TRADERS in Worthing’s Guildbourne Centre have welcomed plans for a large dental clinic on the mall’s first floor.
Dentist Bruno Silva, of Church Road, Hove, is seeking planning permission from Worthing Council for a change of use from business to non-residential to allow him to open the dental clinic in an area formerly occupied by World Hoppers Travel.
Mr Silva’s proposals include provision for seven dentists in seven treatment rooms, an X-ray room and a recovery room.
A planning submission said that since World Hoppers vacated the premises four years ago, attempts to find alternative business tenants had been unsuccessful.
Gavin O’Brien, who runs the ground-floor Easy Weigh shop, told the Herald yesterday: “That space has been empty for so long that any industry that comes in has got to be good for the Guildbourne Centre and the town centre.
“I have no objections to it whatsoever, as it will increase the footfall in the centre, which can only be a good thing.”
Abe Daniel, proprietor of The Lighthouse shop, said: “We would be quite happy with any un-occupied shop being occupied. It will be an asset to the centre, bringing in more people.”
His wife, Kathy, agreed with this, adding: “The Co-op store leaving the Guildbourne Centre was a massive loss, the trading has been getting worse since then.”
At the time of going to press, the Herald was unable to discover if the proposed dental clinic would accept NHS patients.