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Coronavirus - Update (18)

Tea in the Square has announced that they will be opening up again from Tuesday 7 July.

The Barbers Lounge will be opening fromSaturday 4 July but are now arranging appointments through their "booksy" app. They'll be open 7 days a week with extended hours.

Cloudberry Boutique intend to open again from Monday 6 July. Click here for more details of their new arrangements which include private appointments.

Jeffrey's Hairstylists will be opening from Saturday 4 July. Phone 01903-771666 (8am-2pm) to make booking. The Beauty Room, however, is unable to open at present.

The Lamb at Angmering has announced that they will be opening up again from Saturday 4 July. It is also planning a takeaway stone-baked Pizza service.

The Spotted Cow will be re-opening on Monday 6 July at noon.

Maverick Hair Studio will be opening again from Saturday 4 July. They are contacting past customers offering appointments.

Angmering Manor is opening its hotel, restaurant, and bar from Saturday 4 July.

The Fox Inn will be opening on Saturday 4 July. Food will be served in the the restaurant, the marquee, and the garden.

The Roundstone Inn will not be re-opening until Wednesday 5 August but will be taking bookings from 15 July

All these establishments will be adopting relevent Covid-19 guidance to enable customers and staff to remain safe as possible.

24 June 2020 (updated 2 July)

Angmering Parish Council withdraws as joint developer of former 'Chandlers' site

Angmering Parish Council this afternoon (Wednesday) issued a statement that it is withdrawing as joint developer of the former 'Chandlers' site, after it became clear it could no longer guarantee that the council tax precept would not increase as a result - one of its key promises to residents.

The parish council was keen to ensure that the central location was developed into facilities which would benefit the village, including a multi-million pound 'Community Hub', featuring a business centre, toilets, shop, parking and 19 new homes. In order for the council to repay the loan needed for the development, it was relying on proposed new houses being occupied and generating additional precept funds, but the houses are yet to be built.

On May 29, planning permission to develop the site in Water Lane was refused by Arun District Council due to a lack of affordable housing and parking issues with the scheme. And the pandemic and subsequent lockdown has further complicated the issue, with demand for the planned business centre being thrown into question as many firms permanently switch to online working.

Angmering Parish Council Chair Nikki Hamilton-Street said: "Just over two years ago, Angmering Parish Council recognised that this scheme offered a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to shape how our village centre was developed, while providing much-needed facilities. During our consultation with parishioners, we pledged that this project would not increase the annual precept for residents. The situation has since changed and as the development is no longer financially viable, we do not believe that it is in the best interests of our residents to continue with it. We will work hard to influence any new plans that a developer may bring forward for the site, to have our community needs at the heart of it. While we are disappointed that the parish council will no longer be involved as joint developer, we are extremely positive about the future and what additional improvements can be made for the benefit of the village."

Mrs Hamilton-Street said the parish council would work closely with whoever develops the land, to continue to push for a convenience store, extra parking and toilets on the site. And results from the planned Angmering Neighbourhood Plan Review and household survey will provide 'a roadmap' of the areas people would most like the council to improve. The documents will now be amended to reflect changes brought about by the pandemic and to include the former 'Chandlers' site development, before being distributed by the council.

The parish council is already planning to invest in the play parks in Angmering and include more features such as disabled access items and improved equipment.

24 June 2020

Two saved but dogs die in fire

A Telecare alarm system saved the lives of two people yesterday (Thursday 11 June) after fire broke out in a first floor flat in Wilkinson Close, Bramley Green. The alarm automatically alerted the emergency services and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Services (WSFRS) units from East Preston, Littlehampton & Worthing, South East Coast Ambulance Service crews, and a helicopter rapidly attended the scene. Fire crews removed one resident to safety who was injured trying to get to another who was trapped. They then fought through the fire to rescue one person who was trapped in their bedroom and brought them out to the ambulance crews. The two residents were taken to hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.

The fire crews managed to save the life of a puppy after oxygen treatment using specialist equipment, but another dog and a puppy died in the fire.

Adrian Murphy, WSFRS’s Area Manager for Protection, said: “Thanks to the Telecare smoke alarm we were alerted quickly which meant we were able to be on scene within a matter of minutes and rescue the couple. This goes to show the value of having a working smoke alarm, especially one linked to a Telecare system. We would like to wish these people a very speedy recovery.”

