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.



REVIVAL 2017 - Low flying aircraft schedule

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New Road and Hunters Race - 8th to 11th September 2017

Carriageway/pothole repair - two way signals will be in operation


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


29/08/2017 - Chichester Road Space Audit - parking management


West Sussex County Council has reviewed how it develops parking schemes across the county and working in partnership with Chichester District Council, a pilot study has recently been undertaken in Chichester. This more progressive approach towards parking management, known as a Road Space Audit (RSA) has tried to determine if there are other ways for the County Council and its partners to consider existing and future parking demands.


The RSA is designed to be an enabling study that complements existing statutory plans and emerging studies in respect of transport infrastructure, parking policy and spatial planning, such as 'A Vision for Chichester'.







County Councillors and officers at West Sussex County Council are now keen to ascertain whether members of the public are in support of the broad themes raised within the RSA and if these fit in with their aspirations on what they would like Chichester, the place, to be in the future. Please note that as yet, nothing has been decided and further discussions will take place pending the outcome of this consultation exercise.


Below is a link to the RSA consultation page, which includes the RSA document (a full and summarised version) as well as an online survey. Please do take the time to complete the survey and do also share it with any colleagues, friends and members of your particular organisation. The consultation runs until the end of October.


Thank you and we look forward to hearing your views.


04/08/2017 - Chichester Citizen's Advice Bureau has moved!


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04/08/2017 - Improvements to A27 are needed says Leader of Council


The Leader of Chichester District Council is urging residents and businesses to come together to support improvements to the A27, after Highways England indicated that the £250 million scheme could be put back on the table.


Highways England met with representatives from Chichester District Council this month to explain that the funding was still available, but that an online route would be their preferred option.



Every five years, Highways England announces improvements to our road network. They have indicated that only the options that were consulted on will be considered and if none of these options are approved by our communities then it is unlikely that there will be any major investment in the A27 until at least 2030. They have indicated that that even at this point it is unlikely that they will be able to consider a radically new scheme. They are giving our communities the chance to work with them on redeveloping an online option that will tackle some of the concerns that people have raised," says Cllr Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council.


"The state of our roads is causing misery to our residents, workers and businesses and this is only going to get worse. We have to look to the future and work with Highways England to reach a solution for the sake of our communities, visitors and local economy. Regardless of whether this goes ahead or not, changes to all six junctions on the A27 are required as part of the Local Plan - and these are very similar to the changes put forward by Highways England under option three as part of the consultation last year. The Local Plan scheme is funded through developer contributions, which go directly to Highways England. These changes have to be made to mitigate the impact of additional housing in our area - there just isn't a choice.


"In addition to this, further changes are likely to be required as part of the review of the Local Plan. We anticipate that the Government will expect us to take significantly more housing based on what has happened to our neighbouring authorities. As part of this we have to demonstrate how we would mitigate the impact on our roads - which would require even more changes. These would be carried out over an extensive period of time. It makes far more sense for the A27 to receive the investment it requires now so that this work is done properly and in one go, rather than in a potentially piecemeal fashion.


"I met informally with the rest of the council yesterday to update them on the latest position and explained that there is a very short timeframe for everyone to work together to reach a solution. I gave some suggestions of how Highways England could potentially adapt their preferred scheme to take account of the issues raised by our communities. This was merely to demonstrate that there could potentially be some solutions that could tackle some of the concerns raised by our communities. It was not a formally proposed plan. In principle, the councillors agreed that we should write to the Secretary of State to urge him to revisit the A27 scheme.


"We understand that people have concerns about the online options, but if we don't do something now, things will only continue to get worse. Everyone agrees that there is a problem. This is a chance for us all to join together to work with Highways England on a suitable solution that will meet their requirements and address community concerns. We now aim to investigate potential solutions over the summer months that may be suitable to both Highways England and our local communities. We hope to review these options with our councillors in early September, with the aim of presenting these findings to Highways England for consideration."


