Coronavirus - COVID 19 - Updates at 2nd July 2020

Yapton Parish Council is keeping the current local situation with the coronavirus under review.  For more information on help available or for contacts to offer help please contact Pippa Greenan (Parish Councillor) on 07879404738 OR  contact the Clerk by e-mail or phone if you require further assistance.


NATIONAL INFORMATION -  If you are a member of the public looking for health advice, go to the NHS website. And if you are looking for the latest travel information, and advice about the government response to the outbreak, go to the website.


Coronavirus – What’s happening in Yapton

Meetings and workings of Yapton Parish Council

The next meeting of the Parish Council and Planning Committee is due to take place on the 13th July 2020. I have discussed the matter of future meetings with the Chairman, and we are of the view that meetings should now be held virtually on the 13th July 2020 commecing at 7pm. The agenda will be issued on the 6th July, as will joining instructions for members of the public who wish to attend remotely by video-link or listen to the meeting by telephone. Please contact the Clerk for more information on how to "attend" the meeting.

If any major / sensitive planning applications are received where a meeting of the planning committee needs to be held in public to consider any response to Arun District Council an additional meeting will be called. Routine applications can be dealt with under our current procedures.

Although public meetings are currently not taking place, parishioners/residents can contact me by phone or e-mail or contact parish councillors to discuss any current issues/concerns that they may have, and that parish council activities are continuing to operate in the best way possible taking into account the current situation we find ourselves in.

The Parish Council is operating and aiming to provide all of its usual activities. Please remember to observe social distance requirements when exercising on the King George V Playing Field, and remember the Children’s Play area, Outside Gym equipment and the hard court games area should not be used at the present time.

Andrew Gardiner – Clerk to Yapton Parish Council


Updated 2nd July 2020






Suspension of Co-option to vacant Parish Councillor Position


The Chairman and the Clerk to Yapton Parish Council have decided to suspend the current application process for finding a new Parish Councillor to fill the current vacancy on the Parish Council. The decision to suspend the application process is due entirely to the current restrictions on movement and holding meetings. The Parish Council will re-advertise the vacancy process later in the year and new dates for receipt of completed applications and when the special meeting to consider applications is due to take place.


Andrew Gardiner – Clerk to Yapton Parish Council

30th March 2020


CINDERS LANE ALLOTMENTS - The Allotments will remain open for the time being. Please observe Social Distancing Rules and advice on keeping safe. See attached poster.



The King George V Playing Field in Yapton is open for Walking and Exercise alone or in pairs (household members only) and meeting up to 6 people (2 per household). The Children's Play Area and the Outside Gym equipment is out of bounds and should not be use following the government announcement on 23rd March. The hard surface playing court is also out of bounds. Social distancing rules to be observes at all times.


Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published guidance on applying for the coronavirus Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund on 29 May. Small and micro businesses with fixed property costs that are not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund may be eligible for the Discretionary Grants Scheme. The guidance advises those interested in the fund to visit their local council’s website to find out how to apply.


The West Sussex Communities Team has published the following information and link for those willing to volunteer locally:

Working with the District & Borough Councils, Town and Parish Councils and the voluntary and community sector we are creating a volunteer Hub that amongst other things will capture staff that are freed up due to normal duties being suspended and offers of volunteering that can be deployed to support the vulnerable where gaps and demand exist. 

With offers of volunteering over and above the swell of offers to check on neighbours and do their shopping etc, we are particularly keen to capture peoples skills so we can use them most effectively.

Community Hub 

We have now launched our new online community hub, and any residents who either need help, or wish to volunteer in supporting others, can now do so via this platform. All future contact to the Community Hub webpages can be accessed via this link:

Any help in promoting the hub will be most appreciated.

Your support in responding to this email request is greatly appreciated.

This section was updated on the 1st April 2020.


Section updated 2nd July 2020


Along with the weekly newsletter updates that are sent out the dedicated West Sussex County Council - Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpages provide useful information, guidance and advice.


Please ensure that you have a link to the latest version posted on your website and please disseminate between your groups and networks.



Community hub (COVID-19)


  • Request for support
  • Updates on Services
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Local suppliers and organisations
  • Updates from District and Borough Councils
  • Resources and data
  • COVID19 Testing
  • Schools and Education
  • Social care, health and wellbeing
  • Business and employers
  • Emergency PPE requests
  • Scams and fraud

Request support

Wherever you live, if your request is urgent, for example, you are going to run out of food or medicine within the next three days, please phone 033 022 27980 so that we can make sure you get the help you need as quickly as possible.?

We are focused on making sure we continue to support the most vulnerable people in our community.

Four support options are currently available to residents, depending on their medical circumstances, location and needs:

  • Government support - For residents identified as medically vulnerable by the NHS. Register through Link GOV.UK. 
  • Support from district and boroughs - For residents who do not meet the criteria for receiving direct Government support, but still need help.
  • Support from the County Council’s Community Hub - The team are coordinating all other support requests across the county and arranging help.

Request support via our form (external link)

  • Carer's support - A dedicated service that offers general guidance and a provides a listening ear.

Carers Support West Sussex



Headlines and useful links from Friday 26th June update: Including Government announcements, local updates on support and services, extra money to support new schemes cycling and broadband.

  • Most recent Government Announcements - the new guidance for social distancing to be implemented from 4 July. This included changes to the two meter distance rulethe relaxing of rules for certain shops and venues, plus changes for those in the shielding category.  This is good news that many have been waiting for but we would urge everyone not to jeopardise the good progress our county has made so far in slowing the spread of the virus. Support our businesses and make the most of the relaxation, but please continue to take the necessary precautions at all time
  • Massive thank you to everyone who makes up the Armed Forces community, especially for all of the help they have provided our county during the pandemic. Saturday was Armed Forces Day.
  • Green light for 21km of temporary cycleways in West Sussex
  • Bereavement support during COVID-19 - The Sussex Bereavement Helpline has been set up to provide information and guidance Please call: 0300 111 2141 (Monday to Friday: 8am to 5pm). Find out more.
  • Thank you to local businesses - Since the end of March a number of local businesses have been kindly supporting our Community Hub operations.
  • Ceremonies - Our Ceremonies team will restart marriage and civil partnership services from 4 July Find out more.
  • Local suppliers: new listings - Do you know which organisations and shops are delivering food and other essential goods in your area? Find out here Does your business deliver essential goods but isn’t listed? Please email us and we’ll add you to our website
  • Gigabit Voucher for residents & businesses - Struggled with your broadband during lockdown? Extra money is available for gigabit-capable broadband for residents and businesses in our rural areas  information regarding the scheme

Domestic Abuse Press Article:


West Sussex County Council Community Safety Facebook and Twitter –

If you are not already linked into our Community Safety Facebook pages or twitter this is regularly updated with messages and useful links to support individuals and businesses.

 Domestic Abuse

 Coronavirus Scams

 Online Shopping Fraud

 HMRC offering tax rebates

 West Sussex County Council Trading Standards

National Trading Standards Scams Team – Friends Against Scams Postcard

This section was updated on 2nd July 2020


Arun District Council

In addition further information and updates are being provided by Arun Disitrict Council by clicking here: