Progress on Shoreham's Pond Road redevelopment welcomed
Released: Thursday, 07 February 2019
Adur District Council leader Neil Parkin has welcomed news that plans to redevelop a 'major eyesore' in Shoreham town centre are moving forward.
Burrscrofte care home in Pond Road, Shoreham has sat empty for 11 years as owners West Sussex County Council (WSCC) worked up viable plans to bring the site into use.
Now, following a meeting between partners this week, agreement has been struck to redevelop the land alongside the neighbouring library and health centre.
Under the direction of a new project board, WSCC will work with Adur District Council and NHS providers to create a new and enhanced health centre, a new library and community hub and other public services, in conjunction with the Shoreham Community Centre.
The first step will be the demolition of the vacant care home in the coming months, something that has been welcome by Adur council leaders.
Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said:
“The people of Shoreham have been waiting for too long to see this high-profile site in the heart of the town brought back into use.”
“I very much welcome this commitment from the county council to work up detailed plans for the wider Pond Road area in partnership with representatives from across the community.”
“It is crucial that we act quickly to drive forward these proposals and I look forward to the day that contractors move in to demolish the major eyesore of Burrscrofte.”
Pond Road forms part of the One Public Estate (OPE) West Sussex programme and is also a key part of the Adur and Worthing Growth Deal signed in 2017.
The meeting earlier this week included representatives from organisations including West Sussex County Council, Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group, Adur District Council, Harbour View Healthcare GP surgery and St Mary de Haura church, as well as East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton.
All the organisations committed to making rapid progress with the project which they agreed was a major opportunity for health and wellbeing provision for the local community.
Leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith, said:
“This is a very exciting project and exactly what the OPE programme is all about - organisations working jointly for the benefit of local communities.”
“It is great that we now have all the key partners in agreement on the way forward. We look forward to updating the local community as the plans now progress.”
Work will now get underway to look at long term health provision requirements for the Shoreham area, as well as viability and feasibility work on an agreed development option.
Photo: Burrscrofte care home in Pond Road, Shoreham
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