HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The Councillors and Officers of Harting Parish Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.

An online condolence book has been made available by Chichester District Council and an area by the West Door of Chichester Cathedral will be reserved for those who wish to leave flowers.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh condolence book

Lockdown – One Year On

A year ago the Parish Council Emergency Group (PCEG) was formed in the shadow of the first national lockdown. and the call for volunteers went out. In the days leading up to the 23rd we hastily put together newsletters and information, desperate to get printing done before businesses closed, and put out the call for volunteers. In little more than 10 days the PCEG had increased from 3 to 20 with a further 100 volunteering to help.

Thank you to all the ‘Buddies’ and everyone who has given their time, checked on their neighbours, friends or strangers, and offered to help.

One year on and it is a time to remember those we have lost and been unable to mourn and friends and family we have not been able to see. As the country makes it way slowly out of a world of restrictions we can begin to look forward, to make plans and to meet again. Lets continue to look out for each and look after each other.

2021 CENSUS

Census Day 2021 was Sunday 21st March.  Every household should have completed their census form either online or by filling in and posting a paper version. It is a legal requirement for each household to complete the Census form.

 

Census Field Officer Visits

Field officers will commence house calls from 23rd March 2021.  They will be calling at houses from whom a completed census has not been received.    They will not be completing forms there and then with householders but will offer a wide range of support and advice. 

They will carry identification, observe social distancing and will never enter your home

 

Why is the Census important?

Taking part in the census is your chance to help make sure you and your community get the services you need for the next 10 years and beyond.

The information you give in the census helps provide the best picture of the needs of everyone in England and Wales.

Organisations such as local authorities and charities use this picture to plan and fund the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. Without the census, it’d be much more difficult to do this.

 

Need help completing the census form?

West Sussex Libraries are currently offering a telephone completion service.  Telephone 03302 223455 to book an appointment. They hope to offer an in person service at 15 libraries from 12 April, is Covid-19 restrictions allow.    Get help to complete the census

Telephone the national Census contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

Find out more about the census. 

Tree Planting underway in The Warren

Hazel tree leaf growth
Hazel tree growth

The re-planting of the The Warren is finally underway.  MJO Forestry will be planting approximately 2,900 tree and shrub saplings throughout The Warren with the work expected to continue for the rest of March 2021.

A range of native species will be planted including Beech, Field Maple, Whitebeam, Yew, Lime and Hawthorn.  The planting plan and species chosen will provide a mixed and hopefully healthy woodland that should thrive in this area and terrain.

See more information on the Replanting Plan.

It is great to see trees being planted in a week when we have seen more diseased trees removed from local woodlands due to the ravages of Ash Die-back.

 

 

An area will be left for a further 800 saplings to be planted by our volunteers at the end of 2021.  We hope that the planting days, re-scheduled due to restrictions on socialising and social distancing, will be great community events.

Find out How to get involved

 

Become a Harting Tree Champion

cartoon of hand holding tree saplingThe work doesn’t stop once the trees and shrubs are planted.  We need to look after the saplings and protect the natural regeneration of other wild plants and flowers.  

We are looking for volunteers to help look after The Warren for the coming months and years.

To join the team Contact Us

 

 

News From Nyewood

Updates on the new Henry Warren Hall
 
We very much hope you have all got through the past stressful year safely, especially those amongst you who have had to juggle work and home schooling.  It is great to see the amount of support the members of our community have given each other. Now with the swift roll-out of vaccines, the government’s published timetable for relaxing the lockdown, and spring being here to help lift the spirits, let us hope for a much better year in 2021.
 
Achieving planning approval from the South Downs National Park (SDNP) on 22nd May last year was a great relief after working through the numerous design changes. We knew much hard work still lay ahead but did not at the time realise just how much!
         
We set to work again immediately to satisfy the Planning Conditions. Unfortunately disruption to normal working, sickness, and self-isolation due to COVID-19 slowed responses from many organisations, creating extra work and delaying progress. We apologise for the lack of communication but there was therefore little we could report. 
 
Planning:  The SDNP regards ours as a special project requiring the highest standards, and approval was granted subject to 24 conditions:
Five – standard applying to all approvals e.g. development must commence within 3 years,
Ten – specific to the hall,
Seven – specific to the new houses,
Two – pre-commencement joint conditions on the two developments (new hall and new houses); being surface water drainage and construction management plans.
 
The SDNP considered linkage of the new hall to the housing project an important exception to normal rules.  This explains why they linked the two projects by pre-commencement conditions. It was clear to us that this linkage threatened to hamstring development, because the sites are not adjoining and would be developed by different organisations, probably over different timescales.
 
