PLANNING REFERENCE AWDM/1640/15
The Society were invited to comment on proposals submitted by NewRiver Retail (UK Ltd)
for the Montague Shopping Centre. Our comments are detailed in two letters :--
Comments on Montague Shopping Centre Proposals
**The planning aplication has now been APPROVED by the Council.
Although unsuccesful at this time, many thanks to the over 3000 who petitioned
against the loss of the mature sycamore trees - go to : SAVE OUR TREES
(Many Thanks to Jamie Crow and the Worthing Herald for permission to publish the article)
25-26 West Parade/Grand Avenue.
The Worthing Society prepared a letter giving our views and
'feedback' on the redesign shown at a presentation by Roffey Homes.
Whilst there are some positive elements and the height has been reduced
form 11 to 7 storeys plus a penthouse,there is still in our view some room
for improvement. In particular,the proposed new building would still
exceed the building line and Regis Court by 10 metres.
A review is epected in February.
Worthing Society Chair.
Montague Place and Montague Street Regeneration.
The Society has written to the Chief Executive of West Sussex County
Council, Louise Goldsmith, to express our serious concerns about the works
carried out in the Montague Street and the north end of Montague Place.
We are concerned about the poor seating, lack of shade and protection from
the weather. In addition, the utilitarian style of the regeneration does
not in our view complement this section of the Conservation Area. There is
no focal point following the removal of the Rotunda and we have concerns
about the durability of the materials. Some enhancement with bin stores,
plants and trees would also be highly desirable.
I will update members when we receive a full reply form WSCC.
Worthing Society Chair
COMMEMORATIVE WINDOW ON THE PIER
2016 was a very difficult year for the Worthing Society . Our
Chairman David Sumner passed away on 4 May closely followed
six days later by our President Dr Geoffrey Godden.
The Committee and members felt that it would be appropriate for a
memorial to be featured in the town as a lasting tribute to their
devotion to conservation work and Worthing’s heritage. We
commissioned a glass memorial window on Worthing Pier as an
addition to the Glass Window Gallery. Due to the generosity of our
members we covered the cost and the window was produced by
local artist Naomi Frances.
It features portraits in glass of
David, Geoffrey, Robert Elleray our
former President who died before
Geoffrey, and Pat Baring, our
founder member who was mainly
responsible for saving Beach
House. The window is entitled
‘Guardians of Our Heritage,’ with
the Dome featured in the
background. It was installed on the
Pier on 13th February 2017.
WORTHING’S DISTINCTION IN BUILDING AWARDS - 2016
Go to the above link for details and photographs of the Award winners