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Thanks to Bill Barwell for these photos of Fletcher's Field this morning (Saturday) and robin.
The Littlehampton Gazette has today reported that in the week commencing 14 December, 970 vaccines were administered at the Angmering Medical Centre on patients (over 80s) and some health and care staff, as well as 300 jabs in care homes. Those given the vaccine were within the Centre's primary care network, consisting of the Angmering Medical Centre itself, the Coppice Surgery, and the Fitzalan Medical Group.
In a move to accelerate vaccination implementation, Dr Jeremy Mayhew, the clinical director of the primary care network, said that plans are being finalised to move the vaccination centre to the spacious Angmering Community Centre which is being little used due to the Covid-19 crisis. He said this would allow staff to double the number of vaccines taking place each week to 2,000. He is hopeful they will be able to see the groups network of around 10,000 vulnerable people in the next couple of months.
Patients are again being asked not call their surgery but wait to be contacted when it is their turn which follows the Government's published priority list.
Angmering Community Centre has subsequently intimated to hirers that, as a result of the spread of the disease and the Centre being used as a local vaccination point, its Trustees have decided to close the Centre's doors to normal activities until further notice. It is envisaged that the Centre may well be used during the mass vaccination programme for up to 10 hours a day and possibly 7 days per week.
Big Fry in The Square has announced that after this evening's (Tuesday) service, it will be temporarily closing down to ensure the safety of their staff and their families. They will reopen when it is safe to do so.
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Police are seeking witnesses to a two-car collision on the A259 at Angmering in which a woman passenger was seriously injured. A driver was arrested on suspicion of drug driving. A Peugeot 206 and an Audi A4 collided on the westbound A259 Roundstone-By-Pass between the B2225 and Station Road in Angmering at 2.25pm on Monday 21 December.
A 58-year-old woman passenger in the Audi was taken to Worthing Hospital to be treated for serious head injuries. The 22-year-old driver of the Audi and another passenger, a 22-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries.
A 43-year-old man driving the Peugeot was arrested on suspicion of drug driving, possession of cocaine, taking the vehicle without consent, driving without a licence, and having no insurance. After being interviewed he was released under investigation.
PC Anthony Baker of the Surrey and Sussex Road Policing Unit said; "If you saw this collision or the cars in the moments beforehand, especially if you have any dash cam footage, please contact us at email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting serial 692 of 21/12.
A complete overhaul of Angmering bridleway bridge on the A280 Angmering By-pass close to Ecclesden Manor is nearing completion - including use of a paint system which should triple the refurbishment's lifespan and so reduce the bridge's carbon footprint. It will also contribute towards West Sussex County Council's aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The council is believed to be the first local authority in the south of England to use fluoropolymer paint: it is anticipated to last in excess of 50 years, as opposed to the 12 to 15-year lifespan of previously-used paints. Using the system will significantly reduce the costs of bridge repair and refurbishment schemes, as well as contributing to a reduction in carbon emissions.
In October, a crane was used to lift the corroded Angmering bridleway bridge from its position over the A280 into an adjacent car park so it could undergo the complete overhaul. Over a 12-week-period, the 34 metre long bridge has had all paint and corrosion removed and then been repainted.
The A280 is set to be closed overnight on the 16 /17 December so the bridge can be put back in place, subject to factors such as severe weather. The bridge will be closed until 5pm on Friday 18 December so essential safety and quality checks can be carried out.
The total cost of the refurbishment project is £140,000. The principal contractor for the project is Landbuild.
A/189/20/PL: Provision of permanent outside seating & awning. This application may affect the setting of a listed building,affects the character & appearance of the Angmering Conservation Area & is in CIL Zone 2 (Zero Rated) as other development at The Resourceful Squirrel (previously Woodies Newsagents) in The Square.
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 24 December 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".
Despite more than 100 objections, the 84 home Persimmon site off Dappers Lane received unanimous approval from the Arun development control committee last week. It will include 25 affordable houses, an attenuation basin to help prevent flooding and a childrens play area with 10 pieces of challenging timber equipment.