Highways England has indicated that the funding will only be available until September 2017, as the scheme will need to commence by March 2020. If a scheme is reinstated a formal consultation process will take place where the local community will be asked for their views. As part of this process, Chichester District Council will formally respond to Highways England, as a consultee on the preferred scheme. The final decision and responsibility for any future improvements lies solely with Highways England.


04/08/2017 - Is your child starting school in September 2018? Read on....


· Apply online at

· Applications can be made between 2 October 2017 and 15 January 2018

· Special rules apply for house movers until 15 February 2018

· The Information for Parents booklet will be available on our website from 2 October 2017

· 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.





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20/07/2017 - Lavant Volunteer Hub and Workshop applies for grant funding


Lavant Parish Council has applied to Chichester District Council's New Home Bonus scheme for funding to help with the construction of the much needed Lavant Volunteer Hub and storage. As residents know, the Lavant Volunteers work tirelessly to keep our beautiful village beautiful but are suffering from lack of equipment and storage. The project to rebuild the garage on the village green is on the first steps of its journey. Click here to see the plans.

Don't forget ALL are welcome to join the volunteers. Please contact the Parish clerk for further information


CDC plans new Southern Gateway Masterplan - have your say!


Draft Southern Gateway Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - Public Consultation: July - August 10th 2017


Chichester District Council has prepared a Draft Southern Gateway Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for consultation. This is being undertaken in accordance with Regulations 12 & 13 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.


The draft masterplan sets out a range of different land uses for a number of key development sites within the Southern Gateway area. It also provides design guidance for those sites. The proposals in the masterplan will provide opportunities to bring development forward, to coordinate that development and to improve the public realm, particularly in the area around the railway station, leading up to South Street and the main city centre shopping area.


The consultation period runs from 9.00am Thursday 29 June 2017 until Thursday 10 August 2017. Representations should arrive no later than 5.00pm on 10 August 2017. Anonymous comments or comments received outside these dates will not be accepted.




The Draft Southern Gateway SPD, together with relevant background information, can be viewed at the Council Offices at East Pallant House and Chichester Library, or on the Council website at


All responses will be publicly available, and identifiable by name and organisation (where applicable). Please note that any other personal information provided will be processed by Chichester District Council in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

How to make a representation


Comment on the document using our online consultation website:


Alternatively, you can email us directly at or write to us at: Planning Policy, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TY

Forthcoming Events


20/07/2017 - Chichester Warm Homes scheme will continue helping vulnerable residents this winter


Low income households across Chichester District who are worried about how to heat their home, either because they have inefficient central heating or none at all, can now receive help.


Chichester District Council's Warm Homes Initiative can provide financial assistance for an energy efficient heating system for the whole house and thermal insulation. The resident doesn't need to pay anything up front, the cost is repaid when the house gets sold, whenever that may be.



"We really want to encourage residents whose boiler has broken down or who have no central heating at all to come forward and take advantage of this offer," says Councillor Jane Kilby, Cabinet Member for Housing at Chichester District Council. "Winter can be a challenging time for residents in our district who are on lower incomes. When your boiler breaks down this can become a full-blown crisis and for people in cold homes, a boiler breakdown can be a real problem as it typically costs £2,000 to replace. Living in a cold home without hot water can have a severe effect on your health and wellbeing."


Chichester District has double the national average for the number of homes experiencing excess cold. To tackle this, the council decided to invest more than £300,000 in as part of the Chichester Warm Homes Initiative.


For more information and to apply, residents should contact the Chichester Wellbeing Team on 01243 521041 and ask to speak to their energy advisors, Jo Williamson or Emma Pagett.


20/07/2017 - New scheme will ensure that households on low incomes will receive support


People will soon be able to have their say on proposals designed to ensure that households on low incomes will continue to receive support to pay their council tax.


