Blowing a hooley, time for Arun Yacht Club Dingy Sailors to take to the water.

A Sunday treat – Littlehampton’s Arun Yacht Club Dingy Sailors take to the water to show off their impressive sailing skills. Close quarter dingy sailing in Littlehampton’s Harbour in a force 4/5 provides both exhilarating sailing for those participating as well as compulsive viewing for those of us ashore.

Aptly named – today’s event (Sunday, 2nd March 2014) is part of the club’s Frostbite Blast Series – you had to be watching to appreciate how cold it was…

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Littlehampton’s Arun Yacht Club are based on Littlehampton’s West Beach and are always looking for new members to join this friendly sailing club.

From the Club’s Website:

New Members Very Welcome!

It says it on our front door and we mean it! Whether you’re new to the area or new to sailing we have a place and a programme for you. We welcome new starters, old starters, restarters, curious youngsters, curious youngsters’ curious parents, the young, the young at heart, the friends of members, website readers…the list goes on. All you need is a desire to get involved in sailing at the level right for you and the ability to follow the Three-Step Starter Plan:

Step 1: Call our Secretary in the Club’s Office (01903 716 016; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are best!). If she doesn’t answer, leave a message and she will call you back. She will find out from you what you are looking for and then put you in touch with the most appropriate club member.

Step 2: If you cannot wait until morning to contact the Club, then send us an email using the following link: Arun Yacht Club

CadetsStep 3: While you’re waiting for a call back, take a look around our Web site to see what we get up to. We offer sail and powerboat training, dinghy sailing, dinghy racing, cruising, and cruiser racing


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Arun District Council’s Chief Executive reports the Car Park wasn’t dangerous

Arun District Council Car ParkThe above Arun District Car Park surface isn’t Dangerous – reports Arun District Council’s Chief Executive, Nigel Lynn. Neither does Arun District Council undertake Risk Assessments for their Public Car Parks, as they don’t legally have to.

In a written reply to my complaint about the dangerous state of an area in the West Green Car Park, Mr Lynn replies as follows:

“Dear Mr Power,

We have spoken with the car parking team here regarding risk assessment and they have responded as below …

Arun District Council does not have specific risk assessments for specific car parks and it is not a legal requirement. The car parks are patrolled by our contract staff and where there are Health & Safety issues they are reported. The West Green car park was not closed because we considered it a safety issue but because we recognised that the amount of mud and water on the surface would deter people from parking in that area.”

Kind regards,



Arun District Council Car ParkNo risk to safety, according to Arun District Council – only the appearance forced the closure of the Car Park.

No need for risk assessments as Arun isn’t legally obliged to undertake any.

Presumably they’re unaware of their Legal Duty Of Care to car park users under common law?

In any event in the absence of specific legislation requiring them to carry out a Risk Assessment, you’d imagine that common sense would require them.

And to claim that this car park isn’t dangerous, well what can I say?

Meanwhile, Arun District Council Car Parks have announced changes to their Car Parking Charges as detailed below.

Arun District Council Car Park ChargesYou need to read them very carefully to see what’s going on.

Arun District Council Car ParksRemember, it’s only the appearance of the above mud that forced the closure of Arun District Council’s Car Park.

The above poses no risk to public safety or is likely to pose hazard or danger to the elderly or those in wheelchairs or those pushing baby buggies?

Now the Travellers have gone, time for Arun District Council to get back to normal.

Travellers Littlehampton seafront update 3Now our fearless Travelling Friends (pictured above enjoying them themselves to their little hearts content) have travelled off to be a pain for someone else, it’s safe for Arun District Council’s jobsworths to crawl out from Candy Floss Towers and deal with the District’s real problems.

First up was my neighbour, a hard-working, tax-paying middle aged lady out walking the seafront with her small dog who found herself surrounded by two of Arun District Council’s Dog Police who threatened her with a £1000 fine for walking her dog while not on a lead. She was let off with a stern warning.

Next up is an Ice Cream seller in Bognor Regis who has received a written warning from Arun District Council for breaching the terms of his lease for the selling a whipped ice cream with a 99 Flake.

You might want to read that again.

Apparently, as an Arun District Council Concession holder, he’s allowed to sell whipped ice cream by Arun District Council, but is not allowed sell an ice cream with a flake.

And, wait for it – someone saw one of his customers walking along Bognor Regis Seafront eating an ice-cream with a flake – and complained to Arun District Council, who’ll you’ll be glad to know took immediate action by threatening to revoke the Concession holder’s lease.

He can however, sell both items separately and not be in breach of his Lease.

So buying an ice cream from his seafront kiosk works like this:

‘Here’s your ice-cream but you’ll have to put your own flake in it”

That’s perfectly legal in Arun District Council.

But, were he to dare to say:

“Here’s an ice cream with your flake in it..”

Arun District Council threaten to revoke his lease.

Damage to Littlehampton Seafront.Above an example of the damage and destruction caused recently on the seafront where little or no action was taken.

But for a Council Concession holder to sell an ice cream with a flake and your lease will be revoked.

Why didn’t they just prohibit him from selling ice cream if it was going to create such a problem?

You won’t be surprised to know that the book below is one which Arun District Council purchased for their Chief Executive and billed it to the tax payer.

Arun District Council public spending