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Hairdressers in the village

The Hair Gallery on Stubbs Hill in the High Street will close shortly but it will be replaced by "The Barbers Lounge" primarily, but not exclusively, a men's barber's shop providing a range of superior services from hair and beard cutting to facial treatments. The new shop is due to open on 10 March. The owners already have a sucessful barbers' shop in East Preston called "Shortcuts Barbers". They also have a website at www.shortcutsbarbers.com which will give some indication of the services which they will be providing in Angmering.

25 February 2015

Builders quizzed at Parish Council Meeting

Stuart Goodwill (Senior Planning Manager) and Darren Kennett (Senior Technical Manager) of Barratt David Wilson (‘BDW’) attended a meeting of Angmering Parish Council on 9 February and offered to answer queries arising from the development works under way in Roundstone Lane.

Construction Vehicle Cleaning. Councillor Francis, chairman of the Parish Council, noted that although measures were supposed to be in place to ensure that vehicles leaving the site would either be cleaned or would pass through a wheel-washing facility, the amount of mud deposited on Roundstone Lane would suggest that some vehicles are not going through the wheelwash. This is unsightly and a safety hazard. Mr Goodwill confirmed that he would look into this. A road sweeper was regularly deployed and a wheelwash was in place.

Vehicles driving through village. A member of the public noted that construction vehicles were supposed to be routed away from the village conservation area, but were nevertheless passing through it on a regular basis. Mr Kennett noted that BDW needed to know about these incidents and asked that details (registration numbers and so forth) be provided.

Drainage. In response to a question from Councillor Harris as to whether BDW’s applications took account of what other applicants were doing on neighbouring sites regarding drainage, Mr Goodwill noted that West Sussex County Council’s drainage engineers were comfortable with what was proposed. All BDW’s applications fitted in with the Masterplan, including Pound Nursery.

Sales. Councillor Verrinder asked what interest there had been so far and how much of it had been from the local area. Mr Goodwill indicated that there had been significant interest in the development, but as to how much of this had come from the local area, he did not have precise figures to hand, but could obtain these. Mr Goodwill and Mr Kennett indicated that off-plan sales would commence around Easter 2015, following completion of the show homes and the sales and marketing suite.

Pound Nursery Site. Mr Goodwill confirmed that BDW had now secured the Pound Nursery site and had submitted the revised planning application for 46 dwellings to which the Parish Council had, as he was aware, objected. Councillor Susan Francis referred to the new application in respect of Pound Nursery and the increase in proposed new dwellings to 46 from the original 36 and wished to know how the new application complied with the Masterplan. Mr Goodwill noted that market research undertaken by BDW indicated that local residents favoured a larger number of dwellings with fewer bedrooms, and that this was consistent with housing numbers as provided for in the Masterplan. Mr Goodwill confirmed that there would be 2 off-street spaces for each 2- bed property, and a garage for most 3-bed properties. He also confirmed that there would be 9 affordable homes on the Pound Nursery site – 5 x 2-bed, 4 x 3-bed. These would be split 80:20 in favour of shared ownership as against affordable rent.

Pound Place Site. Councillor Trott asked whether BDW would now proceed to acquire Pound Place. Mr Goodwill noted that there were no current plans for this; the present owners of Pound Place had price aspirations that were felt to be unachievable.

25 February 2015

Snippets from the draft minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council on 9 February 2015

New Councillor
On a proposal from Councillor Bicknell, seconded by Councillor Graham, it was unanimously AGREED that Roger Phelon be co-opted to the Parish Council.

BMX Track & Skatebowl Extension
Due to the illness of the company owner of DT Leisure, this had not taken place when it was expected to. The earliest start date being given was now April. The Clerk intended to push for a firm start date and would report back when this was obtained..

Parish Council Elections - May 2015
The Chairman noted that the Clerk was arranging an open afternoon and morning from mid-day Friday 20 March 2015 through to mid-day on Saturday 21 March in the village hall to encourage prospective councillors to take part in the elections. The nomination forms would be available on the day and people would be offered assistance to complete them. Councillors were requested to confirm that these arrangements were satisfactory and to offer a time or times at which they could be available to talk to attendees and discuss what being a councillor entailed.

Website Replacement
The preferred provider was currently working on a presentation of his proposals, based on a brief given a month ago. Councillors would be consulted when this had been received.

