Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Worthing Liberal Democrats Weekly Newsletter – 12th to 18th May 2013

Articles for the past week:

Leader:  Lip service  

News this past week:

1. S106 Funding Diverted To Montague Street
2. Apply For £6m WWI Funding Urges Jemima Bland

3. Bob becomes Mayor
4. New Lib Dem County Team

12TH TO 18TH MAY 2013

      • Lib Dems will keep County services local where ever possible
      • Lib Dems will devolve more money to be spent locally and allow local residents to decide how it’s spent
      • Lib Dems will ensure vulnerable people are safeguarded and support 20 mph in Worthing’s residential roads
Leader: Lip service
On October 12th 2010 Worthing Borough Council approved a motion in support of Twenty’s Plenty – the motion began as follows:  “Worthing Borough Council supports a 20 mile an hour speed limit borough wide except on the main trunk roads like the A24 and the A27.”  The motion received full cross-party support being proposed by Lib Dem Michael Donin and seconded by Conservative Tom Wye.
Later on July 22nd 2011 West Sussex County Council approved a motion containing the clause: ” West Sussex County Council resolves that, given the potential safety, health, congestion relief,
noise reduction and quality of life benefits, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport be requested to work with the County Local Committee and local stakeholders to promote 20mph speed
restrictions, where there is a majority of public support, in nonmajor routes in residential areas throughout West Sussex.”
Neither of the motions mentioned funding for the introduction of Twenty’s Plenty although the understanding has been for some time funding for Worthing’s scheme would come from Worthing S106 Transport contributions.  S106 monies are funds received from developers as a condition of them being granted planning permission.  But this week severe doubts have been thrown as Worthing Borough Council voted “in principle, to release up to £750,000 eligible S106 funding to the County Council to progress the public realm enhancements works to Montague Street and possibly Warwick Street (depending on available funding) subject to a further report identifying the full cost and the level of WSCC capital funding available.”
The report presented to Council in support of the recommendation quoted an earlier report to the Joint Overview & Scrutiny Committee (JOSC) which “highlighted that a total of £865,657 is currently unspent relating to transport contributions.”   Worthing Liberal Democrats took the opportunity to have a closer look at this report which lists the transport contributions and in the final column “scheme allocations and commitments.”
Of the £865,657 suggested to be available: £22,000 is allocated and committed to cycling; £40,000 is allocated and committed to buses; £8,500 is allocated and committed to road and school safety schemes; and £60,000 must only be used in the Lyons Farm area.  It’s probably stretching the geography of the town too far to include Montague Street in the Lyons Farm area.  We’ll let the new County Councillors for Broadwater and Cissbury explain that to the residents of Upper Brighton Road and The Templars who have expressed their safety concerns over the junction with the A27 there. The new County Councillor for Broadwater can also explain to the parents of the children at Bramber School why the School Safety Scheme is in danger of not being completed.
A further £115,000 is allocated and committed to transport infrastructure – perhaps some of this is free to use but certainly not the £30,000 due to Dial-a-Ride which we understand has already been transferred by Bacs into their account.  So probably almost a quarter of a million is allocated and committed elsewhere leaving just over £600,000 “available” – unless of course the Council is going to run roughshod over the expressed wishes of residents.  And that is before Twenty’s Plenty is even considered – it would appear the Tory support promised in October 2010 was just lip service.
The Tories on Worthing Borough Council are always looking for “handouts” from County Council and seem too lazy to explore other sources of funding.  Worthing Liberal Democrats also support the improvement of Montague Street but would at least explore the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partership and its Growing Places fund and undeed other sources before robbing Peter to pay Paul.
When Worthing Liberal Democrats give their support to an idea they do so wholeheartedly and do all in their power to see it through to being achieved.
Our support unlike the Tories is not just lip service.
Worthing Liberal Democrats


Tuesday 14th May – At an Extraordinary Meeting of Worthing Borough Council tonight the Council approved, in principle, the release of upto £750,000 of S106 transport contributions to West Sussex County Council for improvements to Montague Street and possibly Warwick Street. The improvements are estimated to be in the region of £1 million and West Sussex has already promised £250,000 from an infrastructure underspend.  The £750,000 is to be taken from a total of £865,657 identified in a recent report to the Joint Overview & Scrutiny Committee as being currently unspent.  Worthing Liberal Democrats pointed out that although unspent a significant proportion was allocated and committed elsewhere including probably the Twenty’s Plenty scheme.

