Here's all the ways Bognor Regis could change in the next 5 years

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Bognor Regis BID have unveiled their business plan for if they're re-elected to look after the town

Bognor Regis BID have unveiled the business plan that could shape the way that the town develops over the next 5 years.

The plan outlines the things they want to bring to the town - including a "big destination event" - to fulfil their objectives of "transforming" Bognor, making it "welcoming" and "well known".

They'll go ahead if the town's businesses choose to re-elect the BID for another term between 2023 and 2028, which will be funded by the £139,000 levy that they put towards the proposals. 

What are their plans?

The BID have outlined that they're going to fund enhanced CCTV and a graffiti removal service for their levy-paying businesses. They also want to fund the ongoing maintenance of festoon lights hanging over York Road Old Town, Station Square and Bedford Street - and install more where they can. In their plans Bognor Regis BID say they hope to add "colourful, co-ordinating banners" that will "connect different areas and draw the eye to different parts of the town."

Under their 'well known town' objective, the BID also want to manage and develop Bognor Regis General Market - and other speciality markets. They say they want to "build up the number, quality and range of traders" at the market to encourage speciality markets "to give Bognor Regis a go."

Their plans to bring a big event to the town in 2025 hope to make Bognor a "must visit" destination - with a BID event, such as Christmas light switch-ons, happening each year.

Bognor Regis BID have also laid out that they want to have a dedicated team member to help reduce crime in the town - by improving the "quality and quantity of reporting" and providing "support with evidence submission". They also want to "explore...funding opportunities to support extra...initiatives to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour."

The two hour parking disc scheme is also set to continue. 

BID Co-ordinator Heather Allen said about the plans:  “We know that times continue to be really tough for businesses of all sizes, across all sectors, and that they’re having to make difficult choices in the face of national and global factors that are outside of everyone’s control.

"They need to make the best decisions for their business as to where to prioritise and invest their finances to secure their long-term future.  

"Voting yes or no to a second term of the Bognor Regis BID is entirely the choice of businesses – under BID legislation it’s their right to vote for or against having a BID.  

"We’re not going to try to hard-sell the idea of a second term, and there’s no need for arguments or drama  - the Business Plan speaks for itself. 

"Ultimately whether or not there’s a second term of the BID is an objective decision for each levy paying business to make based on the evidence of our first term delivery and second term proposals as set out in this business plan.  

"Once businesses have had the chance to consider, we hope they’ll continue to support the progress the BID is making for businesses by voting yes to invest in the future of Bognor Regis. “

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