Southwick Square back open for business
Released: Monday, 09 October 2023
The wait is over for residents and businesses - the exciting regeneration of Southwick Square is officially open.
The scheme has been funded by £80,000 from Adur District Council and up to £600,000 from West Sussex County Council as part of the Adur Growth Deal, a five-year partnership programme between the two councils.
On Saturday (7th October 2023) the revamped square was officially unveiled to the public by the leader of Adur District Council, Cllr Neil Parkin, accompanied by the leader of West Sussex County Council, Cllr Paul Marshall.
The Reverend Jonathan French, the rector of St Michael and All Angels Church in Southwick, gave a blessing and there were performances by the all-women Coastline Harmony a cappella chorus.
A time capsule was laid in the new scheme for future generations to find. Inside were items linked to today, including newspapers, scheme drawings, a library card and a bar of chocolate.
Cllr Marshall said:
“I am delighted to see the results of this scheme: Southwick Square has been revitalised and is now a more vibrant, contemporary and accessible space for visitors, local businesses and residents to enjoy.
“The scheme demonstrates our continued partnership with Adur District Council through the Adur Growth Deal to deliver economic growth, which directly supports local communities. It also aligns with one of the priorities in Our Council Plan : a sustainable and prosperous economy, which is key to the future wellbeing of the county.”
Photo: Cllr Paul Marshall (left) and Cllr Neil Parkin (right) with the commemorative stone
Cllr Steve Neocleous, Adur’s cabinet member for regeneration and strategic planning, said:
“Thanks to this partnership with the county council we have managed to raise a tremendous amount of investment to transform this area that will be of great benefit to residents, shoppers, business owners and visitors.”
Work by our contractors to transform Southwick Square into a vibrant and welcoming open space started back in the spring.
The revamped square was designed by award-winning engineering and landscape architecture firm Project Centre.
It features new drought-resistant trees that add some natural colour. Protective netting will be in place around the planted areas for several months while the bushes and trees establish themselves.
In an effort to recycle as many materials as possible, the old paving slabs were removed for cleaning before being relaid, while the palm tree with its flowers has also been relocated.
The old benches had come to the end of their life and have now been replaced by new seating along with modern pedestrian lighting and attractive gardens. Space has also been set aside for the community Christmas tree, community events, performances and markets
Photo: Members of the Coastline Harmony a cappella group perform for onlookers
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