Campaign highlights lack of notice boards

David Edey outside Southwick Library, one of his suggested notice board sites S09263H14
David Edey outside Southwick Library, one of his suggested notice board sites S09263H14

A CAMPAIGN for more community notice boards has been launched in Southwick.

David Edey, chairman of Eastbrook Liberal Democrats, believes not enough people know about what is going on in the town.

Recent parking plans for the town had highlighted the issue, he said. Although there were notices about the restrictions fixed to lampposts, people had not been reading them.

He has written to Adur Council chief executive Alex Bailey and distributed thousands of newsletters, asking residents for suggestions on suitable notice board sites.

“I believe that a network of community notice boards through the town would provide a focal point for people to find information about new proposals as well as community events,” he said in his letter.

As well as the parking proposals, improvements to Croft Avenue Rest Gardens, which include putting an opening in the old flint wall, were another big issue in Southwick, said Mr Edey.

“Some people know about it but not everybody does and maybe it would be nice if everybody could have the chance to say what they think,” he added.

“The people who are not on Facebook are elderly people, who like things to stay as they are.”

He said community notice boards would mean everyone could be better informed.

“It is just the involvement, keeping people well informed and feeling more involved,” added Mr Edey.

“There are good examples at Shoreham Port that are very informative. This is something the council could do as well.

“They can involve people and make them feel more a part of what is happening.”

Notice boards already installed include one in Laylands Road, Southwick.

Mr Edey suggests sites for new ones could include the entrance to Southwick railway station, outside Southwick Library and close to shops in Manor Hall Road.

He also wants to hear from residents to see where they would like more notice boards in Southwick.

Supporting the campaign, Jemima Bland, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham, said: “Anything that informs people more about what’s going on locally must be good for a community.”