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Winter Toilet Closures

Norfolk Gardens Public toilet and also Disabled Toilet have been closed until 31st March.
The same applies to West Beach toilet, which was a pay to enter, behind the cafe.
There is a sign at both from Arun District Council, stating that this is a trial period, and gives an email address: toilets@arun.gov.uk. You may wish to give them your views.
At West Beach car park this Sunday (15/1), there were 30 cars. Arun District Council hopes that local businesses will replace the toilets in the winter season, and at Norfolk Gardens the public are directed to the cafe in the park, open from 9-3pm. However, traffic through the cafe to the toilet is often busy, and only one toilet for women with or without children, many of whom use the Lion's Den Playground on the Green.
It is not possible to enter far into the cafe with a pram, and impossible with a wheelchair to get into the toilet.
On West Beach it is worse, as there is no cafe open at all.
We have been approach to start a petition, however Arun District claim they are consulting on this.
As our President stated, she had not noticed that going to the toilet was a seasonal occurrence.
The Coastgard toilet by Smarts is open until 5pm.15th Jan 2018, 11:21

2016 Magazine available to Download

The Committee have decided to make the 2016 magazine PDF free to download, we hope you enjoy it! Download Magazine Now5th Jan 2018, 08:10

Our K6 Phone Box

Where is it?
Answer: Beside the road at Norfolk Gardens.
British Telecom has finally managed to paint it and replace the broken windows.
We hope to have the windows cleaned soon.
It's not perfect, and very weathered inside, but at least it works.17th Nov 2017, 00:33

OUR 'LINK' MAGAZINE ON SALE

Find our Magazine on sale at an offer price of only £1.00
at Look and Sea,
Felix Dancewear,the White Hart, and the Dinky Doo Diner in Pier Road.
New sellers of the last box of this issue are:
Pier Road Art and Coffee, Bargains Extra in High Street, Ace Couriers in Beach Road.
Also Wick Information Centre, who sold a super 15 copies.
Thanks so much everyone.
We have had very good feedback from this issue, especially as many people still don't know that we have a Fort, one of the articles.17th Nov 2017, 00:28

Rain Garden Award

We were presented with the CPRE 'Full Award for New Sussex Landscapes 2017', at their ceremony held at Petworth House on the evening of October 11th.
Lady Egremont made the presentation to us, along with several other award category winners.
This is something for all the volunteers who have worked with us on this project, mostly youngsters, so many thanks, and WELL DONE EVERYONE.
We have yet to decide where to hang the cast iron plaque we received, along with the Certificate.14th Oct 2017, 19:19

Rain Garden Diary

The CPRE judges visited us on Wednesday, 14th June.
On Saturday 20th May, the infill plants were delivered, and the 5th Littlehampton Scouts, Wick Information Center, and West Downs Task Force members all helped Civic Society members with weeding and planting.
Wick Traders sent a photographer, and also made a video of the event which ran very smoothly with all the help, then mid-morning our supporter Mark Jervis, brought drinks and sandwiches along for us all.
All these factors and the perfect weather made for a very enjoyable morning. New friends were made and even more of the local community have now engaged with the rain garden.

A plaque has been installed, with information about the garden, and and the special mix of wildflower seeds have just arrived.
The West Downs Task Force were given their Certificates and medallions for helping at the Rain Garden on the evening of their AGM, in July, for the second year.
The 5th Littlehampton Sea Scouts, Air Scout, and Sea Scouts
Cubs were all awarded their medallions and certificates by the Mayor on their AGM evening in September.

Click here to watch a video of the rain garden being planted. ***************14th Oct 2017, 19:18

Arundel By Pass Proposals

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New Sauna at Leisure Center

News from the Leisure center planners is that due to obtaining a further grant, there is a strong possibility that a sauna will be included in the plans for our new Leisure Center.

This will certainly please those who responded to the ADC consultation and make use of the sauna at the old center, which Freedom Leisure has renovated23rd Jul 2017, 20:37

Rain Gardens

We worked with the Town Council,WSCC, ADC Gardens officers and support from the Ltn. Flood Action Group,to install the first Rain Garden into the grass verge beside Maltravers Road, opposite Arun District Council offices. This project is being advised by expert Gary Grant,paid for by the Lottery funding from the 3 year 'Arun and Rother Connections' project lead by the RSPB, so this is really a prototype. The Academy has also shown some interest for a similar garden to relieve flooding by the playground...please let us know if you have anything similar in your garden?
You can download the Rain Garden guide at: http://raingardens.info.
We have £3000 Lottery funding towards this first project in the Arun catchment. We need offers from local volunteers for a few visits each to tend this garden as it will establish over the first 2 or 3 years. There should have little upkeep. Rain Gardens are designed to relieve excess rain by allowing a soak away off the road. Other designs include plant tubs to collect water from downpipes..very simple and attractive too!9th Jun 2017, 22:40

Littlehampton Leisure Centre & Pool

UPDATE ON WORK SCHEDULE
Arun District Council will shortly be entering the next exciting phase of the leisure centre project. The following key dates will take the project through the site preparation works to the main construction works starting on site:

May 2017
Site set up and construction preparation works - estimated 9 weeks duration, to include demolition of the sports dome

September 2017
Main construction of new leisure centre starts

April 2019
New leisure centre opens to the public

The contractors will be working hard to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum but due to the nature of the work, it is inevitable that there will be some disturbance. Where possible we will endeavour to give residents and stakeholders advanced warning of specific operations, e.g. the demolition of the sports dome.