New Community Action Plan and Projects Committee
On a proposal by Councillor Bicknell, seconded by Councillor Oldfield, it was unanimously AGREED that a new Committee be formed to take forward the Community Action Plan as published, and to deal with other Parish Council projects. On a proposal by Councillor Francis, seconded by Councillor Verrinder, it was unanimously AGREED that the new Committee shall have a minimum of 4 councillor members at all times. On a proposal by Councillor Francis, seconded by Councillor Graham, it was unanimously AGREED that the new Committee shall have the power to co-opt members of the public in relation to specific matters as thought fit. Following brief discussion, it was unanimously AGREED that the Councillor members of the Committee shall be Councillors Turner, Verrinder, Oldfield, Phelon and Graham.

The full minutes of this meeting may be read by clicking here

25 February 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/165/14/PL - Conversion & extension of existing garage/barn to form 1 No 2 bedroom dwelling with garages. This application affects the character & appearance of the Angmering Conservation Area & affects the setting of a Listed Building. Littleworth House High Street. Applicant: MR Thomas.

A/174/14/HH - New vehicular access at Cocoa Cottage, 6 Arundel Road. Applicant: Mr J Gill.

A/5/PL - New industrial building (Unit 35b) for B1 -Business/B8 - Storage or Distribution purposes. Relocation of existing site managers offices.The Vinery, Arundel Road. Applicant: Mr M Coleman.

A/11/15/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for remedial works to chimney stack & part regularisation of replacement windows & porch door & boiler flue penetrations. Minor internal works to en-suite bathrooms. Church Farm House, Rectory Lane. Applicant: Brathwaite & Co.

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 12 March 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 February 2015

Burglars attack Station Road home

Two burglars in their 20s wearing light coloured hoodies used a pick-axe to smash a patio door at a house in Station Road just before 9.30am on Monday morining (16 Feb). However, their attempt to gain entry was interupted by the home owner and they left the scene empty-handed. Police have said that the two men were of big build with one of the men having dark wavy hair and a darker complexion. Witnesses or those with information about the crime are requested to call the Police on 101, quoting serial 0281 16/02/15.

18 February 2015

Angmering Cricket Club prepare for 2015

After a successful end of season awards presentation for 2014, Angmering Cricket Club is planning for the 2015 season.

The club ended the 2014 season on a high, beating Lancing Manor by 144 runs, the club's best result for many years. The club recorded 9 victories over the season, including local victories over Littlehampton and Arundel Grasshoppers, and were competitive in the majority of fixtures. Leading the awards for the 2014 season was Paddy Chapman who claimed the 'best batsman award', scoring over 500 runs at an average of over 40. Adam Rider claimed the best bowler award with 17 wickets, whilst Glen Lovegrove won most improved player and Harry Hughes claimed performance of the season for his maiden fifty as his side chased down 202 to beat Lindfield. The awards demonstrated yet again the club's commitment to supporting and providing junior players with a platform to play competitive cricket.

The club has confirmed the majority of their Sunday fixtures for 2015 and are due to start pre season indoor nets at Littlehampton Community College in March. The club has a number of next fixtures against the likes of Warnham, Ashling and Southwick Wanderers, whilst retain long running fixtures against Aldwick, Rodmell and Preston Park. The club is keen to add new faces and is welcoming new players of all abilities and ages to join - please contact Jim Hughes on 07778 493241 for more details.

Angmering Cricket Club would like to thank its sponsors; David O Jones, Chandlers Worthing, Projects Abroad, and Holmes & Company estate agents, whose support has helped contribute to the club's ongoing success.

17 February 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/9/15/DOC - Application for approval of matters reserved by condition imposed under A/143/14/L relating to Condition 2 - window joinery at White House Cottage, High Street. Applicant: Mrs A Shepard

A/171/14/PL - Extension to the current PE store. This application affects the character & appearance of the Angmering Conservation Area. St Wilfrid's RC Primary School, Arundel Road. Applicant: Mrs Jan Smith

A/8/15/T - Fell 1 No. Quercus Ilex tree at Kalyvaki, Mulberry Hollow. Applicant: Mr C Samothrakis

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 5 March 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".

12 February 2015

Roundstone Crossing/Roundstone Lane/Old Worthing Road proposals

East Preston Parish Council has commissioned a traffic study to identify possible improvements to pedestrian safety, and reductions in traffic congestion, at Roundstone Level Crossing. The results of the study have now been published and the proposals are available for public consultation until 16 March 2015. The study can be found here . Comments should be sent to East Preston Parish Council at epparishcouncil@btconnect.com

As far as Angmering residents are concerned, the proposals seek to permanently close Roundstone Lane to all southbound traffic from the east end of Downs Way to the junction with Old Worthing Road, 45m to its south. This would mean that only northbound traffic would be able to use that small section of Roundstone Lane. All southbound traffic from the Roundstone roundabout could only travel as far as Downs Way. Additionally, traffic travelling west along Old Worthing Road would no longer be able to turn right into Roundstone Lane or access Downs Way. There is one immediately noticeable error in the Report - a drawing shows the No.9 bus route currently using the Old Worthing Road.

