Angmering Village Life
ASRA - ASRA have requested an extension on their lease to enable them to apply for grants for a new building. The Parish Council have written to ADC and are awaiting a reply. ASRA are also working hard to increase awareness in the Parish and increase their membership.
Proposed Community Centre - An advert had now been placed for a Project Manager for the Community Centre with interviews taking place on 27th November 2007. An information sheet with questions and answers from the Open Meeting will be delivered to each household in the Parish within the next two weeks.
Noticeboards/Maps - The Senior Assistant Clerk reported that she had a quote from Fitzpatrick Woolmer for new maps, the cost would be £195 per map plus £50 for the work and £25 for the proof. Councillor Pat Turner reported that she had contacted Bay Studios in Littlehampton and they have given a verbal quote of £59-£69 per map, she will now follow up and get a detailed written quote.
The LIVE! Project - The Committee discussed how the Council should proceed with this project. Some initiatives were already being organised by our Tree Warden but overall the Committee decided it was too large a project to run at this stage due to lack of resource. However the Senior Assistant Clerk will contact the Angmering School to see if the volunteers can form a team/committee in conjunction with the Schools Eco Busters team.
Water Lane Site - Councillors Mark Edwards and Peter Logan had an on site meeting with Bell Gardens and it was agreed that the last quarters invoice would now be withdrawn. The Committee agreed that Mr Derek Whiting would now manage the Water Lane site on an ad hoc basis.
Bramley Green Recreation Area - The Committee discussed the request from Mrs Sue Smith for a hedge to be planted along the boundary of the recreation area and Carina Drive. The Committee were concerned that allowing the hedge to be planted on Council Land would set a precedent, and that other residents in the Parish could also request something similar. The Committee were also concerned that to set up legal agreements with the three home owners would incur additional costs and were worried about how could it be enforced in the future. The requested hedge would be approximately 90 metres long and would need a reasonable amount of maintaining. The Committee agreed not to grant permission but to look at transferring the goal posts and play equipment when the land is transferred from the Consortium.
Skateboard Park - The Parish Council had made the shortlist of 8 for the Big Lottery Peoples Millions grant in the Meridan TV area. If successful the intention is to provide a skateboard park for the youth of the village. Filming and voting will take place at the end of November.
A/154/07 - Outline application for demolition of existing house re-development with ten terraced houses and one flat at The Firs, Roundstone Lane. For LC Nicholas Limited. (Departure from Development Plan)
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 22 November 2007.
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Here are are a couple of events for your diary this week:
The monthly Village Market will be held this coming Saturday (3 November) at the Village Hall between 9.00am and 1.00pm. Your favourite foods will be there including Hempstead Foods (wonderful pies & sausages!), Cocoa Loco (for the chocoholic), East-West Bakery (organic breads), The Incredible Edible Gingerbread Company (which says it all!), local Hammerpot Brewery (beers) PLUS, for the first time, Iron Railway Vineyard (from Surrey). Additionally, start your Christmas shopping early from the large variety of Craft Stalls selling Jewellery; Cards; Pictures and Frames; House Signs to order; Patchwork; Soaps; Candles; Pot Pourri; Aloe Vera products; Baby Clothes; Hand painted China . and more. PLUS Plants and Hanging Baskets. If anyone requires more details or would like a stall at the market, contact Val Jerram on (01903) 774247.
Later on Saturday evening (3 November), the Community Film film this month is "BECOMING JANE" (2007) starring Anne Hathaway, James MacAvoy, Julie Waters, James Cromwell & Maggie Smith. The film starts at 7.00pm (doors open 6.45pm) at the Village Hall. Tickets £5.
Two parking meters ripped up from the West Beach area of Littlehampton last week have turned up in a field at the end of Dappers Lane. They had been broken open and set alight but it is not thought they contained a significant amount of money. Five meters (costing nearly £3000 each), have been stolen from Littlehampton recently but not all of them have been found. These are so called "intelligent" meters as they are fitted with mobile phone equipment which to send a text message to a parking information centre in Eastbourne if anyone tampers with them. As this phone equipment has proved ineffective in the current spate of thefts, the higher cost of installing these intelligent meters seems questionable.
Resignation of Councillors - The Chairman advised that Councillors Austine and Mayhead had been forced to resign due to work commitments. One new application has been received. Councillors were asked to try and find suitable replacements.
Graffiti Board - Due to obscene graffiti being sprayed on grave stones in St Margarets Church yard it has been decided not to pursue the idea of a graffiti board on Palmer Road recreation ground, particularly as a lot of young children use this site.
