Plant trees… and save the planet

You will be aware of the ever-increasing calls for us to do what we can to combat climate change by cutting our carbon emissions. One way that we can help is to plant trees and/or hedging as they store carbon that we emit when using fossil fuels for heating our homes, car use etc. As part of this initiative, Chichester District Council have appointed a project officer to assist councils and individuals by offering advice on what and where to plant and linking applicants with available funding. New trees must be planted outside existing woodland and can range from small numbers of trees through to new woodland blocks.
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The parish council is very supportive of this scheme and indeed any measures to mitigate our carbon emissions, so if you have an area that you think could be suitable, even just a corner of a garden that might take a single tree, please either contact chris.daykin@buryparishcouncil.org.uk  (07548 175226) or follow the link direct to the Chichester District Council web page at https://www.chichester.gov.uk/treescheme

Another potential source to approach could be EFORESTS who will provide free trees to wildlife trusts, community woodlands and farms as well as private landowners. Normally they would supply a minimum of 200 trees for projects but they state they can be fairly flexible. For further information, the link to their website can be seen here: – https://www.eforests.co.uk/FreeTrees

Chichester District Council news

Following consultation, CDC will introduce changes to off-street parking in the Chichester District from 1st April. CDC comment that “the increase proposed is very modest and will help ensure that our parking charges remain competitive with neighbouring towns. The rise will not apply to all tariffs and in fact some of our tariffs will be reducing”. For further information please see here.

CDC have announced the trial of a kerbside collection scheme for textiles and small electrical items for recycling. The trial, which will cover 75% of the district, is due to start this summer and will run until early 2022 when a decision will be made whether to provide the service across the whole district. For more information please see here.

We are pleased to hear that our district councillor, Alan Sutton, has returned to his duties following his recovery from an illness. Alan is the Chichester District Councillor for Fittleworth Ward and is also the Chichester District Council Cabinet member for Housing, Licensing, Communications & Events and an elected Public Patient Governor for St Richard’s Hospital and Worthing Hospital. Alan was also instrumental in setting up the working group involving a number of neighbouring parishes aimed at finding a permanent solution to the anti-social road use problem on the A29 in Bury and other local areas. If you need Alan’s help in any way, he can be contacted at asutton@chichester.gov.uk

Tree planting scheme

Chichester District Council has announced that they will be one of five local authorities in England taking part in a new £2.5m tree planting project with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), which aims to increase tree cover in rural and urban areas. For full details please see here.

News from Andrew Griffith MP

In his January Newsletter, Andrew provides further commentary on Britain’s roll out of the coronavirus vaccines and reports on the grants announced by the Chancellor to support businesses and protect jobs and the Covid Winter Grants being made available to support and provide assistance to the most vulnerable. To view Andrew’s Newsletter please see here. The support grants are administered by Chichester District Council who have produced the following information: –

Business grants
We currently have a range of business grants available for district businesses that were affected by the second national lockdown in November 2020 and the recent local tier restrictions. If you own a business, you can find out if you are eligible and apply for all of the currently available grants here: Coronavirus support for businesses. We’re also reminding businesses that we are still issuing our business recovery grants: COVID-19 recovery grants.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP has also announced one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring. Further funding is being made available for councils to support other businesses not eligible for the grants that might be affected by the restrictions. As soon as we access the finer details from Government, all updates will appear on our website at: Coronavirus support for businesses, where you can also apply for grants. We will also provide updates in future newsletters, and on our social media channels.
The Government has also announced that the furlough scheme has also been extended to April 2021 and the 100% Government backed loans have been extended until March 2021. You can find the announcement on the  Government website(Opens in a new window) .

Support for the vulnerable
We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council to support those who are most at risk. You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help in these difficult times. If you have support in place, please continue to use it. You can contact the Community Hub(Opens in a new window) on 033 022 27980 or online.

Planning reforms

In September last year, we reported on the reaction by Chichester District Council to the widely unpopular planning reforms proposed by the Government that would have included the use of an algorithm to dictate what numbers of houses should be built in each area rather than ensuring that new building is first focused on previously used or neglected land rather than on green spaces. Strong opposition from district and local councils to the more unpopular elements of the plans has resulted in a re-think with a computer-based formula having been updated to focus more on cities and urban areas in the North and Midlands with money for brownfield sites being distributed more fairly outside the South-East. The Government wants to build 300,000 new homes in England each year by the mid-2020s but many complaints were made about the countryside being “concreted over.” CDC’s comments following the Government re-think can be seen here.

Christmas waste collections

Please note that there will be changes to the normal collection dates for recycling, general waste and garden waste over the Christmas and New Year period. CDC provide an extremely useful calendar showing collection dates from December through to the end of May 2021.This can be accessed – and printed – if desired by entering your postcode in the search box which you can find here: –  Waste and recycling collection dates: Chichester District Council

New CDC campaign

Chichester District Council have launched a campaign for Christmas to encourage residents to continue supporting local traders and businesses in these difficult times by shopping locally to buy their festive food and gifts. Small and local businesses often stock items that are made locally and aren’t available anywhere else, providing a great range of choice and unique products. Chichester Farmers’ Market comprises stallholders offering a whole range of food products and a variety of handmade and artisan gifts, further details of which can be seen here.

News from Chichester District Council

Help for Businesses
Following introduction of the new lockdown from 5th November, requiring non-essential businesses to close, the Government has confirmed additional Covid-19 emergency funding to Chichester District Council for a Local Restriction Support Grants programme. The funding is aimed at supporting any business which has been subjected to lockdown closures and who has a rateable property. For full details of the eligibility criteria, payment levels and application procedure please see here.

Resident Support
CDC have produced a guide with details of the Coronavirus support measures for residents covering such aspects as support during self-isolation, the furlough scheme, the hardship fund, the walk-through test and trace site together with a useful FAQ section covering other services provided at district level. Full details can be seen here.

Countdown to Christmas
In what has been a difficult year for all of us, especially local businesses and arts, culture and heritage organisations, CDC are encouraging everyone to do their bit this Christmas and support local businesses with their Countdown to Christmas campaign. Full details can be seen here.

Chichester District Council news

Parking Charges Review
CDC have reviewed the parking charges of all council owned car parks across Chichester District and as a consequence some prices will reduce, some will stay the same while a small increase – in most cases just 10 pence – will apply to some others. For more details please see here.

Improving housing standards
CDC are looking at ways in which they can help residents and landlords to maintain and improve the condition of housing in the Chichester District and they would like to hear your thoughts. Further details can be found here.