Chichester District Council writes to Offwat

 At its meeting on 24 November 2020, Chichester District Council (CDC) voted overwhelmingly for a resolution expressing its serious concerns about the performance of the Statutory Wastewater Undertaking for this District, Southern Water (SW) and resolved to write to Offwat on behalf of the Council to detail the Council’s concerns and requesting the organisation intervenes. 

To view the letter please click on the link below.

Chichester District Council letter to Offwat

COVID – 19 Update from Chichester District Council

Last night, the Government announced a new national lockdown, which came into force straightaway, with the new laws reinforcing the restrictions in place by the end of today. This action has been taken by the Government due to a significant rise in infection rates across the country, caused by a new strain of coronavirus which is much more transmissible. The Government is concerned the impact that this is having on our hospitals, which are under more pressure from coronavirus than any time since the start of the pandemic.

We have been told that we must stay indoors other than for limited exceptions – such as essential medical needs, food shopping, exercise and work that cannot be done at home. Schools and colleges have been told that they must move to remote teaching for the majority of students until at least half-term. The full guidance can be found here:

On a positive note, the Oxford vaccine has now been approved and has started to be rolled out. The Government is aiming to offer one dose of the vaccine to all care home residents and their carers; everyone aged 70 and over; all frontline health and social care workers; and, the clinically extremely vulnerable by mid-February.

I’m pleased to tell you that St Richard’s Hospital started vaccinating people yesterday and more vaccination sites will become operational over the coming days. Larger vaccination centres will also be opened – most likely in February. More details on the vaccination programme in Sussex can be found here: and we will continue to update you when we receive more information. Please note that St Richard’s Hospital is not mentioned in the lists we have provided, but we can confirm that people have started to be vaccinated at this site. The website also includes what to expect when you have your vaccination and a detailed list of FAQs, which can be found here: This page also provides contact details if people have a question or want to give feedback – you may find this useful:

Telephone: 01273 238 725

I have also attached a West Sussex vaccination briefing and a frequently asked questions document, which you will hopefully find useful.

I know how hard the past nine months has been for everyone and that a further lockdown is yet a further challenge that we have to face, but I want to assure you that we are here to support you through the months ahead.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email

Best Wishes

Diane Sheppard
Chief Executive

West Itchenor Parish Council – Interim Policy Statement Consultation

The Chichester District Council Local Plan goes out of date on 15 July 2020. The Review begun in 2017 has been delayed because  further work is required in a number of key areas and is unlikely to be ready until the summer of 2021. CDC have therefore produced a draft Interim Policy Statement (IPS) to bridge the vacuum left until the Review is in place.  The significance of this is as follows. The IPS recognises that CDC must support new housing because it cannot, after 15 July, demonstrate a 5-year supply.  Development cannot take place within the South Downs National Park, nor can it in the Chichester Harbour AONB.  This leaves a risk of housing applications in the Manhood Peninsular where less protection exists.  CDC must now follow the National Planning Policy Framework and support good quality development of an appropriate scale in accessible locations. The IPS places a limit on what can be considered supportable and the Parish Council urges you to read and comment on the Interim Planning Statement. The Parish Council would draw particular attention to the 12 criteria on pages 11-15.

The Consultation goes live on Friday 12th June 2020 and can be accessed by clicking the link below.

CDC – Interim Policy Statement Consultation

Draft Interim Policy Statement for Housing

Chichester District Council is currently undertaking a public consultation on the draft Interim Policy Statement for Housing. This statement covers that part of the District which is not part of the South Downs National Park.

The Interim Policy Statement sets out how the Council is taking a proactive approach in seeking to boost its supply of housing, and reflects adopted and emerging Local Plan work, in order to provide a mechanism for how the Council intends to provide clarity and confidence in relation to how planning applications for new residential development should be determined in the interim period until the Local Plan Review is adopted.

Purpose of the consultation

The Council are seeking your views on the IPS and the criteria contained within with regard to its use as a decision-making tool in the determination of planning applications for new residential development.

This consultation is not a call for sites, and we would ask that you please do not submit proposals for the development of specific sites. If you wish to discuss a site that you own or are promoting, please submit a request to the pre-application advice service or speak to duty planning, or alternatively you may wish to submit the site to the Council via the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment process.

How to comment

The Interim Policy Statement is available to view on our online consultation portal which is accessible from the Council’s website and is available to download from the Council’s website If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, and require a hard copy of the Interim Policy Statement, please contact the Planning Policy Team at the contact details below.

Comments can be made on the draft Interim Policy Statement during the consultation period, which begins on Friday 12 June 2020 and ends at 11.59pm on Friday 10 July 2020.

In your response, please make clear which sections, paragraphs, or criteria you are responding to. We welcome suggestions for specific wording changes, to be shown with suggested new text deleted text to be made clear.

Responses to the Interim Policy Statement should ideally be made using our online consultation portal at: Alternatively, you are able to:

All comments received during the consultation period will be publicly available and identifiable by name and organisation (where applicable). Any personal information will be processed by Chichester District Council in line with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018. More information is available at:

For more information, or if you need assistance accessing the documents, please contact the Planning Policy Team by email at , or telephone 01243 785166.


