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FITTLEWORTH PARISH NEWSLETTER
CORONAVIRUS/ PARISH UPDATE
County, District & Community updates
Issue Date: 20 August 2021

  1. COVID-19 Update

    2. Fittleworth Parish Council news

  • The Sports Pavilion Update
  • Tree Survey
  • Parish Councillor Vacancy
  • Planning Application notifications
  1. Sports & Social Club event – 21st August

    4. Planned Road Closures

    5. POLICE – PCSO Monthly Report

    6. WSCC 

  • Have your say on plans to boost flooding resilience
  • Your views wanted on plans to improve bus services
  • Be safe against scams
  • Rampion 2’s wind farm expansion plan

 

COVID-19 Update

Changes to self-isolation rules
If you’re double jabbed or under 18 then you no longer need to self-isolate if you’re identified as a close contact of someone who has Covid-19. But please continue to take a PCR test to detect the virus and variants of concern.

Anyone who tests positive following a PCR test will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of their vaccination status.
More information here.

Pick up a home test kit
You can pick up a free home Covid-19 test kit (lateral flow test) from lots of locations in West Sussex including some libraries and pharmacies. Just pop in and ask a member of staff – no need to book or bring ID. These tests are quick and easy to do.
Click here to search for locations in your area.

Local case data
Check out the latest info in our Data Dashboard to help stop the coronavirus spreading and #KeepWestSussexSafe.

 

Vaccination Update – Children and young people aged 12 – 17
Young people aged 16 and 17, and children aged 12 to 15 who are eligible, will be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP to book their vaccination appointments. Some walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are offering the vaccine to teenagers aged 16 and 17.

 

Fittleworth Parish Council news

The Sports Pavilion update 
The joint group of the Sports & Social Club, the Village Hall and the Parish Council is continuing to work on drawing up ideas of what we want to see in the revamped building. A meeting was held at the end of July to talk about the things we would like to see.  We hope to get an architect’s brief drawn up shortly so we can start to see what is and is not possible.  Watch this space!!

Tree Survey
We have now obtained three quotes for the urgent tree work we need to undertake as a result of the recent tree survey, the cheapest of which is just under £7,000.

This is a significant expenditure that was not budgeted for as the usual cost of the annual tree works is in the region of £3,000, apparently the weather in recent years has impacted quite significantly on the health of trees generally.

We are currently exploring all options as to how we can fund this work and are talking to the SDNPA and West Sussex County Council to see how they can assist.  Our total annual budget is only £28,215 and so this represents nearly a quarter of our total annual spend which has to cover everything we need to do in Fittleworth.

We shall be approaching some of the clubs in the Village who have received Covid grants in the past year to see if they have any capacity to contribute to these costs as we are obviously concerned about the knock on effects of some of the other things we are trying to do in the village.

Resignation of Councillor / Vacancy
In June Kerry Coughtrey resigned as a Parish Councillor. Kerry has been on the Parish Council for a number of years being involved in a number of areas including in the Traffic Group and the revamping of the Sports Pavilion project, The Parish Council wish to thank Kerry for all her hard work while on the Council.

Fittleworth Parish Council’s primary objective is to work in the interest of the residents of the parish and protect the identity and character of the parish for the enjoyment of parishioners, visitors and future generations. The Council is made up of a team of nine committed volunteers who work in partnership with local organisations and County and District Councils to preserve the essence of the area.

• Could you contribute your business or personal skills and expertise?

  • Do you want to represent the views of local people?

    • Would you like to be involved with the revamp of the Sports Pavilion project?

If you would like to make a difference and help shape the future of Fittleworth Parish, then why not consider joining the Council?  Please contact Jane Claxton or the clerk if you are interested

Planning Application notifications 
It has been brought to our attention that CDC/SDNPA are currently not sending planning applications notification letters to neighbours. In order to ensure residents are fully informed of all planning applications currently under consideration in the Parish, we have set up a separate page on the Fittleworth website. The page includes a link to the SDNPA website where you can view full details of all planning applications and/or submit comments.

Please click on the link below to view the Fittleworth Planning application webpage.

https://fittleworth-pc.org.uk/planning-applications/

Sports & Social Club Event

Planned Road Closures

HESWORTH LANE, FITTLEWORTH – Thursday 2rd September 2021
Hesworth Lane, Fittleworth junction with Lower Street to junction with Hesworth Common Lane is temporarily prohibited from 2/09/21 10:00am until 2/09/21 14:00pm.

This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times

The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site

LITTLE BOGNOR ROAD, FITTLEWORTH – Friday 3rd September 2021
Little Bognor Road, Fittleworth from junction with A283 Little Bognor to Haslingbourne Lane to junction with Fitzleroi Lane is temporarily prohibited from 3/09/21 10:00am until 3/09/21 14:00pm.

This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC.

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times

The alternative route for traffic will be signed on site.

