Angmering Village Life

News Archive

July 2006

Arts & Crafts for Children

Are your children looking to do something interesting this holiday? If so, they may be interested in the Art & Craft Workshops that Art Antics are running in the Village Hall. These workshops are for children aged between 5 and 12 and will be held on Thursday 3 August, Friday 4 August, Thursday 10 August, and Friday 11 August. Costs are £6 per session - booking is essential. Phone 776727 to book or obtain further details.

(30 July 2006)

Weather Station

Apologies to those people looking at our rainfall statistics. The electrical activity several days' ago has caused problems with our rain gauge transmissions leading to loss of statistics. All other gauges (temp, pressure, windspeed, humidity) seem to be working normally.

(27 July 2006)

Snippets from Parish Council Meeting Minutes of 10 July

Changes in Councillors - Cllrs Victor Barnard and Carole Mason had resigned. Mrs Sue Smith and Mr Steven Godley were co-opted as new parish councillors.

Policing - PCSO Oakley's duties in Findon have now ended which will allow her to spend much more time in Angmering. A PC has also been assigned to the area and is looking at single crimes and will be undertaking general patrols. During June there were 42 reported crimes in Angmering, and increase of 11 over the previous month, mainly due to burglaries.

Report from WSCC - County Councillor Deborah Urquhart has made enquiries with Highways about flashing warning signs for the 20 mph zone through the Village and is waiting a reply. Information on the damaged footbridge is being sent to the office on a regular basis. The JEAAC meeting scheduled for 11th July will be discussing cycle paths and the question of a path from Dappers lane to the Oval Raceway will be raised

Junior Parish Councillors - Tom Burton was co-opted as Angmering's first Junior Parish Councillor. It is hoped that 5 Junior Parish Councillors will be appointed, one for each committee. They will be non-voting.

Chain of Office - It was suggested that a "chain of office" was needed for the Chairman's partner at official functions.

Pinch points and car parking - Cllr Nigel Nunn asked that the next Highways meeting consider reviewing all trafic calming pinch points, and car parking in Arundel Road close to St Margaret's School.

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(26 July 2006)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 29)

A/55/06 - Open and close window to bathroom at 2A Carina Drive. For Ms J Searle.

A/107/06/A - 1 No. externally illuminated fascia sign (Resubmission following A/64/06/A) at Angmering Medical Centre, Station Road. For AAH Plc.

A/109/06 - To raise boiler chimney to 20m height at West End Nursery, Roundstone Lane. For For Humber VHB.

A/113/06 - Conservatory to side elevation at Westering, Station Road. For Mr & Mrs Carey.

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 17 August 2006.

(26 July 2006)

Angmering Village Challenge for Children

Do your children get bored during the holidays? Would they like to do something really interesting, imaginative and creative this Summer with the chance of winning prizes? If so, then try the Angmering Village Challenge for Children which has been devised by the Angmering Community Association. This involves looking for clues around the village (accompanied by an adult) and much more! After completing the Challenge, they can hand the resulting work into their schools - St Margaret's or St Wilfrid's - at the beginning of the Autumn Term. You can register you child's interest and pick up the Challenge Questionnaire at Angmering Library. For further details click here.

You can read more about the new Angmering Community Association and other community news by visiting their website at

(22 July 2006)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 28)

A/101/06/TC - Reduce branches of 1 No. Horse Chestnut tree, fell 1 No. Split Oak tree and crown raise vegetation along path and around street lights within the Angmering Conservation Area at Pond House, Roundstone Lane. For Mr & Mrs Hope.

A/102/06 - Conversion of existing garage and store to accommodation with new porch at Vine Cottage, High Street. For Mr R Woods.

A/103/06 - Provision of fire exit and fire escape from 1st floor at Syon House, High Street. For Chapman Group Ltd.

A/104/06/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for the provision of fire exit and fire escape from 1st floor at Syon House, High Street. For Chapman Group Ltd.

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 10 August 2006.

(20 July 2006)

Highway Works

Water Lane - 14 July for one week: Temporary 2-way traffic signals between 9.00am and 4.00pm for installation of new BT service by McNicholas. However, on Sunday 16 July, McNicholas will install 3-way traffic signals just for that day at the junction of Water Lane and Dappers Lane for a separate job.

(12 July 2006)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 27)

A/96/06 - Formation of new domestic kitchen garden involving conversion of redundant piggeries/stables to new greenhouse, garden store and potting and tool sheds. Demolition of existing store and piggeries/stables and construction of new family/garden store, gardeners machinery store and residential garage at Littlefield Manor, Golfers Lane. For Mr & Mrs S 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 3 August 2006.

