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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. Susan Belton 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. Susan Belton Worthing Society Chair
             THE   AQUARENA  REDEVELOPMENT PLAN THE WORTHING SOCIETY remain strongly opposed to the Roffey Homes’ plans for the redevelopment of the Aquarena Site.      Go to the following for full details: -   - Letter of Objection published in Worthing Herald of Dec 1st - Worthing Society Comments on Aquarena Redevelopment Plan The Aquarena Planning Meeting was held in the Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road on Thursday, 19th January at 6.30pm. ** THE  PLAN  WAS  APPROVED  BY  6  VOTES  TO  1 **
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    
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