Hundreds of ideas at Bognor Reinvigoration

Val Souchet talks to Angela Coelho at the Bognor Regis Reinvigoration event
Val Souchet talks to Angela Coelho at the Bognor Regis Reinvigoration event

HUNDREDS of ideas were put forward as a Bognor Regis group took to the streets for the sake of the town’s future.

Pedestrians eagerly suggested regeneration proposals when Bognor Reinvigoration members gathered their views.

Some 100 responses had been received in the first hour of Friday’s event in the London Road precinct.

Joint organiser Val Souchet said: “We want as much community involvement as possible into what will go on the Regis Centre site. It’s good to get people involved on the ground level.

“People are interested in what’s going on and want their voices to be heard.

“The majority of them want to see something aspirational to make the town a better place to live and visit.

“They also want it to have economic viability for the future and to be something they can take part in and enjoy.

“We will put the ideas into a proposal which we will put forward as a community group next month.

“A lot of groups are doing different things which is really exciting because there’s more choice.”

The group is likely to hold a public event next month to display its scheme for the seafront site before its submission to Arun District Council ahead of the February 1 deadline for proposals.

As reported, the council has been seeking ideas for the key site following its decision last autumn to end a development deal with St Modwen.

Those who talked to Bognor Reinvigoration were asked to vote for either low level, major or no regeneration.

Among the ideas on the Regis Centre site they were asked to back were a laser quest centre, café/bar with an outside terrace overlooking the sea, illuminated dancing fountains, climbing wall, roller rink, ten-pin bowling alley and a cultural/art gallery and space.

A multiplex, flats, multi-use room with stage and retractable seats and watersports park were also on the list of 25 possibilities.

Servite Close resident Angela Coelho, 73, said: “I would like to see a marina. It would bring a lot of business to the town.

“I would like to see a ladies’ clothes shop as well and things for the youths to enjoy. I also want to keep the Picturedrome because I think it’s lovely.”