Angmering Village Life
The "Save Angmering Village " group (see logo - right) will be holding a Public Meeting at Angmering Community Centre on Sunday March 25th from 3.00pm to 5:30pm to discuss the 301 new homes that David Wilson/Barratt Homes are planning to build on land to the east of Roundstone Lane which has hitherto been protected from development. The land in question is north of Worthing Rugby Club and includes Manor Nurseries at the far end of the High Street. This Public Meeting will be held a day after David Wilson/Barratt Homes' second Public Exhibition at the Village Hall on Saturday 24th March 10am-5pm.
The group will be asking our Parish Councillors to come along to the meeting and answer questions. They hope that as many villagers as possible will come to this Public Meeting to show they care about the future of the village and are urging readers to tell everyone about the meeting as support of the whole village is needed.
In the meantime, villagers may have noticed that a number of cameras have been errected this week in The Square and at the junction of Station Road/Greenwood Drive. It is understood that these are part of a new traffic survey being undertaken by David Wilson/Barratt Homes with the agreement of West Sussex County Council.
Four local artists are exhibiting their paintings in the foyer at the Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Avenue, Bramley Green, from 1st - 31st March. They have all been painting for several years and enjoy membership of various local art groups. You will see a variety of subjects in different media to please all tastes. All four artists enjoy exhibiting in local exhibitions and have been successful in selling their work.
All paintings being exhibited are for sale and the relevant artist can be contacted via the Centre's office. They are also happy to accept commissions.
A/8/12/TC - Surgery to a various trees (within the Angmering Conservation Area) at Bow Cottage, High Street. For: Mr C Jeffries.
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 15 March 2012.
Our Member of Parliament, Nick Herbert, Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, will be holding an 'Open Evening' on Friday 2 March, 6pm - 7pm in the King Suite at Angmering Village Hall, Station Road. Residents may have questions they wish to ask about the economy, the EU, policing, housing development policy and processes, etc.
With the accoustic problems now resolved at Angmering Community Centre, film shows will resume there next month with a really exciting programme planned for the next 6 months.
The first film to be shown at the Centre is "SHERLOCK HOLMES - A GAME OF SHADOWS" [PG13] at 7.45pm on Saturday 10 March. Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his longtime trusted associate, Doctor Watson (Jude Law), take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), with the help of Holmes's older brother Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) and a gypsy named Sim (Noomi Rapace). poster
Tickets priced at £5 are available from the Community Centre Office, Woodies News, & Angmering Framing and Stitches. Association Members can obtain a 10% Discount in advance at Centre Office only.
And the next film to be shown on Saturday 14 April? WAR HORSE
A/6/12 - Erection of a storage shed on land to the west of Harley Bungalow at Harley Bungalow, 7 Ashmead Way, Bramley Green. For: Mr L Bilotti.
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 March 2012.
The Lamb in the centre of the village, which is hoping to re-open in
April, is now looking for experienced Front of House staff who will "help
excite customers with great service and a passion for the hospitality
industry". They are currently looking for an experienced Assistant Manager
and Supervisor, who has a background in busy, fresh food gastro pubs. See
Mayflower Park - Jubillee Crown of
The report of the Chair was noted and Councillor Francis advised members that based on the three quotations obtained, Members would need to decide on the factors of cost versus size. Councillor Bos proposed the quotation from Culberry Nurseries for the purchase of seven agreed varieties at a total cost of £140.94 be accepted (including additional 10% discount) and was seconded by Councillor Gillett and agreed unanimously. Councillor Francis also confirmed that an article had been submitted for the next edition of the Parish Newsletter regarding sponsorship of the trees.
Community Centre Site - Replacement
It had been confirmed that the two trees being grown on the allotment site were too small, and Councillor Francis proposed the purchase of two English Oak trees approximately 7 high with minimum 10-15 diameter, which would be staked only. One quotation had been obtained to date and Councillor Turner proposed the purchase of two trees at a cost of no more than £80 each, seconded by Councillor Bicknell and agreed unanimously.
Water Lane Garden - Memorial Tree for Bert
The Chair referred to her report , confirmed a Witch Hazel had been purchased for £48.50, and it was suggested that 2 February at 11.30 was convenient time for the planting ceremony. Councillors Turner, Francis and Bos to attend.
South East in Bloom
A fund raising Quiz Night has now been advertised for Saturday 3 March with a Titanic theme and tickets are available from the Parish Council office.
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If you were unable to attend the developers' consultation day in the Village Hall last Saturday to view the proposals for the 301 new properties east of Roundstone Lane, David Wilson Homes/Barratt Homes have made the presentation boards available on their websites at:
There are 11 presentation boards (pdf files) that you can view and print.
Persimmon Homes are proposing to build another 200 properties on the land presently owned by Worthing Rugby Club - immediately to the south of the David Wilson/Barratt proposed development - but Persimmon have not yet made their plans public.
You can keep up-to-date with developments on the various proposals and protests by visiting the "Save Angmering Village" group website.
Further to our news item dated 26 January, 2012, the managing director of Manor Nurseries, Richard Lovejoy, has subsequently issued the following definitive statement:
"We are not closing, we are actively seeking to relocate within four or five miles of where we are now. We have been negotiating with the developers and they are amenable to us continuing in business while their plans go through. It has just happened sooner than we expected." (source: Littlehampton Gazette)
Resignation of Councillor Phil
The Chairman stated that Councillor Levericks resignation was a great loss to the Parish Council, leaving gaps in his roles as Chairman of both the Planning Committee and the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group. On a proposal by Councillor Graham it was unanimously AGREED that a letter be sent to Phil expressing the thanks of the Parish Council for the work he did that was always above and beyond the call of duty.On a proposal by The Chairman it was unanimously AGREED that the replacement councillor on the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group would be taken by Councillor Tony Shire.
The Chairman stated that the Traders Night had been a great success, ending with a £520 profit, £260 of which was donated to the Youth Forum bus project. At the time, they had match funding from the government which meant this figure was doubled to £520. Thank you to everyone who helped, especially the office with the Tombola thanks to Sylvia and Julia also.
The Clerk had circulated a summary of the discussions and negotiations to date, a copy of which is attached to these minutes. He also explained that the continuation of this project and the resultant budget and precept setting were linked, with a total cost of £34,330 needing to be found in the first year. Three quotations for the building survey had been received ranging from a total cost of £1,250 to £2,500 and the acceptance of the lowest, subject to further verification by the Clerk, would be obtained by emailing every councillor and obtaining agreement. Once this had been done, the Clerk would arrange for the survey to be carried out. The next stage in the acquisition of the building would be for a series of leases and Service level agreements to be put together, which would be circulated to all councillors for agreement, hopefully in time for a full discussion and acceptance of the project at the next full council meeting in March.
Budget & Precept
Councillor Biss believed that the suggested increase in precept, which amounted to around 15%, was too much in the current economic circumstances. The Clerk explained that, for the first time, the Localism Act contained potential controls on the level of precepts for Parish Councils in that the Government may require them to hold a referendum on increases of more than a certain percentage. For 2012/2013 the Secretary of State had said that there would be no such requirement for Parish Councils, but indicated that there might be in the future.
On a proposal by Councillor Mariner, seconded by Councillor Winn it was RESOLVED, by a vote of 10 1, to adopt the P&F recommendation and to increase the precept for the 2012/2013 to £261,253, or £80.07 per Band D property and to ring-fence £34,330 for the Library project.
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