Angmering Village Life

News Archive

August 2015

Angmering Youth Bus

The following email has been received from Chris Lynch, the chair of the Angmering Youth Forum (AYF):

"Sad news regarding the AYF Bus which has served the young people of the village for five years. It has become too expensive to repair so will soon be going to the scrapyard. It regularly had good numbers of customers every Thursday evening and we have witnessed our young clients developing into good Angmering citizens.

Many of you will recall the controversial start we had when the inmates of HMP Ford gave us a graffiti paint job, and we continued to hit the news in 2012 when we had one of our volunteers carry the Olympic Torch. It was shown that we did make a real contribution to the reduction of anti-social behaviour in the village and that is probably the thing that gives us most pride.

There has been a small number of dedicated volunteers, some of whom are in their 7th decade! With the help of the Parish Council and County, as well as exploring any fundraising opportunities, we will be back, albeit in a different vehicle! Our thanks to Angmering Parish Council, WSCC, Local Giving, Sussex Police, and the many local residents who have supported us. A special mention goes to Pat Turner who has championed us throughout the years and who has never missed an opportunity to try and find funding sources for the Bus."

21 August 2015

School's GCSE success

This year's headline GCSE results of The Angmering School improved, with 6% more students than in 2014 gaining 5 A* to C grades with English and Maths. 67% of students achieved A* to C in English and 62% in Maths.

A very strong set of results was achieved by the school’s top performers with more students achieving at least 8 A* or A grades. These students were: Jade Arnold, Isabel Black, William Bolden, Natalie Cleverly, Theo Donnelly, Jonathan Francis, Savannah Holmes, Jake Melvin, Cameron Misson, Imogen Phillips, Rebecca Quirke, Soham Shah, Ben Simpson, Hannah Stanaway, Victoria Stevens, and Chloe Wilson. Outstanding amongst these were Chloe Wilson, Ben Simpson, Jonathan Francis and Rebecca Quirke who gained 11 or 12 A* or A grades.

Headteacher, David Brixey, told the Littlehampton Gazette: “There are some really strong performances from children across the ability range. I couldn’t be anymore proud of the efforts that all of our students have put in. The lovely thing is this is just starting them on their way to take their next step into their future careers. There’s a sense of real pride in what we, and they, have achieved.”

21 August 2015

Snippets from the Draft Minutes of Angmering Parish Council Meeting on 10 August 2015

Co-option of New Councillors
Following brief discussion, on a proposal by Councillor Bicknell, seconded by Councillor Mountain, it was unanimously AGREED to co-opt Bill Evans as a Parish Councillor. Turning to the application from Mr Peter Thompson, it was unanimously AGREED to defer consideration of this until the September Parish Council meeting, in order to allow him a chance to attend and answer questions on it.

Palmer Road Pavillion
ADC have confirmed that “…extension at Palmer Road would clearly be a good solution” and this remains the best way to obtain a new lease. We have been promised further contact in September to consider timescales and to start the lease negotiation.

Mayflower Park - Car Park
The consideration of carrying out a surfacing project for this car park was being considered primarily to enable the Youth Bus to park-up. .... (later) ....The Parish Office had been advised that the Youth Bus was, at 33 years old, now sadly beyond economic repair and had been listed for sale on eBay for scrap/spare parts. The car park scheme would therefore be held in abeyance until the Angmering Youth Forum had decided what to do about a replacement vehicle.

BMX Track Opening Event
On a proposal by Councillor Oldfield, seconded by Councillor Phelon, it was unanimously AGREED to hold this event at a cost of £3,200 plus VAT, as per the quotation received. On a proposal by Councillor Nikki Hamilton-Street, seconded by Councillor Phelon, it was unanimously AGREED to set up a working group to take the project forward.

Victorian Christmas Market
Councillors were asked to consider whether the conclusion of the meeting should be followed, that being that this was an idea for future years, but there was not enough time for it to be put into place for 2015. On a proposal by Councillor Mountain, seconded by Councillor Nikki Hamilton-Street, this was unanimously AGREED. On a proposal by the Chairman, seconded by Councillor Verrinder, to pay for the security and implementation of the road closure (on the Village Traders' Christmas Evening), 7 votes were against the proposal, with 3 abstentions, and the proposal was therefore REJECTED.

