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FORMER Worthing mayors have written to the council claiming the position is “under attack”.

The letter, signed by 14 former mayors and sent to Worthing Council and the Herald, claims town hall support for the position of mayor has ”steadily eroded” and that influences from outside the borough are “endangering the identity and cohesion of Worthing”.

The letter, written by former mayor and president of Worthing Mayors’ Association, Michael Parkin, said the mayor being unable to appear outside the borough boundary meant he or she would be prevented from accepting invitations from charities and sporting organisations outside Worthing.

Council leader Paul Yallop said he was surprised by the letter.

He also said the merging of Worthing and Adur councils had been beneficial for the mayor, as the mayor’s budget would have been reduced further without it.

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