Saved the Sunken Gardens!

The new Liberal Democrat-led administration in Arun has stopped the previous Conservative-dominated administration's attempts to build flats on open space in Bognor Regis. The councillors leading the plan stopped the "linear park" plan on the site of the Sunken Gardens between Queensway and Waterloo Square in Bognor Regis.

One of the Councillors involved, Matt Stanley, says "We want to give the community a platform to feed into any regeneration proposals in the area, and also to share their thoughts and provide input into a community-led alternative for the area.

"As Liberal Democrats, we believe that the regeneration of our town has to work for the community. In order to achieve this, we need to communicate better than the previous Conservative-led administration.

"From here we can start developing an alternative proposal that the community actually want." The Council is currently developing three outline schemes, which will be put to the public for consultation in the very near future.

Regeneration backers are also being asked to present their ideas to councillors in Bognor Regis. The backers of various multi-million pound schemes will be invited to state why their proposals should succeed.

It is believed that those involved with five of the projects for the Regis Centre and Sunken Garden sites are still involved with the projects and could be willing to attend.

Bognor Regis Town Council members agreed recently to write to those backers they had been in contact with most recently to gauge their interest in taking part.


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