For other uses, see Arun (disambiguation).
Arun District
Non-metropolitan district

Arun shown within West Sussex
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county West Sussex
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Littlehampton
Incorporated 1 April 1974
  Type Non-metropolitan district council
  Body Arun District Council
  Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
  MPs Peter Bottomley
Nick Gibb
Nick Herbert
  Total 85.3 sq mi (221.0 km2)
Area rank 159th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
  Total 154,414
  Rank 124th (of 326)
  Density 1,800/sq mi (700/km2)
  Ethnicity 96.7% White
1.1% S.Asian
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
  Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 45UC (ONS)
E07000224 (GSS)
OS grid reference TQ029020
Arun Civic Centre, Littlehampton

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 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 has been under the control of the Conservative Party since its first election in 1973. The last elections to the council were held on 7 May 2015.[2] Following those elections and subsequent by-elections,[3] the composition of the council is as follows:

Arun District Council Composition
Party Seats
Conservatives 41
Liberal Democrats 6
UK Independence Party 4
Labour 1
Independent 2

Arun District Council is a non-metropolitan district council formed of 54 councillors from across the following 23 wards:[4]

Aldwick East2
Aldwick West2
Angmering & Findon3
Arundel & Walberton3
Beach (Littlehampton)2
Brookfield (Littlehampton)2
Courtwick with Toddington 3
East Preston 3
Felpham East2
Felpham West2
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 East2
Rustington West 3

Civil parishes

The following 31 civil parishes are located within the district:[5]

ParishTypeArea (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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

Football clubs

See also


  1. "Arun" in The New Encyclopaedia Britannica. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., 15th edn., 1992, Vol. 1, p. 609.
  4. "Ward Profiles". Arun District Council. Retrieved 27 March 2009.
  5. "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.
  6. "Index of Multiple Deprivation". West Sussex County Council. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  7. "Littlehampton Coastguards". Blue Flag. Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  8. "District council brings energy efficiency throughout its operations". Ashden Awards. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2009.

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

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