Adur District Council

Half of the seats in Adur were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

CON HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 9 Total councillors 16 ChangeNo results

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 4 Total councillors 7 Change+4

PartyUKIP

Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 4 Change-4

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 2 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Government backs New Monks Farm decision

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

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Plans to build 600 homes and an IKEA superstore in Lancing have received a boost after the government confirmed it will not be reviewing the scheme.

Adur District Council's planning committee approved the proposal for New Monks Farm in October 2018 subject to it being referred to the Secretary of State for Communities.

The council has received notification from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government it would not be called in - meaning the decision to approve the application stands.

After seven months of waiting, I very much welcome this decision from the government which gives certainty to the developer while also providing a massive shot in the arm for our local economy.

This application was one of the largest ever in Adur's history promising an investment of more than £150m and the creation of hundreds of homes and jobs, along with community space, in our area.

Neil ParkinLeader, Adur District Council

Thirty per cent of the homes will be affordable and 108 families from Adur's housing waiting list will get the chance to move to the new development.

Plans also include the provision of a new roundabout on the A27, a country park, land for a school and a community hub.

It will also see the relocation and expansion of the Withy Patch Gypsy and Traveller site.

Adur and Worthing councils' merger rejected

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Calls to merge Adur and Worthing councils have been voted down.

Labour councillors in Worthing proposed spending £50,000 to look into the possibility, saying it would be a "useful first step" towards forming a unitary coastal authority.

At a meeting of the full council, Labour councillor Rebecca Cooper accused West Sussex County Council of having "little or no idea or understanding of the needs of this coastal area", adding that the authority was "more of a burden than a benefit".

She asked: "Do we wish to continue as a small borough and district or do we think that the people of Worthing and Adur deserve a more coherent approach?

"Let's not retreat and regress."

The idea was supported by Liberal Democrat Bob Smytherman, who felt a unitary authority would see elected officials held to account for their decisions.

But Conservative councillor Tom Wye said it "would be an absolute waste of £50,000".

"I don't think the people of Worthing want it anyway. The people of Adur might, but I'm certain the people of Worthing won't."

Leader Daniel Humphreys refused to discuss the idea, adding: "Absolutely no evidence has been put forward that it would save a penny for the residents of Adur and Worthing."

Election pledge binned as Adur and Worthing move to fortnightly collections

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

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BBC

Adur and Worthing councils have voted to move to fortnightly bin collections.

From September 2019, residents would put out their recycling one week, and general waste the next.

Three quarters of councils now collect bins every two weeks - so nothing unusual there.

But in Adur and Worthing, the Conservatives that run both councils had promised residents they would stick to weekly bin collections in the run-up to the last elections six months ago.

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In Adur, opposition Labour councillor Lee Cowen described the apparent u-turn as "cringeworthy."

The councils reckon that moving to fortnightly collections would save £594,000 a year.

They also hoped that the move would encourage more recycling - as part of an aim for residents to recycle half their waste by 2020.

Shop to be turned into dental practice

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Allowing a former shop to be used as a dental practice in an area where retailers were 'struggling' was described as a 'no brainer' by one Adur councillor.

The shop, at 30 Brunswick Road, Shoreham, has been on the market for six months with no takers from the retail sector.

At a meeting of the district council's planning committee, James Appleton, head of planning, told members that four different businesses had set up in the shop over the past six years, and there had been some concern from traders about the viability of the area.

He added: "I think the closure of the post office has reduced footfall in that area and I think retailers are struggling as a result of it."

A report put before the meeting said that allowing a Mydentist practice to use the shop and treat NHS customers would attract more people to the area which could, in turn, help to support the other shops.

Empty houses to be replaced by flats

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Adur councillors have approved plans to tear down six empty houses and replace them with 50 flats, praising the design as 'attractive'.

The development, in Albion Street, Southwick, would have been bigger if it was not for one strip of unregistered land going right through the site, which cannot be built on.

Instead the site will house one block of 15 affordable flats, another block of 35 flats to be sold on the open market, and six more flats in two converted semi-detached houses.

Each block will be four to six storeys high.