Coronavirus/Covid 19 Updates from Parish Council

Posted 16 October 2020

Update from the Parish Council

Following the recent developments in the UK in respect of the Covid Pandemic, the community Coronavirus Working Group has begun working together again to ensure the support network that was in place during the lockdown earlier this year is ready to be kick started if required and will be able to work smoothly and efficiently behind the scenes for the community.

If you are ill, elderly or self isolating, please remember that if you require help, advice or just some reassurance, please contact the Parish Council clerk or Fittleworth Stores and we will try to help.
 
Most Recent Coronavirus updates

The Government have introduced a three tier Alert system. Our area is currently – MEDIUM

See below to see what this means

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Posted 24 September 2020

MESAAGE FROM WSCC

The new NHS COVID-19 app launches today. It allows you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, and check into venues by simply scanning a QR code.

We’re encouraging all residents to download the new app to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in West Sussex.

Some of our businesses, such as restaurants and pubs, will be legally required to display a QR code poster for you to scan. This means that if you visit the venue and later test positive for coronavirus, other app users who were there at the same time may be sent an alert, if necessary.

The app does this while protecting your anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is. Instead, your postcode district (the first part of your postcode) helps the app work out where the virus is spreading.

Without a vaccine or treatment, we all need to do everything we can to help stop the spread of coronavirus in our county. The new app is an important part of the government’s programme. By downloading and using the app, you’ll be helping to protect those around you – friends, family, colleagues and local communities.

More information about the app is available on the GOV.UK website. 

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister announced new guidelines to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. Please ensure you are following the rules – you can remind yourself of the very latest guidance online.

Finally, a reminder that our community hub service is still running for elderly and vulnerable residents who may need extra support during this difficult time. If you, or someone you know needs extra help please visit our community hub page.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Posted 20 September 2020

NHS Test and Trace have issued the following message

To stop the spread of the virus remember Hands. Face. Space: wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when social distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from those not in your household.

There is now very high demand for coronavirus tests and it is vital we test people with symptoms to help stop the spread of the virus.

·         If you have coronavirus symptoms, you must get a test.

·         If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test.

·         We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.

A recent survey at testing sites found a quarter of people turning up did not have symptoms. If you don’t have coronavirus symptoms, and have not been advised to take a test by a doctor or a public health professional or by your local council, you should not be booking a test. Healthcare professionals will be checking those for symptoms at testing sites.

If you have any coronavirus symptoms you must isolate immediately for 10 days (don’t wait for a test or a test result before doing so)

If you are identified as a contact of a positive case you must isolate for the full 14 days (even if for some reason you got a negative test during that period)

You should NOT get tested:

If you have returned from abroad or are about to travel, you are returning to the workplace, you have been in contact with a confirmed case or if another member of your household has symptoms. You may be advised to isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed case but you should only get a test if you have symptoms.

By following these simple rules, we can ensure people who need a test can get one.

When to get a test or not:

·         Only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested a doctor or a public health professional or by your local council. The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

·         Do not use this service to get a test in order to travel to another country. We do not provide certificates for travel purposes. You can pay for a private test.

·         If your employer, school, or travel company has asked for evidence of a negative coronavirus test result, we are unable to provide this service. You should only get tested if you have symptoms.

If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then they must get tested and the rest of your household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. Most people who are tested in person get their results the next day.

Guidance on self-isolation:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

If you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus you should not get tested unless you have coronavirus symptoms. A negative test result does not change the period of time that you will be required to self-isolate.

If you have been abroad and are quarantining, you should not get tested unless you have coronavirus symptoms. A negative test result does not change the period of time that you will be required to quarantine.

·         Do not stockpile tests. If you develop symptoms in future you will be able to book a test. There is no need to order a test in case of future use.

·         If you have symptoms and need to book a test, you can do this online or by ringing 119. Do not call 111 which is an urgent care service and cannot help with tests.

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Posted 10 July 2020

Chichester Wellbeing launch online Move it and Lose it workshops

Chichester District residents looking to lose weight, get fit, and lead a healthier lifestyle can join Chichester Wellbeing’s online Move it and Lose it workshops.

