Have your say about the future of Bognor Regis

TURN out to have your say on a vision for Bognor Regis.

The town’s residents have been urged to go along and state their opinions about the latest £40m regeneration scheme.

The investment by St Modwen focuses on the Regis Centre and the Hothamton sites.

It contains a miniplex cinema for the seafront site and rules out an ice rink or a bowling alley in its place.

Those who have proposed the scheme and those against elements of it want to ensure as many people as possible go along.

Tim Seddon, St Modwen’s regional director for London and the South East, said: “Increased interest from operators now puts us in the position where we would like to move forward and deliver for the people of Bognor.

“My hope is that this consultation is one all local people take part in, so that these draft proposals can be progressed in a way that reflects local opinion and aspirations.

“This is the only way that true cultural transformation can take place on the ground.”

Arun District Council leader Cllr Gillian Brown said: “We are showing these plans to the public because we know they are achievable and could transform Bognor town centre.

“They come as a package that could create a new vibrant and prosperous future for the town.

“I would encourage everyone to look at what has been put forward and tell us what they think.”

But supporters of the Picturedrome have produced a leaflet urging people to speak out or risk losing the traditional two-screen cinema forever if the miniplex goes ahead.

“The Picturedrome will be left with the less popular films and gradually fewer people will come until it can’t pay its rent to the town council who own the building,” it says.

Bognor Regis Civic Society also wants people to attend the consultations.

Deputy chairman Hugh Coster said: “It’s really important everybody who possibly can goes along to one of the consultations.”

Several consultation sessions being held during the next three weeks.

They started on Thursday, November 22, at 9.30am until 4.30pm at the top of London Road and the bottom in the former Julian Graves shop and carrying on from 4.30pm-8.30pm in the shop.

The same locations were used from 9.30am-4.30pm on Friday and Saturday.

The venue switches to the town’s library on Monday (9.30am-1.30pm) and the Alexandra Theatre on Tuesday (midday-8pm).

Wednesday, November 28 sees a session from 2pm-5pm in the Norfolk Hotel in Arundel.

It’s back to Bognor Regis Library from 9.30am-1pm on Thursday, November 29, before a session in Littlehampton Market from 10am-4pm next Friday.

The final two sessions will take place from 9.30am-4pm on December 3 in Bognor Regis Town Hall and from 10am-5.30pm on December 12 in the Alexandra Theatre.

Further sessions are being held in schools and workplaces.

The council is also using its Wavelength panel of residents and a face-to-face survey of up to 500 people to gather further views.

Survey forms will be available for completion as well as online at www.arun.gov.uk/haveyoursay and www.stmodwen-bognor.co.uk