LETTER: Make the most of seafront venue

As a regular user of the Denton Lounge and ratepayer, I write to express my very great dissatisfaction with the way it has been run and believe that Worthing Borough Council is sadly wasting this public resource.

Thursday, 30th March 2017, 11:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:18 pm

The Denton Lounge is a very special venue which is almost unique on the south coast in terms of the potential it provides to generate income and provide a wonderful service to the public.

It is now being shut on Mondays and Tuesdays.

It has always had very erratic and limited opening hours and an increasingly limited menu.

Undoubtedly, the council feel it has an agenda in cutting costs, but in doing so is massively cutting income with no reduction in overheads and so obviously net income.

There must be some cockeyed accounting misconceptions involved.

Anyone else looking for such a business opportunity would jump at the opportunity of exploiting this very special venue and would make a great success of doing so for the benefit of all.

All the council seems capable of doing is to limit it and close it.

This very special venue should be providing a wonderful service to the public and very substantial employment to local people.

It could easily employ twice as many willing and well-intentioned young people at no cost to the public and get them on the road to a good and worthwhile life.

The council clearly has a duty to do the best it can with this very special opportunity presented to them for the good of all, but instead is doing absolutely the opposite.

This should in no way be seen as a reflection on my view of the staff that we meet there day-to-day as they are an excellent group of people who provide as excellent a service as they are allowed to do.

Paul Bailey

Upper Brighton Road



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