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Angmering Youth Bus

The following email has been received from Chris Lynch, the chair of the Angmering Youth Forum (AYF):

"Sad news regarding the AYF Bus which has served the young people of the village for five years. It has become too expensive to repair so will soon be going to the scrapyard. It regularly had good numbers of customers every Thursday evening and we have witnessed our young clients developing into good Angmering citizens.

Many of you will recall the controversial start we had when the inmates of HMP Ford gave us a graffiti paint job, and we continued to hit the news in 2012 when we had one of our volunteers carry the Olympic Torch. It was shown that we did make a real contribution to the reduction of anti-social behaviour in the village and that is probably the thing that gives us most pride.

There has been a small number of dedicated volunteers, some of whom are in their 7th decade! With the help of the Parish Council and County, as well as exploring any fundraising opportunities, we will be back, albeit in a different vehicle! Our thanks to Angmering Parish Council, WSCC, Local Giving, Sussex Police, and the many local residents who have supported us. A special mention goes to Pat Turner who has championed us throughout the years and who has never missed an opportunity to try and find funding sources for the Bus."

21 August 2015

School's GCSE success

This year's headline GCSE results of The Angmering School improved, with 6% more students than in 2014 gaining 5 A* to C grades with English and Maths. 67% of students achieved A* to C in English and 62% in Maths.

A very strong set of results was achieved by the school’s top performers with more students achieving at least 8 A* or A grades. These students were: Jade Arnold, Isabel Black, William Bolden, Natalie Cleverly, Theo Donnelly, Jonathan Francis, Savannah Holmes, Jake Melvin, Cameron Misson, Imogen Phillips, Rebecca Quirke, Soham Shah, Ben Simpson, Hannah Stanaway, Victoria Stevens, and Chloe Wilson. Outstanding amongst these were Chloe Wilson, Ben Simpson, Jonathan Francis and Rebecca Quirke who gained 11 or 12 A* or A grades.

Headteacher, David Brixey, told the Littlehampton Gazette: “There are some really strong performances from children across the ability range. I couldn’t be anymore proud of the efforts that all of our students have put in. The lovely thing is this is just starting them on their way to take their next step into their future careers. There’s a sense of real pride in what we, and they, have achieved.”

21 August 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 10 August 2015

Co-option of New Councillors
Following brief discussion, on a proposal by Councillor Bicknell, seconded by Councillor Mountain, it was unanimously AGREED to co-opt Bill Evans as a Parish Councillor. Turning to the application from Mr Peter Thompson, it was unanimously AGREED to defer consideration of this until the September Parish Council meeting, in order to allow him a chance to attend and answer questions on it.

Palmer Road Pavillion
ADC have confirmed that “…extension at Palmer Road would clearly be a good solution” and this remains the best way to obtain a new lease. We have been promised further contact in September to consider timescales and to start the lease negotiation.

Mayflower Park - Car Park
The consideration of carrying out a surfacing project for this car park was being considered primarily to enable the Youth Bus to park-up. .... (later) ....The Parish Office had been advised that the Youth Bus was, at 33 years old, now sadly beyond economic repair and had been listed for sale on eBay for scrap/spare parts. The car park scheme would therefore be held in abeyance until the Angmering Youth Forum had decided what to do about a replacement vehicle.

BMX Track Opening Event
On a proposal by Councillor Oldfield, seconded by Councillor Phelon, it was unanimously AGREED to hold this event at a cost of £3,200 plus VAT, as per the quotation received. On a proposal by Councillor Nikki Hamilton-Street, seconded by Councillor Phelon, it was unanimously AGREED to set up a working group to take the project forward.

Victorian Christmas Market
Councillors were asked to consider whether the conclusion of the meeting should be followed, that being that this was an idea for future years, but there was not enough time for it to be put into place for 2015. On a proposal by Councillor Mountain, seconded by Councillor Nikki Hamilton-Street, this was unanimously AGREED. On a proposal by the Chairman, seconded by Councillor Verrinder, to pay for the security and implementation of the road closure (on the Village Traders' Christmas Evening), 7 votes were against the proposal, with 3 abstentions, and the proposal was therefore REJECTED.

