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|— Non-metropolitan district —|
|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 (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Peter Bottomley
|• Total||85.3 sq mi (221.0 km2)|
|Area rank||159th (of 326)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||124th (of 326)|
|• Density||1,800/sq mi ( 680/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||96.7% White
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||45UC (ONS)
|OS grid reference||TQ029020|
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 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 5 May 2011. Following those elections and subsequent by-elections, the composition of the council is as follows:
|Arun District Council Composition|
Arun District Council is a non-metropolitan district council formed of 56 councillors from across the following 26 wards:
|East Preston with Kingston||3|
|Hotham (Bognor Regis)||2|
|Marine (Bognor Regis)||2|
|Orchard (Bognor Regis)||2|
|Pagham & Rose Green||3|
|Pevensey (Bognor Regis)||2|
|Wick with Toddington (Littlehampton)||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.
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