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Cycle area criticised

RAILWAY station bosses have been urged to improve facilities for Bognor Regis cyclists.


The area at the historic building set aside for cycles and mopeds to be stored has been labelled as ‘disgusting’. Felpham resident Andy Perry said: “It creates a threatening and unpleasant atmosphere and needs to be addressed urgently.


“Around one million passengers’ journeys start or finish at the station each year, many of whom will be visitors to the town. Many will use the entrance by the cycle storage area and taxi pick-up point. What sort of first impression does this create?”


Mr Perry cycles to the station for his commute to Crawley. He said the storage area next to Richmond Road had become worse since the station’s refurbishment was completed a year ago.


“True, there are many racks, all under cover – to a degree at least – but, quite frankly, the area is disgusting and feels threatening. It was so much better when bikes were stored on Platform 3.


“Apart from cycle thefts, which I have personally been a victim of, but which are thankfully reducing the area suffers for many reasons.”


These included becoming a haven for street drinkers, he said. He said: “Recently, I returned around 8pm to find two people there, one of whom was unable to sit, let alone stand, he was so drunk.


“I have witnessed people using the area behind the large black cabinet to urinate, and possibly worse, leaving a terrible stench.”


Rough sleepers occasionally used the area and it had become the unofficial smoking zone.


Adding to the problems were the occasional working of the security lights and the excrement left by pigeons in many places, he said.


A Southern spokesman said: “We are aware of these issues and are currently tackling those within our control.


“We will improve security and cleanliness in the cycle storage area, by installing additional railings to create a single entrance covered by CCTV cameras, replacing the existing lighting with new LED units, and replacing the old pigeon netting.”

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