Worthing Borough Council

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2021 Conservative hold, from 2019

Counting complete. After 13 of 13 seats declared.

Change compared with 2019
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 6
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -5
    • Councillors overall total 19
  2. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 6
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +6
    • Councillors overall total 15
  3. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 3
  4. UK Independence Party

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -1
    • 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. Coronavirus cases on the rise in resort

    Testing lab

    The leader of Worthing Borough Council says a rise of 25 coronavirus cases in the resort in a week is down to a “specific and contained outbreak”.

    The town has seen cases rise from eight to 33 in seven days. And its rate of infection per 100,000 is now at 29.8.

    But local council leader Daniel Humphreys told BBC Radio Sussex the rise is believed to be linked to a party of young people.

    Elsewhere in Sussex, cases are also up in Chichester, Arun, Wealden and Rother. But both Hastings and Crawley are seeing the number of cases dropping off.

  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. Hotel can no longer house homeless, council says

    A rough sleeper on the streets

    A Sussex hotel which has housed homeless people during the pandemic will no longer be able to do so as the lockdown eases, a council has said.

    Leader of Worthing Borough Council Daniel Humphreys said that as the hospitality industry prepared to reopen on 4 July, the hotel “has been informed by their insurance underwriter that this agreement can no longer continue”.

    Mr Humphries said the council was doing everything it could to support those who had been living in the hotel.

    However, he called on the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to recognise the costs to councils during lockdown, and said the estimated budgetary loss for Worthing stood at about £1.5m.

    He said: “We have been left with a significant hole in our budget and an ongoing problem with those we have housed above and beyond our statutory, and funded duty, which continues to put an even greater strain on council finances.”

  5. Plans for town centre site go on display

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    The public are being consulted about the future of a large site in the centre of Worthing.

    Worthing Borough Council acquired Union Place last year and is working with the government-owned regeneration specialist LCR on its development.

    Union Place, Worthing
    Image caption: The site is in the centre of the town

    The site covers 2.6 hectares, with much of it vacant for nearly a decade.

    Next month detailed plans will go on display at Worthing Town hall.

    Union Place plans
    Union Place plans

    The proposals include nearly 200 homes, commercial space, a hotel, cinema extension to the Connaught Theatre.

    The plans will be available between 13:00 GMT and 17:00 GMT on 7 November, and 16:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT on 11 November.

    Union Place plans

    The deadline for public comments is 15 November, with the council planning to have an outline planning application by the end of the year.

    Full details are available here.

  6. College to create £21m centre

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Pelham Street campus proposal

    A £5m loan to the Greater Brighton Metropolitan (GB Met) College will earn Worthing Borough Council about £100,000 per year, councillors have been told.

    The loan, which will help GB Met create a £21m centre for creative and digital industries at its Pelham Street campus in central Brighton, was given the thumbs-up at a meeting of the council on Tuesday evening.

    Council leader Daniel Humphreys said the loan was an "exciting proposal" and added: “It’s a fantastic way for us to support the further education sector in our area, which does need support."

    GB Met was created by the merger of City College Brighton and Northbrook College in 2017.

    The development of the new centre will also allow the college to develop a higher education centre at its West Durrington campus, in partnership with the University of Arts London.

    Labour leader Rebecca Cooper called it a "good initiative" but asked for assurances about the number of students from Adur and Worthing who would be taken on by GB Met.

    A report to the meeting said that over the last three years 499 Adur students and 643 from Worthing had studied at the Pelham campus.

  7. Conservatives keep control of Worthing Council

    The Conservative Party have held control of Worthing Council after winning five of the 11 seats available, six fewer than they won the last time these seats were up for election in 2015.

    Conservatives keep control of Worthing Council

    Only 11 of the 37 seats on the council were up for election this year. The Conservative Party won five seats, Labour also won five seats, the Lib Dems won one seat, and neither independent candidates nor UKIP won any seats. Including the seats that weren't up for election this year, the council is made up as a whole of 21 Tory councillors, 10 Labour councillors, three Lib Dem councillors, two independent councillors and one UKIP councillor.

    A full breakdown of results for Worthing will be available from the council website, and for full national results use the BBC's live results service.

    This story has been generated using BBC election data and some automation.

  8. No change of power in Worthing

    The Conservatives have held on to power in Worthing, although they have lost six of their seats on the borough council.

    They were defending 11 seats, with five going to Labour and one being lost to the Lib Dems

    The Conservatives now have 21 seats on the council, Labour have 10 and the Lib Dems three.

    The Tories needed a majority of 19 in order to keep control..

  9. New homes in Worthing town centre

    Montague Street, Worthing

    Plans for 26 new homes in the centre of Worthing have been approved by the borough council.

    The 1960s building on the vacant former Poundland site in Montague Street will be demolished and replaced with a new four-storey building.

    There will be a shop on the ground floor, and 26 one, two and three bedroom homes above.

    Councillors ruled that approval for the scheme was dependent on the provision of a car club.

    Residents will also be provided with secure indoor cycle parking.

  10. Worthing council sets aside £270k for homelessness

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Rising calls for housing services have prompted Worthing Borough Council to include £270,000 in its budget to help cope with the pressure.

    At a meeting of the full council, members were told that there had been a "significant increase" in the number of people looking for emergency and temporary accommodation since the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act.

    Leader Daniel Humphreys told the meeting that 182 households had been guided away from homelessness in the past year.

    The council also plans to buy more property to use as temporary and emergency accommodation.

    Labour councillors said they were "supportive" of the work being carried out but suggested the council go one step further and set up a local housing company, as others have done. Mr Humphreys said the idea might be looked at at a later date.

  11. 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."

  12. Council tax bills for Worthing look set to rise

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    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.

  13. Former pub to become affordable homes

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A former pub in Worthing is to become affordable housing for more than a dozen families.

    The Downview Pub in Worthing

    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.

  14. Palatine Park 3G pitch on the cards

    Karen Dunn

    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.

  15. Giant wheel set for Worthing seafront

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    A wheel similar to this will be located in Worthing

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Council overspend on housing predicted

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Generic council or local authority housing in a tower block

    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.