WHISPERING SMITH: Who will wear this jewelled crown without a head?

LITTLEHAMPTON’S well-deserved award of the twin flags for one of the best and cleanest beaches in Sussex and probably the country was greeted by Arun councillor and cabinet member Paul Dendle with, and I quote from last week’s Gazette; “It is obviously excellent news for Littlehampton... it is also a fundamental building block in the economy of Littlehampton in terms of tourism.”

All are agreed, it seems, that the seafront and the river are the jewels in Littlehampton’s crown, which begs the question, why are Mr Dendle and his cabinet colleagues so set on taking off the head that wears that crown by moving our swimming and sports centre and replacing it with flats, as well as swiping our cinema and selling the site for some developer to build the much-rumoured hotel?

These expected outcomes of any study are despite more than 70 per cent of residents making it quite clear they do not want the move and would like the Windmill Entertainment Centre retained in situ. However, Arun insists on yet another costly consultancy from Bell Pottinger for a strategy on this controversial relocation.

More to the point, just how much is this consultancy costing us, and were other consultants consulted? Umm…more Freedom of Information enquiries,methinks.

• RUSTINGTON’S forgotten burial ground is no longer forgotten. Saturday’s meeting, hosted by Sue Sula, was a great success and plans will now go ahead for the dignified regeneration of the site.

I could not help but be delighted by the joy apparent on the face of Rustington Historian Mary Taylor, who first set this ball rolling.

• RMS Lancastria, bombed by the Germans, went down off the French port of St Nazaire on June 17. 1940, while taking part in the evacuation of Dunkirk, with the loss of more than 4,000 men women and children – more than the Lusitania and the Titanic combined.

No Hollywood blockbusters have been made of this tragedy and there is no longer an operational Lancastria Association to remind us, but we have not forgotten.

Our town, with its strong links to the sea and those who serve upon it should this month remember those who, one way or another, gave their lives for us all.

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