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Council looks into saving town hotel

TOWN councillors in Bognor Regis have agreed to investigate saving one of the town’s landmark buildings.

 

The Bognor Regis Town Council members unanimously agreed on Tuesday to looking into the viability of trying to return The Royal Hotel to its former glory.

 

The building on The Esplanade is up for sale with planning permission to convert it into 18 luxury flats.

 

Glenna Frost, the town council’s clerk, said: “The council, through their corporate strategy, are committed to preserving the glorious heritage of our town and have a strong track record of doing so.

 

“If successful, it is hoped that The Royal Hotel will be brought back into use as a boutique hotel and even include training facilities for new chefs and other related staff for this industry.

 

“The council is also exploring the possibility of it being used in part for new council offices and to include space for community use.”

 

The Royal Hotel was built in 1888 and enjoys a fantastic location on the seafront which overlooks the sea.

 

It is a three-storey building with cast iron balconies and rails at the bottom of its window cills, and a row of classic Doric pillars at the entrance porch.

 

The hotel was designed by architect and surveyor Arthur Smith. He was also responsible for the Picturedrome cinema and the Reynolds building in the the town centre.

 

Councillors are keen to repeat with the hotel their success with the cinema. Since they bought it in 2010, the venue has had a third screen added by its operator and building work by the council on a fourth is set to be finished this month.

 

The Royal Hotel has been empty for several years. The town council is keen to hear people’s views about its decision.

 

Email: bognortc@bognorregis.gov.uk or write to Mrs Frost at the town hall.

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