A unique landmark building would have pride of place

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AN ICONIC building will help regenerate Bognor Regis, according to a businesses chief.

Nick Stuart-Nicolson, the chairman and president of the Bognor Regis and District Chamber of Commerce, said he believed something different was needed on the seafront to see visitors flock to the town.

He said: “I think the seafront is a major part of Bognor Regis’ regeneration and I personally think an iconic building on the front would be a huge attraction, for both residents and visitors.

“The creation of a landmark, iconic building would be fantastic – something like a museum of the sea would be unique and it would bring people to Bognor Regis.”

Mr Stuart-Nicolson also praised ongoing investment in the town: “Businesses in Bognor Regis are continuing to flourish. We have had the good news about Rolls-Royce Motor Cars building their technology and logistics centre and I am sure that will act as a catalyst for other businesses to set-up in the area.

“The town’s much-loved Pitcuredrome continues to prosper and the news of extra screens will no doubt be welcomed by residents.

“The owner of the Arcade has carried out improvements and it is looking good.

“The Enterprise at Bognor Regis enterprise zone is also progressing and I am sure it will act as a mechanism to attract others.”

The news of new retailers coming to the town such as Sports Direct and BrightHouse in the London Road shopping precinct were warmly welcomed, as was the arrival of the Marks & Spencer Simply Food Store and Next on the Arun Retail Park on Shripney Road.

Mr Stuart-Nicolson made his comments at the chamber’s annual general meeting last Tuesday.

As previously reported, the recipient of the organisation’s Britten Trophy was revealed as Janina Cooper of founder of the Base Skate Park.

Members also voted to add another award – The Harding Award – in memory of the chamber’s former vice-chairman Ian Harding who passed away last year after a short battle with illness last year. A one-minute silence in Mr Harding’s memory was also observed.

Current vice-chairman Adam Cunard said: “I think it would be a good idea if we had a separate award to celebrate a business.

“There are lots of businesses that should be recognised for all they are doing.”

The suggestion was warmly welcomed by chamber members who also voted in favour of sponsoring the town’s carnival.