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Coronavirus – latest update from Chichester District Council

Thursday 9 July 2020

Issued by the Communications Team –

This briefing is to keep you updated on the evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) and the actions being taken in the district.

Who does it affect?

  • Residents and businesses within the district
  • Chichester District Council staff and councillors
  • Parish councils
  • Community groups and charitable organisations

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Newsletter moving from weekly to monthly
  • Stay alert
  • Service changes
  • Stay safe, leave a space
  • Community Hub
  • Council play areas open across the district
  • Proposed recovery plan to be heard by Full Council
  • Public toilets
  • Litter in public places
  • Domestic waste and recycling collections
  • Parking offers
  • Last chance to have your say on interim planning statement
  • Local lockdown plans
  • Announcement about children who are shielding
  • Advice for accommodation providers and guests
  • Multi-purpose community facilities
  • Leaving contact details when visiting businesses and venues
  • NHS test and trace statistics
  • Guidance for food businesses
  • Extension of certain planning permissions
  • Stay in touch

Latest update

The Chancellor delivered his Summer Economic Update in Parliament this week which outlined a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. Find out more at:

This week the Government also announced that Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus. Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors will be able to access emergency grants and loans. Further details will be available when the scheme opens for applications in the coming weeks. The Government is finalising guidance for a phased return of the performing arts sectors that will be published shortly. You can find out more at:

Newsletter moving from weekly to monthly

This will be the last weekly update you will be receiving in your inbox. After this, your e-newsletter will switch to a monthly one to reflect the fact that the coronavirus situation is changing less rapidly than it was a few months ago. If there is significant change locally, then we will move to issue information on a more frequent basis.

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. You can find more information on what you need to do at: and the very latest government advice is available at:

Service changes

Please visit: for all the latest information.

Stay safe, leave a space

It is vital that we all observe social distancing rules as part of our fight against coronavirus. We’ve produced signage which is being displayed across the district, reminding people that they must stay safe and leave a space. While our Civil Enforcement Officers, Foreshore Officers and Community Wardens have all been closely monitoring social distancing and offering advice, they do not have any powers to enforce these measures.

Community hub

We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council and its Community Hub which is there to support the most vulnerable residents in our communities. We have been supporting the hub by collecting and delivering food, supporting volunteers, and calling people to check that they are okay.

You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help, or if you want to volunteer your services in these difficult times. This will be available seven days a week and staff will be on hand to respond to enquiries from 8am-8pm. The team will be contacting the most vulnerable to tell them how to get help. The best way to contact the hub is online; if you have access go to:

A dedicated telephone helpline is also available for residents who are unable to go online: 033 022 27980. We are trying to keep the resources available through the hub for those who are most vulnerable, so if you do have support in place already, such as from family or friends, then please continue to use their support.

Council play areas open across the district

Our play parks and outdoor fitness equipment across the district have now re-opened in line with the Government’s coronavirus guidance. We urge people to
stay safe and follow the guidelines we have placed at each site. You can find out more at:

Proposed recovery plan to be heard by Full Council

We have produced a proposed recovery plan, which has already been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet, and it is now due to be considered by Full Council on 21 July. The report outlines how we plan to help our communities and businesses recover and get back on their feet; and how we could potentially respond to the financial challenges we are likely to face. The report asks Full Council to approve the approach, which would focus on four key themes: community and housing recovery; economic recovery; planning, health and environmental protection recovery; and organisational recovery.

Public toilets are open

A reminder that all 18 of our public toilets are open across the district. You can find out more at:

Litter in public places

Our litter enforcement officers are patrolling busy areas and fining anyone who is caught littering. We have seen an increase in the amount of litter that is being generated, especially on our beaches and in our car parks. We want to assure you that our teams are working flat out to keep on top of this, but we ask that if you find a full bin, or you can’t find somewhere to place your rubbish, please take it home with you. Even though we are regularly clearing up and emptying bins, the sheer volume of people using our car parks and beaches has meant that we have seen an increase in littering. We will be increasing our messaging from our Against Litter campaign to remind people that they have a role to play in making sure that our district is kept beautiful. Find out more at:

Domestic waste and recycling collections

We are continuing to empty your bins as usual, including household waste, recycling, green recycling and trade waste. The teams have been working hard to make sure that all services are running.

Parking offers

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:

Using MiPermit means you won’t need to use the parking machines and you are able to top up your stay remotely if you need more time whilst shopping.  We are also offering free parking at Avenue de Chartres car park on Saturdays and Sundays until 7 September. Find out more at:

Last chance to have your say on interim planning statement

You have until Friday 10 July to give your views on Chichester District Council’s draft Interim Policy Statement for Housing. Chichester District Council is bringing forward an Interim Policy Statement, which will guide development in the Local Plan area until the Local Plan Review is adopted. This statement does not include areas within the South Downs National Park. These areas are subject to a separate plan undertaken by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).

The statement draws together adopted and emerging Local Plan policies to outline the types of new residential development that the council would support for the area. This will help potential applicants to understand the sorts of proposals that would be considered appropriate. Find out more at:

Local lockdown plans

The Prime Minister has set out the Government’s five-stage approach for controlling future local coronavirus outbreaks. You can find out more about how the Government intends to deal with local outbreaks at:

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has also published guidance on how those who live in a local lockdown area can see people they do not live with, while safer travel guidance for passengers has also been updated to include information on when those living in a local lockdown area can travel. The public should only travel into, out of and within areas under local lockdown if their travel is essential. Find out more at  and

Announcement about children who are shielding

The Department of Health and Social Care has said that the majority of children no longer need to shield. A small group of children who receive specialist care in hospitals may need to carry on shielding following a consultation with their doctor. This includes those receiving cancer care or those at risk of severe infection due to an immunodeficiency. Most other children who were initially identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable will no longer be considered at highest risk. In particular, children and young people who are cared for just by their GP are very unlikely to need to continue to shield in the long term. This includes children with conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and kidney disease. Find out more at:

Advice for accommodation providers and guests

The advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in England, as well as the FAQ document outlining what the public can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak, have been updated to reflect the changes that came into force on 4 July.  Find out more at: and

Multi-purpose community facilities

Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities has been updated to reflect that these facilities can open. Find out more at:

Leaving contact details when visiting businesses and venues

Businesses and organisations are being asked to collect contact details of their visitors. These records will help NHS Test and Trace to reach anyone who may, at a later date, be found to have potentially been in contact with a positive coronavirus case whilst at a particular venue.

Records will help to quickly contact people at risk of the virus and prevent localised outbreaks before they occur. Records must be stored securely and handled in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). They will only be shared, if asked, with the NHS Test and Trace service to manage local coronavirus outbreaks if they occur. It is not mandatory to share details although the Government is encouraging people to do so. Find out more at:

The DHSC has also published supporting materials for businesses to use to communicate with their customers and visitors. The materials include social media content, a toolkit and a Q&A:

NHS test and trace statistics

Guidance setting out how the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) puts together the contact tracing data in its weekly reports has been updated. Find out more at:

Guidance for food businesses

There is new advice about preventing infection and managing outbreaks for food businesses in response to coronavirus. Find out more at:

Extension of certain planning permissions

The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published draft guidance that provides further detail on the extension of certain planning applications and the Additional Environmental Approval process introduced in the Business and Planning Bill. Find out more at:

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