Bognor Regis Heritage Quarter comprises the Old Town and the adjacent Grade II listed pier. The CCT brings together two existing partnerships – Old Town Working Group and Bognor Pier Trust – sharing a common heritage and geographical locality and suffering similar issues of historical neglect and underperforming economically; both groups are working to uplift the built environment, improve economic vitality and create new jobs by redeveloping long term closed, dilapidated premises, and by driving up the quality of the offer to deliver a regenerated area steeped in heritage and attractive to residents and visitors.
The CCT brings these works together creating a coherent and co-ordinated destination. The Pier Trust is working towards a Heritage Lottery Bid to carry out structural works, bringing the Pier up to modern standards.
A local Old Town developer has transformed a closed derelict café into four good quality shop front units; the same developer has leases on three closed properties which will become good quality café-restaurants. Arun District Council fully support the CCT and are assisting in pedestrianisation plans for the area.
Additionally, the CCT also plans to install public art gateways to demarcate this different destination within the town, and drive new footfall through activities like craft markets with new branding and marketing to entice people to the Heritage Quarter.
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