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Revamp for a key piece of Worthing's transport heritage

Released: Tuesday, 14 January 2020

A pivotal piece of local transport heritage has been restored back to its former glory thanks to the work of Worthing Borough Council.

The Stagecoach depot has stood in the heart of the town for nearly a century, with thousands of passengers relying on the buses housed in the building in Bedford Row.

But the large brick shelter has deteriorated over time thanks to the coastal climate, leaving it in need of some major TLC.

That was until the Council's planning enforcement team stepped up and made contact with the national travel firm to discuss a potential revamp.

The renovation forms part of a major push by the Council - in conjunction with the Worthing Society - to spruce up the South Street conservation area and ensure the town's historic buildings stand tall for years to come.

Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“The restoration work here is a strong demonstration of the partnership between the Worthing Society and Worthing Borough Council.”

“We're determined to make sure that the conservation areas are well maintained and looked after. But this relies on buy-in from the owners of buildings - and for that reason I want to praise Stagecoach for investing in the restoration of this key piece of local transport heritage.”

Following the installation of new windows, a fresh lick of paint to the grand doors and a thorough clean to the brickwork, the art deco structure looks almost unrecognisable following the transformation.

Edward Hodgson, Managing Director at Stagecoach South, said:

“It's lovely to have been able to restore Bedford Row to some of its former glory and it's great to see it looking resplendent in its new colours.”

As part of a pilot project, the Council is using its powers to encourage freeholders in the street to spruce up their properties for future generations.

Other Council run projects in the historic street have included the revamp of the Grade II listed Bedford Hall, a Victorian Gospel Hall as well as various litter picking and street cleansing events.

Susan Belton, Chairman of the Worthing Society, said:

“This is a local interest list building dating from the 1930s with many art deco features, and contributes positively to the area.”

“The local interest, as referred to by Historic England, talks of the importance for the local community buildings and the feel of the community. I'd like to thank Stagecoach for their hard work in restoring this very interesting building to such a good standard.”

Photo:  The Stagecoach storehouse pictured before its renovation

PR20-005 - The Stagecoach storehouse pictured before its renovation

Photo: The Stagecoach storehouse in Worthing's Bedford Row has been restored beyond recognition

PR20-005 - The Stagecoach storehouse in Worthing's Bedford Row has been restored beyond recognition

Photo: (L-R) Cllr Jim Deen, Sue Belton, Worthing Society Chairman, Jordan Trimby, Planning Enforcement Officer, Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing BC's Executive Member for Regeneration, and Edward Hodgson, Managing Director at Stagecoach South

PR20-005 - (L-R) Cllr Jim Deen, Sue Belton, Jordan Trimby, Cllr Kevin Jenkins, and Edward Hodgson

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