Angmering Village Life
A/30/05/L - Application for Listed Building Consent to remove the existing pair of doors & wing light windows (south elevation), replace with a full height door frame with a set of folding doors inbetween two fixed sidelights. All to be painted white to match all other joinery in the sitting room. Avenals Farmhouse, Water Lane. For Mr N Lutte.
A/31/05 - Demolition of garden centre & nursery structures and dwelling house. Retention of horticultural structures. Erection of garden centre buildings including ancillary cafe, 'open-skies' glasshouse, together with laying out a plant sales area, car parking and service areas, hedge & tree planting and creation of water-retention pond for recycling. Retention of existing accesses. All for use as a garden centre and nurseries. Roundstone Garden Centre and Nurseries, Roundstone By Pass. For Haskins Garden Centres Ltd.
Observations must be received by Arun District Council by 21 April 2005.
Bramley Green - The landscapers have rotovated the large open space on Bramley Green ready for grass seeding. (Planning & Conservation Cttee 15 Mar)
School Footpath - The dedicated footpath at the rear of The Angmering School was now open, but there were no further developments regarding the footpath/cycleway through to Greenwood Drive. (Planning & Conservation Cttee 15 Mar)
Road Build-outs - The build out at Mill Road is still causing some concern. It is likely that this build out will be reduced to half size. If there are still problems after this work then the build out may be removed and replaced by flashing speed signs. (Parish Council Mtg 14 Mar)
Downs Way - Shields are being put on some new lights in DownsWay at residents' request. (Parish Council Mtg 14 Mar)
Water Lane bank redevelopment (near Dappers Lane) - After a slight delay work will be starting within the next month and so, by the summer, the results will be there for all to admire. Mrs Sara Wilson has kindly donated two seats for this site in memory of her parents, Ted and Jane Hollins, who were residents of Angmering for fifty years. (website)
Our own weather station went live this morning. It is physically sited only half a mile the other side of Angmering's SW boundary. Being this close, you will be able to obtain the most accurate current and forecasted weather conditions. Data is uploaded to the internet every 20 minutes and comprises current temperature, wind chill (feels like) temperature, wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure, rainfall, and humidity. Graphs will show recent and monthly temperature changes and rainfall. Additionally, a wealth of statistics is available showing highs, lows and averages on a daily, monthly and yearly basis.
Click on the weather link in the sidebar on the left to see the latest local weather and much more.
Finance has now been obtained for the building of the new surgery at the corner of Station Road and The Thatchway. Construction is due to start within the next two months and it is hoped that the surgery will become operational by April 2006. In the meantime, the current surgery in Cumberland Road will continue to provide its limited facilities.
Angmering WI celebrated its 75th Anniversary this month. Formed on 19 March 1930, it is one of the oldest organisations in the village.
St Margaret's CE Primary School - A new £2m extension has been opened by the Rt. Rev. Lindsay Unwin, Bishop of Horsham.
Worthing RFC, based in Roundstone Lane, are through to the final of the Sussex Trophy. They meet Lewes RFC at Brighton on 17 April.
Easter Refuse Collections - There will be no collections on Good Friday; the collection due on that day will now be on Saturday. There will be no collections on Easter Monday. The usual Monday collection will now be made on Tuesday and collections on other days that week will be "up to 24 hours later".
Angmering Parish Council - Cllr Michael Hill-Smith has been elected chairman of the Planning and Conservation Committee and Cllr Chris Hughes has been elected vice-chairman.
Congratulations to Grace and Leslie Baker on recently celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. Grace and Leslie are very well known in the village and still very active. Leslie is considered the village historian and has the honour of being a Freeman of our village.
A/27/05 - Replacement of existing timber building with refurbished pre-owned portable building for continued use as a playgroup. William Older Playgroup, Arundel Road.
Observations must be received by Arun District Council by 14 April 2005.
Send an electronic postcard from Angmering to your friends and family for Easter from this site. Latest additions include new choices of headings, a photo of Bramley Green, a non-lyrical version of Tony Christie's "Amarillo", and the Hymn tune "Angmering" composed by Sir Hubert Parry.