Chichester District Council has just carried out a review of its Council Tax Reduction Scheme and will soon be consulting on proposals for how the scheme might look in 2018 - 2019.


Four years ago, new rules were introduced by the Government which abolished the Council Tax Benefit Scheme that had helped people on low incomes.


Councils were then allowed to develop their own schemes to help working aged people pay their council tax, while pensioners were fully protected from reductions. The scheme introduced by Chichester District Council was largely based on the old government scheme.


One proposal to be consulted on is to introduce a banded scheme for working age customers who receive Universal Credit. If the current scheme was left unchanged, then the amount of Council Tax Reduction awarded could change month to month. A banded scheme would make it easier for households to understand and budget. It would also be easier and more cost effective to administer.



In addition to this, the council is also exploring the idea of setting up a discretionary hardship fund to run alongside this which would be flexible to people in difficult circumstances.


The alternative proposal is to leave the scheme unchanged, apart from some minor updating to bring the scheme in line with changes to the Housing Benefit scheme and any other welfare reform changes.


The scheme would be unchanged for those of pension age.


"As a council we want to continue to support people on low incomes and we are very proud of the fact that this has always been a priority," says Councillor Philippa Hardwick, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council. "The introduction of Universal Credit is a big change and we want to ensure that we make things as easy as we can for people so that they know what they will be paying each month. We think a banded scheme is the best way to achieve this. The hardship fund will also allow us to be flexible to each person's circumstances."


04/08/2017 - E bulletin for Chichester in Partnership


Welcome to the latest edition e-bulletin for Chichester in Partnership.

If you have anything you want to put in the bulletin the deadline for input is the 3rd Thursday of every month.


Events/ Training


Discover your Future - Free Programme for 15-25 year olds

Try something new - free sessions for 15 -25 year olds who are not in education, employment or training organised by Chichester Community Development Trust and run by skilled leaders. From these sessions young people will learn to be creative, improve social skills, learn a variety of skills while boosting confidence and self esteem. For more information click here





ChooseWork Workshop - WEDNESDAY 26th July 2017 -10am-12pm


2 Hour workshop - 1.5 hours workshop with half an hour feedback and catch up with CW team


Where - Here at CDC Offices, please wait in reception and we will come and collect you

Topic - 'Employability'

Improve your chances of finding and securing the perfect job. This is not a magic job club BUT we can help you develop your approach to looking for and finding the perfect job for YOU.

Come and explore 'barriers to work' and finding new directions when things don't go to plan!



Older people Fund

Hyde Foundation, in partnership with UnLtd and with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new £50,000 fund to benefit older people. They are seeking social entrepreneurs with sustainable ideas to help older people to live positive, independent lives. The next deadline for applications is 7th August 2017 - read more here




Chichester Festival Theatre is introducing a 'CFT Buddies' scheme to support those at risk of being socially isolated, such as disabled or elderly people who don't feel able or comfortable attending a performance on their own. The free scheme, which is being piloted for the Relaxed Performance of Fiddler on the Roof on 26 July, will provide a companion for audience members who may not have the necessary carer support to enable them to enjoy a theatre visit.

The scheme is intended to assist elderly and socially isolated patrons; those with learning difficulties or who are on the autistic spectrum; and individuals with physical disabilities or with eyesight and hearing difficulties.

Louise Rigglesford, Community Partnerships Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre, says: 'The idea for the CFT Buddies scheme was born from the testimony of a 92 year-old long-standing audience member, who loved the Theatre but was no longer physically able to come alone. We've had a fantastic response from volunteers interested in becoming a Buddy, all of whom will receive training; and we very much hope this scheme will become an important extension of our mission to welcome as wide and diverse an audience as possible.'

CFT Buddies will assist patrons in booking and collecting tickets; meet them on arrival at the Theatre; guide them to their seats and sit with them through the performance; help buy any refreshments and locate washroom facilities; and stay with them until the patron has been collected or are safely on their way home. There will also be an opportunity for patrons to meet their assigned buddy at the Theatre in advance of the performance, in order for their needs to be fully understood.

