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Driver injured in M27 crash dies in hospital

A driver who was seriously injured in a crash on the M27 last week has died in hospital.

Police have confirmed that Ionut Balabaneanu who's 35 and from Bognor Regis, died at Southampton General Hospital on Wednesday.

He was the driver of a Nissan Micra which was in collision with a white Mercedes Sprinter van at junction 3 of the M27 in the early hours of April 12th.

Investigations into the circumstance of the crash are ongoing.

New road brings relief for commuters in Bognor

The Bognor Relief Road has finally been completed after 5 years of construction and more than 30 years of planning.

Although it cost £28m, the costs were covered by a construction firm.

The 3km road links the A29 at Shripney and the A259 at Flansham, cutting out long delays caused by traffic at Felpham, West Sussex.

The council says it could save drivers up to an hour each day.

Watch Sam Holder's report below:

Sam spoke with Roger Elsmere of Woods Travel Ltd and Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council.


Bognor Regis relief road to open

The £30m road will open to commuters this afternoon Credit: ITV Meridian

The new £30m Bognor Regis relief road is due to open this afternoon.

It's claimed, the new road, will save commuters up to an hour a day. It includes a 3 kilometre viaduct - the biggest in West Sussex - spanning a railway line, the river, cycle paths and public footpaths.

Appeal for witnesses to fatal crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a two vehicle collision in Worms Lane, Middleton-on-Sea, Bognor Regis, in which a 75-year-old woman died and two men were seriously injured.

It happened just after 4.30pm on Sunday and involved a red Nissan Qashqai and a white Volkswagen LT35 van.

The driver of the Nissan died and her 80-year-old passenger suffered a fractured pelvis and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. Both come from Bognor Regis.

The driver of the VW, a 54-year-old man from Tangmere, near Chichester, suffered leg and throat injuries and was taken to St George's Hospital, Tooting, London.

Anyone who saw what happened or noticed either vehicle shortly before the collision is asked to email or phone 101, quoting Operation Calcutta.


£10,000 awarded to Bognor's historic pier

New investment in Bognor's Pier Credit: ITV news

Bognor's historic pier has won ten thousand pounds to help breathe new life into the seafront. The Pier Trust wants to restore the grade 2 listed structure and redevelop it as a iconic community asset.

The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used to conduct studies and surveys, and apply for further grants towards the project.

The award will assist the Trust in submitting a Heritage Enterprise application later this year. The Trust hope to have a new visitor centre open on the pier by 4th May as part of the 150th anniversary of the building of the pier. The visitor centre will allow the community to find out more about the work of the Trust and the bid that will be submitted.

The Pier is one of 58 piers left around the British Isles, and has been home to the world famous international Bognor Birdman Event that had been running since 1978. The event moved to Worthing in 2008 due to further loss of the Pier structure.

Commenting on the award, Paul Wells Chairman of the Bognor Pier Trust said: "We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the funding will support the next exciting steps that are required to enable us to submit our Heritage Enterprise bid later this year. The aims of the Trust's restoration plans for this Grade II listed Pier will add to the overall regeneration of Bognor Regis seafront."

Plans for the future of Bognor Regis

Artist’s impression of the Sir Richard Hotham Project’s proposed regeneration for Bognor Regis Credit: Maxwell Communications

Plans are being unveiled next week that will see the physical, cultural and economic transformation of one of the South Coast’s most well-known and best-loved seaside resorts.

Private and commercial residents of the coastal town of Bognor Regis in West Sussex are being invited to view and give feedback on plans by the ‘Sir Richard Hotham Project Limited’, before they are submitted for planning permission to Arun District Council at the beginning of next month.

The proposed development will transform the Regis Centre into a stunning seaside development of shops, restaurants, hotel and apartments with an amazing boardwalk and gardens for the public to use all year round. Hothamton car park will become an iconic, purpose-built theatre and hotel complex including a conference centre named after nationally acclaimed, local author and playwright, Simon Brett.

Dignitaries, local officials and media representatives are being invited to a preview of the public consultation at Pierpoint House, 1 Waterloo Square, Bognor Regis, PO21 1TE at 3pm on Monday 26th January, where architects, representatives of the consortium, working partners and Simon Brett will be available for interview.

Members of the public will then be welcomed to view the exhibition of architectural plans and artists impressions for the rest of the week as follows:

  • Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th January between 10am and 7pm

  • Thursday 29th and Friday 30th January between 10am and 5pm

  • Saturday 31st January between 10am - 4pm.

"Our aim is to bring a new era of economic prosperity to Bognor Regis with a wide and varied level of high quality entertainment, together with a stunning board-walk development overlooking the sea front. There have been a number of proposed plans over the past thirty years involving public money and joint projects, but we now have private investment in place that will allow a long overdue regeneration of Bognor Regis to fulfil the town’s tremendous potential."

– Thomas Elliott, Leader of the consortium

CCTV footage of Bognor Regis burglary suspect released

Detectives have released CCTV footage to help a trace a man they want to speak to following a burglary in Den Avenue, Bognor Regis, on September 2.

Between 1pm and 4pm the house was broken into while the owners were out and a large amount of jewellery was taken.

CCTV recorded at the address shows a man leaving the house during that time. He appears to be aged 30 to 40, is about 5' 10" and was carrying a grey shoulder bag and a JD Sports carrier bag.

A £1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 1045 of 02/09, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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