Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Arun Tax Payers pay for Cllr Opplers election promise

Bognor Sea Front.

The name Pavilion Park may be a mystery for 
many Arun residents, It was a development that 
consultation was committed to by the previous 
Conservative administration in Bognor Regis.

Over £300,000 was put aside and consultants 
engaged to take consultation forward, the price 
was high because the consultation was feeding 
into a future planning application and to go ahead 
it had to be proved that there was public support 
to move forward.

The election in May changed everything, The Lib 
Dem’s campaigned on stopping Pavilion Park in 
their election and also claim that they did surveys 
to glean public opinion, no facts or figures have 
been produced on this claim.

Immediately on being elected and forming the 
coalition, the LibDems made the decision to cancel 
the project behind closed doors, the only issue was 
the £329,000 that had been already committed to 
the consultation.

On a recent slightly farcical Cabinet meeting 
Francis Oppler claimed that he knew the opinion of 
the residents of Bognor because he had done a 
survey, he refuses to share this information with the 
public or other Councillors.

I have have no opinion on the project, I don’t know 
what the majority of Greater Bognor thinks regarding 
the project, but feel as taxpayers have already paid 
for the the consultation that the consultation should 
still go ahead or be modified to take into effect other 
options.  EG the last thing we want is to waste the 
£329k, we might as well get some value from it.

The Lib Dem’s have steadfastly refused this, all Aruns 
Tax Payers have paid for this consultation, so all Aruns 
tax payers have an opinion on the LibDems decision 


  1. The biggest problem with this development originally was that the go ahead to commit over £300,000 was made by the Tories on the grounds, as we were told, that the greater majority were in favour of the proposals, the greater majority was around 19 people. However, I do support what Paul is saying, there is already a proposal for the area, let that go forward with other proposals from the new Council, to not do so will be to waste the £300,000 and to tip the baby out with the bathwater, ruddy daft.