Delay hits Bognor Regis High Street project

Work on a crossing with signals has been brought forward
Work on a crossing with signals has been brought forward

WORK to improve Bognor Regis town centre has been delayed for six weeks.

Contractors for West Sussex County Council are due to begin the £450,000 scheme on High Street in late February, it was confirmed yesterday.

They were originally 
due to start in the middle 
of this month.

A council spokesman said: “I can confirm the scheme has been delayed until February 22. The reason for this is because we are having to wait for the specialist materials needed to do the job.”

The alteration in dates has seen work on a crossing with signals in the High Street brought forward. Those workmen have arrived on site.

The main project aims to reduce the traffic that illegally uses the High Street, that is anything other than buses and bicycles within permitted hours, and create a safer and more pedestrian-friendly environment along the road.

This will involve wider pavements, a narrower road and a more pavement-like surface. It will also see a large raised junction installed where the road meets the London Road precinct. Street furniture will be enhanced and more trees planted.

A Traffic Regulation Order will be brought in by the council to restrict delivery vehicles using the High Street to reach the precinct before 9am and after 5pm only.

Bognor Regis Civic Society deputy chairman Hugh Coster said the group had long called for paving to be used to restrict vehicles going along High Street.

“It should be obvious they shouldn’t be doing that. Measures like this are really seriously needed because of the number of vehicles who use the High Street.”

He called for the new paving to be accompanied by a planned programme of maintenance and cleaning. The existing paving on the High Street was installed about 15 years ago during a previous scheme.

“It doesn’t look very good now because it has not been maintained. Unless materials are used in the new paving which never got dirty or it is regularly cleaned, the same thing will happen with the new paving,” he said.

Mr Coster said he was glad the sun sculpture at the High Street/London Road junction had been removed. “That is money well spent. We should be celebrating that it has happened.

“The reason why I say that is that it was allowed to become scruffy and dirty. Unfortunately, that only highlighted the other scruffy parts of Bognor.

“We should be making sure Bognor is clean and nice-looking and that was impossible to do with the sun sculpture still there. It’s a good thing it has gone.”

Mr Coster said the group welcomed more trees along the High Street and the replacement of those taken out in recent years.

The society has called for a schedule of cleaning, painting and replacing to smarten up the town.

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