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Arun District
Arun shown within West Sussex
Arun shown within West Sussex
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country England
RegionSouth East England
Historic county Sussex
CountyWest Sussex
Incorporated1 April 1974
Administrative HQLittlehampton
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyArun District Council
 • LeadershipCommittee system
 • ExecutiveNOC (Conservative administration)
 • Leader of CouncilCllr Shaun Gunner (C)
 • MPsPeter Bottomley (C)
Nick Gibb (C)
Andrew Griffith (C)
 • Total221.0 km2 (85.3 sq mi)
 • Rank153rd (of 309)
 • Total164,889
 • Rank120th (of 309)
 • Density750/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
 • 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 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]

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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.


Arun District Council
Shaun Gunner,
since 19 May 2021
Political groups
Administration (23)
  Conservatives (23)

Opposition (30)

  Liberal Democrats (16)
  Independent Group (6)
  Arun Independent Group (4)
  Green (2)
  Labour (1)
  Independent (1)

Vacant (1)

  Vacant (1)
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Arun Civic Centre - - 608161.jpg

Civic Centre, 1 Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LF

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.[2] Although the 2019 local elections returned a result meaning that the council was in No overall control, the Liberal Democrats formed a new administration led by Cllr James Walsh.[3]

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

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

Green Party

Labour 1

In the months following the 2019 election, two members of the Liberal Democrats resigned from the party and then sat as Independents.[4] In April 2020 a Liberal Democrat member died, triggering a by-election, however the coronavirus pandemic this was delayed until 6 May 2021.[5] Another Liberal Democrat councillor left their group to become Independent in September 2020,[6] and a further Liberal Democrat resigned their seat in March 2021 with a by-election on 6 May 2021.[7]

In the two by-elections, the Conservative gained both seats from the Liberal Democrats.[8] Another councillor defected from the Liberal Democrats[9] which meant that Cllr Shaun Gunner as Leader of the Conservative Group was able to form a new administration in May 2021.

Following the death of a Conservative councillor in July 2022,[10] the current composition is as follows:

Arun District Council Composition
Party Seats
Conservatives 23
Liberal Democrats 16
Independent Group 6
Arun Independents Group 4
Green Party 2
Independent 1
Labour 1
Vacant 1


Bognor Regis Town Hall, Arun's area office in Bognor Regis
Bognor Regis Town Hall, Arun's area office in Bognor Regis

Arun District Council is a non-metropolitan district council formed of 54 councillors from across the following 23 wards:[11]

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:[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16]

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. ^ "Conservatives lose overall majority on Arun District Council in historic local elections". Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Littlehampton mayor resigns from Lib Dems". Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  5. ^ Johnston, Neil (6 May 2020). "Coronavirus: FAQs on postponed elections". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "Arun councillor becomes an Independent after quitting Lib Dems". 30 September 2020. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Bognor Regis Lib Dem councillor resigns". 11 March 2021. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Conservatives win Littlehampton and Bognor Regis by-elections for Arun". 11 May 2021. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Bognor Regis councillor quits Lib Dems for Conservatives". 11 May 2021. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Councillor John Charles". Arun District Council. Retrieved 23 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Ward Profiles". Arun District Council. Archived from the original on 28 July 2009. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "Index of Multiple Deprivation". West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  14. ^ "Littlehampton Coastguards". Blue Flag. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  15. ^ "District council brings energy efficiency throughout its operations". Ashden Awards. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009.
  16. ^ Council, Arun District. "News Archive". Arun District Council. Retrieved 26 December 2018.

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