Posted 6 April 2020

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:
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

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
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…/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;


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 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.



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:  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 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

Government Advice 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