Angmering Village Life

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October 2012

Snippets from the Minutes of the Parish Council's Highways Committee meeting on 23 October 2012

Bramley Green Road Adoption
SW reported she had chased West Sussex County Council regarding the work that had to be done but they still didn’t know the date.

Arundel Road/A27 Parking Problems
Councillor Bos said that this road area was not covered by West Sussex County Council but by the Highways Agency so WSCC had referred the matter to them. Councillor Bicknell said the overhanging bushes and shrubs did not help the view. SW will report the bushes to WSCC.

Disabled Parking
There is only one disabled space in the village, although another one or two would be welcome, but because the number of spaces is limited, it would be better to create a new space rather than convert. Councillor Bicknell said he thought there was space for another vehicle outside the Pearl Dental surgery. Councillors Mariner, Biss and Bos will investigate and report back to the Committee.

Padgett's Crossing
The work had been done on the Roundstone Level crossing. Councillor Bos said that we were still waiting for the meeting with WSCC and Network Rail on the future of Pagetts Crossing. Councillor Bos also said that the road either side of the level crossing was in poor condition and needed repair. SW will chase Sue Furlong on both these issues.

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)

30 October 2012

Candle causes fire

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was called to a terraced house in Parsons Close on Bramley Green at 5:17pm yesterday (Wednesday) after a Candle Bag placed on a windowsill set light to the bedroom blind and window sill.

The occupier, a woman in her 30s, had left the Halloween-themed candle bag burning while she left the house briefly to pick up her daughter. Thankfully, a vigilant neighbour spotted smoke in the upstairs window and raised the alarm by calling 999. A fire crew from Littlehampton were on the scene within minutes but thankfully discovered on entering the property that the fire, which was contained to the blind and window sill, had burnt itself out.

Candle Bags are flame retardant paper bags which, when a tea light is placed inside, are increasingly being used to create both indoor and outdoor lighting effects. Similar in concept to Chinese Lanterns, they are used for special occasions such as Halloween, Christmas, birthdays, weddings, festivals and other events.

Speaking afterwards, Littlehampton Watch Manager, Ian Paine, said: "Thankfully, the fire was contained to the window area and didn't spread but potentially this could have been a serious incident. It appears that the occupier used more than the recommended number of tea lights to create a really bright decorative effect. The excess heat they created caused the window sill and blind to begin to melt. To my knowledge this is the first time we've been called to an incident specifically involving a candle bag. However, like any product that involves a naked flame it's vital that the manufacturer's instructions are followed very carefully. We would also stress how important it is to keep these kind of products out of draughts and well away from curtains and other flammable materials".

Mr Paine added: "Of course, one of the best things you can do to protect your family from fire is to make sure you have working smoke alarms installed in your home and test them regularly. We offer free Home Fire Safety Checks why not give our Community Fire Safety Team on 01243 642879 to find out if you are eligible for one."

1 November 2012

Snippets from the Minutes of the Parish Council's Leisure Committee meeting on 18 October 2012

Fletcher's Field Fitness Equipment
Following the update report from the Assistant Parish Clerk, Members agreed to submit a funding application to Arun District Council for eight pieces of equipment, estimated at £12,800 plus VAT. Alternative funding streams were also under consideration. Members were advised consultation was ongoing with agreement to date from the Angmering Society and the Trustees of Fletcher’s Field, and it was agreed an article would be in the next Newsletter advising local residents of the proposals.

Palmer Road Play Area
Councillor Verrinder advised Members that she had become aware that the Parish Council ASRA Working Party was in discussion with Arun District Council regarding the future usage of the Recreation Ground and this could include an alteration to the location of the Play area. Members agreed to defer any request for a play area upgrade until further details become available from the Working Party.

Mayflower Park
Members discussed the project for the skate bowl area and the proposed BMX track. Tracklayout options had been submitted by two contractors, with estimated installation costs provided subject to site inspections. It was AGREED that to progress this project, contractor site visits need to be arranged with Members present and their charges would have to be met at this stage from the budget. The Committee would then be in a better position to consider the type of project and the external funding required.

Christmas Tree
Members discussed the purchase and the problem of a suitable location which had access to electricity to power the lights. Previous sites were found to be unsuitable, and others did not have a suitable power supply at the present time. Councillor Verrinder PROPOSED that, in view of these problems, a Christmas Tree is not purchased this year but a solution to the electricity supply issue and any cost involved is investigated to enable a tree to be placed in the village centre next year.

Village Pram Race
Councillor Verrinder advised Members that an approach had been made by Michael Johnson to organise a charity fund raising event, using The Lamb At Angmering and St. Nicholas Garden as the starting and finishing points. Further information has been requested from Mr. Johnson and it is understood he is discussing the possibility of the road closures with West Sussex County Council and will then report to this Committee with more detailed proposals.

