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Christmas Market

Here is a reminder that a Christmas Market is being held this coming Saturday (28 November) at the Angmering Community Centre at Bramley Green. It will run from 9.30am to 1.30pm.

There will be more than 30 stalls selling Christmas Crafts, decorations and gifts including wooden crafted items, watches, scarves and jewellery, vintage china crafts, cake stands, hand sewn goods, driftwood creations, knitted goods, bags and purses, paintings, magnetic health products, makeup, Christmas wreaths, lampshades, handmade dolls - and even presents for your pets.Visit the Market for a gift inspiration – or to treat yourself. Refreshments on sale. Free entry and parking.

22 November 2015

M & S Simply Food

Arun's Development Control Committee are being recommended by their planning department to approve an application by agents of Marks & Spencer (M & S) to open a Simply Food store in Angmering on the A259 on land not identified for development. The recommendation is being made despite opposition from Waitrose, Angmering Parish Council, Network Rail, and Arun's regeneration team, the last preferring such a development to be within a town's centre as they believe it would affect trade in both Rustington and Littlehampton. Angmering Parish Council is particularly concerned about the additional traffic that would be generated on the already congested A259. Waitrose have expressed concerns over the impact yet another food store would have on shops in the centre of Rustington.

Network Rail are concerned that the nearby foot crossing via Penfold Lane (Rustington) and Brook Lane (Angmering) would carry greatly increased traffic. This would provide a shortcut with considerable time saving for people living in north Rustington and, if the scheme were to go ahead, Network Rail would want M & S to build a footbridge for people to safely traverse the railway line with their shopping. This is dismissed by M & S who claim it is currently just a muddy unlit track with little use. Notwithstanding that, we believe that there would be a greatly increased risk to life if a footbridge was not built and if the existing crossing remained open. It should be noted that this pathway is part of the ancient route from Rustington to Poling.

As shown at the public exhibitions held in Angmering and Rustington in December 2014, Commercial Development Projects Limited (CDP) have drawn up the scheme on behalf of M&S who are proposing the following for the site: • A brand new 11,000sq ft M&S Simply Food store which will include an in-store bakery and an M&S Café serving Fairtrade tea and coffee. The store will also offer fresh flowers and cards on top of its food and drink lines, including the ‘Count on US’ and ‘Delicious & Nutritious’ ranges; • A family public house, offering quality hot food in a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere; • Up to 35 full-time and 20 part-time job opportunities in the M&S Simply food store and up to 50 job opportunities in the pub.

The site would not be accessed from the slip roads recently built for Chandlers BMW/Mini and the proposed Aldi store, but from a new access road built further west along the A259 at Brook Lane.

20 November 2015

VHB Nursery development

In February this year, Arun District Council granted outline planning permission to West End Property LLP (owners of the VHB Nursery site in Roundstone Lane) to build 195 dwellings there despite much local opposition. On 26 October, CALA Homes held a public exhibition in the Village Hall designed as a "public consultation" which is necessary for all large developments.

Save Angmering Village (SAV) warned long ago that suggesting 195 homes was just a ploy to get outline planning approval, and that the detailed planning application would probably be greater than that. It will be seen from Planning Application A/144/PL below that SAV were indeed correct as the detailed planning application is for 246 homes, a 26% increase! The current planning application is dismissive of the current Angmering Neighbourhood Plan! CALA suggest that the increase in the number of proposed properties is to address the shortfall of new homes in the district - obviously nothing to do with increased profits!

Of the proposed 246 dwellings, 49 affordable homes are proposed as follows:

19 November 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/144/15/PL - 246 No. residential dwellings including garages & associated parking, affordable housing, associated landscape & infrastructure & addition of pumping station. Utilisation of 2 No. existing vehicular access points from Roundstone Lane & formation of access road to serve the development. Land at West End Nursery, Roundstone Lane. Applicant: CALA Homes (South Home Counties) Ltd This application is a Departure from the Development Plan

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 December 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".

19 November 2015

St Nicholas Church archaeological findings

Readers may recall that back in June, Worthing Archaeological Society (WAS), in conjunction with Angmering Parish Council, undertook excavations of St Nicholas Church which was demolished during the Reformation in the 16th century. Pupils from the Angmering Primary schools also tried their hand at excavating, and helped with the washing of finds.

