Pride in town evident but it is ‘undersold’

MP Tim Loughton, centre, talking at the public meeting
MP Tim Loughton, centre, talking at the public meeting

COUNCILLORS and the MP faced demands for action at the Southwick public meeting.

Peter Metcalfe and Emily Hilditch, district councillors for Southwick Green, and Janet Mockridge, county councillor for Southwick were joined by East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton to hear people’s views.

Mr Metcalfe said: “The last thing we want is for Southwick to close. We want it to succeed as much as you do.”

Answering calls for free parking, Mrs Mockridge said: “The reason why the very small amount of money is charged is because at one time, you could not park to do your shopping because it was full of commuters.”

Mr Loughton said many residents had lived in the town for decades. “People take more pride living in Southwick than any other part of Adur and Worthing,” he added.

“But I think we have undersold Southwick. There are lots of good reasons to come to Southwick but we don’t shout about it enough and signpost it enough.

He said Shoreham had ‘gone from strength to strength’ since Ropetackle was built, Lancing had been given lots of attention recently, and now it was Southwick’s turn.

He urged people to set up a proper residents’ group and apply to the Adur Pot of Gold.

Mr Metcalfe said he would take the comments back to David Steadman, Adur town centres co-ordinator.

It was also agreed a new Facebook page, Southwick Together, would be set up as a starting point and as a place to air views about the town.