ATTEMPT TO PROLONG CLOSURE OF LOOK AND SEA CENTRE FOILED BY ARUN OVERVIEW SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
The petty party politically motivated attempt by the LibDems who were supported at the call in by Cllr Mike Northeast (labour) and Councillor Graham Tyler (independent) to delay the reopening of the Look & Sea Centre at Littlehampton, was rejected by Arun’s Overview Scrutiny committee this week.
The Look & Sea Centre had gone into liquidation in September and the café, visitor information centre, and education centre have been closed since then.
The Conservative Arun Cabinet had voted for an imaginative plan to offer the whole building to a commercial operator as a café/restaurant and bar subject to the necessary planning permissions and licenses being granted.
An invitation to competitive tender was being prepared and the successful tenderer might have been able to open the new tourist attraction for Easter 2019. The council tax payer and visitors to the town will have benefited by not only having an attractive venue to visit but the income from business rates and rent would have been a welcome addition to Council’s coffers and enabled it to continue to provide those services the residents need.
Visitor information and educational needs also formed part of the cabinet plan in cooperation with the Littlehampton Town Council and others.
Sadly, opponents of the plans invoked the ‘call in procedure’ the effect of which was to put all plans on hold and halt progress on the regeneration of what has been described by many as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Littlehampton.
Happily, the overview scrutiny committee by a majority, rejected the ‘call in’ and plans can now proceed but the unnecessary delay caused by the call in has delayed progress towards a re-opening by 2 to 3 months.
It is now obvious that it is the Conservatives who really care about the people and the District .
Of the 3 tiers of local government Arun District Council receives only 11% of money that is collected from residents, who have a general understanding that finances are difficult for all local authorities.
The Conservatives have managed to balance Arun District Council’s budget for the coming year, covering all services for only £3.39 a week for a band D household.
The services we deliver are excellent value for money which include social and affordable housing, leisure, regeneration, parks & gardens, coastal defences, environmental health, tourism and conservation.
The Conservatives are delivering the weekly refuse collection that you wanted and asked us for and we will deliver that now until 2023.
The Conservatives are building a fantastic new leisure centre at Littlehampton and refurbishing the Arun Leisure Centre at Felpham. The Conservatives have bought the Arcade in Bognor Regis as part of our regeneration plans.
All of which allows us to make money on our investment for you, keeping your council tax as low as possible.
ARUN CONSERVATIVES LOOK AFTER ARUN PEOPLE
Autumn 2018 will see The University of Chichester open its new £35 million Engineering and Digital Technology Park in Bognor Regis.
This will be a massive boost to Bognor Regis with each student estimated to bring £10,000 per annum to the local economy . This development has been supported by Arun Conservatives all the way . Fantastic news and we look forward to the opening.
Arun Conservatives firmly supporting the Regeneration of Hotham Park
Town Centre Regenerations are ongoing and are firmly supported by the Conservative Group at Arun . We are confident that with the Town Centre Managers in place and with our support footfall will continue to increase.
When setting up this Website Arun Conservatives wanted to make this site positive and forward looking. A location for good news and achievement. We will endeavour to continue this theme but just to assist Arun residents . If any information is offered by person or persons about Ford being a prime location for additional housing we would respectfully ask you to consider the following .
Ford Airfield ; already has 1500 houses proposed. There is another 800 houses proposed in the adjacent villages of Yapton and Climping.
There is a new Rubbish Incinerator proposed alongside the existing Ford Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where all our rubbish is sorted daily. A New Ten Tier Secondary School is proposed. The very well occupied Rudford Industrial Estate and Ford Prison are adjacent. We would also like to mention the successful businesses operating on the Airfield offering full time employment which is a major consideration. Conservatives strongly support the need for more jobs not less.
Arun Conservatives will continue to fight for Improved Infrastructure, Better Road and Rail Links, More GP Surgeries, Dentists and well supported Schools. Not to mention more employment opportunities
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Arun District Council refurbs public conveniences
As part of a programme to improve toilet facilities in the district, Arun District Council begins a programme of refurbishment works at four of the districts' public conveniences.
The Conservative led Council has entered into a contract with Green Manor Building Limited to undertake the work at Culver Road, Felpham, Hotham Park, Bognor Regis, Norfolk Gardens, Littlehampton, St Martin’s Car Park, Littlehampton
The refurbishments include some internal and external reconfiguration, replacement of plumbing and electrical services, replacement sanitary ware and redecoration throughout.
There are two phases of improvements planned. Phase 1 at Culver Road and St Martin's Car Park will run from Monday, 3 September to late October 2018, and phase 2 at Hotham Park and Norfolk Gardens will run from Monday, 29 October to Friday due to be completed before Christmas.
Cllr Stephen Haymes, Cabinet Member for Technical Services said “The Council is keen to provide quality facilities for the public and although we are aware the work will cause disturbance, the result will be modern, fresh, and safe toilets for residents and visitors alike and we would ask for patience while the work is taking place.”