Angmering Village Life
The WSF&RS was called to a house in Lucksfield Way just before 10am yesterday morning (Wednesday) after a tumble dryer in its garage caught fire. The fire was quickly put out with a Co2 extinguisher. An adult male occupier with smoke inhalation was given oxygen by WSF&RS before the arrival of an ambulance - the man was left in the care of ambulance paramedics.
It goes from bad to worse! A new retail park, with 5 retail outlets, is being proposed within the parish of Angmering on the land to the south of the A259 and to the west of Windmill Bridge (Mill Lane) - opposite Rustington Golf Centre. The site proposals provide space for five large modern retail units and a restaurant. Four of the prospective large stores sell household goods (including a DIY store), the fifth will be selling food.
The developers, Totem Commercial, state: "Currently, the site requirements of these major store operators cannot be met in the Littlehampton area. Instead they have invested in other local economies such as Worthing, Chichester and Shoreham".
Public presentations will be taking place on Monday 4th February at 7.30pm in The John de Bohun Room, The Woodlands Centre,Woodlands Avenue, Rustington, and on Tuesday 5th February at 8.00pm in The King Suite, Angmering Village Hall, Station Road.
The indicative programme (subject to planning and lettings) is as follows:
February 2013: Submit Planning Application
October 2013: Construction Starts on Site
October 2014: Completion of Development and Access by Tenants for Fitting Out
January 2015: Retail Park Opens to the Public.
Further details and plans of this proposed development can be seen at www.newroadretailpark.co.uk.
The public should be aware that the land proposed for this development has already received planning permission from Arun District Council for the construction of four large car showrooms. (Planning Application No.A/148/05). As late as May 2011, Arun District Council had signalled to the developers that construction could proceed.
Parking in the Square (Public
John Turner asked whether councillors had seen his correspondence with West Sussex County and Arun District Councils on the parking problems in The Square. Councillor Bos confirmed she has seen emails on the subject and had in turn been in contact with West Sussex and was awaiting a response. Mr. Turner had been informed that the removed signage had been illegal making the restrictions unenforceable. His view was that the new sign might be legal, but it was not working.
Planning Application A/122/12 (West End
Nursery) (195 homes)
On a proposal by Councillor Turner, seconded by Councillor Verrinder it was unanimously RESOLVED that the Parish Council would OBJECT to the application.
Councillor Turner pointed out that there was nothing on the new website about the ongoing discussions on the future of the library. The working group would produce an update on the continuing work, which would be put on the website and also be included in the upcoming newsletter.
On a proposal by Councillor Graham, seconded by Councillor Mariner it was unanimously RESOLVED to agree with the recommendations of the Policy & Finance Committee and make awards to: West Sussex Mediation Service - £50, Angmering Youth Football Club - £650, and St Barnabas House - £250. The budget for grants is £3,000 and with these grants of £900 in total, leaves £2,100 for the remainder of the financial year. It was agreed that successful groups be invited to put details of how their services can be accessed locally on the Parish Council website.
Budget & Precept 2013/14
On a proposal by Councillor Verrinder, seconded by councillor Francis, it was RESOLVED to levy the same cash precept as 2012/2013, in the sum of £261,253. It was still the intention of the Parish Council to ring-fence the part of this precept raised to fund the library project..
To read the full minutes of this meeting, click here (PDF file)
A/2/13- Proposed change of use of agricultural land to form part of residential curtilage associated with Thatchers. Extension and alterations to the dwelling including demolition of existing part of house and erection of a two storey side extension and single storey rear extension at Thatchers, The Thatchway. For: Mr C Wiggins.
A/5/13 - Extension to existing industrial building. Unit 34, The Vinery, Arundel Road, Poling. For: Mr M Coleman.
A/130/12 - New Chandlers BMW/Mini Dealership facilty including workshop/MOT facility, car valeting and car storage with new access from A259 and comprehensive hard and soft landscaping scheme. (This application is a departure from the development plan). Land south of the A259, Littlehampton Road. For: Chandlers BMW. Readvertisement due to Incorrect address by ADC
A/131/12/A - Various illuminated and non-illuminated signage at various locations within the site. Land south of the A259, Littlehampton Road. For: Chandlers BMW. Readvertisement due to Incorrect address by ADC
A/136/12 - Retention of new conservatory to rear of property at 6 Wayside Road. For: Mr Stephenson.
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 21 February 2013.
The children of St Margaret's CE Primary School are colllecting unwanted mobile phones, cds and dvds, printer cartridges, ipods along with coins or notes from foreign countries as part of their fund-raising efforts to provide school uniforms for children in Sierra Leone. This is in connection with the forthcoming return visit by a teacher at the school to Sierra Leone in February. All the items are recycled to provide money for school uniforms. Children in Sierra Leone cannot attend primary school unless they have a school uniform, which although costing £5, is often beyond the means of many families who struggle just to feed themselves. The school hopes to be able to raise sufficient funds to provide upwards of 500 uniforms.
Donations of the above items would be gratefully received at the school in Arundel Road (Tel: 01903-785416)
Budget & Precept 2013/14
The Clerk had circulated an analysis of the Committee budget requests for the coming year. Following lengthy discussions and minor adjustment to the detail, on a proposal by Councillor Mountains, seconded by Councillor Turnerm it was resolved to recomment to the Parish Council the adoption of the budget and to set the precept for 2013/2014 at £261,253, the same figure as 2012/2013.
