New Economic Development Strategy for Arun

A new Economic Development Strategy has been recommended for Arun by the District Council's Lib Dem cabinet members.

The 25-page Strategy document, supported by a workable action plan, was agreed to be put to full council. The strategy includes a focus on developing the town's economic prospects. Included is the new creative hub being developed in Bognor Regis's train station and the digital technology park in the town.

Lib Dem Cllr Matt Stanley says "There is definitely a clear direction we are set on around the economy and the need to embed digital technology within that. We do have a lot of opportunities with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), especially in Bognor Regis, and I do think there are a lot of good opportunities in there which, hopefully, will create jobs."

Lib Dem Cllr Martin Lury says "One of the key challenges for this authority is those little pockets of deprivation we have around the county. Its extraordinary that you can walk a mile between Aldwick and Bognor Regis and that difference means people live ten years longer. We have a low wage economy. There is a lot of seasonal work. We have been talking about this since the nineties and [previous administrations] don't seem to have made a lot of progress"

The strategy is based around three key themes - future places, a business success story and prosperous and happy communities. The strategy will be put to the next full District Council meeting.

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