What We Do

Littlehampton Town Council is the parish authority for the Town of Littlehampton, including Wick and Toddington which has a population of approximately 30,000.  The Council is located at the Manor House, a Grade II Listed Building with a license for civil partnerships.

The Council provides a wide range of facilities and represents the interests of the town to other bodies whilst working in partnership with the District and County Council as well as other agencies and groups. 

The Council has certain powers and its own budget which is used to manage and support services like allotments, the Grant Aid SchemeLittlehampton Museum, the town’s tourism brand Visit Littlehampton, Rosemead Park, street scene including graffiti removal and venues such a Southfields Jubilee Centre.

See Our Assets to find a list of the Town Council's land, buildings and respective maps.

We are involved in the North Littlehampton development in representing the views of residents and ensuring that they are heard during the planning stages. We have a dedicated page Hampton Park which is updated as we receive news from the developers these include road infrastructure applications and community consultations.

Our Responsibilities

Peter Herbert is the Town Clerk. Peter is responsible for the running of the Council on behalf of Members.  

Laura Chrysostomou is the Deputy Town Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer. Laura oversees the Human Resources Department and all Finance Matters.

Rosie Costan is the Assistant Town Clerk. Rosie has oversight of a wide range of services including the museum, open spaces and allotments.

See our Staff Structure for a complete guide to roles within the Council.

The Town Council maintains five Allotment Sites in Littlehampton all of which have access to water on site. For details on location and availability see Allotments.

The Council is responsible for the Allotments Working Group which is made up of Members as well as representatives from the Littlehampton Allotments and Gardens Association.

The Amenity Team (A-Team) undertake a variety of tasks across Littlehampton which support the many services overseen by the Town Council. The duties of the Team fall into four main categories: buildings maintenance, horticulture, events and general community assistance.

Tasks can be varied and no two days are the same for the A-Team.  Building maintenance comes in all shapes and sizes from the Grade II Listed Manor House to the modern purpose built community centre at Southfields Road.

As part of its grounds maintenance duties the A-Team are responsible for the Town Council’s five Allotment sites, Rosemead Park and the various Town Council Venues for Hire.  The Team also oversee the Town Council’s annual tree planting scheme.

The A-Team also assist organisations in the Town with special events such as Bonfire Night and together with supporting Town Council Events such as the Town Show & Family Fun Day and Armed Forces Day the summer months can be very busy.

Working in partnership with the County Council, through the Street Scene Enhancement Scheme, the Amenity Team ensures the ongoing attractiveness of the Town and other Parishes in the Eastern Arun area through the timely removal of all graffiti and fly-posting. The team also undertakes the painting of street furniture and other work to improve the attractiveness of the Town. To report any incidences of graffiti please use the contact us button or call us on 01903 732063.

We have a dedicated section where you can find key policies and strategies to enable residents to understand the operational structure of the Town Council, its processes and objectives.

The Council is committed to providing support and opportunities for young residents. It delivers a joint service with Arun Church through Arun Youth Projects

The Museum is a cultural service provided by the Town Council and has served the community for 90 years.

Admission and helpful advice is free, and the Museum enjoys a delightful situation at the top of the historic high street, in the beautiful Grade II listed Manor House, which it shares with Littlehampton Town Council.

Visitors can enjoy exploring the permanent galleries, where they can see a wealth of extraordinary Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman archaeology, beautiful fossils found in the region, and discover the story behind the town's journey from Roman settlement through to the prosperous Victorian era and the present day leisure haven.

Visit the Museum's website to find out about their programme.

Funding has been provided by the developers of Kingley Gate, North Littlehampton (Toddington) and the Littlehampton Town Council to ensure that new and existing residents are connected to local services. The Number 15 is run by Compass buses under contract from West Sussex County Council.

The Town Council led the way in guaranteeing that a new bus service was in place to serve the new housing estates built at Kingley Gate and the North Littlehampton developments.  The Town Council aims to ensure that residents do not feel isolated if they do not have their own means of transport and that the Town Centre and the seafront is accessible by all.

The bus service is monitored by the Planning & Transportation Committee.

The bus service operates six days a week and full details of the timetable can be found at www.compass-travel.co.uk

The Town Council is committed to encouraging visitors to the Town and as part of its contribution to tourism it has developed the Visit Littlehampton brand. 

Visit Littlehampton is not just a brand for the Council's marketing campaigns but it is a website where residents and visitors alike can find details on the Town's events and must-see attractions.

Local event organisers can list their event on the website free of charge. Simply contact the events team for more details.

The Town Council's Events Team organises over 10 community focused events throughout the year in addition to offering support to local community groups through grants and free promotion on our sister website Visit Littlehampton. See Support for Local Event Organisers for helpful information.

The team oversees the bookings for the Stage by the Sea and the Community Market Stall, both free to use for local community groups.

For our event listings go to what's on

 

Progress Newsletter is our residents’ newsletter published four times a year and delivered door to door to almost every home in the Town. It publicises the services we provide, key news for the Town including housing and highways developments and showcases some of the community’s achievements.

Current and past issues are available here

You can contact us if you wish for the Editorial Board to consider a piece of news about your group or service.

The Manor House is a Georgian Grade II Listed Building in the heart of Littlehampton which offers the perfect location for your special day.

