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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

Angmering Planning Applications

A/164/14/PL - Erection of 1 No detached dwelling with garaging, basement area, swimming pool & outbuilding at Fallowdale, North Drive. Applicant: Mr R Smith.

A/166/14/HH - Single storey side extension to provide kitchen, dining & family room at ground floor. Amendment to previously approved planning permission A/107/13/. at 60 Mill Road Avenue. Applicant: Mr & Mrs D McMahon

A/167/14/PL - Erection of 46 residential dwellings with associated access, car parking, landscaping, open space & works, following demolition of existing buildings & structures. Land at Pound Nursery, Roundstone Lane. Applicant: Barratt Homes.

A/169/14/L - Application for listed building consent for a rear extension under flat roof to enclose part of rear courtyard & removal of part existing rear wall leading into extension. The Lamb Inn, The Square. Applicant: The Lamb Inn

A/170/14/A - Various illuminated & non illuminated advertisements. Swanbourne Park, Land off Roundstone Lane. Applicant: BDW Trading Ltd (Southampton Division).

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 29 January 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".

8 January 2015

Snippets from the draft minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council on 16 December 2014

Chairman & Vice Chairman
The Vice-Chairman wished to record her thanks to Albert Mariner for service as a Councillor since 2010 and as Chairman since May 2014. On a proposal by Councillor Harris, seconded by Councillor Bicknell, the Vice-Chairman was unanimously elected as Chairman for the remainder of the 2014-15 administrative year. On a proposal by Councillor Mountain, seconded by Councillor Graham, Councillor Harris was unanimously elected as Vice-Chairman for the remainder of the 2014-15 administrative year.

Angmering Neighbourhood Plan
This is currently with the printers and will be distributed to all households in the Parish early in the New Year. Poll cards for the referendum, due to take place on 22 January, are being distributed.

New Homes Bonus
The promised share of the New Homes Bonus of £8,000 had been received from ADC and banked. Consideration needed to be given to how the funds might be used – one possibility would be to use the funds as a contribution towards the cost of the BMX Track.

Community Centre Car Park Extension
Planning permission had finally been obtained for this – the next step was to obtain quotations/tenders for the build, which was in hand.

Mayflower Car Park
WSCC had offered a specification for the Mayflower Car Park and also a list of preferred civil engineering firms. These could be used for the Community Centre Car Park.

Mayflower Park
A claim had been made against the Parish Council for a fall on the boardwalk around the pond in Mayflower Park. The insurers were dealing with this and had undertaken a site visit, which had identified three steps to be taken – a Risk Assessment; signage; and anti-slip pads. These steps were in hand.

Councillor Vacancies
The Parish Council now only had 9 out of a possible 13 councillors – more councillors needed to be recruited and consideration needed to be given to how best to publicise the vacancies and attract candidates.

Grant Applications
Following discussion, it was AGREED that grants would be awarded as follows: Angmering Football Club: £300; Arun Co-ordinated Community Transport: £450; Arun & Chichester Citizens’ Advice Bureau: £180

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

8 January 2015

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "THE JUDGE" [UK 15] at 7.45pm on Saturday 10 January- doors open at 7.30pm.

Starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall. Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Despite the brittle bond between father and son Hank must come to his father's aid. He sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. 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 January 2015

Mr Nigel Nunn

It is learned with regret that Nigel Nunn, a past Angmering parish councillor and chairman, died peacefully at home yesterday morning (Saturday 27 Dec) after a short illness. We wish to express our sincere condolences to his widow, Jean, and her family.

See also "Nigel Nunn - A Tribute" by Angmering Parish Council.

28 December 2014 (updated 5 Jan 15)

Things you may need to know over the Christmas / New Year Holiday period

Refuse and Recycling Collections

Normal Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday collection services will still be carried out on those days over the Christmas/New Year period. For those who normally have a collected on a Thursday or Friday, collections will be one day later than normal, so (for example) normal Thursday collections will be made on Friday for both Christmas week and the following week. Garden waste (brown bin) collections will be suspended for 2 weeks, from Monday 222nd December, and will resume on Monday 5th January 2014 You will not be able to dispose of your fir or pine Christmas tree as refuse unless you are a member of the Green Waste Club. If your are, you should cut-up your tree and place it in the brown bin with the lid closed on your collection day.

