Coronavirus - What's happening in Yapton

Coronavirus – What’s happening in Yapton


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.


Meetings and workings of Yapton Parish Council

At the present time there are no urgent matters which require the attention of the Parish Council. I will keep under review the position 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. Routine applications can be dealt with under our current procedures.

I have discussed the matter of future meetings with the Chairman, and we are of the view that meetings due to be held on the 11th May 2020 be cancelled and that we keep the situation under review. Although public meetings are currently not scheduled to take 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


15th April 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). 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.

The government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.

However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day.

Please use the following guidance in order to stay safe:

  • stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors


A list of useful contacts has been produced to help those looking for food supplies from local businesses, please click here.



Let us entertain you! West Sussex Library Services still available online

Struggling with self-isolation? Then the West Sussex Library Service want residents to join them online.

Anyone who is currently not a member of their local library, can join for free at

Once a welcome email has been received, they will have access to the e-library service, where there is an extended range of downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines, comics and newspapers.

Newspapers and magazines are free to download and there is no limit on the number that can be downloaded at one time.

The library team is also investing in hundreds of extra e-book titles for adults and children, which are being added daily.

Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “The library service has put in a lot of time and effort to make sure that people’s ability to read is not negatively impacted whilst the libraries are temporarily closed and they have seen an increase in the number of people signing up to their online services, which means that more residents are able to access e-books, newspapers and audiobooks.

“Knowing their library users well, they also took the decision to establish a virtual reading group on Facebook. You don’t have to be a member to join in the conversation and you’ll be able to have conversations with like-minded individuals.

“We are all spending much more time at home at the moment, but you can put that time to good use – why not try reading that book you’ve always wanted to, or try a completely new genre. We’re here to help you pass the time by as quickly as possible.”

Alongside things to read, the online library service has temporary access to Find My Past where residents can trace their family history and free online learning courses to build professional skills or carry on studying.

The team are also looking at innovative ways to have interactive rhyme time and knit and natter sessions soon.

Follow the West Sussex Library Service on Facebook (@WestSussexLibraries) or Twitter (@WSCCLibraries) to get the most up-to-date information or you can join the West Sussex Library Service e-newsletter by visiting and searching for ‘email alerts’.


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Neighbourhood Watch Our News Special Edition Enewsletter Published 4th April 2020


Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporters,

We continue to think about you all at this difficult time. In response we hope you have been able to connect with your neighbours to support each other through this crisis. 

At Neighbourhood Watch we have seen a 25% increase in membership. We have published a special edition of 'Our News' (the e-newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters) to welcome our new members, look at how Neighbourhood Watch brings communities together, ways existing groups are supporting their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and more things you can do such as establishing a phone tree, and how to avoid and report crimes and scams.

Read the e-newsletter by following this link or viewing it on our website.

Keep safe, stay at home.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK  | Building Safer and Stronger Communities

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Changes to neighbourhood planning due to COVID-19

There are some important changes to neighbourhood planning that we want to bring to your attention from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG):

  • Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no elections or referendums can take place until 6 May 2021. This includes neighbourhood planning referendums. These provisions will be kept under review and may be amended or revoked in response to changing circumstances.

    MHCLG understands this will be frustrating for communities that have dedicated significant time and effort to the neighbourhood planning process and naturally want their plans to come into force as soon as possible. With this in mind, they have updated current planning guidance to set out that neighbourhood plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.

  • MHCLG recognises there will be delays in progressing neighbourhood plans due to the social distancing measures currently in place across the UK. The updated planning guidance also provides further advice on the implications for conducting publicity and consultation, and examinations.
  • Grants and technical support will continue to be available to support communities during the next financial year, and Locality’s advice service continues to operate as normal.
  • As set out in the recently published Chief Planner’s newsletter, MHCLG will allow local authorities to make claims for new burdens grants at an earlier point in the neighbourhood planning process.

There are also some COVID-19 FAQ notes for help with your Neighbourhood Plan during this time. 


Rectangle: Rounded Corners: View the COVID-19 FAQ notes


Some of the Yapton businesses are not set up to take card payments when the card holder is not present, so people need to go into their shops, Co-Op is one of these cases.  Other businesses are able to take food orders over the phone and take card payments and therefore could help those stuck at home, this included Bilsham Stores, Merry Meats, Parkers Foods and Southern Dairies.  Bilsham Stores however did not have delivery capacity.

I was however also in conversation with our District Councillor who had been asked by the ADC Leader to support communities to set up group,s so I went ahead and launched the Facebook Group - Yapton, Ford and Climping Help and Support Group. 

My initial approach was to ask for volunteers (I was careful to say it was for a range of things and no details were to be shared on the Facebook page), 28 people volunteered.  I then registered in the Covid 19 Directory where there were resources and advice on how to communicate with Groups.

This registration enables people with family in Yapton Ford and Climping to raise a request for support. People are able to post requests publicly or send private messages and to date the posts have been positive and factual.  The local businesses are messaging me by text for daily updates.

Another Parish Councillor, Peter Dunkley, worked with me to share the information about the site on the Parish social media and the Village social Media has also shared information when asked to.  The positon in a week has changed dramatically and the residents we had reached were those people who do not use Social Media.  This was a big concern but the Avisford Medical Centres and Yapton Pharmacy were drawing up lists at the end of the week and contacted me and asked if they could refer patients to what we had in place with the businesses and so far this seems to be working well. 

Yapton Pharmacy contacted on Friday to ask for delivery support which is now in place allowing a pharmacist to spend valuable time completing prescriptions rather that driving round the villages.  We get a call once a day currently and find a volunteer using a WhatsApp group of volunteers.  They have to show ID and that is confirmed with me.  They then deliver to the appropriate addresses following distance and sanitisation guidance. 

On Tuesday the NHS call for volunteers and the email from West Sussex came in.  I have asked the volunteers to consider which they would prefer to focus on and two have registered for the NHS scheme.  That will once in place replace one of the volunteer groups supporting Yapton Pharmacy.

All the other volunteers have responded positively to supporting the West Sussex hub when that comes into place.  I have contacted the West Sussex mailbox and confirmed our informal group exists and await confirmation from them what the plan is next. 

So far we have been able to respond promptly to requests for support. With requests from families all over the country who have relatives in the three villages, to support the Pharmacy and on Monday source soap and sanitiser for the School.  Our local businesses have been able to get restocked quicker than some of the bigger stores and we have made sure they were seen as part of the solution to shortages elsewhere.

For more information on help available or for contacts to offer help please contact Pippa Greenan (Parish Councillor) on 07879404738.

Philippa Greenan – Parish Councillor

Last updated 6th April 2020