New manager is welcomed by chamber

BUSINESSES have welcomed the arrival of the new Bognor Regis town manager.

Members of the chamber of commerce’s executive committee said the individual had a key role in helping the retail centre thrive again. Today is the closing date for applications for the job with its £36,298 salary. Interviews will be held on October 17.

Nick Stuart-Nicolson, the chamber’s president and chairman, will be on the selection panel along with representatives from bodies such as Arun and Bognor councils and Butlin’s which are helping to fund the position for four-and-a-half years.

“The manager’s first job will be to get a business improvement district (BID) for the town centre. We had a presentation about Worthing recently and it was interesting to hear how the BID brings in money to be spent on the area.”

Committee member Jim Brooks said: “There’s never been more of a need for a town manager. I hope he or she recognises our town should be about small independent traders.

“The town centre should be about entertainment, about having an experience, about service and a lovely atmosphere. This is a good chance for us and we want someone who understands the way the market is going.”