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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.
Arun shown within West Sussex
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Non-metropolitan county||West Sussex|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Arun District Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrats)|
|• MPs||Peter Bottomley|
|• Total||85.3 sq mi (221.0 km2)|
|Area rank||153rd (of 317)|
|• Rank||122nd (of 317)|
|• Density||1,900/sq mi (730/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||96.7% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||45UC (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
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.
The council was under the control of the Conservative Party since the district's formation in 1973 until 2019 where it fell into no overall control and the Liberal Democrats became the largest group. The last elections to the council were held on 2 May 2019.
Following those elections, the composition of the council is as follows:
|Arun District Council Composition|
Although the 2019 local elections returned a result meaning that the Council was in No overall control, the Liberal Democrats formed a new administration. On 22 May 2019, James Walsh was elected Leader of the Council replacing Gill Brown who had led the Council for the previous 13 years.
In the months following the 2019 election, 2 members of the Liberal Democrats resigned from the party and now sit as Independents. In April 2020 a Liberal Democrat member passed away triggering a by-election, however the Coronovirus pandemic has delayed the election until 6 May 2021. The current composition is as follows:
|Arun District Council Composition|
Although the Conservatives are once again the largest single group on the Council, there is an agreement between the Liberal Democrats and 7 of the 10 Independent councillors to ensure that the Council has political leadership.
Arun District Council is a non-metropolitan district council formed of 54 councillors from across the following 23 wards:
|Angmering & Findon||3|
|Arundel & Walberton||3|
|Courtwick with Toddington||3|
|Hotham (Bognor Regis)||2|
|Marine (Bognor Regis)||2|
|Orchard (Bognor Regis)||2|
|Pevensey (Bognor Regis)||2|
The following 31 civil parishes are located within the district:
|Parish||Type||Area (Hectare)||Population (2001)||Pop Density /Hectare|
|Bognor Regis||Town Council||486||22555||46.44|
|East Preston||Parish Council||241||5919||24.53|
|South Stoke||Parish Meeting||535||44||0.08|
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.
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. 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. 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.
The District Council is regularly awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award which is given for excellent parks. Currently five parks in the District are recognised as meeting the requirements of Green Flag; Mewsbrook Park, Hotham Park, Norfolk Gardens, Old Rectory Gardens and Marine Park Gardens.
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