Adur District Council

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2021 Conservative hold, from 2018

Counting complete. After 18 of 18 seats declared.

Change compared with 2018
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 11
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +3
    • Councillors overall total 19
  2. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 5
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 7
  3. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 2
  4. Green

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 1
  5. UK Independence Party

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -4
    • Councillors overall total 0
  1. Remembrance events to be on doorsteps and online

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    With Remembrance Sunday falling during England’s second lockdown, people are being urged to mark the day by observing the two minute silence on their doorsteps.

    Traditional events, such as the march past and service at the war memorial in Worthing planned for this weekend, have had to be cancelled.

    Instead, wreaths will be laid at memorials across Adur and Worthing district, and a pre-recorded service played over the council’s Facebook page at 11:00 GMT.

    Group gathered at Worthing war memorial
    Image caption: The Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing, Steve Hinton from the Worthing Veterans’ Association, Parade Marshall Kevin Maynard and Commander Nobby Hall at Worthing War Memorial
  2. Up to 150 jobs threatened after leisure firm collapse

    Unidentified child in pool

    Council officials have expressed their regret after 150 jobs were put at risk following the collapse of a leisure company that runs centres in West Sussex.

    Adur Community Leisure (ACL), an arm of the Impulse Leisure company, has placed itself into voluntary liquidation, Adur District Council said in a statement.

    The firm runs three centres in the district as well as the Gym Hub in Worthing and the leisure centre at Storrington.

    The leisure centres affected in Adur are Lancing Manor Leisure Centre, Southwick Leisure Centre and Wadurs Community Pool in Shoreham, which are all owned by Adur District Council.

    The council awarded Impulse a 30-year contract to run leisure services out of the centres in 2005.

    Council leader Neil Parkin said: “We are very sorry this has happened and our sympathies go out to those whose jobs are now threatened.

    “The council has done everything possible to support Impulse moving forward. But we also have a duty to local taxpayers to ensure that local services are operated efficiently and cannot place a large financial burden on the authority to prop up an external organisation.”

    The council was asked to loan the firm more than £1m to help tide it over through the lockdown period. But council officials said the figure would have amounted to more than half of the council’s working reserves.

    In the end the request was withdrawn at the last minute ahead of a council meeting to decide whether to grant the loan.

    A subsequent new lower bid was then submitted and this was being considered when the firm announced its decision to go into voluntary liquidation.

    Councillor Parkin said: “We found ourselves in an impossible situation in that the sums asked of us were far too large with a significant risk that we wouldn't get it back and that the operators would still fail."

  3. £1m handed out to help struggling firms

    A further £1m is being paid out to businesses in Adur and Worthing to help them bounce back from the setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    A total of 132 organisations in the area have benefited from grants of up to £25,000, with funds due to be transferred this week, Adur and Worthing Councils said.

    Woman on High Street

    Those in line to get the handouts include retail and leisure firms, manufacturers and creative start-ups.

    Half a million pounds still remains to be distributed, and applications to claim a portion of the sum are being invited until 19 July.

    To be successful, firms will need to show they have been significantly impacted due to Covid-19 and highlight how their business contributes to the wider local economy.

    A spokesman for the councils said: “We realise the huge economic impact that Covid-19 has had on the area and want to support as many firms as possible through this challenging time.

    “That's why we're encouraging all those who have not yet received grant support to apply for this one-off funding.”

  4. Boxpark set for Shoreham Beach

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Boxpark Shoreham

    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.

  5. 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."

  6. 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.

  7. Government backs New Monks Farm decision

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Ikea logo

    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.

    Quote Message: 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.
    Quote Message: 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. from Neil Parkin Leader, Adur District Council
    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.

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    Video caption: Shoreham aircrash memorial sculptures to honour victims
  9. 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."

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.