Coronavirus Update – Council Tax payments

Council tax help for residents in the Chichester District

Chichester District Council is making people aware of all of the support that is available to help them pay their bills during this challenging time.

The council offers a number of discounts for council tax payers, including Council Tax Reduction, which is a means tested benefit and does not take account of outgoings. For people that are already claiming Council Tax Reduction, the Government has announced a Hardship Fund to support residents who are struggling financially.

Residents who are eligible for the support will have their award automatically credited to their council tax bill. Residents do not need to contact the council to receive this payment because they hold all of the relevant details to apply this discount automatically. Payments are estimated to be processed from mid to late April and will be done as quickly as possible. People who are eligible will receive a revised council tax bill, which will reflect the hardship fund that has been applied.

“The coronavirus outbreak has affected everyone, and we want to support people as much as we possibly can by making sure that they can access all the financial help available to them,” says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Services and Revenues and Benefits at Chichester District Council.

“What’s important to remember, is that if you are struggling to pay your bills, there is a range of ways in which we can help you. We would encourage anyone who is concerned about paying council tax due to the impact of the coronavirus, to please let us know as soon as possible.

“It may be that you have applied for Council Tax Reduction, but are still concerned about making payments. If so, we’d urge you to get in touch to discuss the other help that is available. Options could include paying in instalments over twelve months, or spreading instalments between June 2020 to March 2021, which may alleviate hardship for people that are struggling to make payments at the moment.

“The best way to do this is by emailing: taxation@chichester.gov.uk. If you do not have online access, please call us on 01243 785166. Please note that due to high call volumes we recommend using our online services in the first instance wherever possible. This will keep essential lines free for those without access to the internet.

“Where possible, we are also asking customers to sign up for online letters and bills. To do this, simply go to www.chichester.gov.uk/myaccount and select the service that you need.

“Our ‘My Account’ service is available 27/7 and allows you to: manage payments, including setting up a direct debit; access council tax or business rates records; advise us of a change of address; view account details and recent bills; claim housing benefit or council tax reduction; report a change in your circumstances for housing benefit or council tax reduction, and; update personal details. Simply visit www.chichester.gov.uk/myaccount and select the service you need.”

The council has created a range of new pages on its website with answers to frequently asked questions. This includes information about council tax help, benefit support, and business grants and rate discounts. For details of the support that is available, visit: www.chichester.gov.uk/taxandbenefitsfaq

ENDS

Coronavirus Update – Bonfires

Chichester District Council are urging residents not to light bonfires during the coronavirus crisis to protect the health of others. Smoke and smells from bonfires can aggravate respiratory problems which people with virus symptoms may be experiencing. People are also likely to want to enjoy their gardens during the virus lockdown. Please be mindful of your neighbours and fellow community members and do not burn any waste under any circumstances. Read more at: socsi.in/latestnews_OWt5D

 

HUNSTON CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT

This morning the Parish Council has been putting together information to help support residents in Hunston. This information will shortly be available on Facebook and will be distributed to every household in the village.

Coronavirus Leaflet

Habitat improvement working party – Saturday 25 January 2020

FLOW Activity – Habitat improvement working party on Saturday 25th January 2020 at Spire Cottage Pond, Church Lane, Hunston PO20 1AJ

We are going to be working at this secret village pond on Saturday 25th January 2020, Spire Cottage Pond, Church Lane, Hunston PO20 1AJ between 9.30am – 12.30pm.

There is parking at the village hall with a short walk across the field to the site and that is where we will meet at 9.30 am. The session will go on until 12.30pm and we will be clearing vegetation, checking trees and digging out Hemlock Water Dropwort to improve biodiversity.

We would love it if you could come along, even for an hour, it all helps get the job done.

We will bring tools – loppers, pruning saws, spades, shears, secateurs and gloves but if you have any personal favourites, please bring them along.

We will bring cake and hot drinks for break time.

Please ensure that you tell the organiser about any relevant health issues that they need to know about when signing in at the start of the session.

Click the link below to let our organiser(s) know if you are coming so we can plan ahead, bring enough cake and notify you of any changes to this event.

Yes I plan to attend this event

Please note, Mailchimp will class this link click as a vote for this option to attend and will confirm your ‘vote’, afterwards.

Email our organisers at: FLOW@mwhg.org.uk for more information about this event.

 

Working party to create a woodland area

Hunston Over 60’s Christmas Tea

Hunston Over 60’s Christmas Tea held on Sunday 8 December was a tremendous success. Organised by five wonderful ladies from Merle Court: “Our Merle Court Five!” Sandra Stenning, Debbie Webb, Jean Fenwick, Rene Baker and Mal Paluba.