1 February 2015

New Swanbourne Park entrance

Below is a photo of the newly created entrance to Swanbourne Park and is situated opposite the Flint Cottage "build-out" at the north end of Roundstone Lane.

1 February 2015

Referendum 'YES' vote one of highest nationally

SAV yesterday received the following email from Tom Cotterill at the Littlehampton Gazette:

“It seems that Angmering villagers provided one of the most overwhelming 'yes' votes to a neighbourhood plan, not just in the district, but from across the UK! So well done to everyone involved. It's a shame it's come perhaps a little too late to prevent some wide-spread developments, but fingers crossed it will be put to good use in the coming years.”

28 January 2015

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum result

The result of yesterday's referendum on the Angmering Neighbourhood Plan is shown below. The question asked was: "Do you want Arun District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Angmering to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

    Votes
Recorded
Percentage
  Number cast in favour of a ‘Yes’ 1768 96.93%
  Number cast in favour of a ‘No’ 53 2.91%

There were 3 ballot papers that were rejected and the turnout of those eligible to vote was 31.3%. This appears to be a slightly higher turnout than average for referendums held to date in the Arun District Council (ADC) area, but the 96.93% 'Yes' vote was the highest of any parish so far in the District and will hopefully signal to ADC the strength of feeling in Angmering toward ADCs poor decisions on agreeing to excessive new and unsustainable housing in the parish.

In a newsletter issued this morning, Save Angmering Village (SAV) has been critical that no representative of Angmering Parish Council attended the count and declaration at the Village Hall last night, and stated that this was "much to the astonishment of the ADC returning Officer who said that this was the first time that he encountered a no-show from the Parish Council concerned".

In a response to this criticism, chairman of Angmering Parish Council, Cllr Susan Francis, said: "I am afraid that with so few councillors trying to do everything one of the casualties was attending the count. We currently have three councillors out of the country, four councillors sick and I was working with a client on their tax affairs that have to be completed in time for the return next week. I consider that the Parish Council’s commitment to the Neighbourhood Development Plan has been clearly demonstrated by the support given to the Steering Group in various forms over many months, and also by the fact that the Parish Council arranged for a hard copy of the Plan document to be distributed to every household in the Parish prior to the referendum. As far as we have been able to establish, no other Parish in the area has taken this step. It is therefore disappointing to learn that residents nevertheless feel that we are not committed to the Plan. Now that we have the YES result we can move forward, adopt the plan and work to implementing the proposals. I would also remind everyone that we currently have four places on the council for councillors. The more councillors we have the more we can achieve. So why not put your name forward and help us do the significant amount of work required for such a large parish.".

23 January 2015 (updated 24.1.15)

Fletcher's Field vandalised

In what appears to have been an apparent search by metal detectorists, approximately 100 small holes were dug on Fletcher's Field on 17 January. A number of people were observed using metal detectors. Angmering Parish Council said "Not only is this unacceptable behaviour by those responsible, it is illegal and dangerous and the perpetrators should be aware that the police have been informed and it is being treated as a crime. As there are so many holes, it is presumed that metal items have been found, which may or may not have been of archaeological importance. These items should be returned, immediately, to the landowner, St Margaret’s Churchwardens, who will deal with them appropriately. Any items that can be returned may be dropped at the Parish Council office in The Square."

The perpetrators of this vandalism are possibly people who has received metal detectors at Christmas and do not belong to any metal detecting club. Official clubs take a very responsible approach to detecting by first seeking permission to search, restoring any holes dug, and disclosing any finds to the owner of the land.

As far as witnesses are concerned, any information on this matter should be passed to the village PCSO, Becks Bernier, by ringing the non-emergency police number 101, or by email on Rebecca.Bernier@sussex.pnn.police.uk

22 January 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/172/14/T - Crown reduction of 1no Holm Oak tree by 2m. Removal of branches at 2.5m on the south trunk & shortening back the branch to the north at 23 Arundel Road. Amendment to previously approved A/135/14/T. Applicant: Mrs K Glossop

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 12 February 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".

