Proposers of ideas stopped from having say on displays

Lewis Roger, consultant at Bell Pottinger.LA1500008-1 SUS-150316-195524008
Lewis Roger, consultant at Bell Pottinger.LA1500008-1 SUS-150316-195524008
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PROPOSERS of Bognor Regis regeneration schemes were shunned when the consultation was compiled.

The town’s civic society asked Arun District Council to involve the 14 groups and individuals who had contributed ideas for the town’s future.

But the council said it did not want them to influence the nature of the consultation.

Hugh Coster, the society’s deputy chairman, told last Friday’s meeting: “After the last meeting, we had an ongoing correspondence with Arun because we would have liked all 14 people who put in suggestions for regeneration ideas to participate in the creation of ideas for the consultation and the way the consultation is being held.

“This would have ensured that everybody was happy about what was being done.

“Arun refused to have anything to do with us. We went back three times and that was their consistent response. They did not want to involve any of the 14 people who had taken the trouble to put in plans. We were a bit put out about that.”

Mr Coster described the ongoing regeneration consultation as ‘six boards with vague information’ followed by a questionnaire asking people what they would or wouldn’t like to see in the town.

The society’s proposal consisted of cleaning and tidying the town. Smartening it up was needed whatever other regeneration plan was put in place. This view was widely shared, he claimed.

He said the society was also keen to view the final analysis of responses to the consultation.

“We would like to see the responses before they go to councillors, which is intended to be at their July meeting, so we know exactly what has been said by those in Littlehampton and Arundel and what weight is being given to it,” he said.

Staffed exhibitions by Arun’s consultants, Bell Pottinger, about Bognor Regis regeneration ideas continue.

Today sees the display at Barnham Community Hall on Yapton Road from 2.30-6.30pm.

It will be followed by another event from 10am-2pm tomorrow at Arundel Town Hall on Maltravers Road.

Tomorrow sees a further display from 4-8pm at Littlehampton’s Manor House on Church Street. The final exhibition takes place from 2-6pm next Thursday at Angmering Village Hall on Station Road.

Permanent unstaffed displays are on show at Bognor Regis Town Hall, Bognor Regis Library and the Arun Civic Centre in Littlehampton until April 30. The project’s website – www.arun.gov.uk/bognorregisregeneration – also contains all the information publicly available.