New streetlights needed urgently, say councillors

NEW streetlights along Bognor Regis seafront are urgently needed, councillors have said.

The current lamp standards are due to be replaced as part of a county-wide programme of renewing the structures.

But the delay in the programme reaching The Esplanade and the state of the current lampposts has alarmed members of Bognor Regis Town Council.

Cllr Paul Wells, the town’s mayor, called for a letter to be sent to SSE, which is installing the new lights, to seek urgent action.

He said at Monday’s meeting of the council that some of the lampposts were in an appalling condition with rust and flaking paint.

“Work was due to start on them in January. We are now in March and the season starts next month,” he said. “It’s not a good image for the town.

“They need to get on with this. The seafront seems to be being held to ransom over this and it does not give a good impression for the town.”

Cllr Pat Dillon (C, Pevensey) said the council had been in regular contact with the contractor but had failed to get a firm date for work to start.

Cllr Jim Brooks (I, Marine) said: “This is very disappointing because we have had a lot of co-operation from them.

“We have got whatever we have asked for but, for some reason, the seafront seems to be a stumbling block.”

The town council had been told to quickly make up its mind about the style of lampposts months ago.

Members opted for traditional twin-armed columns. “That was three months ago,” he said.
“They were quite keen to get on with the work and get it done but we are now waiting for them.”