Bognor Birdman Festival given £5,000

BOGNOR Regis’ Birdman festival 2012 has been gifted £5,000 from a West Sussex County Local Committee.

County councillors from the Joint Western Arun area took the decision after a recent meeting.

The cash will go towards rescue boats, divers and scaffolding for the international event, happening on August 4 and 5, which sees people jump off the pier to raise money for charity.

The committee also decided to provide funding for a number of nearby community projects including:

£850 to repair the flint boundary at the Felpham Allotment and Garden Society,

£166 to the charity 4SIGHT, which helps support blind and partially sighted people, on design and print costs for their new help packs,

£350 in prize money for the 2012 Friends of Regis School of Music competition,

£865 to the Regis Gymnastics to purchase several pieces of equipment as well as £528 for the fifth Pagham and Aldwick Brownies to hire a coach for a one-off activity camping trip.

The group also agreed to a 50mph speed limit for two new relief roads being built around 1,300 new homes in the North Bersted and Felpham areas.

Some people in the area had called for a maximum 40mph limit but, after weighing up the objections, the CLC pressed ahead with the decision.