A decision to keep Bognor Regis’ sunken gardens for future generations represents the ‘dawn of a new era’, according to Arun District Council’s new deputy leader. The Lib Dem cabinet has agreed to ditch a project put in motion by the previous Tory administration to redevelop the green space and nearby Hothamton car park. A contract with consultants LUC to help draw up plans for a ‘pavilion park’ on the site of the sunken gardens will also be terminated.Instead the Lib Dems have agreed to develop three options solely within the blueprint of the sunken gardens and Hothamton play area, which retains the split levels, before going out to consultation with the public.The scheme will not include any residential development and the health centre will not be affected.The new policy was agreed by cabinet members on Monday night (July 8).Deputy leader Francis Oppler (LDem, Orchard), cabinet member for corporate support, said: “There is going to be a … [Read more...] about Saving sunken gardens is ‘dawn of new era’ for Bognor Regis
Dawning of a new era
These Greeks are hopeless. They just cannot learn. Population-wise Istanbul might be bigger than the whole of Greece, yet it is just a city. Still, it took almost three months and a rerun election for those at the helm of power in Turkey to concede electoral defeat and hand over the city to an opposition candidate. Incumbent leftwing Syriza party leader and outgoing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calling Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the center-right New Democracy Party, and conceding defeat while the vote-counting was still continuing, was amateurish. He, and other like-minded Greek politicians, must be taken to a crash course on power politics, if not democracy. Jokes aside, Sunday’s elections in Greece have opened a new page not only for Turkey’s western neighbor but also regional politics and most probably in Turkish-Greek relations, as well as the Cyprus quagmire. In this new period ahead, the New Democracy government of Greece, as pledged by Mitsotakis at the … [Read more...] about Will a new era open?
Alex Neil is looking forward to driving his young Preston side on to better things after he put speculation over his future to bed by signing a new contract. After intense rumours linking him to West Bromwich Albion – the side who beat PNE 4-1 on Saturday – Neil penned his new deal yesterday.It is a three-year contract to replace the rolling deal he signed when he joined the club in July 2017.The deal takes him through to the summer of 2022.“This is a fantastic football club and we have built a young squad that not only has great ability, but has great potential to improve,” said Neil.“I thoroughly enjoy working with them and seeing them give everything to get better, every single day.”PNE had opened talks with Neil about a new deal last week. An agreement was close but not finalised ahead of the West Bromwich game.There followed a huge amount of speculation after the game about Neil going there.But yesterday lunchtime Neil met with Peter Ridsdale … [Read more...] about Alex Neil’s three-year deal can signal dawn of a new era for Preston North End
It is the dawn of a new era in local government today with the creation of West Suffolk Council.From today (April 1), the new council replaces Forest Heath District and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils with elections being held on May 2.Council bosses say both have been sharing their services for a number of years and 'residents and businesses should see no differences in the delivery of services'.Residents will also still be able to access services online, over the phone or in person in the same way as before.Chief executive Ian Gallin said: “It is a very historic day in the next chapter of West Suffolk."I want to reassure people they should see no difference in the day to day way they engage with us but the new council will mean we are better able to champion West Suffolk and face the challenges ahead."It has been designed with our communities at its heart and to not only continue delivering high quality services but manage growth, attract investment and better work with our … [Read more...] about ‘Historic day’ with creation of West Suffolk Council
It was supposed to be a day of celebration to herald the dawning of a new era at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Instead, the atmosphere at Old Trafford was muted as United lurched over the line to beat Watford 2-1 in their first game since the Norwegian was appointed as permanent boss. United may have boosted their chances of a top-four finish, but there was no disguising the fact they had got away with it, not least among the players themselves. “The feeling in the dressing-room after was almost like a funeral,” revealed Solskjaer. “They were all sat there, it was very quiet, they were all disappointed in their performance at full-time. “It’s not like jubilation because we won and we got the three points. They all know that this was a below par performance, which is great because you want players to be honest with themselves. “We know we can play so much better and they can do better. But the players out there, they’ve struggled … [Read more...] about Why Man Utd dressing room was “almost like a funeral” despite win to go fourth