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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Happy New Year to all.

A very happy New Year to all our readers and followers.

Apologies, for the lack of updates on the blog, I’ve been busy with a number of other writing projects, including the revisions for my best selling small business book – Start and run your own gardening business – now in its 4th edition.

We’ve also been working at rebuilding our business in my bike shop, Dutch Bike Shop and Coastal Cycles in Pier Road following the Environment Agency and Arun District Council’s joint flood defence scheme and regeneration works.

I’ll be writing about these ongoing efforts in future posts.

Going forward – The Pier Road Diaries blog will feature on Littlehampton’s regeneration as well as the challenges facing small business ownership in our area.

So if you’re running your own business, or looking to start one, be sure to follow the blog.

Finally, I have also been working on a new website – Littlehampton Live – which is an online news and views site for residents, business owners and visitors to our lovely seaside town of Littlehampton.

If you’re a local business owner or have an event you wish to get some publicity for, please contact us at info@littlehamptonlive.co.uk  all entries/listings are free and we’re also interested in any local news you have.

On a sad note, late last year we lost a lovely local resident,  who will be known to many – John Morris. The man with the gentle Scottish accent who took a great interest in local affairs, wrote regular letters in the Littlehampton Gazette and was a keen participant in the local Quiz nights and a regular on the allotment scene.

John took a particular interest in the Environment Agency’s flood defence works and will be known to the guys at VolkerStevin and the Environment Agency’s staff who worked on the Littlehampton project.

He was also a regular reader of the blog.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware of his passing until recently. Although I had missed his visits to our shop, I had put it down to the pre-Christmas period. The last time we spoke, he visited my shop together with his adorable grandchildren and his wife Mary.

I’ve never seen him happier and the last time I saw him leaving our shop, smiling proudly  with his two little grandchildren at his side, is a lovely memory to have.

Rest well, John.

Love and best wishes to his lovely wife, Mary and family.


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