HESWORTH COMMON LANE, FITTLEWORTH – Friday 3rd September 2021
Hesworth Common Lane, Fittleworth from junction with A283 to end is temporarily prohibited from 03/09/2021 at 10.00 until 03/09/2021 at 14.00

This closure is necessary to allow Balfour Beatty to undertake urgent carriageway pothole repairs on behalf of WSCC

Emergency vehicle, Residential and Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times

There is no alternative route for traffic as this is a dead end road

POLICE – PCSO Monthly Report 

 Fittleworth Parish Council Update for July 2021 
Introduction.
I would like to start this month’s update by discussing two current crazes, drones and electric scooters, the law relating to them and their impact.

Both are new phenomena, reasonably priced and easily accessible. However, they appear to be being sold with no guidance on their use being offered.

Drones: these range from small devices controlled by a mobile phone to professional surveying equipment. The guidance is the same for all. In short, aside from use near an airport/airfield, they should not be used where they could infringe anyone’s “personal space” or be seen as an invasion of privacy. They should not be used within fifty (50) metres of anyone not involved in the flying. If you imagine a cylinder, 50 metres in radius and 50 metres tall around any other person, that is the “exclusion” zone. You will also need to consider where the device may land if anything goes wrong. In short, we advise do not use them over houses or gardens. Larger devices require a licence. The best guidance is from The Civil Aviation Authority.

E-Scooters: This one is easier to explain. Unless you have hired it from one of the Government schemes and can prove it, they are totally illegal on the road (including footpaths etc.).

THEY CAN ONLY BE USED ON PRIVATE PROPERTY WITH EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE LANDOWNER.

If anyone is stopped on one, they could face a £300 fine and six (6) points on their licence. The e-scooter could also be seized and destroyed, at the owner’s expense.
Sorry to be a spoil sport!

Incidents of Note.
We have had an incident of Fly tipping this month and a report of the theft of a catalytic converter.

 PCSO Activity over the next month.
Over the next few weeks, I will be looking to set up a number “Street Briefings” across the area. This will be for members of the public to come and discuss local Policing issues that they have concerns about and we will look to do some bike marking as well. Dates will be announced when set!

DON’T LET THEM MAKE YOU A VICTIM OF CRIME. IF YOU SEE IT, REPORT IT!
NEIL BILLINGHAM
Police Community Support Officer
Arun and Chichester Neighbourhood Policing Team | Chichester Police Station | Kingsham Road | Chichester | West Sussex  | PO19 8AD

 

WSCC

Have your say on plans to boost flooding resilience

Share your views on our new strategy to combat local flood risk across West Sussex.
A public consultation has begun to seek opinions on the new Local Flood Risk Management Strategy – a long-term plan on how to make communities more resilient to localised flooding primarily from surface water and groundwater sources.
The deadline to respond is Wednesday 30 September.

 

Give us your opinion on tackling flooding

 

Your views wanted on plans to improve bus services

A bus service improvement plan is being developed by the county council together with bus companies and other partners to explore ways to help sustain and improve bus travel in West Sussex.
The initiative is in line with the Government’s new National Bus Strategy – Bus Back Better – which has pledged £3billion in funding across the country (outside London) to help deliver these plans.
To complete the survey click on the link below. Alternatively call 01243 642105 or visit your local library to request a paper copy. The closing date for completing the survey is Tuesday 14 September 2021.

 

Have your say on local bus services

Be safe against scams

Due to the success of previous sessions, we are running more ‘Safe Against Scams’ webinars. Please share the information about these sessions with your friends and family so we can prevent as many people as possible from becoming a victim of fraud.
For support with accessing the webinars from your own device, or for the opportunity to view the webinars on a library iPad at your local library – call for support or register your interest by contacting the Remote Digital Support Service on 0330 222 3455.
To help raise awareness of these different types of scams, how to spot them, and what to do if you or your family become a victim, the West Sussex Community Safety & Wellbeing Team, alongside Trading Standards, are running free monthly scams awareness webinars for you to attend.
Tuesday 14 September 2021: 10:00 – 11:30am – Book here
Tuesday 12 October 2021: 10:00 – 11:30am – Book here
Thursday 4 November 2021: 10:00 – 11:30am – Book here

 

Staying safe from scams – advice and help

Rampion 2’s wind farm expansion plan

Please give your views on proposals for the expansion of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.
An ‘Area of Search’ eight miles off the Sussex coast has been assessed for a maximum of up to 116 turbines, the same number as the existing Rampion Wind Farm but using the latest turbine technology, so that the Rampion 2 Wind Farm could create up to three times the amount of power.
An underground cable route is proposed to carry the power under Climping Beach to Bolney Substation in Twineham, to connect to the National Grid via a new substation required close by.
We have summarised the project on our website and you can take part in Rampion 2’s public consultation, which is open until Thursday 16 September, via the link below.

 

Take part in the consultation