Chamber wants Bognor buildings cherished

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WE LOVE our historic buildings but we want more restaurants, Bognor Regis businesses have said.

Those at the latest breakfast meeting of the town’s chamber of commerce agreed landmarks were assets to the town.

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Chamber president and chairman Nick Stuart-Nicolson said: “It was agreed quite clearly that we should build on what we’ve got.

“In this respect, both the pier and the Picturedrome cinema were seen as examples of unique existing attractions which should be cherished and protected for future generations.”

But the chamber’s members said the town needed more places to eat. This resulted in one of the objectives from the meeting to be to invite some popular branded restaurants to come to Bognor.

“Although Bognor has a few independent restaurants, it was felt that some recognised restaurant groups such as Pizza Express, ASK, Zizzi and Prezzo should be lobbied by the chamber to consider Bognor as a suitable location. The chamber will pursue this with vigour,” said Mr Stuart-Nicolson.

It was also believed that the town and the seafront should be better connected. Creating this link with better signs were decided as another two objectives from the meeting.

“It is thought that the two exist in a degree of isolation from each other. Improved signage appears to be key to resolving this issue,” Mr Stuart-Nicolson said.

“It was noted that London Road is usually very busy and that the seafront promenade remains very popular - particularly at weekends. The challenge is to distribute the footfall between the two.”

The final objective was to provide a more secure and safer place.

Mr Stuart-Nicolson said: “Understandably, there was concern expressed about street drinking, litter and cleanliness. There was great concern surrounding first impressions of the town and thoughts about a distinct welcoming message.”

A strong feeling also existed at the meeting that good access to the beach was urgently required.

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