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  • 15 August 2017 3:35 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)


    The leaders of Adur and Worthing councils today issue a joint response to proposals to improve the A27 damning the consultation as a “sham” which should be halted.

    Highways England has given a deadline of September 12 for views on its £69m proposal for the road through Worthing and Lancing with just one option on the table.

    Modest improvements to six junctions between Durrington Hill and the Lancing Manor roundabout are proposed which would cut three minutes from journey times and, according to Highways England’s own scoring system would deliver “no significant benefit.”

    In its consultation document the agency alludes to more expensive and radical solutions such as underpasses and flyovers but dismisses them as “too expensive” without further explanation.

    Now leader of Adur District Council, Cllr Neil Parkin and leader of Worthing Borough Council, Cllr Dan Humphreys have joined forces to demand better for local residents.

    “Highways England say they want to consult with us but we say this is a sham,” said Cllr Parkin, “By not allowing the public to weigh up options and see full costings how are we to make any kind of decision.

    “All I do know is the current scheme on the table is barely worth the disruption and certainly not worth spending £69m on.”

    Cllr Parkin had earlier described the scheme on the table as the equivalent of “rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic” and said the government, which was insisting on more house building in the south, should do more to help transport infrastructure.

    Cllr Humphreys added:” The more I listened to officials explaining the scheme at the launch of the consultation the more angry I became.

    “Highways England do not seem to be taking us seriously. Our questions were met with an ‘experts know best’ response while there was no explanation about why other options hadn’t been explored,” said.

    “The current consultation should be halted and a proper one, involving other options and explanations started afresh. The agency must have those plans and calculations so let’s seem them.”

    The Councils are to officially submit a response by the deadline but both leaders say they did not want the summer to pass without a campaign for force a rethink.

    Both insist it is not for the Councils to submit plans but for Highways England to give local residents, businesses and politicians real choice and real consultation.

    Consultation ends on September 12 with two years of construction expected to start in 2020 if the scheme is approved.

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  • 15 August 2017 1:40 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Job Vacancy: Worthing Homes Clerk of Works/Technical Inspector (Part Time)                           

    £32,000 per annum, depending on experience (pro rata)           

    18.5 hours per week

    Are you a qualified and experienced professional with drive, enthusiasm and organisational ability?  Are you looking for a new challenge?  If so, we have an exciting new opportunity for you!

    We are an award winning social landlord providing low rent quality homes, key worker accommodation, low cost shared ownership, sheltered housing and new homes for the local community.

    Our people are passionate about everything they do and work as one team to provide an excellent end to end service to our customers.

    The role is based on our modern offices located in the heart of Worthing, where we promote flexible and agile working and it involves ensuring that planned maintenance and development works are carried out to agreed standards.

    The ideal candidate will have:

    • Sound knowledge of building construction
    • Strong contractor monitoring skills, particularly, in respect of workmanship quality
    •  Up to date knowledge of the housing sector, best practice and relevant legislation
    • Ability to establish appropriate working relationships with contractor’s staff and to be persuasive and diplomatic.
    • Good judgement skills to decide on when to insist on corrections, when to persuade or negotiate.
    • Confidence to undertake inspections at high level via safe working platforms and ladders
    • Strong awareness of appropriate construction & maintenance Health & Safety working practises

    Main responsibilities:

    Monitor progress of works in-line with the agreed works programmes.

    Identify defect items upon completion of works and check/sign-off completion of all outstanding items prior to handover.

    In conjunction with the Contractor and/or Agent; attend formal handover and 12month end of defect inspections. 

    Be available out of normal working hours to undertake inspections and resident liaison as required

    Assist with verifying the accuracy of contractors’ valuations / interim payments.

    As required, undertake pre and post inspections of responsive maintenance jobs and instruct appropriate contractors to undertake repairs by raising electronic works orders.

    In return we offer:

    • 26 days annual leave (pro rata)
    • Private medical insurance (after qualifying period)
    • Flexible Working
    • Life assurance cover
    • Company events e.g. Christmas and summer parties.   

    To apply, send your CV and covering letter, maximum 3 pages each to

    Closing date for the receipt of applications is 9am on 31st August 2017 
    Interview date 6th September 2017                  
  • 14 August 2017 3:27 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Beach Volleyball Business Tournament

    As a company, you want to maintain the health and wellness of your employees. Build stronger relationships to deal with the hard times and generally have fun!

