Latest Parish Council News

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COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Chichester District

There is a significant amount of misinformation circulating in relation to the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme.  Sussex Health & Care have issued a briefing note which contains useful information on the progress being made and how the vaccination programme is going to be delivered.  They have also issued answers to frequently asked questions

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Outdoor Gym Equipment Closed

Due the current Covid-19 restrictions announced on 4th January 2021.  The outdoor gym equipment is currently closed.  Please do not use it.


We look forward to reopening it at the earliest opportunity. Thank you for your co-operation.

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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).  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.


The application number is 20/02989/FUL if you have any views on this application please take the time to submit them to Chichester District Council.   The Parish Council have requested an extension from Chichester District Council to be able to consider this application at its planning meeting on 5th January 2021, this meeting will take place online due to the current pandemic restrictions the link to join the meeting will be included in the Agenda when it is published.

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New Local Restrictions

To help stop the spread of coronavirus the government have announced the new local restrictions system.  From Wednesday 2nd December West Sussex will be in TIER 2  This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, and some additional restrictions will need to be in place. For further information on the new local restrictions and everything you need to know go to

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West Sussex Transport Plan – Have your say

Notice From West Sussex County Council


West Sussex County Council has started a review of the West Sussex Transport Plan (WSTP). The current plan, which covers the 2011-26 period, needs to be reviewed to take account of changes to national and local policy, such as the Government’s legally-binding commitment to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. The new plan will set out how we aim to continue supporting the economy and communities while protecting the environment.  We will consider the best approaches to tackle key transport issues such as congestion, road safety and pollution, and set out our plans for all modes of transport.


We are asking stakeholders, such as local groups, authorities and transport providers, to complete a survey to gather information about their key issues and priorities.  The survey is accessible to all, so individual members of the public can also submit their views if they wish to do so. The survey closing date is Thursday 17th December 2020. To complete the survey please visit:


The survey results will help shape the draft version of the plan, which will be published for public consultation in summer 2021.  We aim to adopt the plan in early 2022.


If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch with the team, please contact ; 01243 642105.

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Temporary Road Closure Marsh Lane Merston

Marsh Lane Road Closure Notice for 11th November 2020

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We need your help

An opportunity has been presented to us for the development of a Community Hub building in the parish. This is an exciting opportunity for the community to add to our existing facilities of the Village Hall and playing field.


We have commissioned  a small working group to carry out an assessment of how the new building could be utilised and where we would prefer to have it sited. Of course we need to know from parishioners what they would like to see such a building used for, so if you have any ideas can you email them to our Parish Clerk at


Bear in mind that the services we would like to see would not replicate existing services but offer new services. Some ideas we have already received include: pick-up/drop-off point; library outreach service; business facilities such as video conferencing, meeting rooms and large size printing equipment; café and retail outlet.


Please note that it will not be possible to provide any kind of permanent medical centre as this is restricted by current NHS operating guidelines.


Over the next three months the working group will review and analyse the opportunity and determine the viability of a Community Hub building. By February 2021 we will need to decide on its viability and make a decision on whether to go ahead with the project or reject the offer.


Please give this some serious thought and let us have your views as soon as possible.


Many thanks


John Ashley

Chair North Mundham Development Plan

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Remembrance Sunday and the Poppy Appeal

The Royal British Legion and indeed the whole world is having to adapt a lot this year so here is an outline of the changes we have had to make to our Remembrance activities.

The Remembrance Sunday service normally attracts a “full house” but involves a variety of actions that do not pass the “social distancing” test. Services at both North Mundham and Hunston will be held but those wishing to attend will have to reserve their places in the same way as they do for other services   For North Mundham, call Lynn Mears on  01243 537190 and for Hunston call Joan Duberley on 01243 78780 . The services will start at 1050 on Sunday 8th and a 2 minute silence observed at 1100. The names of those who fell will be read out and wreaths laid at the War Memorials immediately following the service. If you have a place booked please remember to wear a mask. At North Mundham, there is a one way system in the church and I regret that due to social distancing, the congregation there will not be able to gather around the memorial for the wreath laying. The Royal British Legion hopes to see as many of you there as space allows.

As for the Poppy Appeal, I am sure a question many of you are asking is, where can I get my Poppy this year? I am afraid there will be no door to door collections nationwide this year but the following businesses have kindly agreed to have a tin at their checkouts: Runcton Farm Shop, Manor Nursery, the Walnut Tree, Hunston stores, North Mundham School and Brick Kiln Nursery. There will also be a tin at St Stephens. All these will be in place by Friday 23rd October but will only be able to take cash. Sainsbury’s, Tesco’s, ALDI and Morrisons have all agreed to support the appeal and some will have card readers to enable donations to be “cashless”. Alternatively, you can go online to and scroll down to the banners entitled “How to Help” which includes how you can order 20 poppies free then distribute them to friends and family and ask them for a donation to the Legion. This can also be done online.

