Makeover will see seafront become jewel of the crown

WORK to revamp Bognor Regis seafront has stepped up a gear.

Improvements to the seafront, aimed at making it the jewel in the crown of the town’s attractions, have moved a step closer as Arun District Council starts work to deliver recommendations from its seafront strategy

Bognor Regis seafront

Bognor Regis seafront

The makeover document, which was approved four years ago, focuses on enhancing the central part of the seafront between Gloucester Road and the Esplanade skate park site, for residents, visitors and local businesses alike.

Arun’s leader Gillian Brown said: “This is another example of Arun’s commitment to making Bognor Regis an even more attractive place to live, work and visit.

“This project is aimed at taking the traditional essence of a seaside town whilst providing the modern facilities people expect.”

The wish is to provide stylish businesses for visitors on the promenade which offer food, drink and goods for sale at a quality and price people want.

Bognor Regis seafront

Bognor Regis seafront

There will also be other businesses offering a range of activities to do on the seafront.

The aim of the work is to have a distinctive and co-ordinated design for the promenade featuring new street furniture and lighting.

The council, working with its consultants, Colliers International, is talking to businesses to find out what they would like to see on the seafront now and in the future.

Visitors have also been asked for their input on what makes a seafront something special.

They have been asked what they would like to be able to do, what sort of food and drink they would like to be able to buy from what sort of outlet, and what they would like to be able to do that is not available at the moment.

These findings will be presented in a day-long workshop later this month.

Once proposals have been drawn up, a public consultation will be held later this year to find out what the public think of the proposals.

The dates will be publicised and listed on www.arun.gov.uk

It is hoped the work on the ideas could begin in 2014 and any new business premises would be in place the following year.