    You now have the opportunity to come together as a team and play against other companies, achieve feats that will defy gravity, amaze your bosses and give you a great buzz for weeks on end!

    You are invited to take part in "The Summer Social", Worthing’s first business orientated beach volleyball tournament.  

    What do you have to do:

    ·  Get a minimum of 4 people from your company to play (max 6 per team on the court at one time), more than one team can be entered.

    ·  Fill out some information and pay the entry fee

    ·  Turn up, ready to take part (spectators welcome)

    ·  Play against other teams from companies in the local area

    ·  Relax and enjoy yourself when not on the court; support, cheer and celebrate everyone having a go.

    ·  Socialise and get to know others in the area or just your own team

    ·  Win your matches to take home the trophy!

    ·  Go into beach volleyball and play all year round!

    To sign up, please complete the following questionnaire by following the link:

    The tournaments will be played at Worthing Sand Courts (map) on the following dates -

    ·  Thursday 31st August (6 pm)

    ·  Thursday 14th September (6 pm).

    ENTRY: £50 per team,  (min 4 players - max 6 players on court)

    Further information will be sent and additional dates will be added if interest is high and sign up exceed the limited spaces as this is first come first served.

    Coast Cafe will be open for food, beverages and facilities throughout the tournament

    Any questions, please contact Worthing Sand Courts referencing “Business Tournament” -
  • 14 August 2017 12:07 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    FREE PSA* Testing - Organised and supported by Worthing Lions and PCaSO

    This year Worthing Lions are again joining up with Prostate Cancer SupportOrganisation (PCaSO) to offer men aged between 40 and 75 a free PSA teston Saturday 16th September 2017. (PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antigen). A simple blood test can indicate, in most cases, the health of a man's PROSTATE. Although not a direct test for cancer, if the reading is particularly high it can be an indicator as can changes in readings done annually. 

    This year the format is for a blood sample to be taken and sent to a laboratory for testing and results given by post or e-mail within 2 weeks.

    Appointments are booked in 1/2 hour slots and take about 5 minutes each. They can be booked by phoning 08456502555 or sending an email stating the preferred time slot between 10am until 2pm on

  • 10 August 2017 3:37 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Residents show support for a Friends of Brooklands Park group

    Dozens of residents turned out to find out more about ambitious plans for Brooklands Park in Worthing and how they can become involved in looking after it.

    A packed meeting at the Richmond Rooms, behind Worthing Town Hall, heard about the Worthing Borough Council scheme to make significant environmental improvements to the park’s lake.

    Residents were also invited to register their interest in joining a Friends of Brooklands Park group to help maintain the area moving forward and have a say in the future direction of the popular attraction.

    Work is expected to start in October to revitalise the lake and create new habitats for wildlife. This includes:

    ·         Removing a build-up of silt and using it to form new margins around the lake

    ·         Creating a new island in the middle of the lake

    ·         Planting new trees and plants

    ·         Introducing a boardwalk through the reeds so visitors feel part of their new surroundings.

    Representatives from Five Rivers Environmental Contracting, the company appointed to carry out the work, explained that the existing wildlife on the lake would not be affected. An ecologist would be on site full time throughout the project, which is expected to take two to three months to complete.

    Councillor Diane Guest, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment, said: "It was great to see so many people at the meeting and to share the exciting plans for the lake with them.

    "I'm really looking forward to the work getting under way and, with the help and support of a Friends of Brooklands Park group, establishing a lovely new lake for visitors and residents to enjoy for years to come."

    Sue Standing, Chairman of the Friends of Heene Cemetery group, gave the meeting an insight into her experiences as a volunteer, and the meeting was shown a draft constitution for a Friends of Brooklands Park group.

    A further meeting is planned for October as the next stage in forming the group.

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    The planned improvements for Brooklands Lake

  • 08 August 2017 1:05 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Craft Fairs Explained: Trade, retail, art and design fairs: How do I grow my creative business?

    Tuesday 12th September, 1.30 – 5pm

    Are you looking for more outlets for your work? 
    Do you know the differences between retail and trade fairs? 
    Do you need support to expand your creative business?

    Why should you attend?

    • Craft Fairs – you will be given an and overview of the options open to you
    • Retail fairs – pros and cons, how to apply and how to make the most of these events
    • Trade fairs – pros and cons, how to apply and how to make the most of these events
    • Craft Fairs abroad – introducing delegates to the logistics of showcasing at Retail or Trade fairs overseas and how this could be a good option to expand your markets

    Who is speaking?

