Councillor says sorry after calling Bognor a ‘dump’.

An apology was demanded from a top councillor from a neighbouring authority this week after he branded Bognor Regis ‘a dump’.

The offensive remarks were made by Andrew Baldwin, a Horsham district councillor, during a debate about plans to hike parking fees in Horsham.

He said: “You can’t compare Bognor Regis to Horsham.

“It’s like comparing a clapped-out old banger to a Rolls Royce.”

When hearing about the derogatory remarks, Bognor Regis town mayor and Arun district councillor Jim Brooks blasted the cabinet member for the environment’s assertion that ‘Bognor Regis is a dump’, labelling his words as ‘completely disrespectful and unprofessional’.

Cllr Brooks received a formal apology from Cllr Baldwin today (October 26) which he accepted on behalf of the town.

He said: “I am still disappointed he maintained the comments were his personal feelings. I was surprised he should say such things and that a senior member of a neighbouring district council should make such a remark.”

Cllr Brooks was joined by Arun’s leader Gillian Brown in inviting Cllr Baldwin to visit the sunshine capital which boasts a £40m school and ever-expanding Butlin’s resort.

For the full story see the Bognor Regis Observer on Thursday, October 27.