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School's A-Level Results

The Angmering School is celebrating a record-breaking set of A-level results by their students this year. The school achieved a 100 per cent pass rate (A to E), with 41 per cent of grades between A* and B, the highest the school has achieved to date.

Tony Kerrison (Head of 6th Form) commented : “We are delighted for our students who have worked so hard to achieve these results. This is the first year of reformed A-levels and I want to congratulate our staff for their professionalism in rising to the challenge and our students for excelling in unknown circumstances.”

18 August 2017

Arundel By-Pass Consultation

Highways England (HE) has committed to replacing the existing single carriage road around Arundel (A27) with a dual carriageway by-pass, linking together the two existing dual carriageway sections. To this end they will be holding a public consultation between 22 August and 16 October 2017. HE will be holding the following Public Consultation events:

In addition, unstaffed exhibitions (where members of the public can view the exhibition boards and collect copies of the brochure and questionnaire, but with no staff present) will take place as follows:

The options being presented aim to improve traffic flow, journey times, safety and accessibility, boost economic growth, and minimise the impact on the environment. Copies of the brochure and questionnaire will also be available at local and mobile libraries throughout the consultation period

From 22 August, the A27 Arundel by-pass website will have key information about the options, including the brochure, online questionnaire, and various background reports and supporting information. The website is located at

14 August 2017

Snippets from Angmering Parish Council's Minutes of Meeting of 10 July 2017

Notes from recent JEAAC Highways & Transport Working Group meeting
a) WSCC was still doing very little to address the issue of drivers making right turns onto the A259 from the left-hand lane when approaching the golf club roundabout from Windmill Bridge, in contravention of lane markings, signposts and Rule 186 of the Highway Code. It was noted that clearer signage and driver education were required.
b) It had been observed that road markings needed to be improved at the Station Road roundabout.
c) Pedestrian/cycle access to the Manor Retail Park (Next/Tapi Carpets/Aldi) was an issue to be referred to ADC planning compliance. As matters stood, it was difficult (if not impossible) to access the site safely on foot or by bicycle. It was also notable that a layby and bus stop had been provided in the entrance road, despite the fact that none of the local bus services passed within half a mile of the site.
d) A259 route improvement scheme – it had been confirmed that works would commence in May/June 2018 and would be completed in 2020.

Community Land Trust
The Clerk was pleased to report that the various grants applied for by the Angmering Community Land Trust had been approved, and this meant that the Community Land Trust was now in a position to pay the contribution towards the Parish Council’s legal costs that had been agreed as part of the land transfer. Further grants from ADC would be available in the future. Due to the way ADC’s payments team operated, the money would be paid to the Parish Council in the first instance, and it was unanimously AGREED that this money be transferred to the Community Land Trust upon receipt.

Former Chandlers site
The Clerk noted that since the previous meeting, it had become apparent that the Parish Council-sponsored bid for the former Chandlers site had not (at least initially) been successful, although discussions with the vendors were continuing. It was noted that it might prove necessary to arrange a meeting with the vendors in person in early course.

The full Minutes can be read here

11 August 2017

Angmering organisations win CALA burseries

A diverse range of groups carrying out important community work in West and East Sussex have each been recognised and will receive a share of a £10,000 Community Bursary being offered by upmarket homebuilder, CALA Homes. In total, 11 successful causes were selected in this region from over 30 high quality applications, with eight across West and East Sussex. Recipients in West and East Sussex receiving a share of the £10,000 CALA Community Bursary are:

CALA say that the bursary, which was launched in April, reflects their commitment to delivering long term benefits to a wide section of the Sussex community. John Kennedy, Managing Director at CALA Homes South Home Counties, said: "When we first launched the Community Bursary we simply did not expect the number of inspiring applications we received. It confirms the strong sense of community in the region and we are delighted to be able to support that further by creating and distributing funds from our new bursary scheme. "The process of selecting the successful groups was made especially challenging due to both the quantity and quality of applications across the board. I feel we have chosen a selection that really represents our region and its people - and this money will make a tangible difference to the lives of many people. Over the coming months we'll be keeping in touch with each of the recipients to hear about how the funding is benefitting the local community as well as helping to highlight the good work each group is doing."

CALA Homes are currently building some 200 dwellings in phases - a mix of 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom houses and 1 & 2 bedroom apartments - at Cresswell Park in Roundstone Lane Angmering.

9 August 2017

Parish Council vacancy

Angmering Parish Council has a vacancy for a parish councillor as a result of the resignation of Cllr Peter Thompson. If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor or wish to know more about the process of filling the vacancy, click here.

