The message below was received by a local resident from our MP, Gillian Keegan.
“I am delighted that three vaccines have now been approved for use in the UK, with the Moderna vaccine receiving regulatory approval today, and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine now being rolled out across the Country. It was welcome news that The Princess Royal Hospital in Sussex was one of the first in the country to use the new AstraZeneca vaccine. This really is a momentous development and, while there is still some way to go, it provides fresh hope that we can beat this pandemic.
I know that many people are keen to receive the vaccine as soon as possible and I have noted your concerns about progress locally. I have held regular meetings with local healthcare leaders on the roll out of the vaccine in the Chichester district and across the wider area. Facilitating the roll out is a huge task not least as both of the approved vaccines must be used quickly and venues must be big enough to allow for social distancing. The NHS has decades of experience in rolling out successful widespread vaccination programmes and has put in place extensive deployment plans. The vaccine is being delivered through hospital hubs; through local community services, including GPs; through roving services to care homes and individuals who are housebound; and, in due course, pharmacies; and vaccination centres across the country, for example at sports centres or conference centres. Our local NHS teams are working extremely hard to ensure the roll out of the vaccine across Sussex is done safely and as quickly as possible given the strict guidelines in place.
It is fantastic news that vaccinations began before Christmas at Worthing Hospital and as of this week, both Worthing and St Richard’s Hospitals have dedicated vaccination hubs which are operating 6 days a week 8am-5pm on weekdays, 8am-2pm on Saturdays and 2 evenings a week until 8pm. Vaccinations have also begun at East Surrey Hospital and, as mentioned, the Princess Royal Hospital.
GP-led vaccination services are also already available at 8 sites in West Sussex including; Angmering at Angmering Medical Centre, Crawley at Leacroft Surgery and Saxonbrook Medical Centre, Haywards Heath at Perrymount Road Site, Horsham at Park Surgery and Christ’s Hospital Blue Coats, Pullborough at Pullborough Medical Group and Storrington at The Glebe. A further 5 sites have begun vaccinating this week including; Bognor Regis at Bognor Medical Centre, Worthing at Strand Medical Group and Durrington Health Centre, Shoreham by Sea at Northbourne Medical Centre and Crawley at Poundhill Medical Practice. In areas where GP practices have not signed up to lead the vaccination programme, the Sussex NHS Commissioners are working closely with the Primary Care Networks and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust to provide a service to these patients.
There are further sites expected shortly in Chichester, Midhurst, Worthing, Lancing, East Grinstead, and Littlehampton/Rustington, which are currently subject to final approvals. I am, of course, in frequent contact with the Commissioners in order to keep up to date with progress in the constituency.
It is right that the first priorities for any COVID-19 vaccination programme should be the prevention of COVID-19 mortality and the protection of health and social care staff and systems. I welcome the work that the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has done to ensure this. Recipients are invited for vaccination based on priority in line with the guidance from the JCVI. Some constituents have contacted me to let me know they have not yet received notification. I have made the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and the Sussex NHS Commissioners aware and they have assured me that people will be contacted in due course and nobody in the priority categories should be concerned as it is still early days in the deployment process. I will continue to liaise with them about this and monitor the situation closely. As you will be aware, the NHS is committed to vaccinating everyone in the top four priority groups by February 15th.
The GP-led hubs are expected to cover 60% of care homes in Sussex and the remainder will be served by the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust vaccination teams. The first 8 care homes in Sussex have now been vaccinated. The NHS, local authorities, acute hospitals and community services have worked together to draw up a prioritisation schedule for the order in which Sussex care homes will receive the vaccine and this will be aligned with the availability of the vaccine to work towards the goal of getting all Sussex care homes vaccinated by the end of January. I have been working closely with the Commissioners to ensure that care homes are being kept up to date and supported.
As you will be aware the army are working to support the NHS and our local councils to set up and support our vaccination network, which is being led by Brigadier Prosser. The Prime Minster will be publishing our full vaccine deployment plan on Monday, as well as daily updates on the progress that is being made.
As the roll out is progressing rapidly, I am in the process of setting up a dedicated page on my website, which will be up and running next week, where you will be able to find the latest developments and useful information. You will be able to view it at: www.gilliankeegan.com “
A new planning application has been submitted to Chichester District Council, the application is listed as Land south of Lowlands (locally know as the Pigeon House Farm field). Whilst the main part of the application site is in North Mundham, there is part of the site within the parish of Hunston.
The application is a Hybrid planning application comprising of full planning permission for 66 dwellings and associated development, including landscape, highways and parking, and outline planning permission with all matters reserved except access for a community hub building (Use Classes E and F), provision of new 3.5m wide footway/cycleway link to West Sussex Alternative Provisions College with reconfiguration of existing car parking spaces and relocation of storage facility.
To view the application please click on the link below.
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: . 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
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
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.
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.
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: for more information about this event.
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
|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.
To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.
The Parish Office operates from the Annexe at the rear of Hunston Village Hall.
Outside of these times the Parish Clerk can be contacted on:
01243 789039 or 07595092547 during office hours.
Office Opening Times
The office is usually open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9am – 12.30pm.
Additional hours will be posted below where appropriate.