Plea to make sure Bognor’s theatre survives

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A PLEA has been made to ensure the Bognor Regis theatre survives regeneration plans.

Local resident Joan Audrey Jones urged the joint western Arun area committee to keep a close watch on the future of the Regis Centre.

You need to keep a close eye on the theatre

Joan Audrey Jones

“You need to keep a close eye on the theatre,” she said.

“If we are going to have Bognor as a really good tourism area, there should be a theatre and not a community hall. I hope this committee will keep an eye on it and ensure the theatre is not pulled down.”

Committee chairman Paul Wotherspoon, an Arun district councillor, said the committee would look at the theatre’s future.

“There are no plans to close it,” he said. “The next council will be looking at the regeneration proposals but, in the meantime, no decisions have been taken.”

The centre on the Place St Maur on the seafront includes the 350-seat Alexandra Theatre.

It is one of two sites – with the Place St Maur – put forward by Arun District Council for regeneration.

A total of 14 proposals were received by Arun by the February 1 deadline.

Meanwhile, consultation about a regeneration wishlist for residents to choose their preferred uses for the sites is continuing.

The last staffed exhibition takes place today from 2-6pm at Angmering Village Hall. Smaller displays will stay on show at Bognor Regis Town Hall and Bognor Regis Library until the consultation deadline of April 30.

Information at www.arun.gov.uk/bognorregisregeneration.