What's going on?

Some current, recent and future activities in Goring including those involving Goring Residents' Association.

Goring Road Traffic Lights To Be Replaced From January 7th 2019
West Sussex County Council will be replacing the traffic lights at the Goring Road/Shaftesbury Road junction for up to two months from January 7th 2019. Temporary lights will be in operation. As part of the work, there will be:

  • no access from Sea Place into Goring Road
  • no right turn from Shaftesbury Avenue into Goring Road


Some Great Christmas Lights in Goring-by-Sea
Once again, our cameraman has been out and about to capture the Christmas Spirit through the lights of Goring. The best display is in Windemere Crescent where funds are being raised in aid of South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Click on the gallery below to take a tour of some of Goring's lights.

Draft Local Plan For Worthing Borough - Public Consultation Now Closed
Consultation on the Worthing Local Plan 2016-2033 ran from October 31st to December 12th 2018. GRA welcomes the key points for Goring :

  • Potential development for housing of the Caravan Park by West Worthing Tennis Club
  • Potential development for housing of the Inland Revenue site in Barrington Road
  • Potential development of land in Martlets Way (see below) for housing and commerce
  • Protection of the undeveloped land between Goring and Ferring (Goring Gap to the south of the railway and Chatsmore Farm to the north). 

There are several documents to access online:

A printed copy of the report can be read at Goring Library.


 Read how Goring features in the Draft Plan here.


Revamp for a Popular Goring Restaurant
Tides Restaurant in Aldsworth Avenue has been transformed by a new glass front and additional seats. After 8 days of closure and with work carried out by some local firms, the restaurant has re-opened in time for the pre-Christmas trade.

Former Office Block To Become Flats
Until mid-2018, Westmoreland House, The Strand (north of Durrington Station) was occupied as offices. Plans to convert the building into 77 flats have been announced. Work is underway and flats will be on sale in january 2019. Estate agent details are here. This map shows the location of the block. 

Changes to Mulberry Retail Parade
A 'Kebab House' will soon open on the north side of Goring Road shops. This property was most recently used as a charity shop. Sadly, Rustington Bathrooms in the same parade has decided to close down their outlet.  

Rampion Wind Farm Officially Opened

The wind farm, clearly visible from Goring Beach, has been officially opened. This Worthing Herald article has a report and pictures of the launch event. Follow the link below to read the latest newsletter.

Rampion Newsletter - Autumn 2018
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Refurbishment Under Way at The Highdown
Highdown Hotel and Tea Rooms closed in mid-2018. The new owners, Brunning and Price, and carrying out a major refurbishment programme before the establishment reopens in Early 2019. You can read more information on The Highdown's web page

All About the GRA Annual General Meeting - October 18th 2018
76 GRA Members were present for the 2018 Annual General Meeting. Here is a summary of decisions made:

  • Members were welcomed by Eleanor Millward, GRA Chairman 
  • Minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting were approved.
  • Peter Hall, Web Manager, presented a report of the committee's work since the last AGM (see below).
  • Treasurer Herbert Herrmann presented the accounts which were approved unanimously.
  • The GRA Constitution re-written in modern English was adopted.
  • Members supported a proposal to increase the membership subscription to £2 per member with a maximum of £4 per household from June 1st 2019.
  • Chairman, Officers and committee members were appointed to serve for the coming year.
  • Councillor Nicola Waight (Worthing Borough Council) answered questions from members.
  • Cheques for £1,200 each were presented to representatives from Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and Canine Partners - GRA's chosen charities for 2017/8.
  • Members with design expertise were invited to submit a design for the proposed GRA Window on the Pier (see below for specification).
  •  Members selected Sight Support Worthing as the charity for fund raising activities in 2018/9 

A fuller report will appear on the website soon together with the unapproved minutes. Here are pictures from the evening: 

GRA Committee Report presented at AGM October 2018
Committee Report October 2018 AGM final.[...]
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GRA 'Window on the Pier' Design Specification
Windows on pier competition (1).pdf
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Could Goring Benefit From a £170,000 Grant?
Coastal West Sussex Partnership has been awarded a grant of £170,000 to develop a the coast as a watersports hub. Right now, there are more questions than answers. This Worthing Herald article gives details of the award. Another article suggests that more public access boat ramps are needed.  How will this initiative impact Goring? 

Land For Sale in Goring-by-Sea
Local estate agents Michael Jones Commercial are marketing a 3.4 acre site suitable for commercial/residential development. The asking price is £2milion. The land is accessed from Martlets Way and houses in Juno Close back on to the plot. The land is currently used to store contractors skips and other equipment and is subject to a planning application that has been outstanding for over a year. Details of the site are here. The GRA Committee will monitor developments on this site.

Footpath and Promenade Restored to Full Width - Walkers Delighted
A request for action to cut back tamarisk bushes was handled within 24hours by Worthing Borough Council. 

The narrow promenade path west of Worthing Sailing Club and the access ramp from Marine Crescent/Alinora Crescent had become overgrown. A request from a GRA Committee Member received prompt action. See the difference below (click on pictures).

Rampion Windfarm Fully Operational
All 116 wind turbines in the Rampion Windfarm visible from Goring Beach are now operational. Many rotating turbines can be seen from Goring beach. Electricity is being generated and flowing ashore into the National Grid. The final cable connection is being made now in east Worthing. Read this Worthing Herald article.. 

Footpath for Titnore Lane
West Sussex County Council(WSCC) has announced plans to build a length of footpath on the busy A2700 Titnore Lane that links Goring to the A27 trunk road. Over 800 signatures were included in a petition submitted to WSCC. More information is in this Worthing Herald article.

Courtlands - SOLD and now 'To Let'
The historic building in Parklands Avenue, once an NHS convalescent home and until recently the head office of a software company, was sold during 2017 (The asking price was £1.8m). Commercial estate agent Michael Jones handled the sale. At the end of November 2017, signs showing the building as 'To Let' were posted at the entrance. It is now empty and on the market to let as a single office facility for £12,000 per month. Here is the letting brochureIt is a Grade II listed building. The GRA Committee will monitor developments closely and provide updates to members.


GRA has Submitted Objections to Two Planning Applications
On August 16th 2017, GRA submitted an objection to a planning application to extend Goring Methodist Church in Bury Drive on the grounds of noise and disturbance. This is in support of requests from nearby residents. In January 2018, we learned that discussions about the design are on-going with Worthing Borough Council. The GRA Committee will continue to monitor progress and update this website when the application is presented to the Planning Committee.

GRA Response to Methodist Church Planning Application August 2017
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In response to concerns expressed by Members, the GRA Committee has supported residents of Juno Close, Goring by submitting a letter (July 1st 2017) opposing retrospective planning permission for vacant land to be used as storage for a plant hire business. 
Read the planning application. The Ilex Conservation Group has also opposed the planning application. GRA's response is below.  

In January 2018, we learned that discussions about the application are on-going with Worthing Borough Council. The GRA Committee will continue to monitor progress and update this website when the application is presented to the Planning Committee.


GRA letter opposing granting planning permission Martletts Way,
Martlets Way submission from GRA.pdf
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