The Observer asked the main parties to explain why they would be good for the town, third up, Liberal Democrats
‘Since the inception of Arun District Council in 1973, Bognor Regis has suffered from the effects of one party rule.
‘Our town has all too often played second fiddle to Littlehampton and Arundel.
‘The Conservatives have talked up “regeneration”, yet their biggest claims to influence have been through the third party developments of Butlins, the University Campus and 706 properties in North Bersted foisted on residents, 95 per cent of whom opposed the development in a parish poll.
‘The one golden opportunity they had to invest for the future came with the Asda store planning application which was sensationally voted down by the Conservative Council and the Labour party representative on the planning committee.
‘This store would now be close to completion, bringing 500 much needed jobs and the infrastructure to kickstart the proposed business park at Oldlands Farm.
‘A vote for the Liberal Democrats will ensure that your voice is always heard, but never ignored!.
‘We would involve the public more in the decision-making and the consultation process on future regeneration projects. A Liberal Democrat-controlled council would:
Support a free car parking scheme;
Introduce a local planning committee;
Make sure Butlin’s money is spent in Bognor Regis;
Invest in the new watersports centre;
Secure local youth services; and
Protect Chalcraft Lane from development
‘Unlike at Westminster, there is no coalition locally and the Liberal Democrats will continue to act as the true voice for local people.
‘Labour has no representation in Bognor Regis and is very unlikely to have any after May 5. Only the Liberal Democrats can stop the District from being Conservative controlled.
‘This is your chance to send a clear message to the Conservatives on their decision to stop Asda, and the continuing degeneration of our town centre.’