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Council celebrates success in securing Levelling Up Fund

Arun District Council is pleased to share that it has been successful in a bid to secure a payment from the new government Levelling Up Fund.

A bid was submitted to enable the council to embark on extensive improvement projects in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. A sum of £19.4 million has been awarded! This will not only enhance the area for residents but attract visitors and new business to the area which will boost the local economy.

The improvement projects will focus on The Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis and the seafront and riverside area in Littlehampton.

Cllr Shaun Gunner, Leader of the Council said: This is fantastic news for Bognor Regis, Littlehampton and all of Arun. When I became Leader, I said I would focus on regeneration and economic investment, and that I would deliver for the district. This welcome announcement today is the Government investing in our future, to support the residents and businesses of this district to live healthier and wealthier lives.

Make no mistake, this will have a transformational impact on our district. This is levelling up in action. This isn't just about improving the area we live in, this is about improving the lives and livelihoods of the people of this district. I could not be prouder that the Government are giving us £19.4 million for the benefit of our towns.

The Government recognised the case I presented for the investment, and sees what a huge benefit this will deliver in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. I would like to thank our three Members of Parliament - Sir Peter Bottomley, Nick Gibb and Andrew Griffith - for their support of this bid, and to the Government for their vote of confidence in Arun.”

Cllr Andy Cooper, Chair of the Economy Committee said : “ A lot of work went into researching and preparing the bid document for this Levelling Up Fund and I am delighted to see that work bear fruit. The improvements that will be made to Bognor Regis and Littlehampton will benefit residents across the district with increased visitor numbers and investment in business.

Hazel Latus Director of The Regis Centre, Alexandra Theatre said: "We are delighted that this funding has been granted. The difference that this will make to the whole community is incredible. The improvement to facilities and the additional services we will be able to provide will have an impact for residents and visitors alike."