The workshops will re-start on Tuesday 28 July, led by a Registered Nutritional Therapist.  The workshops are designed to help people lose weight, get back on track and feel healthier. They also offer advice and information about eating a healthy diet that can be maintained for life.

In order to comply with the current Government social distancing guidelines, all workshops will be held online. During the course, clients will receive:

  • a Move it and Lose it handbook posted out to them;
  • a weekly newsletter with video presentation and a recipe for six weeks;
  • weekly phone support for 12 weeks; and,
  • one-to-one guidance throughout the course.

“We know that the coronavirus lockdown has had a big impact on people’s lifestyles, which in turn may have affected their weight, fitness levels, and general wellbeing,” says Councillor Roy Briscoe, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Culture at Chichester District Council. “Our Move it and Lose workshops focus on healthy eating, nutrition, exercise and education to help people lose weight and lead healthier lifestyles.

 

“We recently received some lovely feedback from a previous client who said that they found the course to be an excellent learning curve in how to respect and treat their body. They commented that their diet had become increasingly diverse during the course to include healthier foods which they not only enjoyed eating, but also made them feel better too.”

Residents can sign up or for more information about Move it and Lose it by contacting Chichester Wellbeing on 01243 521041 or emailing info@chichesterwellbeing.org.uk. People can also find out more by following the Chichester Wellbeing Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ChichesterWellbeing/

 


Posted 9 July 2020

Household Waste Recycling Sites – update

The range of items accepted at Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) across West Sussex has been extended to include all waste streams, with minor exceptions, as laid out below:

  • Soil and hardcore will be accepted at all sites with the exception of Bognor, Midhurst and Westhampnett.
  • Plasterboard can be deposited at Billingshurst, Burgess Hill, Crawley, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham and Worthing.
  • Asbestos can be taken to Burgess Hill, Crawley and Worthing

Trailers will permitted at Crawley, Billingshurst and Worthing, but only on weekday afternoons from 1pm – 6pm , due to the operational changes being made to sites in order for them to access safely. However, trailers will not be accepted at the other sites for the time being, nor can they enter these three sites at weekends or on weekday mornings.

Residents who wish to take a van, pickup truck or trailer must also display the appropriate free permit, further details of which can be found online.

You can find more information and the full statement on our website.

Don’t forget your ID…

Residents are required to show one of the forms of ID detailed below at the entrance, in order to use the site. Access to the sites will be denied if proof of residency is not shown, or you live outside of West Sussex, with turning areas provided for those who are not able to use the site.

  • Current driving licence (a photo card or paper licence will be accepted) – preferred option
  • Council Tax bill – from the current Council Tax financial year
  • Utility bill (gas, electric or water) – less than a year old
  • TV licence less than a year old
  • Letter from HMRC or the Home Office – less than a year old

Only original and printed paper copies are acceptable. Allowing the use of digital copies of documents was considered but it was felt that the potential issues, such as lack of internet connection, could result in traffic congestion.

 


The Parish Council are pleased to announce that the Playground, Youth Area and Outdoor Gym Equipment will be open from 4th  July. Please follow the COVID-19 RULES below. The Parish Council thank you for your co-operation in order to safeguard the health and well being of our community.

 

FITTLEWORTH PLAYGROUND, YOUTH AREA & GYM EQUIPMENT

COVID 19 – RULES – FROM 4TH JULY 2020

IF YOU ARE UNWELL, SUFFERING OR SHOWING ANY COVID-19 SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER ANY OF THESE AREAS

PLAYGROUND COVID 19 RULES

IT IS THE USERS RESPONSIBILITY TO ADHERE TO THESE RULES

IF THE RULES ARE NOT ADHERED TO THE PARISH COUNCIL HAVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE THE PLAYGROUND AT ANY TIME

 THE NUMBER OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN THE PLAYGROUND AT ANY ONE TIME IS

ADULTS – 3            CHILDREN – 5

ONLY 1 FAMILY MEMBER ACCOMPANYING A CHILD

 

EACH PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS LIMITED TO CHILDREN FROM THE SAME HOUSEHOLD ONLY

 

ONLY ONE SWING TO BE USED AT ANY ONE TIME

 

