Angmering Village Life
Two cows were killed after being in collision with two cars on the Angmering By-pass (A280) shortly after 10.30pm last night (Wednesday). A herd of about 30 cows had strayed onto the road from a nearby field. One person was released by WSF&RS using hydraulic rescue equipment. Two people were taken to hospital by ambulance. WSF&RS crews from Worthing and East Preston attended the accident for about 45 minutes and police closed the road for nearly 2 hours.
The next film to be shown at Angmering Community Centre is "PHILOMENA" (2013)[12a] at 7.45pm on Saturday 8 February - doors open at 7.30pm.
Starring: Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. It's a heart-wrenching story but told with a good deal of natural humour. Nominated for 3 Golden Globes with another 17 wins and 27 nominations.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).
A new page has been added in the Photos section of this website. This is an Angmering "Then & Now" comparison of photos of old Angmering with those taken recently, together with an explanation of the changes or history surrounding the old photos. The page is in its early stages and more photos will be added during the year, so keep checking for updates. The page can be found via the "Photos & Videos" link in the navigation bar (left) or directly at: www.angmeringvillage.co.uk/gallery-thenandnow.htm
Angmering Community Centre in Foxwood Avenue (Bramley Green) are wishing to extend their car park to accommodate additional vehicles. The trustees have produced two options, both being sited on the footprint of the present bund (mound) and not encroaching on any of the Open Space recreational area. Residents and interested parties are invited to a Drop-in Session on Saturday 1st February 11am 3 pm to discuss the proposed plans for extended car parking at the Centre with members of the ACCA trustees.
The trustees are encouraging people to come along to this Session.
A/141/13 - Outline application for 7 New build dwellings at Farrowfield Farm Roundstone Lane. Applicant: Mr Mike Rose. (Receipt of Observations extended to 20 February for this application only as ADC previously included incorrect inormation)
A/149/13 - Replacement conservatory at Pippins, Ham Manor Close. Applicant: Mr & Mrs Phelon.
A/1/14 - Extension to provide front porch at 3 Cottrell Close. This application affects the character and appearance of the Angmering Conservation Area. Applicant: Mrs J Hutchings.
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 13 February 2014.
A few residents, not in the usual village flood zone, have experienced some flooding recently. If you one of those affected by flooding in your area, please take the following action:
1. Report it to the Parish Council Office (Tel: 01903 - 772124)
2. Take a photo of the flooding
3. Ensure the photo has the date and time
Without any advance notification to its customers, Regency Patisserie closed both its shops in Rustington and Angmering this afternoon (Saturday). No notice of the closures had been posted in the windows of the shops and no notices were posted when they shut for the last time. Staff were not informed until Wednesday this week that the bakery was to close.
We have been asked to make it clear to residents of Angmering, by the owner of Apple Van Hire, that Planning Application A/141/13 for seven properties in Roundstone Lane is on land adjoining his business and in no way affects it now or in the future. Planning Application A/141/13 can be seen through the Arun District Council Planning portal - it has not yet been advertised in the press for comment.
There was a highly charged Extraordinary Meeting of Angmering Parish Council at Angmering Community Centre tonight (Friday), attended by about 100 residents of the parish. The meeting lasted for over 2½ hours and failed to discuss all the agenda items. Considerable concern was expressed by a number of councillors that they had been excluded from meetings or decisions, in particular relating to the proposed developments in Angmering and in relation to dealings with the Angmering Sports & Recreation Association (ASRA). Many residents also voiced concerns.
Resulting from the foregoing, there was a vote of no-confidence in the Council's chairman by the councillors present which was carried by 7 votes to 2 (the chairman not voting and one councillor on vacation). However, following this, the chairman indicated that it was not his intention to resign. There was no formal closure of the meeting and the Council was left in a state of disarray.
Given the turn-out at last night's meeting at Arun, the Chairman of Angmering Parish Council has taken advice and has decided that the venue of tomorrow (Friday) night's Extraordinary Meeting will be changed to Angmering Community Centre on Bramley Green. The Council has also had to push the start time back to 8.00pm in order to accommodate an earlier booking.
The venue of next week's Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday 14 January has also changed from Community Centre to St Margaret's Church Hall at 7.30pm, and will cover the Dapper's Lane (Broadlees) planning application (A/134/13) for a 60-bed care home, manager's bungalow, and 27 x 2-bedroom age related cottages. A representative from the planning consultants will be attending.
At the full Arun District Council meeting last night, attended by several hundred residents of Angmering and parishes west of Littlehampton, council members unanimously voted to keep the 580 houses per annum figure in the Draft Local Plan. However, councillors voted to refer all the sites back to the Local Plan Sub-Committee to revisit allocation of the housing numbers (They previously recommended 600 for Angmering, 2,060 for Barnham/ Eastergate/ Westergate, and 1,000 for Littlehampton Westbank). Only time will tell whether this will be beneficial to Angmering.
On Saturday 11 January, the Angmering Community Land Trust (ACLT) will be holding an Open Afternoon from 3pm to 5pm in Angmering Village Hall to which all village residents are invited. ACLT is looking for people to sign up as members to support the Trust, and for some of those to put themselves forward as Board Members.
