Arun District

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
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyArun District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrats)
 • MPsPeter Bottomley
Nick Gibb
Nick Herbert
 • Total85.3 sq mi (221.0 km2)
Area rank153rd (of 317)
 (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
Arun Civic Centre - - 608161
Arun Civic Centre, Littlehampton
Bognor Regis Town Hall
Bognor Regis Town Hall, Arun’s civic offices in Bognor Regis


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 districts 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

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 parishes

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


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.[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.


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 clubs

See also


  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

1999 Arun District Council election

The 1999 Arun District Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Arun District Council in West Sussex, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative Party held overall control of the council.

2003 Arun District Council election

The 2003 Arun District Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Arun District Council in West Sussex, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 1999. The Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2007 Arun District Council election

The 2007 Arun District Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Arun District Council in West Sussex, England. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2011 Arun District Council election

Elections to Arun District Council were held on Thursday 5 May 2011 to elect members to the council.

The incumbent Conservative administration won an 11th election in a row, capitalising on a poor national performance by the Liberal Democrats by gaining five of their seats - Bognor Reigs Hotham, Bognor Reigs Orchard, Littlehampton Beach, Littlehampton River and Wick with Toddington, as well as gaining one previously held by an independent member in Bersted. The Conservatives also gained one seat, Littlehampton River, from Labour, but this was offset by Labour gaining Bognor Regis Pevensey from the Conservatives.

2015 Arun District Council election

The Arun District Council elections, 2015 took place on Thursday 7 May 2015, electing all 54 members of the council, and taking place alongside a general election and other local elections in England and Northern Ireland.

From the previous election, the council had undergone boundary changes which had reduced their number by 2. One councillor in Bersted had defected from the Liberal Democrats to the Green Party, bringing in the first Green councillor on Arun since the authority was formed in 1973.

Following the elections, the Conservatives held control of the council for their 12th term of office, with Cllr Gill Brown continuing as leader.

Arun District Council elections

Arun District Council in West Sussex, England is elected every four years. Since the last boundary changes in 2015, 54 councillors have been elected from 23 wards.


Arundel ( or locally ) is a market town and civil parish in a steep vale of the South Downs, West Sussex, England.

The much-conserved town has a medieval castle and Roman Catholic cathedral. Although smaller in population than most other parishes, Arundel has a museum and comes second behind much larger Chichester in its number of listed buildings in West Sussex. The River Arun runs through the eastern side of the town.

Arundel was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Reform Act 1835. From 1836-1889 the town had its own Borough police force with a strength of three. In 1974 it became part of the Arun district, and is now a civil parish with a town council.


Climping (also spelt Clymping) is a village and civil parish containing agricultural and natural sandy land in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. The parish also contains the coastal hamlet of Atherington. It is three miles (5 km) west of Littlehampton, just north of the A259 road.

East Preston F.C.

East Preston Football Club is a football club based in East Preston, near Littlehampton, West Sussex, England. They are currently members of the Southern Combination Premier Division and play at the Lashmar.

Findon, West Sussex

Findon is a semi-rural clustered village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England, 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Worthing.

Ford, West Sussex

Ford is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is centred 2 miles (3 km) south by south-west of Arundel and west of Worthing. The civil parish very gently slopes to the east, where it has the public track alongside the River Arun and the land is low but well-drained at 2 to 7 metres above Ordnance Datum (sea level).

The parish includes HM Prison Ford, otherwise known as Ford Open Prison centred on the site of two former government installations, the RAF Ford Battle of Britain airfield and the Royal Naval Air Station HMS Peregrine. These have a small commemorative garden, Rollaston Park, along the road of the same name.

Ford railway station is on the West Coastway Line which has the listed building and pub next to it on semi-rural Arundel Road. Some larger units of Rudford Industrial estate are in the south of the parish.

Highdown Hill

Highdown Hill is a prominent hill in the South Downs, as its name suggests, reaching a height of 81 metres (266 ft). The summit of the hill and its western slopes lie in the parish of Ferring in the Arun district, while its eastern slopes lie in the borough of Worthing. It is a popular spot for picnickers, dog-walkers and local riders. It overlooks Littlehampton, Angmering, Ferring and Worthing with views, when the weather is good, east as far as the Seven Sisters and west to the Isle of Wight. It is the property of the National Trust. To the north the ancient hill forts of Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring can be seen, and the remains of an ancient hill fort exist on the summit of Highdown Hill. Highdown Hill is the traditional burial-place of the kings of Sussex.


Lyminster is a village that is the main settlement of Lyminster and Crossbush civil parish, in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It borders, to the south, Littlehampton, which has its town centre 2 miles (3 km) away.


Pagham is a semi-rural, semi-urban coastal village and civil parish in the Arun district of West Sussex, England, with a population of around 6,100.

Rustington F.C.

Rustington F.C. is an English football club based in Rustington, near Littlehampton in West Sussex. The club are currently members of the Southern Combination Division Two and play at the Recreation Ground.


Slindon is a mostly rural village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England, containing a developed nucleus amid woodland. Much of Slindon's woodland belongs to the National Trust on the southern edge of the escarpment of the South Downs National Park. Slindon is centred 6 miles (9.7 km) north-east of Chichester.

Wick F.C.

Wick Football Club is a football club based in Wick, near Littlehampton, England. Wick joined the Sussex County League Division Two in 1964. In the 1998–99 season, they reached the 4th round of the FA Vase. Prior to the 2013–14 season, they merged with near neighbours Barnham. However the clubs split again in 2016, reverting to Wick FC and are currently members of the Southern Combination Division One.

Worthing West (UK Parliament constituency)

Worthing West is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.


Yapton is a village and civil parish in the Arun District of West Sussex, England. It is centred three miles (4.8 km) north east of Bognor Regis at the intersection of the B2132 and B2233 roads.

The parish of Yapton lies on the coastal plain south west of Arundel, between the South Downs and the sea. St Mary the Virgin parish church, 13th century or earlier in origin, is in the centre of the village. It houses a twelfth-century font. The village includes Yapton C of E Primary School.

Other settlements in the parish include Bilsham and Flansham. Bilsham Chapel is a deconsecrated former chapel of ease to St Mary the Virgin Church; it dates from the 13th–14th century but fell out of use in the mid-16th century. The building is now a house.

Settlements in the Arun district of West Sussex
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