Bognor Regis awarded £50,000 to improve town and pier

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BOGNOR Regis has been awarded a chunk of government funding to fund a new ‘heritage quarter’ and potential improvements to the pier.

Arun District Council lodged a successful £50,000 bid as part of the Coastal Revival Fund.

It will enable Bognor Pier Trust to commission services to make a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring the listed structure up to modern standards.

The funding will also enable the start of the long process to pedestrianise Norfolk Street and Little High Street.

Pier Trust chairman Paul Wells said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding. Generations of tourists remember visiting the pier when they came to Bognor for their seaside holiday.

“This money will help us with our aim of restoring the pier so future holidaymakers will have similar memories to share.”

Interest in the Coastal Revival Fund was high, with three-times the number of bids for funding than was allocated.

The cash will also pay for new decorative lighting and events such as artisan markets to attract people to visit the area.

Town centre manager Toyubur Rahman said: “This funding will play a part in transforming an area which needs rejuvenating into a vibrant heritage-focused place with the aim of attracting new cafés, restaurants and other businesses creating valuable jobs.

“It will create a different attraction for visitors to the town centre.”