Renewed call for single council

A RENEWED call has been made for a poll about starting a ‘One Bognor’ council.

Bognor Regis town centre resident Jan Cosgrove said he still wanted voters to be given the chance to have their say on setting up a single town council for the 63,000 people who live in the coastal urban area.

This would replace the current set up of a town council with five neighbouring parishes.

He told Bognor Regis Town Council’s meeting last week: “I’m extremely disappointed that after two years or more when it has been made perfectly clear to members of the council that there is support in parishes as well for such a poll to take place to give people a democratic chance to tell this council to take this forward.”

The principle of a poll had been agreed at previous town meetings, he said.

Only one of the five surrounding parishes replied to his enquiry as to whether they supported the idea and they refused.

Mr Cosgrove said it would cost £850 to hold the poll just in the four council wards of Bognor – Hotham, Marine, Orchard and Pevensey – but it would be much costlier to hold an electors’ meeting which would be asked to vote for a poll and then stage the poll.

Town mayor Tony Gardiner said he favoured larger councils. Moves were being made around the country to set up hubs which combined services for neighbouring local councils to use. He said he would put the matter on the agenda for the next town council meeting in November.

Cllr Roger Nash (L, Pevensey) said the matter should be looked at by the new council after May’s elections. “We have been focused on the expanding the Picturedrome for which there is overwhelming public support,” he said.