Safety concerns over Tarring folly

The folly in South Street
The folly in South Street

A WORTHING councillor has called for all Worthing residents to admire the folly in Tarring at a distance, after concerns for the safety for the structure have been raised.

As reported in the Herald, the 19th-century folly in South Street was recently unveiled to the public once more, after a neighbouring resident took it upon himself to clear away the foliage which was concealing the architectural gem.

However, councillor for Tarring, Hazel Thorpe, is warning residents not to approach the building, as it is falling into disrepair.

She said: “I am thrilled the folly is now on show again, but people have to be careful. One of the turrets has caved in and the stairs are falling away. I have also heard from residents there is also a family of foxes living there, and they should also not be disturbed.”

Ms Thorpe said she has taken her concerns to Worthing Borough Council’s planning department, in a bid to make the structure safer.

“This is part of our heritage and it should be preserved,” she said. “Hopefully, something can be done so Worthing’s residents can enjoy the folly in full. However, I must stress people must stay away for their own safety – especially children – and admire the tower from a distance.”

Nick Patenall, who cleared away the foliage from the folly, fully agreed with Ms Thorpe’s concerns.

The 59-year-old said: “To get to the folly you have to go down some pretty ropey steps, then when you get inside there is a spiral staircase and a wooden floor above, which is completely rotten and falling away.

“One of these days, someone is going to seriously hurt themselves – I have seen many kids running around in there, even though technically it is private property. I think it’s definitely a good idea to try and secure it, it should be preserved.”