Anti-social behaviour, allowances and public toilets discussed at Arun council meeting

Topics included councillors’ allowances, a new secondary school, tributes to a former mayor, street names and anti-social behaviour.

Thursday, 14th March 2019, 11:26 am
Updated Thursday, 14th March 2019, 11:31 am
Last night's meeting was the last Arun Full Council until after May's elections

Problems with seafronts installed on Bognor Regis’ seafront and regeneration of Littlehampton town centre were also discussed.

Tributes were paid to former four-time Bognor Regis mayor Sylvia Olliver who died last week. She was described as loving the town 'with a passion'. As well as a councillor she was a keen writer, poet and historian
A legal challenge against the council's decision to grant planning permission for a new Marks & Spencer food hall and pub off the A259 between Angmering and Rustington has been dropped, leader Gill Brown confirmed.
Lib Dem Francis Oppler described the situation with the newly installed public toilets on Bognor Regis' seafront as a 'disaster'. Months after installation they had to be closed due to defects discovered with the design.
If millions of pounds of Government funding to improve Littlehampton town centre is secured, Lib Dem James Walsh made a plea for the clock tower outside Sainsbury's to stay put.
Independent Jim Brooks asked if more could be done to make developers take into account suggestions for new street names put forward by the community. Chief executive Nigel Lynn said he would pass this request back to officers.
The preferred site for a new secondary school is site F on the edge of Yapton. Lib Dem James Walsh felt it was important they had a Plan B. He was told decisions had to be made in conjunction with the county council.
Several councillors raised concerns about anti-social behaviour by young people in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. Calls were made for more police officers patrolling the streets to combat the problems.
Changes to councillors' allowances and special responsibilities allowances have been deferred and will be discussed again in June after the elections. Terence Chapman said the issue was 'not being kicked into the long grass'