The town council have revealed discussions with WSCC highways halted plans for a Christmas tree on the high street, London Road.
Complaints had been raised by readers, with one resident saying ‘sadly the Christmas tree in Bognor town centre is conspicuous by its absence’.
They went on to highlight the fact there are ‘some very pretty Christmas tree displays’ locally, both in ‘various front gardens’ and provided by ‘local traders and public houses’.
In regards to the lack of tree in the town centre, one stated: “I do hope this is just an oversight, and not some political decision for the misguided reason that it might offend some minority group. Perhaps the council could reassure us, and perhaps next year make an effort, like so many of the residents of the Borough have.”
In reply a spokesperson for Bognor Regis Town Council said: “There has never been a Christmas tree located within the town centre.
“However the William Hardwicke do sponsor a Christmas tree, supplied by the council, at their premises in the high street. A Christmas tree is always in situ on the town Hall balcony and this year the Picturedrome cinema have also sponsored a tree at the station.
They added: “Consideration was given to placing a tree at the bottom of the London Road where the Sun Sculpture used to sit however, after liaison with WSCC Highways this was not possible as the width of any tree would visually impair the line of vision for both pedestrians, buses and deliveries at a particularly busy time of year.”