Angmering Village Life
A/48/06 - Outline application for single detached dwelling on land adjoining Grey Barn, Rectory Lane. For Mr & Mrs Osborne-Shaw.
A/49/06 - Drop kerb for parking in front garden at 2 Water Lane. For Mr Peter Penn.
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 May 2006.
The spate of vandalism continues in the village. On Saturday night, all the tulips in a flower bed by The Green were destroyed and a lot of damage done to a beautiful display of polyanthus. Graffiti has also appeared on the new wooden building-site boarding down the twitten by The Lamb and on one of the walls of the Parish Council Offices in The Square.
Last night a young cherry tree at the north end of Fletcher's Field was destroyed (see photo - right); immense force must have been necessary to do this. The remains of an already vandalised cherry tree at the south end of the Field was also snapped at ground level.
What with smashed windows at the Medical Centre, Aberdeen House, St Wilfrid's RC School, St Margaret's Church and the Library in recent months, residents are asking what are the police doing to combat this crime? Much of this latest vandalism has come about since our PCSO has had her duties temporarily extended to cover Findon, Clapham and Patching leaving Angmering more vulnerable.
For those who missed the excellent Easter Monday walk around the northern boundary of the parish, there is now an opportunity to do a different walk on Monday 1 May, the May Day Holiday, but this time it will cover the footpaths and bridleways that criss-cross the northern part of the parish. This will be an approx 7 mile walk lasting about 5 hours but which includes a break. You will need to bring a packed lunch. Dogs are welcome provided that they are on a lead. Mike, our local Volunteer Ranger, will again lead the walk, the meeting time being 10.00am by the War Memorial on The Green in the centre of the village. If you require any further information, 'phone Mike on 01903-772705. So make a note in your diaries now.
A/47/06 - Outline application for the demolition of existing buildings and residential re-development to provide eight two bed and two one bed apartments and associated parking at Dane Acre, Roundstone Lane. For Nugent Developments. (Resubmission of A/122/05)
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 11 May 2006.
A few days after notices had been erected at the new Medical Centre advising of security patrols, etc., I note that a window has now been broken on the Station Road side of the building as has the glass in one of the automatic doors on the main entrance at the rear. Having spent what must be a couple of million pounds on building the Centre, I am nonplussed why they could not have spent a couple of thousand more and have security cameras fitted in an obviously vulnerable area. There also needs to be a central security light in the middle of the car-park directed towards the building. So much for the police arresting four youths a week ago and telling them how naughty they had been!
(For the record, I have reliably been informed later that this further damage was done before the arrests)
The new Angmering Community Association is putting on its first event on Sunday 7 May at 11.00 in the Village Hall. It's a play called 'The Gardener' which has integrated music and is aimed at families with children aged approx. between 4 and 9. The play has been performed across the UK and has had superb reviews. It's a story with a fundamental message about growing up and getting old and forgetful, and dealt with in a most sensitive and, at times, humorous way. For full information about this production, reviews, ticket information, click here.
Following various acts of vandalism in the village, police have been more vigilant in watching out for this unwanted trend. On 25 March, we reported the attacks on the Medical Centre which resulted in a number of broken windows. Last Saturday night, police arrested four youths caught throwing stones at the Medical Centre. After the arrest, we note that they were released with 'final warnings' !
The fences put up by the Developers to protect newly sown grass seed in the open spaces at the southern end of Bramley Green are dangerously obstructing the footpath. Jagged tubular poles jut out onto the footpath as well as some fencing dangerously overhanging the path itself. One resident has phoned West Sussex County Council on numerous occasions asking them to urgently rectify the matter but they seem to be taking no action. On one occasion the fence blew down and hit one of the resident's small children who was using the path. The obstructions relate to WSCC Footpath No. 2127. We have phoned WSCC this morning informing them of this non-action and they have stated that they will take action in view of the risk to the public. Below is a photo of the path and fencing taken this morning.
A/34/06 - Single storey double glazed hardwood conservatory at Bow Cottage, High Street. For Mr & Mrs C Jeffries.
