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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 July 2007, 06:42 GMT 07:42 UK
Town eyesore could be demolished
Worthing town centre
The town centre would link with the seaside under the plan
A 1960s car park that has been branded one of the biggest eyesores in West Sussex could soon be bulldozed.

Consultation is now under way on plans to turn Worthing's Grafton Street car park into a public open space with shops and restaurants.

According to the proposals, the site could provide a link between the town centre and the seafront.

Developers said the move would be a "key step" in regenerating the town under the council masterplan.

A spokesman for the developers said: "The comprehensive redevelopment of the Grafton car park site, which many residents believe is Worthing's biggest eyesore, is a key first step in the renaissance of Worthing."

'Very ugly structure'

He said demolishing the existing structure could make way for a public open space and a link from the town centre to the seaside that would have shops, restaurants and housing.

He added that a replacement car park would be "concealed" within the new development.

Keith Mercer, Worthing Borough Council leader, said the existing car park is "a very ugly structure which detracts from our historic seafront".

He said: "This is a wonderful opportunity to create an exciting new development to enhance this part of the town centre."

An exhibition on the plans will be held in Montague Street on 21 July.


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