Angmering Village Life

News Archive

July 2012

Parish Emergency Flood Committee

Following the recent flooding in the village, Angmering Parish Council has set up an emergency committee which will be dealing with all emergencies in the village, paying special attention initially to the flooding crisis.

The committee is working closely with all the authorities, including the Emergency Services, West Sussex County Council, and the Environment Agency. They also wish to work closely with all the residents and businesses that have either been affected in the past, or believe they have the possibility of being affected in the future.

To read more about the committee and responses it is currently seeking, click here

27 July 2012

Snippets from the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 16 July 2012

Meeting with developers
A request was made (during the Public Consultation) that the minutes of the meetings between the Parish Council and Barratt Homes should be made public, in accordance with the statement made in minute 11/158 of the Parish Council meeting on 23rd April 2012. The Chairman stated that at the time of that meeting the Parish Council was being asked to have the meetings and that it was considering whether it should do so. Advice had been taken from its legal advisers indicating that such meetings should take place ‘....respecting any obligations of confidence’ and, when the request for the meeting was acted on, Barratt Homes specifically requested that they wanted to keep the details confidential until a planning application was finally made. For this reason, the meeting took place on 18th June 2012 with no formal agreed minutes being kept, although the Clerk had produced notes of the main points for use by Parish Councillors. Given that the notes are not agreed with the developer, their wider publication is inappropriate at this time. A similar meeting was held between the Parish Council and the potential developers of West End Nursery on 28th June 2012, with the same sort of notes being taken here. The Chairman apologised for the expectation that was given by minute 11/158, but assured the public that the Parish Council continued to work for the good of the Community in this respect.

Angmering Library
Following concerns about the long-term commitment in buying the building from West Sussex County Council brought about by the surveyor’s report commissioned by the Parish Council, it was thought that it would be inappropriate to make a firm offer at this time. On a proposal by Councillor Mountain, seconded by Councillor Turner it was unanimously RESOLVED to set a Working Group consisting of Councillors Turner, Verrinder and Francis to: • Get more information from West Sussex CC on intentions and costings • Determine what services are provided within the building • Determine what ‘social benefits’ are provided within the building • Determine what services could be provided and whether there are any further social benefits that could be provided from the building. • Determine whether a different location, either in an existing building or to be provided by developers, would provide a better alternative. • If the conclusion was to buy the building anyway, to draft a Business Plan encompassing the activities suggested above. • With all the above, to suggest how proposals might be dovetailed with the purposes of the Neighbourhood Plan. The group had already started work and had collected some information and data relating to the history of the building. It would report to a future meeting on its progress with a final reporting date by the end of October 2012.

Joint Downland Area Committee (JDAC) Report
Karl Roberts of ADC gave a presentation of Arun Priorities “Your Council 2013 – 2017.” Unfortunately this presentation is too long and difficult to forward by e-mail so a copy has been lodged with the Parish Office. There are three statements (by Arun District Council) which might interest you:-
1: Over the period 2013-2017 we aim to build council houses for rent for the first time in over 20 years – setting ourselves an initial target of 20 new homes by April 2016 for Arun residents who cannot afford to get on the first rung of the housing ladder
2: We want to see developers provide 1000 new affordable homes in Arun before 2015. Already in the past two years we have secured 466 homes towards this target. We will make sure that, wherever possible, new developments include houses built to Lifetime Care Standard, able to accommodate people with disabilities.
3:- Adopt our Local Plan by early 2014 so that we can protect the district from harmful development. We want development to be led by infrastructure needs – roads, transport and other public facilities and will do all we can to bring in external investment to achieve this.

To read the full minutes of this meeting, click here (PDF file)
To read the attachments to the minutes of this meeting, click here (PDF file)

27 July 2012

Snippets from the Minutes of the Parish Council's Policy & Finance Committee meeting on 12 July 2012

Office Organisation & Staffing
The Clerk had circulated his thoughts on the problems being experienced currently in further improving the performance of the office which would be further exacerbated in the near future with the potential retirement of at least one of the two support staff. He wished to achieve more efficient output in a number of defined areas and explained that, in order to carry out some succession planning, changes would be needed in the resources available. The details of the changes proposed would be drawn into a single report for the full Parish Council, tied in with consideration of the other matters that were covered in the following item on the direction of the organisation into the foreseeable future.

Quality Control
The failure of the Quality Status Bid had highlighted a number of issues in the practices used within the Council. The Clerk had circulated a paper on how improvements to the working arrangements would assist a future Quality bid. This paper had dealt with the role of Policy & Finance Committee; how its membership should be determined; an increase in frequency of Parish Council meetings and changes to the mechanics and conduct of Committee meetings. It was believed that the two reports on staffing and working arrangements be merged and one report produced for a full Parish Council meeting to try to make sure that conclusions were drawn on both in a coordinated way. It was AGREED that an extra Parish Council meeting be arranged in August to discuss this report, some of which will have to remain confidential for the time being, because of the potential urgency of the office requirements.