WiFi at the Village Hall
this was now in service and was available to use, free of charge, for all Village Hall users, as a community facility. The access codes would be advertised in the Hall as required.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

20 August 2015

Aldi coming to Angmering

Subject to obtaining planning permission, Store Property Investment Ltd has this week announced that the supermarket chain, Aldi, wishes to open a store on the new Manor Retail Park site which is owned by Store Property. This retail park, which falls within the parish of Angmering, is located to the north of Windmill Bridge and stretches westwards along the A259 where an entrance has recently been constructed.

The eastern part of the site is where the Chandlers Group will be re-locating their local BMW and Mini garages and showrooms, and Aldi would be situated on the eastern part. While Aldi do not yet have planning permission to build a store there, the site does have outline planning permission for a food store and a non-food store.

With M&S and a public house expressing a wish to open to the west of Manor Retail Park, on land which currently does not have any planning permissions, there are fears among local residents that this could lead to a ribbon of commercial development all the way along the Rustington By-pass. New houses in the area and retail developments along the A259 within the last two years has resulted in a substantial increase in traffic and tailbacks between the ASDA and Sainsbury's stores for increasingly longer periods throughout the day. While many Angmering residents tentatively welcome the opening of the Aldi store, they are also concerned, with increasing traffic levels, over the prospects of attempting to exit from Station Road and Roundstone Lane onto the jammed A259.

20 August 2015

Swanbourne Park signage

Arun District Council's Development Control Committee has refused planning permission for Application A/52/15/A for various illuminated & non-illuminated signage at various locations within the Swanbourne Park site in Roundstone Lane on the following grounds:

"The proposed advertisements, by reason of their number, height, size, siting and method of display, would be unduly prominent in the street scene and detrimental to the visual amenities of the locality in conflict with paragraph67 of the NPPF and SPG - Telecommunications and the Arun District SPG on Advertisements."

20 August 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/111/15/PL - Erection of entrance canopy, extension to bodyshop building & associated works. Chandlers workshop & bodyshop Land south of A259 and West of Mill Lane. Applicant: Mr Hailworth.

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 10 September 2015.

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".

20 August 2015

Man charged with attempted murder

Further to Wednesday night's stabbing in the village (see news item immediately below), Peter Mark Cooper, 46, unemployed, of Fletcher Way, Angmering, appeared before magistrates in Crawley today (Friday) charged with attempting to murder Olivia Shirley at a property in Fletcher Way on Wednesday evening. He was remanded in custody to appear before Lewes Crown Court on August 28. Olivia suffered multiple stab wounds and remains in hospital. She is in a serious but stable condition.

14 August 2015

Woman critical after Angmering stabbing

A woman is in a critical, but stable, condition in hospital after being discovered in her Angmering home with multiple stab wounds on Wednesday evening (August 12). Police and paramedics were called to a house in Fletcher Way (off Bewley Road) at 11.18pm where the 41-year-old woman had been discovered with multiple injuries. About an hour later, a 46-year-old man, also from Angmering, was arrested nearby on suspicion of attempted murder. He remained in custody this morning (Thursday).

Late last night (Wednesday) the police helicopter flew arround the viillage assisting in the seach for the man who is believed to have been apprehended close to the butcher's shop in The Square. All this morning (Thursday) the shop and its rear have been cordoned off with police tape and a police car stationed at the scene.

Detective Inspector Mandy Lawrence said: "The assault on the woman resulted in very serious injuries and she is currently in a medically-induced coma in the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton". Anyone with information about the incident is asked to email or call 101 quoting 'Operation Windmill'.

13 August 2015

A-Level results

Students at Angmering Sixth Form are celebrating an excellent set of A level results this year with a 99% pass rate. The proportion of entries that have gained A* to B was 42%, up 2% from last year.