The 2013/2014 tax base for Angmering has been set at 3,014 (down from
3,263 in 2012/2013) and the grant subsidy is £17,399 meaning that the
Band D Council Tax charge is to be:
£261,253 - £17,399 = £243,854 / 3014 = £80.91.
The 2012/2013 charge was £80.10, so this results in an increase of 1% at the Band D charge level, without spending an extra pound.
To read the full minutes of this meeting, click here (PDF file)
The Bishop of Chichester, Bishop Martin, will be visiting St Margararet's CofE Primary School on Wednesday January 23rd to present the school with the Bishop's Commendation for outstanding work in Religious Education teaching. This follows on from a recent Anglican inspection which graded the school as 'outstanding' in every area of its work as a faith school.
As forecast, the snow duly arrived this morning at about 8.00am and is still snowing (1.30pm). About 3-4cm has fallen in Angmering. St Wilfid's Primary School closed at lunchtime. Here, more for the benefit of our overseas readers, is a photo taken in Greenwood Drive early this afternoon:
The West Sussex Area Group of the N Gauge Society will be holding a Charity Model Railway Show on Saturday May 18th in St Margaret's Church 10.00am to 5.00pm.
The profits will be donated to St Barnabas Hospice in the memory of a club member, Betty Sparrow, and the Revd Penny Giles.
Local traders are invited to sponsor this event and Richard Hance (01903 788792) will appreciate hearing from potential sponsors.
The Angmering School U16 girls' football team are district champions after competing in a highly competitive area league. They won by the narrowest margins just edging their opponents out. The Angmering team were undefeated and won three crucial games against Davison, TLA, and Steyning.
The team was lucky to also have the support from one of our sports leaders, Jamie Wadley. He went to all fixtures, assisted with training, responsible for the equipment and taking the action photos.
Congratulations to Maddie Buckland (Captain), Brooke Pallant, Holly Marsh, Phillipa Paddick, Esme Vaughen, Chloe Jackson, Jordan Simpler, Sophie Palmer, Dani Farrell, Courtney Sparkes and Emily Harmond.
Well done to all the girls who played and represented the school. The team is due to play in the tournament next month and hope to win the double.
A/130/12 - New Chandlers BMW/Mini Dealership facilty including workshop/MOT facility, car valeting and car storage with new access from A259 and comprehensive hard and soft landscaping scheme. (This application is a departure from the development plan). Land at Roundstone Farm, Ferring (wrongly advertised as Roundstone Lane). For Chandlers BMW.
A/131/12/A - Various illuminated and non-illuminated signage at various locations within the site. Land at Roundstone Farm, Ferring (wrongly advertised as Roundstone Lane). For Chandlers BMW.
A/132/12/CLE - Application for a Certificate of Lawfulness for an Existing use - non-compliance of an agricultural occupancy condition. Lower Trees Farm Bungalow, Roundstone By-Pass. For: Mr R Cahn.
A/135/12 - Erection of 38 dwellings with car parking, public open space, landscaping and new access to Roundstone Lane. Departure from the Development Plan. Pound Nursery, Roundstone Lane. For: J V Plants
A/138/12 - Proposed alterations and two storey extension to rear & side of the existing propertyat Christmas Cottage, The Thatchway. For: Ms S Falvey.
A/1/13 - Proposed balcony to existing property at Cedar House, Blue Cedars Close, Ham Manor Way. For: Mr & Mrs P Battams.
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 7 February 2013.
After being fully subscribed for some time, the 1st Angmering Brownies now have vacancies for girls aged 7-10 years as older girls move up to the Guides. If your daughter is interested in joining the Brownies or you wish to put their name on the waiting list for when they reach that age, please contact Louise Olliver (Brown Owl) on (01903) 785783.
The 1st Angmering Brownies have two units, both operating from the Scout HQ on Fletcher's Field, Rectory, Lane. The first unit meets on Tuesdays 5.00pm - 6.30pm and the second on Thursdays 5.30pm - 7.00pm.
Louise has told Angmering Village Life that it is the Brownie Centenary in 2014 so they want to make sure they make the most of their spaces as there will be lot of events and holidays to celebrate the Centenary.
Angmering awakened this morning to a covering of snow - but no more than 4-5mm, but it did not settle on roads or most paths and there was no traffic disruption. The snow later turned to rain and by late morning it had all gone.
Save Angmering Village (SAV) has now been added to our Angmering Forums with their own forum containing news updates, and links to their newsletters, with an opportunity for villagers to contribute on relevant discussions. This is in addition to SAV's existing options of Twitter, Facebook and their main website which is here (www.saveangmering.co.uk) - to ensure as many people as possible are kept up to date and allowed to comment on any future developments in the village.
A Fire & Rescue unit from East Preston attended the scene of a car fire in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday). They extinguished the people carrier fire and suggested it was a case of arson. The Police were in attendance.
Meat in The Square regret that they had to close today (Thursday) due to a family emergency but have organised cover for tomorrow so the shop will be open - almost as normal - although Dave won't be there. Dave and Sophie wish to express their sincere apologies to any customers who were disappointed or inconvenienced today.
The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "THE HELP" (2011) [12A] at 7.45pm on Saturday 12 January - doors open at 7.30pm.
Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spence, this is a poignant, deeply moving film which creates an indelible portrait of life in Mississipi during the civil rights movement of the early 1960s. It explores what happens when a southern town's unspoken code of rules and behaviour is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship. 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).