Policy Pledges of an incoming Labour Administration

The policy pledges are underpinned by three key principles:

1. We will put the people of Worthing at the heart of Council decision making
2. We will challenge discrimination and promote equality of opportunity
3. We will embed combating the climate emergency in all our policies

Regeneration

1. We will regenerate the public spaces in our town centre, developing them in
to safe, attractive areas where our Community can meet and enjoy our town

2. We will review the current seafront offering, in partnership with our
community. We will prioritise the regeneration of the Lido into a community
space that makes the most of this beautiful heritage building.

3. We will review our current investments with our voluntary and community
sector, and look at where we can invest smarter for our local Community needs

4. We will prioritise allocation of Council contracts on businesses that are based
and run in the local area, and will encourage our Public Sector partners to do the
same

Environment Services

5. We pledge to work with our communities to improve the parks and green
spaces in Worthing and to secure their future as the foundation of the green
corridors we will create to provide pathways for people and wildlife to move
freely and safely across our town.

6. Many families in Worthing face fuel poverty because their homes lack
adequate heat insulation. Carbon emissions from buildings are the biggest
barrier to achieving a zero carbon Worthing by 2030. We will actively seek out
residents facing fuel poverty and provide technical and financial help to retrofit
high quality insulation schemes, reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions
and energy bills.
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Health and Wellbeing

7. Coronavirus has affected the lives of everyone. As we move through the
Pandemic, we will work to reduce the effects of the virus, both on residents and
our wider community wherever possible. As we come out of the Pandemic in to
our new normal, we will work to ensure that County and National Government
actions protect and support all residents in Worthing

8. Mental health and physical health are equally important. We will work to
make sure physical health and mental wellbeing are properly supported and
funded, with special focus on young people.

Customer Services

9. We pledge to increase the number of affordable homes in Worthing aided by
setting up a Council Owned Registered Social Landlord. We will buy property and
purchase land to build and provide social housing and truly affordable homes.
We will increase charges on empty properties and insist developers meet their
required obligations to provide affordable homes in all new developments.

10: We will help residents in need of a home with loans to cover rental or
mortgage deposits. The scheme would be extended to provide start-up loans for
small business start-ups in the town providing employment for local people.

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