Leading to public loss?

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Alan Hills is wrong to suggest that the public realm that would be lost to the proposed building in Montague Place is only a blank wall and a few bike racks (letters, November 1).

The building would occupy a third of the width of Montague Place, and reduce the present views of the sea from Montague Street and Liverpool Gardens, and of Liverpool Gardens from the seafront.

The cosmetic improvements that the Worthing Society has suggested for Montague Place are simple and cheap.

The street furniture along the east side of Montague Place needs to be removed, and replaced by trees and shrubs that would soften the appearance of the walls.

The brick wall that Mr Hills dislikes is already 80 years old, and will not last for ever.

Improving the appearance of Montague Place, therefore, requires only short-term measures.

The cost would not be high, perhaps tens of thousands of pounds.

The council should be able to find external funds for such improvements.

The motivation to build on Montague Place is not a desire to improve Worthing, but the lure of the super-profit that could be earned from building without paying the normal cost of a building site.

The losers from this development would be the public, who would lose many of the benefits they now gain from the width of Montague Place.

It is truly an example of private profit leading to public loss.

David Sawers

Seaview Avenue, East Preston