The public realm is made up of streets and spaces that can be freely accessed by the public. It encompasses streets, parks, squares, pedestrian and cycle routes as a network of interconnected spaces. Good quality public realm is essential in creating environments that people want to live and work in.
Working with partners, a number of projects have been delivered that have positively contributed to the development of the area, including:
- Montague Place (Worthing)
- Queensway and Queensway Parade (Lancing)
- East Street (Shoreham)
Other projects have focused on public realm improvements that reinforce the image and identity of different areas of the District and Borough. One example is the installation of a village sign in Broadwater. This sign marked the centre of Broadwater and celebrated the historical culture of the local area. Tanya Milne, a student at Northbrook College, created the design which was then hand-crafted by Kyle Swann, a local Sussex blacksmith, and erected on the grass verge outside Cricketers Parade.
The work of the Councils, working with partners (such as West Sussex County Council), aim to provide a co-ordinated approach to the design of public realm in our town centres. The following projects are currently being coordinated:
Worthing Public Realm Improvements Package: identifying a series of public realm improvements to Worthing town centre over the next 5 to 10 years that will “support town centre regeneration and deliver growth”. Working in direct partnership with West Sussex County Council (the Adur & Worthing Growth Programme), information and updates include:
- Worthing Public Realm Options Appraisal Study (22,219KB)
- Note: this is an 80 page document, most pages are A4, but some are A2 or A1 - the PDF will load on screen fitted to your screen width based on the widest page, this means page 1 appears as a 'thumbnail' so you will have to zoom into the document to read it.
Shoreham Beach Gateway: improvement at the southern end of Ferry Road to improve attractiveness and accessibility to the beach reserve. This is being made possible by a £20,500 grant from Rampion Offshore Windfarm. The total project is costing £27,000 with the sum being paid by Adur District Council.
A number of guidance documents have been produced to support the development of our ‘spaces’ - these are highlighted below:
- Worthing - Street Furniture - August 2008 (1,557KB)
- Shoreham Harbour Streetscape Guidance - May 2012 (4,669KB)
Contact Place & Economy Team
Place & Economy Team,
Adur & Worthing Councils,
Worthing Town Hall,