Find out why flags have been springing up around Chichester

Chichester BID has been putting 50 flags around Chichester
Chichester BID has been putting 50 flags around Chichester
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EYE-CATCHING flags have been popping up around the city’s town centre.

In total 50 flagpoles have been placed on North, Sought, East and West Street by Chichester Business Improvement District (BID) in an effort to ‘brighten up the streets and promote a sense of unity at times of celebration’.

Chichester Business Improvement District (BID) wants to brighten up the streets and promote a sense of unity at times of celebration. SUS-151030-141327001

Chichester Business Improvement District (BID) wants to brighten up the streets and promote a sense of unity at times of celebration. SUS-151030-141327001

They have been installed on the fronts of buildings to present a spectacle for residents, employees and visitors to Chichester during spring, summer and autumn. After which they will be taken down and stored throughout winter.

Chichester BID manager Charlotte Wickins said: “Cicestrians are proud of what the City has to offer and these flags give us an opportunity to make the public aware of significant national celebrations and join in more.

“Chichester BID wanted to do something that makes a visual impact on our city, for example everyone loves the summer bunting.

“Much of what we do is influence and negotiation behind the scenes which people don’t see, so this was a chance to deliver something more tangible and create a sense of unity and wellbeing within our local community for national celebrations and local events.”

Phase two of the project will complete the installation of a further 20 or so flags on listed buildings next spring, once planning permission has been given.

Over time, the hope is that the flagpoles will enable the promotion of key City events and those within the immediate locality, such as Goodwood, helping draw people into Chichester city centre.

The idea originally came jointly from Vince Carpenter of Archibald Shaw, a current BID Board member and former Board member, Ajay Parekh.

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