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  • 13 December 2017 11:35 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Extra car parking spaces coming to Worthing

    Worthing is to be given a car parking boost this winter as new town centre spaces are opened to the public this week.

    Worthing Borough Council has converted the former tennis courts in Beach House Park into a car park, creating 63 new spaces including two dedicated bays for blue badge holders. It goes operational this Thursday (December 14).

    With the recreation space not being used since 2009, council leaders believe a permanent car park will allow a range of users to use the area throughout the week whilst generating income to support the maintenance of the park.

    It will also provide additional parking for those using the Splashpoint Leisure Centre following the closure of the Aquarena site due to a wider redevelopment.

    Councillor Diane Guest, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for the Environment said: “Worthing town centre is clearly on the up and this proposal will ensure that visitors from near and afar are able to leave their vehicles within a pebbles throw of the town centre.

    “Whether it is NHS workers heading to the hospital, families using Splashpoint or tourists visiting the coast, this gives people another off-street option to safely park their cars. We also hope it will generate thousands of pounds which we can reinvest into maintaining our town’s premier park.”

    A planning application for the proposal was approved in August for permission to convert the area until August 2020.

     

    Work to convert the area was undertaken in-house by the council and completed on time and on budget.

    Splashpoint users are reminded they can claim back for up to two hours of parking in the adjacent pay and display car parks, including Lyndhurst Road, when they use the leisure centre.


  • 13 December 2017 11:29 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Christmas event marks “superb” first year for Worthing’s creative hub

    Worthing’s thriving creative hub continues to go from strength to strength - with new figures showing thousands of people have used the space in the first year of opening.

    Sited at the end of Warwick Street, Colonnade House was established after Worthing Borough Council made a successful application to the Coastal Communities Fund for £245,000 to refurbish the building.

    Since then, the refurbished galleries and three floors of studio space have been used to support those working in the creative industries - from animators to illustrators, photographers to painters - to provide a showcase for the work of local artists.

    To mark the first year, Colonnade House is holding a late-night shopping event on December 14 until 8pm as part of a two-week seasonal Pop-Up Shop, where a host of delights from local artists and designers will be on display to buy.

    Councillor Heather Mercer, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services, said: “I’m delighted to see the progress that has been made in what has been a superb first year for Colonnade House.

    “The popularity of this resource shows that there is real demand for studio and gallery space for dozens of talented locals to display their creative talents.

    “It shows that Worthing is a town that’s truly on the up when it comes to the creative industries. I sincerely believe it will only go from strength to strength.”

    Colonnade House officially opened as a creative hub in September 2016.

    It has been leased to Adur & Worthing Trust, a local charity that supports arts and culture and is managed through a partnership between the Trust and the Council with a team of three members of staff.

    One year on, the ten studio spaces are running at around 80% occupancy and are let to people working across the creative industries.

    Other headlines from the first year include:

    ·        Gallery space rented out to 33 different artists and organisations;

    ·        More than 1,000 visitors a month to the gallery space;

    ·        Nearly 200 people attend 16 professional development events aimed at the local creative community;

    ·        Arts Council England backing for a digital installation project Geminate II which ran in March this year attracting large audiences physically and online and gaining TV coverage from BBC South. 


  • 12 December 2017 10:40 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Record number of visitors enjoy the festive fun at Light up Shoreham Christmas event.

    The streets were buzzing on Friday night when 7, 000 visitors attended Light up Shoreham, a Christmas market and late night shopping event.

    With an excess of 3000 lights on the Christmas tree and 76 stalls festooned with colourful bulbs, the town was alight with festive cheer.

    As well as plenty of shopping, visitors also enjoyed fairground rides, carol singing, and a visit from Father Christmas and his real-life reindeers.

    Shoppers were also invited to choose their favourite Christmas shop window in exchange for a mince pie. The lucky winners this year were Cancer Research UK!

    This was  a fantastic community event and a great night for shopkeepers and market traders in Shoreham too.

