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Coronavirus (Covid-19) 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information and advice for Horsham District residents

Timestamp: 14 October 2020

Local COVID Alert level: Medium

The Government are introducing local COVID alert levels from today Wednesday 14 October. Horsham District will be in the Medium covid-risk category (Tier 1) of the new three-tier system.

This means our area continues with some of the most recent restrictions, including:

  • Rule of six – No socialising in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors
  • Pubs/Bars/Restaurants can only serve food and drink to seated customer, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • Takeaways can continue to offer food after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • Gyms, exercise classes and organised sports can continue outdoors (indoors if Rule of Six is followed)
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees

Find out what restrictions are in place in an area where the Local COVID Alert level is Medium.

Test and Trace Self-Isolation Support Payment

Residents on low incomes who are told by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate – either due to a positive Covid-19 test or being in contact with someone who has tested positive – may be entitled to financial support during self-isolation.

Benefits claimants who need to self-isolate but are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result are eligible for a lump sum Test and Trace Support Payment of £500. In the Horsham District, these payments are being managed on behalf of the government by the Council.

Apply for a payment

West Sussex alert levels and weekly data

West Sussex County Council has introduced a traffic light system to keep residents informed about the current rate of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the county. The current alert level in West Sussex is yellow (Raised local alertness).

Please note that this is separate to the national alert levels.

There are an increasing number of confirmed cases across the county, in line with national trends. There were 305 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Sussex in the seven days to 9 October 2020.

Further details can be found in the data pack in the supporting documents and in a regularly updated local summary.

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Help to Keep Residents Warm This Winter: West Sussex Affordable Energy newsletter.

Click here for guidance and help available


Keep your home warmer this winter


The Warm Home Discount is a Government scheme giving qualifying households £140 credit into their electricity accounts. The discount can be applied to energy accounts from October until the end of March 2020.

 Horsham District Council urges local people concerned about keeping their homes warm this winter, or, paying energy bills to apply promptly for the Warm Home Discount.

 If you receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, you are part of the ‘core group’ and should get the Warm Home Discount automatically. If you’re on a low income you could also meet your energy supplier’s criteria. Pre-payment meters and pay-as-you-go meters are included in the scheme.

 Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community Matters and Wellbeing Cllr Tricia Youtan said:

 “With the colder weather returning, people are turning their heating back on and thoughts turn to heating costs. Some of our residents may be worried about the cost of their energy bills.

“The Warm Home Discount, can really help with heating costs during the colder months. “ But there is a limited amount of money available and it can get allocated quickly so I would urge you to apply as soon as you can”.

 The Warm Home Discount is different from the winter fuel payment, which all people of pensionable age receive. Unfortunately the scheme for Park Home residents has already reached capacity and is not accepting new applications. However Park Home residents buying electricity from their site owner can register to receive notifications when next years’ scheme opens https://www.parkhomeswhd.com/

 To apply for the Warm Homes Discount go to your energy company’s website.  More information is available at www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

Alternatively you can call the Warm Home Discount team on 0800 731 0214. 

 Editor Notes

 The number of energy suppliers offering the Warm Home Discount is growing each year. This year the following suppliers are part of the scheme (source: www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme)

Energy suppliers

The following suppliers are part of the scheme:

The following suppliers are part of the scheme:


Please contact your energy supplier with enquiries in the first instance.




The Government's proposed planning reforms: 2 consultations

Please see the following links for responses to the Government consultation on 'Changes to the Current Planning System'. 
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-the-current-planning-system .
The consultation includes the proposed change to the way housing numbers will be calculated.
The consultation closed on 1 October 2020.

 A second consultation on 'Planning For Our Future, White Paper' https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/planning-for-the-future is open until 29th October 2020. Horsham District Council is preparing a response which will be published here in due course.

See other responses below: 


Rampion 2 - Community Project Liaison Group (Onshore)
Initial proposals are being developed for potential expansion of the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, to be known as 'Rampion 2'. 

Washington Parish Council will be represented on the Community Project Liaison Group (Onshore) which plans to meet approximately quarterly over the next 12 months.

The first CPLG meeting (online) on 22nd October will be an opportunity for the Rampion 2 Team to give a project overview, seek representations from local stakeholders and communities (including Washington Parish Council) on any issues, and to agree the group's terms of reference.

The Parish Council's Planning & Transport Committee is meeting on Monday 17th October 7.45pm. Its members will be considering any issues to raise on behalf of the local community at the CPLG meeting. If you wish to put forward any for consideration, please contact the Parish Clerk before noon on Thursday 13th October 2020.

These community meetings follow the scoping stage earlier this year. See details below: 

Scoping request to the Planning Inspectorate July 2020:

EN010117 Rampion 2 Offshore Windfarm EIA Scoping Notification and Consultation
The Applicant has asked the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State for its opinion (a Scoping Opinion) as to the information to be provided in an Environmental Statement (ES) relating to the Proposed Development.

View the report from this link 

Responses from the following consultees can be viewed here:  

Scoping opinion published 11th August 2020 - view report from this link  Consultation responses are published in this document


MUGA and Play Area re-opened with restrictions

Click here for details and the latest guidelines for safe access to the MUGA and Recreation Ground. 

The car park is strictly for those who are using the Village Hall. Social distancing is absolutely crucial to keep everyone safe. Please follow the Government guidelines. 

Pubished 2nd June 2020


Phased Return to Schools in West Sussex:
Letter to Parents and Carers 

Click here for letter from Paul Wagstaff, West Sussex County Council's Director of Education and Skills. 

Published 29th May 2020 


West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Sites to accept more items from Monday 1st June 

Click on the following for West Sussex Councty Council's press release for details: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/news/household-waste-recycling-sites-to-accept-more-items-from-monday-1st-june/ 

Click on this link for Household Recycling Sites in West Sussex FAQs 

Published 29th May 2020 


Parish Councillor Vacancies

There are vacancies for co-option on the Parish Council: 1 on the WashingtonWard and 2 on the Heath Common Ward. If you are interested in becoming a councillor, please contact the Clerk for an application form on:  0777 6771921;email: clerk@washingtonparish.org.uk. 

Please click here for details


Bin collection timetable
For a schedule of Horsham District Council recycling and general waste collection dates in the parish, please click here