WORK to transform Bognor Regis town centre is underway.
The revamp work which began on Monday is due to last around 16 weeks and will see some £600,000 ploughed into the London Road precinct
Paul Dendle Arun District Council’s cabinet member for the environment said: “This is the beginning of the transformation of Bognor Regis.
“This is the first part of the regeneration and we have got to thank Sainsbury’s for their 106 money and West Sussex County Council for their Kickstart money which is very important to get this thing moving.”
Cllr Dendle said shoppers could look forward to seeing a continental-style environment, which eventually would stretch to the sea.
He added: “I am very pleased to see this beginning. We have obviously got many other regeneration projects, but this is the beginning.
“This is outside money coming in for the benefit of tax payers and it is good news for everyone.”
The scheme will see new paving, tree planting and street furniture installed along the precinct.
A ribbon of paving, slightly off-centre of the 275m-long precinct, will be of porphyry stone in red, purple, violet and orange.
It is being set to the west to allow for deliveries to be maintained along the precinct and because of the underground pipes and wires. The streetlights will have brackets for banners and hanging baskets.
Cllr Andrew Evans, one of Arun District Council’s members for the Marine Ward, said: “I am really excited about the future of this precinct.
“There is hope for the future and this is the start of regeneration in Bognor Regis.”
The plans have been backed by traders in the town, with the Bognor Regis Traders’ Association chairman Chris Heaps saying he hoped the revamp would spruce up the town centre and attract people to come and see what the area has to offer.
Shops will stay open during the improvement works, which are being carried out by Hobart Paving Company.
It recently finished improving West Street in Horsham and is working on Lansdowne Road in central Croydon.
The works are being jointly funded by West Sussex, Arun district and Bognor Regis town councils.
Added funds have also come from Sainsbury’s as part of a development contribution for their Shripney Road store.