ONLY ONE HOUSEHOLD TO USE A BENCH AT ANY ONE TIME

TIME LIMIT IN THE PLAYGROUND

15 MINUTES (IF A CHILD IS WAITING TO ENTER THE PLAYGROUND)

FOR ALL AREAS

AT ALL TIMES ADHERE TO CURRENT SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES WHILE USING THE PLAYGROUND, YOUTH AREA OR ADULT GYM EQUPMENT

 

CLEANING & HYGIENE

PARENTS AND USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING HAND SANITISER GEL OR WIPES TO CLEAN THE EQUIPMENT BEFORE AND AFTER USE

 

PARENTS AND USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING HAND SANITISER GEL OR WIPES TO CLEAN AND THEIR CHILDREN’S HANDS AFTER USING EACH PIECE OF EQUIPMENT

 

PARENTS OF USERS AND USERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO FOLLOW HAND HYGIENE GUIELINES PARTICULARLY AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF PLAY

 

PLEASE REMIND CHILDREN NOT TO PUT THEIR MOUTHS ON EQUIPMENT OR THEIR HANDS IN THEIR MOUTHS

 

PARENTS OF USERS AND USERS ADVISED NOT TO TOUCH THEIR FACES AND TO COUGH OR SNEEZE INTO A TISSUE OR ARM WHEN A TISSUE IS NOT AVAILABLE

 

FOOD AND DRINK BANNED IN THE PLAYGROUND

CONSUMPTION OF FOOD OR DRINK ON PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT OR IN THE PLAYGROUND AREA IS BANNED

 

LITTER

PARENTS, GUARDIANS OR CARERS SHOULD DISPOSE OF ALL LITTER INCLUDING ANY USED PROTECTIVE WEAR SUCH AS FACE COVERINGS OR GLOVES PROPERLY IN LITTER BINS OR TAKING IT HOME

 

PLEASE REMEMBER – ALLOWING CHILDREN TO USE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT IS DONE AT THEIR OWN RISK

DATED: 2 JULY 2020

 


Posted 19 June 2020

The Parish e-Newsletter for 19th June is now available; please go to clerk@fittleworth-pc.org.uk mob. 07411 571500 and sign up with your e-address to receive your copy directly  (if you have already signed up and it’s not in your Inbox yet, please check your Spam). Now that information is arriving less frequently, the newsletter will appear less frequently.

To read it here, please open the link:-

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This week it includes information about NHS Test and Trace Scam and motorbike nuisance update,  News too about  St Mary’s church, Fittleworth Archive, Fittleworth Flyers, CDC and WSCC –  and more.


Posted 5 June 2020

The Parish e-Newsletter for 5th June is now available; please go to clerk@fittleworth-pc.org.uk mob. 07411 571500 and sign up with your e-address to receive your copy directly  (if you have already signed up and it’s not in your Inbox yet, please check your Spam). Now that information is arriving less frequently, the newsletter will appear less frequently.

To read it here, please open the link:-

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Posted 29 May 2020

The Parish e-Newsletter for 29th May is now available; please go to clerk@fittleworth-pc.org.uk mob. 07411 571500 and sign up with your e-address to receive your copy weekly (if you have already signed up and it’s not in your Inbox yet, please check your Spam).

This week it includes information about a meeting about  motorbike nuisance and an update about Covid-19. Also information about Food Angels from Fittleworth Stores who have now received their National Award. News too about  St Mary’s church, Fittleworth Archive, Fittleworth Flyers, CDC and WSCC – who give information of waste and recycling and there are the answers to last week’s Quiz and a new Wordsearch – and more.

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Posted 22 May 2020

The Parish e-Newsletter for 22nd May is now available; please go to clerk@fittleworth-pc.org.uk mob. 07411 571500 and sign up with your e-address to receive your copy weekly (if you have already signed up and it’s not in your Inbox yet, please check your Spam).

This week it includes information about changes in the Parish Council, how you can help stop motorbike nuisance and an update about Covid-19. Also information from Fittleworth Stores, The Swan, St Mary’s, Chichester District Food Bank, Pulborough Medical group, Fittleworth Archive, CDC and WSCC, as well as some photos from Fittleworth school – and answers to last week’s Quiz and a new one!

