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West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has produced a COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan, as required by the Government. This details how local, regional and national organisations and responses will, where possible, work together as a system to prevent cases of the virus in West Sussex and respond to any local outbreaks.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in March 2020 after sustained global transmission.

WSCC, like all upper-tier local authorities, was asked to produce a first version of a local outbreak control plan by the end of June 2020. The plan will evolve over time.

The plan covers:

managing outbreaks in West Sussex care homes and schools
identifying and managing high risk places, locations and communities
local testing capacity – Testing in Sussex
contact tracing in complex settings
data integration
supporting vulnerable people

Planning to prevent and respond to cases of COVID-19 in our communities requires a whole system and multi-agency approach, including the Government’s national Test and Trace Programme.

A wide range of stakeholders have contributed and commented on this West Sussex COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan and will continue to shape its development. This includes district and borough councils across the county, Healthwatch West Sussex, Public Health England South East region and the NHS.

More detail on operational delivery elements will be added to the plan as further guidance is produced nationally and as the national Joint Biosecurity Centre becomes fully operational.

Supporting documents

West Sussex COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan (PDF, 3.2MB)
West Sussex COVID-19 Local Outbreak Control Plan appendices (PDF, 956KB)

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Dear All

The Development Director of Farm Renewables would like you to know that they are having some work done on part of the feed system today. Scheduled maintenance has uncovered a minor issue which needs rectifying.

As a result, a few loads of farmyard manure are being moved by their Contractor today.

The Director will keep us updated on progress but suspects that this may also need to happen tomorrow, a situation for which the Contractor is ready and prepared.

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Hi All

This is to let you know that Funtington Parish Council is commencing Planning Group meetings via Zoom. Members of the Planning Group have, of course, always considered every planning application in our Parish but this will allow for improved reporting and recording, as well as giving you the opportunity to join in, if you wish to do so.

The Zoom meetings will be held fortnightly at 6:00 pm on Thursdays. The first meeting will be 16 July 2020.

If you wish to join in, contact the Chair at: who will send you the ‘formal’ Zoom invite.

Of course, you do not need to attend a meeting to object/agree to a planning application: just visit and follow the instructions. REMEMBER: this is your community it’s important to have your say – it is no good complaining after the event!!

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Hi All

I have received a number of reports about a phishing scam that seems to be ‘doing the rounds’ at the moment. This involves receiving an email stating your TV Licence is out of date. It looks very professional and appears as though it may, indeed, have come from the TV Licencing Authorities. However, apart from one such email, the information concerning the renewal date and Licence number were both incorrect.

If you receive such an email, do not press on the ‘Renew Now’ button or Sign In.

It has been reported to but please do report it yourself if you wish to do so.

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There is a 90 % probability of Heat-Health criteria being met between 0900 on Today and 2100 on Friday in parts of England.
View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.
Hot weather can affect your health. The people most likely to be affected are the elderly, the very young, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
Heatwave and Covid-19
Please note that additional information and tips for Covid-19 and the heatwave has been issued by the government.

• Fans should not be used if someone in your home has been confirmed or suspected as having Covid-19, as this could increase the spread of infection
• If no-one in your home has Covid-19 or suspected Covid-19, angle fans away from you to limit the spread of germs. Remember that fans are ineffective in temperatures above 350C and cause increased dehydration
• Paracetamol (and aspirin) may be used to manage COVID-related symptoms but it is recommended that they are not used solely to reduce body temperature. Always consult your pharmacist, GP or NHS 111 for advice
• Keep cool and hydrated by regularly sipping cold water-based drinks and avoid alcohol
• Use sponges or cloths made damp by cold water to help control your temperature
• Close blinds and curtains to help control the temperature of your home
• Check on the wellbeing of vulnerable friends and family who may be shielding or who are isolated. Remember to observe social distancing guidance
The full guidance can be found here.
In General
If you know or look after someone that may be susceptible to the effects of this hot weather period please help make sure that they stay cool and well, and if possible check in advance that they are prepared for this hot spell.
Please follow this advice to keep cool and comfortable and reduce health risks:
• Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
• Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day).
• Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
• Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
• Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
• Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
• Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
• Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors.
For more information
• Met Office Heat-health watch
• NHS Choices Heatwave: be prepared
• WSCC Wellbeing
• WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
• WSCC Preparing for emergencies

