Views on vision for town sought

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A SNAPSHOT of a plan setting out the future of Bognor Regis has gone on show.

Residents living in the town’s four wards of Pevensey, Orchard, Marine and Hotham had the chance to see the progress volunteers are making on the Bognor Regis neighbourhood plan.

Neighbourhood plan group chairman Sandra Daniells said: “We are about 65 per cent of the way through the work and this is a chance to show residents what we have been doing and to see if they agree with what has been done so far.

“It is a snapshot event to see if we are on the right tracks.

“We have had a lot of questions. The neighbourhood plan can be very difficult to get your head around and the policies because of the way they have to be worded can be a little confusing, but we have tried to make it as understandable as possible.”

During the event, held last Wednesday at the Regis Centre, residents were encouraged to put stickers next to the document’s policies and objectives if they agreed with them. Green for yes, yellow for not sure and red for no.

“We have a lot of green stickers which is positive and we are asking for suggestions about what residents think we could do to help influence development in the area,” added Cllr Daniells.

Policies include designating Bognor’s old town as a restaurant, cafe and bar quarter, as well actively promoting empty space above shops. Ideas on promoting the town as a seaside resort were also tackled.

Angela Koch, from Imagine Places, has been helping the group pull ideas together.

“The plan deals with a lot, because all of the areas in the town are different that has made it more difficult. As well as development, the plan also looks at things like cycle ways and footpaths and how residents would like to see them improved.”