Fed-up Worthing resident wants homeless people gone from Beach House

A fed-up resident of Beach House wants the homeless people who have pitched up outside his home to be moved on.

Friday, 26th April 2019, 6:53 pm
Updated Friday, 26th April 2019, 6:58 pm
Robin Biggs is not happy about the tents outside Beach House. Picture: Derek Martin

Robin Biggs said that on March 26, two men and a dog moved onto land outside the property on Worthing seafront.

They pitched a tent in a garden next to the Grade II* listed building, squashing a flowerbed Mr Biggs had just paid £100 towards renovating.

He was in Spain at the time, but when he returned, his wife informed him of what happened.

Robin Biggs is not happy about the tents outside Beach House. Picture: Derek Martin

He said: "I was absolutely devastated. I thought she was joking."

Regarding the flower bed, he added: "All we were doing was trying to make it look beautiful to anyone in the car park or on Brighton Road. Is that a crime?"

Another tent has also been pitched up in recent weeks.

Mr Biggs said he had contacted Sussex Police and Worthing Borough Council about the problem, but despite a notice being put on one of the tents, nothing else had been done.

The tents outside Beach House have been there for weeks now. Picture: Derek Martin

He said he felt 'powerless': "I want the tents removed before there are more, and the land tidied up again. I would also suggest some sort of railing with a gate around the area so it can stop them coming in."

While he 'felt' for their plight, he added: "They just dump their rubbish everywhere. They are just not tidy."

Worthing Borough Council said: "The council is aware of the tents on Beach House Grounds and, following a visit from a welfare team, is progressing with a notice to evict."