The revamped Littlehampton Recycling Site (the tip to you and me!) was due to have reopened this weekend. However, delays in its reconstruction mean that it will now not reopen until 13 May. Friday the 13th - omens are not good!
A/24/05 - Drop front kerb to allow parking in front of house at 3 Water Lane. For Mr W Clear.
A/26/05 - Side extension to provide kitchen extension and playroom (re-submission following A/144/04) at 2 Burwash Close. For Mr & Mrs J Stuart.
Observations must be received by Arun District Council by 7 April 2005.
Tens of thousands of households in Arun District Council's area have been misled (although not necessarily deliberately) by the leaflet issued last month by Arun/Verdant notifying residents of the new arrangements for the collection of green waste. The leaflet states that, for the cost of £35 per year, Arun's contractor, Verdant, will provide a 240 litre wheeled bin and make a fortnightly green waste collection. Many people will have done their costings and ordered a bin on the basis that the offer at £35, although marginal, was just worth taking up. However, what the leaflet failed to mention was that VAT was also chargeable. The true charge is therefore £41.13 which may still be economically viable for some people. According to the WSCC Trading Standards department, failure to mention the VAT element leaves Arun and Verdant in breach of the trading Code of Practice and anybody who has contracted with Verdant on the basis of the information given in the leaflet is entitled to cancel their contract and obtain a full refund. Verdant are now mentioning to customers at the time of ordering that VAT is additionally chargeable.
Yes, it's hit the national news recently with reports of prisoners making unaccompanied trips to the supermarkets and with perhaps unjustifiable suggestions of a lax regime. But what is the real truth? Well, next week in Angmering you may well be able to find out yourselves. Fiona Radford, the Governor of Ford Prison, is coming along to give The Angmering Society a talk on Tuesday 15 March at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Her talk will describe her life in the Prison Service but will also give an insight into the work that goes on at Ford Prison amongst those due for release after lengthy sentences. Non-members of the Society are very welcome. Entrance £1.50 to include tea or coffee - pay at door.
The priority sign and its post on the Mill Road build-out was replaced by WSCC on Monday following an accident a couple of weeks ago. However, at about 7.00 pm yesterday (Tuesday), a vehicle had ploughed into the new signpost. The fire brigade was called to the scene. The post is now more or less upright although the new paint bears black marks on its base. WSCC claims that Angmering's roads are now safer than they were before the build-outs were put in place! What rubbish - we've never had so many minor accidents. It is understood that WSCC only record an accident if someone is reported injured - hence the serious distortion in statistics.
Following the success of previous art exhibitions held in the village library, The Angmering Society intend holding a larger and more ambitious event over the weekend of 14-15 May in the Village Hall. On both days this will be open to the public from 10.00am - 5.00pm. The Society wants to motivate the creative people in the village to share their artwork with us in order to encourage others to develop their own creative talents.
Anyone who is resident or working within the Parish of Angmering or is a member of a village organisation may submit their work. This may be in any medium of any reasonable size, as long as it can be hung or displayed on a vertical surface. All work must be the original work of the artist and completed within the last two years. If you, or an eligible friend, would be interested in exhibiting some of your work, please contact Jane Rowley (Tel: 01903-772823) for further details and an application form. The closing date for receipt of these is 1st May 2005.
There are no Angmering planning applications this week for consideration by Arun's Development Control Committee.
Angmering-based Worthing RFC are really flying at the moment. They beat Brighton 0-74 in the Sussex Trophy on Sunday. They meet Chichester in the semi-final on 19 March. In the league, despite losing to Cambridge the previous week, Worthing are still the leaders of London Div. 1 although Cambridge have the same number points. With just four league games to play, Worthing are hoping for promotion next season.
This morning I stopped for a while and observed the effect of the mobile Speed Indicator Device (SID or 'Smiley') placed in Station Road near Dell Drive. These devices have a remarkable psychological effect on drivers and they all slow down whether they are breaking the speed limit or not. They are far more effective than the build-outs, far less dangerous, and the permanent versions far cheaper to install. The SID was being monitored by man in a nearby car, presumably from WSCC, who no doubt was counting the number of motorists exceeding the speed limit. Unfortunately, about 150 yards to the south, a WSCC street lighting unit was replacing or re-siting a lamppost and this was partially blocking the road and slowing all traffic along Station Road. Therefore any statistics produced by the SID survey will be completely distorted! Talk about left and right hands .....!
