Fun in the sun, and a chance for change

Released: Friday, 19 August 2022

Children and grown-ups had a go at everything from space hopper races to giant board games yesterday (Thursday 18 August) at a Worthing Borough Council fun day.

As the sun returned, children of all ages took part in an exciting range of games and activities at the free event at Victoria Park hosted by the Council’s park rangers.

Alongside the rangers’ fun-filled program of activities, the Council’s Big Listen team were also on hand to speak to everybody they met about how Worthing could be reimagined for 2030 - and how it could be achieved through greater co-operation between the Council and the community.

The Big Listen is the Council’s new approach to decision-making that involves listening to and engaging with as many people as possible.

Laurie Hewitson, 68, from West Worthing, has lived in the town all her life. She said:

“I love the flowers in the town centre, but there are far too many cars. I’d like to see a reduction in the number of cars in the town centre especially.

“I’m also concerned about the lack of attention by pedestrians, cyclists and cars. The council needs to help to educate everyone more about the correct use of shared spaces.”

Matthew Bartle, 67 of West Worthing, also spoke to The Big Listen team. He said:

“I’d like to see Worthing become a more traditional seaside resort, and we need a proper tourist office rather than all that information being online.

“Proper streetscapes, such as fountains or other water features, would be good rather than having lots of money spent on paving.”

By heading down to The Big Listen events and speaking to the team, residents like Laurie and Matthew are helping the Council to form a picture of what people’s priorities are for Worthing.

Cllr Rita Garner, Worthing’s Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure, said:

“The Big Listen is a fantastic opportunity for people to have their say about what they love most about Worthing, and what we can do to make the town even better.

“It is great to hear people’s views on our green and blue spaces as well as the environment all around us."

Everyone is welcome to head down to The Big Listen events to get involved and have their say about their town’s future.

For a rolling list of The Big Listen events, visit:

Photo: Maria Andrzejewska, 6, plays giant Jenga with her mum, Barbara Andrzejewska, 33

PR22-156 - Maria Andrzejewska, 6, plays giant Jenga with her mum, Barbara Andrzejewska, 33

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