Students celebrating this morning include Zandile Powell (A*AAB) with an additional A* in the extended project and will go on to study Human, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge. Other outstanding performers include Mitko Oldfield (A*AA) Matt Wilkinson(A*AB), Callum Escott (A*ABD) and Sophie Williams(AB and D* in Applied Science). Mitko plans to study Physics at the University of York, Matt will study Biochemistry at the University of Bath, Callum will study Geography at the University of Newcastle, and Sophie will study Education at the University of Chichester.

13 August 2015

Roundstone Lane Trees

People driving up Roundstone Lane will have noticed that all the trees opposite the junction with Nursery Road have been felled by David Wilson Homes leaving a large exposed area to the east of the lane where building has commenced. Below is a rather ironic photo of the area taken this week by one of our readers.

Photo: © Joseph Fallon, 2015

12 August 2015

Lengthy Station Road roadworks

West Sussex County Council has announced that roadworks begin on Monday 17 August at the south end of Station Road for 35 days which will necessitate the use of two-way signals. This is likely to cause severe traffic delays in that area at peak travel times.

The WSCC scheme will provide a cycle and pedestrian path from the traffic lights on the A259 (by South Drive) to a new Toucan crossing in Station Road which, it is understood, will replace the first build-out. When completed, the scheme should allow for a safer route to The Angmering School for children from Rustington and, in addition, provide for a smoother flow of traffic at the southern end of Station Road - particularly at peak school and travel hours.

7 August 2015

2015 Garden and allotment winners

The presentation of Angmering In Bloom Association's Garden Competition Awards for 2015 took place on Monday 3 August at Haskins Roundstone Garden Centre. Chairman Julia Phelon welcomed the guests and gave a brief overview of the projects Angmering in Bloom have been involved in this year. Lorraine Wensley then spoke about the actual competitions for The Best Front Gardens, Best Allotments and Best Public House/Hotel Gardens. The Awards were again generously sponsored by Haskins Garden Centre, who provided a cream tea for the event and Haskins vouchers as prizes. The winners were as follows:

The Best Front Gardens

Joint First Prize - Jeniffer McAvoy and Jan Mockford both received a £50 Haskins voucher
Third Prize - Rev Roger Russell received a bottle of wine

The Best Allotments

First Prize - Jeremy Collis, plot 11, received a £50 Haskins Voucher
Second Prize - Paul Middleton, plot 100, received a £20 Haskins Voucher
Third Prize - Janet Price, plot 91, received a bottle of wine

The Best Public House/Hotel Gardens

First Prize - Brian and Karen Liston of the Woodman Arms received a £50 Haskins voucher
Runner Up - Michael Collis of the Spotted Cow received a £20 Haskins voucher

Photo (l-r): Susan Francis - Chairman of Parish Council, Jeremy Collis - Best Allotment, Jeniffer McAvoy - Joint Best Front Garden, Jan Mockford - Joint Best Front Garden,
Emma and Karl representing the Woodman Arms - Best Public House/Hotel Garden, Julia Phelon - Angmering In Bloom Chairman, Nick Joad - Haskins Roundstone General Manager

6 August 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/92/15/HH - Demolition & re-building of existing lean-to, to match existing. This application affects the character & appearance of the Angmering Village Conservation Area. Church Farm House, Rectory Lane. Applicant: Braithwaite & Co.

A/93/15/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for demolition & re-building of existing lean-to, to match existing. This application affects the character & appearance of the Angmering Village Conservation Area.Church Farm House, Rectory Lane. Applicant: Braithwaite & Co.

A/94/15/PL - Change of Use from C3 (Dwellinghouses) to D1 (Non-residential institutions) to accommodate a new timber framed Nursery / Pre School, together with replacement stabling & detached 3 bay garage at Brackenside, Dappers Lane. Applicant: Mrs S Ashworth-Leach

A/96/15/CLP - Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed use of former garage to habitable accommodation, including rebuilding & conversion from one to two storeys at Meadowbank, Arundel Road.

A/103/15/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for new lime render coating to flank wall at Saddlers, High Street. Applicant: Mr & Mrs Highwood.

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 27 August 2015.

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".

