THE developer of the Jolly Brewer pub site in Clifton Road, Worthing, has rejected two ‘substantial’ offers for the land.
Negotiations are ongoing between Alex Whibley and West Sussex County Council, with both parties keen to reach a decision.
Parents of Heene First School, campaigning for the land to be bought for the school, submitted a petition to West Sussex County Council last week containing 1,953 signatures.
They said: “While it is fantastic news West Sussex County Council has shown commitment to purchasing the land for Heene school by opening negotiations, we are disappointed that no deal has been reached with the developer.
“We don’t know the figures involved, but at this pivotal point in our campaign we just hope that common sense prevails and both parties can come to an agreement on the price.
“As a community, we have a huge responsibility to protect our children’s health and wellbeing. Our town (like many others) is seeing a rise in mental health issues and obesity and by denying them space to run around and exercise we are only exacerbating the problem. Those who are able to make a difference should be doing so.
“We urge both parties to work together for the sake of our children and the future children of Worthing.”