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Update from Chichester District Council

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Published 00:00 on 2 Dec 2020

  • Service status update
  • Both the council's leisure centres, which are run by Everyone Active, and our Novium Museum will reopen on Wednesday 2 December. The very latest update on our services can be found at

  • Businesses urged to apply for grants
  • There are currently three separate business support grants available including: the council's COVID recovery grant; the Local Restrictions Support Grant and the Additional Restrictions Support Grant. To find out more and to see if your business is eligible and to apply, please see:

  • New funding opportunity for local businesses
  • Coast to Capital has announced further funding available for eligible small or medium-sized enterprises in the area. This funding aims to support businesses affected by COVID-19 and there are two funding streams: Visitor Economy (Kickstart Tourism) and Wider Economy (Restart & Recovery SME). Eligible businesses can access grants of between £1,000 £3,000 (up to £5,000 in exceptional circumstances) for specialist advice or equipment/technology. Full applications will need to be returned with related quotes by Monday 7 December 2020 at 11:59pm. For more information, visit

  • COVID Ambassadors to assist in our High Streets
  • Using Government funding, we are employing COVID Ambassadors to help manage social distancing and to offer you reassurance when the shops reopen on Wednesday 2 December. The Ambassadors will be in place from December through to January in all of our High Streets across the district.Shop local, Visit local, Support localAs businesses gear up to welcome customers back in person when the current restrictions end, we are encouraging everyone to play their part in supporting their local businesses by shopping locally this Christmas as part of our Countdown to Christmas campaign. Businesses have been working hard to put in place all the necessary measures to keep you safe. Don't forget that parking incentives will also be on offer during December. Find out more at

  • New coronavirus social distancing signage for businesses
  • We have a range of coronavirus signage available on our website to help businesses. This can be downloaded from New signage will soon be added to this to reflect the branding from our current Christmas campaign. You can also sign up for our Christmas Business Marketing pack

  • Local restrictions advice for businesses
  • If you're a business in the district, the Government has released information about the restrictions that will be in place in our area from 2 December. We will be in 'Tier 2: High Alert' and you can find the details of the restrictions that have been published at: We expect further guidance and legislation to be released shortly. To receive the latest local coronavirus news, sign up to our news alerts at and follow our social media channels.

  • Chichester Farmers' Market
  • Offering everything you need to make Christmas special, Chichester Farmers' Market will be operating on Friday 4 and Friday 18 December. The markets will be held in Cattle Market car park in Chichester from 9am until 2pm with social distancing measures in place to help everyone shop safely. A number of stalls will also be taking orders for Christmas. Find out more at

  • Parking offers
    Due to the coronavirus crisis, we are not running our normal park and ride this Christmas. Instead, throughout December we will be running two parking incentives to encourage you to shop locally. There will be free parking every weekend in December in our Avenue de Chartres car park in Chichester. You can also select two hours and get the third hour free in the majority of our council-owned car parks every day in December across the district when using the MiPermit app. To use MiPermit visit

  • The Novium Museum launches virtual field trips schools competition
  • The Novium Museum is offering 10 schools the chance to win a Roman themed virtual field trip to celebrate the launch of the its new digital learning programme. The virtual field trips have been developed in response to the challenges faced by primary schools as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and have been made possible thanks to grant funding from Art Fund's Respond and Reimagine programme. Find out more on the museum's Facebook page

  • St Wilfrid's Hospice Christmas tree recycling scheme
  • We've teamed up with St Wilfrid's Hospice again this year to offer a simple, green and charitable way to dispose of your Christmas tree. By signing up to the Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme, the hospice's team of volunteers will collect your tree and recycle it for you from 6 to 22 January 2021, in return for a donation to the hospice. If you are not signed up to our Garden recycling service, this is a great way to ensure your tree Christmas tree is recycled whilst supporting the hospice charity.Visit or call 01243 755184 to find out more and book your slot.

  • Coronavirus-related advice from Citizens Advice
  • If you are worried about financial issues as a result of the pandemic or need advice on other matters then Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice is there to help you find a way forward. In the last six months the charity has helped thousands of people and its trained team of volunteers and staff here to support you, online and by telephone.To access their advice you can call 0344 477 1171 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm), start a web chat at (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm) or read their self-advice guide

  • 2021 Census
  • The Office for National Statistics are preparing for next year's Census and are currently recruiting temporary Census officer, team leader and management roles. You can find out current openings, FAQs and apply at:

Last updated 09:14 on 3 March 2021

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