Parties have their say on why they would be good for Bognor Regis – UKIP

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The Observer asked the main parties to explain why they would be good for the town, fourth up, UKIP.

‘With only a handful of candidates, UKIP cannot win control of any council. However, UKIP councillors will bring valuable new insights to local politics.

‘We will bring common sense to local decisions and put local people’s wishes above bureaucratic pressures.

‘UKIP councillors will investigate EU influences on Arun and reveal them to the unsuspecting public.

‘We will block current efforts to devolve services to parish councils and dump the financing costs on them.

‘These are stealthy preparatory steps to transferring control of British local government away from Westminster to Brussels under the spurious guise of bringing power to local people.

‘UKIP opposes any large-scale housing developments until major infrastructure improvements are made. Existing roads, sewerage and drainage are no longer fit for purpose and preserving our strategic gaps is vital. The coast must be protected from erosion before Pagham, Climping and eventually the A259 gradually disappear into the sea.

‘Bognor’s future depends on better, faster links with the north not in the east-west traffic favoured by the EU.

‘Our councillors’ main aim will be to revive Bognor as a thriving seaside town - a nice place to live, visit and stop.

‘A new sea-sports centre needs to be supported by a new sea-front shopping and entertainment development. Obstacles to sea-front festivals need to be removed. Our beaches need regular clearance of litter and stinking seaweed; our bathers need protection from jet-skis and other sea traffic.

‘UKIP is keen to improve services for our aged and disabled, to support the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, to help small businesses survive and to attract large ones.

‘We seek better security at Ford prison and more bobbies on the beat. Above all, Bognor must have fairer representation on Arun’s development control committee and be the dominant voice in its own planning decisions.’