WiFi at the Village Hall
this was now in service and was available to use, free of charge, for all Village Hall users, as a community facility. The access codes would be advertised in the Hall as required.

The full minutes of this meeting can be read here

20 August 2015

Aldi coming to Angmering

Subject to obtaining planning permission, Store Property Investment Ltd has this week announced that the supermarket chain, Aldi, wishes to open a store on the new Manor Retail Park site which is owned by Store Property. This retail park, which falls within the parish of Angmering, is located to the north of Windmill Bridge and stretches westwards along the A259 where an entrance has recently been constructed.

The eastern part of the site is where the Chandlers Group will be re-locating their local BMW and Mini garages and showrooms, and Aldi would be situated on the eastern part. While Aldi do not yet have planning permission to build a store there, the site does have outline planning permission for a food store and a non-food store.

With M&S and a public house expressing a wish to open to the west of Manor Retail Park, on land which currently does not have any planning permissions, there are fears among local residents that this could lead to a ribbon of commercial development all the way along the Rustington By-pass. New houses in the area and retail developments along the A259 within the last two years has resulted in a substantial increase in traffic and tailbacks between the ASDA and Sainsbury's stores for increasingly longer periods throughout the day. While many Angmering residents tentatively welcome the opening of the Aldi store, they are also concerned, with increasing traffic levels, over the prospects of attempting to exit from Station Road and Roundstone Lane onto the jammed A259.

20 August 2015

Swanbourne Park signage

Arun District Council's Development Control Committee has refused planning permission for Application A/52/15/A for various illuminated & non-illuminated signage at various locations within the Swanbourne Park site in Roundstone Lane on the following grounds:

"The proposed advertisements, by reason of their number, height, size, siting and method of display, would be unduly prominent in the street scene and detrimental to the visual amenities of the locality in conflict with paragraph67 of the NPPF and SPG - Telecommunications and the Arun District SPG on Advertisements."

20 August 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/111/15/PL - Erection of entrance canopy, extension to bodyshop building & associated works. Chandlers workshop & bodyshop Land south of A259 and West of Mill Lane. Applicant: Mr Hailworth.

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 10 September 2015.

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".

20 August 2015

Man charged with attempted murder

Further to Wednesday night's stabbing in the village (see news item immediately below), Peter Mark Cooper, 46, unemployed, of Fletcher Way, Angmering, appeared before magistrates in Crawley today (Friday) charged with attempting to murder Olivia Shirley at a property in Fletcher Way on Wednesday evening. He was remanded in custody to appear before Lewes Crown Court on August 28. Olivia suffered multiple stab wounds and remains in hospital. She is in a serious but stable condition.

14 August 2015

Woman critical after Angmering stabbing

A woman is in a critical, but stable, condition in hospital after being discovered in her Angmering home with multiple stab wounds on Wednesday evening (August 12). Police and paramedics were called to a house in Fletcher Way (off Bewley Road) at 11.18pm where the 41-year-old woman had been discovered with multiple injuries. About an hour later, a 46-year-old man, also from Angmering, was arrested nearby on suspicion of attempted murder. He remained in custody this morning (Thursday).

Late last night (Wednesday) the police helicopter flew arround the viillage assisting in the seach for the man who is believed to have been apprehended close to the butcher's shop in The Square. All this morning (Thursday) the shop and its rear have been cordoned off with police tape and a police car stationed at the scene.

Detective Inspector Mandy Lawrence said: "The assault on the woman resulted in very serious injuries and she is currently in a medically-induced coma in the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton". Anyone with information about the incident is asked to email or call 101 quoting 'Operation Windmill'.

13 August 2015

A-Level results

Students at Angmering Sixth Form are celebrating an excellent set of A level results this year with a 99% pass rate. The proportion of entries that have gained A* to B was 42%, up 2% from last year.