12 June 2020

Snippets from the draft minutes of Angmering Parish Council Virtual meeting of 8 June 2020

Election of Chairman - Cllr. Oldfield confirmed he would not be standing this year and thanked everyone for their continued support during his Chairmanship. Cllr. Oldfield nominated Cllr. N Hamilton-Street to be Chairman. This was seconded by Cllr. Marsh and unanimously agreed.

Election of Vice-Chairman - Cllr. Oldfield nominated Cllr. Reigate to be Vice Chairman. This was seconded by Cllr. A Evans and unanimously agreed.

Dips in Green by Community Centre - Cllr. Verrinder asked about the item on the Action List that referred to the dips on the green space next to the Community Centre. She wanted to know how this was progressing. The Clerk explained that the report had shown no reasoning as to why this was happening. A discussion then took place and it was agreed the APC should look at next steps to solve the problem.

Appointments to APC Committees
Governance & Oversight Committee: Cllr. L Hamilton-Street, Cllr N Hamilton-Street, Cllr. Verrinder, Cllr. Reigate, Cllr. Oldfield and Cllr. R Evans.
Housing, Transport & Planning Committee: Cllr. N Hamilton-Street, Cllr. Jones, Cllr. Verrinder, Cllr. Oldfield, Cllr. Marsh, Cllr. Harris, Cllr. Bicknell and Cllr. Carr
Community, Leisure, Environment & Well-Being Committee: Cllr. N Hamilton-Street, Cllr. A Evans, Cllr. Jones, Cllr. Harris, Cllr. Reigate, Cllr. L Hamilton-Street, Cllr. Woodason, Cllr. R Evans, Cllr. P Bicknell and Cllr. Marsh.

Angmering Community Centre floor repair/refurbishment - The Clerk gave an overview of why this item was on the agenda and what was needed. A discussion regarding the work required, recommendations and the quotes received then took place. After discussion, the preference was to go with quote 5. RESOLUTION: Cllr. L Hamilton-Street PROPOSED that quote 5 was accepted, Cllr. Jones SECONDED and 12 COUNCILLORS AGREED. Cllr. Verrinder abstained due to her declared Non-Pecuniary Interest. (Editor's Note: Quote 5 was for £5,989.20, the cost to be shared equally between the Parish Council and the Community Centre Association according to the meeting agenda attachment).

Chandler's Site - After a long discussion the Clerk has been tasked with seeking legal advice and to report back as a matter of urgency. An extraordinary meeting may be needed to confirm the councils next steps.

Community Grants - One grant application had been received in time to be heard at this meeting. A discussion then took place regarding the application. An application for a grant has been received from The Poppy Club for the sum of £360 for flowers on the memorial in the Village Square. After discussion it was agreed by all that the grant should be given.

Service road outside shops - It was mentioned that Tea in the Square were pleased to hear the APC are investigating the possibility of closing the road directly outside to free up more space for outside dinning. It was suggested that maybe the Village Hall might also be able to help with providing space within its building, Cllr. Reigate will ask and see if this is a possibility.

The full Minutes can be read here

12 June 2020

Planning Applications

A/78/20/HH: Extension of garage at 18 Lansdowne Road.

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 2 July 2020.

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 June 2020

Planning Applications

A/76/20/PL: 84 No. dwellings, public open space, play areas, associated infrastructure & landscaping. This application affects a Right of Way. Land at Dappers Lane.
(Editor's Note: This relates to the proposed building of 84 dwellings by Persimmon Homes on Herons Farm on the east of Dappers Lane, as reported in our news article of 31 March 2020 )

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 25 June 2020.

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".

10 June 2020

Balloon artist raises money for Chestnut Tree House (2)

Further to our news article of 30 April, we have now learned that Justine Clapham raised a magnificent £3019.42 for the Chestnut Tree House children's hospice by walking 2.6 miles a day around Angmering for 10 days as part of the Coronavirus 2.6 Challenge, wearing a different balloon costume that she created each day.

10 June 2020

Flower Show cancelled

The organisers of the Angmering Flower & Produce Show have announced that, due to social distancing requirements, the event planned for this summer has regrettably had to be cancelled.

