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,

Nigel

 

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

Littlehampton Arts Week

Littlehampton Arts Week starts this weekend.

Saturday July 20th – July 27th.

With a full programme of events, Littlehampton Arts Week is set to be a popular event.

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Littlehampton Arts Week.20-27 July

Stand up Comedians and Arun District Council’s Mrs Brown’s Boys.

The Pier Road Diaries have been trawling through some of Arun District Council’s Credit Card purchases, which includes this gem, purchased on the 8th March 2009 courtesy of the local tax payer-

Arun District Council public spendingTotal cost £9.24.

Acquired during the twilight years of Arun District Council’s Chief Executive’s Ian Sumnall whose tenure was certainly nothing to laugh about.

Mr Sumnal arrived at Arun District Council circa the 1970s where he remained there until reaching retirement in 2011 and has the dubious honor of leaving Arun exactly as it was when he first arrived in 1970.

I wonder if Mr Sumnall qualifies for some sort of Heritage Preservation award?

Salary for Mr Summall Chief Executive Arun District Council – £115,000 per year.

Off now enjoying retirement with a final salary pension.

Certainly there’s no need for history lessons for the local school children. In Arun,  we’re still living in a replica of 1970s Britain complete with overhead telephone lines, electric cables, grass car parks and no complicated bus timetables, as there’s only two services a day.

The only real progress the area has seen has been for the Council to declare some years ago that Littlehampton’s motto was to be ‘Progress’ – and erect a small sign to this effect on Littlehampton’s seafront.

No wonder comedy writer and actor Ronnie Barker choose Littlehampton to holiday in. The area is alive with material for stand up comedians.

On a more serious note, the fact that Arun now requires so much regeneration speaks volumes about what didn’t go on here for the past 30 years or so where a self-serving council of mad swivel eyed loons have ensured that underground telephone lines and electric cables are still a forthcoming election promise.

Forget potholes, finished roads would be a novelty.

Personally, I’d have booted Mr Sumnall and his coherts out circa 1980s with the introduction of the package holiday and the electronic calculator.

It was at this time when faced with substantial falling visitor numbers that Arun should have realized that the traditional visitor that Arun had so heavily relied upon, were no longer going to visit in sufficient numbers to sustain our candy-floss economy.

Any responsible, forwarding thinking council would at this point have realised that the days of hanging out a plastic Mr Whippy Cone between the months of April and September wasn’t enough to compete with the cheaper and much more enjoyable alternative of a an all-in package holiday in the Costa Del Sol.

Visitor numbers fell in their thousands.

But Arun District Council failed to do anything at this time to attract alternative visitors to our beautiful area.

It was an opportunity missed and one that had lead to fatal consequences for Arun keeping up with other neighbouring tourist destinations.

It’s a competitive market and while other Local Authorities were busy working on plans to attract all-year-round outdoorsy types, Arun was doing all it could to deter them.

No council resources were spared as Arun erected as many “NO” signs as it possibly could pandering to the ‘swivel eyed loons with their over-developed sense of entitlement who continually objected to opening up the area to outdoor activities.

I kid you not, when I say that the mere sight of teenagers flying a kite on the seafront public greensward is enough to send some of Arun’s elderly retired affluent residents into a frenzy of letter writing in the local papers.

When Arun announced it’s intention to allow cycling on Littlehampton’s seafront promenade it drew record numbers of letters of complaint from local residents. One correspondent warning that Littehampton’s Seafront Promenade would become awash with ‘cycling tourists’…

Perish the thought. Middle aged affluent cyclists spending their money in our B&Bs, campsites and restaurants.

Consequently, draconian bye-laws that would make even Robert Mugabe envious were dreamed up by unimaginative Councillors and enforced by seasonally appointed Sea front police officers who set about the task of ensuing any healthy aspirations were quickly and painfully stamped out.

Arun’s message was clear.

No Cycling – No Rollerblading – No Kiteboarding – No Windsurfing – No dingy Sailing – No Walking on the sand dunes – No, No, No.

Then Mr Sumnall retired.

A new Chief Executive has been appointed – Nigel Lynn.

I’ve met Nigel and have been impressed by his visions for a brighter more outdoor orientated Arun District. He’s also a man clearly uncomfortable with the notion that a CEO’s job is  for life and he’s here to do a job, as opposed to his predecessor who simply grew old behind a desk.

In my view, he’s just what Arun needs.

Cycling is now allowed on Littlehampton’s Seafront promenade, Bognor Regis and there are some very exciting plans being muted about for the Littlehampton’s West Bank  area.

But then along came the thorny  problem of  The Windmill Cinema.

Nigel Lynn, Arun’s Chief Executive stands accused by many residents and councillors (those of the mad swivel eyed loon variety) that Mr Lynn, together with Councillor Dendle and the CEO of Inspire Leisure under the directions of Arun’s Council Leader, Mrs Brown – conspired to ensure that the decision to close the Windmill’s cinema went through without any of that tiresome public consultation that the Public Sector detests so much.

Just as I was hopeful that we’d got rid of the stand up comedian, it now looks like we’ve got our very own version of Mrs Brown’s boys.