Footfall in Bognor Regis town centre is increasing this year.
The number of people visiting the retail site is bucking the national trend of shoppers turning their back on bricks-and-mortar premises.
Statistics given to councillors this week show the town is performing better than the national average as well as other coastal towns.
Caroline Gosford, Arun District Council’s senior regeneration manager, said last December saw some 48,000 people registered by the cameras around the town centre. In comparision, the number the previous year was about 41,000.
“Footfall records show that footfall increased by 3.2 per cent year on year between 2016 and 2017, dropped by 2.5 per cent between 2017 and 2018, mainly due to very bad weather in March and
April, 2018, and showed signs of recovery in 2019,” she told councillors.
This followed a £2.2m revamp of the town centre between 2014-17 to improve its appearance.
Town and district councillor Hugh Coster said it was also important to acknowledge the role two-hour free parking played in attracting people into the town centre.