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Gardens meeting

LIBERAL Democrats in Bognor Regis are staging a public meeting to save an open space.


The councillors want to stop plans by Arun District Council for a linear park on the Hothamton site of the car park and Sunken Gardens between Queensway and Waterloo Square.


Their meeting will take place at 7pm on June 21 in the Jeneses Arts Centre in Linden Road.


One of the councillors involved, Matt Stanley, said: “We want to give the community a platform to voice their concerns about this project, and also to share their thoughts and provide input into a community-led alternative for the area.


“As Liberal Democrats, we believe that the regeneration of our town has to work for the community. In order to achieve this, we need to communicate.


“Alongside our public meeting, we will be launching a petition to request that Arun put an immediate halt to their linear park project.


“Hopefully, from here we can start developing an alternative proposal that the community actually want.”


Cllr Stanley said his byelection campaigning last February in the Marine ward revealed a lot of opposition to the linear park scheme. But repeated bids to get Arun to discuss the matter had failed.


“Therefore, it is clear we have to do something different,” he added.

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