Arun District Council became much more representative of its communities in May 2019, and is something we are rightly proud of. Prospective Lib Dem members with a wide variety of life experience and backgrounds were selected to stand as Lib Dems and duly elected. Having a diverse set of representatives enables a more diverse range of views and priorities to be shared.
Elected to the current council were three wheelchair users and several with young children in pushchairs, giving a key insight into accessibility challenges across the District. Arun District Council have now pledged funding to achieve a Bognor Regis beach access ramp from next year's Budget.
Cllr Amanda Worne - Chairman of Arun District Council. “I suffered a serious cycling accident in 2015 and as a result I am paralysed from the waist down. I have been in the sea once in these 5 years as it is such a struggle to get down to the water's edge. Basically it means sitting on your backside and dragging yourself across the shingle. This is something that should not be happening in this day and age. That is why Councillors at ADC are striving to make Bognor Regis Beach accessible to all. Anyone with mobility issues will be able to use a ramp to take them right to the water's edge and enjoy the benefits of our lovely coast as much as anyone else and in 2020 that is exactly how it should be.”
Cllr Matt Stanley - Cabinet Member for Technical Services. “Accessibility is high on our agenda, and it has been from the very beginning. We are already in the process of restoring the Bognor Regis Bandstand and included in that we will be making it wheelchair friendly. The seafront is what makes Bognor Regis and nobody should be deprived of that, enabling members of the community with mobility issues to get access to the water should be something we all want to achieve.”