WORTHING is to be given a car parking boost as new town centre spaces are opened to the public this week.

Worthing Borough Council has converted the former tennis courts in Beach House Park into a car park, creating 63 new spaces including two dedicated bays for blue badge holders.

They will be operational from tomorrow.

With the recreation space not being used since 2009, council leaders believe a permanent car park will allow a range of users to use the area throughout the week whilst generating income to support the maintenance of the park.

It will also provide additional parking for those using the Splashpoint Leisure Centre following the closure of the Aquarena site due to a wider redevelopment.

Councillor Diane Guest, Worthing Borough Council’s executive member for the environment said: “Worthing town centre is clearly on the up and this proposal will ensure that visitors from near and afar are able to leave their vehicles within a pebbles throw of the town centre.

“Whether it is NHS workers heading to the hospital, families using Splashpoint or tourists visiting the coast, this gives people another off-street option to safely park their cars.

“We hope it will generate thousands of pounds we can reinvest into maintaining our premier park.”