IAN HART: Town is on the up – but we should not rest on our laurels...

Ian Hart
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LIKE many others, I was buoyed by last week’s Herald report that Worthing is one of a number of seaside towns on the up.

Great news and a real shot in the arm for everyone who lives and works in our town.

But it didn’t come as a complete surprise. I had previously written in this column about a friend who runs a very successful nursery, and he had remarked on the number of enquiries he’d had from professional people moving themselves and their families from Brighton and Hove.

But while this is great news, now is not the time to rest on our laurels. Things are still a ‘work in progress’, and I understand the news is encouraging about Teville Gate, but how far are we from finding out specifics about the development?

Leisure and retail sounds all well and good but haven’t we been down this road before? In my view, we disgracefully knocked down a classic cinema to build a state-of-the-art shopping arcade.

On the subject of a cinema, and again only speculation, one of my sources tells me that the old police station site in Union Place is going to be ground-floor retail with a cinema complex on the first floor in a similar model, albeit smaller, to what they have at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.

If that comes to fruition, with the ever-growing number of quality bars and restaurants we have in the town and the reported boom will be set to continue.

What would also be nice to see would be some new factories coming into the borough, providing further employment opportunities.

It is just a shame we seem to be no nearer to getting the A27 upgraded to the road it should be given the Worthing traffic levels.

But then, if Sir Terence Higgins couldn’t sort when he was in the corridors of power for all those years, can anyone?

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