INCOMING Bognor Regis town mayor Tony Gardiner has pledged to continue to back the pier.
Cllr Gardiner said he would carry on the work of his predecessor, Cllr Paul Wells, in supporting the efforts of the Bognor Pier Trust.
Cllr Gardiner has chosen two other good causes, the town’s Royal Air Forces Association branch and the Number 18 Project, to officially support in his year in office.
But he said he was keen to keep the pier in the front of residents’ minds.
“Even though Cllr Wells has gone as the mayor, I will be ‘selling’ the pier trust’s work as much as I can.
“We need focal points in the town, and the pier is certainly one of those, the pier is very much one of those.
“The more focal points we have, the more people will visit us and the more there is for them to see.
“It would be great to have a better pier.”
Cllr Gardiner became the town’s mayor at the annual meeting of Bognor Regis Town Council last week.
He said the same principle of giving people more reason to come to the town also applied to the return of Marks and Spencer and the arrival of Next.
As reported, both retailers are planning to open at the Arun Retail Park on the A29 Shripney Road.
“If people come to visit M&S, they might want to come into the town centre or to the seafront as well. That can only help the town.
“Customers who want to buy M&S food might well go to the Shripney Road site with its free parking, than travel to Chichester and pay to park.
“It’s the same with people who like to shop at Next.
“All these developments are bringing more people in and opening up more opportunities for the town.”