WAS have been analysing their findings and writing their report. They now are in a position to make these findings available to the public. To this end they will be holding an Exhibition in the King Suite at Angmering Village Hall in Station Road on Saturday 28 November, between 10am and 12 noon. This will be an exhibition of actual finds, a display of the children's work, and paintings by Angmering artist, Ron Dellar.


16 November 2015

Memory Tree and Carol Singing

On the 4th December the Parish Council will be helping to get Christmas started with carol singing on the village green and the memory tree.

What is the memory tree? It is an opportunity to stand and remember those that you have loved and lost. In the Library, Parish Council office and Co-Op will be memory tags, in the shape of a lit candle, there is no charge for these. Write on the back the names of those that you want to remember. On the 4th December we will be singing carols and during this time the memory tags will be handed to a marshal who will hang it as high as possible onto the tree. The event commences at 6.30pm and will continue until all the tags have been hung.

After the evening you are welcome to hang your own memory tag and they will remain right up until the Christmas tree is taken down.

15 November 2015

Community Christmas Lunch

Are you going to be on your own this year for Christmas and live in the parish of Angmering? The Parish Council is organising a Community Christmas Day Lunch in the Village Hall, so why not come and join them. Just let the Parish Council office know that you would like to come. Leave your name and telephone number, in case we need to contact you before or on the day. Father Christmas is popping in on his way back from delivering presents around the world so the Council need to let him know you will be there.

The Lunch will start around 12.30pm and finish about 5pm. For those that want to join in, there will be games with prizes after lunch

15 November 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 12 October 2015

Angmering Football Club Grant Application
A grant application had been received from Angmering Football Club in the sum of £300 and invited comments. Councillor Bicknell noted that there did not appear to be enough benefit to the community in this application. A request for grant to support a youth team would naturally be supported. The present application was, however, for an adult team, which ought really to be able to raise the funds required (which amounted to just under £6 per head) from members. Councillor Nikki Hamilton-Street noted that there were other sources of grant funding available to amateur football clubs and that these ought to be explored and exhausted before approaching the Parish Council. On a proposal by Councillor Bicknell, seconded by Councillor Nikki Hamilton-Street, with Councillor Phelon and the Chairman abstaining, the grant application was REJECTED.

Christmas Day Meal
work to establish likely demand was ongoing, but as yet there had been little interest from possible participants. The Chairman noted that there had been a good response from potential volunteers to help with the meal.

A259/Station Road Cycleway
County Councillor Urquhart noted that the new cycle path along the A259 between South Drive and Station Road should now be operational. Councillor Mountain advised that the cycle path was not yet operational and in fact he had requested that the Highways Department officer delay its opening, as the pedestrian crossing lights are not yet operational. This was apparently due to unforeseen difficulties with utility mains running underneath the site. It was understood that the path would remain out of use until this was resolved and the lights brought into operation.

Appointments to South Angmering Ward
Enquiries had been made of ADC’s Electoral Services department to establish how to go about this. The answer was that all those Councillors who had been nominated for, and elected to represent, Angmering Village ward were not eligible to represent South Angmering Ward. The Parish Council could therefore proceed to appoint two Councillors to represent that ward from amongst the four Councillors who had been co-opted since the election. This would be placed on the Agenda for the 12 December meeting.

St Nicholas Garden excavation
A draft report has been written and we are waiting for a copy. WAS (Worthing Archaeological Society) is holding its exhibition on Saturday 28th November from 10am to 12noon, in the King Suite.

Budget for 2016/2017
The budget and precept needed to be considered within the context of a further reduction in grant funding from ADC, and the continuing withdrawal of services by ADC and WSCC. This withdrawal of services was very difficult to deal with in any way other than reactively. There appeared to be no overall plan for withdrawals, and no advance communication of them. It was noted that a further factor to be considered in the setting of the budget and precept was the need to start putting in hand the community projects identified as part of the production of the Neighbourhood Plan. 2016-2017 was the first year in which these matters could be taken forward, as the budget for 2015-2016 had already been set by the time the Neighbourhood Plan referendum had taken place in January 2015.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

15 November 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/147/15/PL - Construction of 6 No. wooden clad, short stay holiday lodges, construction of combined nursery farmshop/cafe & reception area, change of use & conversion of existing agricultural packing shed to owners accommodation, change of use of a mobile home for holiday let, demolition & removal of a portable cabin with landscaping & ancillary infrastructure. Foschinis Nursery, Hangleton Lane, (Ferring). Applicant: Foschinis Nursery This application is a Departure from the Development Plan

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 8 December 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".

