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New view of St Margaret's

Now that the trees screening the east side of St Margaret's churchyard have been cut down, you can get a view of the church from Station Road. Here's a photo taken this morning from the Village Hall carpark on a beautiful sunny but really cold day.

12 February 2021

Archaeological excavations commence (2)

Further to our article on 12 February (below), we have received this really helpful additional information from Thames Valley Archaeological Services:

"As you are probably aware, we only started the excavation last week, and progress has been rather slow largely due to the weather.

However, we have uncovered a number of archaeological features already, including ditches, gullies, pits and post-holes. These have not been dated accurately yet, but the large amount of pottery we have already recovered suggests at least two phases of occupation, in the prehistoric and Roman periods.

Under normal circumstances we would welcome interested visitors to the site, and we usually arrange for an 'open day'. We have also invited volunteer diggers from local archaeological sites to assist us in the past. Unfortunately, the present Covid restrictions have made this impossible for a number of reasons. However, we are expecting the project to continue until the end of March at the earliest, and there is a possibility that some Covid restrictions may be eased by the time we have done most of our digging. If this is the case, we may be able to offer a tour of the site to limited numbers of people, with appropriate Covid measures in place. "

12 February 2021

Parish Council close skate bowl and BMX track

Angmering Parish Council closed the skate bowl and BMX track yesterday (Tuesday) and have issued the following statement:

" On advice from Arun District Council, local COVID Marshalls and with reports of continued use by large groups despite the government guidelines regarding social distancing and exercise rules, we have taken the decision to close the skate bowl and BMX track at Mayflower Park. They will remain closed until restrictions have been lifted. We appreciate that many people will be disappointed but our main aims are to keep people safe and adhere to government guidelines."

Despite fencing being erected around the facilities and a prominent notice of closure being displayed, youths were still finding ways to get past the fencing this evening (Wednesday) and use the skate bowl.

10 February 2021

Archaeological excavations commence (1)

This week, developers Barratt David Wilson Homes received the final go-ahead to build 175 homes on land south of Water Lane. Arun District Council gave permission for the development to proceed despite opposition from Angmering Parish Council, the South Downs National Park, Campaign to Protect Rural England and some 201 residents.

In the meantime, on Monday this week, machines were brought in on large low loaders to undertake archaeological excavations in the field north of The Spotted Cow PH where most of the new houses will be built. It is understood that, based on some previous trial trenching in which there was evidence of Bronze Age and Roman activity, the whole surface of the field will be removed to a depth of 60cm (2ft). Where there are finds at that stage, a team of archaeologists from Thames Valley Archaeological Services will move in to probe deeper.

When the Angmering by-pass route was excavated in 2001, the Water Lane site showed evidence of a Middle Bronze Age settlement (C. 1700 BC) and finds included ditches, post holes, pottery fragments, burned flints, and an indication of a cremation. A little further south, the Ecclesden site showed evidence of settlements in the Mid-to-Late Bronze Age (C.1500 BC), Iron Age (C. 750 BC to 0 BC), and a Saxon inhabitation (C. 450 AD to 800AD). Similar items were found on this site but part of a copper alloy broach, possibly Late Bronze Age, was also discovered.

4 February 2021

Vehicle crime in Angmering

Sussex Police have today issued the following statement:

"We have received numerous reports of theft from vehicles in the Angmering area overnight between the 26 and 27 January.

We are appealing for local residents to check any CCTV / RING doorbell / Dashcams for evidence of suspicious behaviour during the course of the night from 10pm to 6am. Please be assured that we are continuing with increased patrols in the area and our team will be conducting house to house enquiries in due course.

Remember: Don't leave anything in your car - if it's not there, then it can't be stolen. Thieves aren't picky, so don't leave even low-value items in your car including loose change. Always ensure your vehicle is locked when you leave it. Often thieves will smash and grab first and look later to see if what they've stolen is valuable. Former car thieves say it takes less than 20 seconds to search your vehicle. Don't hide it - if you hide items under the seat or in the glove box, chances are someone will have watched you. If you have something of value, don't leave it in the car, take it with you.

We would urge members of the public who witness any suspicious activity to contact us straight away. If you have any information that could assist us with our enquiries then please contact us on 101 or online.

If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about these vehicle crimes please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting the reference number provided. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org "

28 January 2021

Medical Centre receives Vaccine Recognition Certificate

Yesterday morning (Saturday 23rd), our Member of Parliament, Andrew Griffith presented a Community Champion certificate to Angmering Medical Centre in recognition of going above and beyond for our community during the Coronavirus crisis. Mr Griffith said: "It was great to see the team from Angmering Medical Centre and so many volunteers at work delivering the vaccine at the brilliant Angmering Community Centre this morning. On behalf of grateful residents I was pleased to present them with a Covid Community Champion's award."

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Lead by Dr Jeremy Mayhew, the clinical director of the Angmering Medical Centre (AMC) / Coppice / Fitzalan primary care network, the network became one of the first GP hubs to commence vaccinations - on 14 December - and has already performed many thousand jabs. In the photo above, Dr Mayhew is seen on the left, Mr Griffith on the right, and Dr Martina Houska (senior partner of the AMC/Coppice practice) is seen next to Mr Griffith holding the certificate.

The network has received countless compliments in the way it has been performing the vaccinations at the Angmering Medical Centre and now at the Angmering Community Centre. Moving to the Community Centre for the next few months allows the network to substantialy increase the number of vaccinations it is able to provide.

24 January 2021

Planning Applications

A/193/20/PL: Erection of a 1 No. 3 bedroom chalet bungalow & detached garage. This site is in CiL Zone 3 and is CIL Liable as dwelling. Ham Manor Cottage, Ham Manor Way.

A/3/21/PL: Erection of a 74-bed care home (C2 residential institution) with car parking, landscaped gardens & accessfrom Roundstone Lane. (resubmission following A/9/19/PL). This site is in CIL Zone 2 (Zero Rated) as other development. Pound Place, Roundstone Lane.

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 18 February 2021.

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".

24 January 2021

Snippets from the draft minutes of Angmering Parish Council's Zoom meeting of 11 January 2021

Parish Precept 2021/2022 - Cllr. N Hamilton-Street explained that the precept for 2021/2022 needed to be discussed and formally agreed at tonight’s meeting and asked if there were any questions – none were asked. RESOLUTION: Cllr. Jones PROPOSED that the precept be set at 0% for 2021/2022, Cllr. Marsh SECONDED, and ALL AGREED.

The full Minutes can be read here

24 January 2021

A cold and frosty morning!

Thanks to Bill Barwell for these photos of Fletcher's Field this morning (Saturday) and robin.

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09 January 2021

Vaccinations' update

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 group’s 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.

5 January 2021

Shutdown Latest

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.

5 January 2021

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Witnesses to accident sought

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 collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting serial 692 of 21/12.

24 December 2020

Refurbished bridleway bridge utilises eco paint system

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.

11 December 2020

Planning Applications

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".

6 December 2020

Dappers Lane development gets go-ahead

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 children’s play area with 10 pieces of ‘challenging’ timber equipment.

6 December 2020

Volunteer of Angmering-based charity wins award

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.

1 December 2020

A259 Progress (1)

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.

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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:

19 November 2020

Angmering Station Improvements

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.

17 November 2020

Snippets from the draft minutes of Angmering Parish Council's CLEW Committee remote Zoom meeting of 28 October 2020

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.

The full Minutes can be read here


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