6 August 2015

Activity and Nutrition workshops for young people

Are you concerned about your children's weight or wish they could be fitter? If so, then you might be interested to learn that Alive 'N' Kicking, a children's lifestyle and weight management organisation, in conjunction with West Sussex County Council, are running activity and nutrition workshops at Angmering Community Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the Summer. The first session in the programme took place on 28 July. The Tuesday workshops are being held between 11.30am and 1.00pm) and the Thursday workshops between 12.30pm and 2.00pm. These workshops are aimed at young people aged 11 - 19 years old, and children should be accompanied by a parent.

These are free practical and fun sessions and will look at portion sizes, healthy lunches, and how to read labels. poster

If you require further information, contact Rebecca on 0300 123 0892 or email her at

29 July 2015

Fred Rowley Award for Citizenship

Congratulations to the Angmering In Bloom Committee who were presented with the Fred Rowley Award for Citizenship at the Fair on Saturday. This was well merited in view of all the hard community work the AIB team has put in over the last year.

27 July 2015

Roundstone Crossing/Roundstone Lane Update

It is noted from the Minutes of Rustington Parish Council's meeting on 22 June 2015, that County Councillor Graham Tyler said that the recent survey funded by East Preston Parish Council on Roundstone Railway Level Crossing had been received and considered by WSCC but no further action is to be taken at the present time, as no funding is available to undertake any works.

27 July 2015

St Peter & St Paul Fair

Angmering Parish Council was fortunate with good weather for its St Peter & St Paul Fair yesterday (Saturday) and many adults and children enjoyed the provided entertainment and varied stalls. However, bearing in mind that the name of our parish church is St. Margaret's, several people have asked why the Fair was called St Peter & St Paul.

The granting of a Charter for a Fair/Fayre to East Angmering was given by King Richard II to his cousin, the Earl of Arundel and Surrey, on 15 January 1384. It's not entirely clear why the Fair was named after St Peter & St Paul when East and West Angmering churches were named St Nicholas' (demolished 16th century) and St Margaret's respectively. The Charter demanded that the Fair was to be held on the prescribed anniversary of the commemoration of the Apostles Peter and Paul, which was the 29th June, and held in conjunction with a vigil and feast.

Many fairs were held over several consecutive days. They were still defined in terms of a particular saint's aniversary (or feast day), perhaps beginning the day before the feast (known as the vigil or the eve) or lasting until the day after the feast (known as the morrow). In the case of East Angmering, the Charter only prescribed a vigil and feast, but not a morrow.

Looking at a few other local towns and villages, it is apparent that the dedication of Fairs were not necessarily named after the churches in the towns/village where they were held. For example, the Fair at West Tarring (St Andrew's) commemorated St Matthew. Steyning (St Andrew's and St Cuthman's) commemorated the Nativity of Mary. So, it may just have been a case of the King (on advice from the Church) spreading the celebration of saints' days over the year.

26 July 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 13 July 2015

New Receptionist/Clerk Post
Claire Edwards had been selected following the interviews and she was due to start her contract on 27 July 2015.

BMX Track
(Chairman's Report) - It is hoped that an official opening can be arranged for the autumn and we are looking at the possibility of setting up a club in the near future.

Fred Rowley Award for Citizenship
(Chairman's Report) - Jane Rowley has put forward an awardee, which has been circulated to all councillors and accepted by all but one. The award is for £100 and will be allocated from the Chairman’s allowance. I would also recommend that a working group is set up to consider future awards and that Jane Rowley is invited to be part of the discussion on such applications.

Dualling of A259
Councillor Mountain asked, in light of comments made by District Councillor Ricky Bower concerning dualling of the A259, which had been published in the Littlehampton Gazette on 9 July, what message the Parish Council could give to its residents, given that no details of the scheme had yet been circulated for consultation. County Councillor Urquhart stated that District Councillor Bower had spoken out of turn, and had divulged matters to the Press that were, and remained, confidential. Therefore, there was no message that anyone in the Parish Council could give to residents of the Parish. The matter of the improvements to the A259 remained a strategic priority in the District but it could not be guaranteed that it would proceed. The Clerk noted that, in that case, it would be helpful for someone at County Hall to issue, in early course, a statement correcting District Councillor Bower’s comments.

