New Worthing Sailing Club plans revealed

IMPROVED facilities for Worthing Sailing Club members at their future new Goring base are proposed in a planning application to the borough council.

Worthing Council has already approved plans for the new headquarters, at the lower end of Sea Place, to replace the old building which will be demolished as part of The Waterfront development.

Described in the application as “old and tired”, the existing headquarters will be replaced by The Waterfront developers as part of the scheme’s planning approval.

The replacement will be sited at the south-west end of Sea Place, on part of the existing dinghy park.

Proposed additions will include a lift to improve access throughout the building, particularly for the disabled, and windows to the east and west sides of the second-floor bar area to significantly improve views out to sea and along the coast, something which was “an integral part of the function of the yacht club”.

“These changes will allow the club to accommodate the additional members and guests which it struggles to do at present, particularly on race days.”

The statement also says: “The result will be an improved leisure facility for Worthing that will be maintained and improved for the foreseeable future.”

And an additional planning application seeks permission to site two temporary steel safety boat storage containers on the hard standing each side of the existing beach slipway.

Each of the white-painted containers would measure 24ft long, 9ft wide and 7ft high.

They would stay in place for 12 to 15 months, until the new headquarters were completed and the boats could be stored securely under the building.