8 August 2017

Nursery wins national food award

Angmering Day Nursery, situated in Station Road, last week achieved the 'Outstanding Food Award' from the Children's Food Trust.

Commenting on the award, Juliet Best, owner of the day nursery, said: " It's a great achievement for us, especially as we are the only West Sussex nursery to get it. All the staff worked really hard during the long process of obtaining it. We have always prided ourselves on trying to give the very best to our children and that includes what we give them to eat, so this just brings together what we have all worked so hard for".

The private day nursery caters for children ages 2-5 yrs, is open 8am- 6pm from Monday to Friday for 51 weeks of the year, and consistently achieves excellent Ofsted inspection ratings. It is also registered to provide government funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds, has a highly qualified and dedicated staff team, and a high staff to child ratio. To learn more about Angmering Day Nursery, visit their website at or phone them on 01903 779324.

8 August 2017

Angmering Planning Applications

A/132/17/OUT - Outline application with some matters reserved for the demolition of the existing single dwelling & construction of 30 No. dwellings (resubmission following A/39/17/OUT). This appication is a Departure from the Development Plan.Quiet Waters, Roundstone Lane. Applicant: Nova Developments Ltd  

Observations on this/these Application(s) must be received by The Head of Planning Services, Arun District Council, The Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5LF by 24 August 2017.

To see applications, plans, design statements, etc, type the Application Reference Number (such as those above) into Arun District Council's "Application Search Facility ", click on the Search button, and click on the hyperlink reference when selected application is returned - then select "Documents".

3 August 2017

Defence of Neighbourhood Plan - Outcome of Judicial Review

Angmering Parish Council have posted the following news item on their website:

"Further to our previous update on 12 June 2017, our application for judicial review of Arun District Council’s decision to grant outline permission for 9 homes on land between New Place Bungalow and Arundel Road (reference A/131/16/OUT) was heard by the High Court’s Planning Court on 11 July 2017. We are disappointed to advise that our application was refused on all grounds. On the basis of what the judge in the Planning Court had to say, we have learned that:

1) the Court is not favourably disposed towards attempts by a Parish Council, seeking to defend a made Neighbourhood Plan, to challenge a grant of planning permission made in contravention of policies in that Plan;

2) as the law stood when planning permission was granted, Arun District Council’s need – and failure – to have in place a made Local Plan with a 5-year housing land supply was deemed to override any other considerations, including policies in Angmering’s made Neighbourhood Plan;

3) in any case, it is not enough for a planning application to contravene a Neighbourhood Plan policy in order for an objection to be made to it; there must in addition be some harm that will result from the development going ahead.

It is apparent that the objectives and aspirations of a community that has engaged fully with the Neighbourhood Planning process, as laid down in law, will be treated as subordinate to the objectives of developers. This is disappointing, but not surprising, given the importance attached to housebuilding by central Government. It is also disappointing that policies in Angmering’s made Neighbourhood Plan can be overridden by Arun District Council’s failure to produce a robust Local Plan; this has negative implications for other towns and parishes in Arun District with made Neighbourhood Plans. The Parish Council will, however, continue to uphold Angmering’s Neighbourhood Plan to the best of its ability, and it will continue to challenge Arun District Council robustly wherever it is apparent that proper procedures have not been followed in dealing with planning applications.

Finally, we are sorry for the delay in letting you know about the result of the judicial review application – this was due to the need to take further legal advice on the implications of the Planning Court’s decision when considering future planning applications in the parish. If anyone has any questions regarding this matter, please get in touch with the Parish Office."

2 August 2017

Angmering Village flower and produce show - Saturday 29th July

The flower and produce show committee spent all week looking at the weather forecast, hoping that Saturday would not turn out as predicted. But to no avail, whilst the morning was dry and bright, the afternoon was cloudy and then the rain really set in. But the entrants and visitors to the village show are made of stern stuff and a little rain did not put them off. 2017 entries were up on the previous year, and there were fine displays of vegetables and cut flowers as well as a wonderful flower arranging display and a huge range of entries for our photography, drawing and painting classes. The Children classes were well supported as a result of having a crafting stall at the St Peter & St Paul Fete earlier in July, where the children could make their entries on the day. The result was a colourful and imaginative display of wizards hats, painted stones, decorated jam jars and paper plate dinosaurs that all our visitors were delighted by.