To read the full minutes of this meeting, click here (PDF file)

27 July 2012

Gratefest 2012

Gratefest 2012 will be held at The Spotted Cow on Sunday 29th July from 3.30pm. The event will be raising funds for Canine Partners and Chanctonbury Community Playscheme. Dead Grateful will be featuring, at the event, supported by The Empty Hearts (30th anniversary gig) and, at 7.30pm in the bar, Peter Ridge and friends from Shenanigans.

There will be a barbecue during the afternoon, and a raffle, raising funds for the charities. poster

Further information is available at

22 July 2012

Arun issues draft Local Plan

Arun District Council today issued their draft Local Plan as a consultation document. This can be found at .

Despite Angmering Parish Council and residents telling Arun for the last couple of years that there should not be more than 150 new homes in Angmering between now and 2028, the plan is proposing nearly 500 for Angmering, dependant on certain basic criteria being met on roads, schools and proximity to the South Downs National Park.

Arun will be holding "drop in" sessions throughout the district between now and the beginning of September. The one they will be holding in Angmering will be held on Saturday 4 August (11am - 3pm) in Angmering Village Hall, Station Road. Residents are being encouraged to meet with the Council’s planners to learn more about how the plan and give their views.

19 July 2012

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL" (2011) [PG13] at 7.45pm on Saturday 28 July - doors open at 7.15pm.

An all-star cast with Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup, Celie Imrie, and Dev Patel. A group of British retirees decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and love can begin again when you let go of the past. poster

Tickets priced at £5 are available in advance from the Community Centre Office, Woodies News, and Angmering Framing & Stitches, or at the door (subject to availability).

18 July 2012

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 11/07/12)

A/73/12/T - Fell 2 No Pine trees at 31 East Drive, Ham Manor. For: Mr S Lee.

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 9 August 2012.

To see applications, plans, design statements, etc, type the Application Reference Number (such as those above) into Arun District Council's "Application Search Facility ", click on the Search button, and click on the hyperlink reference when selected application is returned - then select "Documents".

18 July 2012

Music Mania at the Rugby Club

We have received notification that between Friday 3rd August and Sunday 5 August, there will be a Music Mania Scooter Weekend at Worthing Rugby Club in Roundstone Lane. The main feature of the weekend will be live music from 3.00pm by various bands and dancing until late into the evening on the Friday and Saturday nights, but there will also be trade stalls, a beer tent, food vans, hog roast, BBQ, etc. at the ground over that weekend. Many scooter riders will attend or camp at the ground before riding out on the Sunday morning to go to an event in Brighton.

A concerned local resident has been in touch with Arun District Council who have been having meetings with the organisers and they have been assured that the music will finish around 11.00pm, in accordance with the Rugby Club's licence. They have told the resident that, in the event of people being disturbed by the Scooter Weekend, they can contact the standby team at Arun on (01903) 713976 who are aware of possible problems.

For more information on this event see

16 July 2012

Community Fête - this Saturday


The 2012 Angmering Community Fête will be held this Saturday (14 July) on Mayflower Park (south Bramley Green) between 10.30am and 4.30pm. Entrance is free. The Fête has been in the planning for over a year and, subject to the weather, could well be one of the biggest village events in recent years.

There will be a programme of arena events throughout the day including TS Implacable, Reedland Retrievers (Gun Dogs), Birds of Prey, Choi Kwang Do, Samba Band, Zumba, Silk Road Belly Dancers, Wanna-Do Cheerleaders, and a display by the Sussex Tornados. There will be many stalls and sideshows run by village organisations or their representatives, a Fancy Dress Competition, as well as rides for children and refreshments. Angmering Village Life will also be there showing many old photos of the village and will have some publications on sale.

Colin Cox will have dodgem cars there as well as the other rides for children. What he is terming his "Funfair" will be open on Friday evening (13th) from 6 p.m. as well all day on the Saturday from 10.30 a.m. until 9.30 p.m.

As a continuation of the community day, there will be an Evening Dance at the Community Centre from 7.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Dancing will be to to “Hunny Bunch”, the South’s top 60’s Rock Band. The ticket price is £10.00 to include a Cold Buffet Supper. Bring your own drinks. Tickets are available from Angmering Parish Council office, Woodies News, and Angmering Framing & Stitches. There will also be raffles and prize draws.

Organisers hope that residents from all parts of Angmering will come and support these events. Some parking will be available in the car park at the south of Mayflower Park. Vehicles would access this via Mayflower Way (off Roundstone Lane by the car sales lot).

10 July 2012

Record number of students attend Prom

A record attendance in excess of 210 students celebrated their leaving of Year 11 at the Angmering School in style and with great panache on Friday 29 June. Friends, family and neighbours came to watch the arrivals which included a double-decker bus, horse and carriage, vintage cars and even an ice- cream van. The students looked elegant in their stunning dresses and suits. The students danced the night away, consumed the excellent food and the evening culminated in a most impressive firework display


Martin Lury, Head of Year, and Gina Sime who organised the Prom were quoted as saying "The students were a credit to themselves, the school and the community as a whole and we wish them the best of luck as they plan their futures".

The Prom King was James Moore (aged 16) and the Prom Queen was Darcy Smith (ages 15).

8 July 2012