Release date: 8 August 2018
A new project in Worthing which aims to join up services and create a thriving community space is being proposed for Worthing Library – and we want your ideas!
West Sussex County Council is taking a fresh look at how it offers services to the Worthing community, including the library, children and family centre and registration services.
It is looking at whether it could bring together all three services into one community hub in the library building in Richmond Road.
People can have their say on the ideas until Monday 24 September.
An ideas zone has been created at the library especially for people to add their ideas and to see the ideas other people have come up with. People can also take part in an online engagement on the plans here.
Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to work with the Worthing community to create a positive, inspiring and buzzing space right at the centre of our community.
“This could pull together a number of services people need all under one roof – a community hub!”
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “It would be great to hear from lots of different people in Worthing about what you think and please share your ideas with us. We can see obvious benefits to families visiting children’s services being in a location where there are lots of books and access to reading schemes. What else would you like to see in your community hub?”
Other ideas for a community hub are not limited to but could include support for young people, an outside area, better links to the museum next door, areas for start-up businesses to access and even a community kitchen.
Bringing a range of services together in one space could cut down on travel and make life easier for a range of users of the various services including parents of young children needing different support.
The library building was opened in 1974 and there have been lots of changes over the years, but this project has offered the opportunity for the county council to do a much larger scale review of how this significant community space in the heart of the town is used.
Last year the county council looked at a new way of using Findon Children and Family Centre by joining it up with Findon Library.
Flexible book shelving was introduced into the library to enable the space to be used by different services when the library is not open. The children and family centre now delivers their full programme from the library and visits have increased by 85% since operating the new co-located service.
To take part in the Worthing community hub project pop into the library until Monday 24 September.
Alternatively information about the engagement is online here.