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News | Worthing Town Centre Initiative



Worthing Businesses Vote YES

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It was a huge YES vote from Worthing Businesses for a third term of the Town Centre Business Improvement District.   82% of those voting agreed that it was important that the BID continues from 2018 – 2023 which equated to 85% of the Rateable Value of those voting.

The BID funds the following :-

Deep Cleaning

Christmas Lights

Events such as the Food Festival, Urban Beach and Christmas Event


Town Centre Rangers

Shopwatch & Business Crime Reduction

……. Along with much much more

To see the business plan and find out more about the BID  Click this link  https://indd.adobe.com/view/e9593000-befb-4162-b5b2-5ecf41eed884



Worthing’s Mega Christmas Party

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Worthing will be holding a Laser and Pyrotechnic Extravaganza on Thursday 14th December 2017.  This will be a free event to celebrate Christmas and will be one not to be missed.

With shows throughout the eventing and a very special appearance from the amazing Titan the Robot it will be a great night to be in Worthing for late night shopping.

The fun is from 4pm to 7pm so make sure its in the diary …..

The timetable for Thursday 14th  December is:

4.00pm    First Laser Show

4.10pm    Mr Worthing Dave Hunt welcomes Santa Claus to Town

4.30pm    TITAN the ROBOT 1st spectacular 30 minute show!

5.00pm    2nd Laser Show

5.10pm     Competition time with Dave Hunt

5.30pm    JuSSt Voices choir with some Traditional and Contemporary Christmas Songs

6.00pm    The main Laser Display

6.10pm     RSOPA with some Christmas cheer

6.30pm    TITAN the ROBOT’S 2nd 30 minute spectacular show!

7.00pm    The Grand  Finale from our Laser and Pyrotechnics Team.


For a special preview of Titan the Robot CLICK HERE

Picture by James Ram. James Ram/westcountryphotographers.com Tel: 0844 736 5293 Image licensed by Sam Morgan Moore Ltd, no publication without correct licence



Worthing Business Improvement District

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Worthing businesses are currently voting on the Business Improvement District that has been in place in Worthing since 2008.  A Business Improvement District is where businesses agree to pay a small levy on their business rates and this money is kept locally to deliver a business plan the businesses have developed for the Town.

In total 408 businesses will have the opportunity to Vote as only businesses with a rateable value of £12,000 or over will be liable for the levy.  Only businesses being asked to contribute will receive a ballot paper and at least 50% of those voting will need to approve the plans.  The Result will be known on 1st November 2017,

Here are some examples of what is currently being provided by the BID :-

Floral Displays including Seafront planting

Christmas Lights

Events (Food Festival, Urban Beach, Christmas Event)


Chewing Gum Removal and Deep Cleaning

Town Centre Rangers

Business Crime Reduction

Worthing Food Festival 2017

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The Worthing Food & Drink Festival returns to Steyne Gardens over the weekend of 16th / 17th September

Worthing held its very first Food and Drink Festival in 2012 and it is getting bigger and better year on year. The Worthing Town Centre Initiative, in partnership with Proto Restaurant Group, are delighted that this year the festival is going to be a real Flavour of the Seaside.

With around 50 Stalls located in the lovely garden setting there will be something to tempt every palate.

Local Chefs will be on hand to create their signature dishes and on Sunday Yuki Gomi, author of Sushi at Home, will be on stage demonstrating how to make Sushi and offering some tasters.   As well as the stalls and cookery demonstrations there will be competitions, and Children’s entertainment from the award-winning Blast Science team.

This event is a celebration of the Food and Drink offer in Worthing with many of the local restaurants and bars taking part.   Worthing now has an amazing culinary offer with over 140 places to eat and drink in the Town Centre alone.  We are fast becoming a food destination with many of our restaurants and bars now receiving regional and national recognition.


Seafront Planting

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 On Sunday 14th May businesses, community groups and families descended onto Worthing promenade to plant their flowerbeds to start this years annual Worthing seafront planting competition.  Entrants compete for the top prize of £500 but the real thrill is to see the delight on residents and visitors faces as they walk along the prom to see the creativity and colour in the flowerbeds.

The Worthing Journal inspired the improvements to the flowerbeds after local authority funding cuts meant they were unloved and uncared for.


But in 2013 the Worthing Journal with support from the Worthing Town Centre Initiative gained Council permission to guerrilla garden the prom.  In 2014 the Worthing Town Centre Initiative started the Seafront Planting Competition where groups and organisations adopt a flowerbed and look after it during the summer.

It looks like 2017 is going to be a very difficult year for the judges and it won’t be long until the plants erupt into colour.  Here is an early look at some of the beds; and during August the public will be asked to vote for their favourite with the winner being awarded £100.

 Worthing Journal WCHP Warnes Pauls beach finds Lolys land Arty Fahtays

Thank you to everyone taking part in the competition and special thanks to the Beach Office and Worthing Borough Council for allowing the community to show its creativity…..

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