Angmering Village Life
After legal issues caused delays, the A259 dualling in Angmering and Littlehampton is set to re-start. Preparation work in Angmering was paused while a public inquiry into a Compulsory Purchase Order was held and a decision published. The Secretary of State confirmed West Sussex County Council had satisfactorily responded to objections raised, so the scheme can progress. Preparation work is set to re-start on 10 August. It will initially include tree and vegetation clearance, utilities work and archaeological evaluations between the A280 roundabout and Station Road in Angmering. The same works will also begin between Highdown Drive and the Body Shop roundabout in Littlehampton.
The Angmering section of the works runs from the Station Road roundabout to the A280 roundabout including the Roundstone roundabout. This will feature a new cycling and pedestrian route to the south, separated from the main carriageway by a verge. The existing controlled crossing connecting Angmering School and Downs Way will be upgraded to a Toucan crossing. New Toucan crossings will be provided near to Haskins and adjacent to the Station Road footbridge. Right turns across the carriageway, such as at Haskins, will be closed. The main part of the construction work is likely to start in the autumn and will widen the road to create dual carriageways in the current single-lane stretches along the Angmering section.
As well as benefits for motorised traffic, there will be a new pedestrian and cycle route on the south side of the improved road. Much of this will be segregated from the road by a grass verge. It is intended that this will improve access to local facilities for walkers and cyclists. Additionally, people will be encouraged to use the new footpath and cycle way to make local trips without using their car.
None of the trees being cleared are subject to Tree Preservation Orders and an ecologist will be on hand throughout the works to ensure any nesting birds are not disturbed. There will be a replanting scheme at the end of the project.
Chandler's Site - The Clerk updated the committee on the current situation. An informal meeting is due to take place in the coming weeks regarding the site and the Clerk will report back when more is known.
Community Grants - An application for a grant has been received from Arun Community Transport for the sum of £500-£750. A discussion then took place regarding the application. After discussion it was agreed by all that a grant of £500 should be given.
The full Minutes can be read here