Council leader welcomes regeneration ideas

IDEAS to regenerate Bognor Regis will be made public soon.

Arun District Council is considering the submissions for the future of two key sites in the town received by Sunday’s deadline.

The council said it had received 12 proposals to develop the Regis Centre, including the Place St Maur, and Hothamton sites sent in by groups and individuals.

Its leader, Gillian Brown, said on Tuesday details about how residents could view all the proposals would be publicised later this month.

“We are delighted that our initial call for ideas has led to so much positive engagement within the community on this very important issue for Bognor,” she said.

“We have had a very good response with a wide range of ideas at this early stage of the consultation process and we will be continuing to work with these groups to explore their ideas in more detail over the coming months.”

Cllr Mrs Brown pledged the council was committed to staging the ‘broadest public consultation that Bognor has ever seen’ to ensure everyone could have their say before any decisions were taken later this year.

“We are, therefore, pressing ahead with later this month with the nest phase of the public consultation.

“This will give an opportunity for all residents to come forward with their thoughts on what should be done with the sites in addition to the ideas that we have already received,” she said.

“It is crucial that whatever happens to these sites has wide-scale public support and is both deliverable and sustainable for the long term.

“This is an exciting time for the whole of Arun.

“We have always made clear that doing nothing is not an option which is why we want to move ahead as quickly as possible and get started on such an exciting regeneration of Bognor.”

Arun started the search for new ideas last autumn after it ended its deal with St Modwen when the developer said it was no longer interested in working on the two sites.

The council offered the hopefuls up to £2,000 each to compile their plans.