November 2018

Monday 5th November @ 7.30pm
The Worthing Lions will be holding their annual bonfire night Firework Display from Worthing Pier at 7.30pm on Monday 5th November.  The Worthing Town Centre Initiative are delighted to have fully funded the Fireworks as we think this event will bring thousands into the Town Centre to boost trade on a usually quiet evening. 
The funfair will be open on Sunday 4th November and Monday 5th and there will also be a market on the 5th November.  However, this year there will be no Tide of Light lantern making and parade; but we are told it will be back in 2019 when it will be held on a different evening to the Fireworks.  
 The Lions are asking the TCI to commit more funding to this event so please let us know if you have benefited or if it has negatively affected trade so our committee can consider the request.  Email any comments / suggestions to 

On 23rd October 2018, at the Worthing Town Centre Initiative AGM, Michael Clinch from the Chatsworth Hotel was elected the new Chairman of the organisation.  Michael takes over from Chris Spratt who retired after 25 years steering the TCI.  
Michael knows Worthing extremely well working from a young age in the family business; he also served as a councillor and the chairman of the Worthing Hospitality Association.  
The committee are delighted to have a safe pair of hands looking after the Town Centre Initiative, so we can continue to champion the Town and its businesses.

The Christmas Lights are being installed and will be on from 16th November 2018.  The solar powered trees in the West End may be a few days later as the installation company doesn't start their work until week commencing 19th November - but don't worry they have been ordered.
The Worthing Town Centre Initiative, along with BID levy income, fund all the Christmas Lighting in Worthing Town Centre; no public money is invested.  This year around £35,000 will be spent on making the Town feel festive and hopefully keep people coming to the High Street for their shopping rather than going online.  2018 will see some new lights along Brighton Road as well as a new feature in South Street that we hope will give Worthing the Wow factor.
This year there will be a more traditional Christmas event which will be held over the weekend of 8th / 9th December.  The event will include a market, Santa, entertainment and festive fun.  The Steering Committee decided to revert to a daytime event as so few stores opened when we held events in 2016 and 2017 to reinvigorate late night shopping.   We will not be promoting late night shopping this year, but we know many stores will be opening later on evenings in the run up to Christmas.  Please eMail with details of when you plan to open later so we can promote this for you via our social media networks. 
The Community Safety team at the Council are very aware of the increase in people sleeping outside shops with a large amount of bedding and they are working on finding ways to improve the situation.   Following the recent incident in town where a shop was damaged by fire some businesses have raised concerns for the safety of their premises and staff where fire exit routes are being obstructed.  
The outreach workers are actively engaged with the individuals concerned to look at how they can help, and the Fire Service are also offering advice.   
It is more difficult if an individual is on private land as the responsibility falls to the land owner to manage their property.
West Sussex County Council and Worthing Borough Council have plans to regenerate Worthing Town Centre and are currently working on schemes for Portland Road and South Street.  
Portland Road businesses have been consulted on the plans for their street and these are now being progressed to detailed designs.  The Councils are currently looking at work starting in Portland Road in late 2019 or early 2020. 
South Street is the next area on the agenda and the options are now available and will be taken to business consultation on 13th November 2018.  All businesses trading in South Street should have received an invitation to attend this meeting to see what is planned.  Worthing Borough Council has organised a drop-in event from 5pm to 7pm to make it as convenient as possible for businesses to attend and have their say.  If you are based in South Street and haven't yet received an invitation, please email and we will arrange for one to be delivered to you.  This is the time to influence what you would like to see so please don't miss this opportunity to be involved with enhancing your trading area. 
The Worthing Town Centre website is there as a resource for Worthing businesses and all Town Centre businesses can be listed at no cost.  Please take time to review your entry to make sure it is correct and contains all the information you would like included. 
The website can include any Town Centre event and we are happy to include business events in the listing.  If you would like something added please email the information; including Event Name, date / times, location, event details, organiser contact information and links to websites / Facebook plus a picture to 

The Worthing Town Centre Initiative
12 The Steyne
West Sussex BN11 3DS

Telephone 01903 203252