Shops and Services

Shops and services openings in Angmering will, of course, be limited over the Christmas/New Year holiday. Here are a few opening times:

Day

Lloyds Pharmacy

Co-op

Woodies News

Library

Big Fry

Meat in
The Square.... and More

Shafiques

Medical
Centre *

That Litte Cafe in the Square

Sainsburys

Xmas Eve
Wednesday 24

8.30am - 6.00pm

7.00am - 9.00pm

7.00am - 1.00pm

CLOSED

11.45am - 2.00pm &
4.45pm - 7.30pm

7.30am - 2.30pm
(order collection only)

5.00pm - 11.00pm

8.00am - 6.30pm

8.30am - 1.00pm

6.00am - 6.00pm

Xmas Day
Thursdayy 25

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED
(no papers)

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

Friday 26

CLOSED ^

9.00am - 5.00pm

7.0am - midday

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

5.00pm - 11.00pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

9.00am - 5.00pm

Saturday 27

9.00am - 5.00pm

7.00am - 9.00pm

7.00am - 1.00pm

9.00am - 1.00pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

5.00pm - 11.00pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

7.00am - 9.00pm

Sunday28

CLOSED ^

7.00am - 10.00pm

7.00am - 1.00pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

5.00pm - 11.00pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

10.00am - 4.00pm

Monday 29

8.30am - 6.00pm

7.00am - 10.00pm

6.00am - 1.00pm

1.00pm - 5.00pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

5.00pm - 11.00pm

8.00am - 6.30pm

CLOSED

7.00am - 10.00pm

Tuesday 30

8.30am - 6.00pm

7.00am - 10.00pm

6.00am - 1.00pm

1.00pm - 5.00pm

CLOSED

8.30am - 2.00pm

5.00pm - 11.00pm

8.00am - 6.30pm

CLOSED

7.00am - 10.00pm

New Year's Eve
Wednesday 31

8.30am - 6.00pm

7.00am - 9.00pm

6.00am - 1.00pm

1.00pm - 5.00pm

CLOSED

8.30am - 2.00pm

5.00pm - 11.00pm

8.00am - 6.30pm

CLOSED

7.00am - 7.00pm

New Year's Day
Thursday 1

CLOSED ^

8.00am - 8.00pm

7.00am - midday

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

5.00pm - 11.00pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

10.00am - 5.00pm

Friday 2

8.30am - 6.00pm

7.00am - 10.00pm

6.00am - 5.00pm

9.00am - 1.00pm

11.45am - 2.00pm &
4.45pm - 9.00pm

8.30am - 5.00pm

5.00pm - 11.00pm

8.00am - 6.30pm

8.30am - 2.30pm

7.00am - 9.00pm

Saturday 3

9.00am - 5.00pm

7.00am - 10.00pm

6.00am - 1.00pm

9.00am - 5.00pm

11.45am - 2.00pm &
4.45pm - 9.00pm

8.30am - 5.00pm

5.00pm - 11.00pm

CLOSED

8.30am - 2.30pm

7.00am - 10.00pm

Notes:
1. ^ Sainsbury's Pharmacy may be open on these days - see above chart for Sainsbury's opening times.
2. * Patients who need to see a doctor urgently when surgery is closed should contact the NHS out of hours service on 111.
3. Downsway Laundrette, located in the parade near the Roundstone Crossing, is open as usual every day over the holiday period (7:30 am - 7:30 pm) but will not be attended Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

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Changes at the Parish Council

Following the recent resignation of Albert Mariner, at the Meeting of the Parish Council held on 16 December 2014, Councillor Susan Francis was elected to the office of Chairman of the Parish Council for the remainder of the 2014-15 administrative year, and Councillor Norma Harris was elected to the office of Vice-Chairman for the same period.

Councillor Nigel Nunn has resigned on health grounds.

22 December 2014

AVL celebrates 10th anniversary

At the end of December 2004, the Angmering Village Life website went live bringing village news, history, public information, weather, and photos to Angmering residents and those interested in the village or its past.

In the last 10 years, there have been more than 600,000 visits to the site with over 2 million page views. Each month, there are 5000-6000 visitors to the site with some 20,000 page views. The site currently comprises approximately 300 pages made up of about 2000 files of different types (html, jpg, gif, pdf, etc).

News pages for all except one month of the last 10 years are available from the News Archive. These pages will be lodged with the West Sussex Record Office providing a snapshot of village life at the start of the 21st century.

The Angmering Forums, hosted by Angmering Village Life, went live one year later on 1 January 2006 and, since that time, approximately 15,000 postings have been made to the Forums.

20 December 2014

Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum

Arun District Council has given Notice that a Referendum will be held on THURSDAY, 22 JANUARY 2015 to decide on the question below:

"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?"