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)

30 October 2012

Community Film Show

The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN" (2011) [12A] at 7.45pm on Saturday 10 nOVEMBER - doors open at 7.30pm.

The film, named British Comedy of the Year, stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. A visionary sheik believes his passion for the peaceful pastime of salmon fishing can enrich the lives of his people, and he dreams of bringing the sport to the not so fish-friendly desert. Willing to spare no expense, he instructs his representative to turn the dream into reality, an extraordinary feat that will require the involvement of Britain's leading fisheries expert who happens to think the project both absurd and unachievable. That is, until the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary latches on to it as a 'good will' story.

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).

30 October 2012

Fence set on fire

The WSF&RS was yesterday eveniong called to the twitten between Mill Road Avenue and Station Road where a fence had been set on fire. They extinguished the blaze using buckets of water. Thet are treating the fire as deliberate ignition.

This is the fourth suspicious fire in Angmering in the last two weeks!

30 October 2012

MP criticizes Local Plan

Our MP, Nick Herbert, has strongly criticized Arun District Council (ADC) over its draft Local Plan's adherence to the soon to be redundant "South East Regional Spatial Strategy Plan" and to its housing proposals for Angmering and Barnham/Eastergate/Walberton.

You can see Mr Herbert's recently published letter dated 24 September to ADC directly from his own website or via the Save Angmering Village (SAV) website.

If you would like to question Mr Herbert further, you will have the opportunity to do this at his Public Meeting at The Angmering School on Friday 16 November between 7.30pm and 8.30pm when he will be seeking local residents' views on possible new housing.

29 October 2012

Birds of prey killed in fire

Crews from East Preston, Arundel and Littlehampton Fire & Rescue Service were called to a fire in a wooden outbuilding at Herons Farm in Dappers Lane at about 3.00am this morning. The fire took about two hours to extinguish but it is thought that it started accidentally. Two birds of prey died in the blaze and the building was completely destoyed.

27 October 2012

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 17/10/12)

A/103/12 - New workshop and office building at Unit 9b Roundstone Automotive Park, Mayflower Way. For:PHN Motors Limited.

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 November 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".

25 October 2012

Industrial unit damaged by arson

The WSF&RS was called to an industrial unit in Dappers Lane at about 1.30am this morning. A team from the East Preston station using breathing aperatus extinguished a fire adjacent to a unit that was damaged by radiant heat from the blaze. The fire was adjudged to have been deliberate and police attended the scene.

22 October 2012

Another great year for Cricket Club

Angmering Cricket Club has concluded another busy season, both for their junior and their Sunday teams. The 2012 junior cricket season started back January as the Acorns entered the Under 16 indoor winter league for the first time. Despite losing all 6 league matches, the gap closed throughout the fixture schedule as players got used to the different format and were unlucky to lose to Littlehampton in an even contest.

2012 also saw another milestone for the junior side with the club entering its first ever league team into the Western Area league at under 15 level. The squad did themselves proud winning one game against East Preston and losing 3 matches. As with previous years, the Acorns played a number of friendly matches - well contested sporting fixtures, winning 4, including victory at Worthing and Eastergate against a single loss. All players progressed well over the season and we look forward to our second season at the winter indoor league and another season of league cricket in 2013. New junior players of all abilities aged between 10 and 16 are always welcome and should contact Russ or Alice Sopp on 07840 773312.

  2012 Junior Team 2012 Sunday Team at Nutley

Angmering's Sunday side also had an improved season, winning 5 and drawing 5 of their 19 fixtures. The side made an excellent start, winning matches against Brighton & Hove and Pathfinder before a mid-season slump in form. The side finished positively, drawing 4 of their final 5 fixtures, 2 of which saw run chases falling narrowly short of the victory target. Jim Hughes was the leading wicket taker with 22, whilst Phil Mitchell, Tim Pearson, Luke Faulkner and Harry Hughes all impressed with the ball. Ashleigh Hilton lead the batting averages with an average of 33, whilst Tim Pearson was leading run scorer with 258 runs and Richard Hughes hit his first fifty for the side.

The club would like to thank David O Jones, Holmes Estate Agents, Projects Abroad, Chandlers BMW, and Angmering Framing & Stitches for supporting the club throughout 2012.

23 October 2012

Trail of vehicle incidents across Sussex ends in Angmering

An articulated lorry that set off from Chelmsford early on Friday (19 October) spilled diesel fuel along roads across Sussex during its journey south. Sussex Police and other emergency services received an unusually high number of reports of vehicles skidding on diesel spilled on a number roads including the A23. It appears that the problem started when the lorry was near Crawley.

Inspector James Biggs from the Road Policing Unit said: "It appears the lorry had been leaking diesel from a faulty connector on its fuel tank. On its journey from the north of Sussex, we believe around 25 gallons were shed. Due to particularly dangerous conditions on the steep part of the A23 at Handcross Hill causing a number of vehicles to lose control, we made the decision to close the road southbound between Junction 11 of the M23 and the A272 slip road from around 8am. Highways Agency colleagues cleared and gritted the road, which was reopened at around 12.35pm".

