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Southern Primary Schools Expansion

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has been working in partnership with headteachers and governors to address the need for more places for children starting school in the South of the County from September 2015 and beyond. In brief, the areas affected by these proposals includes Chichester, Angmering/East Preston, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, and Shoreham-by-Sea.

WSCC School Planning, Capital Planning & Projects Team are inviting members of the public to participate in a consultation on the Expansion of Primary Schools in the Southern area of West Sussex. Expansion options are being considered to ensure local schools can meet the demand for places with continued further growth in the pupil population. They would like to invite your participation so that we can find out what our residents' views on proposed expansions are, and to enable you to have an opportunity to influence how and where school places are provided in the South of the County. You can view the whole consultation document for this project called 'The proposed expansion of primary schools in the south of West Sussex' by clicking on the link below:

If you would like to participate, please take a few minutes after reading this consultation document to complete the online consultation survey by 17th July 2015. All the feedback and comments will be considered and fed back to the relevant school governors to make their decisions. The link to consultation feedback form is: closing date for this consultation is 17th July, 2015.

5 July 2016

Angmering Planning Applications

A/82/15/A - Various illuminated & non-illuminated signage at various locations within the site at Swanbourne Park, Land off Roundstone Lane. Applicant: BDW Trading Ltd (Southampton).

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 23 July 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".

5 July 2015

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "BIRDMAN" [UK 15] at 7.45pm on Saturday 11 July- doors open at 7.30pm.

Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton. Former cinema superhero Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is mounting an ambitious Broadway production that he hopes will breathe new life into his stagnant career. It's risky, but he hopes that his creative gamble will prove that he's a real artist and not just a washed-up movie star. As opening night approaches, a castmate is injured, forcing Riggan to hire an actor (Edward Norton) who is guaranteed to shake things up. Meanwhile, Riggan must deal with his girlfriend, daughter and ex-wife. Winner of 4 OSCARS, including Best Motion Picture of 2015, and another 204 Wins.poster

Tickets priced at £5 are available in advance from the Community Centre Office, Woodies News, and Angmering Framing & Stitches, or at the door (subject to availability).

5 July 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/51/15/PL - Application for variation of condition 5 imposed under planning application A/74/13/ relating to times of construction at The Vinery, Arundel Road, Poling. Applicant: Mr P Sopp. (Readvertisement due to Amended description - Variation of condition 5 relating to construction times).

A/76/15/PL -Single storey rear extension & re-modelling of front car park area to increase number of spaces from 25 to 32. This application affects the character & appearance of the Angmering Conservation Area at Angmering Manor, High Street Applicant: Chapman Group Limited.

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 16 July 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".

25 June 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 8 June 2015

New Councillors
The Chairman welcomed Lee Hamilton-Street and Nikki Hamilton-Street to the meeting, and invited both candidates to introduce themselves and say a few words in support of their co-option applications. On a proposal by the Chairman, seconded by Councillor Verrinder, it was unanimously AGREED that Nikki Hamilton-Street be co-opted onto the Parish Council. On a proposal by Councillor Oldfield, seconded by Councillor Harris, it was unanimously AGREED that Lee Hamilton-Street be co-opted onto the Parish Council.

Community Centre Car Park
The results of the drainage tests had been obtained and were with the planners for agreement, after which an application would be made to discharge the two planning conditions, before work could be ordered.

New Receptionist/Clerk Post
A short-list of 5 has been drawn up, from the original 28 applications. Interviews are to be held in the afternoon of Wednesday 17 June 2015 with the Clerk, Susan Francis and Roger Phelon forming the interview panel.

A259 Cycle Way / Station Road Toucan Crossing
County Councillor Urquhart reported that the A259 cycle way scheme was in an advanced state of preparation. A toucan crossing was due to replace the build-out outside the Angmering School site at Greenwood Drive and that consultation on this was currently under way. Thus far, one formal objection had been received, which was being looked into. A survey to determine the location of gas pipes was due to be undertaken shortly. The toucan crossing would be put in during August and would be operational 4 by the start of the autumn term.

District Councillors
District Councillor Wensley wished to draw the Parish Council’s attention to the fact that, following the ward boundary adjustments, the District Councillors for this ward now had four parishes to cover. District Councillor Wensley noted that, taking account of the District Councillors’ other commitments, it was currently envisaged that the coverage would be divided as follows:

Palmer Road Pavilion
The Arun District Council attempt to acquire further land was continuing. The need to find land upon which to put more pitches was a requirement of the Section 106 agreement with the Roundstone Lane developers, prior to being able to decide on what the future held for the Recreation Ground and Pavilion at Palmer Road.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

23 June 2015

Car torched

A crew from the Fire & Rescue Service's East Preston station was called shortly before 4.00am today (Tuesday) to extinguish a blaze in a VW Polo in Mayflower Way, off Roundstone Lane. A 66-year old man, who was sleeping in the car at the time managed to escape but suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics. The F&RS concluded that the vehicle had deliberately been set on fire which was later confirmed by the police that something was thrown through the car window which then set fire to it. The car was totally destroyed. .