Bridget Kearns from the show organising committee said: "Whilst our visitor numbers were slightly down in the afternoon, it was lovely to see familiar and new faces enjoying the show in the barn and having tea and scones in the garden sheltering under the apple tree! Mr Peter Blake our generous host for the day, presented the cups and trophies as usual and we were delighted that our oldest exhibitor, Mr Stanley Edson (age 97) won the Holmes trophy for most points in the Roses classes, a fine return to form after being out of the awards for a couple of years. Stanley is an inspiration to us all and shows that gardening is good for the body and the soul!"

Despite the weather the show raised more funds than 2016, and the committee will meet soon to decide how they will allocate donations this year to support good causes in the village. In previous years they have made donations to toddler groups, scouts, cubs, brownies & guides along with the Chestnut Tree Hospice fund.

Here is a full list of all of the winners.
Best newcomer - Julie Knight, Most points Roses - Stanley Edson, Best flower exhibit - Les Alchin, Runner up best flower - Peter Mazillius, Most points sweet peas - John Goulding, Most points cut and pot flowers - Peter Mazillius, Best exhibit pot plants - Barry Bezants, Best hanging basket - Mrs Ann Macleod, Best pot fuchsia - Barry Bezants, Most points fruit and veg - Julie Knight, Best vegetable exhibit - Barry Bezants, Most points fruit - Jane Wells/Julie Knight, Best floral Art - Martina Blake, Most points floral art - Martina Blake, Most points children's classes - India Craddock, Runner up children's classes - Serena Blake, Most point cookery - Pamela Andrews, Most points crafts - Lesley Partridge, Most points Art - Mike Hubbard, Most points in the funny section - Anne Hampson.

31 July 2017

Newspapers in the village

The Co-op in The Square commenced selling newspapers and some magazine from today (Saturday 22 July). The paper and magazine racks have been set up in the aisle facing the tills (behind the queueing lines).

22 July 2017

Newsagents close today

It's a sad day today (Friday 21 July) as we say goodbye to Woodies News shop in the village centre which closes this evening. Alistair and Sarah Woodroffe have been running Woodies for the last 16 years and many of us have got to know them so well and they of us. We will certainly miss them but wish them well for the future.

But we will not be saying goodbye to them entirely as they are continuing Woodies News as a "Newspaper & Magazine Home Deliveries" service from tomorrow and will deliver to your door from 1 ro 7 days a week. For existing or new customers, Alistair and Sarah can be contacted on 07704 680813 or

For those wishing to walk into the village daily to pick up and purchase their papers, it is understood that the Co-op in The Square will be taking over this service, but we cannot confirm the start date at the present time.

21 July 2017

Headteacher retires but continues mission work

At the end of term David Boreham the Headteacher of St Margaret's CE Primary School is retiring having been in post for 23 years. During this time the school has doubled in size but has remained highly effective and retained its village community feel. In its most recent Ofsted inspection (June 2017) the school maintained its 'good' status with the inspector noting that the Headteacher provides, "strong leadership and has given long and devoted service to the school".

In retirement David plans to continue his mission work overseas and next month will be out in Zimbabwe with his family for the third year running, helping to build the next phase of a primary school to accommodate an additional 120 children. He will also be working with a feeding programme for Orphans which the school has given its support to over this time, providing funding this year to produce 7500 hot nutritious meals.

David says, "I have really enjoyed my time as Headteacher of St Margaret's and seen the school flourish. We have a very strong team of staff here who work tirelessly to provide the best education for the 500 or so children who attend the school. Our parents are very supportive of all we do and the children are a delight (most of the time!). I wish my successor, Mike Jee, currently Headteacher in a Hove church Primary school, all the very best as he takes the school forward on the next stage of its journey".

18 July 2017

Traffic Scheme given the go-ahead

West Sussex County Council's Joint Eastern Arun Area Committee (JEAAC) yesterday (11 July) gave approval of the £360,000 Angmering Traffic Management Scheme which aims to control and slow traffic coming through the village. The existing "build outs" will be removed and replaced with speed cushions and speed tables which will be extended into Water Lane, Roundstone Lane, and Station Road..

12 July 2017

Disabilities group being established

Angmering parish councillor, Mike Hill-Smith, is forming a disability action group in Angmering. Membership is free. The aim of Disability Action Group Angmering (DAGA) is to bring to the public's attention the needs of disabled people especially with regard to access and pavement blocking. Mike says that some shops in the village are excellent - especially the Co-op - but suggests that many people are lazy and will park their cars anywhere close that is convenient to themselves. Mike added: "I had a car reverse into me on Saturday until I shouted, but did not get any apology".

DAGA will organise a stand at the village fayre next year as well as starting a pub quiz team and other events. If anybody is interested in joining DAGA, contact Mike on (01903) 770453 or

12 July 2017

Even more homes proposed - a Consultation!

