Councillors are to spend £150,000 on electronic car park signs.

Worthing is to become the first town in West Sussex to have illuminated panels, which will save drivers time by telling them if car parks have vacant spaces.

West Sussex County Council and Worthing Borough Council have teamed up to install 12 signs outside the four multi-storey car parks in town.

The signs will be put up at the end of this month and should be in operation by March.

Councillor Tex Pemberton, Cabinet member for strategic environmental services at West Sussex, said: "I am delighted that joint working with Worthing Borough Council means together we have been able to develop the first example of this type of scheme in the county.

"I know it will benefit the town and its visitors and be a welcome improvement to facilities and traffic management."

David Chapman, executive member for economic development and marketing, said: "It will also help residents and visitors find parking spaces quickly and simply. This will cut unnecessary journeys around the town centre."