A QUIRKY interactive wall and a seaside-themed public square are two ideas to boost a busy town centre.

Major improvements have been unveiled to pedestrianise Portland Road in Worthing.

Along with a new continental-style boulevard, the proposals include creating an interactive art installation with revolving square cubes.

This will be flanked by new planted “green walls”, trees and semi-vertical bike racks, all of which will make the area more attractive.

At the heart of the new area will be a place for people to gather and socialise at all times of the day.

Above the street, designers have suggested a canopy of suspended kites, which light up at night and become an eye-catching attraction.

Councillor Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s executive member for regeneration, said: “These improvements have the potential to turn Portland Road into a vibrant destination for visitors and residents, as well as contributing to our wider ambition to regenerate the town centre.

“We made it clear from the start that the input of everyone was to be welcomed.

“Now the designs have been revealed I hope they can see that we not only listened but we have delivered.

“I believe what is presented are plans which are truly distinctive to Worthing as a location, creating a really special place where people of all ages can come together.”

The plans will be revealed at a public exhibition being held until Friday, February 8, in Worthing Library in Richmond Road.

Residents will also have the opportunity to give comments about the new designs by completing a form or an online survey by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/portlandroad

Two drop-in events will also take place in Worthing Library tomorrow between noon and 5pm and Worthing Town Hall on February 6 at the same times.

People will be able to discuss the project with representatives from West Sussex County Council and Worthing Borough Council.

Residents, councillors and businesses have previously been consulted about improvements to Portland Road and their feedback has been used to create final designs.

Once the plans have been approved, work on the area is set to begin in early 2020.

The plans, known as public realm improvements, form part of a Growth Deal agreed by West Sussex County Council and Worthing Borough Council in 2017.

The aim is to create cohesive, well designed and connected public spaces between Worthing Railway

Station, the town centre and seafront.