Adur District Council

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

Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 9 Total councillors 16 ChangeNo results


Elected in 2018 4 Total councillors 7 Change+4


Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 4 Change-4


Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 2 ChangeNo results
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Election pledge binned as Adur and Worthing move to fortnightly collections

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

wheelie bins in Shoreham

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.

Councillors to decide on Ikea plans

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

The proposed Ikea development in Lancing
New Monks Farm Development

Councillors are due to make a decision tonight on controversial plans for a new Ikea store on land between the Brighton and Hove Albion FC training ground and Shoreham Airport.

Developers say the proposal for Lancing, in West Sussex, will boost the economy, and include 600 homes and a new school on New Monks Farm.

However, those against the idea are worried about the impact on wildlife and congestion on the A27.

Yesterday Lancing College withdrew its objections to the plans, saying it had reached an agreement with the developers to secure an access to the college once the construction is completed.

The land is owned by the football club.

Adur District Council deferred a decision on the store in July.

Council overspend on housing predicted

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Generic council or local authority housing in a tower block
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The cost to Worthing Borough Council of placing people in emergency or temporary accommodation is expected to be £274,000 more than planned, while for Adur District Council the overspend is likely to be £54,000.

The figures for the 2018-19 financial year were discussed at a joint strategic committee meeting in Worthing.

Members were told that the increased spending reflected a rising demand coupled with a lack of affordable housing.

The committee's budget monitoring report for the first quarter stated: "Across the South East there is competing demand between local authorities for both emergency and temporary accommodation, the latter often being leased private sector accommodation.

"Whilst Adur and Worthing have made significant progress in leasing more affordable units of temporary accommodation, competition does mean that prices in some areas are being pushed beyond the reach of the councils, and the supply of suitable emergency and temporary accommodation within the borough is reduced.

"The councils are still faced with placing some clients in costly budget accommodation hotel chains when no other suitable options are available."

Car park

Elsewhere in the budget, the money made from parking in Worthing was £50,000 higher than expected, thanks to an increase in charges at the multi-storey car parks in High Street, Grafton, and Buckingham Road.

The meeting was told that "excess income" would be used to improve car parks "in future years".

With central government slashing the funding to local authorities, Worthing and Adur, like councils up and down the country, have had to take a long look at how their services are funded.

The meeting was told that Adur had committed to saving £1.365m on its 2018-19 budget, while the figure for Worthing was £1.981m.

As things stand, Adur looks set to overspend by £23,000, while Worthing will underspend by £189,000.

Shoreham Airshow disaster memorial nears completion
As the third anniversary of the Shoreham Airshow disaster approaches a memorial is nearly completed.

Sussex yacht club plans given go-ahead

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Plans by Sussex Yacht Club to demolish and rebuild its clubhouse in Shoreham have been approved by Adur District Council.

The multi-million pound scheme in Brighton Road will also allow for the construction of new flood defences and a walkway/cycleway.

It's expected work will start next year and the old clubhouse would stay open while the new one was built.

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Sussex Yacht Club

Ikea plans shelved? Not yet.

Ben Weisz

Political reporter, BBC Sussex

Cllr Pat Beresford addresses members of the public

It’s not a “no” - just a “not yet” to plans to build an Ikea in Lancing.

Brighton and Hove Albion had led a bid to build the store, along with 600 homes, a country park and land for a primary school on a disused farm near Shoreham Airport.

In a testy public meeting attended by more than 350 residents, those speaking in favour of the plans were heckled.

Meanwhile there was vocal support for objections - including the impact the scheme might have on traffic and air pollution.

In the end, councillors asked the developers to come back with proposals that would do more to mitigate the impact of the Ikea store, and allay concerns about the A27.

The Albion’s executive director Martin Perry told me he was optimistic they’d get the plans through.

But after four hours, many in the public gallery were disappointed at the lack of a decision.