It was not until the driver was on the A280 near Water Lane in Angmering, just before 9.00am, that the driver noticed the problem and stopped his lorry. However, the fuel spillage there caused a car to skid off the road into a bush. Fortunately nobody was injured and WSF&RS tender from Littlehampton made the scene safe.

22 October 2012

Quiz raises vital funds

Angmering In Bloom are well under way with their entry into South & South In Bloom 2013 competition. Their Autumn Quiz night on 6 October was a great success raising £255 which will seriously help their work in the Village.

Association chairman, Jenny Bos, said "We would like to thank all those who attended and made the evening so enjoyable. Our thanks also go to The Big Fry, Haskins Roundstone, Holmes Estate Agents and The Spotted Cow for their generous raffle prizes".

For further information about the Angmering in Bloom Association and their events, visit their website at

17 October 2012

Parish Council decision on new housing application

At its full council meeting last night, held at Worthing Rugby Club, Angmering Parish Council voted unanimously to object to the Barratt David Wilson PlanningApplication A/82/12 for 150 houses east of Roundstone Lane. Two councillors were absent from the meeting. The Council will now prepare its response to the Application and submit it to Arun District Council by 6th November 2012. Thirty-two members of the public attended the meeting to hear the long awaited decision.

16 October 2012

MP to hold public meeting

Our MP, Nick Herbert, will be coming to Angmering to hear local residents' views on the proposed new housing in the parish. This meeting will be at The Angmering School on Friday 16 November between 7pm and 8pm.

10 October 2012

Angmering Planning Applications (p/e 3/10/12)

A/102/12 - Application for removal of condition 2 imposed under planning application A/134/81 at Brackenside, Dappers Lane. This application is a departure from the development plan. For: Mr B Phillips. (Agricultural land outside the current building development area)

A/104/12/A - Retention of 1 No internally illuminated glass display cabinet at Angmering Manor Hotel, 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 1 November 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".

10 October 2012

Planning Developments and Updates

It was known yesterday that approximately 575 letters of objection had been sent to Arun District Council (ADC) calling for them to reject the Barratt David Wilson Homes Planning Application No. A/82/12 for 150 houses to be built to the east of Roundstone Lane. This figure comes from copies of letters sent to the Save Angmering Village (SAV) group. It is likely, however, that many more letters have been sent to ADC from those living outside Angmering plus electronic letters sent through their website's planning portal.

SAV themselves have written a letter of objection and this can be seen on their website by clicking here. Their letter enclosed reports from two consultants whom SAV engaged on both planning and traffic matters which are well worth reading. Both of these reports can be found through links on SAV's website.

The SAV consultants' reports have been financed through donations made by villagers to fight the large scale developments proposed in Roundstone Lane and elsewhere in the parish. However, funds have been much depleted and SAV would welcome donations, no matter how small. For those who wish to show their appreciation for the efforts made by the SAV team - all of whom are volunteers - and to build up funds to continue fighting other proposed inappropriate and unsustainable developments in Angmering, cheques (made payable to "Save Angmering Village") can be sent to SAV at 3 Cumberland Road, Angmering, BN16 4BG, or you can make a payment direct to their bank account (Sort Code: 40-43-51 Account No. 91278258).

Angmering Parish Council has stated that it will decide on its position on the Barratt David Wilson Homes Planning Application at the meeting of the full Council on 15th October, and its final decision would have to be submitted to ADC by 6th November 2012.

SAV also had a meeting with our MP, Nick Herbert, on 28 September from which SAV gathered he was supportive of the need to limit large-scale housing development and maintain the character of villages. He plans to hold a community meeting in November.

In the meantime, the consultants acting for Humber Growers (VHB West End Nurseries) will be holding two Public Consultation Meetings in Angmering during October showing plans for a large housing development on the nursery land to the south of the Rugby Club. The first meeting will be held at Angmering Village Hall, Station Road, on Saturday 13 October (10am-4pm), and the second at Angmering Community Centre, Foxwood Avenue, Bramley Green on Saturday 27 October (12.30pm-6.30pm).

On the third tranche of land off Roundstone Lane - the Rugby Club site itself - the Club has confirmed that it would like to move to land near Goring Station to further its ambitions and has been in discussions with Persimmon Homes, resulting from which it has agreed a substantial "gratuity" with them over a 10 year period.

The three sites to the east of Roundstone Lane, if approved, could see some 700-800 homes built there.

1 October 2012

Smoke affects elderly resident

An elderly female resident of Mill Road was given first aid by the West Sussex F&RS for minor smoke inhalation just after midday yesterday (Sunday). Smoke resulted from a fire caused by unattended cooking. However, the fire had been extinguished by the time the F&RS engine from East Preston had arrived.

1 October 2012