Arun’s website www.arun.gov.uk/newleisurecentre will be kept up to date with the latest news and developments as the project progresses and I shall maintain communication throughout.9th Jun 2017, 22:28

Library Garden

As we were involved with the original planting of the Library Garden in its present form, we have been working on replacing and renewing the plants.
Using the original planting design and plant list, we obtained a quote from the present contractors who care for the site.
On Friday 19th May, the new plants arrived, and as the contractor only sent one gardener, Angela Tester and Danny Surridge worked to weed and plant the new plants to fill gaps, replace the lavenders, and refresh the sustainable design many people have said they enjoy.
The Town Council's Planning and Resources Committee granted us the funds needed to pay for this upgrade, along with £150 gifted to us when the Littlehampton in Bloom committee closed.22nd May 2017, 00:45

Foxes at the Allotments

Foxes are being trapped and 'culled' at the Allotments here in Littlehampton.
This is a closed community at the allotments, and views differ as to how necessary this is.
Do you have an allotment?
This is being monitored now, as to how many are being killed.
What are your views on this?
December update: Foxes are not to be killed now, and the situation will be monitored.18th Dec 2016, 23:52

Cine Mobile Films at Windmill

Well done and thanks to Cine Mobile for the great offering we presently have at the Windmill.
Live theatre from London, Opera from Sydney Harbour,the special events, etc.
This is exactly what we knew was possible, and fought so hard for 2 years ago when ADC threatened, and then secretly arranged to shut it down- for a year!
Cine Mobile have the arrangement to provide Digital Films and Live Event screenings.
This has been very successful because the many Volunteers work so hard to support it for us all.
We hope the new Leisure providers, Freedom Leisure, who now run the Windmill, can agree terms to benefit this arrangement.24th Aug 2016, 14:36

Tidal Power in our Harbour

Saunders Energy are testing their 'Power Frame' at the moment.
They have told us that testing is ongoing at the red bridge.
They have also kindly accepted our invitation to update us on their progress and will be at our July Coffee Morning.
Alan Saunders will be speaking, and will answer questions.
Go to www.saundersenergy.co.uk, their present website, or on Youtube: Saunders Energy Limited.28th Jun 2016, 19:14

Message from Foreshore Officer

The Foreshore Officer asks that people feeding swans in the Harbour area please do not feed dry bread, but instead throw it into the water for swans to feed there.
Some swans have been found with a blockage in neck, due to bolting down dry bread.
Further to this, their natural food is weed they find at low tide from river, so best is no bread at all!
RSPB also support this message.
A recent news item found ducks like kale, in fact our swans stay overnight in fields in the Arun valley, so may well like kale. let us know if you try this out.19th Apr 2016, 00:47

Rope Walk Flood Defence

Rope Walk residents have been testing the inflatable gate defences we obtained for them with the Santander Grant.
Earlier this year, the Fire Brigade assisted them with testing the two pumps, which turned out to be very efficient at shifting a good quantity of water. These are going to be handy for the overtopping of the banks or the groundwater that high tides push up and threaten the homes at Riverside, situated beneath the river wall next to the Mud Docks.19th Apr 2016, 00:40

COMMUNITY CHARTER

Our Members supported the proposal for a Community Charter on 7th June 2013. This was produced and then debated by all present at the Public Meeting on 28 June in the Millennium Chamber, Manor House. We worked with East Beach Residents Association and others to make as many people in the town aware of this event as possible..The Chamber was full with little room left to stand. Some Town and Parish Councillors were also present and Dr Walsh sent a letter of support.Nick Gibb, local MP supports us.
Representatives of many organisations, Societies and Clubs were present, from traders to Opera, actors, Charities and Sports.
All present voted in favour of the Charter,it's presentation to Neighbouhood/Town planners and a request for the consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan to be extended for up to three months past the present 17 July deadline.
We need to engage with the Town's Neighbourhood Plan as this is important for the future of Leisure sites not to be developed and built over, but cared for and up-graded for us and visitors to our unique sea and riverside town.
The Leisure Strategy of Arun District Council is a main issue in our campaign but not the only one.
A copy of the Charter is available by Email from: savelittlehamptonwindmill@yahoo.co.uk
or: http://communitiesplanlittlehampton.weebly.com/the-community-charter.html
Printed reference copies are kept at Littlehampton Library,Rustington Library,
Look and Sea Information Desk and Wick Information Office.
A DVD of the Meeting was made by our Member (and ex Windmill Projectionist)Paul Burnett-Kirk.29th May 2014, 13:24

The Conveyance of The Community Charter

The Community Charter of Littlehampton was delivered with a covering letter to the Mayor, Mrs Joyce Bowyer, at the Town Council Offices, Manor House, Church Street, together with a list of Organisations who had signed it to date on 16th July 2013
A copy was also sent to Mr Peter Herbert,Town Clerk, to forward to Councillors.
Further Copies were sent to Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council Chairmen.29th May 2014, 13:22