Rydon Homes wish to build another 525 dwellings on land north of Dappers Lane and, to this end, are holding a so-called "Community Consultation Event" on Tuesday 18 July 2017 between 2.30pm and 8.00pm in Angmering Village Hall in Station Road.

They will be displaying their proposals and say that this is an opportunity for us to comment and to share our views!

8 July 2017

Snippets from Angmering Parish Council's Community, Leisure, Environment & Wellbeing Committee Minutes of Meeting of 28 June 2017

Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
On a proposal by Cllr. Harris, seconded by Cllr. Jones and agreed by all, Nikki HamiltonStreet was elected as Chairman of the committee for the coming year. On a proposal by Cllr. Jones, seconded by Cllr. Hill-Smith and agreed by all, David Marsh was elected Vice Chairman of the committee for the coming year.

Community Centre Flowerbed
The Committee informed all of Cllr. Harris request to have volunteers to weed the Community Centre Car Park bed. Cllr. Bicknell suggested the payback scheme, Cllr. HamiltonStreet said it would take too long to organise and the weeds would have already reseeded. It was agreed for the office to contact HM Prison Ford to see if they would be able to take the task on. If there wasn’t anything forthcoming the office to contact Cllrs. Jones and Evans to let them know.

RFID Fraud (Wireless Identity Fraud), 3D Printer and Flight Simulator
Cllr. Hill-Smith gave an overview of the items to all members present stating that it would be a way to raise funds for the Community fund for grants. The Committee Clerk informed all that there may be a potential VAT implication with receiving money and that as a Parish Council we should not be fundraising as the council tax collected can not be avoided and that the Parish Council are not traders. Discussion were had between members with suggestions of the office contacting the school and making enquiries. Cllr. Hamilton-Street asked members where these items fit in with the Committee with regards to using the office resources. Cllr. Marsh mentioned that the Community Land Trust may consider.
Cllr. Hamilton-Street said that these were all great ideas however they could not be taken forward by the Parish Council due to potential financial implications. It was suggested that Cllr Hill-Smith contact Cllr. Steven Mountain in connection with the flight simulator and the Air Cadets.

BMX/Skatebowl Event
In connection with the BMX/Skatebowl Event for 2017, it was agreed by all members present to not hold an event this year but to hold one in 2018 with arrangements being made after the St Peter & St Paul Fair 2017.

The full Minutes can be read here

7 July 2017

Snippets from Angmering Parish Council's Minutes of Meeting of 12 June 2017

Broadlees - Dappers Lane
The Chairman noted with concern that some significant amendments to the proposed Broadlees extra care facility scheme had been approved by ADC, without notice to the Parish Council, under the non-material amendment process. It was noted that the scale of the amendments requested could not in all conscience be described as non-material and appropriate representations would now need to be made to ADC.

Councty Councillor's Report
County Councillor Urquhart noted that WSCC business had only recently reconvened following the recent elections. She had been promoted into the Cabinet as the member responsible for Environment. She noted that the Traffic Management Scheme would hopefully go before JEAAC in July for final approval.
A member of the public asked whether there was an update with regard to the A259 route improvement scheme. County Councillor Urquhart noted that land acquisitions and compulsory purchase requirements were being dealt with at present.
The Chairman asked whether the A284 Lyminster bypass scheme was any further forward. County Councillor Urquhart noted that Persimmon Homes were still in discussions with Southern Water with regard to foul drainage from the North Littlehampton development and as a result matters were no further forward. Councillors were reminded that it was the Section 106 agreement for the North Littlehampton development that was providing a large proportion of the funding for the A284 scheme, and so the scheme could not progress while this remained unresolved.

Judicial Review
The Deputy Clerk reported that the adjourned hearing had now been refixed for 11 July 2017, and that 90 minutes had been allowed for all arguments to be put forward. The recent Supreme Court decision in the Suffolk Coastal DC v Hopkins Homes case was considered to have significant implications both for this matter and for future planning decisions involving the application of Neighbourhood Plan policies.

On a proposal by Councillor Lee Hamilton-Street, seconded by Councillor Thompson: That the grant be awarded in the requested sum of £300, on condition that a proper explanation of the cost be provided by the applicant before any funds are disbursed – AGREED by 8 votes in favour, one vote against, and one abstention. The 2017/2018 budget for Community Grants was £3,300 and grants allocated to date amounted to £625, leaving a balance available of £2,375 from which to fund grants.

The full Minutes can be read here

7 July 2017

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