Backing given to beach on the beach idea for Bognor

A BEACH on a beach for Bognor Regis has been given the green light.

At their full meeting last Wednesday, members of Arun District Council gave their backing to the beach on the beach idea put forward as a recommendation by the Bognor Regis regeneration subcommittee.

Cllr Paul Wells (LD, Aldwick East) said: “I wholeheartedly support the beach on the beach idea.

“I think what we need to do in Bognor Regis is get back to basics and start some small schemes rather than focusing on the grandiose schemes.”

Fellow Bognor area member Jim Brooks (I, Marine) agreed smaller regeneration schemes for the town were needed.

He said: “I fully support this project but I would just like to say, as I said at the subcommittee meeting, I feel it is a little incongruous that we are putting a beach on the beach.

“What we do need to is provide access over the stones onto the sand that we have already got. I think this should be a priority.

“As for the beach on the beach, in other towns you do see it in the town centres, I can’t see it being reasonably used in the winter.

“But I agree. We need to start looking at small, quick, doable projects as part of regeneration not big schemes that never happen.”

Cllr Roger Nash (Lab, Pevensey): “I too support the beach on the beach idea.

“But what I would say is that if it is successful we should look at the operation of a lido in Bognor Regis, which would incorporate all the things of a beach on the beach but would retain natural seawater. It is actually not an expensive thing to do.”

Cllr Francis Oppler (LD, Orchard) told members he wished Bognor could have sand back on parts of the beach as he felt he would be a ‘real kick-start’ to regeneration.

He added: “I give my support to the beach on the beach. It is a good idea and it is much needed.

“I will also pick up on the point of access to the beach and it is something I have raised with the cabinet member.

“It has become quite apparent this year that there is no disabled access on to the beach between the bandstand and the pier.”