Students celebrating this morning include Zandile Powell (A*AAB) with an additional A* in the extended project and will go on to study Human, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge. Other outstanding performers include Mitko Oldfield (A*AA) Matt Wilkinson(A*AB), Callum Escott (A*ABD) and Sophie Williams(AB and D* in Applied Science). Mitko plans to study Physics at the University of York, Matt will study Biochemistry at the University of Bath, Callum will study Geography at the University of Newcastle, and Sophie will study Education at the University of Chichester.

13 August 2015

Roundstone Lane Trees

People driving up Roundstone Lane will have noticed that all the trees opposite the junction with Nursery Road have been felled by David Wilson Homes leaving a large exposed area to the east of the lane where building has commenced. Below is a rather ironic photo of the area taken this week by one of our readers.

Photo: © Joseph Fallon, 2015

12 August 2015

Lengthy Station Road roadworks

West Sussex County Council has announced that roadworks begin on Monday 17 August at the south end of Station Road for 35 days which will necessitate the use of two-way signals. This is likely to cause severe traffic delays in that area at peak travel times.

The WSCC scheme will provide a cycle and pedestrian path from the traffic lights on the A259 (by South Drive) to a new Toucan crossing in Station Road which, it is understood, will replace the first build-out. When completed, the scheme should allow for a safer route to The Angmering School for children from Rustington and, in addition, provide for a smoother flow of traffic at the southern end of Station Road - particularly at peak school and travel hours.

7 August 2015

2015 Garden and allotment winners

The presentation of Angmering In Bloom Association's Garden Competition Awards for 2015 took place on Monday 3 August at Haskins Roundstone Garden Centre. Chairman Julia Phelon welcomed the guests and gave a brief overview of the projects Angmering in Bloom have been involved in this year. Lorraine Wensley then spoke about the actual competitions for The Best Front Gardens, Best Allotments and Best Public House/Hotel Gardens. The Awards were again generously sponsored by Haskins Garden Centre, who provided a cream tea for the event and Haskins vouchers as prizes. The winners were as follows:

The Best Front Gardens

Joint First Prize - Jeniffer McAvoy and Jan Mockford both received a £50 Haskins voucher
Third Prize - Rev Roger Russell received a bottle of wine

The Best Allotments

First Prize - Jeremy Collis, plot 11, received a £50 Haskins Voucher
Second Prize - Paul Middleton, plot 100, received a £20 Haskins Voucher
Third Prize - Janet Price, plot 91, received a bottle of wine

The Best Public House/Hotel Gardens

First Prize - Brian and Karen Liston of the Woodman Arms received a £50 Haskins voucher
Runner Up - Michael Collis of the Spotted Cow received a £20 Haskins voucher

Photo (l-r): Susan Francis - Chairman of Parish Council, Jeremy Collis - Best Allotment, Jeniffer McAvoy - Joint Best Front Garden, Jan Mockford - Joint Best Front Garden,
Emma and Karl representing the Woodman Arms - Best Public House/Hotel Garden, Julia Phelon - Angmering In Bloom Chairman, Nick Joad - Haskins Roundstone General Manager

6 August 2015

Angmering Planning Applications

A/92/15/HH - Demolition & re-building of existing lean-to, to match existing. This application affects the character & appearance of the Angmering Village Conservation Area. Church Farm House, Rectory Lane. Applicant: Braithwaite & Co.

A/93/15/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for demolition & re-building of existing lean-to, to match existing. This application affects the character & appearance of the Angmering Village Conservation Area.Church Farm House, Rectory Lane. Applicant: Braithwaite & Co.

A/94/15/PL - Change of Use from C3 (Dwellinghouses) to D1 (Non-residential institutions) to accommodate a new timber framed Nursery / Pre School, together with replacement stabling & detached 3 bay garage at Brackenside, Dappers Lane. Applicant: Mrs S Ashworth-Leach

A/96/15/CLP - Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed use of former garage to habitable accommodation, including rebuilding & conversion from one to two storeys at Meadowbank, Arundel Road.

A/103/15/L - Application for Listed Building Consent for new lime render coating to flank wall at Saddlers, High Street. Applicant: Mr & Mrs Highwood.

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 27 August 2015.

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".

6 August 2015