(a) Councillors Norman Hadley and Steven Mountain were appointed to represent the Council on the Community Centre Management Committee. (b) The issues raised at the Public Meeting, and answers to the issues, which would form the basis of a newsletter to be sent to all residents, were considered. Councillor Norman Hadley suggested incorporating a site plan with the newsletter as there were people who were unsure where the Community Centre would be built. This was agreed. (c)The proposed 3 metre extension to the main hall, to the west side, would allow for portable staging to be used for performances without reducing the seating capacity and would allow other activities such as short mat bowls to take place. The anticipated extra cost would be £40000.00. Councillor Sue Smith was unhappy that regular reports are not coming through from the working party meetings and was concerned that the proper decision making process was not of the extension be referred back to a joint meeting ( to be fully minuted) of the working party/Community Centre Management Committee and brought back to the next Parish Council meeting. This was agreed 6 votes in favour, 1 against, 1 abstention. (d) It was resolved to proceed with the application for planning permission as soon as the final plans are agreed. (e) It was resolved to proceed with negotiations to appoint a Project Manager. (f) It was resolved that the construction work would be put out to Tender.
At public question time, Mrs. Andrews asked why the Community Centre could not be built on the site of the proposed skate park. Councillor Mountain explained that this was outside the built up area and was designated for recreational use only. In reply to questions about Community Centre budgets and a business plan Councillor Edwards said that these were being produced. Sport England have been approached for a grant towards the extension.
Devolution of Services (Bramley Green) - The Clerk has spoken to TDS Ltd., (agents for the Consortium) and has reached agreement on money for some required repairs to be paid to the Council. A final walk round with the Solicitor had highlighted some additional small areas which will be coming to the Council.
Youth Activities - The application to the Big Lottery Fund for a grant (£80K) has been short listed and a representative of the fund will be attending the office on 9th October to verify the application. Councillor Steven Mountain has received some media training from Meridian TV in preparation of programme recording.
A259 (New Road) - The new junction on the A259 by Sainsburys will go ahead in 2008.
There appears to be a little confusion in the village as to what is happening at the Library and when. Currently, work is being carried out in the reference wing (that's the one where the photocopier, computers, and seating was) to convert half of it into a Children and Family Centre. This is part of the Government's Sure Start initiative and will aim to provide early education, family support and outreach to parents and children, parental involvement, support for parents wishing to consider training and employment, and family health services for families with children under 5.
The current works do not significantly affect the Library services which will remain open up to an including Saturday 24 November. After that, the Library will be closed from Monday 26 November for approximately three weeks while refitting of new shelves, new carpeting, etc will take place. It is then hoped to reopen the Library on Monday 17 December. It is pointed out, however, that this closure period very much depends on how refitting progresses. There will be no reduction in the amount of Library shelving as a result of the changes.
What will emerge from all of this is, of course, the new Children and Family Centre, a more attractive Library, a coffee machine, and improved Library opening hours which will be welcomed by the whole village. When the Children & Family Centre opens in January 2008, it is understood that the Library will then be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm from Mondays to Fridays, and current opening hours on Saturdays (i.e. 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm).
A/150/07 - Conservatory to rear at 28 Lucksfield Way. For Mr M Pallant.
A/153/07 - Replacement Caravan Park owner's accommodation (single detached dwelling) together with caravan park reception area) at Acorns Camping, Arundel Road. For Mr A Mariner. (Departure from Development Plan)
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 8 November 2007.
Fancy a fun evening in aid of a good cause? Well why not go to the "Murder Mystery Evening" at the Village Hall on Saturday 10 November 2007 (7.30pm for 8.00pm).
This is a short murder play by where the audience, sitting and dining at tables of 8 people, will later be able to ask questions and try and discover who-dun-it. There will be small prizes for the winning table. Supper will consist of lasagne, salad and French bread and will be served with a glass of wine. There will also be a raffle during the evening. Tickets are £9 per person and the event is in aid of the Childrens Liver Disease Foundation. Tickets are available by phoning (01903) 772845. Angmering organisations might like to participate in this fun evening as might individuals.
The mission of Children's Liver Disease Foundation (Charity No. 1067331) is to fight childhood liver disease through funding pioneering medical research, providing effective education and giving professional and caring support to families and young people with liver disease. The Foundation is Angmering Village Life's preferred charity.
There have been many additions on this website over the last three months which may not have been noticed by readers.
On the general side, there is of course the regular updating of the Policing page which will tell you what has been going on in Angmering in the last month and what new policing initiatives are being put into place. Elsewhere, you can read about the new Children and Family Centre which is currently being constructed in Angmering Library. Further, following the article in last quarter's Angmering Parish News, there is an aerial photo of Decoy Ponds & Wood together with their association with AA Milne and the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Also, don't forget the Traders' Directory as new businesses are being added to it every couple of weeks.
In our Articles section, an Angmering Photo Quiz has been added as has a further Reminiscence of Old Angmering. There is also a brand new Music area with an article on Sir Hubert Parry where you can listen to some of his works including his hymn tune "Angmering".
The local history section continues to expand and, since our last update on this page, additional church articles have been added including histories of the Organ, Pew Owners in 1850, Bells & Bell Ringers, and the Bells' Court Case of 1785. In the Resources area, records of the 1805 Land Tax have been added together with Kelly's Businesses & Organisations in1962.
