The Worthing Cabinet Member for Environment confirmed in Full Council on Tuesday (July 15th) the car park recently closed behind Goring Road shops is not for sale.
The Cabinet Member Cllr Clive Roberts gave the assurance in answer to a public question from West Sussex County Councillor for Goring Steven Waight.
The Goring car park was closed by Worthing Borough Council on June 27th in response to local residents’ concerns over its condition. But local traders and residents are angry over the move which they say happened without warning and without consultation.
Several traders and residents were present at Full Council and put their own questions to the Cabinet Member. Cllr Roberts said the closing of the car park was an operational matter for officers and his role was of a strategic nature. He did state that 10 to 12 spaces would be available from Monday July 21st.
Earlier in the meeting Cllr Roberts apologised for misleading the Council, in April when he denied being Cabinet Member at the time of the negotiation with NCP over the ‘deed of variation’ which led to the recent significant payout. Cllr Roberts confirmed he was in fact in place as Cabinet Member. Reports required by the Cabinet at the time were not produced but Cllr Roberts said again this was an operational issue.
New leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition group Cllr Keith Sunderland renewed the party’s call in April for the Cabinet Member to resign. Leader of the Council Cllr Paul Yallop made a spirited defence of Cllr Roberts accusing the Liberal Democrats of conducting a witch hunt.