We set to work to prepare a case to unlink hall and houses, and to prepare our applications to satisfy all other conditions.  This involved such things as soil tests, detailed engineering calculations, electrical installations, selection of materials, interior design and landscaping detail. By the end of the summer, we were ready to submit most of the detailed plans, but our request for the hall pre-conditions to be reviewed separately was turned down. We were advised to submit an S73 application to amend the May planning approval. This would also require a variation of the S106, which seeks to ensure financing for the hall.
 
We submitted an application S73 to separate houses and hall in late October and a further eight applications to discharge other planning conditions. According to SDNP practice they should decide on such matters within eight weeks. As usual the timetable did not hold and we were asked to grant SDNP additional time on two occasions.  As applicant, these are requests you cannot refuse.  Approval to all applications was finally granted on 5th February 2021, fifteen weeks after submission.  We owe special thanks to our planning consultant, Paul Bennett, of Kalotec, who made great efforts in successfully working through the large number of conditions attached to the planning consents.
 
Finance: We also owe a huge “thank you” to the Charity’s Treasurer, Nyewood resident Helen New, who despite continuing full time work, whilst home-schooling her boys and otherwise looking after home and family, has continued to devote time to the Charity’s work.  In order to prepare for the building project it was necessary to arrange a number of financial controls. The bank accounts have always been Community accounts but the bank rejected Helen’s application on the grounds that we should have Charity accounts. Helen strongly argued against this but was initially overruled. Eventually, after three months of being passed from office to office Helen was advised that she had been correct all along and that the Charity should retain Community accounts.  The Charity is fortunate to have such a knowledgeable professional accountant. We are also much indebted to another Nyewood resident, Angela Smith an experienced auditor, for taking on the Charity’s audit.  She has given valuable advice on devising systems to protect the Charity’s future finances.
 
Sale of old hall site:
Alongside our planning work, we carried out the preparations for sale of the old site as required under the 2011 Charities Act, by arranging for an independent survey and valuation, and advertising the property for sale for a month.  This generated considerable interest.  Negotiations with a local developer on the sale contract has been on going since.
 
The best news of all is that TODAY we have finally exchanged contracts for the sale of the old site! The transaction is due for completion on 8th March.  Once the payment has been received, we will be able to send out the tender documents for the building of the new hall, which have already been prepared.  These will go to a number of local building firms, which we have already selected.  Their preparation of bids, our review of them and the award of contracts are likely to take about two months, subject to any delays due to Covid 19. After this construction can commence.  We are therefore more than delighted to be able to tell you that at last the start of the building work itself is in sight! 
     
You may be certain that we will do our utmost to continue to move the project forward as fast as possible in 2021.
 
Keep safe, keep well.
 
Chris Wright, Sym Taylor, Paul Martin 
Trustees  The Henry Warren Village Club

Be aware of local thefts and doorstep scams

We have been made aware of several thefts from farms and houses in the area.  Please be vigilant.  

There are also reports of door to door salesmen knocking on doors claiming to be taking applications for a Covid Relief Fund or selling items.  This is a scam and a public health risk

It is currently illegal for people to be knocking on your door without a mask.   Call the police on 999 or 101.

101 is the number to use to contact the police in situations that do not need an immediate response.

999 is still the number to call when an immediate response is needed – when a crime is in progress, when someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when a life is in danger or when violence is being used or threatened.

Please remember that legitimate delivery drivers will wear a mask and carry identification.

Look out for your neighbours and stay safe

Severe Weather Warning

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather between 0900 on Saturday 06 Feb and 2100 on Wednesday 10 Feb for the south-east of England.

This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

The Parish Council Emergency Group have contingency plans in place to support residents who may need help due to the cold weather.  Please Contact Us or call the PCEG – 07787 651701

Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold, and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately. Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have a long-term illness or are 65 or over. Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls and stay up to date with the latest weather forecasts on the Met Office website

If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from www.nhs.uk/winterhealth, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.

Parish Council Emergency Group – January 2021 Update

MIDHURST VACCINATIONS GET STARTED AT LAST

image of nurse giving injectionVaccinations are finally underway for those residents registered

with GP’s in Midhurst and some have already received their appointment dates.  Vaccinations will be given at the Riverbank Medical Centre.

Parish councillors have raised queries with our county councillors and MP as to why West Sussex is far behind Hampshire in getting mass vaccinations underway. 

Holders of concessionary bus passes will be able to travel free in West Sussex before 9.30am so.  More information about the county council’s bus pass scheme is available here.

An information guide to the vaccine is available on the Government website.  The PCEG are hoping to have some hard copy guides available soon.

