‘One-way seafront would mean misery’

A ONE-way system on Bognor Regis seafront would cause misery for residents, claims a councillor.

District and county councillor Francis Oppler, said a one-way system would cause havoc, placing drivers on an ‘endless loop’ around the town.

He said: “Introducing a one way system would be thoroughly disastrous, there is no other way to describe it. It would see visitors to the town on an endless loop as they searched for a parking space and cause misery to the seafront’s residents.”

Cllr Oppler made his comments at a meeting of Arun District Council’s Bognor Regis regeneration subcommittee of which he is a member.

Councillors were discussing the report of a recent review into parking completed by WPS.

Within the report one way parking to allow for extra parking on the seafront is suggested, but that does not mean it will be progressed.

According to the document the long-term solution of echelon parking along The Esplanade would mean a review of the wider traffic circulation within the town centre to accommodate one-way working along the Esplanade from Gloucester Road in east to Waterloo Square in the west.

Cllr Oppler slammed the report for not taking account of the restrictions needed around pedestrian crossings.

“The document clearly shows car parking right up to the crossing, that can not be correct. There is no room from the zig zag lines and restrictions needed.”

He told subcommittee members he believed once restrictions had been taken into account the number of extra spaces which could be provided would be reduced from 50 to 34.

Cllr Oppler said: “While I agree that there are some positives to come out of this report such as the proposal to extend the two hour free parking to Hothamton, I am amazed by how many fundamental mistakes there are in it.

“I think the £25,000 that has been spent on it was quite frankly unnecessary.”

An Arun spokesperson said: “Overall, the report was generally welcomed by the sub-committee members and it was agreed further consideration should be given to any decisions the council may make concerning potential redevelopments of the Regis Centre area and Hothamton Car Park.

“A number of issues were raised by Cllr Oppler at the meeting and whilst these were responded to on the night where possible, some of these issues involved a significant level of detail which was considered to be premature at this stage, given that the consultant’s brief was to carry out an outline option appraisal and not detailed design.”

The spokesperson added Arun had requested comments and clarifications regarding the proposals.

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