Anyone with information on this attack is asked to contact police on quoting serial 142 of 23/6.”

This is the second attack on an occupied vehicle in Mayflower Way in the last seven months. In November 2014, a motorhome was set alight while two people were sleeping in it.

23 June 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council's Parish Maintenance Committee Meeting on 27 May 2015

Water Lane Garden
Cllr Phelon said that AIB (Angmering in Bloom) Representatives have contacted a landscape garden company through contacts in Ferring Nurseries who have had a look at the garden and have provided a quotation and rough visual of improvement work to the gardens. He also said that this was not an AIB Initiative and that AIB were not looking for funding assistance and that the gardens are the responsibility of the Parish Council. An AIB Representative stated that the signage at the gardens states that the gardens are maintained by Angmering Parish Council, however AIB have been trying to maintain the garden on many occasions but are constantly defeated, the plan includes getting rid of the perennial weeds for good. The Administrator stated that 6 contractors were approached and chased for quotations to rebuild the retaining wall at Water Lane Gardens with just one being received.

Village Maintenence
The Maintenance Schedule was discussed amongst the members. Cllr Francis said the workload may have to be looked at with the possibility of a third member of Ground Staff even if just through the Summer months.
Cllr Hill-Smith said that overgrown hedgerow from private garden reduces the width of pavement and affects wheelchair access. Cllr Harris said could this be put in the next newsletter informing residents of their garden responsibilities. Cllr Francis added that parking on pavements could also be incorporated in a newsletter as well.

Public Consultation
Angmering in Bloom (AIB) Representative, Julia Phelon, informed members that West Sussex County Council have sprayed weed killer in the village, unfortunately the High Street was also done and have killed the poppies that AIB had been nurturing. Julia Phelon also said that the stone memorial seats on the Village Green needed to be cleaned due to bird droppings. The administrator will arrange for them to be cleaned.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

22 June 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/70/15/PL - Change of use of land to residential curtilage together with tennis court & playroom. This application affects the character & appearance of the Angmering Conservation Tall Trees, High Street Applicant: Mr M Wiggins.

A/74/15/HH - Two storey side & rear extension at 100 Downs Way. Applicant: Mr & Mrs McNair.

A/77/15/L - Application for listed building consent for the erection of single storey rear extension at Angmering Manor, High Street. Applicant: Chapman Group Ltd.

A/79/15/HH - Single storey extension with pitched roof to east elevation of property to create 1 bedroom annexe & construction of 3 No. dormers in existing pitched roof to south elevation at 47 Mill Road Avenue. Applicant: Mr D Easton.

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 9 July 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".

18 June 2015

Lady Sarah Clutton (1941-2015)

It is learned with much regret and sadness that Lady Sarah Clutton died peacefully in her sleep early on Sunday morning (14 June) at her home at The Dover House in Dover Lane, Angmering. It is understood that although she had not been in the best of health for some time, her death was unexpected, and she had been gardening the day before.

Lady Sarah was the Patron, President, Vice-President and/or benefactor of very many organisations and charities in Sussex and beyond. Among these were Chestnut Tree House children's hospice and St Barnabas House adult hospice. The former is situated on land in Dover Lane, Angmering, which Lady Sarah donated for the building of the hospice (opened 2003) on a 125 year lease. She was also Patron of The Angmering Society for many years. As a keen gardener herself, she was President of the Arundel Gardeners Association. Further, she was a Deputy-Lieutenant of West Sussex. She also had a great interest in racing and owned several racehorses which were mainly trained by her late sister, Lady Anne Herries, in Angmering Park.

Lady Sarah Margaret Fitzalan-Howard was the daughter of the late Bernard, 16th Duke of Norfolk and the late Hon. Lavinia Fitzalan-Howard (née Strutt). In 1988, she married Nigel Hugh Clutton. We wish to express our sincere condolences to her family.

We will post details of a public memorial service when known.

Photo included by courtesy of St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House

17 June 2015

Bridge to close for 3 weeks

Windmill Bridge (B2187) will be closed to vehicular traffic for 3 weeks starting from Monday 22 June. This means that Angmering residents wishing to go to Rustington will have to go via the Station or Roundstone crossings during that period. It will, however, be open to pedestrians.

The road is being closed to allow the installation of a new water main in the carriageway and verge, and for multiple utility connections and road improvement work for the development site on the north side of the bridge.

