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High St is backed

UNANIMOUS backing has been given for a multi-million pound bid to boost Bognor Regis town centre.

 

Town councillors agreed to support Arun District Council in its attempt to gain backing from the government’s future high street initiative.

 

Arun is set to meet the first deadline next Friday for expressions of interest in the £675m available nationally.

 

If this is successful, a more detailed business case will need to be submitted towards the end of this year.

 

Bids which are backed will receive a maximum of £25m. Most supported schemes will get £5m-10m.

 

Cllr Steve Goodheart (I, Hotham) said: “It will be really good to have some investment in the High
Street.

 

“We should be aware of what is to happen because we have been promised all sorts of things in the past.”

 

Cllr Matt Stanley (LD, Marine) said: “This is a really good opportunity for Bognor Regis.

 

“There is massive potential in the High Street. There is lots of momentum as well but there are challenges.

 

“It would be good to get some involvement to shape what is going to happen in our High Street.”

 

Glenna Frost, the town council’s clerk, said the funding was to be awarded for schemes which would have a major impact on town centres.

 

Extra information about the backing shows that will be achieved by improving shoppers’ experiences and driving growth.

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