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IS THIS PRESS CENSORSHIP BY STEALTH?

Two full page adverts failed to appear in the Bognor Regis Observer when the newspaper group's head office intervened after local management accepted them. Yet the adverts had been deemed fair and legal by the Electoral Commission.  What's going on?  Click on censorship for more...

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WILL 'SLEEPING BEAUTY' COUNCILLOR BE RE-ELECTED?

Who is the Councillor caught sleeping through an Arun Council meeting by the Council’s webcam?  Is it the same Councillor that voted to lose ASDA for the town, and with it hundreds of thousands of poundsworth of valuable investment? Should that Councillor be re-elected? Click on sleeping beauty for more...

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TOWN VOTES "NO CONFIDENCE" IN ARUN COUNCIL LEADER

Bognor Regis residents have passed a vote of no confidence against the Leader of Arun District Council, Mrs. Gillian Brown, who failed to attend a public election hustings meeting last Saturday, and claimed she could not provide a substitute out of 18 local Conservative candidates.  Click on no confidence for more...

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ARUN WON'T CONSULT ON PUBLIC'S REGENERATION IDEAS

Arun's Cabinet appeared to be listening to the public at their recent meeting and agreeing to accept other ideas for the regeneration of the town for consultation in early 2015. But is this just a cynical ploy to avoid trouble at the coming election? And are they really going to consult us on everything?  Click on consult for more...  UPDATE 1.5.15

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ARUN LOSES ITS REGENERATION PARTNER -- PLANS IN DISARRAY

After eight years and over a million pounds  spent, and with nothing to show for it, Arun District Council's regeneration plans for the Regis Centre and Hothamton sites have come to a grinding halt after they and developer St Modwen part company.  But Arun is planning to spend a further £500,000 of residents' money in doing what the developer can't.  Why? What's behind it all?  Click on plans for more...

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£390,000 TO BE SPENT ON BUILDING HOTHAM PARK CAFE

Arun District Council has approved its own planning application for a new cafe in Hotham Park and has allocated a sum of £390,000 to build it.  How come such an enormous sum for a slightly above average part-glazed shed?  That's what some Councillors asked, and what was the answer? Click on cafe to find out...

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ATTEMPT TO GAG NEWSBOGNOR BY ARUN DISTRICT COUNCILLORS

Where has NewsBognor.com been over the last few months, everyone has been asking.  The answer is that a couple of remarkably objectionable Arun District Councillors have been trying to throw their weight around by making vague threats of legal action.  It didn't get them far, click bully-boy for more...

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LONDON ROAD SHOPPING PRECINCT PROPOSALS CRITICISED                  

Arun's proposals for major changes to paving and street furniture in the London Road shopping precinct, due to start in January 2014, have been heavily criticised and labelled as "dull" and "like a cemetery".  There are calls for a re-design, click London Road for more... Latest Update 29th August

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ARUN ATTEMPTS TO FORCE RE-OPENING OF HIGH STREET

In order to gain extra car parking for its regeneration proposals, Arun District Council wanted to make the Esplanade one-way eastbound, and re-open the High Street to through traffic westbound.  Click High Street for more...

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FREE PARKING SCHEME EXPANDED TO INCLUDE HOTHAMTON CAR PARK

Arun Distgrict Council unexpectedly announced its decision to expand Bognor's 2-hour free parking scheme to include the Hothamton car park from January 1st 2014. Read the latest update on this, click Hothamton...

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ARUN REJECTS 'HELP PROTECT THE PICTUREDROME' PETITION

The full story of how Arun District Council contrived to reject the petition of 10,868 people on virtually no evidence at all, together with pictures and names of who was mainly responsible, including Bognor Regis Regeneration Sub-Committee Chairman Cllr. Bence (Conservative).  Click here to learn all...

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BOGNOR REGIS REGENERATION -- WAS ARUN'S CONSULTATION GENUINE OR FAKE?

Arun has presented its proposals on the redevelopment of two key sites in the town, to include a multi-screen cinema and some 280 flats, but also eliminating around 275 town centre car park spaces.  Did they expect that to be acceptable?  Or did they know their subsequent public consultation would show rejection of their plans, and decide to ignore it anyway? Click Consultation to learn more...

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HOTHAM PARK RESTAURANT: WHERE WILL IT BE BUILT? WILL IT EVER HAPPEN AT ALL?

A brand new restaurant is to be built in Hotham Park, to replace the existing cafes and enhance the refreshment offer to Park users.  But there is disagreement as to where it will be sited, as Arun District Council appear to have decided its position without asking anybody else.  Click Restaurant for more...  !!Latest Update 19th October!!

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INVENT YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND PRETEND YOU'RE IMPORTANT: IS THIS ANOTHER ARUN 'TACTIC'?

Many Bognor Regis people are asking why Arun District Council involves its Officers in starting and nurturing local 'pressure groups' which replicate those already there -- except the new ones seldom seem to have any paid or visible membership, and sometimes don't even meet. What's going on?  Click Membership for more...

