Campaigners request a meeting with minister

CIVIC campaigners from Bognor Regis have asked to see a government minister about their concerns.

They met the town’s MP, Nick Gibb, to request him to seek a meeting on their behalf with the secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles, concerning Arun District Council.

They also want Mr Pickles’s department of communities and local government to investigate the council.

Mr Gibb said: “Their views are well known.

“They wanted me to pass on their views 
about Arun District Council to the local government minister.

“I have written to him on their behalf as their MP. I have told him they would like to meet him and it is up to the secretary of state to decide whether or not he does.”

The four individuals who met Mr Gibb were Bognor Regis Civic Society members Tony Dixon, Hugh Coster and Roger Thomas as well as Littlehampton resident Terry Ellis.

They met Mr Gibb to express their concern at the district council’s alleged failure to engage with people’s views on a number of important issues. These include the regeneration scheme for Bognor with St Modwen, as reported.

Mr Dixon told Mr Gibb after their recent meeting: “We are concerned that the district council is, quite deliberately, refusing to accept the requirements of the Localism Act and 
to engage properly with the public.”

Arun has denied the claims of the society’s members. This included its anger about comments made by the DCLG in response to two inquiries by Mr Thomas and Mr Dixon in the past six months and which centred around whether or not investigations into the council’s conduct had been launched.