Public Consultation On Bringing Together Community Services Launches

WSCCA consultation on bringing together community services in Worthing has launched.

It comes after local people were asked for their views by West Sussex County Council in August and September about the idea of some services being under one roof.

A proposal is now being put forward to move Footprints Children and Family Centre (Worthing – Crescent Road site), Worthing Find It Out centre and Worthing Registration Services into Worthing Library.

Paul Marshall, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We have listened to what people told us and are now launching a formal consultation on the option to bring together a number of council services.

“It is an exciting opportunity for these services to come together in one building for the benefit of local people of all ages.”

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “We have been clear from the start that we need to make the best use of the buildings we have. Across the country local government is having to make big decisions about finances given the ever decreasing financial envelope. This is an innovative way of addressing that issue whilst ensuring we retain and improve our community spaces.

“We now want to hear from people in Worthing as part of our formal public consultation about whether they agree with our proposal and any problems they can see.”

The county council believes bringing services under one roof at Worthing Library will provide a more efficient, effective and sustainable service.

Over the summer, more than 115 local people put forward their ideas in an online survey about bringing together some services in one building. The majority of people said they recognised the benefits with questions raised including potential impacts on noise in the library and privacy for users of some services.

The public consultation which opened today runs for six weeks and will close on 10 December. To take part online go to www.westsussex.gov.uk/worthingcommunity. Alternatively, pop into Worthing Library in Richmond Road.