Worthing man wants to ‘revitalise’ the old Wheatsheaf pub to help migrants
A Worthing man wants to ‘revitalise’ a long-derelict town-centre pub in order to help migrants.
Mike Tyler wants to start a campaign to she the the old Wheatsheaf pub, in Richmond Road, used as a hub to encourage and help migrants and overseas students.
Mike, 84, who founded the Global Community Development Network charity, said the former pub was an ‘interesting premises’.
It has been derelict for years and in July, 2018, the building was badly damaged by a fire. Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee rejected two applications for the site last year, due to concerns of the height and design of the three to four-storey building.
But the national Planning Inspectorate overturned a refusal on appeal.
Mike said: “Being a Christian, after I finished a career in business development I just felt I was being asked to use my experience to help those who are struggling, that was when I retired at 60, so for the past 25 years I’ve been trying to do that.”
Mike added that the old pub could be ‘put to good use’. He said: “The old building could be put to good use as a cultural centre or an international development centre which could encourage people to come in and bring council services into one place for migrants and to provide a base for my charity work and maybe one or two other charities who are helping overseas.
“But such a development would need much local support.”
One of Mike’s goals is to encourage migrants to play a ‘full part in the community’ and create one place that people can visit. He added: “I want people to be encouraged and equipped to settle into the community, understand cultural differences, have English language tutition, and have access to council services at the same place.”