TIME is running out to regenerate Bognor Regis, a councillor has warned.
Cllr Jan Cosgrove (L, Orchard) said residents should be given the choice between Arun’s multi-million pound scheme and the cheaper option of upgrading the Sunken Garden.
“We are in the last chance saloon for the regeneration of this town,” he said, “and this is the tip of the iceberg – and that iceberg is Arun.”
Arun had stated back in December, 2017, its aim for the linear park was to produce revenue by selling some of the car park to developers for flats.
“They have decided on handing over public land to build flats, which have no regeneration value,” he said.
A residents’ meeting last November called on Arun to abandon its current scheme and allocate funds to upgrade the gardens with features wanted by the community.
Of those present, 35 residents of the town council’s area backed the resolution and two abstained. None voted against.
Cllr Jeanette Warr (LD, Hotham) said: “We have heard what the public want. It is up to us as elected councillors to do our best to work with the public’s views.”
But Cllr Sandra Daniells (I, Pevensey) said Arun was close to submitting a planning application for the new park.
“It would be better to work with them rather than to keep fighting them,” she said. “It’s too far down the line.”