Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

UPDATE: Manor Sports Ground Fencing

Earlier this week we announced our opposition to the fencing-off of part of Manor Sports Ground for use by the new Bohunt Academy, and in a victory for Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats the decision has been called in to scrutiny. Councillors Hazel Thorpe and Bob Smytherman, supported by Councillor James Doyle (Green) requested a “call-in” to put Cabinet member for environment Clive Roberts’ decision under the spotlight.

It’s the Joint Overview & Scrutiny Committee that will be reviewing the Cabinet Members decision which will then be able to make formal recommendations before the final decision is confirmed. The Chair of the Joint Overview & Scrutiny Committee and Director for Communities have now been informed of the challenge in accordance with the procedure who will arrange to call a meeting within ten clear working days of this decision. 

Councillor Hazel Thorpe, Leader of the Lib Dem group said: “Parks are public realm shared spaces and should remain so. Victoria Park is a good example of how shared spaces can remain open but still be practical and enjoyable for all, including the local school and dogs too! It is a travesty that the council is even considering putting up barriers and fencing to separate and cordon off the public domain. It sets a poor precedent –  ugly fences are like a red rag to a bull for planners like myself. With a virtual one party state, given that the criteria and conditions for calling in a controversial decision are strict and very limiting, it leaves us with little wriggle room.”

We will let you know once we have a date for the scrutiny meeting and the eventual outcome. Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats – proud to be standing up for Broadwater residents.