(12 July 2006)

Charity Event at Manor Nurseries

To mark the official opening of their new Coffee Shop, Manor Nurseries (opposite the Spotted Cow at the top of the High Street) are holding a St Barnabas Hospice fund-raising event on Tuesday 25 July between 10am and 4pm. St Barnabas will be having a Home-made Cake stall, a Gift Shop and will be serving Strawberry Cream Teas. Children can take along their teddies for a teddybears' picnic. Additionally, Manor Nurseries' staff will be conducting guided tours around the nursery and answering your questions on plants and garden products.

(11 July 2006)

Planning refusal - Planning Application No. A/153/05

Residents will be interested to learn that Arun District Council, after long deliberations, has now refused planning permission to demolish the existing house and commercial buildings and caravan storage area at Downsview and Coopers on the Littlehampton Road and the erection of affordable houses for approx 250 people on the site in the so-called energy efficient scheme. The reasons for refusal are as follows:

  1. The site lies outside the built-up area and the proposal, being unrelated to the needs of agriculture, forestry, recreation, the extraction of minerals or disposal of waste, conflicts with policy LOC2 of the West Sussex Structure Plan and GEN2, GEN3 of the Arun District Local Plan which seeks to protect the countryside, and ensure that the amount of land taken for development is kept to a minimum.
  2. The proposal is unacceptable because the land is not allocated in any Local Plan or otherwise identified by the Local Planning Authority for residential development and the proposal would not constitute infilling or redevelopment within an existing built-up area. It, therefore, conflicts with housing policies NE1 of the West Sussex Structure Plan and GEN1 and GEN2 of the Arun District Plan.
  3. There is insufficient information to enable the Local Planning Authority to assess the highway implications of the proposal. The proposal is therefore contrary to policy NE17 of the West Sussex Structure Plan.
  4. The development proposed generates a need for public infrastructure in the form of financial contributions towards education infrastructure.No Section 106 Unilateral Undertaking has been submitted in order to secure this requirement and the development, therefore, conflicts with policy DEV3 of the West Sussex Structure Plan and policy GEN8 of the Arun District Local Plan.
  5. The applicant indicates that all of the proposed dwellings would be affordable housing but no Section 106 Unilateral Undertaking has been submitted to secure the provision of affordable housing for the long term including socially rented housing. The proposed development, therefore, conflicts with policy NE3 of the West Sussex Structure Plan and policies DEV17 and DEV18 of the Arun District Local Plan.
  6. If this proposal were permitted the Local Planning Authority would find it difficult to resist similar proposals in the vicinity, the cumulative effect of which would be to alter the character of the locality to the serious detriment of the amenities of the area in conflict with policies LOC1, DEV1 of the West Sussex Structure Plan and GEN7 of the Arun District Local Plan.
  7. The proposal poses an unacceptable risk of contamination to controlled waters. There is shallow chalk groundwater beneath this site and therefore this location is particularly sensitive to pollution. The previous historical activities associated with this site may have caused, or have the potential to cause contamination. At this stage no assessments have been carried out to provide certainty that the proposal is acceptable and in accordance with PPS 23.
(10 July 2006)

Wild Orchids, etc

One of the most beautiful flowers that grow in our countryside are the wild orchids. A village resident came upon a Bee Orchid in Dappers Lane the other day and a few days' later spotted a Pyramidal Orchid and a Round-Headed Rampion (not an orchid) on the way to Highdown.

The Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera) (see picture on right taken by local resident) resembles a female bumble bee - particularly to the male bumble bee, which flies from flower to flower attempting to mate with this attractive female. The result is the pollination of the flower. The Bee Orchid is usually found on sunny grass verges on chalky soil. The site should be quite wild, not mown too often, and backed by a hedge to shield it from N to NE winds.

The Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) has a pure pink flower head and is found, often in quite large numbers, on chalk downland in July.

Also on the Highdown slopes, a Round-Headed Rampion (Phyteuma tenerum) was spotted. This flower is sometimes known as "The Pride of Sussex" since it is found only on a few sites on the chalk downs of South-East England.

(10 July 2006)

Traffic Chaos

Photo copyright John Turner

There was traffic chaos in and around Angmering from mid-afternoon onwards today after the jib of a lorry-mounted crane hit the footbridge on the A259 necessitating police to close the road between the Texaco and Roundstone roundabouts. Traffic was diverted along Worthing Road, East Preston and then back north over the railway line.

There were severe delays and queues extended back north into the village (see photo - right) and up Water Lane. The footbridge sustained what appears to be minor damage but has been closed for safety reasons until the damage has been assessed and any necessary repairs undertaken.

(Photo: courtesy of John Turner)

(5 July 2006)


Storms hit Angmering this morning at about 6.00am and gave us some much needed rain. However, a house in Highdown Close, Bramley Green, was struck by lightening which resulted in several dozen roof tiles being dislodged, electric cables burnt out, and flooding. Fortunately no one was injured. There were flash floods in parts of the village but notably in The Square. This drained away quite quickly.

