The contact centre will be closed from 3pm on Thursday 24 December, reopening at 9am on Monday 4 January 2021. People will be able to contact the council by phone when the contact centre reopens in January, but the council offices will remain closed to the public in line with local coronavirus restrictions.

While the contact centre is closed, people will still be able to access a variety of services online at www.chichester.gov.uk. If residents have a district council related emergency during this time, they should call the council's 'emergency out of hours' number on 01243 785339.

The council's parking office will also be closed over Christmas from Thursday 24 December until Monday 4 January 2021. Digital season tickets can be renewed online at any time through MiPermit . People can also call the parking office on their out of hours messaging service on 01243 785166 or 01243 534734.

Any problems with roads, pavements or street lighting should be reported to West Sussex Council. This can be done online at Love West Sussex or by calling 01243 777100.

People can keep up to date with the latest news in the district by signing up to the council's email newsletter and following the council's social media channels:

"While our offices have been closed to the public since the coronavirus outbreak began in March, our teams have been working hard to support residents virtually, by telephone, and in person where necessary," says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance, Corporate Services and Revenues and Benefits at Chichester District Council. "We want to let everyone know that we are still here to help you this Christmas. You can access all of our services online, and we have an out-of-hours telephone number in case of an emergency. I would like to wish everyone in Chichester District a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a Happy New Year. All of our teams will be back to work in January and look forward to helping you next year."

Date of release: 18 December 2020

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