A ‘conditional informal offer’ may soon be made by Chichester District Council for land which was once a wartime Nazi bomb target and is now being considered as a possible park-and-ride site for the city.
Minutes just released of a private session of the council’s executive board reveal that the offer will be submitted for the former Ministry of Defence petrol depot, in Bognor Road, subject to further works being completed on the site, and the ministry’s agreement that direct negotiations will be reopened.
Any costs involved in future work will be subject to approval by the board, and no final offer can be made without the approval of the full council.
The board agreed the ‘qualified price’ to be offered should be determined by chief executive John Marsland and director of employment and prosperity Paul Over, in conjunction with council leader Cllr Myles Cullen and Cllr John Cherry, the portfolio holder for resources.
This is in the event it cannot be reported orally to the board.
The minutes said that under the leader and chief executive’s delegated powers, £9,600 had been used to appoint an independent consultant to complete an initial contamination assessment.
They added that during the meeting officers explained proposals for the site in detail.
Mr Over advised that it was an an important strategic opportunity which gave potential for a park and ride site for the east part of the city.
The depot was used to store petrol for Tangmere RAF station during the war.
Bombs were dropped in the area on two occasions during the war, but failed to hit it.