The approved Adur and Worthing Growth Programme identified public realm improvements in Worthing town centre to support the development of the regeneration sites and the town’s future economy. A £12m programme of 8 public realm schemes between the station and the seafront was identified. West Sussex County Council (WSCC) committed £5m of growth funding to deliver the first phases of the programme. Worthing Borough Council (WBC) are committing to fund the remainder of the schemes through CIL, s106 contributions and direct developer contributions.
Portland Road was identified as the first phase with South Street following on later. Following the working up of the preliminary designs for Portland Road the detailed costs to deliver the scheme rose from the initial options appraisal estimate of £1m to £2.7m. This was based on extensive public consultation and work with the Worthing Town Centre Improvements Project Board. Portland Road is still deliverable within the WSCC committed growth funding, but the increased cost of Portland Road had an implication on the phasing of the public realm package and what the WSCC capital can deliver within this.
Following a public realm board meeting on 6th June it was decided that the initial South Street preliminary design work should be paused, with the exception of the completion of a bus operational study, and pushed back to later in the phasing plan when CIL money will become available. The remaining preliminary design funds were instead diverted to complete the detailed design work for Portland Road to get it ready for contract tender and procurement and delivery.
The remaining capital allocated to the public realm programme will allow WSCC to bring forward the Railway Approach scheme in the public realm package phasing plan and deliver it (estimated at £1.3m to deliver) instead of South Street (estimated at £4m to deliver).
Railway Approach is a pivotal scheme in the public realm package outside of Worthing Station. It will improve the accessibility of the station and links through to the town centre enhancing the resident and visitor experience of Worthing and help to provide a greater sense of place on arrival.
WBC committed to forward fund part of the design costs for Railway Approach so that design work could start immediately.
The Acting Chief Executive will be asked to give authority to proceed with the procurement for delivery of the Portland Road public realm scheme and to proceed with the design of the Railway Approach public realm scheme.
Decision type: Key
Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;
Decision status: For Determination
Divisions affected: Worthing Pier;
Notice of proposed decision first published: 13/05/2019
Decision due: November 2019 by Acting Executive Director Place Services
Lead member: Steve Read, Acting Executive Director Place Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead director: Acting Executive Director Place Services
Contact: Patrick Griffin, Growth Programme Delivery Manager Email: email@example.com Tel: 03302224562.
Representation concerning the proposed decision can be made to the Acting Chief Executive via the author or service contact, by the beginning of the month in which the decision is due to be taken.
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