A grant of up to £30,000 will be given to Arundel Town Council so that plans can be drawn up to improve public areas in the town centre.
The Arun District Council grant funding was approved at Cabinet last night [9 April 2018] and will go towards employing a consultant to produce concept designs.
The quality of the public realm between buildings in Arundel was identified as needing improvement in the Council’s Leisure and Cultural Strategy 2013-28.
Arun District Council will now work with Arundel Town Council to select a consultant to carry out the design work, which is hoped to be completed during the summer of 2018. The Town Council plans consultation to take place alongside the Neighbourhood Plan.
Concept plans will be produced to identify distinct projects which will enable public realm improvements to begin once funding becomes available. Funding has been achieved for other public realm schemes following this approach.
Councillor Paul Wotherspoon, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “We are delighted to be able to progress with this objective set down in our Leisure and Cultural Strategy to improve the public areas in Arundel.
“Our town centres lie at the heart of our local communities and we believe it is vital to support them. This is just the first step but we are optimistic about getting the funding in place in the future to make these enhancements, while still preserving the town’s historic features.”
James Stewart, Chair of the Arundel Town Council Transport and Access Committee and former Mayor of Arundel, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Arun District Council on this very exciting project which will identify opportunities for improving the street scene and public spaces across the whole town. We hope to incorporate the options in our forthcoming Neighbourhood Plan Review so that residents can have their say on what they like and which we should take forward and implement.”