79-year old woman dies in Littlehampton following an incident with a van.

Sussex police are appealing for witnesses following an incident in Highdown Drive, Littlehampton on Wednesday morning at approximately 10.14.

A 79-year old woman who was a pedestrian as involved in an incident with a white van. She was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where sadly she died of her injuries.

Sussex Police appeal (600 x 337)

If you have any information, or witnessed the incident, Sussex police would like you to contact them on 101 quoting operation ‘GEDDING.’

You can also email them at collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk again quoting Operation GEDDING in your email.

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West Sussex County Council proposing Littlehampton A259 improvements, consultation underway.

Good news for Littlehampton.

West Sussex County Council are proposing to improve the layout and traffic flow along the A259 between Littlehampton and Goring.

Regular users of this route, particularly those who commute along this road will be interested to know of the council’s proposed improvements, which include:

  • Creating a dual-carriageway in both directions
  • Increasing the size of approaches/exits to the roundabout at the Bodyshop Littlehampton
  • Closing the right turn into Oliver Acre
  • Creating a new and separate cycle track alongside the A259.

Estimated costs for the proposed improvements, will be in the region of £14.8 million with the works expected to be completed in 18months. Scheme complete by 2017.

Your views are now wanted by West Sussex County Council as part of their public consultation process.

To this extent – West Sussex County Council have now announced a number of drop-in events for residents of Arun to make their views known and, review the council’s plans.

These dates are as follows:

  • Saturday, January 23 (10am-1pm): Village Memorial Hall, Rustington Parish Council, 34 Woodlands Avenue, Rustington, BN16 3HB.
  • Tuesday, January 26 (10am-1pm): New Millennium Chamber, The Manor House, Littlehampton Town Council, Littlehampton, BN17 5EW.
  • Wednesday, January 27 (1-4pm): Village Memorial Hall, Rustington Parish Council, 34 Woodlands Avenue, Rustington, BN16 3HB.
  • Thursday, January 28 (5-8pm): King Suite, Angmering Village Hall, Station Road, Angmering, BN16 4HL.

Personally, I think it’s great news that the council have funds available to improve this road, which regular users will know can be an absolute nightmare during early morning and evening ‘rush hour’ periods.

Also great news that they’re proposing to create a separate off-road cycle route along this carriageway, which in my view, will create a safer environment for all road users and hopefully encourage more cycling commuting.

Whatever your views, you need to make them known now – Public consultation runs from Monday, 11th January and ends on Friday 19th February 2016.

You can read more about the proposals by at West Sussex County Council’s Website, here, where you can also make your views known.


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End of the line for Littlehampton miniature railway?

Not good news, I’m afraid.

I understand that the operator of Littlehampton’s Miniature railways has pulled out of Littlehampton, sold his rolling stock and ceased his operation.

The miniature railway which has been a long standing and much loved feature of Littlehampton’s East Beach area, will no doubt be sorely missed. Loved by old and young, alike.

Running from the putting green cafe to Mewsbrook park, the train has been an established feature of Littlehampton life for many years now, albeit having changed ownership over the past few years.

I’m not sure of the reasons why the operated has pulled out, but I have seen correspondence that suggests a breakdown between the concession holder and Arun District Council.

In any event, it very much appears that the operator has now sold his train and rolling stock and that as they say, is the end of that.

October last year a feature appeared in the Littlehampton Gazette where the train operator’s staff were concerned at being made redundant by their employer. However, their employer (the owner of the train and Arun District Council concession holder) made it clear that making the redundant was necessary as they were seasonal employees.

A shame, a real shame.

Meanwhile, Arun District Council are planning to increase Littlehampton’s seafront car parking charges by over 200%.

If the plans go ahead, the current charge (during July and August) will go from £6 for 2 hours plus to a whopping great £10.

And, your tenner will buy you a space as pictured below.

Arun District Counci Car parking

Would you be happy paying £10 to park in the above for £10?

My understanding from reading through Arun District Council’s proposed car parking increases is that the council have no plans to improve the already unacceptable car park conditions in Littlehampton seafront or to upgrade Littlehampton’s seafront toilets.

It’s amazing that given Arun District Council oversaw a £22.5m seafront regeneration scheme, that neither the existing public toilets or the public car park were deemed as being in need of regeneration.

You can see Arun District Council’s proposed car parking charges increase on Arun’s website here.

Tourism is a competitive business and my view is Arun District Council are in danger of pricing us out of the market. We also desperately need for Arun District Council to work at attracting and retaining concession holders and create modern, practical, usable seafront facilities.


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