Anyone interested in signing up to the CFT Buddies scheme ahead of the Relaxed Performance of Fiddler on the Roof on 26 July should call the box office on 01243 781312 or email

Chichester Wellbeing


Throughout August we will be supporting National Allotment week, 14th-20th August, to promote the benefits of exercise and healthy eating through getting outside and growing your own fruit and vegetables in your garden or allotment. We are continuing to promote sun awareness to members of the public to make them aware of how to stay safe and well in the heat.


Some of the team will be attending 'The Big Hello Community Event' in Midhurst on 30th August, this will be an opportunity to network with other services in the area to increase our partnership working in the future. We are also entering a team for the walking football tournament taking place at this event.


Pre diabetes courses will be offered throughout August in Chichester, this course is for people who have raised blood sugars and are close to becoming diabetic. The 3 hour workshop is run by our nutritional therapist and teaches people how to decrease their risk of becoming diabetic. For more information please call us on 01243 521041 or email us on


04/08/2017 - Pupils join forces with council to crack down on dog fouling


Pupils from Seal Primary Academy in Selsey have teamed up with Chichester District Council to encourage dog owners to make sure that they clean up after their pets.


As part of the council's 'Ideas into Action' project, Year 5 pupils have worked with the council's Youth Engagement team to create their own political parties to help tackle local issues that bother them.


One group of pupils have formed the 'Puppy Party'. Their aim is to take a stand against irresponsible dog owners who are failing to clean up after their pets and raise awareness of the health and environmental risks that dog fouling poses.


The children have been working with Pallant House Gallery to create their own attention-grabbing dog sculpture, inspired by the Brighton and Hove Snowdogs by the Sea trail, which used large sculptures of dogs to raise awareness and money for a local charity. The dog is made from fibreglass and the pupils have been enjoying a series of workshops in which they painted it and even chose a name, Patchy Wood. The name was inspired by a painting of a dog the children saw in Pallant House Gallery by artist Christopher Wood.




The gallery's Learning Programme Manager, Kiki Claxton, says: "This has been a fantastic project from start to finish. It has been a great collaboration between three organisations raising awareness around an important cause but also highlighting the importance of creativity. The children were so innovative with their ideas and opened us up to a new way of engaging and looking at our collection. Christopher Wood would be proud."


The children will be taking their dog to events throughout the district this summer, providing people with free dog poo bags, as well as leaflets and information about the risks that dog fouling poses.


A single gram of dog waste is estimated to contain 23 million faecal coliform bacteria which can cause a series of symptoms including cramps, diarrhoea and even serious kidney disorders.


Dog mess can also be a host to roundworm eggs. The roundworm parasite is found in the digestive systems of dogs which have not been de-wormed and can cause a serious illness in humans known as toxocariasis. This can cause symptoms including skin rashes, breathing difficulties, seizures and even blindness. If picked up immediately, these eggs pose no risk to humans as they only become infectious after 10 - 21 days. However, if left, the eggs will pass on into surrounding sand and soil where they can survive and are infectious for many months.


Councillor Roger Barrow, Cabinet Member for Contract Services at Chichester District Council says: "This is incredibly timely. As a council, we are working hard to crack down on incidents of dog fouling in the district. Not only does it blight our environment, it is also a risk to our health. Well done to the children for highlighting this important issue."


Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council says: "This is a great example of how our 'Ideas into Action' scheme helps to get young people engaged with issues in their local community.


"I'm sure the children's campaign will help to get people thinking about what it means to be a responsible dog owner."


The Puppy Party's dog will be appearing at various events over the summer. Details will be made available at


29/08/2017 - Advance warning cycle event 22nd October through Lavant


A non competitive event will pass through Lavant all day. For further information call:


UK Cycling Events

01425 653372


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