The short answer is - nothing. It was especially bad early in 2010 because of the
sewerage works at Bersted, which were a by-product of all the housebuilding happening
there and which they never told us about in any consultation. Then there were more
delays due to roundabout construction there, but that’s mostly completed now.
But even in the ordinary course of events nothing is being done about hold-ups at
the Royal Oak at Bersted, the Squareabout, Hotham Park mini-roundabout, Butlins roundabout,
Downview Road traffic lights, Southdowns mini-roundabout and even further along towards
Because nothing is being done, the Civic Society has presented plans for the improvement
of the Felpham Leisure Centre roundabout, the Butlins roundabout and the Hotham Park
mini roundabout, designed to allow the free flow of traffic on the A259 and eliminate
congestion. There has been general approval of these, except for some Felpham residents
who seem to think that having to detour slightly to access part of the village outweighs
the greater convenience of everybody else in the district. However, nothing is happening,
and it seems there is a danger that this will disappear into a drawer at WSCC in
common with any other proposals that don’t come from Tescos or Butlins.
West Sussex County Council clearly thinks that the answer to all the problems will
come from the much vaunted relief road, if it ever happens. UPDATE: In fact, the
relief road did help with congestion through Bognor Regis. But did not help with
congestion east of Flansham to Littlehampton, which is now a lot worse. Back
ARE THEY GOING TO BUILD THOUSANDS OF HOUSES AT CHALCRAFT LANE?
The developers want to, and the Church Commissioners, who want to make lots of money
out of selling the land, want to as well.
The matter is still grinding its way through the whole planning process and we rather
suspect that the promoters are lying doggo at the moment.
What will happen? Who knows, but a recent planning inspector’s decision at an appeal
over a smaller development in Chalcraft Lane was quite encouraging. He felt that
development of farmland in the strategic gap between Bognor Regis and Chichester
was inappropriate, and therefore refused it.
Don’t get too excited though. There’s big money at stake and you can be sure that
Developers/Commissioners et al will be rolling out all the legal big guns they can
if it suits them.
Arun may well be cowed by this and decide not to take them on for the sake of a quiet
life. We’ll see... Back
WSCC WASTES £120,000 ON CHAIRS THAT ARE NOT NEEDED
400 new office chairs at £300 each have been bought by WSCC because they have moved
staff in Horsham from one place to another.
Why don’t they take their existing chairs with them? No answer. Why spend that much
when you can get perfectly good fully adjustable director’s chairs from Viking for
£49.99? What’s happened to the chairs they were using before? No answer. Why are
none of the County Councillors even slightly concerned about this wastage of our
money? No answer.
It’s clear that the procurement processes at West Sussex County Council need a thorough
overhaul, and for that matter, so do all the Councillors. Back
THE CONDITION OF OUR ROADS
In spite of West Sussex County Council’s efforts to repair the road damage of previous
winters, much of this work has been of poor quality and will fail again, and there
is a great deal which still must be done.
London Road and Queensway, which were desperately bad, have been repaired. The same
goes for Felpham Road, but there are many more potholes in various places which still
What are they doing about it? That appears to be a secret, as JWAAC Highways & Transport
meets behind close doors and its reports to the main committee don’t tell us much...
RESIDENTS “OUT OF ARUN” CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED ON FACEBOOK
A group of Bognor Regis residents has launched a campaign to separate Bognor Regis
from Arun District Council on a Facebook Page, and within a short time more than
2,500 people had signed up to support it.
Caroline Wilson, of Collyer Avenue, is leading the campaign, after attending a Town
Council meeting and hearing Councillor Paul Wells say that Bognor Regis people are
“fed up” with bad decisions being made by Arun for the town.
A petition to Arun for “Bognor Decisions by Bognor People” has been launched, and
after one morning in London Road shopping precinct more than 500 people had signed.
A further petition to the government is planned, for boundary changes to enable
Bognor Regis’ separation. Back Home