IMPROVEMENTS to the shopping precinct in Bognor Regis are set to start next year.
Work on the £650,000 scheme for the London Road pedestrian area is due to begin in January. It includes new lighting, trees and signs.
An Arun District Council spokeswoman said: “We always knew it would be a tight schedule but things are progressing as planned.
“The consultants have been working on detailed designs and the specification documents. We are getting tender documents ready for next month in line with the programme.
“We have consulted with traders to ensure they are aware of the programme and the time-frame and have shown them the plans. “Things are progessing well and we are looking forward to seeing the plans come to fruition.”
The scheme, revealed in the spring, received 90 per cent-plus backing from residents.
It came under the spotlight again at last Wednesday’s Joint Western Arun Area Committee.
District councillor Trevor Bence (C, Pevensey) told the committee the impending improvements were a strong reason for delaying a decision about re-opening the High Street to traffic.
“We are about to spend about £650,000 regenerating London Road,” he said.
“I really hope it results in the people we want to see coming to Bognor but people in Bognor that require deliveries need to be remembered.
“If we carry on as we are, we will have heavy lorries going over the new precinct. Do we really want to damage £650,000 of surfacing being put down?” Other options for deliveries had to be considered, he urged.
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