Have your say on plans to transform Worthing's Montague Place into a green park

Released: Wednesday, 07 June 2023

Montague Place could once again be a green oasis in the heart of Worthing town centre.

Worthing Borough Council is planning to transform the space into a green and welcoming urban park - and residents are being invited to have their say on the proposed design.

During The Big Listen last summer, Councillors and council officers travelled around the borough asking local people what they thought about our town. Residents were clear that they wanted a green, welcoming community space at Montague Place.

With this in mind, the Council has been planning how best to transform the space in a way that reflects the needs and aspirations of the community.

In January, the Council undertook conversations with a range of local organisations, town centre groups and businesses. They explored vital considerations for the space, such as how the new design could be sustainable, accessible, safe and welcoming.

Today (Wednesday 7th June 2023) the Council has published the green park design that reflects both the Big Listen and town centre conversations.

Cllr Dr Beccy Cooper, the Leader of Worthing Borough Council, said:

“I am so pleased to see a green park design coming forward that reflects the conversations we have had with our communities.

“Greening our town centre has always been an idea that is warmly welcomed by residents of all ages across our Worthing neighbourhoods. It is an opportunity to make the heart of our town a welcoming, safe, beautiful space where we can meet friends and family and enjoy all the benefits of nature in our town centre.”

The permanent scheme at Montague Place forms part of the public realm programme within the current Adur & Worthing Growth Deal partnership between West Sussex County Council and Adur & Worthing Councils. This programme of regeneration supports local economic growth and revitalised public spaces in Worthing including the completed Portland Road scheme and the Railway Approach scheme, where plans are underway.

Cllr Steve Waight, the county council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said:

“The latest concept for Montague Place is an exciting step towards a rejuvenated and enhanced public green space that has been developed with local communities and businesses. This strategic partnership aims to sustain local economic growth and maximise prosperity, regenerating communities.”

To see the new concept for Montague Place, and have your say on the plan, see: 

The consultation will be open for four weeks, and closes on 5th July 2023.

Image: Montague Place - perspective view of the proposal

Montague Place - perspective view of the proposal

Image: Montague Place - plan view of the proposal

Montague Place - plan view of the proposal

(PR23-075)

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