(5 July 2006)

'Meeting Point' Child Contact Centre

A new venture is beginning in the village on Saturday 16th September providing an opportunity for parents in this part of West Sussex who are separated from daily contact with their children to meet them in a neutral, friendly and relaxed environment. Provision of such contact is frequently a cause of conflict between the 'resident' and the 'absent' parent and the objective of 'Meeting Point' is to overcome some of these problems.

With the support and encouragement of the Rector and PCC of St. Margaret's Church, parents and children will be welcomed to the church hall from 10.00 am to 12 noon on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. A team of volunteers will act as hosts, providing coffee and light refreshments. They also offer support for both parents and children but there is no supervision by the volunteers and the children remain the responsibility of the parent/s at all times.

Introduction to this opportunity can only be by the courts, family work solicitors, the mediation service or CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service).

'Meeting Point' is associated with the National Association of Child Care Centres (a registered charity) and has been set up in accordance with their best practice. One practical request: toys and games in good condition and suitable for children aged between 4 and 11 would be gratefully received. Younger children will have the use of toys already provided for the toddler group which meets in the church hall during the week. Any enquiries to (07758) 300466.

(5 July 2006)

Angmering Day Nursery - Open Day

Angmering Day Nursery in Station Road will be having another 'open day' for the Nursery on Saturday 15th July from 10am-3pm. All pre-school children and their parents (as well as interested villagers!) will be welcome to go and have a look around and see what the nursery has to offer in terms of the quality of care, equipment and education.

You can also get details about this new and impressive nursery by visiting their website at

(5 July 2006)

Snippets from Parish Council Environmental & Leisure Committee Meeting of 28 June

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Proposed Community Centre - Two days before questionnaires from residents needed to be returned, there had been 376 responses which contained 41 offers of help in the management of the Centre. A modular building would cost between £750 and £1000 per sq metre according to estimates.

Parish News - This will in future be edited by an editorial group consisting of all councillors with the Senior Assistant Clerk co-ordinating within the Parish Office.

Water Lane Site - The Committee accepted Bell Leisure's quotation for the maintenance of the site for the coming year.

St Nicholas Gardens - A contract had been issued to Mr Derek Whiting for working in St St Nicholas Gardens for 2-3 hours per week.

Village Map - The sites for the location of the map were agreed as (a) Roundstone Lane (south of Bramley Way) and (b) the Village Green (by the pathway).

(5 July 2006)

Angmering Planning Applications (List 26)

A/95/06 - Approval of Reserved Matters following outline application A/122/05 for the demolition of the existing house and outbuildings - residential redevelopment to provide 8 two-bed apartments at Dane Acre, Roundstone Lane. For Jamesland Homes Ltd.

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 July 2006.

(5 July 2006)

Snippets from Parish Council Meeting Minutes of 12 June

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Traffic Calming - WSCC had promised “flashing” signs to police the 20 mph zone.

Community Centre - To date three manufacturers have presented guide prices for a pre-fabricated building which are half the costs of a traditional brick and tile build. The Council agreed to pursue steel framed construction methods for a single storey Community Centre building.

Polling Station - The Council will support the case of residents in Carina Drive using the Village Hall rather than the Rugby Club as their polling station

Office Opening Hours - A proposal to open the Parish Council office until 4.00pm on Monday to Friday was discussed now that 3 office staff were employed. As some difficulties were seen, it was agreed that the matter would be referred to the Policy and Resources Committee for consideration.

Councillors' Photographs - Cllr Mark Edwards believed that having photographs of all Councillors and staff would give a higher profile to the Council and make everyone more easily identifiable. Cllr Jeni Black was not comfortable with this. It was agreed that only photographs of Councillors supporting the scheme would be displayed.

Parish Council Website - Cllr Mike Hill-Smith introduced Tom Burton who will be helping to bring the web site up to date.

Junior Parish Councillors - Tom Burton is also interested in becoming a Junior Parish Councillor. This idea will be discussed at the next Policy and Resources Committee meeting.

Water Glasses - Cllr Jeni Black asked if glasses and pitchers could be purchased and kept in the library for Councillors' use on hot evenings. To be discussed at Policy and Resources Committee meeting.

Chairman's Charity - The “Chairman’s Charity” this year was Chestnut Tree House which was the same charity that the Chairman of Arun District Council was supporting. The PC Chairman (Cllr Hughes) challenged District Council Chairman (Cllr Haymes) to a team Go-Kart race at the Oval raceway.

(2 July 2006)

Angmering Flower & Produce Show

Don't forget it's the Angmering Flower & Produce Show this afternoon - 2.00pm at Pigeon House, High Street (west of Weavers Hill) - a wonderful location.

(1 July 2006)