Arun District Councillors

Arun District Council area stretches from Pagham to Findon, and north up to Walberton. It is responsible for issues such as; planning, licensing, leisure, waste collections, public health, parks, green spaces and housing. There are 54 councillors and the council is based on a cabinet-style system comprised of a leader and six cabinet members, at the moment all Conservative.

Arun Liberal Democrat Councillors form the official opposition. Your Liberal Democrat representatives include:


Ian Buckland

River Ward - Littlehampton


Ian was first elected to Arun and Littlehampton Town Council in 2007, representing River ward. Ian soon established a reputation for daring to question the status-quo, for which he gained respect across the political divide. Ian is passionate about Littlehampton and standing-up for the underdog. Ian is now a councillor for the following;

Littlehampton Town Council - River ward - Term ends 2019
Arun District Council - River ward - Term ends 2019
West Sussex County Council - Littlehampton Town Division - Term ends 2021

Cllr. Ian Buckland. c/o 55 Colebrook Road, Wick, Littlehampton. BN17 7NU

Mobile: 07986488982


Dr James Walsh

Beach Ward - Littlehampton

Details coming soon


Daniel Purchase

Beach Ward - Littlehampton

Details coming soon


Martin Smith

Aldwick West - Bognor Regis

Martin was elected to Bognor Regis Town Council in 2015, representing Hotham ward.  Martin is also elected to Arun District Council, following a stunning by-election victory in his home ward of Aldwick West.  He is a young, outspoken councillor who strives in equality for all. He is involved heavily with the community, in both Aldwick and Bognor Regis. Martin’s passions are local infrastructure and the en mass local housing issues surrounding Arun.

Bognor Regis Town Council - Hotham ward - Term ends 2019
Arun District Council - Aldwick West ward - Term ends 2019

Telephone: 07791001274


Paul Wells

Hotham Ward - Bognor Regis

Details coming soon


Francis Oppler

Orchard Ward - Bognor Regis

Francis was first elected as a Councillor in 1989, since then he has had the privilege to serve twice as Bognor Regis town mayor. He is currently a Councillor on Arun District and West Sussex County Councils. Francis has always represented Orchard Ward and Bognor Regis East.

Francis has been involved in many campaigns over the years. Recently he has been involved in campaigning against the thousands of houses being built in Bersted and Pagham, believing that Bognor Regis has already taken the 'lions share' of development and that the town cannot cope with thousands more houses.

Together with other Liberal Democrat Councillors, Francis is involved in the campaign to save the Sunken Gardens from being destroyed and replaced with a strip of grass. He believes it is time for Arun Conservative's to listen to what the local people say, and then act for the community.

Arun District Council - Orchard ward - Term ends 2019
West Sussex County Council - Bognor Regis East Division - Term ends 2021

Telephone: 07887 893509


Matt Stanley

Marine Ward - Bognor Regis

Matt was elected to both Arun District Council and Bognor Regis Town Council in the Marine Ward by-election in February 2018 overturning a huge Conservative majority.

Since the election Matt has campaigned hard, particularly on the issue of Bognor Regis regeneration. He has raised a publicly challenged senior councillors on this matter in various venues.

Matt is dedicated to the community and supports fundraisers and volunteers  for a number of organisations including Stonepillow, CREATE and Bognor Community Gardeners.

Bognor Regis Town Council - Marine ward - Term ends 2019
Arun District Council - Marine ward - Term ends 2019

Telephone: 07513 406697

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