Worthing pier building up for lease

The south pavillion on Worthing Pier
The south pavillion on Worthing Pier

WORTHING council means business with its current end-of-the-pier show...

The pier’s Southern Pavilion has been a favourite haunt for generations of dancers and clubbers – but now the two-storey venue’s lights are dimmed until someone comes along to take on a new lease.

Describing its marketing offer as a “unique opportunity”, the council advertises that it is “seeking expression of interest from individuals and or organisations interested in taking a possible lease of the premises”. Internal viewings will be arranged shortly.

The Southern Pavilion was built in 1935 and is one of three main pavilions on the pier.

Saturday night dances were a popular post-war feature, and in more recent times a succession of clubs catered for a younger section of the community – with varying degrees of success.

There have been several anti-social behaviour issues, including under-age drinking and violence, which have resulted in police intervention.

A council spokeswoman said this week: “The lease of the Southern Pavilion on Worthing Pier has come to an end and the council is looking forward to marketing it in the near future.”