We have some fantastic places to eat in the district and so we are encouraging local businesses to register for the scheme . The government is also supplying promotional materials to those businesses who wish to participate. 

As part of our 'Support Local' campaign, we are encouraging residents and visitors to show their support and visit our local restaurants, cafes and hotels. It is vital that we all play our part in supporting our local businesses wherever we possibly can. We're encouraging people to shop local, spend local, support local.

I'm also pleased to tell you that our Novium Museum and Tourist Information Centre will be opening its doors again on Tuesday 28 July at 11am. If you wish to visit, please make sure that you book in advance. The team have been busy making sure that they are prepared and ready to welcome you back. Social distancing measures and one way systems have been put in place to enable you to enjoy the exhibitions on offer. This includes the 'Mystery Warrior - The North Bersted Man' exhibition, which has been kindly sponsored by Irwin Mitchell. The exhibition reveals the secrets of an Iron Age Warrior, who may have fought alongside King Commius during Julius Caesar's wars with the Gauls. It is well worth a visit. Our leisure centres in Chichester, Southbourne and Midhurst, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, are also working hard to reopen their centres soon. To find out the latest information and more about the measures that they will be putting in place, please visit Westgate Leisure .

We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area, with attractions and activities galore, so please rediscover your local area and enjoy what it has to offer. Please also remember that we are also offering free parking on Saturday and Sundays in our Avenue de Chartres car park in Chichester; as well as offering one hour's free parking in all council owned car parks (except Westgate Leisure Centre and the Avenue de Chartres car park), when you select two hours on the MiPermit app. Both of these offers are available until 7 September, when they will be reviewed.

Thank you for your support!

Best Wishes


Eileen Lintill

Leader of Chichester District Council

Date posted: 14 July 2020