Plans for land

The former police station site in Union Place, Worthing, has been empty for years.

Surely the time has come for drastic action.

One solution is for the site to be given to Worthing council and turned into a small park.

It would be a welcome open space which we sorely need.

The other, more useful suggestion is to build two small blocks of flats, four storeys high. These would be basic – no en-suites, no fancy kitchens.Kitchens need units and a sink and everything else can be provided by tenants.

These would be one-bed flats and tenants would be local or with strong local connections.

The tenancy would be at basic rent for two years.

At the end of that time, tenants would, hopefully, have saved enough for a deposit on their own home.

If they have not, then a further three years would be available. Clearly, there will be people on the basic minimum wage who will never be able to buy a home.

At the end of their five years, hopefully a permanent home can be found for them.

Obviously, rules must apply – no pets or children.This may help to alleviate the desperate lack of affordable housing.

Susanna Humphreys

Meadow Road