Beach Chalet owners were unable to secure a debate in last night’s (Tuesday October 15th) Worthing Borough Council (WBC) meeting on the plans to convert their chalets into artist studios.
Sue White and Gina Hawthorne presented a petition to the Council with over 2,300 signatures and spoke eloquently against the plans. The beach chalet owners hoped for a full debate in Council as they had over the required 1,000 signatures but the WBC Legal Officer ruled against, as it was an Executive Decision by Worthing’s Cabinet which was being queried.
All current ten owners of the beach chalets are against the proposal. The signatures included local residents, tourists, artists and businesses both men and women, young and old. Most of the signatures were obtained at the chalets so that petitioners were able to appreciate fully the impact of the proposals.
Views expressed by signatories included:
“We don’t need more of these studios”
“There are plenty of empty shops in the town and on the seafront that could be used.”
“I come to Worthing because it’s not commercialised/tacky like some other resorts.”
The Leader of the Council Paul Yallop agreed to refer the issue to the next meeting of the Joint Strategic Committee on November 7th at the Civic Centre, Shoreham by Sea.
A planning application to change the use of chalets from family leisure and recreation to additional artists’ studios has been made by the lessee of Coast Cafe on East Beach.