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.



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Fireworks at Goodwood Saturday 18th March 2017


The 75th Members meeting will be having a Fireworks display (weather permitting) at 9.30pm for 15 minutes. If the weather is bad the display could be as early as 8pm up until 9.45pm (latest).

Please make sure pets/livestock are properly protected.


Lavant Road Closures for Trundle run May 17th 2017


Wednesday 17th May from 7.30 - 9.30pm


The road to be closed is Sheepwash Lane, Lavant from the Village Green onto the track opposite along the Water Meadows.



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 .





Latest News


17/03/2017 - Fine for fly tipper caught on CCTV cameras in Chichester


A man who dumped two sofas in full of view of CCTV cameras has been successfully prosecuted for fly tipping by Chichester District Council.



Paul Taylor, aged 59, of Middle Park Way in Havant, was caught in the act by cameras at Chichester building merchants, Covers, on 9 May 2016.


During a hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court on 6 February 2017, Taylor pleaded guilty to one charge of unlawful deposit of controlled waste contrary to section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.


He also pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to assist in an investigation by not providing information to an authorised person and failing to provide a declaration of truth contrary to section 108 and 110 of the Environment Act 1995. Taylor was ordered to pay a £1,300 fine.


This successful prosecution comes after the council redeployed one of its officers to deal specifically with fly tipping offences.


Councillor Carol Purnell, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment Services at Chichester District Council says: "Last year our council spent more than £52,000 on cleaning up fly-tipped waste from public land. We are pleased that this is the first of several prosecutions currently taking place to stop people from making a profit at the expense of the environment and the tax payer.


"Our enforcement team is working hard to bring fly tippers to justice and we hope that this sends out a clear message that it's not acceptable to dump waste or fail to co-operate with our investigations.


"We know that people often come in from outside our district to fly tip. We would urge people to be alert and contact us immediately with as much information as possible if they spot fly tipped waste."


The council is also urging householders and businesses to check first before hiring an individual or company to take away waste on their behalf. Unfortunately on a number of occasions residents in the district have paid good money for people to take their waste away but this has been found dumped later on.


All legal waste carriers are registered by the Environment Agency (EA). People can check a company or individual by going to the EA's website:


It is also a good idea to note down the following details on the day that the waste is being collected in case it is found dumped:


- Who came - name of company, name of person and description;

- Vehicle details including make, model, colour and registration; and

- Details of what was taken away.


Councillor Roger Barrow is Cabinet Member for the council's Contract Services whose teams clear fly tipped material. He says: "Gathering this information may seem onerous but by law it is the householder who is responsible for ensuring their waste is disposed of safely and legally - even if they are paying someone else to take it away.


"Sadly, there are some illegal waste carriers out there who take payment from unwitting members of the public and then dump the material. Often the waste can be traced back to the householder but not the carrier which means the householder could be held responsible.


"We know it's easy for people to get caught out by this, so we are working hard to raise awareness and educate people in order to reduce these incidents. We would also urge householders to be especially cautious if someone turns up on their doorstep unannounced, offering to take waste away for them."


Residents can report fly tipping by going to


17/03/2017 - Work begins on £6 million Enterprise Centre to boost the local economy in Chichester District


Work has started on a new £6 million Enterprise Centre which will provide 35,000 square feet of high quality workspace, including serviced and managed offices, workshops and shared workspace in a new purpose-built development for local businesses.

It is forecast that the project, based in Terminus Road, Chichester, could create around 275 new jobs every three years and contribute to an improvement in business survival rates. It is expected to be completed in December this year.



The project will offer businesses flexible accommodation, with the ability to rent space for just two weeks. The aim is to help businesses access the support that they need and will also include working with local education providers and business support groups to offer support and mentoring schemes.


Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council, says: "This dedicated, modern facility will enable businesses to grow and flourish, helping to create new, high quality jobs for local people.


"We want to encourage economic growth in the district and this project is a major part of the council's encouragement of local business development. It will give a real boost to businesses over the next few years, which will be of real and lasting value in our area."


The council's research shows that the area is in need of a new high quality development where new businesses can rent space. Basepoint has been chosen to work in partnership with the council and the company will manage the facility once it opens.


"The centre will focus on the needs of small, medium and start-up businesses, with flexible easy-in, easy-out terms. Other benefits will include on-site management, serviced meeting rooms, high-speed internet access, free parking and business training and coaching.


"We have been looking forward to this exciting opportunity for some time and we are delighted to be part of an initiative to help develop a base for businesses and entrepreneurs to ensure the areas business community succeeds long into the future," says Brian Andrews, Managing Director of Basepoint Centres Ltd.


Neilcott Construction Ltd, is the main contractor for the project. Its Regional Director, Pat Hughes, says: "Neilcott is delighted to be working in partnership with Chichester District Council on this important project. It will bring dedicated, modern facilities that will enable businesses to grow and flourish, helping to create new, high quality jobs for local people. We are also keen to ensure that the construction process provides opportunities for local employment and skills development."


BAQUS Construction and Property Consultancy is the Employer's Agent on the new scheme and will be engaging and working with local businesses and tradesman on this project.


Natasha Webley, of BAQUS, says: "BAQUS is pleased to be working as the Employer's Agent for Chichester District Council on this exciting project, creating start up office and workshop facilities for local businesses and entrepreneurs in Chichester."


Eighty-two business units ranging from 150 to 700 square feet will be offered across three buildings, with the unique space offering flexible rental terms. The development will offer office suites, workshop units and shared workspaces, along with dedicated car parking on a 1.75 acre site.


Flexible work spaces encourage new talent and job growth, as well as significantly contributing to the local economy.