Seventy people attended and enjoyed a fabulous spread of savouries, cake, mince pies and more! The Merle Court Five bought all the food, made all the sandwiches and prepared everything. With an average age of 73 – they are quite something!

Christmas Carols were led by Senga Hornal, supported by four members of the All Sing Community Gospel Choir. Delighted to say everyone was in good voice!

Particular thanks are due to Margaret and Jack Maidment – Margaret was there for the whole day – who worked so hard to get everything ready. Joined by in the afternoon by Wendy Gray (the Elf), Chris Malby, Gill Kahler and Chris Harrison. Thanks to Tina Teyers for the beautiful table decorations and to Ann Green and Daphne Snelling for making cakes, along with the Christmas cake made by Sue Waite.

Not only did the Merle Court Five provide all the food, they also donated lucky dip presents for everyone (with a few donations as well).

Hunston should be proud of these wonderful ladies – their generosity and hard work – gave everyone a special Christmas Tea – thank you.

Thanks to Marie Tidswell for the photos

Power Cuts – Information

This message is being sent to you by Sussex Neighbourhood Watch in partnership with UK Power Networks.

Power cuts don’t happen very often these days, but if there’s a power cut, have you ever wondered how some people would cope?

UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of our region and fix power cuts. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.

More information can be found online at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/power-cut/priority-services-register.  It’s quick and free to register by completing a short questionnaire. If you have family or friends who meet the criteria you can register on their behalf if they are happy for you to do so.

Please note that the majority of our members live in the area served by UK Power Networks (London, East and South East). However, a few do not, and it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if this is the case, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.

Neighbourhood Watch urges everybody who is eligible to sign up to UK Power Networks Priority Services Register, to ensure that they receive free extra help in the event of a power cut. The link is below. We know that some people are hesitant to click on links, so if you prefer you can go online and search for UK Power Networks Priority Services Register.

www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/internet/en/help-and-advice/priority-services-during-a-power-cut/priority-service-register-application-form/

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.

Library Consultation

West Sussex County Council would like to make you aware of a public consultation currently running on proposed budget savings within the Library Service.

The public consultation closes on Wednesday 13 November. It asks people for their views on proposals to cease the mobile library service and to reduce the evening opening hours in the four main libraries (Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Worthing) by one hour, from 7pm to 6pm from April 2020.

West Sussex County Council is keen for as many library users as possible to take part in the consultation and share their thoughts on the proposals.

The consultation will help inform the decision, due to be taken in November by the Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities. The decision is one of a number of options being worked up to take forward in the 2020/21 budget to help meet the funding gap currently being faced by West Sussex County Council.

To find out more and to take part, visit the Have Your Say web page.

Chichester Half Marathon – 6 October 2019

NOTICE is hereby given that not less fourteen days from the date of this Notice West Sussex County Council intends to make an Order under Sections 16A and 16B of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended), the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in either direction along the following lengths of roads:-

Westgate –from Sherborne Road roundabout to Westgate roundabout
Avenue de Chartres – from the A259 roundabout to Westgate roundabout
Orchard Street – from Northgate roundabout to Westgate roundabout
West Street – from Westgate roundabout to South Street
Chapel Street from The Woolstaplers to West Street
South Street – from West Pallant to North Street
East Street – from Market Cross to East Walls
East Walls – the entire length
Priory Raod – from New Park Road to Priory Lane
Oaklands Way – from Northgate gyratory to New Park Road roundabout
Sherborne Road – from Westgate Road roundabout to Cathedral Way
New Road (Lavant Straight) westbound – from Goodwood Motor Circuit emergency access to Lower Road

The Order is necessary to facilitate the holding of the Chichester Half Marathon 2019.

The above-mentioned roads form the route to be taken by the competitors and will be closed for short periods of time on a rolling basis, starting with Westgate.

Pedestrian access to premises situated on or adjacent to the roads will be maintained.

The Order will be operative on 6th October 2019 from 0845 hours to 1230 hours.

The police will advise drivers of suitable alternative routes where necessary.

Any queries about the effect of the Order on traffic using the highway should be directed to West Sussex Council Contact Centre (01243) 642105.

 

New Assistant Clerk

The Parish Council extends a warm welcome to our new Assistant Clerk, Carole Olive.  Carole will be working in the Annexe alongside Carol (Our Parish Clerk) on a Wednesday and Friday Morning.  Carole has recently retired down to Pagham and has a background in Local Government, having previously been the Clerk to Ash Parish Council.