    Cllr Emma Evans at Adur District Council said, “‘What a fantastic evening we had on Friday, there was such a wonderful buzz throughout the town and so many of our local traders took part making it a real community event.

    “We have been so fortunate this year to not only have a great team within the council but also a fantastic and enthusiastic team of Shoreham Elves putting real energy, time and local knowledge into arranging the event.

    “I am hoping that with their help we can build on this year’s success to make next year's event even bigger and better.”


  • 07 December 2017 3:15 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Remember its the huge Late Night Christmas Shopping event on Thursday the 14th of December 

    The Worthing Town Centre Initiative will be holding its Mega Christmas event on Thursday 14th October 2017 from 4pm to 7pm.

    This will be a first for Worthing with 4 laser and pyrotechnic displays and 2 x 30 minute shows from Titan the Robot.  A totally free event to bring people into Town for late night shopping !

    The shows will take place in Montague Street at its junction with Montague Place.  We will need to use Montague Place to set up for the entertainment so it will be closed during the day Thursday and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Here is the timetable for the evening to ensure you don't miss a thing.

    4.00pm    First Laser Show

    4.10pm    Mr Worthing Dave Hunt welcomes Santa Claus to Town 

    4.30pm    Titan the Robot's 1st 30 minute spectacular show !

    5.00pm    2nd Laser Show

    5.10pm    Competition time with Dave Hunt

    5.30pm    Jusst Voices choir with some Traditional and Contemporary Xmas Songs

    6.00pm    The main Laser Display

    6.10pm    RSOPA with some Christmas cheer

    6.30pm    Titan the Robot's 2nd 30 minute spectacular show !

    Followed  at 

    7.00pm    with the Finale finish from our laser and pyrotechnics team  

     

    We would like to thank New River Retail and H&M for their support with this event !!!

     


  • 07 December 2017 2:49 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Adur restaurant wins an Eat Out Eat Well award for their super healthy menu

    A Shoreham restaurant has won a gold award for producing healthy, tasty food produced locally.

    Cafe Artisan has been given a five-star hygiene rating and full marks for offering  healthy menu choices which are lower in sugar, salt and fat after an inspection by Adur District Council’s food hygiene inspectors.

    And now the restaurant has become the first to join Adur and Worthing Councils’ new healthy eating project called Eat Well.

    Under the scheme restaurants awarded top marks by our inspectors will donate a tasty recipe to local residents as part of a campaign to encourage healthy eating. Alongside the recipe a nutritional therapist will explain the benefits of some of the ingredients.

    Wendy Anderson, Environmental Health Practitioner and project lead for Eat Well said, “We want to capture people's imagination about food and ingredients. We’d like to see people cooking and eating the good stuff, not simply because it’s healthy but because they enjoy it. For example, choosing a mango over a Mars bar because they love the taste.

    “It’s not about the latest diet fads but about inspiring people to eat good food all the time because when the body is in a good place nutritionally you function better.”

    The restaurants joining the healthy eating project will be those given an Eat Out Eat Well award which is only awarded after visits by food hygiene inspectors like Wendy at Adur and Worthing Councils.

    Cafe Artisan owner Ian McWhirter said he was delighted to receive his gold award and to be the first to contribute a recipe to the Eat Well project. Cafe Artisan’s recipe is for pomegranate and quinoa salad.

    “Our food is not cheffy. It’s locally sourced, locally produced fresh produce with low food miles,” he said, “I am dedicated to serving healthy food and it’s great that the council are behind us. Healthy eating is becoming a national food movement.”

    Ian received his award  from Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, Cllr Dave Simmons, who said, “Congratulations to Cafe Artisan on achieving the gold award for Eat Out, Eat Well. It’s important to encourage people to eat well when they are out and about in Adur.”

    Notes to Editors:

    This month’s recipe is attached

    Photo - Left to right: Cllr Dave Simmons, Ian McWhirter.

