Council tax bills from Worthing Borough
Council look set to rise by 2.8% - 12p a week.
The increase would see the borough's portion
of a band D bill rise from £231.30 to £237.78 a year and add £249,510 to
the council's coffers, balancing its budget for 2019/20.
A meeting was told that, with government
funding continuing to reduce, the council would be more reliant on council tax
and business rates, as well as its investment strategies.
Those strategies included investment in
commercial property and temporary housing, as well as the in-house development
of online services.
The final decision about the council tax rise
will be made at a meeting of the full council on 26 February.
Former pub to become affordable homes
BBC Live reporter
A former pub in Worthing is to become affordable housing for more than a dozen families.
The Downview in Tarring Road was bought by Worthing Borough Council, which will spend £4.4m converting the site, and its former car park, into 15 flats.
The authority says the conversion will save £90,000 a year which is currently being spent on emergency housing, mainly on bed and breakfast accommodation outside the borough.
Palatine Park 3G pitch on the cards
Local Democracy Reporter
Footballers in Worthing could soon be playing
on a 3G pitch.
The borough council has given permission for
a planning application to be submitted for the artificial pitch, floodlights
and car park at Palatine Park.
The plan is to work with Worthing Town FC to
apply for £500,000 of funding from the Football Foundation, with £340,000 of
Section 106 money being made available to make up any shortfall.
The council will build the pitch, with the
project added to the 2019/20 capital programme.
If the Football Foundation bid is to have a
chance of being successful, planning permission has to be given before April.
Forty-one football teams,
made up of 500 players of all ages, play at Worthing Town.
Giant wheel set for Worthing seafront
A giant wheel as high as nine double decker buses has been proposed for Worthing seafront.
The Worthing Observation Wheel (WOW) would be located between The Beacon and the Beach Office at the bottom of Montague Place from next year.
The 46m tall attraction will have 36 pods which will each carry up to six people.
Worthing Borough Council said it was seeking to enter into a three-year lease arrangement with the WOW operating for a six to nine month period between April and October and then being dismantled for the winter.
Plans for the wheel still have to be approved by councillors.
Election pledge binned as Adur and Worthing move to fortnightly collections
Political reporter, BBC Sussex
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.
They also hoped that the move would encourage more recycling - as part of an aim for residents to recycle half their waste by 2020.
Council overspend on housing predicted
Local Democracy Reporter
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."
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.
Conservatives hold Adur and Worthing Councils
The Conservatives have remained in overall control of Adur and Worthing Councils.
In Adur the Tories kept the same number of seats, with Labour picking up two.
And in Worthing the Conservatives lost two seats, with Labour gaining four.