Goring Ward Forum – 16 October 1999

A ward forum on 16th October in the The Hall, Chatsmore High School was one of the most successful in the borough for some years, with over 200 residents present. All of the ward borough and county councillors were on the platform, chaired by the Mayor Councillor Chapman and supported by the two beat officers and the regional inspector of police, and by council officers for planning Mike Beazely and economic development Tim Preston.
List of Ward Councillors

The Goring Gap

At the WBC planning meeting 5pm Wednesday 14 October 98, the council decided not to proceed with Policy B9 which threatened the Goring Gap. This is good news, and came about because 943 people took the time to write in and protest. This is one of the largest protests of this type WBC have ever received.

Now the change of plan has to be agreed at the full council, but we are confident that this will be carried satisfactorily. Most of the councillors present affirmed that they will never allow development in the Goring Gap.

Refuse in Amberley Drive

For the last few years the council have been placing a refuse skip for two periods of one week each year for residents to dump garden or bulky rubbish. This service has unfortunately has been abused, and after the week-long periods have ended, refuse is continuing to be dumped.

It is noted that the skip is back for one week until Tuesday 10 November to collect the autumn garden rubbish.

The council will now look into the possibility of having a permanent amenity site at the west end of Worthing, to save the considerable distance that at the moment has to be travelled down to the Dominion Road tip.

Economic Development

The council officers made a strong case for provision of office space to meet the projected needs of the existing residents over the next 20 years. There is indication that Worthing which is already West Sussex’ largest town is now full, and any new commercial space will have to be elsewhere. Land in Angmering on the A27 has been mentioned for a business park, and also land on the old cement works north of Shoreham.

Worthing is already committed to a lot of development. There will be commercial development on land north of Northbook College in addition to the housing on the old WBC greenhouse site, at Romany Road, and adjoining the intersection of Titnore Lane and the A27. This is combined with proposed 800 houses at Goring Castle. All these things are in Durrington, but will destroy a valuable part of the countryside north of the Goring Gap. The people of Patching will have something to say, and the view from the top of Highdown will be less attractive.

Speeding

Traffic continues to grow, and now the new mini-roundabout at Eirene Road is so successful, more cars are speeding along Marine Crescent as well as elsewhere in the village. The police are starting to enforce speed limits more rigourously.

Strand / Goring Street Mini-Roundabout

Coleridge Resident’s Association are pressing for a mini-roundabout at the
the junction of the Strand with the A259 where it is very difficult to turn in and out of the Strand against the heavy traffic. Acion is promised.

Coleridge Resident’s Association, born out of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme, is an excellent local self-help group to be ready to turn out at any time to abate any nuisance as it occurs. The Borough councillors and the police are actively supporting this type of activity, and want to see such groups in place elsewhere.

Graffiti

Everyone is responsible for watching for perpetrators. There is a two-man team who erase graffiti on council property, but some is on private property and the council are not able to erase this in case the chemicals used damage the property itself.

The laws are very strict. Graffiti is criminal damage and one youth was sentenced to two years. The police are targeting the small number of known offenders responsible for most of the damage.

It is well known that if graffiti ‘tags’ can be removed immediately, the perpetrators get discouraged and move elsewhere.

Vandalism

It was noted that the toilets at the end of the Plantation are trashed a couple of times each year, and the council attempt to repair the damage as soon as possible.

Cracked Paving Stones

Pavements are gradually being replaced with tarmac. Until that time it would materially help if cars would not be parked with two wheels up on the pavement; a major cause of cracked paving stones.

Litter

The council do a good job clearing litter, but it would materially help if residents themselves could, if possible, pick up any litter that they see.

For really bad cases the WBC Litter Hotline can normally be on site within two hours.

Dog Waste

Dog waste is the polite name. Interestingly it was a topic not raised at the Goring meeting, but the council have just started a major awareness exercise obviously addressed at the rest of Worthing. There are over 300 dog bins installed in the borough, emptied each day. At a rough count we would guess that 98% of dog-owners are well trained in Goring.

Incidently, the vets have agreed that providing dogs are wormed regularly, which nearly all are, there is no real danger of children picking up nasty deseases playing where dogs have been.

At the beginning of November, a Fontwell man was fined �0 plus �0 costs for letting his dog foul in a public place. A second man was fined � plus � costs. Both were traced from their motor car number plates.
(Worthing Guardian 5 November 98)

Gay Cruising

The area at the end of Plantation near the seafront is becoming notorious for gay cruising, during the day as well as the evening, to the discomfort of local residents. The police have promised to address this problem as a matter of urgency, but with some sensitivity.

Possibly in this connection, or perhaps because of vandalism, the toilets at the Plantation are now closed until 1st April next year.

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