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Funding windfall to further transform public realm
7th March 2014

A substantial grant of £1.65 million will see Bognor Regis’ public realm completely revitalised, thanks to a successful bid by Arun District Council.

The funding towards the town centre enhancements from the Coastal Communities Fund has been awarded to the town in order to regenerate the public realm from the station to the seafront.

Work has begun on phase one of the project in the London Road precinct and now funding will see the vision for the wider town centre become a reality. The overall investment in the town centre now totals £2.66 million.

Councillor Mrs Gillian Brown, Leader of Arun District Council, said: “At last Bognor Regis will get the new town centre it needs and deserves. The town centre-wide design scheme created by LDA Design was resoundingly approved by the public during the public consultation, and we’ve had overwhelming support from the traders.”

Improvements financed by the fund, which is backed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, will include a new, welcoming Station Square, the continuation of distinctive street lighting and feature colour paving down Station Road and across the north of London Road, and the area in front of the Morrison’s store will also be uplifted to create a café quarter.

The plans also include the Sun Sculpture being relocated to a better location and the paving and lighting scheme used in the precinct continuing onto a large raised junction with the High Street. This will link across the road to the Arcade and into York Road, highlighting the Edwardian Arcade and other architectural features in this area.

The same design scheme will continue along York Road towards the seafront and in Place St Maur, the tiered mound that works as a windbreak and outdoor seating area will complete the work. The public realm scheme will be complimented by the work programmed and funded by West Sussex County Council to improve traffic flow in the High Street, install real-time bus information and implement a 20mph town centre speed limit.

Cllr Mrs Brown added: “When the work is complete we are confident the redesigned public realm will attract new shops and shoppers to the town centre, and encourage visitors to stay longer in the town.

“All of this will help safeguard existing businesses, attract new businesses to the town and provide the right environment for companies to create more jobs for the town centre. This will keep more local money within the local economy.”

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council and Cabinet Member for the Economy, said: “This is great news for Bognor Regis and will help breathe new life into this area of the town. We are delighted to be supporting this project and working with Arun District Council and Bognor Regis Town Council on these schemes which will help boost the local economy and increase footfall to town centre businesses and shops.”

Bognor Regis Town Mayor Paul Wells said: “I am delighted that Bognor Regis has been awarded this funding as it will assist with the regeneration of our town centre to make it a more attractive place to visit and shop.”

The project will be led and delivered by Arun District Council in liaison with Bognor Regis Town Council and West Sussex County Council. The next phase will be Station Square which will be delivered over autumn-winter 2014-15, and the public realm work is set to be complete by the end of 2016.

The funding award is one of the largest in the current round of the Coastal Communities Fund, and the funders praised the joint working between the councils and the well-planned bid, which was written with support from Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester.

Shown are the designer images of how Station Square will look by day and by night after the renovation wwork is complete.

Public Realm includes paving, lighting, seating, street furniture like bins, cycle racks etc and planting.

Source: Arun District Council

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