Rejuvenation of landmark building on Worthing Pier welcomed

Extensive refurbishment plans for Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion have been welcomed this week.

Perch on Lancing Beach cafe owner Alexander Hole. Pic Steve Robards SR2010271 SUS-201027-171322001

Worthing Borough Council agreed a deal with the team that operates The Perch in Lancing to take over the lease on the landmark 1930s building last year.

Since then the new owners have spent time drawing up plans to revamp the interior of the building and create a new enlarged kitchen within the Grade II Listed pavilion.

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With these proposals being approved by the council’s planning committee last month, applicant Alex Hole hopes to reopen the building as soon as possible.

Worthing Pier's Southern Pavillion

He said: “We now have a way forward. Naturally, this year has been full of hurdles, but we’ve still been working on this project. We still want this building to come back into life; we still want to invest; we still want this location to thrive.”

Kevin Jenkins, the council’s executive member for regeneration, added: “It’s great to see this project taking another step forward, and despite overall challenges this year seeing the new owners, who also run The Perch on Lancing Beach still committed to giving this iconic building a new lease of life.

“We welcome the Southern Pavilion being rejuvenated, enhancing our seafront offering and the team who bring their passion, enthusiasm and skills to the area.”