I'm really pleased to say that The Novium Museum's award winning 'Chichester Roman Week' is back. It will take place from Monday 31 May until Saturday 5 June, and will deliver a range of exciting events across the city and surrounding areas. It launches with a family friendly immersive theatre experience at the museum, which will enable guests to participate in an interactive journey around the museum. Visitors will encounter Roman history coming to life as they work together with the show' characters to save the day. Other events on offer during the week include talks, guided tours, family activities, trails and workshops delivered by the museum and a range of cultural organisations across the district. You can find out more by visiting: The Novium Museum - Roman Week 2021 . Please remember that if you want to visit the museum, we recommend booking your free admission in advance. You can do this by visiting: The Novium Museum - plan your visit .

The Great Sussex Way , formerly known as Visit Chichester, also has plenty of ideas on how you can rediscover our beautiful district. It's definitely worth taking a look at their website which includes details of walking and cycling routes, as well as information on all of our local attractions, events and activities. Or, if you fancy a swim, Westgate Leisure Centre has added extra family friendly swim sessions for half term.

Although restrictions have eased, it is really important that we are still cautious and that we continue to follow Government guidance. The Government has provided a very comprehensive web page, outlining what has changed since 17 May and detailing all of the things you can and can't do. You can find this at:  Covid-19 restrictions - what you can and cannot do .  As mentioned previously, we have produced a travel guidance page on our website with the help of our partners, providing advice and guidance to help you keep yourself and others safe while out and about across the district. This lists information on public facilities; roads and cycle lanes; information on coastal locations; safety measures in our high streets and in our communities; and litter. The page also details which authority is responsible for what, and where you can go for more assistance on any of the issues listed. You can find this at: Keeping safe when out and about.

It's great to see so many of you back on our high streets and supporting our local businesses - and it is vital that we continue to support local wherever we possibly can. Our Covid Ambassadors have been out and about, encouraging people to follow the Government's safety guidance and offering reassurance. We're pleased to say that everything has been going well, with people appreciating the support that they offer. It's just important that we all continue to play our part by sanitising or washing our hands regularly; wearing a face covering where required; and keeping space between ourselves and others.  

We are also urging local businesses to apply for the current Government coronavirus support grants if they haven't done so already. This is really important, because they are due to close on 30 June 2021. You can find out if you are eligible and apply by visiting: Business rates announcements. We are also continuing to work with local businesses to make sure that they are Covid-secure, and we are currently working with the Health and Safety Executive to make sure that businesses have everything they need to offer a Covid-secure environment. Over the coming weeks, businesses may receive a call from the Health and Safety Executive to provide additional advice and support. Businesses of any size or in any sector may receive a call, so we are keen to let businesses know about this.

As restrictions continue to be lifted, we have started to see an increase in litter. Please play your part by either taking your litter home and recycling it, or placing it in one of our many bins to help keep our district beautiful. You can find out more about our Against Litter campaign by visiting: Against litter campaign.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that last week we issued our latest Local Plan newsletter. These newsletters are designed to keep you well informed of our progress on this important project, and let you know when it is time to have your say. You can access all of the newsletters that we have issued and sign up for future ones by visiting: Sign up to the Local Plan Review email newsletter.

Best Wishes

 

Cllr Eileen Lintill

Leader of Chichester District Council