In case you hadn’t heard, I am afraid the Poppy Lunch is also a COVID casualty.

If you have any questions about the above or have any good ideas we can implement this year to raise funds then please feel free to email me at or call on 01243 778191.

With your help we can continue to ensure that our Armed Forces community receives the support they need and deserve.

Thank you.

Andy Forsyth

Chairman, Mundham and District Branch

Royal British Legion

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Government Consultation on Changes to the Current Planning System & White Paper Planning for the Future

North Mundham Parish Council has responded to the Governments Consultation on Changes to the Current Planning System. Our comments have also been sent to your MP Gillian Keegan, the MPs for the surrounding District and the Conservative Party Central Office.

The Government are also proposing more radical changes and have issued a White Paper Planning For the Future Consultation which closes on 29th October 2020 at 11.45pm – the Parish Council Planning Committee will be considering this paper at its meeting on 6th October.

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Track & Trace

NHS Test and Trace message

NHS Test and Trace have issued the following messages on coronavirus testing.
To stop the spread of the virus remember Hands. Face. Space: wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when social distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from those not in your household.
There is now very high demand for coronavirus tests and it is vital we test people with symptoms to help stop the spread of the virus.
• If you have coronavirus symptoms, you must get a test.
• If you don’t have symptoms, don’t get a test.
• We all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.
A recent survey at testing sites found a quarter of people turning up did not have symptoms. If you don’t have coronavirus symptoms, and have not been advised to take a test by a doctor or a public health professional or by your local council, you should not be booking a test. Healthcare professionals will be checking those for symptoms at testing sites.

If you have any coronavirus symptoms you must isolate immediately for 10 days (don’t wait for a test or a test result before doing so)

If you are identified as a contact of a positive case you must isolate for the full 14 days (even if for some reason you got a negative test during that period)

You should NOT get tested:
If you have returned from abroad or are about to travel, you are returning to the workplace, you have been in contact with a confirmed case or if another member of your household has symptoms. You may be advised to isolate if you have been in contact with a confirmed case but you should only get a test if you have symptoms.

By following these simple rules, we can ensure people who need a test can get one.
When to get a test or not:
• Only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested a doctor or a public health professional or by your local council. The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
• Do not use this service to get a test in order to travel to another country. We do not provide certificates for travel purposes. You can pay for a private test.
• If your employer, school, or travel company has asked for evidence of a negative coronavirus test result, we are unable to provide this service. You should only get tested if you have symptoms.
If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then they must get tested and the rest of your household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. Most people who are tested in person get their results the next day.
Guidance on self-isolation:

If you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus you should not get tested unless you have coronavirus symptoms. A negative test result does not change the period of time that you will be required to self-isolate.
If you have been abroad and are quarantining, you should not get tested unless you have coronavirus symptoms. A negative test result does not change the period of time that you will be required to quarantine.
• Do not stockpile tests. If you develop symptoms in future you will be able to book a test. There is no need to order a test in case of future use.
• If you have symptoms and need to book a test, you can do this online or by ringing 119. Do not call 111 which is an urgent care service and cannot help with tests.

The new NHS Covid-19 app will be launched on 24 September.

Venues from the following sectors will be required to display the NHS QR Poster

• hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
• tourism and leisure, including gyms, swimming pools, hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
• close contact services, including hairdressers, *facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres (for events), libraries and children’s centres.
Where someone doesn’t have the app, customers will need to provide the venue with the name and contact number of the lead member of their group (which must not exceed six). This should also include the date of their visit, arrival time and where possible, their departure time.

What will the app do?

The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code, and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus.

The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives.
The app does this, while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is. Instead, someone’s postcode district (the first part of a postcode) helps the app work out where the virus is spreading.

The app helps trace app users who have spent time near other app users, who they may not personally know, and who later test positive for coronavirus. The ‘Check-in’ feature supports this functionality by anonymously alerting users who have been at the same venue at the same time.

Without a vaccine or treatment, we all need to do all we can to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The new app is an important part of the Government’s programme. By downloading and using the app, you’ll be helping to protect those around you – friends, family, colleagues and local communities. The Government will be issuing lots more information about this over the coming days, so please watch out for this.