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Posted 15 May 2020

The latest edition of the Newsletter is now available. Please contact clerk@fittleworth-pc.org.uk with your e-address, to receive this and  future regular issues. There is updated news from the Parish Council, Fittleworth Stores,  St Mary’s Church, Fittleworth Archive, CDC and WSCC. – and more!

If you have signed up, but not received the 15th May edition, please check you ‘spam’.

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Posted 7 May 2020

Billingshurst Recycling Depot will be open from 11th May – for details click here


Posted 1 May 2020

The latest Fittleworth Newsletter is out; please contact clerk@fittleworth-pc.org.uk with your e-address, to receive this and  future regular issues. There is updated news from the Parish Council, Fittleworth Stores,  Fittleworth School,  St Mary’s Church, The Swan, Fittleworth Archive, Fittleworth Flyers, CDC, WSCC – and more.

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Fittleworth Newsletter 1.5.2020


Posted 24 April 2020

The latest Fittleworth Newsletter is out; Please contact clerk@fittleworth-pc.org.uk with your e-address, to receive this and  future regular issues. There is updated news from the Parish Council, Fittleworth Stores,  St Mary’s Church, The Swan, Fittleworth Archive, CDC and WSCC. – and more.

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Posted 17 April 2020

Please contact clerk@fittleworth-pc.org.uk with your e-address, to receive this and  future regular issues. There is updated news from the Parish Council, Fittleworth Stores,  St Mary’s Church, The Fittleworth and Stopham Village Magazine, Fittleworth Archive, CDC and WSCC. – and more.

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Newsletter 17 April 2020 


Posted 6 April 2020

CHICHESTER DISTRICT COUNCIL
Council warns against bonfires during coronavirus outbreak
People are being urged not to light bonfires in the Chichester District in order to protect the health of others during the coronavirus crisis. Since the beginning of the outbreak, Chichester District Council has seen an increase in reports of residents burning garden and general waste at their properties.
Smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems, which people with virus symptoms may be experiencing. Please do not burn your garden waste, or any other waste, and be mindful of your neighbours and local community who may be spending time in their gardens during the lockdown.

Residents who are affected by smoke from bonfires should report this to the council’s Environmental Protection team and provide as much information as possible, such as an address; the time of the bonfire; an indication of the items being burnt; and the duration and frequency of the bonfire. People can report bonfires on the council’s website at: www.chichester.gov.uk/article/25585/Report-bonfire-problem
The council has various enforcement options for dealing with bonfires, including fixed penalty notices of £100 and nuisance abatement notices.

Green/ Red and Black bin collections
CDC are prioritising domestic waste (black bins) and recycling (burgundy bins), but are currently running a full green waste service as well.
There may be occasions when CDC cannot reach everyone. If they miss your bin, please keep hold of your waste and place your bin out on your next fortnightly collection day. If you have any excess waste as a result of a missed collection, you can put this in a bag and place it next to your bin.
CDC will be doing our best to keep our Garden Recycling service going. However, CDC must treat domestic waste and recycling as the priority so it is possible that there may be disruption to Gardening Recycling rounds. If CDC are unable to collect your bin, please keep hold of it and present it on your next normal collection day.


Posted 28 March 2020

Chichester District Council update – 27/3/20

Missed bin collections, Supporting the Vulnerable, rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness
Waste and Recycling – Missed collections this week
https://www.chichester.gov.uk/wasteandrecyclingfaqs

All household waste (black bins) was collected this week, but a small number of recycling rounds were missed. We hope to catch up on any missed rounds over the next week. Staff from other council teams have been brought into assist the council’s depot with waste and recycling collections. Extra social distancing measures have also been put in place to protect our crews.

Supporting the vulnerable
https://www.chichester.gov.uk/communitiesfaqs
The volunteer hub, which is being managed by West Sussex County Council, is now up and running. This will co-ordinate support for vulnerable people without any support networks and those wanting to volunteer. West Sussex County Council has created an electronic form on their website

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/…/su…/community-hub-covid-19/…
or people can call 033022 27980.
Only those that need support should register. Those who have support networks in place – such as friends, family and neighbours should continue using the support they have. This means that we can focus our efforts on those most in need.

