Having recently attended two meetings, at which some Worthing councillors were present, it would appear that Worthing Borough Council made a big mistake in not engaging the local community in the first place, regarding the plans for a new school in Broadwater.
It seems to most of the local community that to site the school for some 900 pupils on Broadwater Road, the main route into the centre of Worthing, makes little sense in view of the additional traffic on an already busy route. I think that the following council minute, noted as an objection from a resident, of September 17, says it all: “The school will inevitably impose restrictions on the current public usage of this area.
“This matter has not been well advertised, but if it were, considerable concern would be expressed.” Understatement! After the meeting at Queens Street, I sympathised with the chief executive of Bohunt, who said that his company had always tried to be open and act in good faith. I, personally, would not blame the Bohunt Educational Trust if it decided to pull out because I feel that the only person who tried to adequately answer the many questions from the floor was a Mr Appleton.
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