Parish Christmas Day Lunch
Councillor Lee Hamilton-Street asked what the criteria were for attendance. The Chairman noted that the idea would be to open the event to single people and couples on their own, and families who by reason of financial hardship would not otherwise be able to celebrate Christmas. The idea would be to advertise the lunch and invite eligible people to put their names forward. The Chairman noted that, as the originator of the idea, she would abstain from any vote taken on whether to proceed with it. Following brief further discussion, on a proposal by Councillor Verrinder, seconded by Councillor Harris, and with the abstention of the Chairman, it was unanimously AGREED that this idea be taken forward.

Victorian Christmas Market
It was clarified that the request had been received via certain of the traders in the village centre, and a number of residents, and was a discrete concept from the traders’ evening of previous years although it could easily be run in tandem with the traders’ evening, if that proved to be what was wanted. Following discussion, on a proposal by the Chairman, seconded by Councillor Mountain, it was unanimously AGREED as follows:
a) That the proposal from the Chairman to hold a Victorian Christmas Celebration in the centre of the village, as outlined in the report attached to the Agenda for the present meeting, be investigated further;
b) To allocate a maximum budget of £2,000 to cover the cost of this event.
The Chairman noted that the village centre traders would be invited to a meeting to discuss this proposal, and that meeting would take place before the end of July.

Provision of WiFi for the Village Hall
The Clerk noted that, following negotiation with BT, it was possible to install fibre-optic broadband, with WiFi, in the village hall at a cost of £32 plus VAT per month, with an installation cost of £110 plus VAT, giving a first-year cost of £494 and ongoing costs of £384 per annum for 2 years. It was noted that this would prove a useful facility for regular users of the Village Hall, as well as for Parish Council meetings. On a proposal by Councillor Phelon, seconded by Councillor Oldfield, it was unanimously AGREED to proceed with installation as above.

Water Lane Maintenance
Councillor Phelon referred to the proposal and quotations circulated prior to the meeting, to consider the recommendation of the Maintenance Committee to carry out the following works:-
a) Re-landscape the Water Lane site – a design had been received from County Landscapes with an indicative cost of £6,320 plus VAT.
b) Rebuild the retaining wall at the Water Lane site – one quotation had been received to date in the sum of £2,210 plus VAT. Other quotations had been requested, but had not been forthcoming.
Following discussion, on a proposal by Councillor Phelon, seconded by the Chairman, it was unanimously AGREED that the Maintenance Committee be authorised to commission works to the retaining wall, to a maximum cost of £2,210 plus VAT as per the quotation received.
Following discussion, on a proposal by Councillor Phelon, seconded by Councillor Verrinder, it was unanimously AGREED that the Maintenance Committee be authorised to commission works to the maximum value of £6,320 plus VAT as per the quotation received.

Highways Working Party
On a proposal by the Chairman, seconded by Councillor Lee Hamilton-Street, it was unanimously AGREED that the Working Party be formed, and that the matters listed should be considered. The members of the Working Party would be Councillors Mountain, Oldfield and Phelon.

New Chandlers Development
Councillor Mountain noted that consideration needed to be given to how the Parish Council took forward s106 matters, given that Rustington Parish Council appeared to consider the entirety of the monies arising from the new Chandlers development at Windmill Bridge to be theirs. The Clerk noted that he would make formal representations to Karl Roberts on the principle of these matters. (Note: the Chandlers' site is located in the parish of Angmering ... Ed)

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

25 July 2015

Manor Nurseries and Mr Rob Lovejoy

Manor Nurseries, located at the far eastern end of the High Street, finally closed on Sunday 19 July. It is the intention to develop the site with 32 dwelling adjoining the new Swanbourne Park development.

Sadly, and poignantly, the founder of the business, Rob Lovejoy (81) of Honey Lane, died of a long illness just a few hours after Manor Nurseries closed. We wish to express our condolences to Rob's widow, Anne, and to their two sons, Richard and John.

25 July, 2015

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