Walking around Angmering in the last week, it is obvious that some people are unaware that new refuse and recycling days started on 28 February 2005. If you are unsure of the day of collection from your property, check at Arun's site by clicking here.
Further to our article on 11 February, here is a reminder that Verdant are now taking orders for brown bins for green waste. The service officially comes into force on 1st April. The cost of this service is £35 per year and comprises the supply of a 240 litre bin and fortnightly collections from the front of your property. Verdant can be contacted on 01903-736092 but will only accept payment by debit or credit card. Obviously, the service is going to be convenient and economically viable for some households but not for others.
The Woodman Arms - The Licencees have planted a flowering cherry tree to the side of the pub to mark the first anniversary of the blaze which destroyed the building on 26 February 2004.
The Spotted Cow - Congratulations to Michael Collins and Paul Moore for their award of "Regional Caterer of the Year" given to them by the PH operating company Avebury Taverns.
Angmering FC - There were big wins for both the first team and the reserves last weekend. The first team beat Pulborough 6-2 and the reserves beat Petworth Reserves 6-4, despite having a man sent off.
The Angmering School - A sponsored Readathon event held at the school has raised £250 for sick young people's care charities
Windmill Roundabout - WSCC are still considering priority markings. (Highways Cttee 23 Feb)
Traffic Calming - Parish Councillors are considering training for themselves to operate speed radar equipment to slow traffic. (Highways Cttee 23 Feb)
Dog Bin - Arun District Council to be asked to provide a bin at the top end of Arundel Road. (Highways Cttee 23 Feb)
Honey Lane - This is in poor condition by the allotments. The Clerk will be writing to the owner asking if he will take remedial action. (Highways Cttee 23 Feb)
Litter at The Angmering School - (see AVL News & Views article dated 18 Feb) - Councillor Mike Hill-Smith will take this up with the school. (Highways Cttee 23 Feb)
BMX and Skateboard facilities - These facilities to the south of Bramley Green are still being considered. (Environment & Leisure Ctte 2 Feb)
Bramley Green Community Site - Landscaping should be complete by end of July. (Environment & Leisure Ctte 2 Feb)
Foxdale Drive Footpath to Bramley Green - The Foxdale footpath has now been lost as ADC failed to notice amendments to substitute plans submitted by Hargreaves. (Environment & Leisure Ctte 2 Feb). (Editor's comment: There will still be access from Foxdale Drive, through Carina Drive into Mill Road and from there onto another footpath leading to Bramley Green.)
Water Lane / Dappers Lane Landscaping - The contractors are officially due to start landscaping this site on 4 April 2005. (Environment & Leisure Ctte 2 Feb)
Village Flowers - Three additional lamppost baskets are to be installed in the village centre (two by Fletcher's Field) and the one near Woodies is to be re-sited. Permission is being sought from WSCC for two planters to be placed on the Library forecourt and one on the grass verge at the bottom of Weavers Hill (opposite Dappers Lane). Wording on the planters will be "Angmering Parish". (Environment & Leisure Ctte 2 Feb)
A/20/05 - Loft conversion - 29 Oakwood Drive, Bramley Green for Mr & Mrs M Cheesman.
A/21/05 - Single storey extension to rear of New Place Bungalow for Mr Ayre.
Observations must be received by Arun District Council by 24 March 2005.
Hargreaves Homes Ltd have lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate against Arun District Council's refusal of Hargreaves' Planning Application A/154/04 for the demolition of two detached houses in Mill Road, Angmering to be replaced with seven terraced houses. Arun refused planning consent on the grounds that the provision of 7 dwellings represented an overdevelopment of the site and would give rise to unacceptable overlooking onto existing neighbouring residential properties which would affect the character of the area. Also that the provision of a footpath through the site was considered to create a risk of crime to the detriment of the locality.
Anyone wishing to make comments to the Planning Inspectorate must make their representations by 23 March 2005 by writing (in three copies) to The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/26 Hawk Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN and quoting the reference APP/C3810/A/05/1173368.
The date for the enquiry/hearing has yet to be agreed.
(2 March 2005)