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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Boxpark set for Shoreham Beach

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Boxpark Shoreham
Boxpark

Boxpark has received planning permission to transform a run-down toilet block into a seafront dining destination on Shoreham Beach.

The Brighton-based firm - which is behind acclaimed casual dining and retail developments in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley - received approval to create the Shoreham Beachbox at a meeting of Adur District Council’s Planning Committee on Monday.

Public toilets will be retained and upgraded within the building while changing rooms, a centre for water sports and community space for up to 90 people will be made available to local groups.

Speaking at the committee, developers said the coastal setting had inspired the design of the building with the intention of delivering the “best beachfront cafe-restaurant in the UK”.

The Council entered into preferred development agreement with Boxpark for the site in Beach Green in 2017 and a lease for the land was signed earlier this year.

When complete, it is expected that about 25 jobs will be created while developers have made a commitment to use local contractors.

Housing development to be "100% affordable"

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Dozens of new homes in West Sussex will be rented to social housing tenants.

All 50 flats at the development in Albion Street, Southwick, will be leased at "affordable" rates - defined as below 80 per cent of market values.

Adur District Council, which owns the site, had originally intended to rent only 15% of the flats at affordable rates, with the remainder sold on the open market.

Head of planning James Appleton said: “The rent that would be payable would be at a level that anyone on our housing waiting list could afford because it would be covered by housing benefit and therefore it would be rent that’s below the government definition of 80 per cent of market rent."

No government-funded trees planted in Adur in eight years

No government-funded trees have been planted in Adur between 2010 and 2018, Forestry Commission data shows.

Adur was among about a third of English districts that did not get any government-funded trees. Almost all of these were urban areas and the government has promised to spend £10m planting trees in towns and cities.

Between 2010 and 2018 the government funded about 15 million trees in England. Figures for trees planted with private funds or by local councils are not included and the data only covers new trees, not replacements for any that were cut down.

Overall tree planting rates across the UK would need to more than double to combat rising temperatures and climate change, according to official figures.

Last year 13,400 hectares of new trees were planted across the UK, most of them in Scotland, but the Committee on Climate Change says this should rise to at least 30,000 hectares a year.

Campaign group The Woodland Trust said more trees were needed to provide summer shade, reduce air pollution, improve water quality and manage flooding.

The government said it had made it "much easier" to apply for planting grants.

Find out about tree planting across the UK here.

This story has been generated using Forestry Commission data, BBC analysis and some automation.

Government backs New Monks Farm decision

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Ikea logo
Reuters

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.

Shoreham aircrash memorial sculptures to honour victims
Time has been taken over the memorial's design, a council leader has said.

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

wheelie bins in Shoreham
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.