrets and items of importance," adds James.


The council hopes that this archaeological dig will reveal many of the secrets that have been hidden away for 1,600 years. They will be doing this with the help of the Chichester and District Archaeology Society.


"We want to be certain what the archaeology is and demonstrate its significance. We also want to encourage residents and visitors to come and look at it and find out more about the discoveries that we uncover. We hope to use this evidence to bid for money to fund a series of excavations over successive years.


"This discovery is a unique part of Chichester's - and this country's - history, and so it is important that we make this accessible so that people feel involved. We look forward to sharing our findings with residents and visitors on Wednesday 31 May through a series of talks at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm.


"We do not plan to keep the remains on permanent display - when the work has been completed we will return the ground to its current state. Instead, the likelihood is that we will create 3D imaging and information that will provide people with all of the information that they need in the long term," he adds.


Priory Park is located in the centre of Chichester and was given to the people of the city by the Duke of Richmond as a World War 1 memorial. 2018 will mark the centenary of the park and the First World War.


James Kenny will give talks to the public on Wednesday 31 May at 10am, 12 midday, 2pm and 4pm in Priory Park so that we can share our findings with residents and visitors.


Other activities taking place during Roman Week can be found here








15/05/2017 - Make it a summer of cycling in Chichester District


Adults keen to get back on their bikes can enjoy a series of guided rides, cycling confidence courses and bike maintenance courses thanks to Chichester District Council's Like Your Bike programme.


The annual programme of events is organised thanks to Air Quality grants from the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra).


Adult novices can attend one free cycle training session. Courses take place on selected Saturday mornings and afternoons from 6 May until 19 August.





Qualified trainers will help people gain confidence in a safe and relaxed environment. These courses are ideal for people who wish to regain lost skills or develop new levels of confidence. Bikes and helmets can be provided.


Guided cycle rides, led by trained volunteers, run between 29 April and 30 September (see the Chichester District Council website for the ride timetable). The rides start at 10am from Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester and take around two and a half to three hours. The rides are ideal for those who have not cycled for a while or who are new to the area. Routes include West Dean, Hunston and North Mundham and Bosham.


For those who want to find out how to keep their bike safe and smooth running, then foundation and intermediate bike maintenance courses will be taking place from 13 May. The foundation course costs £5 while the intermediate courses will be £15.


Both courses are run by a qualified bike mechanic and take place at Westgate Leisure Centre. Topics covered on the foundation course include safety checks, brake adjustments, puncture repairs and gear adjustments. Intermediate courses last six hours and include the above plus basic wheel truing/spoke replacement, headset adjustment, bike cleaning and recommendations for routine bicycle servicing.


People interested in finding out more can call 01243 521160, email or visit


21/05/2017 - Things to do during Half-term - WSCC Tastemail


Have yourself a half-term to remember and know how to treat Dad this Father's Day!

Tastemail events.



All the fun of the fayre at Brinsbury this weekend

Round up the family for the Brinsbury Show & Country Fayre at Chichester College's countryside campus this Sunday 21 May from 11am-4pm.

Try your hand at a host of 'Have a go' activities and see many other exciting displays from dog agility to armour making.

Animal lovers can look forward to a range of exhibits including a companion dog show and equestrian demos.

Entry costs £5 per person - under 16s get in for free.

You may be additionally charged for some activities.

Visit the Brinsbury Show website for more details.

The Brinsbury Show


Bolney Wine Estate

Join in with English Wine Week!

National English Wine Week gets underway next week from 27 May-4 June.

And Bolney Wine Estate is marking the festival by putting on a range of masterclasses and events for beginners through to wine connoisseurs.

On 31 May, you can discover which local cheeses complement certain Bolney wines at the vineyard's 'Cheese and Wine' matching masterclass. Tickets cost £26.50 each.

Go around the world in another evening masterclass (1 June) where you'll learn how wines from other countries compare with Bolney's finest.

Tickets are £35 per per person.

Bolney customers will also receive 10% off all wines throughout the week.

Book your place online.


Random Hall private dining

Eat for free when you book a private party at Random Hall

Are you planning on marking an upcoming celebration with family and friends before the end of June?

Slinfold-based Random Hall hotel is offering Tastemail readers a special discounted deal when you book by Friday 30 June.

Dine exclusively with up to 13 family members and friends in the Hall's private dining room - or for larger parties you can request to reserve the Oak Suite. Whoever makes the booking will eat free of charge and you will also receive a £10 voucher valid for your next visit to the venue's Stonehouse Restaurant.

Visit for more information.

To make your booking, call 01403 790558 and quote discount code RHTM17. Offer expires Friday 30 June.


Random Hall private dining


Surprise Dad with your own personalised chocolate goodies!

There's still time to book a place on one of Le Salon Du Chocolat's half-term workshops in Chichester this month.

Give the kids a chance to hone their chocolate-making skills by designing and producing a range of edible treats including chocolate jigsaw puzzles, lollies and solid cupcakes.

Budding chocolatiers will able be able to create their own 'A4' sized giant bar complete with personal greeting at a special Father's Day workshop on Saturday 17 June.

For more information, click here to find the full list of sessions available from 31 May to 17 June.

You can also claim a 10% discount on your half-term booking when quoting 'tastemail' over the telephone.

To book a place, call Dawn on 01243 775933.

Visit for more information.


Le Salon du Chocolat


Immerse yourself in an Elderflower Experience

Set in the West Sussex countryside, near Steyning, Ashurst's Daylands Farm is hosting an 'Elderflower Experience' for all comers on Sunday 4 June.

'Pick it, cook it' - the day's theme is designed to teach guests how to use elderflower, with each person taking home a bottle of delicious syrup that they have made.

During the day you will embark on a farm walk, learn foraging tips and enjoy a two-course lunch.

Tickets are priced at £45 per person.

Entry for under 14s costs £22.50.

Pre-booking is essential, to book your place call Louise on 07905405454.

Visit for more information.


Elderflower Experience


Free farm entry soon at Saddlescombe

Saddlescombe Farm is rewarding visitors with free entry to its Open Farm Sunday celebration on 11 June.

Let the kids in for a surprise meet and greet with the resident pigs, lambs, calves other animals before letting them loose on the tractor and trailer rides.

Activities on the day also include machinery displays and the chance for little ones to help with sheep shearing!

Stop for lunch and enjoy a BBQ serving tasty lamb burgers.

The event is open from 10.30am-3.30pm.

Visit the Saddlescombe Farm website for more information.


Open Farm Sunday

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