Residents urged to have say on Bognor Regis’ £40m future plans

Join in the consultation about the future of Bognor Regis, residents have been urged.

Deputy town mayor Cllr Paul Wells said everyone with an interest in Bognor should take part in the consultation about its regeneration.

Developer St Modwen will begin a series of events featuring its £40m proposals next Thursday.

Cllr Wells (Lib Dem, Hotham) told Bognor Regis Town Council on Monday: “It’s so important the people of Bognor and the surrounding parishes come out and take part in the consultation.

“We need as much feedback as possible to get to Arun District Council so they get a clear picture of what the people of this town want to see in the future.”

Cllr William Toovey (Lib Dem, Orchard) said: “We see the same people at events.

It would be nice to see different people that agree with what we say.”

Cllr Roger Nash (Lab, Pevensey) said: “We should have a town poll to show in a very definite way what people want and don’t want.”

Cllr Tony Gardiner (Con, Marine) said it was wrong of St Modwen to stage one of their consultation days at the same time as the Christmas lights switch on.

“We should invite St Modwen to talk to the people of Bognor about what they want from regeneration because they are the people who are going to have to live with it for the next 30-40 years,” he said.

But the town’s mayor, Cllr Eileen Anderson (Con, Marine) warned too many residents were not bothered about what happened.

“I find there’s real apathy. But it’s no good people sitting at home complaining about the things they want,” she said.

St Modwen’s consultation starts from 9.30am-8pm next Thursday in two places in the London Road precinct.

One will take place in the former Julian Graves store in the southern end and the other in the open at the northern end. The consultation continues in the same places from 9.30am-4.30pm next Friday and Saturday.

Further sessions will be held on November 26 at the library (9.30am-1pm) and railway station (3pm-7pm).

The Alexandra Theatre will be the next venue from 11am-8pm on November 27.

Further dates have been arranged until mid-December.

Little is yet known about the proposals for the Hothamton car park in Queensway and the Regis Centre site.