Worthing home owners and landlords will shortly receive letters instructing them to repaint the exteriors of their properties in bright colours.
The move is all part of the Council’s desire for Worthing to stand out from other tourist destinations on the South Coast and put the town on the most colourful of maps.
Edie McCredy, chair of the Planning Task and Finish group charged to brighten Worthing, explained to Worthing Daily why they had taken such a bold decision.
M/s McCredy said: “The Council was tired of Worthing’s dull and drab buildings but were woken up to new possibilities by the recent bright pink painting of the old lifeboat house on the seafront.
“Other seaside towns have led the way in being different – for instance Portmeirion in North Wales, where The Prisoner was filmed. Its quirky Italian look has attracted thousands of visitors. We could do the same.
“And for colourful you only have to look at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull but that’s a bit pastel for our taste. We want bright colours – the brighter the better.”
The new planning regulation (PP57) requires all home owners and landlords in the Borough to paint their properties in colours designated by Worthing Borough Council. There are to be no exceptions and any refusal will be met with a Planning Enforcement Order.
Worthing Daily asked the Cabinet Member for Tourism, Miss Hoolie, how colours would be decided and allocated. She said the Task and Finish Group is meeting this morning (Wednesday April 1st) to make the final decisions.
Miss Hoolie said: “Some Councillors have argued that wards should be painted in the colours of their political representatives. But that would mean Lib Dem and UKIP wards would get the brightest colours and places like Goring end up with fifty shades of blue. We need a range of colours everywhere – always bright and definitely no pastels.”
The letters and colour charts are expected to be mailed later this month.