Worthing Community Hub Phase 2

Closed 10 Dec 2018

Opened 29 Oct 2018


In August and September we asked you for ideas about moving some council services under one roof at Worthing Library.

These services were the Children and Family Services provided at Footprints in Crescent Road, the Registration Services provided in Portland House and the youth services provided in the Find it Out Centre.

From the feedback of 115 online respondents:

  • 60.87% of online respondents agreed with bringing the Children and Family Centre into Worthing Library.
  • 62.61% of online respondents agreed with bringing the Find It Out Centre into Worthing Library. 
  • 60% of online respondents agreed with bringing in the Registration Services into Worthing Library.

You told us some of benefits of doing this were:

  • "Sounds really sensible. Opportunity to improve broader access to direct services”
  • “We appreciate the opportunity to discuss this- feels like you really care!”
  • “Good idea to protect services lots under one roof is good”

You told us some of your concerns which were:

  • Outdoor space for the Children and Family Centre
  • Reduced book stock in the library
  • Issues with noise

We have addressed concerns raised in the pre-engagement consultation in the 'related documents' section below. You can also find FAQs below.

Artist impressions have been included of what the space could look like are also in 'related documents' below. Please note: no final decisions have been made as to the design yet.

Why We Are Consulting

We believe that by bringing together services under one roof we will be able to provide a more efficient, effective and sustainable service.

We have completed a feasibility study reviewing the options to update and change the library building. This has shown that it is possible to refurbish the library to create new spaces that would accommodate the additional services, including rooms for children & family centre activities, youth service provision and offices for birth and death registration.

We now need to formally consult with residents to gain their approval for us to progress the plans to the next stage, which would include commissioning work to change the library building and planning timescales for moving the additional services in.

We would now like to progress with a proposal to move Footprints Children and Family Centre (Worthing – Crescent Road site), Worthing Find It Out centre and Worthing Registration Services into Worthing Library.

You can take part in the survey below. Alternatively, you can download the attached paper copy of the consultation and post it in the blue boxes provided for this purpose at Worthing Library, the Children and Family Centres in Lyndhurst Road and Crescent Road, or the Worthing FindItOut centre in Marine Place.

People can have their say on the ideas until Monday 10 December.

If you would like this information in an alternative format them please contact us via email at worthingcommunity@westsussex.gov.uk or on 01243 777100.  If or you are deaf or have difficulty hearing and have downloaded the NGT Text Relay app on your PC, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 01243 777100.

What Happens Next

We will consider all the consultation responses and publish next steps.


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