Residents lose fight to protect open space

The residents opposed plans to sell-off the land
The residents opposed plans to sell-off the land

RESIDENTS who fought to save open space next to the Aquarena have lost their battle after the council decided to sell it.

The land, which was once the site of a boating lake, was used as a space for construction workers, during the building of Splashpoint.

Residents of New Parade, which lies adjacent to the site, wanted the space to be saved for the enjoyment of the public – but Worthing Borough Council leader Paul Yallop took the decision this week to dispose of it.

Andrew Avison, one of the residents, said he wanted further clarification from the council of the reasons behind the decision.

He said: “I plan to write to the council and ask them to explain the decision point-by-point, in relation to the legislation about public open space.

“If this is not satisfied, then I would consider taking it to a judicial review, or referring it to the ombudsman.”

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, July 18.