    • Crafts Council Talent Development Manager will be offering a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting creative people in their business development.
    • Experienced makers will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience of trade and retail fairs and what you need to consider if showcasing abroad

    What is on offer?

    • To find out if your business is ready for a craft fair and top tips on how to prepare your business for a craft fair
    • Advice on the logistics that need to be considered  on the types of audiences at craft fairs, how to price your work and how to market yourself when exhibiting at a craft fair
    • Advice on your stand set up, the logistics you need to consider in preparing for a craft fair and the potential cost implications
    • The potential timescales involved in taking part in a craft fair, the different scales and potential audiences at certain craft fairs in UK and abroad and how to make the most of each opportunity to grow your business

    Colonade House are delighted to be able to offer you a discount on the booking fee - £25 instead of £40 if you use this code: CHW17     

  • 08 August 2017 1:00 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Employment law update and HR news from Acas South East

    Workplace news

    Beware checking up on job candidates social media: employers who use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to check on potential job candidates could be breaking European law in future. An EU data more.

    Recruitment - advice and guidance.

    Redeployment or dismissal: a recent case confirms when employers may dismiss employees for capability, without offering to redeploy them in another role. In this case, an employee was dismissed for more.

    Fair and unfair dismissals - advice and guidance.

    Discrimination-based grievances: handling a grievance at work is difficult enough but it is even more so when the allegation is one of discrimination. Should the accused be suspended? What if the grievance is raised more.

    Discrimination: what to do if it happens - step-by-step guide. 

  • 08 August 2017 12:56 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    WCHP Events August - October 2017


    Shoreham Street CollectionSaturday 12th

    Street collection in Shoreham


    Thames Path ChallengeSaturday 9th and Sunday 10th 

    Walk, jog or run 100, 50 or 25km from Putney Bridge to Henley. More than 3,000 challengers will take on the main Thames Path Challenge following England's greatest river. Visit for more information and to sign up!

    Horsham Quiz NightFriday 15th

    St John the Evangelist, Horsham. Tickets sold in shops and through office nearer the time. Organised by our Horsham Friends Group.

    Shoreham Quiz Night – Saturday 16th

    St Peter’s Church, Shoreham. Run by our Shoreham Friends Group. Tickets available nearer the time from our charity shops and the office.

    Horsham Flag Day - Saturday 30th

    Street Collection in Horsham. Please get in touch if you would like to help out by collecting on this day!


    Taylor Maid musical eveningSaturday 14th from 7.30pm

    Organised by the Goring Friends Group, held at the Warren Ballroom. Tickets £15.00 available from WCHP charity shops and by calling 01903 680740.

  • 08 August 2017 12:41 PM | Amelia Tomlinson (Administrator)

    Refurbished seafront shelter offers bright new entrance to Worthing

    A revamped rotunda is set to give visitors to the Sussex seaside a bright new welcome this summer.

    The Windsor Lawns Shelter on Worthing promenade has stood run-down and dilapidated for the last four years.

    But, thanks to a £53,000 refurbishment by Worthing Borough Council, the shelter has been given a makeover to ensure people of all ages can enjoy the sea air whatever the weather.

    Those behind the refurbishment believe it will act as a gateway in welcoming people to the east end of the town’s seafront.

    Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s executive member for regeneration, said:

    “We welcome the refurbishment of the shelter. It is a part of the town’s heritage and it’s another example of the council taking care of this for future generations.

    “I’m sure it will become a popular place for people to sit and enjoy the seafront for this summer and beyond.”

    The shelter stands at the bottom of the junction of Brighton Road and Windsor Road.

    A consultation on the future of the structure was launched last year. Locals were asked if they wanted to restore the shelter; revamp it for another use, such as a commercial premises; or demolish it and replace it with other seating or recreational facilities.

    After listening to responses from residents and ward councillors, the local authority committed funding to refurbish the shelter.

    Council contractors have spent the last twelve weeks carrying out the work.

    It has seen the installation of toadstool seating, cycle racks and planters, as well as the construction of a new floor and ‘vandal-proof’ glass.

    Ward councillors Keith Bickers and Alex Harman, who have taken an active role in the refurbishment of the shelter, have agreed to work with residents to ensure the plants are watered and cared for.

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