Finally, a reminder for those who might have missed, or who would like to see, a news item or photo that has previously appeared on this page; these can be found in the News Archive that contains hundreds of pages going back to January 2005. The Archive contains its own search engine to assist you finding the news item you require.
At Monday night's Angmering Parish Council Meeting, the Council made a decision to proceed with the building of the Angmering Community Centre at Bramley Green despite protests from two or three members of the public, sixteen of whom were present at the meeting.
Read the Littlehampton Gazette's on-line news report on the discussion at the meeting by clicking here. A fuller report of this meeting and other Angmering news may be found in this week's Littlehampton Gazette.
For those who have missed the posters around the village, The Oxford Touring Theatre Company will be performing the classic Dylan Thomas work "Under Milk Wood" at The Angmering School on Thursday 11 October. This production has been brought to the village by the Angmering Community Association.
The 26th S.C.O.T.C.H. Annual Team Conker Competition will take place at The Spotted Cow, High Street on Sunday 14 October from 1.30pm. Proceeds are in aid of Chestnut Tree House. S.C.O.T.C.H. stands for "Spotted Cow Organisation To Create Help".
A/140/07 - Erection of a PVCu conservatory to the rear and side of the property at 9 Mill Road. For Mr & Mrs B Stuttard.
A/141/07 - To rebuild boundary wall on the north-east side of the property which was demolished by a vehicle. Previous height was 1m. The rebuilt wall to be 2m for privacy due to loss of trees. At Hammerpot House, Arundel Road, Hammerpot. For Mr Ian Leach.
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 1 November 2007.
Tonight (Monday 8 October) is the monthly meeting of Angmering Parish Council which will be held at the Church Hall (behind St Margaret's) at 7.30pm. Members of the public may attend but may only speak during the public question time (Item 10). Villagers attending the Public Meeting on 10 September will recall that the decision on the Community Centre would be discussed this evening and therefore Item 7e on the agenda is one that will probably interest villagers most of all; that is the Report from the Community Centre Working Party which includes the following:
1. To receive an update
2. To appoint a Council representative to the Angmering Community Centre Management Committee.
3. To receive a report from the Angmering Community Centre Management Committee.
4. To agree a budget of £500 for the Management Committee.
5. To review the public meeting held on 10th September.
6. To approve the proposed 3 metre extension to the main hall.
7. To approve proceeding with the planning application.
8. To approve the appointment of a Project Manager.
9. To agree if the plans should be put out to tender.
10. Councillors questions.
There are a number of Youth Centres in Angmering and adjoining parishes which may be of interest to the youth of this parish, and in particular from the age of 10 up to the age of 17 years. These activities include badminton, basketball, keep fit, judo, archery, internet activities, PS2, pool, air hockey, table top football, table tennis, dance mats, crafts, bands, music, drop-in youth café, etc.
For more details of these local youth activities from the West Sussex County Council Youth Service, click here
Here are are a couple of events for your diary this week:
The monthly Village Market returns this coming Saturday (6 October) and will be held as usual at the Village Hall between 9.00am and 1.00pm. Your favourite foods will be there including Hempstead Foods (wonderful pies & sausages!), StickyFingers (superb cakes), Cocoa Loco (for the chocoholic), The Incredible Edible Gingerbread Company (which says it all!), plus a chance to sample our local Hammerpot Brewery beers. Additionally, start your Christmas shopping early from the large variety of Craft Stalls selling Jewellery; Cards; Pictures and Frames; House Signs to order; Patchwork; Soaps; Candles; Pot Pourri; Aloe Vera products; Baby Clothes; Hand painted China . and more. PLUS Plants and Hanging Baskets. If anyone requires more details or would like a stall at the market, contact Val Jerram on (01903) 774247.
STOP PRESS - Angmering's new Bakery from Dappers Lane "East & West Bakery" (organic breads) will also be at the market!
Later on Saturday evening (6 October), the Village Film Shows make a welcome return with the 2007 film "MUSIC & LYRICS" starring Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore. The film starts at 7.00pm (doors open 6.45pm) at the Village Hall. Tickets £5.
A/134/07 - Two storey side extension at Hillcrest, High Street. For Mr G Lister.
A/138/07 - Removal of condition 5 from planning approval A/14/05/ granted 23rd November 2005 requiring the provision of an enlarged diverge taper (deceleration lane) from the A27. The Vinery, Arundel Road, Poling. For Vinery Management Ltd.
A/143/07 - New balcony to main bedroom at first floor level plus french doors for access onto same at 14 East Drive, Ham Manor. For Mr & Mrs P Roper.
A/145/07 - Resiting of 1 no additional dwelling following previous approvals A/134/05/ & A/23/06 at 4 Ambrersham Crescent. For Mr R Pikett.
A/146/07 - Alterations & extensions to existing dwelling & new garage with relocation of existing access to highway at Fairmead, North Drive. For Mr & Mrs G Harmes.
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 25 October 2007.