Stop the council's bonkers B&B


Arun District Council is about to spend £486,000 of local taxpayers’ money on a luxury B&B on River Road.

This is despite unrealistic occupancy assumptions, concerns over potentially significant cost overruns and the council ignoring a resident survey which showed unanimous opposition to the proposal.

Help us put a stop to this high-risk plan by signing our letter to Cllr Grant Roberts!

Enter your details to add your name to the letter:

(PLEASE NOTE: We can only submit the names of Arundel and Walberton residents)

We are no longer accepting new additions to the letter. Thank you to all residents who signed.

You can view the full letter below:

Dear Cllr Grant Roberts,

As residents of Arundel & Walberton, we are writing to ask you to reconsider the high risk plan to invest almost half a million pounds in a luxury bed and breakfast in River Road.

Since 2017, the Conservative-run council has hiked up council tax by almost 20 per cent, and local taxpayers are likely to face further damaging rises this spring.

Yet Arun District Council is choosing this moment to spend £486,000 on this high-risk project, despite the availability of other options for this site.

As the TaxPayers’ Alliance argue, this is clearly an inappropriate use of money because:

  1. Councils exist to provide important public services, not to make speculative investments

  2. There is a real risk that this investment fails, given the highly seasonal nature of UK tourism and the luxury nature of the proposed property.

  3. The figures used to justify the investment assume a 60 per cent occupancy at £500 a night, despite other bed and breakfasts only being occupied for 30 per cent of the year at £200 a night.

  4. The £486,000 figure has been questioned by local builders, who have provided figures of £700,000 as a more realistic cost estimate.

  5. The council has ignored a residents’ survey which showed unanimous opposition to the proposal.

I hope you will take these concerns seriously and, using your position on the Economy Committee, convince the council to think again.



Residents of Arundel and Walberton

Would you like to support our campaigns?

Click here to DONATE to the TaxPayers' Alliance.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience.  More info. Okay