Residents’ outrage at tower block plans for old pool site

OUTRAGED residents have slammed proposals to build a towering block of flats as part of the redevelopment of the Aquarena swimming pool.

Early stage plans to convert the Brighton Road site into 130 flats, including a large tower block, were presented at a public exhibition at Worthing Town Hall on Thursday.

Representatives from the development consortium, led by Roffey Homes, were subjected to a barrage of questioning by residents over the planned tower block.

Nicola Sheeran, of Warwick Road, said: “It’s horrendous. It’s completely out of context with the whole of Worthing seafront.

“It’s going to stick out like a sore thumb.

“Obviously the higher they go, it maximises potential profits.”

Although there are no finalised plans, visitors to the exhibition were shown a model of what the site may be converted into.

The flats would be split into several blocks, with the tower in the south-west corner acting as the ‘eastern gateway’ to Worthing.

A total of 30 per cent of the development would be affordable housing, with property prices expected to fetch between £250,000 and £1 million.

Around 150 car parking spaces would be provided, with 50 set out for Splash Point visitors.

Anna Chant, of New Parade, was most concerned about the height of the proposed tower.

She said: “It’s disgusting. I’m so angry. Where else is there something that big?

“I don’t think we are really going to get a say – it doesn’t matter about us. It makes me sick.”

For the full story, see the Herald, out Thursday, June 12.