Worthing Peter Pan’s Playground closes

WORTHING’S Peter Pan’s Playground has closed for the last time, after the site’s leaseholder was told it would be bulldozed next year to make way for the town’s new swimming pool.

WORTHING’S Peter Pan’s Playground has closed for the last time, after the site’s leaseholder was told it would be bulldozed next year to make way for the town’s new swimming pool.

Clive Hagger usually closes the playground and paddling pool, next to the Aquarena, in Brighton Road, Worthing, each year at the end of September and reopens a week before the Easter holidays.

But he has closed the site for the last time after a Worthing Borough Council officer earlier told him he could either leave now or in March, before the Aquarena development begins in April.

The development, which has yet to receive the official go ahead, is to be built on a site that includes the playground.

As a result, Clive was given the choice between paying rent for a further six months or giving up the lease.

Clive, who lives in Durrington, said he was upset by the council’s decision not to offer him another site for the playground.

He had suggested land next to Beach House, in Brighton Road, as a location, but he was told by a council officer this area would be turned into a car park or a beach volleyball court.

Clive, 60, said: “I’m quite upset the council haven’t come up with somewhere else to go. The parents who come to the playground are very upset there will be nowhere to go next year.

“They’re all saying ‘where are we going to go next year and what’s going to be left in the centre of Worthing for parents and children to do together?’.”

He added: “If the council really wanted me to stay in Worthing they would have found somewhere for me to go.”

Clive said he was now searching for a job but that he was “not at all sure” about what he would do.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “Mr Hagger suggested the Beach House, but that area was already ear-marked for other use and he didn’t suggest anywhere else for the playground.”