17 June 2015

School puts on Bernstein and Sondheim production

Students of The Angmering School will be putting on a production of Bernstein and Sondheim's classic musical "West Side Story". Performances will be held in the school canteen at 7pm on the evenings of Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, and Friday 10th July.

Tickets are on sale to the public at £5 for adults and £4 for concessions. Book through or call 01903-772351. poster

16 June 2015

School Prom Night

The Angmering School has its Prom Night on Friday 26 June 2015 at 7pm. The School has told parents there will be no parking in Greenwood Drive. They hope their neighbours are not disturbed too much and will enjoy watching the students arrive.

There will be a 5 minute firework display from 10.55pm - 11.00pm on Prom Night. They apologise to their neighbours for any inconvenience and hope they will enjoy the display with them.

16 June 2015

New Primary School? Conflicting reports!

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". (source)

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:

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

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.

15 June 2015

Model Railway Show success

The charity model railway show held in St Margaret's Church on 16 May and organised by the West Sussex Area Group N Gauge Society raised £1,523.20 for the charity "Jamie's Wish". The show was well attended with just over 200 visitors and the organisers would like to thank everyone who supported the show.

The club's annual show this year is on November 7th in Lancing Parish Hall South Street Lancing and in 2016 this show will move to The Angmering School on Saturday November 5th 2016. More details can be found on the club's website www.

13 June 2015

St Nicholas Church excavations commence

Further to our news article of 30 April, the excavations by Worthing Archaeological Society of St Nicholas Church in the village centre are now into their seventh day. Some 30 pupils from St Wilfrid's RC Primary School visited the site on Monday, tried their hand at excavating, and helped with the washing of finds. Pupils from St Margaret's CoE Primary School will have their turn next week.

Selected trenches have already uncovered some foundation walls of the old church and its tower, and it is believed that part of the original Saxon apse has also been uncovered. There have been numerous finds - some medieval but others 19th and 20th century- reflecting the fact St Nicholas Gardens were used by William Older's Charity School as a recreation area in earlier times. This may account for numerous buttons found. However, pottery, floor tiles, bone, and metal artifacts have also been found. One of the more interesting items is an attractive painted piece of floor tile (see photo below). Also uncovered was some of the drainage system from the old school's toilet block!


Visitors to the site are welcome after 10.00am and excavation work finishes each day at about 3.30pm. The excavations will be continuing all next week and possibly into the week beyond that.

12 June 2015

St Peter and St Paul Annual Fair - 25 July


The reinstatement of the St Peter and St Paul Annual Fair in the centre of Angmering on Saturday 25th July is fast approaching - it will be held on Fletcher's Field between 10.30am and 2.30pm on that day. Apart from the competitions on the run up to the fair, with the winner announcements on the day, the event is shaping up nicely. Chairman of Angmering Parish Council, Susan Francis, said:

"We are very excited about the reinstatement of the fair; it should be a wonderful day for everyone. We have a professional jester, who not only walks on stilts but eats fire and performs magic. The Burgess Hill town crier will be calling out during the day, and the church bells ringing to announce the beginning and end of the fair. A free bus service will run around the village so there is no need to worry about your cars.

Many groups are having stalls including The Incredible Edible Gingerbread Company, Loaded Loaves, Hammerpot Brewery, hand made cards and jewellery, bouncy castle, archery, and birds of prey, to name just a few. Food stands will give you plenty of choice to buy your lunch so no need to worry what to eat that day! The mandatory raffle with prizes - including vouchers from Angmering Manor, The Spotted Cow, The Woodman Arms, The Lamb, and Culberry Nursery - are just a selection of the great prizes on offer. We are also encouraging as many people as possible to dress up in medieval costume."

Other Attractions and Competitions

Balloon Race - As part of the fair, there will be a balloon race, with 500 biodegradable balloons being release at the end of the fair. Tickets will be available from the Parish Council Office at a cost of £2 from the second week in June and on the day at the fair. First prize is £100 for the balloon that reaches the furthest. The deadline is 1st September when the winner will be announced.

Short Story - Just a reminder of the short story competition for all adult Angmering residents. First prize from Apple Truck Rental of £100, second prize £50 from Overland Travel, coach company. Entry deadline 3rd July.

Best Tweet - For the under 16 years the entry deadline is 3rd July. First prize £15 Smith voucher.

Art - Theme: "Inspired by Angmering". For all ages, First prize £15 Smith voucher for each age group provided by Barratt Homes. Entry deadline 20th July.

Fancy Dress - Up to 17 years old. First prize for each age group £15 Smith voucher provided by Holmes Estate Agents.

All entry forms and competition rules are available form the Parish Council Office and library, also on the Parish Council website.

10 June 2015

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