Please No Bonfires

District 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,” says Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Chichester Contract Services. “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.

“Our crews are working hard to keep our waste collection services running as normal, and while we are prioritising domestic waste (black bins) and recycling (burgundy bins), we are pleased to say that we are currently running a full green waste service as well.

“We will do all we can to collect everybody’s waste, but there may be occasions when we can’t reach everyone. If we have missed 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.

“We recognise this isn’t ideal but your support and cooperation is greatly appreciated at this challenging time.

“We will be doing our best to keep our Garden Recycling service going. However, we must treat domestic waste and recycling as the priority so it is possible that there may be disruption to Gardening Recycling rounds. If we are unable to collect your bin, please keep hold of it and present it on your next normal collection day.

“Perhaps also consider whether your green waste can be composted in the short term or maybe sticks, twigs and branches can be used to create an insect hotel. Regular cutting to top the grass may prevent the need for it to be collected. These measures can reduce your dependency on green waste collections for a short period of time enabling us to focus our resources on waste and recycling.”

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 either online or by phone: 01243534598.

The council has various enforcement options for dealing with bonfires, including fixed penalty notices of £100 and nuisance abatement notices.

Letter regarding the A27

Please click on the link below to view a joint letter from Gillian Keegan MP, Eileen Lintell – Leader of Chichester District Council and Roger Elkins – Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, WSCC.

A27 Joint Letter

Chichester Local Plan Update

Chichester District Council has written to parishes to give them an update on the revised Local Plan.

Please click on the link below to view the letter.

Chichester Local Plan Update

Update on Meetings

The Parish Council has suspended further public meetings in line with Government advice. The business of the Council will be conducted under a Temporary Scheme of Delegation passed by resolution at an Extraordinary Meeting on 20th March 2020.

The Parish Council RESOLVED that in response to the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK and in the event that it is not possible to convene a meeting of the council in a reasonable time, the Clerk shall have delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the council where such decision cannot reasonably be deferred and must be made in order to comply with a commercial or statutory deadline. This will be carried out where possible by consultation with members by electronic means or telephone. The clerk will further consult with the chairman for guidance as necessary. The delegation does not extend to matters expressly reserved to the council in legislation or in its Standing Orders or Financial Regulations. Any decisions made under this delegation must be recorded in writing and must be published in accordance with the relevant regulations. This delegated authority ceases upon the first meeting of the council after the council meeting at which the delegation was put in place.

This page will hold details of all of the decisions that are made and the reasons for them.  For Planning Applications that have a set timescale for response the Parish Council will issue an email advising residents of the application and give details of how residents can make comments to the Parish Council should they wish to do so. The email will include a link to the actual application to enable residents go view the application on the District Council website.

Should anyone have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Parish Clerk on 

Covid-19 – update 23 March 2020


Information as at 20th March 2020

 Dear Residents,

The spread of the Covid -19 virus is accelerating towards its peak.

It is likely that many of us will get Covid -19 in some way and most of us will be fine – especially children.

However, children are likely to be the vectors or super spreaders precisely because they won’t get many symptoms.

The people most at risk are those over 70 and especially anyone of any age with lung or heart problems. They should be extremely careful as they are at high risk of serious illness. What we must do is take this situation very seriously now.

Older people and those with medical conditions should practice extensive social isolation now. Start immediately.

This means NO small or large group activities of any kind, no train or bus travel either; minimise shopping. Ask the younger adults to help! But stay away from grandchildren.

Practice all the advice we have already been given too. Handwash with soap every time you enter your home from outside. Handwash regularly before and after clearing up. Handwash after using the car. Keep surfaces clear and clean. Try – and this is hard – not to touch your face, especially when in conversation with others or outside anywhere.

Maintain a distance of 2 metres (3 paces) when necessarily meeting other people. Do not invite people in your house unnecessarily.

Use kitchen paper towel roll for dirty tasks as much as possible. Single-use tissues to blow your nose and throw in the bin.

If well, currently, we can still go for walks. Maintain a strict 2 meter or 3 pace distance. Please follow all government advice as we receive it, however onerous. Whether it’s:-

Self-distancing     Self-isolation     Lockdown

Stay Safe and Well

Carol Smith

Clerk to West Itchenor Parish Council


Below are the phone numbers of residents who are willing to assist those who need help with an essential errand:

VICKY RHYS-HURN    07854 222 544
LARRY KEEP                 07900 884 567
CHRIS WATSON           07899 070 799  or  01243 512 304
RICHARD DYER           07767 437 784  or  01243 512 375
JIM MOULD                  07712 886 478
ALEX WEBB                  07789 422 794  or  01243 514 766
KAT GODDARD            07956 100 037  or  01243 514 822
NOEL GODDARD         07931 547 621  or01243 514 822

 Other information 

The Ship Inn are providing a takeaway food service, call 512284 for details. 

The Quarterdeck Cafe are providing a food takeaway and delivery service, call 07795 831814 for details. 

This information sheet will also be sent to those residents who have given the WIPC their email address details. If you haven’t already done so please email your details to the Parish Clerk at the address below:-

You can also register via our website:-

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.