View the online guide 

Mass Vaccination Centre in Chichester 

A mass vaccination centre is expected to open soon.  Residents will be invited by letter to book an appointment via National Booking Service.

See more about the West Sussex Vaccination Programme

Trouble Travelling?

If you are invited to attend a vaccination appointment but can’t make your own travel arrangements, please Contact Us or call the Parish Council on 07787 651701

 

SUPPORTING OUR NHS

Rainbow with text thanking NHS and key workersWe know that many of us want to show our heartfelt appreciation for our NHS staff who are working so hard in such difficult and overwhelming circumstances.

The PCEG have been in touch with QA hospital to see how we can help.  We cannot send gifts or cakes but we can send donations which will be used to support the staff showing such dedication in looking after us.

If you are able to show your appreciation by donating, the details are;

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/QAhospitalheroes

or

https://www.porthosp.nhs.uk/charity/Donate/Donate.htm

 

NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTY

Recover and rise for local businesses

Local businesses in your area may be interested to know that a series of online workshops are available to them. The West Sussex Recover & Rise in 2021 workshops aim to give West Sussex small businesses a robust toolkit to survive – and hopefully grow – in 2021.Topics include goal setting and business planning, plus critical digital skills like social media, Google Analytics and Search Engine Optimisation.

Vintage local film coming soon

On Tuesday 16 February series two of West Sussex Unwrapped goes live.

Brought to you by West Sussex Record Office and Screen Archive South East, this new 8-part series will allow residents to explore the historical, celebratory, nostalgic & quirky sides of West Sussex. Watch the trailer here.

 

GETTING THROUGH LOCKDOWN

HARTING ART TRAIL

Is lockdown stirring your creative juices?

Are you an artist or craftsman who has been unable to do business?

Harting Art Trail could be for you

poster with information

 

COOK FOR YOUR NEIGHBOUR

cartoon image of cookery book and utensilsIf you enjoy cooking and baking and have missed being able to share food with friends and family, how about making something lovely for your neighbour.

Maybe just make something nice and drop it off as a surprise.   Or get in touch with your neighbour and have a meal swop.   

 

COMMUNITY PATCHWORK

Our community patchwork project is still going.

cartoon image of patchwork quiltGet creative and be as colourful as you dare and sew your ‘patch’.  The design can be anything that depicts this moment or your family or the nature that surrounds us – in fact anything you like as long as its colourful. All the ‘patches’ will be joined together for one wonderful community quilt that can be displayed in our community as a lasting testament. Do as many as you wish.

Result………The assembled artwork will be charted and generations to come will be able to identify the family creation!!

Any questions – contact Sally Woodhead 07551 728 199 or 01730 825 958

 

VIRTUAL TOURS OF THE NIGHT SKY

The South Downs National Park are giving live online tours of the night sky starting from Monday 15th February. The highlights will include stunning astrophotography, nocturnal wildlife talks, children’s colouring activities and a chance to win a top-of-the-range telescope. Also on offer will be a guide to stargazing from your home, a night-time safari and talks from astronomers. Have a look at the South Downs National Park website where the full programme will be published soon.

Did you know? – the national park is one of only 18 designated Dark Sky Reserves in the world.

Print version of  this newsletter

Covid-19 Vaccination Update

Chichester District Vaccination Rollout

At St Richards Hospital – Vaccinations are already underway at St Richards Hospital for frontline  health and social care workers and for patients attending appointments

GP Led VaccinationsFor residents registered with GP’s in Midhurst – the vaccination programme is now up and running at the Riverbank Medical Centre.  Your GP will contact you with an appointment time and date.

Mass Vaccination Centre in Chichester – A large mass vaccination centre is expected to open soon.  Residents will be invited by letter to book an appointment via National Booking Service.

See more about the West Sussex Vaccination Programme

Roving Service – a mobile vaccination service will be taken to some care homes and private homes of those unable to travel.

See more information from Chichester District Council

 

 

Petersfield District Vaccination Rollout

GP Led VaccinationsFor residents registered with GP’s in Petersfield, vaccinations are already underway at Petersfield Festival Hall.  Your GP will notify you of your appointment time.

 

Trouble Travelling?

If you are invited to attend a vaccination appointment but can’t make your own travel arrangements, please Contact Us or call the Parish Council on 07787 651701

 

IMPORTANT – BEWARE OF FRAUD AND SCAMS

Covid-19 vaccinations are only available via the NHS and are always free of charge

  • You will never have to give your bank details or any payment
  • You will never be asked for your PIN or banking password
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home
  • The NHS will never ask for identification such as passport or utility bill