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Arun is a local government district in West Sussex, England. It contains the towns of Arundel, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, and takes its name from the River Arun, which runs through the centre of the district.[1]

Arun District
Arun shown within West Sussex
Arun shown within West Sussex
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyWest Sussex
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQLittlehampton
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyArun District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrats)
 • MPsPeter Bottomley
Nick Gibb
Nick Herbert
Area
 • Total85.3 sq mi (221.0 km2)
Area rank153rd (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total159,827
 • Rank123rd (of 317)
 • Density1,900/sq mi (720/km2)
 • Ethnicity
96.7% White
1.1% S.Asian
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code45UC (ONS)
E07000224 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ029020
Websitewww.arun.gov.uk
Arun Civic Centre, Littlehampton
Bognor Regis Town Hall, Arun’s civic offices in Bognor Regis

HistoryEdit

Arun was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, merging the Urban Districts of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, the municipal borough of Arundel and parts of Chichester and Worthing Rural Districts.

GovernanceEdit

The council was under the control of the Conservative Party since the district‘s formation in 1973 until 2019 where it lost control to no overall control and the Liberal Democrats became the largest group. The last elections to the council were held on 2 May 2019.[2]

Following those elections, the composition of the council is as follows:

Arun District Council Composition
Party Seats
Liberal Democrats 22
Conservatives 21
Independent 8

The Green Party

2
Labour 1

Although the 2019 local elections returned a result meaning that the Council was in No overall control the Liberal Democrats decided to lead the next administration. On the 22nd May 2019 this was confirmed and veteran councillor Cllr. Dr James Walsh was elected Leader of the Council replacing Cllr. Mrs Gillian Brown who had led the Council for the previous 13 years. Cllr. Brown also lost her seat in Aldwick East as a result of the same elections.

Arun District Council is a non-metropolitan district council formed of 54 councillors from across the following 23 wards:[3]

Ward Councillors
Aldwick East 2
Aldwick West 2
Angmering & Findon 3
Arundel & Walberton 3
Barnham 3
Beach (Littlehampton) 2
Bersted 3
Brookfield (Littlehampton) 2
Courtwick with Toddington 3
East Preston 3
Felpham East 2
Felpham West 2
Ferring 2
Hotham (Bognor Regis) 2
Marine (Bognor Regis) 2
Middleton-on-Sea 2
Orchard (Bognor Regis) 2
Pagham 2
Pevensey (Bognor Regis) 2
River (Littlehampton) 3
Rustington East 2
Rustington West 3
Yapton 2

Civil parishesEdit

The following 31 civil parishes are located within the district:[4]

Parish Type Area (Hectare) Population (2001) Pop Density /Hectare
Aldingbourne Parish Council 1253 3612 2.88
Aldwick Parish Council 425 10884 25.61
Angmering Parish Council 1782 5639 3.16
Arundel Town Council 1227 3408 2.78
Barnham Parish Council 373 1372 3.68
Bersted Parish Council 713 8443 11.85
Bognor Regis Town Council 486 22555 46.44
Burpham Parish Meeting 1245 193 0.15
Clapham Parish Council 515 317 0.62
Climping Parish Council 691 600 0.87
East Preston Parish Council 241 5919 24.53
Eastergate Parish Council 371 3107 8.39
Felpham Parish Council 426 9611 24.53
Ferring Parish Council 431 4361 10.13
Findon Parish Council 1614 1848 1.14
Ford Parish Council 415 1358 3.27
Houghton Parish Meeting 743 76 0.10
Kingston Parish Council 229 702 3.07
Littlehampton Town Council 1135 25593 22.55
Lyminster Parish Council 587 351 0.60
Madehurst Parish Meeting 766 105 0.14
Middleton-on-Sea Parish Council 412 5105 12.41
Pagham Parish Council 1059 5729 5.41
Patching Parish Council 846 230 0.27
Poling Parish Meeting 320 173 0.54
Rustington Parish Council 432 13210 30.60
Slindon Parish Council 1286 590 0.46
South Stoke Parish Meeting 535 44 0.08
Walberton Parish Council 1044 1941 1.86
Warningcamp Parish Meeting 378 161 0.43
Yapton Parish Council 791 3522 4.46
Arun Total 22770 140759 6.18

GeographyEdit

Arun District occupies the central southern area of West Sussex, and is bordered by Chichester District to the west, Horsham District to the north and Worthing borough and Adur District to the east. The district is bisected by the River Arun, and is divided between a broad rural area in the north of the district that contains Arundel and a host of small villages, part of which sits within the South Downs National Park, and an urban coastal strip that includes Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.

EconomyEdit

Although set within the typically prosperous county of West Sussex, much of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton are ranked amongst the 20% most deprived areas in the UK as a whole on the Index of Multiple Deprivation.[5] The district contains a large tourism sector, attracting visitors to the South Downs in the north, and the beaches of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton in the south, the latter of which holds a prestigious Blue Flag Award.[6] Consequently, the district suffers from high amounts of seasonal employment, with the Office for National Statistics estimating that nearly 11% of the population of Arun is employed in the tourism sector, compared to 8% nationally, whilst 28% of people work in the distribution, hotels and restaurants sector, compared to just 23% nationally. Arun also has a higher number of public sector workers than either the regional or national average, and a significantly smaller finance and IT sector than the rest of the South East and wider UK.

AwardsEdit

In 2008, the district council won an Ashden Award for their work on energy efficiency.[7]

The District Council is regularly awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award which is given for excellent parks. Currently four parks in the District are recognised as meeting the requirements of Green Flag; Mewsbrook Park, Hotham Park, Norfolk Gardens and Marine Park Gardens.[8]

Football clubsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arun" in The New Encyclopædia Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 15th edn., 1992, Vol. 1, p. 609.
  2. ^ Council, Arun District. "Arun District Council Elections". Arun District Council. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Ward Profiles". Arun District Council. Archived from the original on 28 July 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
  4. ^ "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
  5. ^ "Index of Multiple Deprivation". West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Littlehampton Coastguards". Blue Flag. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  7. ^ "District council brings energy efficiency throughout its operations". Ashden Awards. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
  8. ^ Council, Arun District. "News Archive". Arun District Council. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

Coordinates: 50°48′29.7″N 0°32′18.6″W / 50.808250°N 0.538500°W / 50.808250; -0.538500