This is how the council plans to invest £14.2m in Adur

Details of the council's £14.2m investment plan for Adur have been revealed.

South Street in Lancing
South Street in Lancing

Enhanced public spaces, improved housing and new council homes are all part of the council’s capital investment programme.

Councillor Angus Dunn, executive member for resources at the council, said: “We are confident that this investment will deliver long-term benefits for the communities across Adur.

“The current financial climate remains challenging for local government, but we have laid out an achievable programme which will improve the quality of life of our residents.”

More than £11m will be invested in Adur Homes, the district’s housing arm, to invest in new properties and upgrade existing stock to meet ever-increasing demand, a council spokesman said.

Leisure centres, which are owned by the council but operated by Impulse Leisure, will see a number of enhancements.

Lancing Manor Leisure Centre’s main hall will undergo a floor replacement costing £60,000 and Wadurs Swimming Pool will have a replacement boiler and plant costing £90,000.

Parts of the roof of Southwick Leisure Centre will also be replaced.

Playgrounds across Adur will receive an upgrade, with Middle Road, Sompting and Southwick Recreation Grounds all set to benefit from works over the next three years.

Adur’s town centres will undergo works to enhance public spaces and improve facilities – particularly in Lancing and Southwick.

Public toilets will also be brought up to a good standard following a comprehensive review, including those in Fort Haven, Widewater, Southwick Square and Beach Green Shoreham.

The importance of Adur’s parks and open spaces is also recognised in the programme.

New fencing, resurfacing of footpaths and other landscaping will improve Buckingham Park and help it achieve Green Flag status, as well as improving disability access.

Fitness equipment will be introduced at Elmgrove and Adur Recreation Grounds.

Resurfacing of Fishersgate Recreation Ground car park costing £140,000 is also planned.

The council, through Adur Homes, is looking to purchase properties and bring empty properties back into use to help address the rising cost of temporary and emergency accommodation in the private sector.

Grants will be offered to registered social landlords to help improve the supply of affordable housing and a number of Adur Homes properties will receive maintenance work following a condition survey.

The council will also undertake surveys to assess the condition of its leased out properties, as well as its corporate buildings, to determine their energy efficiency and inform a programme of planned maintenance works.

The capital investment programme is set on a two year basis to enable better programming of schemes and to ensure cost-effective procurement, the council spokesman said.

Funding from the programmes will come from prudential borrowing, capital grants, revenue and reserve funding and capital receipts.