News July-Sept 2003

Worthing Society seek to block Goring cyclepath
An attempt to block plans for a seafront cycle route at Goring will come before councillors on the 15th July. The controversial move to introduce a coastal route in Goring are currently being resisted by residents’ associations who think it will put pedestrians at risk. Some borough councillors support a cycle route to help reduce traffic congestion and encourage a healthier mode of transport. Now the Worthing Society has applied to West Sussex County Council to have a seafront walkway between Sea Lane, Ferring, and George V Avenue, Worthing, made into an official footpath. The society hopes the application, if successful, would help defend the walkway from any changes.
(Argus 9 July 03)

A27 congestion to get worse for 30 years
The Government has rejected schemes to cut congestion on the A27, including the controversial Worthing tunnel and Arundel bypass, and the problems at Chichester bypass. Transport 2000 and Friends of the Earth had said the proposals would brutally scar the South Downs national park and Mr Darling has called for the plans to be revised. Road protesters had already begun digging themselves in to stop the Arundel bypass being built through woodland at Tortington Common and nearby Binsted Wood.
A crash mid-morning on Monday 21 July on the A27 near Offington Roundabout saw four people in hospital and the roads grid-locked for miles. Something has got to be done about these roads.
(Argus 9 July 03)

Continuing concern about Castle Goring
Experts have not been able to gain access to Castle Goring, the most historic building in Worthing. And they warned Worthing Borough Council may have to compulsorily purchase Castle Goring if their demands are not met. Conservation watchdogs are growing increasingly concerned about the condition of the Grade I-listed folly, owned by the Somerset family. The building, which is partly occupied by a language school, was in 2002 placed on English Heritage’s “at risk” register, which warned the building was in immediate danger of further rapid deterioration.
(Argus 10 July 03)

Eirene Road site to be sold?
Worthing Borough Council wants to build a modern swimming pool and refurbish the town’s main sports complex but does not have the cash to do it. Now councillors are being urged to offload the Grafton site near the town centre and the area of land at the junction of Sea Place and Eirene Road, Goring, to raise funds. Previous plans to redevelop Sea Place/Eirene Road, behind Worthing Yacht Club, as a windsurfing centre were dropped after a concerted protest campaign by residents. But the area, which covers 2.4 acres just yards from the beach, is now fenced off and overgrown. Many believe it would make an excellent watersports centre, catering for kite-surfers, jet-skiers and windsurfers.
(Argus 10 July 03)

£400 for 4 mile run
On Sunday 6 July Angela Phillips was one of 3500 women to run 4 miles for UK Cancer Research at Stanmer Park in Brighton on Sunday. That’s not very far, I hear you say, but customers at John Hayward Chemists at Aldsworth Parade where Angela works were sufficiently proud of her to sponsor her for over £400.

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