CARE should be taken to avoid harming the historic section of Bognor Regis town centre with a new improvement scheme.
Town councillors said account should be taken of the existing paving around the railway station, Picturedrome and Reynolds Depository junction.
Cllr Adam Cunard (I, Pevensey), the cinema’s operator, said: “I’m worried the new paving outside the railway station will look at odds with the existing paving on the other sides of the road.”
It has only been a few years since the area’s paving was installed.
He said: “It’s not really damaged.
“It’s not been dug up and is in really good condition. The roads are fine and there is not a problem.
“But the other side of Station Road is dreadful because the pavement is appalling.”
He asked for a meeting with Arun to discuss the matter.
Other town councillors also called for the current paving materials to be considered when the £1.6m future upgrade of the town centre was carried out.
Cllr Jim Brooks (I, Marine) said he estimated 51,000 undamaged 8in-by-4in paving bricks were to be dug out from the middle of the London Road precinct.
“Ninety-nine per cent of what we wanted done could have been achieved with some TLC and we could have kept some of the original materials. It’s a huge amount of money we have received from the government.
“It’s welcome but there are a number of little things we could do with it,” he said.
Cllr Roger Nash (L, Pevensey) said: “Materials should be re-used wherever they can be.”
Town mayor Cllr Paul Wells said: “It’s extremely good news we have got this money. It’s not every day we get £1.6m for work in Bognor.” The current work to improve the precinct was starting to gain plaudits, he said.
Arun assistant director of planning and economic regeneration Karl Roberts said Arun would keep under review the chance to include the cinema and depository areas in future work if funds became available.