Bowls site is due to be sold for housing

A PROPOSAL to sell a Bognor Regis sports site is three meetings away from being put into action.

Arun District Council’s leisure consultant, Colliers International, is sticking to its original view Swansea Gardens should be sold.

The £2.6m expected to be raised from getting rid of the bowls greens and tennis courts will pay for improvements, such as a play area, along the town’s seafront.

The suggestion will be considered by Arun’s leisure, tourism and infrastructure working party next Thursday.

If its members agree, it will go to the council’s cabinet next month and to the full council in March for a final decision.

But Cllr Paul Wells, who helped to organise a well-attended protest meeting against the idea last November, said: “The consultants have not listened to what the people of Bognor want.

“Selling Swansea Gardens is going to have a massive impact on the bowls clubs who use the facilities there and on the residents who live around the site.

“I don’t see how getting rid of a leisure site fits in with the Olympic legacy of keeping people fit and healthy.”

But Colliers’ report by David Geddes says: “The reality is that the facility is only used by a small number of people.

“The cost of maintaining the facility is high in relation to the number of users and is unsustainable.

“The proceeds from allowing the site to be developed would allow a swathe of improvements across the seafront.”