Worthing Borough Council

Election results for 2019

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Conservatives keep control of Worthing Council

The Conservative Party have held control of Worthing Council after winning five of the 11 seats available, six fewer than they won the last time these seats were up for election in 2015.

Conservatives keep control of Worthing Council
BBC

Only 11 of the 37 seats on the council were up for election this year. The Conservative Party won five seats, Labour also won five seats, the Lib Dems won one seat, and neither independent candidates nor UKIP won any seats. Including the seats that weren't up for election this year, the council is made up as a whole of 21 Tory councillors, 10 Labour councillors, three Lib Dem councillors, two independent councillors and one UKIP councillor.

A full breakdown of results for Worthing will be available from the council website, and for full national results use the BBC's live results service.

This story has been generated using BBC election data and some automation.

No change of power in Worthing

The Conservatives have held on to power in Worthing, although they have lost six of their seats on the borough council.

They were defending 11 seats, with five going to Labour and one being lost to the Lib Dems

The Conservatives now have 21 seats on the council, Labour have 10 and the Lib Dems three.

The Tories needed a majority of 19 in order to keep control..

New homes in Worthing town centre

Montague Street, Worthing
BBC

Plans for 26 new homes in the centre of Worthing have been approved by the borough council.

The 1960s building on the vacant former Poundland site in Montague Street will be demolished and replaced with a new four-storey building.

There will be a shop on the ground floor, and 26 one, two and three bedroom homes above.

Councillors ruled that approval for the scheme was dependent on the provision of a car club.

Residents will also be provided with secure indoor cycle parking.

Worthing council sets aside £270k for homelessness

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Rising calls for housing services have prompted Worthing Borough Council to include £270,000 in its budget to help cope with the pressure.

At a meeting of the full council, members were told that there had been a "significant increase" in the number of people looking for emergency and temporary accommodation since the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act.

Leader Daniel Humphreys told the meeting that 182 households had been guided away from homelessness in the past year.

The council also plans to buy more property to use as temporary and emergency accommodation.

Labour councillors said they were "supportive" of the work being carried out but suggested the council go one step further and set up a local housing company, as others have done. Mr Humphreys said the idea might be looked at at a later date.

Adur and Worthing councils' merger rejected

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Calls to merge Adur and Worthing councils have been voted down.

Labour councillors in Worthing proposed spending £50,000 to look into the possibility, saying it would be a "useful first step" towards forming a unitary coastal authority.

At a meeting of the full council, Labour councillor Rebecca Cooper accused West Sussex County Council of having "little or no idea or understanding of the needs of this coastal area", adding that the authority was "more of a burden than a benefit".

She asked: "Do we wish to continue as a small borough and district or do we think that the people of Worthing and Adur deserve a more coherent approach?

"Let's not retreat and regress."

The idea was supported by Liberal Democrat Bob Smytherman, who felt a unitary authority would see elected officials held to account for their decisions.

But Conservative councillor Tom Wye said it "would be an absolute waste of £50,000".

"I don't think the people of Worthing want it anyway. The people of Adur might, but I'm certain the people of Worthing won't."

Leader Daniel Humphreys refused to discuss the idea, adding: "Absolutely no evidence has been put forward that it would save a penny for the residents of Adur and Worthing."

Council tax bills for Worthing look set to rise

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Council tax bills from Worthing Borough Council look set to rise by 2.8% - 12p a week.

The increase would see the borough's portion of a band D bill rise from £231.30 to £237.78 a year and add £249,510 to the council's coffers, balancing its budget for 2019/20.

A meeting was told that, with government funding continuing to reduce, the council would be more reliant on council tax and business rates, as well as its investment strategies.

Those strategies included investment in commercial property and temporary housing, as well as the in-house development of online services.

The final decision about the council tax rise will be made at a meeting of the full council on 26 February.

Former pub to become affordable homes

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A former pub in Worthing is to become affordable housing for more than a dozen families.

The Downview Pub in Worthing
Flude Commercial

The Downview in Tarring Road was bought by Worthing Borough Council, which will spend £4.4m converting the site, and its former car park, into 15 flats.

The authority says the conversion will save £90,000 a year which is currently being spent on emergency housing, mainly on bed and breakfast accommodation outside the borough.

Palatine Park 3G pitch on the cards

Karen Dunn

Local Democracy Reporter

Footballers in Worthing could soon be playing on a 3G pitch.

The borough council has given permission for a planning application to be submitted for the artificial pitch, floodlights and car park at Palatine Park.

The plan is to work with Worthing Town FC to apply for £500,000 of funding from the Football Foundation, with £340,000 of Section 106 money being made available to make up any shortfall.

The council will build the pitch, with the project added to the 2019/20 capital programme.

If the Football Foundation bid is to have a chance of being successful, planning permission has to be given before April.

Forty-one football teams, made up of 500 players of all ages, play at Worthing Town.

Giant wheel set for Worthing seafront

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

A wheel similar to this will be located in Worthing
Worthing Borough Council

A giant wheel as high as nine double decker buses has been proposed for Worthing seafront.

The Worthing Observation Wheel (WOW) would be located between The Beacon and the Beach Office at the bottom of Montague Place from next year.

The 46m tall attraction will have 36 pods which will each carry up to six people.

Worthing Borough Council said it was seeking to enter into a three-year lease arrangement with the WOW operating for a six to nine month period between April and October and then being dismantled for the winter.

Plans for the wheel still have to be approved by councillors.