This is the culmination of over three years of work by the Steering Group set up by Angmering Parish Council and comprised a large number of local volunteers. This is your chance to have a say on the future of the village. Angmering residents were given the opportunity of their imput and comment in 2012 and on the draft Plan earlier this year at evening consultation meetings. A copy of the final approved Neighbourhood Plan, along with an explanatory newsletter, will be delivered to every household in the village in the week commencing 5 January 2015. If you have any questions on its content, you should contact the Parish Office in the first instance.

Poling Cards are in the process of being distributed to all registered people living in the Parish of Angmering. In order to be able to vote:

19 December 2014

St Margaret's Church - Christmas Services

Sunday 21st Dec
8am Holy Communion
10am Family Carol Service
5pm Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve
4pm Crib Service
11.15pm Midnight Communion

Christmas Day
8am Holy Communion
10am Christmas Family Celebration

Sunday 28th Dec
8am Holy Communion
10am Family Service

17 December 2014

Illuminating Show: The Kings Chamber Orchestra light up the winter season

The Kings Chamber Orchestra, under their distinguished and irrepressible director, Jerseyman Gerard Le Feuvre (see photo: right), will be coming to Angmering in February bringing light and laughter with a thought provoking programme of live music and spontaneity. Two concerts, organised by St Margaret Church, will be held at the Angmering School, Greenwood Drive, Station Road on Saturday 7 February 2015, as follows:

4.00pm Afternoon Concert: 'The Stars in the Bright Sky'
This concert will capture the imagination of children with plenty of hands-on fun. Audiences are invited to bring a Teddy and families are able to sit together, so that the programme designed for families to interact with each other and the orchestra will have maximum effect. Tickets: Adult £5, Child (14 and under) £2.50, Family (2A, 2C) £13.50, (2A, 3C) £15.50.

7.30pm Evening Concert: 'The Light Fantastic'
The Evening concert finds the Kings Chamber Orchestra in search of the starriest music in the repertoire. Gerard's unique style and presentation contrasts moments of tremendous humour with more touching elements in the orchestra's life and music. Expect uplifting pieces and surprises from Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Paganini too at this gig. Tickets: £9.

Tickets are on sale NOW from the Church Office, then in the New Year from Woodies News or Holmes Estate Agents. Tickets can also be purchased at www.eventbrite.co.uk. For further details, phone the Church Office on 01903-784459 (Office Open: Weekdays 09.30am-12.30pm).

17 December 2014

New lights on the Green

Contractors to Angmering Parish Council have spent the last two days installing new Christmas lights in the lime trees on the Green in the Square. The blue and white lights are much brighter than the broken ones they replaced and look very good indeed. The cost, including installation, was £4670. Savings resulting from the replacement of Parish Council Street Lights and the Reserve set up for this purpose funded the new lights.

A Christmas tree has also been installed on the Green and it is hoped that the new set of matching lights will be installed and working by tonight's (Wednesday) Traders' Christmas Night.

A reminder that all roads into the village centre will be closed to vehicles between 5pm and 9pm this evening. Traffic from the south wishing to get north of the village centre will need to use the route through Roundstone Lane, Weavers Hill, Dappers Lane and Merryfield Crescent.

See the news article dated 7 December (below) for this evening's activities.

10 December 2014

Council chairman's resignation

It is noted from an article posted on the Angmering Parish Council website on 19 November, that Cllr Albert Mariner has resigned as both as chairman of the Council and as a councillor on health grounds. Cllr Susan Francis, as Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council, is acting as Chairman until the next meeting of the Parish Council on Tuesday 16 December, at which a vote will be taken on the election of a replacement Chairman for the remainder of the administrative year.

8 December 2014

M&S store (3)

Further to our news items of 30 November and 1 December, the Public Exhibition to gain villagers' views on the opening of an M&S Simply Food store and family public house/restaurant on land off the A259 in Angmering, will be held in the King Suite, Angmering Village Hall (Station Road) on Thursday 11 December 2014 between 3pm and 7pm. Members of the project team will be available to talk through the plans and answer questions.

8 December 2014

Annual Village Traders' Christmas Night

The annual Traders' Christmas Night will be taking place as usual in the village centre on Wednesday this week (10th December) starting at 6pm. The road closure starts at 5pm, although provision has been made for the 5.08pm bus to come through as usual. You will not be able to drive a vehicle through the centre of the village between 5pm and 9pm. Don't come too early, as things will not be set up properly for you to enjoy....6pm is planned starting time. It will go on to approx 9pm.

The majority of the shops in the centre of the village will be open, and here are some of the attractions

Bring along your family and friends for a wonderful fun evening.

7 December 2014

News Archive

Contains Angmering News since January 2005


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