We report on the meeting of the full ARUN DISTRICT COUNCIL held this Wednesday, 24 October in the Council Chamber of the Arun Civic Centre in Littlehampton.
First the good bits of news:
The date for District Council Cabinet to decide on the Leisure Strategy was put back from November to 11 February 2013.
- The Community Working Group empowered by the Public Meeting 2nd October had its formation meeting this past Tuesday, 23 October.
- Reportedly there were over 2,500 public responses to the District Council Survey on the Leisure Strategy (across the District), including the many written letters and emails from you!
- Today East Beach Residents will meet the Hon. Nick Gibb, MP for Bognor and Littlehampton.
- Advice has been sought and received from Locality, the entity set up by the Department of Communities and Local Government to advise on Community Rights under the new Localism Act (http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/my-community-rights/)
Second, the not so good bits of news:
- At the Council Meeting we heard our responses to the 19-day ADC Public Consultation (17 Sep - 5 Oct) were given to a consultant to digest, and then tell Council what we said.
- Most people at the Public Question session yesterday, said afterwards, Council responses to Public Questions on the fate of the Windmill and Leisure Centre remaining on the seafront, and the process to decide it, were not overly encouraging.
- While the Arun Cabinet Member indicated that Council was open to further dialogue, like discussions with the Community Working Group, it was confirmed there will be no further public consultation on this matter before the decision at the 11 February District Cabinet meeting.
- Lastly, Council received only 4 written questions from the whole of the public of Littlehampton, Rustington, East Preston and surrounding areas at this Council Meeting. We suggest that small number of questions sends an unfortunate message to Council.
First in an expected chain of events is the Windmill Cinema will go dark this January. As you heard in the Public Meeting 2nd October, UK film distributors switch over to digital-only film shortly.
Again please feel free to circulate this message more widely in the community - and our apologies for any cross-posting.