Worthing town centre manager reverses decision to leave - 'I was totally blown away by the support'

Worthing's long-serving town centre manager has reversed plans to leave the position she has held for 18 years.

Sharon Clarke announced plans to leave her role as town centre business manager at the Worthing Town Centre Initiative (TCI) - a collection of traders - in May after becoming frustrated by 'niggling' issues and concerns over communication breakdown with Worthing Borough Council.But Sharon has now reversed her decision, following discussions with the TCI's directors.

She said a few operational changes being made would help her do her job more effectively, which had allowed the directors to convince her to stay.

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Reaction to Sharon's departure on social media was one of almost universal sadness, particularly from the town centre's traders.

Sharon Clarke

On the Herald's Facebook page, some commenters raised concerns over issues including potholes and investment - both the responsibility of local authorities such as Worthing Borough Council and West Sussex County Council.

Sharon said she had been blown away and 'humbled' by the supportive comments.

Local businessman Benedict Farr said that, as a local shop owner, the TCI and Sharon couldn't have been more supportive and helpful. "She will be missed," he added.

Brian Butcher said: "You have made a significant difference to this town during you’re time. BIDs, Birdman, ice rinks, sole & independant trader collaboration to name a few of your major achievements.

"Thank you for everything you’ve done for this amazing town of ours. Your infectious positivity & energy will be a hard act to follow. Take care and good luck for the future."