15 November 2015

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is the comedy/drama "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" [2015] at 7.45pm on Saturday 14 November- doors open at 7.30pm. .

Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Richard, Gere, and Dev Patel. As the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for two fresh arrivals - Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.

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

2 November 2015

Road Closure - The Square

All roads through The Square will be closed to vehicular traffic between 11.45 and 12.45 on Sunday 8 November. This is due to the annual Remembrance Day Parade and Act of Remembrance service, including laying of wreaths, that will be held at the War Memorial commencing at 12.15pm. This will be preceded by a Family Remembrance Day Service at St Margaret's Church at 10.50am. All are welcome

1 November 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 12 October 2015

Community Land Trust
The legal formalities for setting this up are proceeding as anticipated, and discussions have taken place with ADC and various other relevant parties with a view to establishing the best method of acquiring suitable properties. A concern had arisen with regard to recent Government announcements on extension of the Right to Buy, which had clear (and unwelcome) implications for CLTs around the country; representations were being made to Nick Herbert MP in order to clarify the situation and establish whether properties owned and/or managed by CLTs would be excluded from Right to Buy.

New APC website
The Parish Office was in receipt of a revised set of draft visuals; these had not created the right look and a further revision had been requested from the designers.

A259/Station Road Cycleway
County Councillor Urquhart confirmed that the A259 cycleway scheme should now be completed by 31 October 2015. She was aware that the date of 9 October 2015 had been widely circulated as the supposed completion date, but it was unclear where this had come from. Councillor Mountain noted that this query had been raised directly with officers in the Highways Department, and the explanation had been that the date of 9 October was the end date for the booked carriageway possession; the impression had been conveyed in e-mails that carriageway possession dates and scheme completion dates were one and the same, which was evidently not the case.

Angmering Traffic Management Scheme
County Councillor Urquhart confirmed that Highways Department officers would shortly e-mail Parish Councillors and the Parish Office with further details of the proposed scheme. It was still envisaged that the scheme would be implemented in the 2016-17 financial year, but later in that year rather than earlier. County Councillor Urquhart acknowledged that the consultation exercise had been further delayed from the previously indicated time of late September 2015; the present intention was that the Parish Council and the general public would be consulted simultaneously. Some further survey work was required in view of the requested extension of the scheme up Water Lane.

Angmering South Ward
It was noted that, now the Parish Council was almost at its full complement, it would now be appropriate for consideration to be given to appointing two councillors to represent the Angmering South ward, which had received no nominations for election, and which was (officially at least) unrepresented. The Deputy Clerk noted that guidance would need to be sought from Arun District Council’s Electoral Services team on how the Parish Council might go about this. That guidance would be sought with a view to giving further consideration to the matter at the Parish Council’s next meeting.

Memory Tree
The Chairman confirmed that the date for decorating the Memory Tree with memory tags had been set for 4 December 2015. Volunteers were needed for carol singing, as the various local choral groups who had been approached either had commitments elsewhere on that date or were otherwise unavailable.

St Nicholas Garden excavation
The Chairman noted that correspondence had been received from the Worthing Archaeological Society, expressing a wish to publicise and hold an exhibition of the archaeological dig’s finds in early course. It was noted that it was obviously desirable for such an exhibition to be publicised as widely as possible, and that it might be better to wait until the New Year in order to achieve this. The Chairman and the Parish Office would continue to work with Worthing Archaeological Society on this..

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

25 October 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/99/15/PL - Change of use from Equestrian dressage arena to car parking at The Old Stables, Decoy Lane. Applicant: Mr Langmead.

A/148/15/HH - Two storey rear extension, single storey side & front extension at 28 East Drive. Applicant: Mr A Price.

A/150/15/A - Various illuminated & non-illuminated signage (resubmission following A/82/15/A) at Swanbourne Park, 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 12 November 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".

23 October 2015

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