VOTE: Worthing bank seeks permission to strip marble frontage

The marble facade at Barclays in Worthing town centre. The branch wants to remove it. June 2012.
The marble facade at Barclays in Worthing town centre. The branch wants to remove it. June 2012.

A WORTHING bank aims to lighten up the town centre image by losing its marbles!

Barclays’ branch at 1 Chapel Road is seeking planning permission to strip the dark-green/red marble cladding from its ground-floor façades and replace it with off-white tiling.

The bank’s planning application to the borough council says recladding with Domus Kerlite tiles would be part of a major exterior and interior refurbishment scheme which would also include reducing public accesses from two to one.

A supporting design statement says the existing marble frontage had become chipped and cracked, and was in a poor state of repair. It was not possible to repair, and no matching material could be sourced for infilling.

The new, single entrance would be wider, with automatic sliding doors.

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Do you think the bank should strip its marble frontage?

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