10 June 2020

Coronavirus - Update (17)

Both Big Fry and Angmering Framing & Stitches have announced that they will be opening up again on 15 June 2020. Distancing measures will be in force in both shops. Angmering Framing & Stitches have said that they have purchased supplies of sanitising sprays, centre pull rolls, and pump action hand gels for both customers and staff to use. They will regularly be sanitising hard surfaces and there will be Perspex screens up at the counters.

5 June 2020

Snippets from the draft minutes of Angmering Parish Council's Housing, Transport and Planning Committee meeting of 19 May 2020

A/52/20/PL Change of use of use from florist (A1 SHOPS) TO Barista coffee house/ micro-bar (A3 food and A4 drinking establishments). This application affects the character and appearance of The Angmering Conservation Area. Site of The Enchanted Florist, The Square.
Objection: The council are objecting to this application due to the following reasons – Impact on surrounding area. Highway Safety - in particular the narrow path around the side of the property. The possible increase in people in the small area outside the property and the potential to force people into the road. Effect on neighbouring occupiers and Noise/Smell - especially smoke and noise from smokers outside the property. Noise from people leaving the property and congregating outside. The potential blocking of a fire exit and also an entrance to a flat, by people congregating/when deliveries are made.

24 May 2020

Snippets from the draft minutes of Angmering Parish Council meeting of 11 May 2020

Skate Park violations - APC were experiencing a lot of visitors from outside Angmering to the Skate Park. The Police have been informed by APC and local residents. The Police have subsequently visited the site and fines have been issued. APC are doing everything they can to prevent this situation continuing. The Clerk also confirmed that all parks remain closed and that APC will continue to monitor the situation and follow the Government guidelines.

Ouistreham Riva-Bella - Cllr. Oldfield reported that he had received a letter from the Mayor of Ouistreham Riva-Bella sending their best wishes and support. Cllr. Oldfield said he would write back and also post the letter onto the APC Facebook and website; all present agreed this was a good idea and should be done.

Water Lane (South) Development - Cllr. Oldfield asked a question regarding the development South of Water Lane. APC are very concerned regarding the developer’s proposal to use the entrance near the Spotted Cow for their construction work. Cllr. Cooper commented that he had already asked for clarification regarding this but had not yet received a reply – he will push again for a response and report back. Cllr. Oldfield also requested that the Angmering Advisory Group discuss this issue prior to the application being submitted to ADC.

Cow Lane and Honey Lane Grants - The Clerk updated the committee on the APC application and explained APC were now ready to submit the application for this grant. The Clerk asked if there were any questions. Honey Lane was mentioned, the Clerk confirmed that she was in contact with Sue Furlong at WSCC regarding funding for this area and that the Honey Lane Residence Association were also aware of the Cow Lane application.

24 May 2020

Coronavirus - Update (16)

Meat in the Square have posted: "We are reopening on Wednesday (13 May) and have made several changes to enable safe working and shopping. We urge everyone who can come and shop "normally" to do so, as we have redesigned the shop to allow for safe distancing. We have new opening hours to allow time for home deliveries and pre-arranged order collections for the most vulnerable who cannot shop normally. To make things sustainable we need to minimise the pre-orders and home deliveries and maximise in-shop shopping. Therefore home delivery and collection slots will be limited and reserved for the most vulnerable. Our new opening hours will be: Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 3.30pm, (closed Tuesday this week) Saturday 8.30am - 2.00pm. We would ask that Saturdays are left predominately for those who are working on week days and cannot get in to shop. We will review how it works over the coming weeks and hope that we can meet everyone's needs, while maintaining safe distancing. We look forward to welcoming you back - we have missed you!"

11 May 2020

Planning Applications

A/43/20/HH: Part two storey, part single storey side extension at Madingley, The Thatchway.

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 30 May 2020.

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".

30 April 2020

Coronavirus - Update (15)

West Sussex County Council and Arun District Council have announced that Household Waste Recycling Sites across West Sussex will begin reopening from Monday 11th May for limited materials. However, do consider whether your journey is essential.

Remember, residents using a West Sussex household waste recycling site (HWRS) will need to provide proof of residency in West Sussex. Access will be denied to the sites if proof of address is not shown or you live outside of West Sussex.

7 May 2020

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