    Further information on Eat Out, Eat Well can be found at http://www.eatouteatwell.org/pages/index.cfm

    Eat Well star recipe

    Cafe Artisan  Quinoa Salad

    This quick and easy salad is bursting with colour and flavour, perfect for a simple supper with friends. Why not serve with warm pitta bread and hummus for an extra kick of protein.

    Preparation time: 20 mins

    Difficulty: EASY

    Vegetarian/Vegan

    Ingredients:

    Diced tomato

    Cucumber

    Red onion

    Bell peppers

    Lemon Zest

    Cooked quinoa

    Fresh Coriander

    Fresh mint

    Fresh Dill

    Pomegranate

    Method

    • Cook the quinoa according to the pack instructions and leave to cool
    • Combine the diced tomato, cucumber, onion, bell peppers & lemon zest & quinoa
    • Mix in the fresh herbs
    • Squeeze over some fresh lemon juice and pile into a generously sized bowl
    • Sprinkle with some pomegranate seeds for extra colour & garnish


    Nutritional Benefits of this Recipe  

    Emma Walder - Nutritional therapist

    This dish not only tastes great, it’s bursting with nutritional goodies.

    Pomegranate is a good source of fibre and contains vitamins A, C and E, iron and other antioxidants. The bright, pinky-red colour hints at the wonderful benefits of this fruit. The vitamin C helps with the absorption of the plant source iron. Pomegranate juice is also delicious.

    Fresh Mint is good for the digestion

    Fresh Coriander is High in vitamin K - responsible for blood clotting and carrying calcium around the body, so it’s good for the bones too.

    Quinoa - “Keen -Wa” has twice the protein content of rice and is packed with vitamins and minerals. It contains all eight essential amino acids so it's a great protein source for vegetarians and vegans. The Aztecs grew and ate this special grain every day for its nutritional benefits. It also contains good amounts of calcium and trace minerals.


  • 01 December 2017 3:08 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    The latest Worthing podcast has gone live!

    The latest Worthing podcast features Frances Wetherilt, found and editor of Here & Now magazine. Find out about her vision for the magazine, and a sneak peak preview of December's edition!

    Click here to have a listen

  • 01 December 2017 2:53 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    Five Rivers make great progress restoring Brooklands lake to its former glory

    Diggers are in full swing removing the equivalent of six Olympic swimming pools of stinking, black silt from the bed of Brooklands Lake as work to restore the landmark steps up a pace.

    The lake in the park on Worthing seafront was drained earlier this year due to a buildup of silt that was having an impact on the environment and damaging local wildlife.

    Expert workers are now scraping out the piles of silt and debris built up over decades, and ingeniously using it to build banks and an additional island to create a new landscape without reducing the footprint of the lake.

    Jacob Dew, Operations Manager of Five Rivers Environmental Contracting, said: “We’re making good progress. It’s wet and it’s dirty but we are used to that. There’s been a great response from people who have been asking all kinds of questions including what have we found in there.

    “At the moment we’ve found nothing of value but we’ll let you know if we do!”

    Work began on the site in October after Worthing Borough Council appointed Five Rivers to carry out the work.

    With the heavy lifting now underway, executive members and ward councillors were give a tour of the site earlier this week.

    They discovered this is not a regular building site as the ground conditions can change every day - but the weather is no obstacle to the experienced staff of Five Rivers.

    Site manager Ben Sharp said, “We work through the rain as we are wet and muddy anyway, we just crack on.”

    Five Rivers have been busy staking chestnut poles into the ground and using geotextiles (permeable fabrics with 100-year lifespan) to extend the banks around the lake. Giant diggers have been scooping silt into position and it’s already possible to see how the new riverbed will take shape.

    They’ve also made progress clearing the island that was once used for storage.This will be planted with native trees such as hazel, beech and hawthorn to encourage biodiversity and birds like kingfishers and sand martins back to the lake.

    Five Rivers have made great progress on the renovation of the lake and this is just the beginning. Over the coming months you can expect to see:

    ·        Planting of native species along the extended riverbed

    ·        A new island in the lake

    ·        The planting of reedbeds to act as a natural silt trap

    ·        A walkway that will enable visitors to walk amongst the reeds

    ·        A bank especially designed for kingfishers and sand martins

    Cllr Diane Guest, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for the Environment said: “It’s nature at its best and we are helping to facilitate nature for the future.