The next full Angmering Parish Council meeting will be held at Worthing Rugby Club in Roundstone Lane this coming Monday (13 January) at 7.30pm. During that meeting, the various developers hoping to build 600 houses to the east of Roundstone Lane will be presenting the Developers' Masterplan with an opportunity for councillors to ask questions. It is anticipated that many villagers will want to attend the meeting to learn more of the plans. You can see a full colour copy of the Masterplan here. Other topics on the meeting's agenda include proposals to extend the Community Centre's car park, ASRA lease conditions, to agree Angmering's Council Tax precept for 2014/15, and to decide on whether to support or oppose the closure of Pagett's Crossing over the railway line.
Discord at Angmering Parish Council resulting from secret meetings and the withholding of information appears to be the reason for Councillors Turner, Graham, Verrinder, Bicknell, Trott and Francis calling for an Extraordinary Meeting of the full Parish Council this Friday, 10 January 2014. The meeting will be held in the King Suite at Angmering Village Hall, Station Road at 7.30pm, and the public may attend this meeting. Readers will discern the seriousness of the situation at the Parish Council from the Agenda which is reproduced below:
1. Apologies for absence
2. Declarations of Pecuniary or non-pecuniary interests in items on the Agenda.
3. Public Consultation
An opportunity for parishioners to seek information or question the Council and its members on any matter in respect of the parish.
Angmering Sports and Recreation Association (ASRA)
4. To consider the representation to Arun District Council regarding ASRA, the pavilion and associated lease, and the exclusion of some members of the Parish Council and the working party from prior knowledge of the meeting and from being consulted or being invited to attend the meeting.
5. To discuss the outcome of the above-mentioned meeting and consider the action proposed by councillors and to consider all subsequent correspondence between the Council, Councillors and Arun District Council.
6. To discuss meetings which have been held with developers and Arun District Council Planning Department over the last 12 months including representations made on behalf of Angmering Parish Council but without the apparent approval or ratification of the Full Council.
7. To discuss the apparent exclusion of members of the Parish Council from the receipt of information on various matters, including minutes and notes of meetings, emails and decisions that should be made by Full Council.
8. To consider calling a public consultation meeting concerning options on where and what sports facilities should be negotiated for in the event of new developments in the area of Roundstone Lane.
9. To ascertain the exact position of Angmering Parish Council in relation to the proposed Community Land Trust including apparent Parish Councillor involvement.
10. To discuss information being provided to members of the public at Full Council meetings which might bring the Parish Council and Councillors into disrepute.
11. To consider issues arising from the meeting and the way forward for the Parish Council.
It will be most interesting to hear the responses to the accusations as the Parish Council has always assured parishioners that it is transparent in its opperations. The Council's Agenda can be found on their website by clicking here.
Angmering in Bloom is looking at creating a 'Friends of Angmering Community Centre' who can be involved in providing ideas and help in enhancing the areas surrounding the Community Centre. A 'drop in for a coffee and a chat' is being held on Friday 31 January 2014 from 16:00 - 17:00 at the Angmering Community Centre. If you cannot come but are interested, then please phone Anne on 773507 or Lorraine on 778661 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Renault Megane and a Toyota Auris travelling in opposite directions were in a head-on collision on the Angmering by-pass (A280) yesterday afternoon (Thursday) at about 3.00pm which closed the road from the A259 roundabout to the Water Lane turning until the early evening. Paramedics, police, and crews from the Littlehampton and Worthing F&RS were in attendance. The male driver (31) of the Auris was released prior to the arrival of the F&RS crews, assessed by paramedics, and treated in Worthing Hospital for cuts and bruises. His passenger - a 13-year old girl from Worthing - was extricated from the Auris using hydraulic rescue equipment and was airlifted by helicopter to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries. The male driver (48), who lives in Rustington, was extricated from the Megane using hydraulic rescue equipment and taken to hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.
A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Lower Arun. Flooding is possible for The Rivers Arun, Chilt, Stor, Black Ditch and Tortington Stream . Low lying land and roads will be affected first.
The Environment Agency has issued the following flooding statement for the next few days:
Over the last 24 hours we have seen heavy rainfall in the Lower River Arun area and river levels are high and rising. Currently the main areas of concern are Winters Farm and the Pulborough area and properties close to the river where there may be flooding to low lying land and roads . At this stage no property flooding is forecast but will issue Flood Warnings if property flooding is expected. The outlook for Thursday 3 January daytime is fine with some showers. Water levels are likely to stay high throughout Thursday afternoon as the high tide from Littlehampton at 11:30 hrs will occur at Pulborough between 2:30 and 4:00 o''clock pm, holding back water from further up the catchment. From Thursday night to Sunday more rain is forecast, and with very wet ground conditions, further flooding is possible. We are constantly monitoring river levels and have workers in the field to clear blockages and operate defences if required.
An invitation has been delivered to all households in the Parish inviting residents to attend an Angmering Community Land Trust (ACLT) Open Afternoon between 3pm-5pm on Saturday 11 January in Angmering Village Hall in Station Road.
The ACLT is being set up as a Public Interest Company with the sole aim of providing Affordable Housing and Community Facilities for the people of Angmering on a not-for-profit basis and ACLT is looking for people to sign up as members to support the Trust, and for some of those to put themselves forward as Board Members - especially those with experience in the fields of finance, development, community liaison or housing. The first Board Meeting will take place on Monday 27 January.
The invitation sent to households states that ACLT will be an entirely separate entity from Angmering Parish Council but will work with the Council to ensure its housing allocation policies "match with the intentions of the Neighbourhood Plan policies" currently being prepared by the Council. There may be a Council representative on the Board.