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Worthing to get sandy beach in South Street?

The Argus: South Street, Worthing, could be transformed by introducing a sandy beach South Street, Worthing, could be transformed by introducing a sandy beach

Worthing could soon offer sun, sea and a sandy beach.

The town has always been a popular seaside resort but until now has had to boast a pebble seafront.

But tourism chiefs are now thinking about creating a temporary sandy beach to cater for those who dislike the rocks.

The temporary beach would be located in South Street, a busy bus route, during the summer holidays.

Sharon Clarke, of Worthing Town Centre Initiative, said the group had been contacted many times about the lack of somewhere sandy to enjoy the sunshine.

She said: “It’s just an idea at the moment – we have lots of people that are disappointed that Worthing doesn’t have a sandy beach and as an idea to bring people from the seafront into the town centre so they will visit the businesses.

“It is still a way to go before it becomes reality but early feedback is positive.”

She has used the group’s Facebook page to get feedback on the plans to introduce the beach.

The group posted: “We see this as a way of encouraging people to use the whole town and to bring people in to use the shops and businesses as well as the beach.

“But we wanted to get people’s views on it.”

Support for tourism

Paul Yallop, the leader of Worthing Borough Council, said the idea sounded interesting but needed further discussion.

He added: “It will obviously need a bit more meat on the bones before we commit to supporting it. I will, however, support anything that brings business and tourism to the town.

"It’s already going to be an especially busy summer in Worthing as we have the new pool opening. Any further influx of visitors would be welcomed.

“There might be concerns from businesses on the pebbled seafront,who feel their trade is being lured away to the town centre, which is why it would need proper discussion.”

Asked whether he would be keen on catching some rays on the artificial beach, Mr Yallop said: “I’m not sure we’re going to go abroad this summer so if I can take advantage of any hot weather in Worthing then yes, I’d gladly pay a visit.”

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12:52pm Tue 19 Feb 13

risingphoenix says...

Sounds like clarke is clasping at straws

How about she and her 'worthing initiative chums' come up with something really constructive to boost trade instead merely trying to justify their over inflated pay cheques with meaningless rhetoric...
Sounds like clarke is clasping at straws How about she and her 'worthing initiative chums' come up with something really constructive to boost trade instead merely trying to justify their over inflated pay cheques with meaningless rhetoric... risingphoenix
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1:26pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Go along to Lancing, there's a lovely sandy beach there! When the old Mermaid Cafe (RIP) was there it was a great family beach and I spent many happy summers there.
Go along to Lancing, there's a lovely sandy beach there! When the old Mermaid Cafe (RIP) was there it was a great family beach and I spent many happy summers there. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
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3:37pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Jay1000 says...

**SARCASM ALERT**

Wow! What a great idea! I'd LOVE to sit on a pile of sand, mere yards away from the bus stops, being gawped at by passers by! What a truly wonderful idea!! Give the girl a gold star!!

Are they being serious??? Worthing does have a sandy beach...you just have to come down a few hours before and after high tide! Dumping a pile of sand in the middle of the high street will not attract visitors. Bringing down the ridiculous cost of parking, and commencing the redevelopment of Teville Gate will! Jeez...whatever next??
**SARCASM ALERT** Wow! What a great idea! I'd LOVE to sit on a pile of sand, mere yards away from the bus stops, being gawped at by passers by! What a truly wonderful idea!! Give the girl a gold star!! Are they being serious??? Worthing does have a sandy beach...you just have to come down a few hours before and after high tide! Dumping a pile of sand in the middle of the high street will not attract visitors. Bringing down the ridiculous cost of parking, and commencing the redevelopment of Teville Gate will! Jeez...whatever next?? Jay1000
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3:46pm Tue 19 Feb 13

chilliman says...

Paris set up a sandy beach a few years ago (may still be doing it for all I know) on part of the banks of the Seine. At least it wasn't on a bus route and Paris is some way inland.

I hope at Worthing they maintain the tradition of tons of seaweed and clouds of flies on the sandy beach as well.
Paris set up a sandy beach a few years ago (may still be doing it for all I know) on part of the banks of the Seine. At least it wasn't on a bus route and Paris is some way inland. I hope at Worthing they maintain the tradition of tons of seaweed and clouds of flies on the sandy beach as well. chilliman
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4:25pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Crystal Ball says...

chilliman wrote:
Paris set up a sandy beach a few years ago (may still be doing it for all I know) on part of the banks of the Seine. At least it wasn't on a bus route and Paris is some way inland.

I hope at Worthing they maintain the tradition of tons of seaweed and clouds of flies on the sandy beach as well.
Not to mention shopping trolleys, varying types of pollution and used 'items' all found on the beach.
[quote][p][bold]chilliman[/bold] wrote: Paris set up a sandy beach a few years ago (may still be doing it for all I know) on part of the banks of the Seine. At least it wasn't on a bus route and Paris is some way inland. I hope at Worthing they maintain the tradition of tons of seaweed and clouds of flies on the sandy beach as well.[/p][/quote]Not to mention shopping trolleys, varying types of pollution and used 'items' all found on the beach. Crystal Ball
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5:35pm Tue 19 Feb 13

GIVE UP says...

SAY NO MORE .....WHAT A BUNCH OF TW#TS!!!
SAY NO MORE .....WHAT A BUNCH OF TW#TS!!! GIVE UP
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8:39am Wed 20 Feb 13

maria m says...

Perhaps she should start with a car park for the new pool,before thinking of increasing visitor numbers. It gets more like Brighton to park every day
Perhaps she should start with a car park for the new pool,before thinking of increasing visitor numbers. It gets more like Brighton to park every day maria m
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9:37am Wed 20 Feb 13

Morpheus says...

A beach without the sea. Why hasn't it been done before?
A beach without the sea. Why hasn't it been done before? Morpheus
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12:43pm Wed 20 Feb 13

GreggWallace says...

pc?notme wrote:
Has anyone been to Worthing? My god the people are very odd lol Inbred springs to mind hahahahahaha
Are you enjoying your half term off school?
[quote][p][bold]pc?notme[/bold] wrote: Has anyone been to Worthing? My god the people are very odd lol Inbred springs to mind hahahahahaha[/p][/quote]Are you enjoying your half term off school? GreggWallace
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7:33pm Wed 20 Feb 13

pc?notme says...

GreggWallace wrote:
pc?notme wrote:
Has anyone been to Worthing? My god the people are very odd lol Inbred springs to mind hahahahahaha
Are you enjoying your half term off school?
Oh forgot to mention they are the most argumentative,nosey and unhelpful people your ever likely to meet LOL Coming to Worthing? don't bother,awful place hahahahahaha
[quote][p][bold]GreggWallace[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pc?notme[/bold] wrote: Has anyone been to Worthing? My god the people are very odd lol Inbred springs to mind hahahahahaha[/p][/quote]Are you enjoying your half term off school?[/p][/quote]Oh forgot to mention they are the most argumentative,nosey and unhelpful people your ever likely to meet LOL Coming to Worthing? don't bother,awful place hahahahahaha pc?notme
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4:45pm Thu 21 Feb 13

jamus77 says...

pc?notme wrote:
Has anyone been to Worthing? My god the people are very odd lol Inbred springs to mind hahahahahaha
Are you ill?
[quote][p][bold]pc?notme[/bold] wrote: Has anyone been to Worthing? My god the people are very odd lol Inbred springs to mind hahahahahaha[/p][/quote]Are you ill? jamus77
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