    “We are using the silt that we are taking out to make the banks bigger and to make a third island which is better for the wildlife. In the future people coming here will be able see a lot more diversity in the wildlife here.

    “This is just the start of a great project by Worthing Borough Council working with the Friends of Brooklands Park to create a  new vision for the popular landmark.”

    Mr Dew added: “I hope that all the work we are doing will really encourage people to feel engaged with the habitat.”

    Once the project is finished, Brooklands Lake will regain its former glory and become a haven for visitors and and wildlife alike.


  • 01 December 2017 11:36 AM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

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  • 29 November 2017 1:14 PM | Lauren Martin-Grieveson (Administrator)

    “Good growth” to underpin Adur and Worthing’s economic future

    A bold new blueprint designed to boost jobs and growth across Adur and Worthing whilst embracing the best of what both places have to offer has been revealed.

    Adur & Worthing Councils’ Economic Strategy is an ambitious plan which sets out a vision of developing a dynamic and distinctive coastal community that residents can be proud of.

    At its heart is an emphasis on “good growth” - with the strategy focussed on increasing productivity and skills, while preserving  Adur and Worthing’s unique environment and providing a high quality of life for residents.

    The next step is to work with partners and businesses to build on the distinctive strengths in both Adur and Worthing, to create resilient and individual economies while helping local firms to expand and prosper.

    Central to the five-year plan, which runs to 2023, are three main achievable goals for:

    Superconnected Worthing

    • Through providing gigabit-speed digital infrastructure and imaginative collaborative space for digital and creative companies in the heart of Worthing, the changing identity of the town will be accelerated to make it a vibrant and exciting place to be.

    Adur Applied Technologies Centre

    • Industrial areas in Adur will be developed to take advantage of manufacturing strengths to drive growth and productivity, increase exporting and stimulate innovation through applied technologies, such as engineering, robotics and aviation.

    Technology Futures: Skills for Innovation

    • Create a 21st Century workforce by increasing the uptake, quality and application of skills, particularly Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills at intermediate and higher levels.

    With such bold ambitions and the challenges of a post-Brexit economy, those behind the plan admit the vision extends to 2030.

    Councillor Brian Boggis, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “This is a bold forward-thinking plan which gives impetus for us to build on the great work that is already being done across Adur. For decades, manufacturing has been at the heart of our communities so it is only right that we build on those strengths.

    “I believe the plan is something the whole community can rally round. I look forward to playing a pivotal role in ensuring we can create the jobs and homes of tomorrow while protecting our unique environment.”

    Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Worthing really is on the up and this plan just further underlines our commitment to making sure we capitalise on the opportunities to make it an exciting and vibrant place.

    “Even with the uncertainties of the national economy, the town continues to grow. So it’s vital that we do our bit and work with businesses and residents to drive forward growth while creating a more resilient and dynamic economy. If we achieve our goals, everyone will benefit.”

    The strategy will be presented and discussed at the Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee next week (Tuesday December 5).

    The report notes how the economies of Adur and Worthing are both currently performing well, with unemployment rates low (2016 - Adur 4.4%; Worthing - 4%; UK average - 4.9%).

    It also highlights that businesses are growing, at a rate of 17% between 2010 and 2016 compared to a growth rate of 13% in Coastal West Sussex as a whole

    There was also praise for the entrepreneurial spirit of those living in both areas, with both Adur and Worthing out-performing many neighbouring authorities in terms of business start-ups and those firms still prospering in five years.

    However, the strategy does note that with land in short supply, there was a challenge to provide space for companies to grow while preserving Adur and Worthing’s unique natural environments.

    There were also challenges in providing affordable housing and reliable, affordable transport

    If approved by councillors, the next step will be working with businesses, partners and residents to drive change forward in the coming years. 


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