Supporting rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness
We want to assure you that we are also doing everything we can to help rough sleepers during the current crisis. We are especially conscious that rough sleepers face particular health risks and so we have offered all known rough sleepers accommodation. The majority have taken up the council’s offer and will have moved into accommodation by the end of this week. However, there are a small number of long term rough sleepers who continue to refuse all help. In these cases we provide advice and guidance around the need for self-isolation and signpost to the support that is available. We will continue to support rough sleepers once they are in accommodation by ensuring that they have a phone, food supplies and are in regular contact with a key worker. Support will also be available through Stonepillow day centres in Chichester and Bognor, which are providing food and access to other services. It is worth noting that in order to meet social distancing guidance, the centres are limited to a certain number of people at any one time. We are supporting this work by providing staff to assist Stonepillow at the Chichester Hub.

Please remember that our teams are also here to support residents if they are at risk of being made homeless, or they are unable to pay their rent.

Posted 24 March 2020 8.37am

 

Posted 23 March 2020

Message from WSCC

Closure of Household Waste Recycling Sites
All Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex are now closed until further notice due to the current Covid-19 situation.
This is to reinforce the need for social distancing, protecting staff and highway safety.
With high numbers of visits, the risks of spread are greater and we cannot encourage this risk or guarantee visitor or staff safety at the HWRSs. We will be looking at measures that can be taken to enable us to re-open the sites safely, but for the time being we have no choice but to close them entirely. We will issue guidance on disposal of excess waste, with the focus on vulnerable and elderly residents in the first instance. Thank you for your patience and understanding and please check the West Sussex Recycles website for updates and further information.

Household Collections
At the present time, household recycling and waste collections continue as normal across West Sussex, and we will be supporting our colleagues at the district and borough councils to enable these to continue, but would ask residents to be sensible about their waste production.
You can also find information about recycling and waste reduction on our website; www.wastepreventionwestsussex.co.uk

 

Covid-19 Update – Disposal of rubbish in households with suspected cases of Covid-19
The Government has issued advice about disposing of rubbish should you have a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in your household. Used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be put into a rubbish bag. The bag should then be put into a second bag and tied securely. You should then wait 72 hours before putting it in your outside bin. You are able to dispose of other household waste as normal.

Please continue to check www.westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus for details of any impact to County Council services. We would also advise you to check any information or updates given by your local district and borough council, as they operate your waste and recycling collections and will be able to advise of any disruption or changes.

 

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Posted 17 March 2020

Coronavirus/Covid 19 Message from the Parish Council 

The Fittleworth Parish Council would like to reassure residents that they are in direct contact with both the Chichester District Council  and West Sussex County Council and other bodies to make sure that we are able to keep the residents of our Parish as safe as possible.

If anyone has any concerns about how they or a neighbour or relative is going to be able cope with the restrictions to our day to day lives that the Government may ask us to make, whether this is financially, or practically with things like food deliveries or practical help, please can they either email us on: clerk@fittleworth-pc.org.uk  or in an emergency phone us on: 07411571500 and we shall either provide immediate practical help or put you in touch with an agency you can assist.

Also please be aware that we have been advised that there fraudsters operating in our area who pretend to help with shopping but then end up stealing people’s money and credit cards so please make sure you only take help from someone you know and trust. Any worries, please contact us.

Here are some useful links that are being updated regularly

Chichester District Council Advice and guidance
A new page has been created on their website www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus with links to key Public Health England and Government advice. Government advice is constantly being updated and so CDC advise you to keep referring to these sources. the CDC website will update residents and businesses on any disruption to our services and signpost people to key information and advice.

West Sussex County Council Advice and guidance
A new page has been created on their website www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19/

Government Advice

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection useful sources of information.

We are thinking of you all at this difficult time and are here to support our parishioners wherever we can.

Fittleworth Parish Council

Last updated 17/3/20

Limbourne Lane Development – Parish Council Holding Objection

Please click below to view the Parish Council Comments submitted to the SDNPA on 12 October 2020 relating to the Limbourne Lane Development SDNP/20/03676/FUL together with a report commissioned by the Parish Council which formed part of the comments submitted.

2020 10 Limbourne Lane Application SDNP_20_03676_FUL Fittleworth Parish Council Holding Objection 201009

2020 10 Limbourne Lane Application Highway Report GDB-5512-TN.1