Conservative Councillors have said this should happen. Do you think a building like
this (right) should be on the last remaining Bognor Regis seafront leisure site?
It was built by St. Modwen elsewhere, so it could easily happen here, and it might
result in the loss of the Picturedrome. Are you going to sit back and let this happen?
Conservative Councillors have said 280 more flats should be built in Bognor Regis,
including 80 on the seafront Regis Centre site. Not for the homeless, but for wealthy
retirees, weekenders and the University. Do you think buildings like these (left
and below) will improve Bognor Regis? They were built by St. Modwen elsewhere, so
they could easily happen here. Are you going to sit back and let this happen?
All this is being supported and promoted by Conservative Councillors on Arun District
Council. Motions of No Confidence in these regeneration proposals have been passed
by Bognor Regis Town Council and its Electors, but Arun has ignored these. It has
also ignored the results of its own public consultation where the majority group
said NO to the multiplex and the flats. And it has also ignored two petitions, each
of over 10,000 signatures, to protect the Picturedrome and for no flats on the Regis
Centre site Are you going to sit back and let this happen?
THIS IS WHAT YOU CAN DO
Firstly, please recognise that it is most important that you do something. People
power is hugely effective, but only if everybody plays their part and does their
bit. You don’t have to do much, but it’s important that you do as much as you possibly
can. Please, please don’t leave it to others; if we all do that, nothing happens
and we get what we deserve.
You can do any or all of the following, and we’ll give you all the information you
need to do it:
Write to Councillors. You can find their names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers
on the Council website, click here (this should go to a ward map with Councillors
names, but Arun’s capricious website sometimes diverts you to its homepage) – so
try clicking here. Ideas for things you might wish to say, and how to deal with their
responses can be found by clicking here.
E-mail Councillors, see above.
Telephone Councillors, see above.
Write to The Bognor Regis Observer, at email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be persistent. Don’t be fobbed off, and (politely) don’t take no for an answer.
Vote in elections. Ignore the politics (CiViC would prefer to see NO politics in
local government), contact and question the candidates, find out their views on local
issues, assess which one will satisfactorily and honestly represent your views. Keep
a note of what they say.
Attend Council meetings and ask questions at Public Question Time. See Council calendar
of meetings here, and agendas here.
Find out from Arun District Council who your ward Councillor is (there may be two),
contact him/her for a meeting and demand that they represent your views at Council
meetings. This is their function, and they are paid public money to do it.
Join the Bognor Regis Civic Society, let us know your views and support us in representing
your views to Council and Councillors. Clickhere to join.
Come to our monthly meetings which will keep you posted on what is happening and
how we can all work together. See more information on our meetings here.
If you need any help at all with any of this, contact us by clicking contact.
If you’d like a regular email update on what is happening, send your email address
to us by using our contact page, click here.
If you know that any of your friends/neighbours have similar views to yourself, encourage
them to do any of the above - or let them have a link to this page.
You will find communicating with Councillors an interesting experience. Responses
vary a lot, and some can be to the point and others very obscure. To help you with
this, please go to our communicating with Councillors page where we will give you
guidance. Also, information on elements of the regeneration proposals and some of
their shortcomings, plus the facts about Arun’s public consultation for you to quote.
CAN YOU CHIP IN?
Please bear in mind that running the Civic Society and battling for the well-being
of Bognor Regis is an expensive activity, and to ensure our total independence we
do not ask for or receive any grants. We therefore exist solely on membership subscriptions
and donations, and we would welcome your donation, however modest. Please send cheque
or PO made out to Bognor Regis Civic Society to our Deputy Chairman, Hugh Coster,
15 East Avenue, Middleton-on-sea, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 6EG. Many thanks
to all who contribute.