A/35/06/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for single storey double glazed hardwood conservatory with new external hardwood doors & side windows under existing lintel in lounge to replace existing window and remove section of external wall for doors at Bow Cottage, High Street. For Mr & Mrs C Jeffries
A/36/06 - Proposed Edwardian style conservatory to rear of property at 14 Mill Road Angmering. For Mr & Mrs Madden.
A/38/06 - Alterations and extension at Thatched Corner, Ham Manor Way. For Mr P Holland.
A/40/06 - Two storey extension to provide new family/garden room with dressing/study at first floor at Littlefield Manor, Golfers Lane. For Mr & Mrs S Langmead
A/43/06 - Erection of 5 no. dwellings at Nima, Dappers Lane. For Dearden Homes Ltd
A/44/06 - Variation of condition 3 of planning permission A/148/05 to relate to occupancy set out in unilateral agreement at Land south of A259 Littlehampton Road, Rustington. For Richmond Cars, Frosts Cars, Harwoods Ltd and P Langmead.
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 4 May 2006.
Summer is not too far away, although you would not think so today. Southern England faces, as a minimum, a hosepipe ban for the foreseeable future and the possibility exists of an even more Draconian Drought Order if we do not get significant rainfall within the next couple of months. We can all do out bit to conserve water but, whatever we do, gardens are really going to suffer this year, and possibly for the next few years.
So what can we do? Angmering-based garden designer, Amanda Colburg, has written an excellent and extremely useful article on Drought Resistant Gardening which includes, improvement of moisture in the soil, water butts, recycling domestic water, drought tolerant lawns, hard landscaping, and planting. An extensive list of drought resistant plants, shrubs and trees is included. To read Amanda's article, click here.
Angmering Medical Centre held its first Open Afternoon today (the next being on Tuesday 11 April, 2.00-4.00pm) and very well attended it was too. Parties of visitors were taken by guides around the complex. The Centre is a delight - thoughtfully designed for both patients and staff. It is light, airy, and has a number of techically advanced features. Congratulations go to all those people involved in the design and construction of the building. Lloyds Pharmacy, adjoining, is in an advanced state of fitting out. While the sales area is much the same size as the present shop in The Square, the modern shop has improved areas for the dispensary and staff which we are sure will benefit the public in the future. Both the Medical Centre and Lloyds Pharmacy open on 18 April. Perhaps the only aspect which people were not so keen on was the metal ramps and railings outside, but they will dull with age and people will soon get used to them. It is the inside which really matters. Photos of the site in April 2005 and April 2006 are shown below.
Station Road, having opened up yesterday evening after its 3-day closure for sewerage works, was distrupted again today after a leak occurred outside the Village Hall losing thousands of gallons of water in the process. Southern Water and contractors were on hand fairly quickly to dig up the road and try and stem the leak but water was still gushing out late in the morning. It is understood that the water supply to homes in The Thatchway, Mill Road, and possibly elsewhere, was affected.
Congratulations to Angmering-based Worthing Rugby Club who beat Bognor 26-3 to win the Sussex Trophy. This was the third year running that Worthing RFC have won the trophy confirming their status as the No. 1 rugby union club in Sussex.
A/28/06 - Retention of building for the storage of scaffolding at The Vinery, Arundel Road, Poling. For Vinery Management.
A/31/06/A - 1 No. externally illuminated promotional display unit at Roundstone Inn, Roundstone Lane, East Preston. For Whitbread Restaurants Plc.
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 27 April 2006.
It is with much regret that we learn that one of Angmering's District Councillors, Oliver Wingrove, died suddenly last night at the Arun Civic Centre in Littlehampton. Councillor Wingrove, 67, also represented Angmering and Findon as a County Councillor and was deputy cabinet member for strategic planning.
There were delays on the east-bound carriageway of the A27 at Hammerpot late this afternoon when a flock of sheep escaped from a nearby field and decided to stay on the road!
Continuing our commitment to research and publish Angmering history, four more pages of articles and resources have been added to this website in the last month. The article on the early history of The Square has been substantially revised and a completely new page added on the history of Church Road. Most local history resources end with the 1901 Census (at best) but now researchers have access to a new page containing names of residents and owners of property in Angmering from the so-called 1910 'Domesday' tax records. Finally, there is a brand new article on The Butchers of Ecclesden Manor, a wealthy couple who were generous benefactors of Angmering in the first half of the 20th century.