22 January 2015

Neighbourhood Development Plan - Distribution (update)

Further to our News item dated 12 January (see below), Angmering Parish Council have today (Thur 15 Jan) issued the following statement:

"We have been made aware that, despite assurances from the distribution agents that deliveries of the Neighbourhood Development Plan would be completed by the end of Tuesday 13 January 2015, some areas of the village have not yet received their copies. We apologise for this and have instructed the distribution agents to rectify these omissions urgently. We have now been advised that this is in hand and should be completed shortly. If, by the end of Thursday 15 January 2015, any resident has still not received a copy of the Neighbourhood Development Plan, please contact the Parish Council Office and we will assist you. An electronic version of the Neighbourhood Development Plan has been available the Parish Council's website since mid-December and remains available here: Neighbourhood Plan - Final Version for Referendum [pdf] 3MB .

In response to queries received from a number of residents, we are happy to clarify that:- 1) there is in fact no requirement for a printed copy of the Neighbourhood Development Plan to be delivered to residents in advance of the referendum - the Parish Council has taken this step as we believe that all residents should be provided with a copy of this important document; and 2) the cost of printing the Neighbourhood Development Plan has been met entirely from grant funding made available by the Department for Communities and Local Government for the purpose, and not from Council Tax precept monies."

15 January 2015

Flood Alert for Angmering!

The Environment Agency has this afternoon issued a Flood Alert for our area including Black Ditch which runs through Angmering. River levels along the Lower Arun are still rising as rainfall events from previous days make their way along the watercourse. Although flooding may not be imminent, it is probable in the coming days. Further heavy rainfall is predicted to occur this evening (Wednesday 14 January) into Thursday morning. 25mm is probable, and some locations may receive even more. The Environment Agency are advising people to be prepared to protect themselves and their property, and to keep colleagues and neighbours informed about the situation. To monitor water levels of Black Ditch at the bottom of Weavers Hill, see the link to the Black Ditch webcam at the top of this page.

14 January 2015

St Margaret’s CE Primary School’s Charity Gifts

Over the past couple of months St Margaret’s CE Primary School has sent £2,000 out to their Diocesan contacts in Sierra Leone to support the fight against the Ebola virus. Money is being spent on providing cleaning materials and food to support families with children during the periods of lockdown. The Makeni School, which is linked to St Margaret’s School, has itself been shut for a number of months and won’t re-open until the region is free of Ebola, after which there will be re-established free movement of people.

St Margaret’s CE Primary School has also continued to support Kumi Township Primary School in Uganda and have provided sufficient funds since September 2014 to enable the school to harness water which falls on the two new classrooms built by volunteers during the summer of 2014. In the last week a cheque has been sent from the governors’ account to supply 36 three seater desks to go in the new classrooms. When David Boreham, Headteacher of St Margaret’s, last visited Kumi Township Primary School in 2013, there were 1450 primary aged children accommodated in 10 classes with very few desks and no means of providing water for the pupils. 15 months on there are 4 new classrooms, many more desks and books provided by the school and 2 very large water storage units, as well as 10 recently built long drop latrines!

For over 20 years St Margaret’s School has supported Barnardo’s through their cottage box scheme. A final collection has recently taken place, bringing the total raised over the years to £14,839.28.

The school still continues to support Chestnut Tree House. The sum of £404.52 was raised after the two public performances of “Christmas 1914” by Year 5 and 6 children. The school has now raised in the last 13 years the total of £13,395.65 for this local worthy good cause.

Mr Boreham said that the children and families of St Margaret’s School have always been very generous in their giving, embracing the idea that it is far better to give than to receive. Angmering Village Life thinks that residents of Angmering will agree with him and commend the tremendous effort of the childen and their families.

14 January 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/168/14/PL - Rear extension under flat roof to enclose part of rear courtyard & removal of part existing rear wall leading into extension. This application affects the setting of a Listed Building and affects the character and appearance of the Angmering Conservation Area. The Lamb Inn, The Square. Applicant: The Lamb Inn

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 5 February 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".

14 January 2015

Neighbourhood Development Plan - Distribution

Many residents of Angmering will be eagerly awaiting delivery of a copy of the Angmering Neighbourhood Development Plan for perusal ahead of the parish Referendum on it on 22 January. The Parish Council has been advised by the distribution agents engaged to deliver copies of the Plan to all households that deliveries should be completed by the end of Tuesday 13 January 2015. In the event that any resident who wishes to have a copy of the Neighbourhood Development Plan but does not receive one, please either:- a) contact the Parish Council office for a copy, or b) download a copy by clicking here (PDF file, 3MB)

12 January 2015

News Archive

Contains Angmering News since January 2005


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