LETTER: Ramblings

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Ian Hart has been regaling readers with his thoughts and views on Worthing and sport for some years but after reading both columns in last week’s Herald (October 10) I feel bound to make the following comments.

The Aquarena site – as it was built in 1968, probably before Ian was born, hypothesising on what could have been included seems now to be somewhat irrelevant.

The Assembly Hall in Worthing seats roughly a thousand, but there has never been sufficient beds to meet the demands of the larger conferences.

As for including a multi-screen cinema, is there a proven need and what then happens to the Dome and the Connaught Studio?

Finally, what Worthing most desperately needs is ‘low cost affordable housing’.

Yes there may be an insatiable demand for luxury apartments but the former surely is a need that should have priority?

Worthing FC, always a proper football club – after the last golden phase in the club’s history in the mid-eighties under Barry Lloyd, the club has since suffered from long periods of misguided short term management chasing success on the pitch without the necessary strong financial stewardship, culminating in massive debts that brought the club to the verge of bankruptcy prior to George Dowell coming on board to rescue the club as the majority shareholder and sew the seeds of a vision for a more enlightened long term future.

Only then will Worthing FC earn the respect of the town that will make the club once again worthy of being seen as ‘a proper football club’.

Perhaps then, now is the time for the Herald Editor to find someone of regard within the community, or a local business person with a more balanced view on the town as a whole, to replace Ian’s increasing ramblings?

Stuart Elms

Rackham Road


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