PROPOSED gates will pay tribute to the history of fridge making in Bognor Regis. The metalwork for the former Lec factory is set to be installed at Sainsbury’s which has replaced the building.
A planning application for the installation has been submitted to Arun District Council by Dicentra Developments.
Its planning agent, Leeza Aldis-Hobbs, says in a statement the gates used to stand at the entrance to the original Lec site on Shripney Road. “The factory gates were specifically designed and manufactured for the Bognor Regis Lec site and have subsequently been stored and now restored to their former condition,” she states.
The scheme is a joint initiative between Dicentra and the owner of Polestar Cooling, who own the Widdowson site and building opposite Sainsbury’s on Shripney Road.
Fridges were made in Bognor Regis from 1946, the year the Shripney Road site was obtained by the firm which became Lec Refrigeration. By the early 19802, it had about 1,600 workers and made more than 2,000 fridges a day to claim 20% of the UK domestic fridge market.
But the company was taken over and its production of fridges and freezers was moved to Liverpool. Production of specialist medical, marine and commercial refrigeration products continued through Polestar at the Widdowson Building, which formed part of the original site, until 2013.
Mrs Aldis-Hobbs says the gates will be sited just off Shripney Road next to the Sainsbury’s access road and north of the store’s car park. They will be protected by a clear perspex screen. A history board about Lec will be on both sides.