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neil Posted - 15 Jun 2015 : 10:11:26
Two press releases issued last Friday (12 June) appeared to be in conflict with one another or at least require some clarification by West Sussex County Council.

The first was an article published in Bdaily, a business news website. This reported that David Wilson Homes would be giving £1.7 million for new educational facilities and stated that the "generous donation, part of the homebuilders strategic commitment to the village community, will fund a new primary school for the residents of the Sussex village". It also stated that the "investment forms part of the homebuilder’s wider commitment to the village which will also see infrastructure improvements benefitting the village and the wider community".

The second is a report in the Chichester Observer which states that West Sussex County Council is set to announce plans to expand eight schools to cope with a rise in pupil numbers. It states that a consultation into the proposals, which include schools in Angmering, Bognor Regis/Felpham, Chichester, Littlehampton and Shoreham, will run from Monday (June 15) until July 17. These proposals include:

• East Preston Infant and Junior Schools, in Angmering (sic). The infant school will take an extra 30 pupils from September 2016 while the junior school will take another 30 from September 2018.
• Rustington Community Primary School, Littlehampton. The school will increase its intake from 60-90 from September 2016.

Yes, it really does say that the East Preston Infant and Junior Schools are located in Angmering!

Is there really any prospect for WSCC providing a new much needed primary school on the east side of The Angmering School with the £1.7 million promised by David Wilson Homes, or are they planning to use this money to expand the East Preston Schools for pupils from Angmering and elsewhere. If the latter, with traffic on the A259 becoming almost untenable at rush hours, and the prospect of the closure of the Roundstone Crossing end of Roundstone Lane to southbound traffic necessitating a long diversion, this would mean yet another slap in the face for Angmering residents by the local authorities.

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GreenFields Posted - 22 Jun 2015 : 17:39:05
It would be sensible to review the number of children in each school's catchment area and then expand the schools based on that data.

It seems that there are many children coming from Littlehampton, Rustington and East Preston to attend our village schools when it would surely make more sense for them to attend their local school.

Would certainly help on the traffic front on the A259 and the Arundel Road.

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