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Around two tons of commercial construction waste was left blocking the road at Wakestone Lane, off the A272 at Petworth. Chichester District Council was alerted to the incident on Sunday 31 May and a team sent to clear it.
“This was a particularly nasty incident and an example of a resident who has probably paid a private company in good faith to have this waste removed,” explains Councillor Penny Plant, Cabinet Member for Environment and Contract Services at Chichester District Council. “That company has then taken a conscious – and criminal – decision to dump this in a quiet area of our beautiful countryside.
“From the type and amount of material we found, we know that this is not the sort of waste that would come through the normal household waste and recycling centres – it would need to be taken to a dedicated commercial waste handling station. Only a commercial enterprise could have been responsible for this and they would have used a flat-bed transit type vehicle to transport it.
“We are appealing to anyone who has had work done recently who may recognise some of the material that has been dumped. Fly tipping is a criminal activity and any evidence we receive will be investigated by our Environmental Health Team.”
Chichester District Council is reminding residents to ensure that whoever they employ or ask to remove and dispose of the excess waste from their property is licensed as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency.
By law, the householder is responsible for their waste. This is known as ‘duty of care’, and means that whether they have finished a DIY project; been clearing out unwanted household items; or, have been busy sprucing up their garden, it is down to the householder to make sure that their waste is disposed of safely and legally.
If someone removes waste on your behalf, it’s vital that you use a licensed waste carrier and ask for a waste transfer note as evidence. If you don’t do this, and your waste is fly tipped, you could be held responsible. This could result in a prosecution and you could face a fine.
Top tips to follow before asking someone to remove waste:
• Avoid using a company / individual if they don’t have a licence
• Get their waste carrier number from the Environment Agency or call 03708 506506
• Ask to see their waste carrier licence
• Insist on them providing a waste transfer note and receipt
• Note their vehicle registration number
• Speak to them and ask what will happen to your waste
For more information about fly tipping, please

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FUNTINGTON PARISH COUNCIL – July (virtual) Meeting

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Dear Councillors
I hereby give notice that a meeting of the Parish Council is to take place at 5:00pm on Wednesday 1 July 2020. PLEASE NOTE: the meeting will be held remotely using Zoom video conferencing. The meeting link will be published to members. Members of the public and press who would like to join the meeting should contact the Chairman on who will share the meeting details.

1. To receive apologies for absence

2. To receive Declarations of Interest by Councillors in matters on the Agenda

3. To confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 3 June 2020 – previously circulated to Councillors

4. Updates for Action Grid – previously circulated to Councillors

5. Public Questions – limited to a period of 15 minutes

6. Receive Reports
– County and District Councillor Reports

7. CIL/NHB Spending Options
– commemorative benches
– pavilion equipment

8. Dell – Update
– Gym equipment
– Notices: no motorised vehicles/no bbqs/no bike-riding/no dog fouling/take litter home
– Charge for hire of pavilion – yes/no/how will this work / do we need a hire form?
– Metal gate/oak posts

9. Green Spaces – update / spec

10. Playground – update

11. SIDs – update

12. Bollards – update

13. Communication with parishioners
– WARA / EARA email lists/Grapevine /Friends of WAFDVH
– + Flyers

14. Planning
– Planning Group – Zoom meetings
– CDC Interim Planning Policy – previously circulated to Councillors

15. Finance
– Consider and approve monthly Cash Book – to follow

16. Date of Next Meeting – 5:00 pm 2 September 2020

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Some of you may have noticed that the Pavilion on the Village Green (aka The Dell) has recently undergone a re-vamp, thanks to the hard work of a very kind and generous parishioner,
The Parish Council is intending to put some chairs and bits and bobs into the Pavilion and making it available for use by all our Parishioners, for such things as picnics, small parties or gatherings: particularly now that lock-down is easing slightly and the sun seems to want to shine – well not today!.
The question we are asking is, are you in favour or not, of a small charge – say £10:00 – being made for the hire. This could then be put towards the ongoing maintenance of the Pavilion and replacement or purchase of any equipment.
Please let me know your thoughts by email:

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As many of you will know, the gym equipment is being removed from the Village Green -aka The Dell. It is going to be used by a Fire and Rescue service and they are also going to allow use by their community: for people of appropriate age.

We have received various enquiries asking if the Parish Council intends putting anything on the Village Green in place of the equipment, but we don’t want that to be our decision alone. For that reason we are asking parishioners what, if anything, they would like to see as a replacement. Please remember that this is a community space and needs to be used as such: it should be neither dedicated totally to children or totally to the older generation. Also, it should primarily remain as an open space so we probably don’t need large pieces of equipment but any ideas will be taken into consideration. A few ideas that people have already mentioned are:

– adjustable basket ball net, so it can be used by anyone of any height
– balance rails
– trim trail
– various wooden structures.

We are already proposing to put on two new benches and a picnic table.

So please contact the FPC Chairman (Sheena) on with your ideas.

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