31/01/2017 - Have your say - Residents views on West Sussex Crime sought


Residents' views sought on West Sussex crime


A survey seeking the views of residents on crime in their local area starts this month.


Run by the Safer West Sussex Partnership, the aim of the survey is to seek the views of residents on their experience and perceptions of crime together with what is important to them in their local area.



Made up of organisations including West Sussex County Council, District and Borough Councils, Sussex Police and Probation services, the Safer West Sussex Partnership works to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, ensuring that West Sussex remains a safe place to live, work and visit.


The Partnership carries out an annual review to understand how national and local crime trends may be impacting on residents, and the survey will help inform that piece of work.


County Council Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing Christine Field said: "However safe a place is the perception of crime can have a big impact on a community so it's really important for us to understand residents' views, not only on their experience of crime but also their perception of crime.


This survey will help inform the Partnership's work in identifying communities and individuals who are vulnerable to crime. This will assist partner agencies to ensure that appropriate support, intervention and resources are provided to those who are most at risk of harm in West Sussex."


You can have your say by visiting: from Monday 9 January to Sunday 5 March.


Or visit one of the following libraries from Monday 23 January to Friday 28 January to complete a shorter version of the survey:


- Bognor Regis

- Burgess Hill

- Chichester

- Crawley

- East Grinstead

- Haywards Heath

- Horsham

- Shoreham by Sea

- Worthing



31/01/2017 - Time to comment on ideas for bringing growth and investment to the city of Chichester


People in Chichester will soon be able to have their say on the draft Chichester Vision which aims to enhance the city and attract inward investment and stimulate economic growth.

A six-week consultation will start on Monday 6th February in which members of the public will be able to contribute their own ideas, comments and suggestions for how they would like to see the city evolve over the next 20 years.



The draft contains a wealth of ideas that have been put forward by groups and organisations across the city. The aim is to help Chichester capitalise on its heritage and culture while also adapting to better meet the needs of residents, workers, students and visitors.


"This is a real opportunity for people in Chichester to shape the future of their city and help it grasp opportunities, adapt to meet challenges, and make the most of its heritage and culture," says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. "Chichester has a proud history which has been characterised by change. This is a chance for people to steer change over the next 20 years.


"The Vision is all about boosting the economy. Having a Vision will guide future economic and planning policy for the city. It will also guide how future budgets and resources are allocated, encourage inward investment and unlock other funding opportunities to ensure the economic vitality of Chichester.


"We want everyone whether they are a resident, worker, student or visitor to be ambitious for the city and feel it is theirs. We know that people want it to be an attractive place which is easy to get around. We also know that people want the city to attract better jobs, make the most of our talented student population and be a must-see destination for visitors. I strongly urge people across Chichester to get involved in the Vision and put forward their suggestions and comments."


As part of the Chichester Vision a wide range of research has already been carried out. This has included face-to-face interviews with residents, workers and visitors and an audit of the city's character and condition, ease of access, physical assets and diversity of the local economy. A retail trends study has also been undertaken as well as a study by the University of Chichester into students' usage and satisfaction with the city and its facilities. In addition a number of participation workshops have been held with representatives of community and business organisations to gather ideas.


The Chichester Vision examines a wide range of issues including:


reducing traffic;

enabling people to get around the city more easily;

making the most of the city's cultural assets;

enhancing the street scene;

marketing and promoting the city;

making the most of the 15,000 student population;

shopping facilities;

developing digital technology; and

growing businesses in Chichester.


The consultation will run from 30 January until 12 March. People can get involved by completing the consultation online at


The council will also be holding some public exhibitions. The first will take place on Thursday 2 February at The Assembly Rooms in The Council House, North Street, Chichester. Dates at Chichester College and the University of Chichester will also be organised, dates to be confirmed in due course.


Paper copies will also be available to read at the main Chichester District Council offices at East Pallant House, The Novium Museum, Chichester City Council and Chichester Library.


All comments, views and feedback will be considered and the final version of the Chichester Vision will then be formally adopted by Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council, Chichester City Council, Chichester BID (Business Improvement District) and partner organisations and businesses.







Was your child born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013?


Starting School - September 2017? Important information read on!


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Starting School - September 2017


The application process for children due to start school in September 2017 will begin on Monday 3 October 2016. West Sussex County Council no longer sends individual letters to parents but is advertising the application arrangements as widely as possible and it is in this connection that I now write to you.


As a service to your local community we would invite you to advertise the starting school application window in your Parish Magazine, on your website or by whatever means you normally use to communicate with your residents.


I have attached to this email a poster and leaflet giving details of the application process. The key points are:


Apply online at


Applications can be made between 3 October 2016 and 15 January 2017


Special rules apply for house movers until 23 March 2017


The Information for Parents booklet is available on our website


Further information is available by ringing 03330 142 903



Applications made after the closing date cannot be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school. We would therefore be grateful if you could help actively encourage all parents to apply by the closing date.


If you have any questions regarding the process please do not hesitate to contact me.


In advance, please accept our thanks for your assistance and co-operation.


Kind regards





Richard Godsmark - Pupil Entitlement: Senior Admissions Officer

Care, Wellbeing & Education Directorate, Education & Skills

West Sussex County Council

Location: Pupil Admissions Team, 3rd Floor, County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH

Internal: 24062 - External: 0330 222 4062 E-mail:

Forthcoming Events


22/02/2017 - Fireworks at Goodwood - Saturday 18th March 2017 - Protect your animals!


The 75th Members meeting will be having a Fireworks display (weather permitting) at 9.30pm for 15 minutes. If the weather is bad the display could be as early as 8pm up until 9.45pm (latest).

Please make sure pets/livestock are properly protected.

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