The New Millennium Chamber is licensed to hold 100 guests which offers an opulent setting of a grand domed ceiling and oak panelled walls which is beautifully decorated with wall baskets, ribbons and a chandelier providing a first-class environment for Wedding and Naming Ceremonies. See our Weddings page for more details.

Owned by the Town Council, Southfields Jubilee Centre, located at Southfields Road, is a great venue for a variety of activities.

The centre provides two halls, a perfect space for exhibitions, meetings, social events, recreational activities, education/training, workshops and seminars.

The space can be used by all members of the community from pre-school groups through to social activities for the elderly or hired by public, private and voluntary sector.

See Southfields Jubilee Centre for more details on the venue including What's on and how to book.

The Town Council is passionate about bringing some extra colour to the Town for all of the seasons.  Ferring Nurseries were selected as the contractor for delivering all of the floral displays which are co-ordinated by the Town Council. 

These include:

  • 14 planters at the key “gateways” into the Town.
  • The roundabouts at the Sportsman, Beach Road, the Library and the junction of St.Flora’s Road and Horsham Road.
  • During the summer months the cascade of flowers which adorn Franciscan Way, Surrey Street and the hanging baskets in the High Street are all co-ordinated and funded by the Town Council.
  • The Manor House gardens in Church Street. 

Sponsorship of our planters and roundabouts is available

The Town Council organises an annual Gardens & Allotments Competition to recognise the achievements of local gardeners and allotment holders. 

The Sports Forum is supported by Littlehampton Town Council and aims to act as an advisory, consultative and co-ordinating body with Sport England, Sussex County Sport Partnership, sports clubs, schools, and other interested organisations in the town. The Sports Forum is made up of representatives from local clubs and sports providers and it offers members the opportunity to share information and express their views on current sporting issues. The Forum is open to the public and there are no restrictions to the number of members and new members are always welcomed.

The Sports Forum is also responsible for organising an annual Sports Awards Ceremony. Clubs, coaches and family members of sportspeople are given the opportunity to nominate them for these awards.  It also oversees the Sports Grants which provide much needed funds to local sportspeople seeking assistance in developing their sport further.

More details about the Forum including Sports Awards, Sports Grants and the Sports Directory can be found here.

The Town Council works closely with the Littlehampton Town Traders' Partnership on matters relevant to the local business community. 

Some of the projects the Council has worked on include pedestrian signage in the town centre and seafront, the reintroduction of a weekly market, new events and town centre activities.

The Town Council also contributes towards the post of the Town Centre Regeneration Officer through a partnership with Arun District Council. The role of the post is to work closely with the Traders' Partnership in delivering their aims and objectives which have included extensive bus and radio campaigns aimed at encouraging visitors to the town throughout the year. There is an active social media page where you can find out about the latest High Street events and retail offers. See www.facebook.com/ShopLittlehampton/ 

The Town Council merit awards are presented annually to members of the public who, in the opinion of the Council, have made a significant contribution to the town and the townsfolk. This could be through a combination of a number of factors involving the promotion of the town, enhancing its reputation, initiatives to improve quality of life for residents or a sustained contribution to a particular issue, which has wide reaching benefits for Littlehampton. See our Merit Awards page for past winners.

The Stage by the Sea is a free to use community performance area available all year-round built by the Town Council.

This unique and stylish space can be used for a multitude of performances including theatre, comedy, dance and live shows. The bespoke shell design propels both music and spoken word directly out towards the audience without the need for amplification making it an ideal venue for small and intimate events.  

Further details are available here.

Situated off the Horsham Road and adjacent to the Littlehampton Academy Rosemead Park is a popular area for children to burn off some energy in the well-equipped play park.  It is also well-liked by dog walkers which ensure that this Town Council owned park is full of life.

The Council’s Amenity Team look after the park and ensure that it is clean and tidy through a regular programme of grounds maintenance.

The Town Council plans to replace and re-design the playground in the future so watch this (play)space!

The Town Council looks after 4 of the roundabouts within the Town.  These are planted by Ferring Nurseries and mown by the Town Council’s Amenity Team. 

There are opportunities to sponsor these read more.

The Town Council has exercised its power to provide and maintain public clocks under the Parish Council’s Act 1957 and currently has three in situ within Littlehampton:

The clock in Wick Parade

The clock which hangs above L Guess the jewellers in the High Street

The most prominent of all is the town centre clock which is situated outside of the Sainsbury store and can be seen as you approach the Town from the railway station, Surrey Street and the High Street.

Will there be any further additions?  Only time will tell…….

The Council observes national guidelines for flying the Union Flag which include Royal birthdays, Remembrance Sunday and other key dates. We also fly other flags such as United Nations and the Royal British Legion. A full list is available here.

Littlehampton Town Council offers an attractive choice of venues to organisations, businesses and private hirers. Our two venues, the Manor House and Southfields Jubilee Centre, offer facilities in the town of Littlehampton for conferences, meetings, seminars, training sessions, exhibitions, wedding and naming ceremonies to accommodate up to 100 people. 

Services Provided by Other Councils

Each county is divided into several districts. District councils cover smaller areas and provide more local services. Arun District Council is responsible for some services in Littlehampton, including council housing, public toilets, parks and ponds, leisure facilities, local planning, recycling and waste collection.

For more information: visit their website where you can report problems, make payments or apply for benefits or phone on 01903 737500.

West Sussex County Council operates over a large area and provides services such as education, social services, highways and public transportation.

General enquiries: visit their website or phone on 01243 777100.