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ARUN CONFIRMS THAT THEIR CONSULTATION IS MEANINGLESS

Arun District Council's Scrutiny Committee has confirmed that Cabinet member Ricky Bower was right to agree the spending of up to £15,000 on a "Visioning Study" for a housing development which the public might reject.  The development is subject to a public consultation on which the results are still awaited - but is extremely controversial and has already been heavily criticised. Click Consultation for more...

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COUNCIL LEADER ADMITS COUNCILLOR MISLED REGENERATION SUB-COMMITTEE

Arun District Council Leader, Gillian Brown has admitted that Cllr. Andrew Evans gave incorrect information to the Bognor Regis Regeneration Sub-Committee during the discussion about the Picturedrome Cinema petition.  Click Admitted for more...

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ARUN'S PICTUREDROME PETITION CONFUSION: THE MEETING DECIDES TO HAVE ANOTHER MEETING!

Confusion among Arun District Councillors at the recent Bognor Regis Regeneration Sub-Committee meeting turned to admission of their own ignorance of the subject they were discussing - so they decided to have another meeting.  Click Confusion for more...

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ENTERPRISE@BOGNOR REGIS: JOBS BOOST FOR THE TOWN OR EXPENSIVE FANTASY?

Following the failure of its Enterprise Zone bid for Bognor Regis, Arun District Council has commenced a project to attempt to deliver similar rewards.  It will need massive funds and a lot of work, but is it all pie-in-the-sky?  Click Enterprise for more...  !!Latest update 22 October!!

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VILLAGES OVERWHELMINGLY REJECT PROPOSALS FOR THOUSANDS OF HOMES

Hundreds of residents attended a public meeting recently, held by South Downs MP Nick Herbert at Fontwell Park racecourse. Arun District Council's Draft Local Plan was widely criticised and the meeting overwhelmingly voted for no further housebuilding until all local flooding and infrastructure problems have been solved.  Click Villages for more...

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ARUN DISTRICT COUNCIL SUSPENDS EMPLOYEE ON HER RETIREMENT DAY AND ESCORTS HER OFF THE PREMISES

Maureen Chaffe, loyal long-term employee arrived at work on her last day to find she had been suspended, all access rights removed because they claimed she could not be trusted, forbidden to speak to colleagues and escorted out of the building.  What was her alleged 'crime'?  Click Arun to read more...

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'HELP PROTECT THE PICTUREDROME' PETITION HANDED TO ARUN DISTRICT COUNCIL

Bognor Regis Civic Society presented Arun District Council with a 10,868 signature petition asking them not to permit the building of a multiplex on the Regis Centre site or any other land they own in Bognor Regis.  This is because campaigners believe that this would mean the end of the Picturedrome Cinema.  Click Cinema for more...  !!Latest update 14 October!!

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HUNDREDS SIGN 'OUT OF  ARUN' PETITION ON FIRST DAY

The 'Out of Arun' campaign stepped up a gear recently, with hundreds of people signing up to a petition calling on Arun District Council to reorganise its decision-making process.  Arun District Councillor Jacqui Maconachie criticised for unpleasant behaviour to petition volunteer.  Click Out of Arun for more...

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DRAFT LOCAL PLAN HEAVILY CRITICISED FOR PUTTING HOUSING BEFORE ATTENTION TO FLOODING, INFRASTRUCTURE AND JOBS

At the recent Bognor Regis Civic Society meeting, residents of the town voted unanimously that Arun District Council's Draft Local Plan should seek to find solutions to local flooding problems and deal with poor infrastructure and lack of local jobs before permitting any more housing.  Click Plan to read more

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SECRET ARUN PLAN S TO BUILD 15 STOREY TOWER BLOCK AT HOTHAMTON?

Arun District Council Chief Executive told the public in February that there were no plans or proposals for the Council and St. Modwen to build anything in the town.  This wasn't true because the previous December a Council committee had discussed a St. Modwen proposal to build a 15 storey tower block at Hothamton (at the top of Queensway) to house students from Chichester University.  Why was he keeping quiet about this?  What else was he keeping quiet about? Click Tower for more...  !!Update December 2012!!

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REGENERATION BOARD RECOMMENDS ARUN SPENDS SAINSBURY'S 'TOWN CENTRE IMPROVEMENT' MONEY ON  FITTING OUT ITS OWN PROPERTY

The nebulous meet-in-secret, publish-no-minutes-or-agendas Regeneration Board of yes-men set up by Arun District Council to make recommendations to itself is once again set to please its Master.  It is recommending they grab a large chunk of money given by Sainsbury's to benefit the town centre, to spend on fitting out its own property to set up a tenant in business.  Click Former Museum for more...

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FREE PARKING SCHEME FOR BOGNOR WILL CONTINUE BUT WILL COST THE SAME AS LITTLEHAMPTON YET PROVIDE LESS THAN HALF THE VALUE*                              

In spite of agreeing to review the current Bognor Regis free parking scheme in May of this year, Arun District Council has now refused to extend the ground level element beyond the miserly 66 spaces in Lyon Street.  For the same money Littlehampton has 382 spaces in 3 ground level car parks.  How do they justify this?  Click Car Parks for more information...  !!Update 19th October 2013!!

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