Lib Dem Group Leader Alan Rice said:  “We all support improvements to Montague Street but the Tories are robbing Peter to pay Paul.  For a party which criticises those living on benefits or hand outs they are all too willing to ask for handouts from West Sussex.  There are better sources to raise these funds which should be explored.  I offered my assistance to the Leader of the Council tonight to explore other possibilities but I was dismissed.  The Tories appear simply too lazy to find a solution which ensures the original highways programme is kept intact.  We would do things differently.”

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Thursday 16th May – Jemima Bland, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate, is urging communities in Worthing, Lancing and Shoreham to apply for the new £6m First World War: then and now fund, which the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has just launched. HLF is making at least £1m available per year until 2019 to provide grants of between £3,000 and £10,000. The money will enable groups across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict. Communities can apply for grants for a variety of different projects, which could include: researching, identifying and recording local heritage; creating a community archive or collection; developing new interpretations of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps, etc; researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources and conservation of war memorials.

Commenting, Jemima said: “The First World War had an unprecedented impact on our communities, with so many young men leaving for the front. Few people are alive now who can give us a first-hand account of this period but the legacy of their sacrifices can still be felt and seen. The Heritage Lottery Fund will allow our communities to mark the centenary. I want to encourage those who want to commemorate the centenary to get in touch with the HLF and see if they can tap into this new fund. This anniversary will be a poignant time for local people. I look forward to working with different groups to bring the stories from that time alive, to preserve our heritage for future generations.”   (Jemima Bland – Press Release)


Friday 17th May – Bob Smytherman realised a lifetime dream today in being appointed Mayor of Worthing.  Fellow Lib Dem Councillor Norah Fisher is Bob’s consort for the coming municipal year with Herbie her assist dog as the willing third member of the team as Mayor’s Cadet. Bob’s nomination was supported by Conservative Councillor Nikki Waight and Norah was supported by Conservative Carol Molineaux.  Deputy Mayor is Conservative Vic Walker.  Brogan Kirkby-Bott takes over as Youth Mayor with Jenny Hurst as her Deputy.


Saturday 18th May – Dr James Walsh is the new Leader of the Liberal Democrat West Sussex County Council Group with former Leader Cllr Morwen Millson taking place as Deputy Leader. The County Liberal Democrat spokespeople are as follows: Children and Young People’s Services Select Committee – Francis Oppler; Environment and Community Services Select Committee – Dr Nigel Dennis;  Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee – James Walsh; and Performance and Finance Select Committee – Morwen Millson or Robin Rogers.

Morwen Millson said:  “ The Liberal Democrats will continue to hold the Conservative Cabinet to account by asking searching questions in scrutiny committees and in Council and exposing failings through the media. Several of our members have significant expertise in the areas they are scrutinising, such as Transport Planner Dr Nigel Dennis on the Environment and Community Services Select Committee, and former GP Dr James Walsh on the Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee.  Over many years, Liberal Democrats have put forward constructive proposals that have subsequently been adopted by the Conservative Cabinet and we will continue to do this over the life of the current council.”


Wednesday 22nd May – Lib Dem Northbrook/Durrington Ward Surgery – The Durrington Community Centre, New Road 7.30 to 8.30 pm

Saturday 25th May – Lib Dem Castle Ward Surgery – St Richards Church, Maybridge at 10.00 am to 10.30 am

Saturday 25th May – Lib Dem Castle Ward Surgery – The Strand Parade shops at 10.00 am to 11.00 am

Saturday 1st June – Lib Dem Central Ward Surgery – Sidney Walter Centre, Sussex Road 10.30 am to 12.00 noon and every first Saturday of the month
Saturday 1st June – Lib Dem Broadwater Ward Surgery – Muldoons Coffee Shop, Cricketers Parade, Broadwater 3.00 to 4.00 pm a and every first Saturday of the month

Saturday 8th June – Lib Dem Selden Ward Surgery – Jason’s Cafe, Ham Road at 10.00 am to 11.00 am
                              and every second Saturday of the month
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