“BUILDING for the future” is a well-worn buzz phrase used in all manner of local and national initiatives.
But it’s not until residents see confidence-boosting developments actually appearing on-site that they may, after all, start beginning to believe that the future is not as bleak as many Jeremiahs forecast it to be.
Optimists say the money-men wouldn’t be putting their cash behind multi-million pound schemes if they weren’t sure of a decent return in the not-too-distant future.
Well, there is local evidence which proves developers’ confidence in a healthy outlook for Worthing-based business prospects. And one doesn’t even have to travel into Worthing itself for proof of this.
For example, just over the borough border in Ferring, two huge developments on the A259 will be relying on a serious Worthing input to justify their existence.
A massive, £12million restructuring of the Haskins garden centre is well underway, preparatory to its scheduled opening next month.
In addition to doubling its sales area, there will be a 500-space car park and 460-seat restaurant.
Not far down the road, the former Country Fayre garden centre site will house an Asda supermarket – fulfilling the company’s long-held ambition which was foiled temporarily by its failure to get permission to build on Worthing College’s site in Bolsover Road.
The town’s main development “prize” for the future – along with the new swimming pool – must, however, be the borough council-approved redevelopment of Teville Gate, something which is now going ahead without hindrance after the government decided that there would be no need for a lengthy and costly public inquiry.
Hopefully, these examples of a town on the move will spur other interested parties to develop the eyesore, derelict land formerly occupied by the Union Place police station, and the seafront Grafton site.