BBC Radio Sussex has celebrated a group of amazing people from across the county in the radio station's tenth Make A Difference Heroes Awards. Hundreds of nominations were received in categories including Good Neighbour, Young Achiever and Music & Arts. There were also two special categories recognising the extraordinary events of 2020, with the Coronavirus Response and Key Worker Awards.
Among the eight main awards, the Volunteer Award was won by Yvonne Curling who was commended as an exceptional volunteer for Cancer United, a support charity based in Angmering. Yvonne's own cancer diagnosis in 2011 and her subsequent treatment, made her more determined than ever to help others in a similar situation, raising thousands of pounds in the process.
Mark Carter, BBC Radio Sussex Acting Managing Editor and Presenter, said, 'We are so thrilled to have been able to recognise such an incredible group of people. 2020 has proved to be challenging for so many people in so many ways but all of our finalists and overall winners have helped to ease the burden of the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic'.
The winners were presented their awards (virtually) by some specially selected guests, including Government Minister and Mid Sussex MP Mims Davies and the Chief Constable of Sussex Police Jo Shiner. There was also a special performance from the Hove-based musician Joe Stilgoe.
Work started in earnest on the Angmering section in September and, in the last few days, a large drainage tank has been excavated near the footbridge.
The Angmering section runs from the Station Road (Blue Star) roundabout i to the A280 roundabout, including the Roundstone roundabout. This will feature a new cycling and pedestrian route to the south, separated from the main carriageway by a verge, and a new pedestrian footpath to the north. The existing controlled crossing connecting Angmering School and Downs Way will be upgraded to a Toucan crossing. New Toucan crossings will be provided adjacent to the Station Road Footbridge and also near to Haskins, linking to a new westbound bus stop. Right turns across the carriageway, such as at Haskins, will be closed. Here's an artist's impression of the proposed roadway as viewed looking east from above the Station Road roundabout:
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has recently completed a number of improvements at Angmering Station including a waiting shelter extension on Platform 2 (south side) (see photo below), seating, stair "nosing", toilet improvements, and a water butt.
These improvements are part of the Passenger Benefit Fund. The fund is supporting a range of work across the network including waiting shelters, refurbished toilets, more seats, information screens, automatic doors, more cycle parking, refurbished waiting rooms, station planters and LED lighting.
Angmering In Bloom Report - Regarding the Information Board at St Nicolas Garden to show the work that was done during the archaeological dig. The grant requested from Angmering Heritage Trust for the cost of the board and installation had been approved.
Volunteer Litter Picking - The
Committee Clerk updated the committee on the Volunteer Litter Picking and all
items had now been received i.e. litter pickers, Hi-Vis tabards etc. APC have
17 volunteers and were starting the process to contract them to ask them to
come into the office and collect their kits.
Play Parks - Cllr. Reigate commented that footfall in general in all three parks was not very good and it might be time to ask the public by way of a questionnaire what they felt was needed. She also felt that the next project should be Russet Play Park as this, out of all of them, had the most use and footfall. Cllr. N Hamilton-Street commented that the questionnaire used for Blenheim Play Park could be adapted for the houses around Pippin and Braeburn. After discussion it was agreed by all that a questionnaire be compiled and sent to all residents in these two areas.
Christmas Trees and memory tags - After discussion Cllr. N Hamilton-Street wished to propose that APC supply the monies needed for the 18 trees at £30 each (total £540) to help promote a happy Christmas in Angmering, everyone was in agreement. Trees will be located in the Village Square and 2 at the shops in Downs Way. Memory tags in the shape of Christmas Baubles were then discussed. Once the discussion had taken place it was agreed that a laminated Bauble tag would be inserted into the All About Angmering magazine. Cllr. N Hamilton-Street asked if an extra maximum amount of £150 could be allocated to print a message from APC on the bauble tag, all agreed.
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